Here are some pictures of the beautiful fauna and flora on the West Coast.
A Rhinoceros Auklet in non-breeding plumage. Following is the same bird in breeding plumage.
Here is an American Bittern (Swan Lake). This very well camouflaged bird lives in reeds in marshy areas. A member of the Heron family, it eats frogs and small fish.
A spectacular male Bufflehead at Esquimalt Lagoon. This pretty diving duck is fairly common. Below is a female Bufflehead.
An American Coot at Swan Lake. Following is a Coot near Duncan and a British Coot (with white forehead) in London UK.
A European coot and her very flashy chick in a Burgundy river.
Double-crested Cormorant at the Victoria breakwater
A Great Cormorant at Beaconhill Park
A Pelagic Cormorant at Sidney Harbour.
Sandhill Cranes at the George Reifel Bird Sanctuary in Vancouver
An American Dipper looking for fish.
An American Dipper. This Robin-sized bird "flies" underwater to catch fish or shellfish. Here is another one at Goldstream Park.
A Long-billed Dowitcher (Witty's Lagoon)
A Barbary duck (Mexican duck) near Palm Springs
A female Canvasback Duck
A female Gadwall at Albert Head
A male and a female Harlequin Duck at Cattle Point in Victoria
Long-tailed Duck (Oldsquaw), San Diego
Here is a spectacular male Mallard whose colorful feathers should please any female! Below is a female.
A male Northern Shoveller at Cedarhill Golf Course. Below is a female Northern Shoveller. Check out the beak.
A Red shoveller in London UK
A nervous Pintail on pond ice.
A Pintail Duck at Esquimalt Lagoon. The following picture shows a male and a female.
A Redhead Duck in a London UK pond. The colors of its back differ somewhat from the colors of a Redhead seen at Swan Lake in Victoria (the two pictures below)
A male Ring-necked Duck. Following is a female Ring-necked Duck and a male Greater Scaup.
A Ruddy Duck in San Diego
A male Tufted duck in London UK. Below is a female.
A male red-headed pochard from London UK
A male American widgeon
A male and a female Eurasian Wigeon at Beaconhill Park in Victoria BC. This bird is rare in Canada.
A female Wood Duck at the Cedar Hill Golf Course. Next are pictures of male Wood Ducks.
The two males above are stretching their necks to attract the attention of females.
Here are two Wood Ducks in their molting phase : male, then female.
Here is a female White-cheeked Pintail, a wild duck from the Bahamas, in Victoria's Beaconhill Park. It probably escaped from captivity since
it is not normally found in Canada .
The same duck in a seductive (for a duck) pose.
A Crow is dive-bombing a Bald Eagle that is protecting its nest. Crows hate Bald Eagles because they eat Crow chicks.
This eaglet is just about ready to fledge from his nest located near the Oak Bay Firehall.
This is the mother of the eaglet above, being harassed by a crow. Perhaps the crow is mad at her for raiding her nest.
A Golden Eagle. This was a rushed picture while this huge bird flew quickly over a logging road near Victoria.
A Cattle Egret from Maui.
A Great Egret, Salton Sea
A Snowy Egret in Chula Vista, California. The following one is hunting for crabs by beating seeweed with its paw.