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Lapwings, Plovers

American Golden-Plover – AMGP

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An American Golden-Plover broods three newly-hatched chicks, incubates an egg, while at the same time snapping at an annoying gnat on the camouflaged tundra.

Snowy Plover – SNPL

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A baby Snowy Plover nestles up to its brooding parent, 2006.

Semipalmated Plover – SEPL

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A Female Semipalmated Plover broods one young while another explores nearby.

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Auks, Murres, Puffins

Common Murre – COMU

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A Common Murre colony on the Anne Valleé Ecological Reserve on Triangle Island, 1981.

Ancient Murrelet – ANMU

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An Ancient Murrelet exits its burrow in the pitch darkness upon stepping on a triggering device to take its own portrait on Reef Island, Haida Gwaii, 1985.

Cassin’s Auklet – CAAU

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A Cassie’s Auklet rests in pitch darkness at its burrow on Reef Island, Haida Gwaii, 1985.

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Crows, Jays

Western Scrub-Jay – WESJ

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A pair of Western Scrub-Jays tend to three hungry babies.

Black-billed Magpie – BBMA

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A Black-billed Magpie gets ready to leave its two hungry young.

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Wood-Warblers

Orange-crowned Warbler – OCWA

 

Common Yellowthroat – COYE

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A female Common Yellowthroat tends to the last of her two babies to leave the nest.

Painted Redstart – PARE

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A male Painted Redstart tends to its hungry young.

 

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Waxwings

Cedar Waxwing – CEWA

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One of an almost ready-to-fledge foursome litterly bends over backwards begging food.

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Thrushes

Mountain Bluebird – MOBL

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A male Mountain Bluebird feeds three hungry young that are occupying the nest of an American Robin. Although documented in Alexander C. Bent’s ‘The History of Birds’, this was the first time the unusual strategy was recorded with a camera / DEW-2006.

Swainson’s Thrush – SWTH

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A Swainson’s Thrush visits its ready to fledge young.

American Robin – AMRO

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A pair of American Robins tend to their young family / DSC-2007.

Townsend’s Solitaire – TOSO

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A Townsend’s Solitaire visits its nest / DSC-2005.

 

 

 

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Childrens’ books…

Damon and I recently managed to enter into a contract with Heritage House to produce two children’s books for three to six year-olds and one book for eight to twelve year-olds.

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Our first children’s 6″ x 6″ book for three to six-year olds.

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Our second children’s 6″ x 6″ book for three to six-year olds.

 

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4-digit abbreviations for bird names…

For the past 20 years my bird photographer associate Damon S. Calderwood and I have used the 4-digit abbreviations for bird names in conjunction with the year, initials of photographer and the number assigned to the camera. This has certainly made our filing system simple – and made the retrieval of the digital files much quicker. This would be an example for American Kestrel below:

American Kestrel – Year – Damon S. Calderwood – assigned camera number

The 4-digit abbreviations for bird names can be found here:

www.birdpop.org/pages/birdSpeciesCodes.php

American Kestrel – AMKE2006DSC0015

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An American Kestrel lands at its nest cavity with a skinned mouse.

Virginia Rail – VIRA

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A Virginia Rail picks up a newly-hatched young in its beak.

Sora – SORA

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A Sora incubates her clutch of eggs.

Snowy Plover – SNPL

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A Snowy Plover and a newly-hatched chick ready to leave the nest. This bird is a Species at Risk due to habitat loss, human interference (mostly from dune buggies) and other perils.

American Golden Plover – AGPL

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An American Golden Plover broods three chicks, incubates an egg and at the same time snaps her beak at an annoying gnat in the camouflage of the tundra landscape.

Semipalmated Sandpiper – SESA

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A female Semipalmated Plover broods one young while another explores the area.

Wilson’s Phalarope – WIPH

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A male Wilson’s Phalarope incubates eggs while keeping a baby warm under its wing.

Belted Kingfisher – BEKI

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A male Belted Kingfisher brings a crayfish to the nest cavity.

Dusky Flycatcher – DUFL

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A pair of Dusky Flycatchers tend to their young babies.

Western Wood Peewee – WWPE

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A Western Wood Peewee feeds a juicy beatle to 2 young.

Black-billed Magpie – BBMA

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A Black-billed Magpie readies itself to leave its domed stick nest to search for insects to its two hungry young.

Verdin – VERD

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A male Verdin lands on the side of the nest with an insect for its babies.

Common Bushtit – COBU

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A male Common Bushtit (with the black iris) makes a hasty retreat from his nest.

Common Redpoll – CORE

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A brooding female Common Redpoll flutters her wings in anticipation of a feeding from her more colourful mate.

American Goldfinch – AMGO

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A female American Goldfinch flutters her wings as a way of greeting her mate.

Song Sparrow – SOSP

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A Song Sparrow feeds a protein-rich Chum Salmon fry to its three young.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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