Monday, May 22, 2017

Orange-crowned Warblers

passerines in woods were incredibly hard work, seemingly thin on the ground and always singing from the canopy or hidden in the leaves -- pishing and squeaking seemed to be useless -- Orange-crowned is by far the most abundant warbler on Vancouver island but as wood warblers go they are pretty dull almost chiffy like
one of these from Ucluelet at least shows some orange -Orange-crowned Warbler

House Finches

after the hassle of getting out of Vancouver airport it was raining by the time we reached the B&B at Ladner and it rained most of the night -- I got up early in light rain with no light but determined to get a few shots in the bag even at 4000 ISO! -- a quick walk round the river front near the B&B produced a nice selection of birds including House Finches, White-crowned and Golden crowned Sparrows, Savannah Sparrow, Bald eagles, Violet Green, Tree, Barn and Cliff Swallows, Red-shafted Flicker and the ubiquitous American Robins --the 5D4 quickly proved its worth at high ISO levels and as the majority of the trip was cloudy it was a good choice of body to take --  last two in rather better conditions at 400 ISO


mostly 560mm is only enough but there are occasions when animals prove unpredictable and you need that converter off but don't have the time --

a few Vancouver island scenics

Bald Eagles

didn't really concentrate on these just took shots in passing -- a pair were in the trees at the back of the cottage garden daily and two imms came in one day presumably the pairs' last year's young -- another two pairs were within 500m of the garden --

Sooty Grouse display

must try more of this -- hand held Canon 5D4 and 400 DO2 with 1.4x converter

Sunday, May 21, 2017