American Bittern

It was a rather gloomy and damp day so I was not expecting much.

American Bittern
American Bittern

Much to my delight this American Bittern emerged from the reeds.

American Bittern
American Bittern

Better yet,

American Bittern
American Bittern

… it did not seem to mind my walking along side.

American Bittern
American Bittern

This Bittern definitely made my day allowing me to be this close with what is usually a fairly elusive bird.

Mallards, Coots & Northern Pintail

With the cooler weather I spent a little time this afternoon watching and photographing some of the waterfowl on the frozen ponds. Not too many birds around on the ice, but a few opportunities did present themselves. I started off with some Mallards,

Mallard
Mallard
Mallard
Mallard
Mallard
Mallard
Mallard
Mallard
Mallard
Mallard
Mallard
Mallard

…followed by American Coot,

American Coot
American Coot
American Coot
American Coot

… and finishing off with a couple of Northern Pintails.

Northern Pintail
Northern Pintail
Northern Pintail
Northern Pintail

Long-eared Owl

Common to the interior portions of British Columbia a regular winter visitor to the Reifel, Boundary Bay and Lower Mainland areas is the Long-eared Owl. While roosting during the day they can be hard to spot in dense trees or bramble. But, every once and a while, they will show up a little more out in the open.

Long-eared Owl
Long-eared Owl

Such was the case this Sunday at Reifel when this Long-eared Owl was located beside the centre dyke trail. While still somewhat obstructed by branches, it did provide good views and a photo opportunity.