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Birds from a visit to the George C. Reifel Sanctuary

Heron at Reifel - 2013 © Christopher Martin - 68547I went to the George C. Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary on Sunday.  I was hoping to see Saw-Whet Owls but with the cold snap that hit Vancouver and the Lower Mainland a few days before, I was told they had disappeared.  Hardier birds were hanging around the snowy pathways so I wasn’t disappointed with the visit.   This Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) was hunting in the shallows near a blind and wandered very close.
Sandhill Squawk - © Christopher Martin-71887A Sandhill Crane (Grus canadensis) squawks to its family nearby.
Sandhill Exhalation - 2013 © Christopher MartinThe same bird exhales a puff of warm air.

Pileated Woodpecker - © Christopher Martin-70987A Pileated Woodpecker (Dryocopus pileatus) drums on an old tree for insects.A male Mallard's iridescent cap - 2013 © Christopher MartinA Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) swims between the ice chunks in a brackish pond.
Trouble doubled - 2013 © Christopher MartinTwo female Mallards waddle down the pathway.
Wood duck perch - 2013 © Christopher MartinA pair of Wood Ducks (Aix sponsa) share a perch over the water.
Crane Flight - 2013 © Christopher MartinA small flight of Sandhill Cranes transit between ponds at the sanctuary.

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6 responses

  1. Vicki (from Victoria A Photography)

    Those Wood Ducks (Aix sponsa) are so attractive.

    December 28, 2013 at 7:40 am

  2. Love walking around the George Reifel Sanctuary and seeing such a variety of birds and a few minks.

    December 27, 2013 at 7:30 am

  3. That mallard is adorable 😀 Beautiful photos, thank you.

    December 27, 2013 at 4:56 am

  4. Just wonderful and fileld with life and present!

    December 26, 2013 at 3:07 pm

  5. amazing stuff chris. really nice!

    December 26, 2013 at 1:06 pm

  6. unicue

    December 26, 2013 at 11:43 am

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