A Pacific Rainforest

We get a lot of rain in the Spring on the west coast of Canada. It creates this lush green forest. Click on the image to see a larger version.

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Stay Out Of My Territory

The Red-winged blackbird is best known for the males’ distinctive red shoulder patches called epaulettes. It is believed to be one of the most numerous land birds in North America. The male will aggressively defend its territory during breeding season against intruders. This particular bird was a little annoyed by me and my camera. Click on the image to see a larger version.

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Mount Baker

Mount Baker has the second most thermally active crater in the Cascade Range after Mount Saint Helens. After Mount Rainier, Mount Baker is the most heavily glaciated of the Cascade Range volcanoes. It is one of the snowiest places in the world and in 1999 it set the world record for recorded snowfall in a single season with 2,900 centimetre’s. This image shows the 3,286 metre mountain covered in fresh snow. Click on the photo to see a larger version.

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Red-Winged Blackbird

It is Spring and the displaying male Red-Winged Blackbirds ( Agelaius phoeniceus ) are trying everything to get noticed. Like the bird in this photo they spread their wings and puff out their orange and yellow shoulder patches while singing and calling. The conk-la-ree is a classic sound in a wetlands area.

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Fred Herzog – Modern Color

One of my favourite hardcover photography books is Fred Herzog: Modern ColorThe Canadian photographer was known primarily for his photos of working class people in Vancouver, British Columbia. For over 50 years he took images with Kodachrome colour slide film when most people were shooting black and white film. There are 230 photos in the book and some of my favourite images are Man with Bandage, Main Barber, Flaneur Granville and Curtains. I would really like to own a few of his prints.

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Northern Pintail

Often referred to as the ‘greyhound of ducks’ because of its slender and elegant appearance, the Northern Pintail ( Anas acuta ) is found in shallow ponds and marshes. It feeds on seeds and aquatic insects. The Northern Pintail in the photo is a breeding male who looks this way from November to June. Click on the image to see a larger version.

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Mid-Air Dance

At first these two juvenile bald eagles were just soaring in huge circles above me. Eventually their flight paths started to cross and they would become very acrobatic turning inverted and trying to grasp each other with their talons. Some adult bald eagles become locked in a death spiral as part of their mating practices. However, these two juvenile bald eagles seemed to be playing with each other.

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The Grey Ghost

This morning I was taking some images of a male Northern Harrier hawk ( Circus cyaneus ). When it flies it alternates several deep wing beats with glides. It is commonly seen gliding low in search of prey. I like this photo because it’s staring right at me with its beautiful yellow eyes. Click on the image to see a larger version.

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A Rainy Day

I woke up this morning to the sound of heavy rain. Despite the unfavourable conditions I ventured out with my camera. I’m glad I did, because I was able to spend a few hours photographing bald eagles. It was quiet and there were very few people around to disturb the raptors. I really like the first photo, it’s tack sharp, with the rain in the background and how the water beads on the bald eagles feathers. Click on a photo to see a larger version.

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A Dense Flock of Lesser Snow Geese

In April the Lesser Snow Geese will begin their migration back to Wrangel Island which lies in the Arctic ocean, north of Siberia and is part of Russia. For now they continue to feed in the Fraser and Skagit river estuaries. I could see a few geese that had been individually marked with coloured neck collars which contain radio-transmitters that are used in migration and population studies. Some of these marked individuals have made non-stop flights between Alaska and the Fraser river estuary in less than 36 hours! I found this very interesting, but since no one else reads my blog, I’m probably the only one. Click on the photo to see a larger version.

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