Harlequin Duck (male) in West Vancouver

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Harlequin Duck (male) | Canard harlequin | Histrionicus histrionicus: I had the privilege of seeing a pair (male and female) of Harlequin Ducks up close from Ambleside Beach in West Vancouver a few days ago (April 20, 2016), as they were busily foraging for food. Several families were on the beach at this time, but the birds did not seem especially perturbed. This was the closest shot that I got on that day, but I have many other pictures that I am quite happy to have captured.

Taken with a handheld Nikon D5200 and AF-S NIKKOR 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR (ISO 400 | 500mm | f/6.3 | 1/1600, cropped for composition). Not baited, called in or set up.

Brandywine Falls Provincial Park (British Columbia)

Brandywine Falls (British Columbia)

Brandywine Falls (British Columbia)

Last weekend, the family and I visited Brandywine Falls Provincial Park, about 47 km north of Squamish, in British Columbia. It was a nice discovery (for us). First are the very impressive 70 meter falls, pictured above. After this impressive example of nature’s power, we walked along a few beautiful trails passing through varied deciduous and coniferous forests, not to mention wet areas complete with hungry mosquitos and other insects. In spite of the cloudy conditions, we were also occasionally able to get occasional glimpses of the surrounding mountains.

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And since I am of course obsessed with birds, I figured I should finish this short photo essay with a few bird photos taken on this occasion. This time around, they feature a pair of Harlequin Ducks taken from some distance and a few Steller’s Jays that got quite close to me thanks to some tourists who decided to feed them next to the park’s parking lot.

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