Ducks on Ice! An Afternoon of Reflection, Reifel Bird Sanctuary

December 6, 2013 — 12 Comments

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!

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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.

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  Can’t forget the female Mallard. She was on the move.

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Two guys: the Mallard and the Northern Pintail. Let’s take a closer look at the Northern Pintail…

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I don’t know if he saw himself in the mirror that was the ice.

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Time to move and….

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then stop for some stretching and posing.

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I thought this was pretty amazing.

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 Please excuse the duck doodoo.

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Here, I think he smiling. Maybe he sees his mate in a seductive pose.

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There she is… okay, this is actually the female American Wigeon.

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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.

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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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 Ducks on Ice! An Afternoon of Reflection, Reifel Bird Sanctuary

About Randall St. Germain

Randall St. Germain, author of Camino de Santiago In 20 Days, is a middle-aged Canadian Boy who is passionate about nature, photography, hiking, music, and self-improvement. After the death of his mother, he chose to walk the famous pilgrimage, the Camino de Santiago, across the north of Spain, despite knowing little about it. He certainly didn’t plan to write a book until the latter days of his Camino. Similar to walking the Camino, writing and publishing a book was a learning experience. It was also very rewarding, and part of his ongoing journey. Please join him as he takes you along on his journey in Camino de Santiago In 20 Days, and on his blog Camino My Way.

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12 responses to Ducks on Ice! An Afternoon of Reflection, Reifel Bird Sanctuary

  1. What a wonderful and picturesque post, thanks for sharing your visit, mon ami! Love this part:

    “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.

    :)
    Said by a real trooper!

  2. Thanks again. I’m glad you enjoyed the post. I had to throw that in there in case anybody wondered. Okay, I’m sure nobody wondered. The ducks were happy to participate and more happy to get the feed :)

  3. Personally, I love disclosure statements, (yeh I read/notice *Everything* in an article) especially in your case… they demonstrate your wonderful wit.

  4. Lovely post and thanks for sharing your walk with us….here in NZ its rare to see ducks on ice!

  5. What a nice, picturesque blog on Ducks on “Ice! An Afternoon of Reflection, Reifel Bird Sanctuary”. Thank you for capturing the reflections on mirror-like ice.

  6. This was absolutely fabulous! Amazing photography with artistic composition. Thanks.

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