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Fall Colours Provide Great Backgrounds

Here in Alberta the Fall Colours don't last long.

2018 has been a great for Warblers and Fall colours. It is rear to be in the right place for a Migrating Warbler Fallout with great Fall Colours.

This week I was surrounded by many difference Warblers migrating through the Calgary area. At least six species was counted. The highlight was the Northern Perula - a rear sitting in Alberta. I was able to get some decent photographs of this bird. I was unsuccessful in getting good photographs of some warblers.

Some warblers seen were Northern Perula, Wilson's Warbler, Orange- crowned Warbler, Nashville Warbler, Tennessee Warbler, and the rear Prothonotary Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler and the Canada Warbler.

It is not easy as many bird photographers know photographing Warblers. They are always forging for food to replenish their strength for their long flight south.

All photos taken with Nikon D 500 with a Nikon 200 - 500mm lens.

"C" means Cooper's Hawk

A well know naturalist here in Calgary, Gus Yaki said the best way to remember the difference between a Cooper's Hawk and a Sharp-shinned Hawk is to remember this phrase. 'C" for Cooper's Hawk because of the curved tail feathers. For the Sharp-shinned Hawk remember Square because the feathers on the sharp-shinned Hawk's tail is square.

This has helped me to distinguish between the two hawks even when you spot them sitting on a pearch. 

In the case of the hawk in three photos here it is easy  to see this a Cooper's Hawk  with the curved tail feathers very prominant, a juvenile because of the colouring on the underbelly.

Nikon D 500 with a Niko 200 - 500mm lens.

Vancouver Birding Trip

From the 3 Oct to the 7 Oct I visited Vancouver for some fall bird photography.

I was accompanied by fellow bird photographers Darryl and Michael.

My destination was George C. Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary close to Ladner in the Delta region of the lower mainland of British Columbia. I also went to Boundary Bay and a couple of smaller parks in the same area.

A total of 48 species were seen. I did not get great photos of some of the birds. The Gallery to the right are some of the best.

A treat was the hummingbirds and the Sandhill Cranes. Northern Pintails were easy to approach as were most of the ducks. Greater Yellowlegs and Long billed Dowitchers were the dominant shorebirds.

Trumpeter Swans were starting to migrate and settle in for the winter. A flock of Snow Geese flew over, but did not stop.

Great Blue Herons were common as were Spotted Towhees.

On the second day we did manage to get a photograph of a Pacific Loon as it swam in a salt water canal.