Nature Through My Lens

Birds

Looking Fine

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A White-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia leucophrys) looking fine sitting on our Cedar Hedge with some Magnolia buds just starting to burst open in the background. Makes great Bokeh!


Bigfoot

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An American Coot ( Fulica americana) scratching around in the undergrowth at the edge of Mill Lake. The size of the Coots feet always amazes me!


On High

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A Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) sits at the top of it’s nest tree surveying the mountain side as the clouds brush past the high ridge.


Waiting

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A House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) sits in the Cedar hedge waiting for it’s mate who was off at the feeder.


All That I Can See

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A Glaucous-winged Gull (Larus glaucescens) surveying all it sees on it’s favourite perch, a old stump, in Mill Lake.


A Trio

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A trio of drake Buffleheads (Bucephala albeola) hanging out with a group of mixed ducks at Mill Lake in Abbotsford. I really like the action and different colours of the water in this shot!


Nap Time

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A pair of Mallards (Anas platyrhychos) found a quite log to have an afternoon nap on!


Sharpie

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The local Sharp-shinned Hawk (Accipiter striatus) likes to come into our yard, and sit on the old bench for awhile. Meantime, scaring the bejammers out of all the little birds!


High Key Sparrow

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Here in high key is a White-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia leucophrys) perched in our front yard Japanese Maple.


Singing

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A Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) perched in a Japanese Maple was singing it’s heart out! A great way to start the day!


At the Suet

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A male Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens) enjoying the suet in one of our feeders.


Into the Sun

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A White-Crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia leucophrys) looks to the east as the sun begins it’ climb in the sky


Looking to the Future

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A regal Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) looking into the setting sun.


In The Snow

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A Stellar’s Jay (Cyanocitta stelleri) perched on the branch of our snow covered Empress Tree!


In the Snow

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As our winter continues, a Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis) in the snow


In the Maple

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Early this morning a bunch of birds were perched in the branches of our Japanese Maple in our front yard. Here’s one of them, a Golden-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia atricapilla) This bird is a westerner. It ranges from Alaska to Baja. This one is considered a first winter bird.  It’s also all puffed up due to the fact that the temperature was Minus 4 C.


Two Mallards

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Here’s an archive shot from a couple of years back that I’ve always liked!  A pair of Mallard drakes, Anas platyrhychos.


Cold

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A Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) sits atop the bush pile all puffed up trying to keep warm in the snow and Minus degree temperature.


Stellar’s Jay

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A Stellar’s Jay (Cyanocitta stelleri)


Up to It’s Knees

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Here’s a White-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia leucophrys) up to it’s knees in last nights snow. That’s assuming it has knees, which it doesn’t!


Sitting Pretty

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A White-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia leucophrys) perched on the top of our Cedar hedge.


Bookends

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The other day, we bought a new feeder. It is proving to be very popular with the birds and has be very busy. Here a pair of male House Finches (Carpodacus mexicanus). The one on the left is the normal colour and the one on the right is an Orange morph.


Curious

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In a tangle of branches this Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis) seems to have an interest in something nearby.


Spring Love

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A pair of House Finches (Carpodacus mexicanus) perced on a branch of the Empress tree.