Time to Nest
Sunshine Coast, BC. Female Red-winged blackbirds build their nests by weaving stringy stems and wet leaves around stiff reeds. Here she is teasing strands from an old seed head.
Sunshine Coast, BC. A male Varied thrush waits for his turn at the bird feeder
Sunshine Coast, BC
Carcross, YT. Canada Jays are some of the toughest birds surviving in often frigid temperatures. On this day it was -38C
Texada Island, BC. Double-crested cormorants are such beautiful birds and spend over 50% of their time preening and resting
Sunshine Coast, BC. Ravens mate for life and stay together throughout the year, not just during the breeding season
A Tough Nut to Crack
Sunshine Coast, BC. It's fascinating to watch Steller's Jays as they crack hazelnuts. They hold the nut between their feet on a hard surface like this branch and whack it with their beak a few times. This Jay had the nut open with 3 whacks
Sunshine Coast, BC. This Steller's Jay has cracked open a hazelnut to get at the nutritious seed inside.
Creston Valley, BC, Canada. Savannah Sparrows are territorial and this male was sitting on a fence singing to claim his corner of the field.
To and Fro
Creston Valley, BC, Canada. These Cliff Swallows are collecting riverbank mud in their beaks to use for nest building.
Creston Valley, BC, Canada. This male Double-crested Cormorant was doing his best to impress a female. But she flew off leaving him lookiong a little forlorn on this dead tree
Creston Valley, BC, Canada. This male Tree Swallow is watching hopefully while his mate inspects the nestbox he has selected.
Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. This Black Bellied Bustard is stretching tall and singing to attracte a female to his territory.
Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. A flock of Yellow-billed Oxpeckers hitching a ride on a Cape Buffalo looking like a group of city commuters
One Last Leap
Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. A frog tries in vain to escape with one last leap before being eaten by this Ground Hornbill.
Hunting and Stomping
Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. This Secretary Bird is hunting for small mammals and snakes in the long grasses of the Masai Mara. They have extremely long legs and hunt by stomping their feet on their prey.
Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada. In the winter Varied thrushes can be hard to see except in the winter when they visit feeders. But many people are familiar with their mournful, single note song heard during the breeding season.
Sunshine Coast, BC. This Common Loon is transitioning from beautiful, bold black and white plumage to more muted winter colours of grey and white.
Duelling Northern Flickers
Sunshine Coast, BC. Male Northern Flickers engage in fencing duels to establish territories and attract mates and here they are fencing ... on a fence!
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