Connor Baldwin


Exploring the Avian Community of Vancouver with Connor Baldwin

Connor Baldwin, a public relations and media agent in Vancouver, is very familiar with the many species of birds that live in the area. Part of his job entails photographic safaris where he spends his days and nights trying to capture the best images of the native Vancouver wildlife. He states that there are many migratory birds that call Vancouver home each year, though there are a specific eight species that can be found nearly year round in the region.

The Blue jay and the Great Blue Heron are two great examples of Vancouver birds. These species are incredibly common, and can be viewed throughout most of the year. The Blue jay, which is not actually blue in color, but just appears so to be by the human eye, is an aggressive species that is not often skittish around humans. The Great Blue Heron, is the largest heron found on the North American continent, and is often more gray in color than blue.

Canadian Geese and Pacific Loons are also prevalent in the area of Vancouver. Both of these bird species flock in the thousands around the region to nest and lay eggs each year. The Canadian Goose is proprietary, and will lay eggs in the same nest each year, commonly using the exact nest that they were hatched in themselves. The Pacific Loon is a very sociable bird, and does not shy away from having its photograph taken.

The four larger predatory bird species that Connor Baldwin gets to capture on film are the Peregrine Falcon, the Spotted Owl, the Snowy Owl, and the Great Bald Eagle. While these four are harder to spot and photograph, they are definitely worth the wait and patience. Baldwin always appreciates the chance to take pictures of these majestic birds each year.