Sandhill Crane Colt

I was at Reifel this morning helping out at the Sandhill Crane nesting area. The lone colt hatched a week ago today. It was overcast with a light drizzle and only one other photographer in addition to myself and another volunteer.

Sandhill Crane
Sandhill Crane

Initially they were keeping their distance,

Sandhill Crane
Sandhill Crane

… but when I came back later they were closer to the benches and a few other people were now present.

Sandhill Crane
Sandhill Crane

We were treated to some good opportunities for close up shots …

Sandhill Crane
Sandhill Crane

… of the colt interacting with and being fed by the adult Sandhill Cranes.

Sandhill Crane
Sandhill Crane

The colt also provided chances for solo portraits while ambling through the grass. So far, it appears healthy and to be doing well.

 

Wood Duck + Cackling Goose

This afternoon at Reifel the Wood Ducks seemed particularly busy. While you would think it would be getting close to the time to see some ducklings,

Wood Duck
Wood Duck

… they were active in the branches. This pair was in close proximity to a nesting box while providing this nice interaction.

Wood Duck
Wood Duck

Then this male Wood Duck also struck a nice pose while in the trees.

Odd man out today,

Cackling Goose
Cackling Goose

… was this lone Cackling Goose on the trail by the centre display ponds.

On the way home along Westham Island Road,

Brewer's Blackbird
Brewer’s Blackbird

… I stopped briefly for this Brewer’s Blackbird. This is a fairly reliable location to see them.

Rufous Hummingbird Nest

A nice afternoon and good crowd at Reifel when I showed up to help out on the trails this afternoon.

The highlight today was a Rufous Hummingbird nest along the centre dyke trail. It was on an evergreen branch overhanging the slough visible from the lower inside trail. Another volunteer and myself spent the whole afternoon there with a scope and camera set up. With two young in the nest being fed, it was the source of much entertainment.

This video actually turned out better than any of my still shots.