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Encountering Woody The Woodpecker This Morning

Posted Thursday 20th June 2013 at 17:11 by vancouverislandbirder
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As I mentioned before, Iím new to birding and only recently got into it after witnessing a fascinating & close up encounter with an eagle & its prey.

I know that birding opportunities are great in the early morning as the sky brightens and the air warm, but I like my sleep. Today I was awoken around 5:00 AM by a visiting pileated woodpecker.

Early mornings in Sooke, BC are usually quiet and serene in the summer. Pileated woodpeckers are rear at this time of...
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Series of talks to 220 Brazilian schoolchildren.

Posted Tuesday 18th June 2013 at 17:59 by Rick and Elis
It can be difficult to get children that live over 500km from the nearest coastline to connect with waders and shorebirds! It is however rewarding when they realise that the loud and raucous Southern Lapwings on their local football field are also waders.
They also were intrigued to find that we ventured still further into the interior of Brazil in search of the Pied Lapwing. The fact that we had visited the capital of their country was equally as intriguing as none of them had ever been...
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Hummingbirds

Posted Saturday 15th June 2013 at 18:04 by vancouverislandbirder
I've always been fascinated with hummingbirds and still to this day, I have to look up to spot them as they dart around me in the yard. Their magical hum always makes me smile.

I saw this great documentary on hummingbirds on PBS the other night that discusses how these little creatures survive.


They are the smallest of the birds and despite their small size, manage to migrate thousands of miles during the spring and fall between western Canada & Central...
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Eagle & Prey on Vancouver Island, Canada

Posted Thursday 13th June 2013 at 01:11 by vancouverislandbirder
Updated Thursday 13th June 2013 at 01:18 by vancouverislandbirder (The photo didn't show up. I needed to create a link to the series of photos on my website.)
Throughout the year, we here in BC see hundreds of Bald Eagles in the skies and in the fields. Visitors are always amazed when they see one of these birds of prey too which we have grown accustomed.

Last month, we were in the cottage and an eagle was a mere 20 meters away in a tree. Nothing new but then we noticed something dangling from its talons.

Here are a series of photos as it took off from its perch at our oceanfront cottage on Vancouver Island.

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More than birds

Posted Wednesday 12th June 2013 at 19:24 by Green Sandpiper
I've been told, on numerous occasions and usually by my wife, that there is more to life than birds. She probably has a point, maybe, but I'm unlikely to admit it. In any event, its a debate for another day.

The past week, though, has left me wondering if there is more to birding than just birds? I was fortunate enough to be a volunteer steward at my local RSPB reserve open day last saturday, which involved a lot of birdwatching but also a lot of mixing with the public, fammilies,...
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