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Where I’m At
Kitty Coleman Woodland Gardens, Courtenay, BC 18 - 20 May 2013
Canada Day Market. Campbell River, 01 July 2013
Summer Market, Qualicum Beach BC
04, 11, 18, 25 July, 01 August 2013
Courtenay Market Day, Courtenay, BC 20 July 2013
Comox Nautical Days, Comox, BC 03 - 05 August 2013
Nanaimo Professional Craft Fair, Nanaimo, BC 01 - 03 Nov 2013
Dickens Christmas Craft Faire, Courtenay, BC 08 - 10 Nov 2013
Kris Kringle Craft fair (www.kriskringle.ca) Parksville, BC 14 - 17 Nov 2013
Comox Mall, Comox, BC 04 - 24 Dec 2013
More to follow soon...
Work On Display
Ben Davies Financial Planning, Beaufort Ave, Comox BC - Various Images in an Ongoing Display
Vancouver Island Visitor Centre, Comox Valley, Small Road, Courtenay, BC - Prints & Books available for sale
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Tag Archives: Sandhill Crane
Sandhill cranes pass over my home in the Comox Valley, BC in the spring every year as they migrate from California and Arizona north to nest and have their young. You will often hear them before you see them – a sedge of sandhill cranes will make a tremendous noise when they are calling as they pass overhead. Last spring I went out and observed a large group of them circling directly over my house for quite some time, they will often do this to gain altitude to continue on their journey, especially if they have to get over mountains etc.
Although the majority of the migrating birds will go as far north as the Arctic tundra, some stay on the southern BC coast and also in select locations within the Great Bear Rainforest, were I have seen several mating pairs, who incidentally will mate for life.
During my recent trip to photograph the snowy owls, a couple of other firsts occurred during the day also. Whilst out on the marsh with the owls, swooping in came a northern harrier. This beautiful bird of prey often winters in or migrates through this coastal region and enjoys being out on the marshes looking for small mammals too. We saw several throughout the day and when one perched on an adjacent field fence post he became the perfect model for the many photographers gathered near by.
To finish the day off, we called in to a sanctuary area set up on the north western end of the marshes and here we found a first for us, roosting in the trees were four or five black-crowned night herons. These not so common, creamy white & grey small herons are also visitors and residents of BC’s southern marshes. What a treat to finish off the day.
More of the birds from this day’s trip, including wood ducks, sandhill cranes and a barred owl, can be seen in the ‘other birds’ gallery.