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Swallow’s saga

  Tree Swallows often nest in the cavities that Northern Flickers have carved in the pilings of docks. A person commits an offence if the person … possesses, takes, injures, molests or destroys a bird or its egg.     … Continue reading

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Species diversity

  A year ago on Canada Day, I posted a collection of my favourite images from the previous decade, and said: “My two-dozen mute portraits offer peeks into the charm and beauty of life in Canada.” Commenting on it, Carlo … Continue reading

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Dead Duck Day

  A month ago, I posted a story, Mallard’s #metoo, about the gang rape of a mommy mallard. At the time, I did not relate my observations to a TED Talk, How a dead duck changed my life, I had … Continue reading

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KCPP boardwalk

  Two years ago, I took a picture of the boardwalk in Kokanee Creek Provincial Park. This path links the creek with the the spawning channel and the Nature Centre. I noted then that plans were underfoot to replace the … Continue reading

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Progress rejection

  At first I was bothered by the way our culture of discardable shipping containers had sullied the talus. Then I thought, maybe the marmots have merely installed lighting in their dens. Finally, I was struck by the whimsy of … Continue reading

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Dabbling pits

  The low water of March is the time to see freshly exposed mud spotted with dabbling pits. Why mud? Why dabbling pits? Turn back the calendar to the normal water level of the previous summer. Waves wash the sandy … Continue reading

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A crest would be a drag

  Only a few birds sport crests. A bird with a crest can raise or lower it, but will raise (erect) it to communicate aggression or sexual arousal. While a crest is sometimes lowered (collapsed) on a perched or floating … Continue reading

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Den failure

  I normally don’t post failures to my blog — there are just too many of them. And who wants to see a blurry picture where a coyote, say, has just left the frame?¬† However, this posting is about a … Continue reading

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Two mammals

  A glance along the list of recent postings (to the right) might lead one to suspect that this blog is classist: biased towards Class Aves; discriminating against Class¬†Mammalia. The list shows many postings about birds, but only a few … Continue reading

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Speeding hare

  I did not realize how amazingly fast a hare can run. I watched two dogs chase a hare across a snow-covered field. The dogs were vastly outclassed. Now, I am not a fan of dogs running free in the … Continue reading

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