Killdeer

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Killdeer | Pluvier kildir | Charadrius vociferus: I have decided to break my long blogging silence to publish this photo of a Killdeer because it is one of the many birds that can be found in Antelope Island State Park in Utah (USA).

Although I have never been lucky enough to visit this park (yet!!!), a massive wildfire is currently burning there. I know this because it is one of the favourite places of two wildlife photographers that I greatly respect, Mia McPherson and Ron Dudley. They and many others are understandably quite sad and worried about the situation there. Although I hope the fire will soon be brought under control, I’m also enough of a realist to know that climate change will increase the severity and frequency of this sort of natural disaster.

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Taken May 7, 2016, in Jericho Park in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada with a handheld Nikon D5200 and AF-S NIKKOR 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR (ISO 900 | 500mm | f/5.6 | 1/500, cropped for composition). Not baited, called in or set up.

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Barn Swallow in Vancouver’s Jericho Park

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Barn Swallow (male) | Hirondelle rustique | Hirundo rustica: Gathering mud for its nest in Jericho Park in Vancouver (British Columbia), Canada. Photo taken on May 7, 2016 with a handheld Nikon D5200 and AF-S NIKKOR 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR (ISO 560 | 500mm | f/5.6 | 1/1000), cropped for composition. Not baited, called in or set up.

Belted Kingfisher at Jericho Park

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Belted Kingfisher (male) | Martin-pêcheur d’Amérique | Megaceryle alcyon: I’m glad I was able to capture this kingfisher on one of its favourite perches, but I wish he had chosen to stay a few more minutes, so that he could have turned his head my way slightly more. Hopefully, I can get him or his mate there another time!

Both photos taken yesterday (May 7, 2016) at the pond at Jericho Park in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, with a handheld Nikon D5200 and AF-S NIKKOR 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR. Not baited, called in or set up.

  • Top: ISO 400 | 500mm | f/5.6 | 1/1000, cropped for composition
  • Bottom: ISO 400 | 500mm | f/5.6 | 1/1250, cropped

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Pine Siskin in Jericho Park

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Pine Siskin | Tarin des pins | Spinus pinus: This siskin was part of a small flock that was busily feeding on several deciduous trees. Unfortunately, the lighting conditions were not great, but my fabulous Nikon 200-500mm lens managed to get a few good shots (with the help of a lot of tweaking on Photos).

Taken April 23, 2016, in Jericho Park in Vancouver (British Columbia), Canada with a handheld Nikon D5200 and AF-S NIKKOR 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR (ISO 800 | 500mm | f/5.6 | 1/640, not cropped). Not baited, called in or set up.

Least Sandpiper at Jericho Park

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Least Sandpiper | Bécasseau minuscule | Calidris minutilla: This very cooperative Least Sandpiper allowed me to take many good pictures of it (the one above is with food) at the pond in Jericho Park in Vancouver (British Columbia), Canada. I have never photographed one of this species and wanted to make it skip the line, so to speak. I may very well post another photo later this month.

Taken with a handheld Nikon D5200 and AF-S NIKKOR 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR (ISO 560 | 500mm | f/5.6 | 1/1000, cropped for composition). Not baited, called in or set up.

Horned Grebes in winter plumage

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Horned Grebes (winter plumage) | Grèbes esclavons | Podiceps auritus: Taken February 13, 2016, from Jericho Beach in Vancouver (British Columbia), Canada, with a handheld Nikon D5200 and AF-S NIKKOR 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR (both photos: ISO 800 | 500mm | f/5.6 | 1/1000), cropped. Not baited, called in or set up.

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Bald Eagle silhouette

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Bald Eagle (juvenile) | Pygargue à tête blanche | Haliaeetus leucocephalus: In theory, this is a botched photo (in terms of exposure at least), but I tweaked it with my photo software to get a silhouette that I rather liked. I hope you do too!

Taken on February 13, 2016 in Jericho Park, Vancouver (British Columbia), Canada 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.

Ring-necked Duck (female and male)

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Ring-necked Duck (female and male) | Fuligule à collier | Aythya collaris: I really like that in the photo above, the female almost looks like it is floating on a mirror. I am also pleased with the sharpness of the photo, in spite of the lacklustre light.

Both photos taken on February 13, 2016 in Jericho Park, Vancouver (British Columbia), Canada with a handheld Nikon D5200 and AF-S NIKKOR 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR. Not baited, called in or set up.

  • Top: Female, ISO 1600 | 500mm | f/5.6 | 1/500, cropped for composition
  • Bottom: Male, ISO 1600 | 500mm | f/5.6 | 1/320, cropped for composition

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Anna’s Hummingbird (male) in Jericho Park

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Anna’s Hummingbird (male) | Colibri d’Anna | Calypte anna: Although I posted a photo of this hummingbird species a couple of days ago, they are such a great species that I wanted to post these new photos. I also wanted to show an interesting feature of this bird, namely the “shield” on its face, which can alternate from deep black to bright red/purple.

Taken on February 13, 2016 in Jericho Park, Vancouver (British Columbia), Canada with a handheld Nikon D5200 and AF-S NIKKOR 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR . Not baited, called in or set up.

  • Top: ISO 1600 | 500mm | f/5.6 | 1/250, cropped
  • Bottom: ISO 1600 | 500mm | f/5.6 | 1/200, cropped

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Spotted Towhee (male) in Jericho Park

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Spotted Towhee (male) | Tohi tacheté | Pipilo maculatus: Taken in Jericho Park on February 6, 2016, with a handheld Nikon D5200 and AF-S NIKKOR 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR (ISO 1600 | 500mm | f/5.6 | 1/400, cropped for composition). Not baited, called in or set up.

Stretch! Ring-billed Gull (winter plumage)

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Ring-billed Gull (winter plumage) | Goéland à bec cerclé | Larus delawarensis: This individual gave me a nice stretch just as I started taking photos of it. Taken February 6, 2016, at Jericho Park in Vancouver (British Columbia), Canada, with a handheld Nikon D5200 and AF-S NIKKOR 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR (ISO 1400 | 500mm | f/5.6 | 1/500, cropped for composition). Not baited, called in or set up.

Eurasian Wigeon at Jericho Park

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Eurasian Wigeon (male) | Canard siffleur | Anas penelope: On Friday, I posted a photo featuring the locally common (abundant, in fact) American Wigeon. Its Eurasian cousin is much more rare, but can be seen somewhere every winter in this region. I was lucky enough to get one decent photograph of this individual on February 6, 2016, at Jericho Park in Vancouver (British Columbia), Canada.

Taken with a handheld Nikon D5200 and AF-S NIKKOR 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR (ISO 1400 | 500mm | f/5.6 | 1/500, cropped). Not baited, called in or set up.

American Wigeon (male and female)

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American Wigeon (male and female) | Canard d’Amérique | Anas americana: Taken February 6, 2016, at Jericho Park in Vancouver (British Columbia), Canada, with a handheld Nikon D5200 and AF-S NIKKOR 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR (ISO 1400 | 500mm | f/5.6 | 1/500, cropped for composition). Not baited, called in or set up.

Golden-crowned Sparrow in Jericho Park

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Golden-crowned Sparrow (winter plumage) | Bruant à couronne dorée | Zonotrichia atricapilla: Taken at Jericho Park in Vancouver (British Columbia), Canada, with a handheld Nikon D5200 and AF-S NIKKOR 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR (ISO 1250 | 500mm | f/5.6 | 1/500, cropped for composition). Not baited, called in or set up.

Ring-billed Gull (winter adult)

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Ring-billed Gull (winter plumage) | Goéland à bec cerclé | Larus delawarensis: Taken at Jericho Park in Vancouver (British Columbia), Canada, with a handheld Nikon D5200 and AF-S NIKKOR 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR (both photos: ISO 1100 | 500mm | f/5.6 | 1/500, cropped for composition). Not baited, called in or set up.

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Red-winged Blackbird (male)

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Red-winged Blackbird (male) | Carouge à épaulettes | Agelaius phoeniceus: Taken next to the pond at Jericho Park in Vancouver (British Columbia), Canada, with a handheld Nikon D5200 and AF-S NIKKOR 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR (both photos: ISO 1600 | 500mm | f/5.6 | 1/100, cropped for composition). Not baited, called in or set up.

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Mallards at Stanley Park

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Mallard (male and female) | Canard colvert | Anas platyrhynchos: All photos taken at SPES’s November 8, 2015 bird count in Stanley Park, Vancouver (British Columbia), Canada, with a handheld Nikon D5200 and AF-S Zoom-Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED. Not baited, called in or set up.

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An ear-full or museum of Cedar Waxwings

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[Note: As I pointed out earlier this week, since I got several great shots at this month’s bird count of the Stanley Park Ecology Society, I’ve decided to increase the number of posts I would make in the next couple of weeks so that I can start presenting these pictures on Saturday, which is quicker than I would have done otherwise.]

Cedar Waxwings (flock in flight) | Jaseurs des cèdres | Bombycilla cedrorum: I thought I would share a more impressionistic photo of birds than I normally publish. And did you know that a flock of waxwings was called an ear-full or a museum? I had no idea, until I looked it up on whatbird.com.

Taken at Jericho Park in Vancouver (British Columbia), Canada on October 10, 2015, with a handheld Nikon D5200 and AF-S Zoom-Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED (ISO 400 | 300mm | f/7.1 | 1/1600). Not baited, called in or set up.

Mallards all in a row…

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Mallards (male and female) | Canard colvert | Anas platyrhynchos: Standing on a log in the middle of the pond in Jericho Park in Vancouver (British Columbia), Canada. Taken on October 10, 2015, with a handheld Nikon D5200 and AF-S Zoom-Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED (ISO 400 | 300mm | f/5.6 | 1/1250, cropped for composition). Not baited, called in or set up.

Female Belted Kingfisher in Jericho Park

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Belted Kingfisher (female) | Martin-pêcheur d’Amérique | Megaceryle alcyon: Perched at the pond in Jericho Park in Vancouver, BC, Canada on October 4, 2015. (Note to self: Maybe I could Photoshop out the branch above?) Taken with a handheld Nikon D5200 and AF-S Zoom-Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED. Not baited, called in or set up.

  • Top: ISO 1250 | 300mm | f/5.6 | 1/500, cropped for composition
  • Bottom: ISO 1400 | 300mm | f/5.6 | 1/500, cropped for composition

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