Saanich photographer captures photos of beautiful birds in wintery landscape – Victoria News

ByDavid M. Conte

Dec 31, 2021

Saanich-based photographer Robert Fraser is a lover of nature and wildlife – a passion that shines through in the artful photos he takes of various birds in the area.

Fraser, who started photographing as a hobby five years ago, said recent snowfall in Greater Victoria inspired him to take winter walks with his camera.

“I do this as a form of therapy – it helps get me out of my head and into a calmer state of mind,” Fraser said. “I always bring my camera with me without expecting to see anything – but I always do.”

When Fraser spotted a great blue heron on a snowy December day at Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary in Saanich, he knew he had to digitally capture it.

“We live in such a beautiful place and I think everyone should take the time to escape their stressful life for a while and appreciate the beauty around us,” he said.

The Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary has two ecosystems: a wetland around Swan Lake and a Garry Oak Forest located at the top of Christmas Hill.

Both habitats are home to many native plants and wildlife, such as the great blue heron.

Fraser said he would recommend anyone to support the sanctuary with donations, as his volunteers do a lot to protect this space and the wildlife within.

More of Fraser’s work can be found on Facebook by searching for his name.

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