American wigeon

American wigeon

Owl

Owl

George C Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary

George C Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary

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Last week I accompanied my friend Bonnie and her husband on a day trip to the George C. Reifel Bird Sanctuary in British Columbia.  This was my first trip to this refuge, and it was a spectacular place for walking groomed trails and watching birds.  They do allow visitors to feed the birds (they sell birdseed), so many birds seem accustomed to people and you can get very close.  This was wonderful for making photographs.  I find it very difficult to take pictures of birds because they move so quickly and it is hard to anticipate their moves.  Too often my photos look like this:

Photograph of lion swallow

Photograph of lion swallow

Here are some of my better photographs of the wild birds and views within the sanctuary:

Female mallard ducks

Female mallard ducks

Female and male wood ducks

Female and male wood ducks

Northern pintail

Northern pintail

Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary

Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary

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Canada goose

Canada goose

A bird in the hand . . .

A bird in the hand . . .

American wigeon

American wigeon

Birder on a dike trail

Birder on a dike trail

We were very lucky because a vagrant Great Gray Owl had made a temporary stop at the sanctuary.  The owl had settled in a non-public area, but the staff took people back in small groups to see it — a rare sighting of this wild bird.

Great Gray Owl

Great Gray Owl

Watercolor sketches of wood duck

Watercolor sketches of wood duck

Watercolor sketches of female mallard

Watercolor sketches of female mallard