Post by nickinthegarden on Dec 29, 2018 15:02:05 GMT -8
As some of you know I am an avid bird/wildlife photographer and I have shared some of my images with this group. One of my favorite postings on the Birding in BC site was the yearly sharing of people's favorite or best images. That group seems to have faded away but our group is still active. Most of my stuff I keep on my Flickr page but these were a few that I particularly liked that I shot in the Fraser Valley during 2018.
Photographing birds on the Sumas Prairie requires a slightly different technique where one uses one's vehicle as a mobile blind. It does not always work but as I pulled up to a stop sign I spotted this Belted Kingfisher perched on a pipe sticking out of a ditch.
One of the great joys I found when moving to Abbotsford 3 years ago are the availability of American Kestrels. This year was not quite as plentiful as other years with them but I was very pleased to get a pair on them (unfortunately on a wire).
I was at Silver Lake just southwest of Hope and when I got out of the truck I heard a lot of birds making a big fuss. I went down to check it out and I found that a pair of Barred Owls had been treed by Steller Jays, Robins, Crows and Varied Thrush.
Amazing photos!! I love the barred owls with the varied thrush in the background!
It's funny, I actually just logged into the website to start the top 3 photos from BC and outside of BC threads but you beat me to it! I'll definitely contribute although my outings were a little more limited this year...
Nick, thanks for starting. Randy, thanks for the intention!
Great photos guys. Kingfishers can be shy and difficult to get a nice shot. The kestrel pair and owls are both unique and nicely framed; no need to crop for maximum frame fill and I like how they're composed! Randy, especially nice shot of the White-throated. Great yard bird.
Here are my favourites from the year. I didn't get around too much this year so only have Fraser Valley to share.