Photo essay from the West Coast

After a two month absence, which I can only blame on my busy family life and poor memory, I thought I would share a few photos taken in Vancouver and Whistler this month (January 2015).

In order to save time and space, I should mention that all of these photos were taken with a handheld Nikon D5200 and AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED. The birds in question were not called in, set-up or baited.

American Dipper, Whistler, BC:


Black Oystercatchers, Stanley Park Seawall, Vancouver, BC:


Glaucous-winged Gull, 1st year, Wreck Beach (near UBC), Vancouver, BC:


Hooded Merganser (male), Lost Lagoon, Stanley Park, Vancouver, BC:


Mew Gull (winter plumage), Wreck Beach (near UBC), Vancouver, BC:


Pacific Wren, UBC (Point-Grey Campus), Vancouver, BC:


Ring-billed Gull (winter plumage), Wreck Beach (near UBC), Vancouver, BC:



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6 Responses to Photo essay from the West Coast

  1. Thanks, glad you liked them!

  2. Sharon says:

    Beautiful photos, Pierre!

  3. Thanks, Meg. To answer your question: If you want a relatively inexpensive, but still quite good combination, especially if you are buying used, you may want to get my current camera (we bought it in 2012), namely the Nikon D5200 with the AF-S 70-300mm zoom (the AF-S part is essential or it won’t autofocus). If you are ready to buy a new camera, you could get the D5300 or D5500. If you really want to splurge, you could also get the D7100. OR, you could go for Canon, which also makes awesome cameras, especially of the semi-pro/pro variety. In a perfect world, in fact, I would love to get the Canon EOS 7D Mark II with their brand new EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L II USM lens and a 1.4 teleconverter. But the price tag of these three things is not for the faint of heart!

  4. Thanks for your comments!

  5. Marty marquette says:

    Thank your for sharing.
    The id of the gull pictures sure help me to distiquish them.
    We do live in an amazing location

  6. Those are beautiful photos. I watch birds form my coastal home in the east coast every morning. I have a view of a small island only 200 yards away approx, where a Bald Eagle or two hang out and hunt. I also watch the birds I feed, blue jays, starlings, chickadees, doves and pheasants these days. In the summer we have cranes in the bay. I want to get a good enough camera to take close up photos, especially of the eagles. So I do need a good camera. I am tired of trying to get good photos with my crappy cameras. So, I am looking for a camera. There was a time when I studied photography and was quite good but now I just take photos with my phone! I want to invest a bit of money in a pretty good camera with a lens that is at least 300mm I think. If you have any advice for a beginner bird photographer I will be happy for it. I amy look for a used camera on kijiji. Thanks.