Another perfect view.
Today, I decided to head in a different direction from yesterday and biked towards Steveston. Soon enough, I spotted a Northern Harrier resting on a log!
It was so far away, but thankfully I brought my TCON-lens with me today.
The following photos were all taken with my TCON-lens. I got some of my best shots of the resting harrier today. So happy!
I spent at least ten to fifteen minutes freezing my fingers off but also had a great time photographing this bird. I guess the temperature was too cold for them to do any unnecessary flying.
The harrier then flew off and I continued southward. Near Steveston Farm, the birds were either eating or resting. One of the non-duck birds was a Wilson's Snipe.
Also another great shot taken with the TCON.
While I was taking photos of the birds in the puddle, a little chirp drew my attention and a Song Sparrow just rested near me and not moving. This, of course, deserves more images as well.
Then the sparrow flew off and stopped on a cattail to give me a better pose!
After the Song Sparrow moved on, I returned back to the snipe and saw it was resting.
But then four Killdeers flew above me and stopped in the ditch too.
3 of the 4.
Then I realized there were more snipes that I originally thought.
More snipes poking its long bill deep down into the mud for food.
The cold temperature has frozen parts of the ditch, and I saw this juvenile Great Blue Heron looking very weary and cold standing on a ice-frozen log.
I feel your coldness too.
Than I arrived at Steveston, the first time I have been back since my trip away from Canada.
Mount Baker in the distance. What's that red thing?
Snow Geese taking off - apparently spooked by something.
A closer look at the red thing. No plaque, no descriptions, no anything. [Edit: This is Wind Waves, or Olas de Viento, by Yvonne Domenge. More information here.]
Then it was just a nice relaxing time to just chill out and enjoy the sunset.
When returning home, a Northern Harrier was trying to attack something. Apparently it was a Belted Kingfisher (near Francis Road entrance part of the trail), and it escaped without too much trouble.
A final look at the kingfisher before it went away (while I was looking at the camera).
What a great birding Sunday!