Saturday, May 5, 2018

May 6 Part 3 - Reifel Bird Sanctuary

I wrapped up this day with a nice excursion at Reifel Bird Sanctuary. I wa hoping for some new birds for 2018 and was rewarded with one species.

Just past the entrance to the sanctuary there are often some of the outcasts of the bird world lurking about:
  • Brown-headed Cowbirds because of nest parasitism
  • House Sparrows due to their invasive species status
This photo captures both in one shot:

House Sparrow (left) and Brown-headed Cowbird - Reifel Bird Sanctuary, Delta BC

A much more welcome regular resident is the Wood Duck. Here's a few of them hanging out with a Mallard.

Wood Ducks and Mallard - Reifel Bird Sanctuary, Delta BC

At this time of year Reifel is alive with the sounds of calling Marsh Wrens. The males are singing long and loudly to attract a mate.

Marsh Wren - Reifel Bird Sanctuary, Delta BC

One of my hoped for species was the Common Yellowthroat, a warbler that nests in marshy areas. It has a very distinctive song and call. They are easy to hear but hard to spot.  Occasionally they pop out into the open. I was lucky to get this shot of one standing still for a short period.

Common Yellowthroat  - Reifel Bird Sanctuary, Delta BC - 2018 Bird #141

Much more easier to see and photograph are Canada Geese. In breeding season the goslings are a real treat to see. This parent wasn't letting anyone get too close.

Canada Goose  - Reifel Bird Sanctuary, Delta BC

The next two shots of a Marsh Wren highlight the differences in my two cameras. The first is a nice clear shot taken with the Canon SLR and the 400 mm lens, it accurately portrays what I saw in real time.

Marsh Wren - Reifel Bird Sanctuary, Delta BC

The next shot was taken with the Nikon P900 with a fixed lens, with the camera set to Birdwatching mode. It over-saturates the colour to produce an artistic view of the bird.

Marsh Wren - Reifel Bird Sanctuary, Delta BC

There has been a flock of Long-billed Dowitchers at Reifel for a few weeks, they may be loading up on food before heading further north to breed. 

Long-billed Dowitcher  - Reifel Bird Sanctuary, Delta BC - 2018 Bird #142

This ended my weekend, I'd sneak a small trip in on the following day on my lunch hour.

No comments:

Post a Comment