December Stanley Park Bird Count

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Hooded Merganser | Harle huppé | Lophodytes cucullatus
ISO 1600 | 300mm | f/5.6 | 1/200 (cropped for composition)

This weekend, I will feature photos taken during two different bird counts. Today, I will publish a few photos that I took during the monthly count organized by Stanley Park Ecology Society (SPES). Tomorrow, will feature photos taken at last weekend’s Christmas Bird Count in North Vancouver (eastern section).

In spite of the pouring rain (and localized flooding), I made my way to SPES’s monthly bird count at Stanley Park on December 13, 2015, organized by the Stanley Park Ecology Society. It was led for the second time by Else Mikkelsen, who is currently a science undergraduate at the University of British Columbia. Aside from about 10 volunteer counters, we were joined by SPES’s new Urban Wildlife Programs Coordinator, Greg Hart and Conservation Projects Manager, Maria Egerton.

As usual, these photos were taken with a handheld Nikon D5200 and AF-S Zoom-Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED and none of the birds were baited, called in or set up (although the towhee, chickadee and sparrows pictured here were attracted by seeds provided by unknown park visitors).

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Wood Duck (male) | Canard branchu | Aix sponsa
ISO 2500 | 300mm | f/5.6 | 1/160 (cropped for composition)

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Spotted Towhee | Harle huppé | Lophodytes cucullatus
ISO 2200 | 300mm | f/5.6 | 1/160 (cropped for composition)

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Fox Sparrow | Bruant fauve | Passerella iliaca
ISO 1600 | 210mm | f/5.6 | 1/125 (cropped for composition)

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Song Sparrow | Bruant chanteur | Melospiza melodia
ISO 1600 | 300mm | f/5.6 | 1/100 (cropped for composition)

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Hooded Merganser (female) | Harle huppé | Lophodytes cucullatus
ISO 1600 | 300mm | f/5.6 | 1/400 (cropped for composition)

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