Walk on the Wildside – in Delta with Kate

 

Wednesday 4 September and a beautiful day for a walk in nature. Please join me!

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Stunning Osprey above the Fraser River in Delta BC – please watch my video here –

 

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Lovely Red Tailed Hawk with prey in a farm field in Delta (I pulled over for this! lol) please watch my video here –

 

 

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Lovely trails under tall trees – cool and dark and green – despite the turning season its still very lush and green!

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Beautiful Great Horned Owl in the trees and if you watch this video of mine I put up on my Instagram you can see a little Annas

hummingbird pop up to hell hello to Mr GHO! Delightful! Nature is so rewarding! Please watch my video I uploaded to my Instagram account – please click here –

 

 

 

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Beautiful male and female wood ducks – Love these birds! They are so incredibly beautiful – they almost don’t look real!

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Black Bellied Plover on a stump in the Fraser River and behind him are lots of quite delightful harbor seals – basking on a sand bar in the salt marsh. PLease watch my video up on my Twitter feed –

Many beautiful sights to see on a walk in nature –

Another Red Tailed Hawk in the evergreens

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Paper wasp nests

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beautiful water lillies

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And lots of spiders with wonderful webs

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Delicious blackberries all along the trails

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The leaves have started falling – in a few weeks the trails will be blanketed in a thick carpet of red and gold leaves – I cant wait!

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But for the most part everything is still in summer mode – lush and green!

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Thank you for joining me for a walk! Please follow me on my social media accounts where I post daily photos and videos of my walks!

A list of all my social media links 😊👍💛
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My main social media page for wildlife, birds and raptors is on Instagram – (I usually post here daily)

https://www.instagram.com/pacificnorthwestkate/
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My second favourite social media account is Twitter

https://twitter.com/pnwkate
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My YouTube channel which has the highest quality resolution for my wildlife videos (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram compress them and they lose resolution quality)

http://www.youtube.com/c/Pacificnorthwestkate
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Then I have two other Instagram pages – this one is for nature and scenic photos

https://www.instagram.com/pnw.kate/
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And this Instagram page is for updates about my project documentary Wild Vancouver

https://www.instagram.com/wild_vancouver/
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My main Instagram page posts automatically here to my Facebook photography page (but I often miss notifications and comments on Facebook – it’s not as user friendly)

https://m.facebook.com/pacificnorthwestkate/
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My blog site is on WordPress –

https://pacificnorthwestkateblog.wordpress.com/
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My photos at National Geographic Your Shot

https://yourshot.nationalgeographic.com/profile/1373061/
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I’m also found on ViewBug and Vero as Pacificnorthwestkate and I contribute some wildlife, bird and nature sightings to eBird and iNaturalist (also as Pacificnorthwestkate)
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Any donations are most gratefully accepted to my PayPal account – http://paypal.me/pacificnorthwestkate

Thank you
Kate 🙏♥️

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Ethical Bird and Wildlife watching in the Vancouver lower mainland

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Audubon have a set of guidelines I try to always adhere to – https://www.audubon.org/get-outside/audubons-guide-ethical-bird-photography

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I’m often asked questions about my experiences with birding and wildlife here in BC so I’ve created this blog post to share some of my thoughts.

  • What lead you to first get involved with birding?

 

I’ve always loved birds and wildlife, enjoyed nature, camping, road trips and being outside! But I really only got serious about birding when I came to Canada! The bird life here is outstanding! It just takes your breath away! I’ve been lucky enough to live in some lovely countries (Zimbabwe, New Zealand) with fantastic birdlife but the Delta region of Lower Mainland Vancouver must be seriously one of the best birding locations in the world! What really blew my mind was a simple first walk in the local park in my new suburb – bald eagles, red tailed hawks, northern harriers, herons, hummingbirds, finches, waxwings, the list was endless! It took my breath away! I’ve been addicted ever since! I need my daily birding fix! LOL. And I might add the nature walks were encouraged by my very supportive family who saw I was getting a bit depressed about the lack of work available for older immigrants – they bought me a camera and a Sibleys bird book and said – Take a hike Mum! And I did! My teenagers loved my first crazy out of focus images and helped me set up my first social media account Instagram and the rest is history! Once my photographs improved I could start identifying several birds – then it got interesting and I found out about iNaturalist, eBird and Bird Studies Canada where you can enter your bird sightings into a database and keep a record. Some people enjoy that side of it – keeping a tally of birds they’ve seen – they call them bird “twitchers”.. But I am happy to see any bird and don’t keep track of my birding numbers. What I do is record my daily nature walk and I try to photograph as much as I can each day (not only birds but scenic landscapes, wildflowers, insects anything that catches my eye – I really enjoy early morning walks when the sun is rising – the light is fantastic and makes for really great images!) and if I see any rare bird I report them to eBird. I’m a big fan of video – I have a YouTube channel where I upload my more interesting videos – http://www.youtube.com/c/Pacificnorthwestkate and my main social media account is – https://www.instagram.com/pacificnorthwestkate/

 

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  •  How would you encourage others to first start getting involved with birding?

 

First – you have got to like nature! You’ve got to like being outside! If you’re not having fun outside then this might not be for you! I find nature walks very therapeutic – it’s a good way to reduce stress and get some balance back – life can be quite hectic at times and it’s important to do things that make you feel good and at peace. Forest bathing and nature walks are not only good for ones physical health they’re for good for mental health too!  As John Muir said – “and into the forest I go, to lose my mind and find my soul” He has some great quotes – “In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks” – I would encourage people to just be more aware of their surroundings – I see a lot of people on my walks – first thing – leave the cell phone and headphones at home! Just walk and listen and look around you! Take a break from the constant bombardment of images and information online.. Set yourself a short walk at first – around the block or neighborhood park maybe? Feel the sun (or rain) and breathe fresh air and watch what’s going on – nature is constantly changing everyday with every season – there is always something new to see! Listen to the insects – see what’s flowering – notice the scents of different trees and flowers, Watch the bees and notice what birds are around! We live on the Pacific Flyway – an invisible migratory corridor that birds and wildlife use to move up and down the coast of North America. The beautiful mountain blue birds arrive in flocks for a few weeks each spring and fall – then move on, then come the blackbirds with the lovely songs, then the pretty waxwings arrive and then the finches, the warblers flitting through the trees … bird life is constantly changing, every day is different– I await the first raucous call of the Yellow headed blackbird each spring with great anticipation! Some birds are resident here and it’s always good to see them around. At the moment (early September) most of the bald eagles have taken their fledgling to teach the how to catch salmon that are running now. The bald eagles will return to delta in their thousands in early winter. Nature is all interconnected and it’s important to see the big picture! Respect for our wildlife and natural resources is paramount and we must see it is protected and conserved for future generations. Once you start noticing the birds then you start looking out for them! They often frequent the same areas and trees and you can often find nests – its exciting to watch the babies fledge but very important that you don’t disturb or harass them – keep your distance – stay quiet – don’t ever feed wildlife – and you’ll be rewarded with wonderful wild bird encounters!

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  • What are the top 5 things you would recommend all birders have/bring with them when they go birding?

 

Top 5 things! Well quite honestly you don’t need anything but yourself – your eyes and legs (although many trails are wheelchair accessible which is great!)

 

Here in Delta the Fraser Regional Library offers “bird watching backpacks” on loan to beginners – a great idea I think – before you spend any money – see if bird watching is for you? Hire one of their backpacks and try it out! The backpack has a pair of good quality binoculars, two pocket bird guides and a laminated sheet for tips!

 

So my five things would probably be much the same – I’d add a notebook and pen and maybe an added map showing local trails. Local knowledge is also very important and  it often helps to join birding groups – there are so many, online and local nature groups to help you get started. I personally prefer birding alone as I can keep quieter than a noisy group but there are definite advantages to groups – shared knowledge and tips that are so important and can only be learnt from someone who has been there, done that, seen that bird! Many birders and photographers are more than happy to share their knowledge – if you see a photographer or birder outside with their camera or binoculars and they’re not actively filming – approach them and ask if they’re seen anything good today? Most are happy to tell you about their finds and even share where they saw it (if it’s not an endangered species) – they’ll often turn on their camera display to show you photos and give you tips – maybe even suggest contacts or birding groups you could join? It’s a rare photographer that won’t talk to you. I’ve learnt so much from the local Lower Mainland photographers and birding people – I virtually knew nothing when I came here and while I’m not any kind of expert I have quite a database of knowledge now thanks to them!

 

I always pack my camera first. But for birding your just need your eyes and maybe a notebook if you’re wanting to record details, binoculars or spotting scope, you don’t need expensive camera equipment – but having a tripod or monopod to maintain balance while you try to focus on birds helps! Wear comfortable walking shoes. Birding involves a lot of standing around – you want to be comfortable on your feet! Dress for the weather. My summer birding outfits are very different to my winter gear. Be aware of weather report – keep a rain jacket or umbrella handy. Dress in layers. In winter a warm parka is vital! And waterproof warm boots. In summer I often wear sandals and shorts – depending on the location. Bring extra water bottles and have some fruit or Snack bars ready in case you’re out for longer than expected! (and that often happens!) Have a good attitude! Be calm and ready to enjoy a good walk and hopefully some new and interesting birds!

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  • Can you elaborate on the problem of lead poisoning and rodenticide affecting raptors? How can people be aware, be more contentious, and help solve this problem?

 

This is an enormous problem. And very controversial! I don’t think I can cover it adequately here – but I’d like to say Raptors are the Solution! People buy rodenticides thinking they’re just getting rid of a few rats… what they don’t realize is that owls and hawks and eagles already hunt those rodents – when they see one staggering out in the open they think an easy meal! They don’t know the rat is slowly dying. The poison is then ingested by the eagle and in turn can kill or seriously damage the raptors health. This is a horrific problem. OWL Rehab in Delta deal with poisoned raptors every day – treating them and then trying to rehabilitate and hopefully release them again but sadly most die. Rodenticides are a cruel and very painful death to all it touches. The solution is humane traps where the rat is caught live and then released elsewhere or call in the experts – there are companies that will humanely catch the rodents and take then away for release.

 

The real solution is for humans to not make such a mess with all our rubbish and food waste that our cities are a breeding ground for rats and to let raptors and coyotes and bobcats clean up the rodents!

 

The issue of lead poisoning is another giant problem altogether. I’m not a hunter. I don’t like hunting – I don’t like killing wildlife. I don’t support hunting in any way. But Canada has a big hunting culture and sadly lead bullets are cheaper than any other kind. The lead shot sprayed in hunting ducks for example scatter over a wide area – poisoning smaller creatures, if a duck is shot and left behind by a hunter (as often happens here in delta – I’ve come across many injured and dying ducks in hunting season) and then an eagle eats the shot duck – the eagle will die from the high levels of lead. I support one hundred percent  OWL Rehab in Delta – every day they have to deal with poisoned birds, electrocuted raptors, beautiful eagles harmed by mankind! What a misnomer that is! Man is anything but kind to wildlife! The statistics and cases of lead poisoning in raptors is so devastatingly depressing. Unless they can be treated quickly they don’t stand a chance of survival and sadly by the time the eagle is caught – it’s too weak to feed and fly and is staggering around on the ground – it’s too late anyway. It’s very tragic. It’s a topic that is difficult to bring up because there is big money in hunting and money talks. The Hunting community have the Government in their back pocket (this is my personal opinion).

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  • What are your thoughts on litter, rubbish, and off leash dogs in relation to ethical birding? Do you have any tips for helping to solve this problem?

 

Ethical birding – or ethical behavior in nature – means putting nature, birds and wildlife first! Be aware of your surroundings – once you start noticing the discarded rubbish, Starbucks – McDonalds – Tim Horton’s coffee cups thrown into drainage ditches – hurled onto highway verges, ponds full of peoples rubbish you start to realize what a negative effect people have on our natural environment! We have got to do better! Nature and wildlife deserve our respect and protection!  What is the answer? I’m at a loss for words! Metro Vancouver Regional Parks (where I walk most days) put up plenty of bins, recycling and rubbish, lots of signs and yet people just discard their trash – two feet away from a bin! My mind just boggles! WTF is the matter with you? It takes zero effort to reach out and drop it in the bin! So the answer I believe is education and more enforcement! Getting angry like I do doesn’t help but I get so frustrated! So more programs in Education – more enforcement of laws – making people realize what actual harmful damage their recklessness causes – is the key. The thing is – people obviously like being outside – they love being in nature – taking walks and enjoying fresh air – I wish they’d realize it’s their job to keep the environment clean or the places they enjoy so much will just become giant rubbish tips! It’s not the Parks people’s jobs to walk around picking up scattered rubbish – they will empty bins but so much of their valuable time is spent cleaning up after messy humans! This is wildlife’s home – don’t make a mess in it!

 

Dogs and off leash dogs are another very controversial topic. Again education and enforcement of laws is the key. Dog owners can’t read so maybe a reading program is in order lol – I’m joking but honestly.. it beggars belief – the signs all clearly state – No Dogs – Protected Wildlife Conservation Area – and yet – there goes Spot chasing recent migratory birds and ducks that have just arrived from a long flight from Russia to rest and feed on our shores only to be chased by Spot – whose owner (although an animal lover obviously) thinks the rules don’t apply to him and his Spot! It drives me crazy! And the dog poo bags. I’m just astounded at the mentality of dog owners that bother to pick up the dogs mess – put it in a plastic bag, tie a knot in the end, and then promptly toss the bag high into the bushes! Like?? What the!! Just leave the damn mess on the ground if you’re going to do that! That would be better than leaving plastic in unreachable places! In the UK there are strict laws – plastic wrapped dog poo bags thrown into horse and cattle fields have been known to kill horses who eat the bags as they can smell the grain scented dog meal in them! It’s a very serious problem And as for the plastic litter! Aaaaarggghh It’s the bane of my life! I see these plastic bags everywhere! Tossed into trees like Christmas decorations endangering the wildlife – its beyond my ken.

 

Education and much stronger enforcement is the key to solving this problem. I have a plan to make a Wildlife and Nature documentary on just this subject – it’s called Wild Vancouver and I’ve set up a few social media pages and blog posts and am trying to apply for grants to make this dream documentary of mine a reality – in the hopes of raising awareness and educating people on the damage their recklessness causes.

 

Disclaimer – not all dog owners are this thoughtless… I know most are very conscientious and care about the environment but the few who don’t give the majority a very bad name!

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  • What are the top 5 things you would like beginners to know about birding before they start? 

 

Birding is great fun! It’s good for your health and it’s good for the birds too! It’s important they are recognized! Bird counts and data entered into eBird and iNaturalist are important tools to record the wildlife and natural environment around us – before it is potentially lost!

 Respect nature. Keep your distance from all wildlife and give them their space.

 Leave No Trace. Take only photos and leave only (light) footprints! Do not step off marked trails – this leads to ‘braiding’ and can destroys the environment and kills native plants and insects.

 Do not litter.

 Never feed wildlife. Fed Wildlife is Dead Wildlife.

 (Garden feeders and hummingbird nectar feeders are an exception but in the wild please don’t feed birds or wildlife – your stale moldy bread is not good for ducks! It makes them sick and fills their stomachs with empty calories! They need to forage for themselves if they are to survive.)

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  • How would you suggest getting kids excited about birds or birding? 

 

Instead of laptops and iPads how about a nice set of kids binoculars and a birding book for a birthday gift! Endless hours of pleasure! And much better for everyone!

 

There are some great groups taking kids out birding! It’s a wonderful way to get kids out in the wild – get them interested and excited in what nature has – and hopefully learn to look after it! Our children hold the key the future. Melissa Hafting runs a Dare To Bird group for young teens – she takes them out on great birding adventures in BC – I thoroughly recommend you talk to her! She runs the BCRBA and the BC Young Birder Program – she’s an amazing person, best birder I know. Any Bird Ids I’m not sure of – I always ask Melissa! She’s a very ethical photographer and really knows and cares about the birds and the natural environment here in BC. Here is a link to her Blog – http://daretobird.blogspot.ca/search/label/young%20birder%20trip

I’d like to add that a lot of young people nowadays are very interested in the environment and conscious of climate change and are doing great things to raise awareness. I follow Greta Thunberg and have enormous respect for this young person trying to wake the world up to the danger our planet is in. Our children hold the key to the future! I also follow many young birders on social media and their skill and attention to detail and their ethical birding practices are inspiring!

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Thank you for reading my blog! Please follow me on social media for daily updates on my nature, bird and wildlife sightings in the lower mainland – and also for updates on my Wild Vancouver project documentary!

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A list of all my social media links –

My Instagram page is my main social media page for wildlife, birds and raptors is on Instagram – (I usually post here daily)

https://www.instagram.com/pacificnorthwestkate/

My second favorite social media account is Twitter

https://twitter.com/pnwkate

My YouTube channel which has the highest quality resolution for my wildlife videos (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram compress them and they lose resolution quality)

http://www.youtube.com/c/Pacificnorthwestkate

Then I have two other Instagram pages – this is my business page where I sell high resolution copies and prints

https://www.instagram.com/pnw.kate/

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And this Instagram page is for updates about my project documentary Wild Vancouver that I’m hoping to make one day to raise awareness on how important our wild and natural areas are in Vancouver to wildlife and our selves!

https://www.instagram.com/wild_vancouver/

My main Instagram page Pacificnorthwestkate posts automatically here to my Facebook photography page (but I often miss notifications and comments on Facebook – it’s not as user friendly)

https://m.facebook.com/pacificnorthwestkate/

My blog site is on WordPress –

https://pacificnorthwestkateblog.wordpress.com/

My photos at National Geographic Your Shot

https://yourshot.nationalgeographic.com/profile/1373061/

I’m also found on ViewBug and Vero as Pacificnorthwestkate and I contribute some wildlife, bird and nature sightings to eBird and iNaturalist (also as Pacificnorthwestkate)

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Any donations are greatly appreciated to my PayPal account – http://paypal.me/pacificnorthwestkate
Please don’t hesitate to contact me for any specific requests – I often take hundreds of photos every day and only post one or two a day – so I may easy have the image you’re after on file!
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Great horned owl and wildlife encounters

Saturday 24 August 2019 and a wonderful sight to behold

A beautiful great horned owl – tired and sleepy – I always try to be aware of wildlife’s body language and signals that they are stressed or uncomfortable – the owl was not worried about me at all – even nodding off to sleep (illl be uploading video of this sleeping beauty to my YouTube channel) but I’d like to show you a warning sign from other wildlife I saw today – this beaver was in the pond and I knew she has youngsters – when she started repeatedly slapping the water – it was her way of saying – with to her young – “stay away” or she was saying to me “please go away – you’re making me nervous – I have young here” so after she slapped the water I moved away and left her in peace.

Also seen this morning was a lovely coyote in the dawns golden light! She was in the long grass of the marsh and actively hunting for rodents – watch her head and ears tilt from side to side as she tries to locate the prey!!

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When watching wildlife always be aware of their body language and take care not to stress them or endanger them – give them lots of sis e and you’ll be rewarded with wonderful encounters of really natural behaviour!

Enjoy being out in nature but respect the wildlife and natural environment at all times! Please don’t litter, don’t feed wildlife and give wild creatures lots of space and respect their right to be there!

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Tsawassen First Nation

Friday 31 May 2019 and I went to Tsawassen First Nation to have a look at where they propose to build an extension to the Roberts Bank container terminal – the effect this might have on birdlife could be devastating!

Already I notice a lack of raptors after all the construction and building of massive warehouses in the area! What used to be my “go to” place for northern Harriers and red tailed hawks is now a wasteland – a few ducks if I’m lucky!

I certainly hope the powers that be reconsider – although I doubt it – I can see construction and works are already in progress…

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Voting is now closed but I’m so thankful for a the positive feedback from everyone on all my social media – on Instagram Facebook Twitter and YouTube!

A great big THANK YOU to everyone – I’m blown away by all the support for my entry to @storyhive – you’re all amazing! I really appreciate all the votes, shares, likes and comments and messages I’ve received in support of the wildlife and nature documentary I’m wanting to produce!! I can’t tell you how much your support has meant!! Thank you!

There are some really great projects to compete with and professional film crews so your votes have meant a lot to me!! Thank you! Results will be out in July – I’ll keep you posted but for now it’s back to regular programming (no more spamming for votes lol) – wildlife on @pacificnorthwestkate and nature and scenic on @pnw.kate and updates on my @storyhive project documentary will be posted to @wild_vancouver – I’m also on YouTube and Twitter.

Thank you so much to friends, family and followers – your support is what keeps me going and fighting for wildlife!!

Kindest regards

Kate

@pacificnorthwestkate

@pnw.kate

@wild_vancouver

https://www.storyhive.com/project/show/id/4826

Delta birding

It’s winter here in Vancouver BC Canada and our shores are being visited by some wonderful migratory visitors! I recently visited the delta region of Vancouver and was rewarded with some great wildlife sightings and photos!

Murmurations of migratory birds full the skies with the dancing waves of magic!

And in the background of this video, on the strait of Georgia, the BC Ferries boat sail across to vancouver island from the Tsawassen ferry terminal in delta

While Snowgeese sleep in a white band on the sea some trumpeter swans swim closer to the marshy shore – their lovely trumpeting call sounding across the water in beautiful melodies..

And in this video a young bald eagle sits perched on a driftwood stump on the edge of the marsh quite innocently watching the lovely swans when suddenly a northern harrier comes in and chases him away! Wonderful to watch the interaction between all the species!

Short eared owls are here too for the winter and hunt the marshlands along with the harriers in wonderful flying displays! I could watch them all day!

Bird watching is so rewarding – wrap up warm against the colder winter weather and get outside and be amazed!!

Winters day – December 1st 2018

Saturday 1 December 2018 at Deas Island regional park on the Fraser river in Vancouver BC Canada – had a fantastic day birding – weather started very cloudy and cold but soon brightened up!

Wrap up warm for winter birding in Vancouver – warm (waterproof) jacket, gloves, boots and a beanie or scarf – especially if you’re out early like me – although the sunrise wasn’t very spectacular today there were lots of birds and wildlife out and about to watch and photograph! Including this little grey squirrel eating the bright red berries in the holly bush!! So cute!

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First bird sighting was a sweet little golden crowned kinglet – fluttering through the undergrowth and bramble bushes! When watching birds always keep your distance and follow Audobons guide to ethical birding behaviour! Nature will reward you!

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Then over head were squabbling bald eagles, jostling for position of a high branch in the cottonwoods trees overlooking the Fraser

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And highlight of the day was this beautiful peregrine falcon – crop full and a blood stained beak – he posed beautifully for me!! What a pleasure to see this beautiful raptor!

Red tailed hawks were plentiful – some are very shy and fly away before I can get any shots but this one soared overhead – enjoying the warming thermals of air – such a lovely raptor! Other red tails I managed to photograph through the trees – they obviously felt safe with some branches between us!

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I also managed to see a lovely heron – down out of the wind – in s little spot of sunshine – what s good idea- I took this close up video so you can see how beautiful he is!! One of my favourite birds!!

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And finally a selection of scenic photographs from today for you to enjoy! A bit grey and overcast – but the visibility was very good so I managed some great shots across to the north shore mountains – covered in snow! Beautiful scenery today!

King tides in Richmond BC Canada

 

 

King tides and heavy winter rain storms raised the water levels here in Richmond BC Canada recently – 27 November 2018 – and the marshland was flooded! All the little rodents and voles were flushed out of their burrows and I got to watch some spectacular wildlife action as the crows and raptors picked off the little creatures to feast on!

 

Watching wildlife can sometimes be a bit distressing but one has to remember that in the wild its all about survival – and the circle of life – eat or be eaten! I have a few videos to share with you from the past few days – I find it fascinating watching wildlife and nature in action – although I did feel quite sorry for all the little voles. This is not an unusual event by the way – it happens every year and over the winter the marsh floods several times! I suppose its a way of controlling the rodent population.

 

I firmly believe in ethical birding and wildlife watching as outlined in Audubons Guide to Ethical Birding and I also believe in a policy of non intervention – unless its a raptor in obvious distress – then I call OWL Rehab in Delta to come and assist – I leave it to the experts – I don’t ever try and interfere! It never ends well when man tries to ‘help’! People may mean well – but feeding, touching and handling wildlife should never be encouraged – wild creatures can pick up diseases from us and their rescue should be left to the people that know what to do!

 

My first video show the flooded marsh yesterday (during a break from the rain) – in it you can see all the snowgeese and the aircraft taking off from YVR International Airport – they have a Wildlife Control team that uses raptors, dogs and fireworks to keep the migratory flocks of snowgeese off the runway!

 

 

This video below shows a Red Tailed Hawk that has plucked a vole from the flooded marsh and then flies up to the higher post to eat it! In winter everyone must gorge and eat whenever they can as picking can be lean in the cold dark months of winter.

 

This video is wonderful – it shows the quite mesmerizing display of murmurating noisy, beautiful snowgeese as they take off having possibly seen a bald eagle over head! Dizzy and hypnotic watching these beautiful birds!

 

 

And finally – this video shows a beautiful young bald eagle as he flies down to pluck a rodent from the flooded marsh! Wonderful to watch!

 

There are more videos  and photos (I upload daily) on my YouTube channel, Instagram, Facebook and Twitter feeds – if you’re interested in seeing more!)

 

YouTube – http://www.youtube.com/c/Pacificnorthwestkate

Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/pacificnorthwestkate/

Twitter – https://twitter.com/pnwkate

Facebook – https://m.facebook.com/pacificnorthwestkate/

 

Great horned owlet

On a cold day in late winter in Vancouver BC Canada I experienced the most wonderful encounter with a great horned owl and her chick! I had been watching the nest all through the winter for any signs and was rewarded with this! Please watch my YouTube video and enjoy! The adult wakes her baby and feeds him some rabbit that was delivered to the nest site by her mate earlier – after eating she gently wraps the baby into her chest feathers – hiding him from the cold weather and the world! Too wonderful for words!!

I am lucky enough to live in the beautiful city of Vancouver in British Columbia, Canada! We live in the delta if the Fraser River and are visited every winter by thousands of migratory birds! Along with the Snowgeese, dunlins, dowitchers, northern pintail ducks and the many, many migratory visitors come the raptors! Snowy owls, short eared owls, rough legged hawks, red tailed hawks and bald eagles! Some ate resident here and some just winter here! As an avid birder and wildlife watcher the colder weather brings really interesting sights and sounds!

I try to always be an ethical birder and photographer – always respecting wildlife and their right to space! Don’t chase snowy or short eared owls through the marsh for that perfect photo – totally unacceptable behaviour!! Never bait and never flush – and pack in, pack out (never litter!) – sadly not everyone follows Audobons guide to ethical birding that I do! I keep my endangered bird sightings to myself until they have left the area! And the same applies to nesting birds.

These great horned owls I’ve been watching for months – years even! They breed every year here and I look forward to watching the baby owls grow as they have such lovely characters! Wildlife watching is so rewarding if you give it space and respect their right to live without mans interference!

Please watch my video showing this lovely encounter on a cold day earlier this year –

https://youtu.be/QpUEFhoZNKs