I spent the entire day previous to the "Super Blood Wolf Moon Lunar Eclipse" scouting out good locations for my first attempt at photographing the event. At dinner time on eclipse day the weather still was not cooperating so I began racing around the Kelowna & Winfield area looking for a spot that had the … Continue reading Super Blood Wolf Moon Lunar Eclipse – January 20th, 2019
On July the 29th I decided to go down to Christina creek in southern B.C. to photograph and document the occurrence of the provincially rare damselfly, the River Jewelwing, Calopteryx aequabilis...
This year my attention was captured and redirected toward the photographic study of dragonflies & damselflies, also known as "Odonates", or "Odonata". Moved by the beauty, mystery, and incredible flying prowess of this 300 million-year-old evolutionary success story, I decided to devote...
There back! Our beautiful, cryptically feathered nighthawk friends have returned from there winter vacation in the Southern Americas, heralding the arrival of the summer in central and southern British Columbia! I heard my very first CONI "peent" of the year and found this handsome male calling from a nearby acacia tree along the southern Thompson … Continue reading They’re Back! The Nighthawks have returned…
It was time to revisit an area I had gone rockhounding in near the Chilcotin area where I had seen some lovely hawks & and my first Great Grey Owl last year. During my previous visit I had been searching for opal & agate on a steep rocky outcrop high above the logging road when … Continue reading Rockhounding, Raptors, & some very Rare nighthawk observations near the Chilcotin.
An early summer camping & birding trip to Okanagan Falls Provincial Park Campground this year proved to be one of my more memorable adventures as my birdwatching interest began to seriously deepen. Within a week, I managed to list almost 60 different species of birds, a huge first in my 5 year gradual seduction into … Continue reading The First Adventure of the “Nighthawk Whisperer”
Here are a few pictures from this last month of birding & an update to my nightjar surveying adventures. After completing 6 nightjar surveys, my curiosity about these mysterious birds deepened. According to the National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America, subspecies map page 552, the Chordeiles Minor, sp. Minor, have a … Continue reading It’s been an awesome month for birding, and for the Nightjars!
Winter is just beginning to loosen it's icy grip to spring. I think I may have seen, Jack-in-the-green!
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Spring has sprung, the grass has 'riz, I wonders wheres the birdies iz..?
I tried to pay a birding visit last month to the DRAO facilities, at the White Lake Observatory near OK Falls, BC. , and while I was able to enjoy viewing many of the lovely mountain bluebirds on the observatory grounds, I was quickly swept up in the enthusiasm of Wendell Shuster, the weekend public … Continue reading Dominion Radio Astrophysical Observatory, OK Falls, BC, Canada
It was a fantastic week volunteering for my first time at the VLBO, where I began learning how to assist the Bander In Charge (BIC), Doug Brown, at the Vaseaux Lake Migratory Bird Monitoring Station. Doug is one of the top birders in BC, who possesses an extraordinary wealth of experience & self taught knowledge … Continue reading Vaseaux Lake Birding Observatory
For the second consecutive summer, I have stumbled across a Northern Alligator Lizard. Both were discovered in the southernmost end of the province. Both were found in mountainous terrain perhaps 5-800 feet below the tree-line. Using Audubon's Reptiles & Amphibians App, I discovered it is the only lizard that can be found living up to … Continue reading As luck would have it!