Red-breasted Sapsucker (male) at SFU


Red-breasted Sapsucker (male) | Pic à poitrine rouge | Sphyrapicus ruber: This beautiful male was foraging for food on a stand of trees inside the grounds of Simon Fraser Univesrity’s Academic Quadrangle building in Burnaby (British Columbia), Canada. As you can see in the photo above, this tree seemed to be a favourite with the woodpeckers.

Both photos taken on November 3, 2015 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 1600 | 300mm | f/5.6 | 1/250, cropped for composition
  • Bottom: ISO 1600 | 300mm | f/5.6 | 1/320, cropped for composition



Red-breasted Sapsucker at West Vancouver’s Ambleside Park


Red-breasted Sapsucker | Pic à poitrine rouge | Sphyrapicus ruber: This individual is most likely a full-fledged adult female, but looks quite “worn” (frazzled, in fact). Thankfully, in spite of the terrible lighting, I was able to capture a few good shots of the sapsucker as it was picking away at the insect found under the moss growing on the tree.

Taken on the path next to the pond in West Vancouver’s Ambleside Park, with a handheld Nikon D5200 and AF-S Zoom-Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED (both photos: ISO 400 | 250mm | f/6.3 | 1/1600, cropped). Not baited, called in or set up.

  • Top: ISO 2500| 300mm | f/5.6 | 1/800, cropped
  • Bottom: ISO 1400 | 300mm | f/5.6 | 1/500, cropped for composition


August 2013 Stanley Park Ecology Society Bird Count

It has been a while since I’ve participated on the monthly bird count organized since 2006 by the Stanley Park Ecology Society, but I was able to make it out to this month’s!

Although it is normally quiet in the summer, the very welcome rain (this July was the driest, sunniest and warmest on record in Vancouver) “lowered” several birds that would normally hang out only at the top of the very tall trees of the park. This was most notably the case for several lovely Wilson’s Warblers we were able to observe quite well and at our leisure.

You may consult the list and number of birds we saw here.

But the highlight of the day came when the actual count was done and the sun came out: I was able to see and photograph a few birds that did not make it on the count, including a few not so great shots of a Red-headed Sapsucker and a Brown Creeper, as well as a few much better shots of a female Anna’s Hummingbird feeding at some colourful flowers.

Thanks once again to SPES and to our fearless count leader, Robyn Worcester!

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