Easy landing if you're a Mallard. Pictures taken by Captain Yves with a zoom lens

Mallard Ducks

March 16, 2020

THE NATURAL WORLD OF SOUTHERN VANCOUVER ISLAND THROUGH THE LENS OF CAPTAIN YVES- PART 14 The Mallard Duck, the bird pretty much everyone can identify and has probably fed at the park! Mallards occur throughout North America and Eurasia in ponds and parks as well as wilder wetlands and estuaries. …

Spotted Towhee. Pictures taken by Captain Yves with a zoom lens.

Spotted Towhee

March 14, 2020

THE NATURAL WORLD OF SOUTHERN VANCOUVER ISLAND THROUGH THE LENS OF CAPTAIN YVES- PART 13 These sweet little birds are found year round in Victoria. Females are slightly more brown in the head and throat areas than the males who are black. Listen for the Spotted Towhee’s whiny, cat-like mew …

Kingfisher . Pictures taken by Captain Yves with a zoom lens.

Belted Kingfisher

March 13, 2020

THE NATURAL WORLD OF SOUTHERN VANCOUVER ISLAND THROUGH THE LENS OF CAPTAIN YVES- PART 12 A bird with poise and elegance these beautiful creatures flit up and down rivers, ponds and lakes. There are an estimated 1.7 million Belted Kingfishers living from Central to North America Unlike most birds, the …

Male Common Goldeneye. Pictures taken by Captain Yves with a zoom lens.

Common Goldeneye

March 12, 2020

THE NATURAL WORLD OF SOUTHERN VANCOUVER ISLAND THROUGH THE LENS OF CAPTAIN YVES- PART 11 The male Common Goldeneye as pictured above is a vibrant emerald gem in winter months with a hint of amber in the eye. Females had a chocolate brown head with the same “goldeneye” Hunters dubbed …

Golden-crowned Sparrow. Pictures taken by Captain Yves with a zoom lens.

Golden-crowned Sparrow

March 11, 2020

THE NATURAL WORLD OF SOUTHERN VANCOUVER ISLAND THROUGH THE LENS OF CAPTAIN YVES – PART 10 The golden -crowned sparrow is one of the least known of our songbirds. It is here in the winter and goes north to Alaska during the breeding season. It feeds on seeds and insects …

Brant Geese. Pictures taken by Captain Yves with a zoom lens.

Brant Geese

March 10, 2020

THE NATURAL WORLD OF SOUTHERN VANCOUVER ISLAND THROUGH THE LENS OF CAPTAIN YVES- PART 9 This species of goose has a smaller bill than the Canadian goose, a darker neck and a lighter body. Brant Geese breed in the high Arctic tundra and winters along both coasts. A festival is …

Female and Male Hooded Merganser. Pictures Taken by Captain Yves with a zoom lens.

Hooded Mergansers

March 9, 2020

THE NATURAL WORLD OF SOUTHERN VANCOUVER ISLAND THROUGH THE LENS OF CAPTAIN YVES- PART 8 Perhaps less of a hood more of a mohawk? This species of duck is sexually dimorphic, the female (left) has a dark to light brown crest while, the male (right) has a striking black and …

Bald Eagle perched at Metshosin

Bald Eagles

March 8, 2020

THE NATURAL WORLD OF SOUTHERN VANCOUVER ISLAND THROUGH THE LENS OF CAPTAIN YVES- PART 7 Ever wondered why they’re called “Bald” when they are covered in feathers? Well Bald is an old English term meaning white spot or patch. The white heads they get on their adult plumage is where …

Common Murre/Guillemot

Common Murre/ Common Guillemot

March 7, 2020

The Natural World of Southern Vancouver Island through the lens of Captain Yves- part 6 They are members of the auk family. They are wide spread on the west coast from Alaska to California and also reside on the East Coast of Canada. Almost every time we take a trip …

Great Yellowlegs at Oak Bay Marina. PIcture taken by Captain Yves with a zoom lens

Greater Yellowlegs

March 6, 2020

The Natural World of Southern Vancouver Island through the lens of Captain Yves- part 5 Not to be confused with the Lesser Yellowlegs, Greater Yellowlegs(GYLs) are larger and longer-billed . Taking advice from runway models, GYLs take large, high-stepping gates when wading through to find food. Sometimes they can be …

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