The following pictures were taken in July in Southern BC and in the San Juan Islands of Washington State. It has been a great summer for variety, although mid-summer tends to be a “slow” period. A recent trip to the Reifel Bird Sanctuary, resulted in the lowest number of species I have seen on an outing there, but with hot, dry weather, I was not surprised.
Western tanager. Taken at Okanagan Lake near Summerland.
Lewis’s woodpecker. Also taken in the Okanagan.
Male ruddy ducks. Tunkwa Lake.
Great grey owl. Taken near Logan Lake.
Female great grey owl with vole it had just caught.
Juvenile great grey owls. Taken near Logan Lake.
Common loon, mother and juvenile. Lac le Jeune.
Feeding time for the baby loons. Lac le Jeune.
Male California quail. Okanagan.
Peregrine falcon. Fraser Valley.
Sooty grouse (female). Manning Park.
Ospreys at the nest. Fraser Valley.
This osprey is about to fledge. When the young osprey opened its wings, the wind lifted the bird, but it did not leave the nest.
Female belted kingfisher. Reifel Sanctuary.
Heerman’s gull. Smith Island (Washington).
Tufted puffin. Smith Island.
A school of fish come to the surface near Smith Island, resulting in a feeding frenzy for gulls, puffins and auklets.
Glaucous-winged gulls feeding on the fish.
Common murre. San Juan Islands, Washington.
Rhinoceros auklet. Smith Island.