Melissa Alves

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Backyard Birding

Sometimes some of the best birding is right in your own backyard! Here in BC, we are so fortunate to have so many species to enjoy while backyard birding.

Photos date back as early as 2018.

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Bewicks Wren

Bewicks Wren

Black-Capped Chickadee

Black-Capped Chickadee, March 1, 2022

Dark-Eyed Junco

Dark-Eyed Junco, March 2, 2022

Anna's Hummingbird

Anna’s Hummingbird, December 24, 2021

Anna's Hummingbird

Anna’s Hummingbird, December 24, 2021

Northern Flicker, November 23, 2021

Northern Flicker, November 23, 2021

Anna's Hummingbird, November 23, 2021

Anna’s Hummingbird, November 23, 2021

Anna's hummingbird, November 24, 2021

Anna’s hummingbird, November 24, 2021

Anna's hummingbird, November 24, 2021

Anna’s hummingbird, November 24, 2021

Anna's hummingbird, November 24, 2021

Anna’s hummingbird, November 24, 2021

Anna's hummingbird, November 24, 2021

Anna’s hummingbird, November 24, 2021

Anna's hummingbird, November 24, 2021

Anna’s hummingbird, November 24, 2021

Spotted Towhee, November 23, 202

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Dark-Eyed Junco, November 24, 2021

Dark-Eyed Junco, November 24, 2021

Dark-Eyed Junco, November 24, 2021

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Song Sparrow, November 24, 2021

Song Sparrow, November 24, 2021

Song Sparrow, November 24, 2021

Song Sparrow, November 24, 2021

Song Sparrow, November 24, 2021

Song Sparrow, November 24, 2021

Black-Capped Chickadee, November 24, 2021

Black-Capped Chickadee, November 24, 2021

Black-Capped Chickadee, November 24, 2021

Black-Capped Chickadee, November 24, 2021

Black-Capped Chickadee, November 24, 2021

Black-Capped Chickadee, November 24, 2021

Anna's Hummingbird Mid-Blink, July 2, 2021

Anna’s Hummingbird Mid-Blink, July 2, 2021

Stellers Jay, April 21, 2021

Stellers Jay, April 21, 2021

Pacific Bushtit, April 21, 2021

Bushtit, April 21, 2021

Stellers Jay, April 21, 2021

Stellers Jay, April 21, 2021

Bewicks Wren Nesting, March 26, 2021

Bewicks Wren Nesting, March 26, 2021

Black Capped Chickadee, March 27, 2021

Black Capped Chickadee, March 27, 2021

House Finch, April 1, 2021

House Finch, April 1, 2021

Anna's Hummingbird in Flight, July 21, 2018

Anna’s Hummingbird in Flight, July 21, 2018

Anna's Hummingbird in Flight, July 21, 2018

Anna’s Hummingbird in Flight, July 21, 2018

Anna's Hummingbird in Flight, July 21, 2018

Anna’s Hummingbird in Flight, July 21, 2018

Anna's Hummingbird in Flight, July 21, 2018

Anna’s Hummingbird in Flight, July 21, 2018

Colony Farms

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Wildflowers, July 19, 2021

Wildflowers, July 19, 2021

Eastern Kingbird, July 19, 2021

Eastern Kingbird, July 19, 2021

Flycatcher, July 19, 2021

Flycatcher, July 19, 2021

American Robin Eating a Worm, July 19, 2021

American Robin Eating a Worm, July 19, 2021

Victoria Butterfly Gardens & Butchart Gardens

I credit these photos as being a turning point for my photography. Granted, at the butterfly gardens the targets were pretty easy, being so used to people. But they were unlike anything I had ever captured before and I couldn’t be more proud.

Years later, after starting an instagram for my photography, I was even more proud to be asked by the one and only BBC Earth for permission to use my photo, but alas, even though I said yes, they never did. Don’t worry, I’m totally not bitter. I suspect they realized that this was not a wild butterfly, and that’s what disqualified me.

The butterfly gardens are one of my favourite places to visit. Despite the name, they are not limited to just butterflies! The gardens are also home to some red foot tortoises, a green iguana, poison dart frogs, and some beautiful birds. I managed to snap a photo of one of these birds, Little E. He is extremely friendly, and will come to right up to you, and even try to sit on you using whatever means necessary.

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Butterfly
Flamingos
Little E
Butterfly
Butterfly