Wildlife

I have to say that one of the best things in my life, are my children.  Yes, they drive me crazy -at times, but they have also taught me so much about myself and the world around me.  When young children see wildlife, perhaps a species they have not seen before, they get so excited and amazed.  As we get older, we take our environment for granted and we fail to see what makes the wildlife unique and interesting.  We no longer marvel at how or why these animals evolved.  We don't take the time to observer their behavior, so we never even get to the question ‘How or why are they doing that?’.


When trying to get that distinct picture, you have to take the time to observe and learn about the wildlife.  When I process the images, I get to view the moments of time I captured, in detail.  This often reveals details that the casual observer does not get the chance to see it.  I’m often amazed, fascinated and sometimes amused in what I find, as I review the day’s images.

Polar Bear Cub Framed
Polar Bear Cub Framed

This polar bear cub was perfectly framed by it's mother.

Nesting Anna's Hummingbird
Nesting Anna's Hummingbird

The Anna's Hummingbird is collecting material for her nest.

Yellow Eyed Penguin
Yellow Eyed Penguin

This species of penguin is endangered, with an estimated population of 4000. It is considered one of the world's rarest penguin species. It may be the most ancient of all living penguins.

Sleeping Polar Bears
Sleeping Polar Bears

The cubs are only 6-8 weeks old. They were often observed climbing or sleeping on their mother.

Polar Bear Cubs Framed
Polar Bear Cubs Framed

The polar bear cubs would often shelter under their mother when she stopped to check out what was happening around her.

Sibling Affection
Sibling Affection

Young red fox siblings hanging out. Red foxes come in many colors. In this litter of 10 kits, 3 are the classic red color. The rest are grey or black. The mother fox is a Silver Red Fox.

Snowy Owl Taking Flight
Snowy Owl Taking Flight

The average lifespan in the wild is 10 years. It is one of the largest species of owl and is on average the heaviest owl species. The adult male is virtually pure white, but females and young birds have a high proportion of dark spots.

Landing Short-eared Owl
Landing Short-eared Owl

2017/2018 was a good year for the raptors at Boundary Bay. The Short-eared Owls were especially considerate in their choice of perches.

Bald Eagle Scavenging
Bald Eagle Scavenging

This was a very lucky shot. I had been out for a couple of hours and nothing was happening, so I decided to head home. On the way I spotted a eagle eating something in a tree. Before I could get a shot the eagle flew off, dropping it's prey in to the river. It's partner then retrieved it from the river.

Hunting Northern Harrier
Hunting Northern Harrier

There were a large number of Northern Harriers hunting in the inter-tidal zones of Delta.

Anna's Hummingbird Feeding her Chick
Anna's Hummingbird Feeding her Chick

Anna's hummingbird is 3.9 to 4.3 in long. They are a year long resident of British Columbia and the female raises the young without the assistance of the male. The round, 1.5" to 2.0" diameter nest is constructed of plant fibers, downy feathers and animal hair; the exterior is camouflaged with chips of lichen bound together with spider silk.

Prepares to Pounce
Prepares to Pounce

This young red fox is worried its mother is going to take the piece of rabbit, it has been feeding on. Red foxes come in many colors. In this litter of 10 kits, 3 are the classic red color. The rest are grey or black. The mother fox is a Silver Red Fox.

Red Fox out for a Stroll
Red Fox out for a Stroll

This is a young Red Fox.

Sandhill Crane Feeding Chick
Sandhill Crane Feeding Chick

Sandhill Cranes are an ancient species with a fossil record dating back between 2.5 - 10 million years.

Mountain Goats Watching for Danger
Mountain Goats Watching for Danger

These mountain goat visited the mountain camp site in the mornings to search out salty deposits...

Mallard Duck Resting with Chicks
Mallard Duck Resting with Chicks

This Mallard duck had another 7 chicks lined up further along the floating log.

Mallard Duck Hearding her Brood
Mallard Duck Hearding her Brood

When this picture was taken there were 12 ducklings. In the following week I revisited the pond several times. Each time the number of ducklings declined. The last time I got to observer the brood there were only 5 left.

Red Billed Seagull
Red Billed Seagull

Red billed seagulls are native to New Zealand.

Mute Swan Portrait
Mute Swan Portrait

Mute swans have been around for over 6,000 years and are native to Europe. The name 'mute' derives from it being less vocal than other swan species.

Black Swan
Black Swan

The Black Swan is native to Australia and New Zealand. The swans were reintroduced in the 1870's.