This October was a great month to shoot birds in Kitimat, not only in my backyard, but on the ocean at Kitamaat Village and MK Bay Marina.
The weather was cold and clear in Kitimat at the end of October, which give me three days of opportunity to photograph the full Hunter’s Moon that was also close to the planet Jupiter.
The close shots of the Moon and Jupiter were shot with my Sony Alpha 7II and a Sigma 100-499mm lens (not a telescope). Wider shots with a couple of other Sony cameras.
Moon rise October 27
Moonrise October 28
Moonset October 29
I’m starting to go through my archives looking for bird photographs that I took casually before I became a more enthusiastic bird photographer. These are from my visit to the Caribbean island of Montserrat where I went in March 2007 to shoot the volcano.
August 2023’s super blue moon was full on August 31, but in Kitimat the sky was heavily overcast with rain up until the moon rise that evening when the moon was 99.9% warning
Early on the morning of September 1, the sky was partly cloudy and the dawn allowed me to photograph the moon over Kitimat and Douglas Channel.
A selection of some of my bird photographs so far for the summer of 2023
On August 24, there was a three hour power failure in Kitimat. With not much else to do and because it was a sunny and warm afternoon I sat out on my back deck. One of the steller’s jays that lives in the cedar trees beside my deck decided to join me.
On August 25, a flock of cedar waxwings, most of them juveniles, descended on the trees in my backyard to sample the berries.
Canada geese over Minette Bay,