Archives for Down by the Bay

The Great Blue Heron

Categories: Birds, British Columbia, Down by the Bay, and Lens Friends.

The great blue heron has been spotted at many places we visit … down by the bay, the pond, out west, and in wetlands. It was a challenge choosing some of my favourites to share today. This heron is a large wading bird, in fact it is the largest heron in Canada You can’t see me, I’m hiding in the shrubs at the pond. At Whiffen Spit, BC, the heron sits on a log perch looking out over the water. The herons love to preen themselves and take on some amazing poses while doing it. They appear to be blue-grey
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Black Crowned Night Heron

Categories: Down by the Bay and Lens Friends.

The black crowned night heron was sitting on a log in the turtle pond down by the Bay of Quinte. How patiently he sat there watching the water. I very quietly walked through the trees to the shore to get some closer photos.  He was perched on an old tree stump in a still pond just off from the bay. Through some Google searching I discovered that this heron is the most widespread around the world.  It is most active at night feeding in the same spots as other herons. His legs are shorter than other herons, and he has
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H for the Herons

Categories: Down by the Bay.

H for herons – great blue herons, green herons and night herons, some of my favourite birds to photograph. Here is the green heron we saw quite close to home on a pond by the local dairy.  You can see the greenish tinge at the top of their wings. This black crowned night heron caught himself a tasty fish in the turtle pond down by the bay. These are smaller herons with a thicker and shorter neck than the great blue heron.  They have a black crown on their head and the colour sometimes extends down their back.  The photo
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Sightings Down by the Bay

Categories: Down by the Bay and Lens Friends.

  The bird sightings continue on our walks down by the bay.  Last week we spotted the lesser yellowlegs.  Here is another photo of one of them stretching its wing and balancing on one leg. A couple of days later we spotted some least sandpipers.  At first I thought they might be young lesser yellowlegs as they were certainly smaller but and birding expert in our area, Terry Sprague, helped me with the identification and I learned that lesser yellowlegs don’t nest in our area. There was also a killdeer in the same area with the sandpipers. The swans are
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Down by the Bay

Categories: Down by the Bay and Lens Friends.

  While walking down by the bay we spotted a pair of lesser yellowlegs shorebirds.  These were most likely migrant birds passing through.  We had seen the greater yellowlegs while in British Columbia last year. These were feeding in a muddy patch and some shallow water left over from the high waters in the lake where it flooded a few areas on the waterfront trail. I was lucky to capture the great blue heron just as it took off in its hunt for more food. It has a huge wingspan. It has been foggy overnight and when we arrived there
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Sighting Some Caspian Terns

Categories: Birds and Down by the Bay.

The weather has been a hot and muggy and one morning we decided to walk down by the bay and enjoy the breeze off the water.  Just by the children’s play area in a marshy area that the swans nest in we sighted some Caspian Terns … in fact quite a few of them on a spit of rocks along the waterfront trail. There were also ducks, geese, gulls, cormorants and the family of swans.
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