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Pictures of Birds

In preparation for going on safari in South Africa, I wanted to practice with the zoom lens (70 – 210mm) on Julie’s all-manual Pentax K-1000 camera. We went out to the George C. Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary. It’s 300 hectares of managed wetlands south of Vancouver, with plenty of trails and some gorgeous views. It’s unusual terrain for the Lower Mainland, and has been host to over 250 species of birds. I’m no ornithology expert, but it’s a great place to walk around and, you know, look at birds.

The photos are here. They’re not in the same class (they’re not even in the same school) as Mr. vanderWoning, but I was pleased to even get animals roughly in focus at distance. The zoom lens permitted me to shoot this sandcrane while still heeding this sign’s warning. I made a couple into lousy wallpapers as well.

7 Responses to “Pictures of Birds”

  1. Ray

    Hey! Nice linkage, thanks!

    I like your duck row shot, and the tranquil spot images. They have a wonderful old-school feel to them. And they’re very nicely composed.

  2. Meghan

    What a lovely place, and I wish I had a zoom lens like that on my 35mm Canon. Also, I think those “blue birds” are steller jays, but I’m not sure – beautiful colour!

  3. Winston Smith

    “Duck Row” is phenomenal! Can we get a larger-sized image…?

  4. Bird Brain

    The “blue birds” are definitely not Stellar Jays. Stellar Jays have a dark grey head (not black) and a prominent crest (similar to a cardinal’s).

    I really liked the red-wing blackbird photo.

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