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Snow Bunting were posing & one ID help

Posted: Jan 10 9:56 pm
by wendylou
I went to the Tswassen Ferry jetty today and found the snow buntings, very exciting for me, it was like they wanted to be photographed!

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Snow Bunting by wendeedee, on Flickr

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Snow Burting by wendeedee, on Flickr

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Eagle at Tswassen by wendeedee, on Flickr

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Oyster Catcher by wendeedee, on Flickr

Not sure what this one is...can anyone help? Thanks!
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IMG_0070 by wendeedee, on Flickr

Re: Snow Bunting were posing & one ID help

Posted: Jan 10 10:04 pm
by rawalker
Great pics! Your last one is a common loon.

Re: Snow Bunting were posing & one ID help

Posted: Jan 11 8:23 am
by wendylou
Thanks Randy, so it is the winter plumage that threw me off! The bird books always show the breeding plumage, and until someone points me in the right direction so I can search some images online, I am lost. Appreciate your help!

Re: Snow Bunting were posing & one ID help

Posted: Jan 11 10:04 am
by wbraun
Lovely images of the buntinngs!

Re: Snow Bunting were posing & one ID help

Posted: Jan 11 10:25 am
by featherweight
Great shots Wendy, love the 2nd Bunting shot especially.

Re: Snow Bunting were posing & one ID help

Posted: Jan 11 1:24 pm
by nickinthegarden
Very nice shots. Those Snow Buntings seem to be so accommodating when you want to photograph them.

Re: Snow Bunting were posing & one ID help

Posted: Jan 11 10:33 pm
by rawalker
Wendy, I agree that different plumages are very difficult at first when learning to ID birds. If only all birds were breeding males! :)

If you're looking for a bird book with various plumages, in my opinion Sibley's is hands down the best one. The app is fantastic as well.

Keep up the good work!

Re: Snow Bunting were posing & one ID help

Posted: Jan 12 9:28 am
by wendylou
Thanks everyone. The fun thing about the snow buntings that day was even when they flew away from me, they only went a several metres, so I just slowly followed them. And then I felt super lucky when I met them again on my way back to the car.

I will check out the Sibley's Randy, thanks for the tip.