Mandarin Duck: From Molt to Magnificent

This gallery contains 5 photos. Over the course of several months this year, I had the privilege of witnessing one of Nature’s most stunning creatures undergo a stunning transformation from egad-what-on-earth-is-that to drop-dead-gorgeous. 

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Baird(s) on the Beach!

This gallery contains 4 photos. The caption of this post is my whimsical nod to both Shakespeare and shorebirds (being a fan of both). Those of you who live on the West Coast will be familiar with this summer festival. 🙂 Continue reading


Mountain Chickadee

This gallery contains 3 photos. On December 14, 2017, I made the acquaintance of a Mountain Chickadee at the home and open invitation of some very gracious local birders (whom I also met for the first time). As its name implies, Continue reading

Blue Jay!

This gallery contains 3 photos. On Christmas Eve 2017, I had the fortune of encountering a Blue Jay in Richmond. A common sight in just about every province east of British Columbia (and a particularly iconic bird  Continue reading

Steller’s Jay(s)

This gallery contains 3 photos. Those rich azure feathers make it one of the most recognizable and attractive birds in Metro Vancouver, but I’ve never had much luck with that master of mimicry, the Steller’s Jay. The official  Continue reading