Night-Heron, Finch & Falcon

It was sunny and cold when I made my way to help out at Reifel this afternoon. On arriving the parking lot was not anywhere near close to being full. Perhaps the Canucks  and Grey Cup games had something to do with it. Highlight from the morning walk was a Golden Eagle. On starting out my attention was immediately drawn to one of the regular Night-Heron trees.

Black-crowned Night-Heron
Black-crowned Night-Heron

One of the juvenile Black-crowned Night-Heron present this fall/winter was sitting relatively in the open. Next stop was the platform over looking Fullers Slough. Apparently the Harris’s Sparrow was seen there in the morning, but I could not locate it. From there I made my out to the tower. From the high ground I scanned the skies, but no sign of the Golden Eagle. One of the regular Great Horned Owls was along the east dyke trail, but still not in a good spot for photos. Later in the afternoon,

Purple Finch
Purple Finch

… along the centre dyke trail I manage this shot of a Purple Finch feeding on the berries. And as the sun was starting to set on my way back,

Peregrine Falcon
Peregrine Falcon

… this Peregrine Falcon in the usual raptor snag.

Peregrine & Merlin

The tidal flats at Boundary Bay today were as quiet as my last visit a couple of days ago. I did try for a short while to get some Pipits, but they were not cooperating.

Pectoral Sandpiper
Pectoral Sandpiper

There were a couple of small groups of Pectoral Sandpipers present with a lone Least Sandpiper. The action for the afternoon came courtesy of a Peregrine Falcon. Ever present in this area when the shorebirds are migrating,

Peregrine Falcon
Peregrine Falcon

… this Peregrine swooped in low along the beach snagging one of the few Pectoral Sandpipers. On the topic of falcons,

Merlin
Merlin

… this Merlin was perched in a tree as I arrived back at my car. A nice bonus shot to end the day.

Peregrine Falcon

The sun made an appearance today and made for a pleasant afternoon to be out for a walk. It was back to Brunswick Point to see if I could get the Prairie Falcon in better light. While it did show up in the trees along the dyke, it was not in a good spot for photos. While spending time waiting and watching,

Peregrine Falcon
Peregrine Falcon

… another falcon showed up and caught my attention. This Peregrine Falcon was busy eating its prey.

Peregrine Falcon
Peregrine Falcon

The tree it landed in was close to the dyke,

Peregrine Falcon
Peregrine Falcon

… and after eating this Peregrine seemed quite content to just sit and digest awhile.

Peregrine Falcon
Peregrine Falcon

It was quite approachable at this point and allowed for some nice shots. Quality time like this with a Peregrine Falcon does not happen often.