Canada Birding

Vancouver and Vancouver Island - June 2006

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This Barred Owl was very conveniently sitting high up in a tree right opposite the tree-top walkway at Capilano Suspension Bridge park.   So I was probably 50 feet above ground, although the trees went much much higher.  The camera was hand held with 5x lens attachment in poor light.  This is apparently a common owl but the only one seen during the trip.

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Glaucous-winged Gulls were common along coastal areas around Vancouver and Vancouver Island.   None were seen inland.

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Taken in very dull conditions, these Harlequin Ducks were seen at Campbell River, on the north east side of Vancouver Island.  These were presumably non-breeding birds.   I also saw solitary Harlequin Ducks on the Bow River near Banff, high in the rockies, which presumably were breeding.

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Pelagic Cormorants were fairly common along the coast.  These were photographed at Campbell River.

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Several Belted Kingfishers were seen during the trip, all of them being on the coast.  This individual was at Campbell River at a point where fresh water flowed into the sea.

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The only Purple Martins seen during the trip were at Campbell River where nesting boxes had been provided.  The lower photograph is of a juvenile bird.

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Tree Swallows were seen at several sites both inland and on the coast. 

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This Spotted Towhee was one of several seen at Campbell River.  Although not common, I did see several others during the trip.

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These Bonaparte's Gulls were seen during our two night stay at Knights Inlet.  No others were seen during the trip.

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