Harlequin Ducks. Photos taken by Captain Yves with a zoom lens.

Harlequin Ducks

March 20, 2020

THE NATURAL WORLD OF SOUTHERN VANCOUVER ISLAND THROUGH THE LENS OF CAPTAIN YVES -PART 17 The blue, chestnut, and white males, along with the grayish females, breed mainly along whitewater rivers and winter on rocky windswept coasts. The colloquial name for the Harlequin Duck is “Sea Mouse” from the squeaks …

Male Northern Pintail. Pictures taken y Captain Yves with a zoom lens

Northern Pintail

March 18, 2020

THE NATURAL WORLD OF SOUTHERN VANCOUVER ISLAND THROUGH THE LENS OF CAPTAIN YVES- PART 16 Nothern Pintails are the most numerous ducks after the Mallards, at one time it was estimated that there were 10 million of them in North America! They can be found frequently in Victoria during the …

Dunlins flying over Esquimalt Lagoon. Picture taken by Captain Yves with a zoom lens.

Dunlins

March 17, 2020

The Natural World of Southern Vancouver Island through the lens of Captain Yves- PART 15 The Dunlin was once called the Red-backed Sandpiper due to its wonderful rusty back plumage it has during breeding season. Now they are named after their dull non breeding plumage. Dun originates from an old …

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 …

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