Black Necked Stilt in Burnaby Lake

Posted by Douglas Brown , Sunday, September 25, 2016 1:06 AM

A rarity for the lower mainland and especially for Burnaby Lake were 4 black necked stilts. I was lucky enough to catch up with them one evening on the last day of August thanks to a mention from a local bird enthusiast.
I think this may well be one of my favourite shore birds


Posted by Douglas Brown , Thursday, December 10, 2015 11:08 PM

This burrowing owl was a rare sighting near our airport, and soon became the target of many not so ethical visitors who pretty much flushed away from it's location. It is a sad day when people cannot just respect endangered wildlife.

An Owl Slideshow

Posted by Douglas Brown , Tuesday, June 26, 2012 10:05 PM

Snowy Owl Photography

Posted by Douglas Brown , Saturday, December 3, 2011 11:03 PM

Although there is concern within the thoughts of birders, and bird photographers, these snowy owls are quite alright with respectful photographers.
Using a decent tele-photo or zoom will result in great shots, without disturbances.
Also getting the shots and getting out is the best option.
At some point in time they need to feed, and the more people who "get that" the better off all will get along.
The birds came to a place where there are many people who use the dike for walks and they are accustomed to seeing people.They like busy airports, and even hang out at the golf course where golfers walk by constantly during the day.

Snowy Owl
More on the return of snowy owls to the area. Apparently about 30 of them

Snowy Owl

Short Eared Owl & Harrier

Posted by Douglas Brown , Sunday, November 20, 2011 12:22 PM

Short Eared Owl & Harrier
Fighting over a vole in mid air...Note the vole in the left side of owl claw.

Short Eared Owl & Harrier

Snowy Owls

Posted by Douglas Brown , Thursday, November 17, 2011 6:32 PM

Snowy Owl

The snowy owls return after a 4 year absence.

Snowy Owl


Posted by Douglas Brown , Wednesday, November 16, 2011 9:43 PM

A rare opportunity for a Merlin to be so accommodating.
Taken at Iona in Richmond.