The Kamloops area is home to hundreds of species of birds. I have now photographed 133 different species in this area. We have birds all year round but in the spring time the area comes alive as many birds arrive to mate and nest here. This is an ideal situation for photography as we see the birds in their breeding plumage and we can reliably count on the birds to be at their nesting sites. And of course, we see the chicks and hatch-lings. In the case of the loons and grebes we get to photograph them riding on their parents back. On the Galleries page I am attempting to list all of the species I have photographed here, this is a huge undertaking and I won't be finished for some time. On this page I want to concentrate a little more on what we are likely to photograph and some of the more favourite subjects. Again a big task and a work in progress.
For most of our guests we spend the majority of our time out on the water photographing the loons and their chicks. While in the boat we will also have the opportunity to photograph Grebes; lots of Red-necked and Eared also Horned, Pied Billed and possibly Western. They sometimes get ignored because we are concentrating on other species but the ducks are nesting here as well. Common and Barrow's Goldeneye, Redheads, Mallards, Ruddy, Cinnamon Teal, Blue-Winged Teal, Green-winged Teal Widgeons, Pintail, Wood Ducks, Canvasback, Common and Hooded Mergansers, Gadwall, Northern Shovellor, and Scaups all visit us in large numbers.
The Canada Geese are ubiquitous and in the spring we will see them with large numbers of bright yellow chicks trailing behind.
Along the shoreline we will see many Killdeer and Spotted Sandpiper and often a chance to see Nighthawks and Black Terns feeding on insects just above the lake surface. The difficult to photograph Belted Kingfishers will tempt us with brief appearances as well.