While it was mostly sunny at Reifel this afternoon, that was not the case in other parts of the lower mainland according to some visitors. But seeing the clearing to the west, good numbers showed up at the sanctuary. I was not having much luck with anything on the photo front until checking out the inside grassy trail.
That is when this Brown Creeper showed up in front of me. Not having time to set up the tripod I had to shoot this hand held which can be challenging with the big lens.
From there I made my way to the inside ponds. There were several Bufflehead present and a few were being cooperative. These little diving ducks can be quite flighty at times, so it was a pleasant change having them stay put.
The light was cooperating as well, bringing out the iridescent colours in the head which at times just looks black.
Daylight saving time.
Did you remember to change the clock on your camera along with all the others today?
With the next storm front delayed, it meant there was a slight break in the weather today. Unfortunately it was still fairly windy and on the cool side. Being Sunday, I headed out to Reifel to help on the trails. From a birding perspective, it is still fairly quiet at the sanctuary. Wanting to stay out of the wind, the display ponds provided some waterfowl opportunities.
First up was this male Greater Scaup,
… followed by a female.
Next up were some male Northern Pintails,
… busy strutting their stuff as spring approaches.
Then the smaller male Bufflehead,
… whose head is iridescent in the right light.
The inside sloughs had some Gadwall,
… and Northern Shoveler.
To finish the afternoon off, a couple of portraits.
This female Wood Duck,
… and her male counterpart that were hanging around near the entrance.