Archives for Down by the Bay

Common and Hooded Mergansers

Categories: British Columbia and Down by the Bay.

~ Ducks are usually so obliging when you want to take photographs unless they decide to dive under the water as you click the shutter button or they turn their head just when you think you have the perfect shot or they are a long way out of range or the lighting isn’t quite right and the photos come out dark.  Well okay, maybe they aren’t so obliging after all. I’m lucky to have a few good photos of the common merganser and the hooded merganser.  Some are from out trips to British Columbia and some are from local spots like
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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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Keeping Their Balance

Categories: Down by the Bay.

    Viewing wildlife is one of the reasons we go for walks down by the bay.  This year the water levels have been so high due to the heavy spring rains that regular viewing and nesting places have frequently been under water.  But today we saw some mallard ducks and the heron who had found new places to rest. How do they keep their balance?  They tuck up one leg and perfectly still on the other leg for ages. This group of mallard ducks had found a napping place on some sunny rocks. The great blue heron thought he
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Enjoying the Weather

Categories: Down by the Bay and The Garden 2017.

Enjoying the Weather We have had some really nice days, just perfect for walking by the bay, decorating the garden, and relaxing and reading outside. The water was calm and clear on our walk by the bay at the end of the week. Look at the water dripping off the swan’s beak as it came up after  dunking for food This swan has a lot to say as a gull tried to move in on its territory. The osprey was letting us know she was on her nest … perhaps protecting young.  This is one of the nests that we check
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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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