Our latest visit to British Columbia gave us the opportunity to check off many different species of birds, ducks and shore birds.
This species loves the rocky Pacific coast. It’s a medium sized, short legged shore bird about 20-25 cm long.
I love all the barnacles on the rocks in this photo. This bird will peck inside the barnacles to find food.
The black turnstone is a native of the west coast and breeds only in Alaska and as per its name it can be found turing stones to hunt for food.
It feeds on barnacles, mollusks, crustaceans and insects. We spotted a pair of them digging in the shore on the Pacific side of Whiffin Spit.
Colouring in winter is brown with a white belly. The wings have a lovely pattern on them. We did see them in flight but I wasn’t able to capture a photo of them. It was a very rainy day and I didn’t want the camera exposed to the rain much.
When I wasn’t using the camera I had it tucked inside a plastic bag. I also had a large umbrella to protect me. But it was really hard trying to take photos and hold an umbrella.
Have a look at some of the other BC birds we have spotted.