Category Archives: Autumn

Majestic Bird of Prey

In late November Bald Eagle’s gather near certain rivers to feed on salmon that die after spawning. I was fortunate to experience some beautiful light when taking these images. Click on any photo to open the gallery and then use the navigation arrows. Comments are always welcome.

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Hooded Merganser

The Hooded Merganser ( Lophodytes cucullatus ) is the smallest of the three species of mergansers found in North America. The Hooded Merganser finds its prey underwater by sight, the dictating membrane (third eyelid) is clear and acts to protect the eye during swimming, just like a pair of goggles. They are extremely agile swimmers and divers but awkward on land because their legs are set far back on the body. They can be found year round in British Columbia. The bird in the photo is a male with a crest that shows a large white patch. Click on the image to see a larger version.

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Trumpeter Swan

The Trumpeter Swan ( Cygnus buccinator ) is the largest waterfowl species native to North America. It is entirely white except for its bill, legs and feet. It spends winters in western British Columbia and feeds on aquatic plants. In the 1950’s a large population of these birds were found in Alaska and today their population is estimated at close to 16,000. Click on the image to see a larger version.

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Long-billed Dowitcher

I was fortunate to spend some time this morning with a flock of Long-billed Dowitcher’s ( Limnodromus scolopaceus ). Their bills are full of nerve endings, which are useful for sensing prey. They walk along slowly lifting their heads up and down like a sewing machine.

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Autumn Leaf

A couple of weekends ago I was photographing some local waterfalls. I also spent some time hiking along the riverbank. A leaf that was lying on top of a rock near the edge of the river caught my eye. I liked how the sunlight was shining through the water and creating this shimmering pattern on the rocks. Ideally I could have used a macro lens in this situation. Click on the photo to see a larger version.

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Autumn Days

Over the next couple of weeks the trees turn various shades of red, yellow and orange. Today was a beautiful day for viewing the changing colours of Fall foliage. Early in the morning it was chilly, but the afternoon was crisp and sunny. With Autumn colours in full swing and the leaves changing more each day it won’t be long before they are all on the ground. Click on any of the photos to see a larger version.

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Tiny Human Lost In The Majesty Of Nature

The photo depicts just how small humans are in comparison to the nature that surrounds us. The climber was balancing precariously on the granite wall, stopping occasionally to put more chalk on their hands and add more climbing protection. Click on the image to see a larger version. Remember to always take the road less traveled…

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Bufflehead

One of the smallest ducks the Bufflehead (Bucephala albeola) is very energetic in its feeding. They eat aquatic insects, mollusks and small amounts of plant material. It forages mostly underwater. Less sociable than most ducks, seen in pairs or small groups, almost never in large flocks. The Bufflehead in the photo below is a female. Note the auricular white patch. She was repeatedly diving in front of me along the riverbank. Click on the photo to see a larger version.

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Bald Eagle

During the winter months, large numbers of Bald Eagles congregate along the river to feed on salmon carcasses. A decade ago there was nearly 4000 Bald Eagles. In January 2016 it was one of the lowest Bald Eagle counts in the 30 year history, with only 411. This morning, I was photographing this Bald Eagle perched in a tree along the river.

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Bald Eagles

Early this morning I spent some time taking images of bald eagles feeding on dead salmon. Despite the rain it was a nice way way to start the day. Click on one of the photos to open up the gallery.

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