Monday, January 2, 2012

A bit further afield….

With today being the last day of the holidays…we had hoped to get somewhere different…but the weather wasn’t conducive to going anywhere too exciting…so just went for a bit of a drive around nearby Deroche and Nicomen Island…

Great Blue Heron

drove down along the slough on the north side of Nicomen, at Deroche – this is where all the Bald Eagles are hanging out, and have been for a couple of weeks now…didn’t take pictures of them…they had enough ‘admirers’ and I have ample opportunity for eagle pictures right here at home.  Did take a picture of this Great Blue Heron that was posing nicely…

Two male Common Merganser

There were a lot of ducks down at the far end of the slough…all the usual types, Bufflehead, Mallard, American Wigeon, Ring-neck…took a picture of these male Common Merganser because they are notoriously difficult to get close enough to get a decent shot…

Double Crested Cormorant

in another section of the slough we spotted a Double Crested Cormorant

Double Crested Cormorant

and then a bit further down, 6 of them lined up on this log…

at least 11 hernon

crossing back over and driving down the dyke…saw a number of Great Blue Heron sleeping on the shore…this is an area where heron are often found like this.  I can count 11 in this picture, think there are actually 12.

Heron sleeping on the shore

there is a closer look at 5 of them…

More female Common Merganser

there were some female Common Merganser in the same area…so got a shot of them too…

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normally when you drive across Nicomen while on some other errand…you see hundreds of Trumpeter Swans…today there was only 1 family…

Juvenile Trumpeter Swan

here is a close up of one of the two young ones that were there.

Fraser River

swung back and went to a spot where we could walk the dogs…this is the Fraser River….it was getting really dark by then even though it wasn’t even 2 pm yet.

ducks on the bay

back alongside Harrison Bay.  I’d mentioned yesterday the thousands of ducks on the bay…well they were still there today…

Mallard & Northern Pintail

Primarily Mallard but also Northern Pintail

Some Wigeon too

and a bit further along, some American Wigeon mixed in with the Mallard.

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