Weekend Expedition 25: a few from Stanley Park

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Some Eudioctria Robber Flies getting it on!

Photography seems to run in my family, with my Dad shooting lots of people and landscapes, and my brother doing lots of aviation and travel shooting.

My Dad was visiting this weekend from Romania, and so I thought I would take him out to find some cool stuff in Stanley Park. Now is a great time for fledgling birds, and all the summer specialties such as robber flies are abundant.

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A mother Wood Duck watches her brood.

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Wood Duckling!

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Fledgling Great Blue Heron, trying to fish.

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Young Canada Goose, looking serious.

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Crows were foraging in the intertidal of English Bay.

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A fledgling crow learns how to get mollusks on the beach.

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My dad takes a break while I shoot crows.

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Soldier Beetle tosses antennae provocatively.

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A monster!

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Lacewing larvae are pretty fascinating.

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The Eudioctria were a bit randy today.

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And hungry! Here is one with a barklouse as prey.

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Strategic wing placement?

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This Anthidium manicatum was fixated on these flowers. For an introduced species, these are pretty nice looking insects.