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A "Black Oystercatcher" flaps its wings, ridding itself of excess water and dander. The tide being out allowed the Black Oystercatcher with its long red beak to efficiently forage for mussels and limpets.
Black Oystercatchers are a year round resident of B.C. seashores. It is endemic to the west coast of North America, where it is widely distributed from Baja California to the western Aleutian Islands.

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In the shallow ocean waters on east Vancouver Island, four Canadian Geese appear to be enjoying some preening time together.


I had this printed as an 18" X 12" canvas for my bathroom wall and so happy with how it printed out. I chose this one, because the turquoise in the water and the browns of the geese tie in with the colors in my bathroom.

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A male Pine Siskin reaches down to get a drink and almost reaches! Actually, he successfully does manage to maneuver down far enough to get a drink, but it was close.

Pine Siskin are a North American bird of the finch family. It is a small finch that ranges from 11-14cm ( 4.3-5.5in), with a wingspan of 18-22cm (7.1-8.7in) and weighs between 12-18 g ( 0.42-0.63oz).

The Pine Siskin's breeding range is across the entirety of Canada, Alaska and, to a more variable degree, across the western mountains and northern parts of the United States.

Likely due to success of crops from year to year, the Pine Siskin is a highly variable migration species of bird. Large numbers may move south in some years and hardly any in others.

Photo taken on May 26/19 at 4:26pm on south east Vancouver Island, B.C., Canada.

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All cleaned up after a bath, an Orange -crowned Warbler perches on a branch momentarily before taking off again.
The orange crown on these birds are rarely seen and only visible when the bird is excited and raises its head feathers.
The Orange-crowned Warbler is divided into four subspecies that differ in size, plumage color and molt patterns. The one shown is the Pacific Coast form, lutescens and is the brightest yellow. The one named celata is found in Alaska and across Canada, and is the dullest and grayest. The third subspecies is the sordid and is the darkest green and is found only on the Channel Islands and locally along the coast of southern California and northern Baja California. Last but not least, is the orestera which is intemediate in appearance and found thoughout the Rocky Mountains and Great Basin.


Photo taken on south east Vancouver Island, B.C., Canada on July 6/19 at 1:19pm.

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A male Red Crossbill enjoys a drink from the streams edge.
Crossbills are a fascinating finch of the coniferous woodlands, the Red Crossbill forages on nutritious seeds in hemlock, pine, spruce, Douglas-fir and hemlock. Their specialized bills allow them to break open unopened cones, giving them an advantage over other finch species. Red Crossbill's are so dependent upon conifer seeds that it even feeds them to its young. It breeds anytime it finds a sufficiently large cone crop, even in the depths of winter.

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