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Welcome to www.revealednature.com!

Where nature pursuits can be reported and shared

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Kamloops Lake as seen from the Dewdrop area

Welcome to this new venture!  This will be a web site/blog where nature pursuits can be reported and shared.

Some history about myself:

I’m married with two children.  I live and work as a teacher in Kamloops, BC, Canada.  My family and I spent 2004-2016 in north east China where I was also as a teacher.  I have always had a fascination with all things nature and this led to becoming a birder a couple years after moving to China.  I have traveled, birded, and taken in nature events in China and also many locations in south-east Asia.  Now back in my home province of British Columbia I am rediscovering fishing and mammal watching among other things.

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Yours truly by Salmon Glacier near Stewart, BC summer 2017

I like to think of nature in all its forms as being revealed to me instead of finding or discovering it.  We know so little in comparison with what there is to know in terms of how many “natural” things work.  The best birder I have ever met often says “always learning” when in discussion about how things work in the bird world.  It is my wish that this space here always reflects that motto.  The natural world is simply awesome and ripe for learning.  My passion involves showing natural things to others.  I have been privileged to be able to do this quite frequently in my job in China and continue to do this now.

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With my kids, Mr. Sun, and an Oriental Scops Owl at the Laoteishan Banding Station in the autumn of 2013.

During my 12 years in China I started a thread under the China section on birdforum.net.  That thread, which can be found by clicking here, grew to 65 pages over time.  This space will be similar in some aspects and different in others.  I also want to thank my good friend Terry Townshend who runs the excellent site birdingbeijing.com for inspiration in starting this.

 

Separation Lake Oct. 17, 2018

White-winged Scoters continue.  This time they were a little closer for some digiscoped images.

Separation Lake, Knutsford, Thompson-Nicola, British Columbia, CA
Oct 17, 2018 4:59 PM – 5:39 PM
Protocol: Traveling
2.629 kilometer(s)
16 species
Northern Shoveler  10
Gadwall  8
American Wigeon  18
Mallard  7
Northern Pintail  13
Green-winged Teal  15
Ring-necked Duck  3
Lesser Scaup  5
White-winged Scoter  2
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Bufflehead  23
Barrow’s Goldeneye  6
Ruddy Duck  8
Eared Grebe  4
American Coot  15
Northern Harrier  1
Marsh Wren  2

Separation Lake Oct. 14, 2018

A mid afternoon visit for an hour.  The three White-winged Scoters remain but are always on the opposite side of the lake from where I am.  I did get some digiscoped images clearly showing white trailing edges as they preened near the far shore.

Separation Lake, Knutsford, Thompson-Nicola, British Columbia, CA
Oct 14, 2018 3:19 PM – 4:10 PM
Protocol: Traveling
1.5 kilometer(s)
18 species
Canada Goose  55
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Blue-winged Teal  2
Northern Shoveler  3
Gadwall  22
Mallard  2
Green-winged Teal  4
Ring-necked Duck  4
Lesser Scaup  6
White-winged Scoter  3
Bufflehead  12
Common Goldeneye  1
Barrow’s Goldeneye  5
Ruddy Duck  2
Eared Grebe  3
American Coot  2
Ring-billed Gull  4
Northern Flicker  1
Western Meadowlark  1

Goose Lake Road Oct. 14, 2018

A morning drive at first light and heavy frost.
Kamloops–Goose Lake Road, Thompson-Nicola, British Columbia, CA
Oct 14, 2018 7:09 AM – 8:54 AM
Protocol: Traveling
18.32 kilometer(s)
27 species
Northern Shoveler  3
Gadwall  12
American Wigeon  2
Mallard  6
Green-winged Teal  9
Ring-necked Duck  13
Lesser Scaup  22
Bufflehead  32
Barrow’s Goldeneye  1
Hooded Merganser  2
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Ruddy Duck  16
Wilson’s Snipe  1
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Hairy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker  2
Black-billed Magpie  1
Common Raven  5
Black-capped Chickadee  4
Mountain Chickadee  8
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Red-breasted Nuthatch  3
Golden-crowned Kinglet  5
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American Robin  4
European Starling  4
Red Crossbill  13
Pine Siskin  5
Dark-eyed Junco  14
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Song Sparrow  2
Lincoln’s Sparrow  1

Separation Lake Oct. 10, 2018

Separation Lake, Knutsford, Thompson-Nicola, British Columbia, CA
Oct 10, 2018 5:11 PM – 6:04 PM
Protocol: Traveling
5.555 kilometer(s)
17 species
Northern Shoveler  16
Gadwall  84
American Wigeon  2
Mallard  2
Green-winged Teal  4
Ring-necked Duck  15
Lesser Scaup  8
White-winged Scoter  4
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Long-tailed Duck  1
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Bufflehead  12
Barrow’s Goldeneye  4
Ruddy Duck  8
Eared Grebe  10
American Coot  4
Northern Harrier  2
Rough-legged Hawk  1
Common Raven  1

Separation Lake Birding Oct. 8, 2018

Separation Lake, Knutsford, Thompson-Nicola, British Columbia, CA
Oct 8, 2018 2:10 PM – 3:00 PM
Protocol: Traveling
0.471 kilometer(s)
18 species
Northern Shoveler  10
Gadwall  13
Mallard  7
Green-winged Teal  10
Ring-necked Duck  3
White-winged Scoter  1
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Bufflehead  12
Common Goldeneye  1
Ruddy Duck  8
Eared Grebe  9
Western Grebe  3
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American Coot  12
Northern Harrier  2
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Rough-legged Hawk  2
Common Raven  3
Marsh Wren  1
American Pipit  1
Western Meadowlark  1

Separation Lake Birding Oct. 6, 2018

Migration in the air with a Long-tailed Duck (scarce), a Bonaparte’s Gull, and 5 Pectoral Sandpipers.
Separation Lake, Knutsford, Thompson-Nicola, British Columbia, CA
Oct 6, 2018 9:45 AM – 10:52 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.212 kilometer(s)
23 species
Canada Goose  2
Northern Shoveler  5
Gadwall  36
Mallard  10
Northern Pintail  3
Green-winged Teal  2
Canvasback  1
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Redhead  2
Lesser Scaup  2
Long-tailed Duck  1
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Bufflehead  9
Barrow’s Goldeneye  7
Ruddy Duck  5
Eared Grebe  14
American Coot  18
Pectoral Sandpiper  5
Bonaparte’s Gull  1
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Rough-legged Hawk  2
Northern Flicker  1
Common Raven  2
American Pipit  10
Western Meadowlark  3
Yellow-rumped Warbler  1