Shore Birds & Water Birds

On seeing reports of Turnstones and Surfbirds at the Tsawwassen Ferry Causeway I decided to head down there this afternoon for the rising tide. While making my way out to the tip of the causeway some movement caught my eye.

Whimbrel
Whimbrel

A Whimbrel was wondering amongst the rocks close to the shoreline.

Whimbrel
Whimbrel

It was wary of my presence and not going to let me get close. While watching the Whimbrel I stumbled across a Black Oystercatcher family.

Black Oystercatcher Juvenile
Black Oystercatcher Juvenile

Black Ostercatcher nest in this area,

Black Oystercatcher Juvenile
Black Oystercatcher Juvenile

… and these are the two juveniles in this family group. I had noticed some Comorants earlier while making my way along the beach.

Pelagic Cormorant
Pelagic Cormorant

Remembering to check over my shoulder every once in a while I managed to get this flight shot of a Pelagic Comorant as it approached from behind me.

Pelagic Cormorant
Pelagic Cormorant

And then this distant photo of one with its catch.

Pelagic Cormorant
Pelagic Cormorant

Then one started hanging around a little closer in to shore.

Pelagic Cormorant
Pelagic Cormorant

At one point it got startled by something and scampered off across the water,

Pelagic Cormorant
Pelagic Cormorant

… landing a short distance away. Then while I was still sitting on the same rock,

Common Loon
Common Loon

… a Common Loon leisurely made its way toward,

Common Loon
Common Loon

… and then by me. Still not having moved,

Pacific Harbour Seal
Pacific Harbour Seal

… a Harbour Seal came by from the other direction. Turned out to be a good spot to stop and watch after not locating the Turnstones or Surfbirds. Carrying on my way back,

Whimbrel
Whimbrel

… I came across the Whibrel again. While tagging along with it,

Western Sandpiper
Western Sandpiper

… I came upon a small flock of Western Sandpipers resting,

Western Sandpiper
Western Sandpiper

… and moving along the shoreline.

Western Sandpiper
Western Sandpiper

They were not as shy as the Whimbrel,

Western Sandpiper
Western Sandpiper

… allowing me to get quite close.

Western Sandpiper
Western Sandpiper

This is a good thing given they are quite small.

Western Sandpiper
Western Sandpiper

It was a nice photo session with these peeps to finish the afternoon off.