Well, after several months’ labour, I have finally finished putting a bit of order in the photos I took with my old Nikon (the very reliable D50). I have discovered to my great surprise that, over the past two years, I have captured around 70 different bird species with this camera, mostly in the Great Vancouver area. Some of these photos are not really usable for a blog, but many are. As a result, I will draw from these archives to publish one or two photos, twice a week (on Wednesday morning and Sunday afternoon). Each post will include only one species and, when they are distinguishable, a photo of each sex.
This first photos in this series feature the beautiful Spotted Towhee (en français: Tohi tacheté / scientific name: Pipilo maculatus):
Choosing the first bird to feature was difficult, at first. Then I found this photo and my mind was made up. Why? Because it is one of the first bird photos that I took after we moved out to Canada’s West Coast and represents one of the reasons I decided to renew and deepen my double hobbies of birding and photography. The detail and colours of the feathers, not to mention *that* red eye just blew me away and convinced me that I must continue trying to find more shots like it. And I have, thanks to the fabulous birds that call this part of the world home!
Now I should add that since this bird was evidently “baited” with rice (by some unknown person, I hasten to add), I have decided to end this post with a more “natural” shot that I took in early 2013: