The warbler quest started off in Deas Island Park this afternoon. While there were lots around, including a brief glimpse of another Townsend’s, none were alighting in spots that were any good for photos. Not wanting to end the day empty handed, I stopped by the North 40 on my way home.
While I had great late afternoon light,
… and plenty of Yellow-rumped Warblers,
… getting them in the open was proving difficult again.
But that is what keeps us going back out there, always striving for the better shot.
A new season is upon us with autumn arriving in the wee hours this morning. I headed out for a walk at Reifel this afternoon as it was supposed to clear up. On arriving there were a few clear patches amongst the clouds. Just inside the entrance, however, there was a bright spot that stood out,
… several sunflowers that have grown quite tall. I positioned myself to get the softer green background and make sure the brilliant yellow petals stood out. The centre of the sunflower is actually a base for a thousand or more individual flowers joined together.
Moving on to birds, there was not much along the east dyke trail. On checking the outer ponds there were the usual Yellowlegs and Dowitchers. There was over a dozen Pectoral Sandpipers this afternoon, which is more than the one or two that have been seen the last week or two. Of note were two Stilt Sandpipers present with the other shore birds.
Also present in the outer ponds this afternoon were twenty or so Sandhill Cranes. This number included the resident pair and their juvenile.
The juvenile is a small fry no longer and pretty much full grown. It is not unusual to see this many cranes at this time of year. The sanctuary seems to be a popular gathering place for other groups nesting in the Lower Mainland area prior to moving further south. The resident pair stay at the sanctuary year round.
With not much else in the way of photo ops around the ponds I headed back to the area where a White-throated Sparrow had been seen a few days ago. While there was no sign of it,
… there were some Yellow-rumped Warblers. They were actively hawking for insects from the trees. I tried positioning myself on the periphery where they were active and alighting on the branches with their catch. As this area was not in direct sunlight I had to watch my background to make sure it was not too bright and blow out any pictures. Then it was a matter of waiting to see if one would catch something, land close by and not be obstructed by branches or leaves. That is not asking for too much is it?
After waiting patiently, one finally came into the branches in front of me.
Just what I was hoping for. I have mentioned it before and will again, be patient and put in the time. Then you will increase your chances for opportunities like this. It also helped that it was quiet people wise. No other visitors walking by disturbing the birds and their feeding behaviour.
I had to leave after this, but it was a good start for the fall season.