The dark gets closer and closer
Sunrise At Jerhicho Pier
I enjoy a good walk in the morning, and
birding can be a great reason to get up before your family and
spend some time outside. One Sunday morning I decided to get
up and drive over to Jerhicho peer to see if I could catch a
migratory bird coming through. I got a great sunrise but I
only had birding lenses so I couldn't capture the city in sunrise.
After walking the shore for a while, I was convinced there was
nothing to be seen so I went a little further inland to look
around. One stretch of trail has Common Tansy - an invasive
plant that does really well in dry conditions. A small flock
of birds was pulling seeds out and I didn't recongnize the bird.
Turns out the birds were American
Goldfinches in non-breeding plumage. I'm used to seeing them
in the summer when they are bright yellow and generally pretty
solitary as they are defending teritory. In the winter
apparently they are social.
Close by there was a solitary Hawthorn tree covered in
berries. I believe Hawthorn is native and a wide variety of
birds visited the tree over the short time I was standing there.
Having seen such an amazing sunrise the previous weekend, I
decided to go out the next weekend and properly catch the
sunrise. Properly in my mind meant a timelapse starting from
well before sunrise. I think a good sunrise some cloud to
pick up the light, but not so much cloud that the sun is entirely
blocked. Of course you don't know how this will work out
until you have committed a good amount of morning to
watching. This morning wasn't particularly colourful.
That said, I did seem some nice birds. I saw a grebe swim by
in the dark and saw a small shorebird (probably a sandpiper)
probing the sand just at the edge of the waves. This time I
had a lens for landscape and the camera was busy taking a
timelapse. You can't win.
Capilano River Hatchery
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