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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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Turkey Vultures in Canada

Posted Tuesday 11th June 2013 at 20:53 by vancouverislandbirder
Itís summer here in the northern hemisphere & I just got back from a morning walk in the rainforest. Yes, there is a rainforest in Canada Ė a temperate rainforest on the Pacific west coast and Vancouver Island is the terrestrial edge of the Pacific Flyway.

Just outside of Victoria is a large regional park named East Sooke Park and I love hiking there every day. Itís an isolated reserve thatís used as a staging area by migrating birds before venturing across the strait and onto...
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Success with a difficult lapwing.

Posted Monday 10th June 2013 at 02:34 by Rick and Elis
Pied lapwing was always going to be a bit of a long shot as far as Wader Quest was concerned. We were just about going to be on the edge of their range, where they are rare, only once. From where we are staying in Minas Gerais visiting family we took to the road this morning and drove for 5 hours in the direction of Brasilia, the country's capital city. We were heading for a place called Pirapora where we had seen this species once before, but many years ago when we had visited the site to look...
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