Wednesday, 14 January 2015

A bit of the Arctic in Vancouver

No, not the weather - warm, sunny and flowering bushes starting to bloom here.   But a visitor from the far north has taken up residence for the winter across the bridge in Vancouver.  The gyrfalcon is the biggest falcon, breeding on cliffs near the Arctic Ocean and hunting ducks, seabirds and the like by chasing them down in the open.  For three years now, a gyrfalcon has spent the winter in Vancouver at the Viterra grain terminal near the Second Narrows bridge - a tall, cliff-like structure right on the ocean, with open areas around, and, best of all, huge flocks of grain-fed pigeons.  It's just like home.  Except for the noise.  And the rain.  And the flowers in January.

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