Category Archives: birds

Pin feathers

  By watching eaglets over the last month or so, I discovered pin feathers. Mind you, I would have discovered them much earlier had I done more reading — or kept chickens. A pin feather is just a feather during … Continue reading

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June goulash

  This is a selection of June images none of which had a posting of its own. While not exclusively birds, there is certainly a preponderance of them. Two Bald Eagle chicks still in the nest are scrapping over a … Continue reading

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Heron preens

  As wildlife contortionists go, few exceed the twists of the heron when it preens. It preens to repair its feathers and spread waterproofing oil on them. The Great Blue Heron hunts for fish in Kootenay Lake year round. However, … Continue reading

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Bald, not Golden

  Yesterday, a friend told me that she had just seen a Golden Eagle that was hunting by the lakeshore. I was assured that it must have been a golden as it was particularly large and brown.  Hmm…, I was … Continue reading

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May goulash

  This is a collection of images from this May, none of which has had a posting of its own. As spring is upon us, this collection is diverse, but hardly exhaustive. Of our three regular hummingbirds, the Calliope is … Continue reading

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Snipe’s snag

  I went looking for grizzlies, but found a snipe. The Wilson’s Snipe is a secretive shorebird that probes the water’s edge to capture and eat invertebrate larvae. When approached, it flushes with a rapid and erratic flight. This is … Continue reading

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Goshawk

  What does one say about a close observation of a Northern Goshawk? Maybe just, Wow! We certainly have goshawks, but they are uncommon. I have only seen one (at a considerable distance) once before. This one was found by … Continue reading

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Rufous

  It is May and the hummingbird season has begun with the Rufous — the scrappiest of our three regular hummingbirds. I look forward to seeing the other two. A female Rufous Hummingbird stops by. A male Rufous Hummingbird does … Continue reading

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Barrow’s Goldeneye

  Occasionally when I manage a reasonably good shot, I use it as an opportunity to discuss the species. Such is the case with the Barrow’s Goldeneye couple, below; they are one of our two goldeneye ducks. The other is … Continue reading

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April goulash

  This is a collection of April’s images, each of which lacked a posting of its own. A Tree Swallow couple prepares to do housekeeping. The Northern Pintail is most often seen in the spring and fall as it migrates … Continue reading

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