I’ve seen a few of these at the Jericho Beach pond. My guesstimate is 4 males and 2 females. Until this week, the females were too far away, in bright light or in shadows, and all my photographs were fuzzy silhouettes. This week, I saw little miss ring-necked duck swim under the pond’s wooden bridge and I aimed my camera at the other side. My photos aren’t crisp-tastic, but with a wee point-and-shoot, I think I did pretty well.
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Just before dusk yesterday, I found myself on the western end of the Jericho Beach pond. A bunny and a few sparrows were snacking in the grass. The Golden-crowned Sparrows, with their yellow foreheads and two thick black head stripes, were new to me. When the sun disappeared behind the trees, a few more birds appeared in the grass. I was actually on a mission to find a beaver which I had spotted in the pond earlier, swimming west through the open water into a narrow passage between the cattails. So, I didn’t want to tarry too long among the bunnies and sparrows. But I did, and I used up my camera battery.
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A group of lady red-winged blackbirds were eating in the grass in the company of a single song sparrow. Every once in a while, a male red-winged blackbird would fly into the midst of the ladies. A few tweets and feather-flutters from the male and the ladies would disperse. The male would peck the ground for a bit, then fly back into the trees.
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Jericho Beach Park has a lovely pond with a small forest on one side. It is home to a variety of birds. The trails around the pond and through the forest usually have a quiet, peaceful vibe. I went on a weekday afternoon in mid-January, the first afternoon this year with more than 30 minutes of sunshine. The mallards were well represented in the pond, … Continue reading Mallards take flight
Jericho Beach, Vancouver, Canada. The fog cleared about an hour before the sun disappeared behind the trees. Continue reading Golden half hour
Jericho Beach, Vancouver, Canada. Mid-January. Continue reading Lingering midday fog