Varied Thrush. Pictures taken by Captain Yves with a zoom lens.

Varied Thrush

April 5, 2020

THE NATURAL WORLD OF SOUTHERN VANCOUVER ISLAND THROUGH THE LENS OF CAPTAIN YVES-PART 31 These little guys are hard to find as they like to spend their time in the quiet old forests of the Pacific Northwest. This species is very shy and secretive. Hints that a Varied Thrush is …

Pileated Woodpecker. Pictures by Captain Yves with a zoom lens.

Pileated Woodpecker

April 4, 2020

THE NATURAL WORLD OF SOUTHERN VANCOUVER ISLAND THROUGH THE LENS OF CAPTAIN YVES- PART 30 This punk rocker looking bird is one of the biggest and most striking forest birds on the continent! They do not sing however, their very loud “kuk kuk kuk kuk kuk” noise is just as …

Cooper's Hawk. Pictures taken by Captain Yves with a zoom lens.

Cooper’s Hawk

April 3, 2020

THE NATURAL WORLD OF SOUTHERN VANCOUVER ISLAND THROUGH THE LENS OF CAPTAIN YVES- PART 29 They were named in 1828 by Charles Bonaparte, a French naturalist in honor of his friend and fellow ornithologist William Cooper. Cooper’s Hawks can be found from Canada all the way down to the North …

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

Killdeer

April 2, 2020

THE NATURAL WORLD OF SOUTHERN VANCOUVER ISLAND THROUGH THE LENS OF CAPTAIN YVES- PART 28 They are part of the plover family. The bird is given its unusual name from the sound it makes. A loud and far-carrying kill-deer is called out often in flight and is common even after dark. …

Male Anna's Hummingbirds. Pictures taken by Captain Yves with a zoom lens.

Anna’s Hummingbird

March 31, 2020

THE NATURAL WORLD OF SOUTHERN VANCOUVER ISLAND THROUGH THE LENS OF CAPTAIN YVES- PART 27 This quick moving bird looks like a jewl in the sky, thier emerald green adn vibrant pink feathers are a gorgeous sight easily missed if you blink. Not only quick but small too, these hummingbirds …

Gull at Esquimalt Lagoon.Pictures taken by captain Yves with a zoom lens.

Gulls/Seagulls

March 30, 2020

THE NATURAL WORLD OF SOUTHERN VANCOUVER ISLAND THROUGH THE LENS OF CAPTAIN YVES-PART 26 Gulls are typically a medium to large bird and one that we are all very familiar with. The harsh wailing or squawking calls remind us all of being near the beach and having to protect your …

Ring-necked Duck. Pictures taken by captain Yves with a zoom lens.

Ring-necked Duck

March 29, 2020

THE NATURAL WORLD OF SOUTHERN VANCOUVER ISLAND THROUGH THE LENS OF CAPTAIN YVES- PART 25 The name originated from the hard to see chestnut collar on the black neck of this duck. It is not a very evident marked in the field but it is one that jumped out to …

Bufflehead (background). Picture taken by Captain Yves with a zoom lens.

Bufflehead

March 28, 2020

THE NATURAL WORLD OF SOUTHERN VANCOUVER ISLAND THROUGH THE LENS OF CAPTAIN YVES- PART 24 Not only are these ducks quite, they also have a fantasitic name! Buffleheads (in the background of the picture) are a sexually dimorphic species. The males show off with their striking black and white appearence …

American Robin. Pictures taken by Captain Yves with a zoom lens.

American Robin

March 27, 2020

THE NATURAL WORLD OF SOUTHERN VANCOUVER ISLAND THROUGH THE LENS OF CAPTAIN YVES- PART 23 Our good friend the Robin, with its warm orangey red chest, cheery song and appearances in winter often make people think of The Christmas Period. This species are a common sight across Victoria, on lawns …

Lesser Scaup. Picture taken by Captain Yves with a zoom lens.

Lesser Scaup

March 26, 2020

THE NATURAL WORLD OF SOUTHERN VANCOUVER ISLAND THROUGH THE LENS OF CAPTAIN YVES- PART 22 Males and females of this species look different. Pictured above is a female with her chocolaty brown plumage. The males are a beautifully delicate mix of black and white. Tight groups of Lesser Scaups congregate …

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