One of my favorite places to visit in the Vancouver, British Columbia area is the Reifel Bird Sanctuary. I try to get out there at least a couple of times every year for a relaxing walk in nature. There are numerous trails to explore that wind through different areas of the 300-hectare (740-acre) property famous for its resident ducks, many songbirds, Sandhill Cranes, and Bald Eagles. Another important visitor is the Lesser Snow Goose which can be seen in the adjacent and nearby fields numbering in the hundreds or even thousands. There is nothing like seeing an entire field covered in a sea of white from these geese.
The sun was out and the temperature was cool on this late November day . It was perfect for some fresh air and exercise. After visiting ducks, ducks, and more ducks near the entrance — along with a few chickadees and sparrows — my walking partner and I made our way to the far reaches of the sanctuary that is accessible by us non-bird folk. Here, in the open waters away from the trees, near the marshes and the sea, we were able to witness something I hadn’t seen for a long, long time. I will ask you, dear visitor to Camino My Way, have you ever seen…
Ducks On Ice!
Of course, not just ducks on ice, but their amazing reflections which is the theme for this post.
Let’s start with the male Mallard, the brilliant green head is the key identification feature.
Can’t forget the female Mallard. She was on the move.
Two guys: the Mallard and the Northern Pintail. Let’s take a closer look at the Northern Pintail…
I don’t know if he saw himself in the mirror that was the ice.
Time to move and….
then stop for some stretching and posing.
I thought this was pretty amazing.
Please excuse the duck doodoo.
Here, I think he smiling. Maybe he sees his mate in a seductive pose.
There she is… okay, this is actually the female American Wigeon.
I hope you enjoyed Ducks on Ice. That was just a small area of the Reifel Bird Sanctuary that I was so lucky to visit on this glorious autumn day.
No ducks were harmed in the making of this blog post. Thanks to those ducks who participated. All said ducks were rewarded with duck feed which can be purchased at the ticket counter prior to entering the sanctuary.
If you are in the Vancouver area, I encourage you to visit the George C. Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary. It’s a great place to visit during all months of the year.
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