New Camera and a Virginia Rail at Lost Lagoon!

This past weekend I got a new camera, one that I can finally take some better bird photos with; a Canon SX50 HS. If you’ve visited this blog before you can see how awful some of my bird photos are! I’ve been holding a camera or my phone up to my binoculars or spotting scope and the results haven’t been that great; often one can’t even tell what species is in the picture.

The other benefit to a super zoom like this is being able to document a sighting. This was illustrated in my last post twitching the Red-flanked Bluetail in New Westminster. Even if the photos aren’t great you can at least still tell what species it is. Hopefully I’ll also be able to post more often now that I’ve got something that resembles a bird to show everyone!

Today I took a walk around Lost Lagoon at Stanley Park and came across a Virginia Rail in the marsh impoundment at the north east corner. Normally there would be no way I could get a recognizable photo of such a shy fast moving bird; even though it was only a metre or two away from where I stood. I had to crank up the ISO as it was overcast and the reeds plus the overhanging trees made for some dim conditions. But at least you can tell it’s a Virginia Rail!

I spent about fifteen minutes with the bird before it scuttled off into the reeds. By standing completely still it grew comfortable enough to venture out into the open a couple of times, and even take a bath at one point. Every time someone would walk past it would run into some thicker reeds and once they’d past it would pop back out again. It was a real privilege being so close to a bird that is normally quite well hidden and shy!

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42 Responses to “New Camera and a Virginia Rail at Lost Lagoon!”


  1. 1 jvic31 January 21, 2013 at 7:24 am

    appreciate the blog on your camera I am looking to upgrade and stumbled across this post… 🙂 I have been involved in birding for only a few years and have stayed close to binoculars and books. Photos like these tell me it realy is time to purchase a new camera.

  2. 2 Birding in Vancouver January 21, 2013 at 9:20 pm

    Thanks jvic31! It’s only now that I’ve been able to afford a camera capable of taking decent bird photos and it opens up a whole new side to the hobby.

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