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By: edkeagle (offline) on Tuesday, January 18 2011 @ 01:33 AM EST  
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Reifel, 1-10-11, continued. Click to enlarge

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By: edkeagle (offline) on Tuesday, January 18 2011 @ 01:37 AM EST  
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Mature eagles on tree next to observation tower
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By: edkeagle (offline) on Tuesday, January 18 2011 @ 01:39 AM EST  
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Red-winged Blackbirds
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By: edkeagle (offline) on Tuesday, January 18 2011 @ 01:43 AM EST  
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Black-crowned Night-Heron
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Hawk, possibly Red-Tailed, soaring over grasslands
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By: edkeagle (offline) on Tuesday, January 18 2011 @ 01:45 AM EST  
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By: edkeagle (offline) on Tuesday, January 18 2011 @ 01:48 AM EST  
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By: edkeagle (offline) on Tuesday, January 18 2011 @ 01:49 AM EST  
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By: edkeagle (offline) on Tuesday, January 18 2011 @ 01:51 AM EST  
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Reifel 1-10-11, continued. Northern Saw-whet Owl. This owl was in a tree just off the trail past the entrance gate. One of the volunteers at the gift shop/entrance station had told us where to look. Otherwise, I doubt if we would have spotted it. It usually sleeps by day in thick vegetation and when discovered it “freezes” and relies on its camouflage rather than flying away. Source: American Museum of Natural History, Birds of North America, Page 345. Click to enlarge.

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By: edkeagle (offline) on Tuesday, January 18 2011 @ 01:53 AM EST  
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Reifel, 1-10-11, continued. Great Horned Owl. These two owls were on an inside branch of a tree about 200 yards down the trial from the Northern Saw-whet. They were easy to spot, thanks to three photographers who had set up tripods below the tree. It is the top predator in its food chain, often killing and eating other owls. Its deep hoots are often heard in movie soundtracks. Source: American Museum of Natural History, Birds of North America, Page 336. Click to enlarge.

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By: edkeagle (offline) on Tuesday, January 18 2011 @ 01:56 AM EST  
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Northern Hawk Owl, 1-10-11. We had left Reifel and were about a mile or so outside the sanctuary when we noticed several vehicles had pulled off to the side of the road and several people had set up tripods with giant lenses. The day had started sunny, but the sky was now overcast. This owl is seldom seen, likes to perch at the tip of a branch, and is a powerful flier and an active daytime hunter. Source: American Museum of Natural History, Birds of North America, Page 340. Click to enlarge.

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By: edkeagle (offline) on Tuesday, January 18 2011 @ 01:59 AM EST  
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Northern Hawk Owl, 1-10-11. Final photos from Reifel trip. Click to enlarge

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By: Pat B (offline) on Tuesday, January 18 2011 @ 01:02 PM EST  
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Wow,Ed
What a treasure trove there - thank you for sharing your gems with us!
Did you expect to see a Northern Hawk owl - or was that a bonus?

Did I read the sign correctly - all of this is available in Delta?

I loved the coots - they looked like they were in a ballet Grin



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By: PacNorWest (offline) on Thursday, January 20 2011 @ 01:55 PM EST  
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Hi Ed * Thanks for bringing us your wonderful photos. What a great day you had !! It has been years since I was there. I'll have to go up again on a dry day. Very cool that you saw all those Owls. The bird that you identified as a possible RTH is actually a Northern Harrier. The white rump is the giveaway. Cheers !


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By: edkeagle (offline) on Thursday, January 20 2011 @ 06:33 PM EST  
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PEB, The Northern Hawk definitely was a bonus. The only reason I saw it was because of all the birders with their tripods. Oh, FYI Reifel is just south of the Vancouver airport, about a 15-30 minute drive depending on traffic.

Doug, Thanks for setting me straight on the Harrier. Reifel is somewhat predictable in that the Sandhills, the Wood Ducks, and Coots always seem to be around no matter the season. Usually, there’s a bonus and this visit it was seeing the owls.


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By: sassyk (offline) on Friday, January 21 2011 @ 01:25 PM EST  
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:hello:Wow Ed, what a bonus to see the owlsLeft thumb up Your photos are absolutely beautifulLeft thumb up I have never been to the Reifel Bird Sanctuary and I'm going to get there sometime this year, for sureNodding yes I'm anxious to see the Sandhill CranesNodding yes


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By: PacNorWest (offline) on Friday, January 28 2011 @ 01:46 PM EST  
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Mud Bay / Boundary Bay Dyke Trail * 1-26-11

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This is a flat trail that starts in Surrey, just a few minutes north of White Rock, BC.
It is a dyke that runs along the shoreline of Mud Bay and Boundary Bay. It is mostly a compacted gravel surface, though sections where they were working were quite muddy. A short section is paved. There are many roads that access the trail along the route.
The Mud Bay end of the trail was mostly empty but there were a few walkers, bikers, and folks walking their dogs.
The far end terminates in Boundary Bay park {near Tsawwassen} and there were many more folks enjoying the day along the trail as you get close to the park. Round trip is 40 kilometers {25 miles}. I rode my bike, and spent 6 hours doing it. It could be ridden in about 2 hours, but I stopped very often to watch birds and take hundreds of photos.
The day was mild {40's}, dry, hazy, a high white sky with occasional clearing and sunshine. The views towards the saltwater bay are right into the brightness, so poor for photography. I saw at least 60 eagles, probably many more. There were also Herons, Short-eared Owls, shorebirds {Dunlin, I think}, Northern Harriers, {Canadian} American Wigeons and others.

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This one was cooling it's feet in the bay.
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By: PacNorWest (offline) on Friday, January 28 2011 @ 01:53 PM EST  
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This area is a mix of industrial and farm land with some residential areas nearby.
In this photo you can see a passing train, some of the tall buildings of Vancouver in the near distance, and the mountains behind the city.
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By: PacNorWest (offline) on Friday, January 28 2011 @ 02:27 PM EST  
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A different view of Mt. Baker.
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By: PacNorWest (offline) on Friday, January 28 2011 @ 02:31 PM EST  
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Mud Bay / Boundary Bay Dyke Trail * 1-26-11

Look closely and see how many eagles you can find.
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By: PacNorWest (offline) on Friday, January 28 2011 @ 02:36 PM EST  
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Mud Bay / Boundary Bay Dyke Trail * 1-26-11

There were thousands of shorebirds doing their dance.
Quite amazing to watch, not just the shimmer, glimmering, organic movement, but the sound is also very cool.
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