Aug. 20, 2004

Thanks to another considerate member of the Island birding community,Brian Slater, my wife and I were successful in locating and photographing the 3rd wonderful bird in 2 weeks. It was super just to see the bird, but even more special to get the picture. The bad news was that in the dim, foggy morning light, I had to up the ISO to 1600 just to shoot at 1/60th of a second. That translated to a lot of noise (film equivalent to grain), and as Alister would say, one for the records but not for the gallery to share with others. However, the bird is so special to me that I have to share it anyways. On the way home, I managed another pretty good photo that I think you will enjoy.

FABULOUS BIRD - Amazingly the Black-crowned Night Heron was in the exact tree that Brian Slater described to me when he saw it fly down to feed last night only to be frightened off by a black bear. Thanks for the bird Brian, but where was the bear? (photo - Aug. 20, UCLUELET)

FUNNY-LOOKING YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER - None of the field marks match but when a Yellow-rumped is your mother ... (darn Cowbird!) (Aug. 20/04 - Sproat Lake)