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A few from the West Coast

Discussion in 'Birds' started by Nikam, Jul 6, 2005.

  1. My wife and I recently spent a week on Vancouver Island. Most of these were taken on Chesterman Beach which is on the West Coast of Vancouver Island just south of Tofino BC.

    First a couple of western sandpiper pics. These birds use this area as a feeding stop on the way to Alaska. I read that they can double their weight in just a few days of resting stop.

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    Love the way they move in unison - even on foot.

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    Brave (or foolish) crow (near Parksville BC):

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    The sandpipers, crows, and the seagulls, as shown in this shot, were all eating small worms on the tidal flats.

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    I tried to get some decent oystercatcher shots, but they were pretty elusive. The best I managed was a quick flight shot.

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  2. Hi Dennis

    You were in my neck of the woods! I'm glad you had a good time. Looks like you could have used my 300 or 500 ;^)
     
  3. Hi Rory.

    I sure could have used a bit more reach for those oystercatchers. They perched on a rock that was just too far offshore to get a decent shot.

    We stayed at a bed and breakfast just north of Parksville on the way over and one in Lantzville on the way back - so we were pretty close to your neck of the woods. Both have eagles nesting close by but I didn't get any great shots. Once the eaglets have fledged, they don't hang around so much. Oh well, It was relaxing trip and the Tofino - Uclulet area is spectacular.
     
  4. fks

    fks

    Apr 30, 2005
    sf bay area
    hi dennis-

    the second photo is a classic, great capture.

    ricky
     
  5. Flew

    Flew

    994
    Jan 25, 2005
    Alabama
    Very nice series Dennis. Looks like you had a good day. I'll bet you are getting impatient for that 300. :wink:
     
  6. Gale

    Gale

    978
    Jan 26, 2005
    Viera Fl
    Great shots, love the one with the crow. lolol
     
  7. Excellent I liek the first two the best and all shot with a 70-200 very nicely done
     
  8. Nice series Dennis, looks like you had a good time, look forward to seeing more ;-)
    On the second shot, which one were you focusing on. LOL!!!


    Keith
     
  9. Thanks for the kind comments everyone.

    I felt lucky to get the sandpipers, because it is the tail end of their migration. This group was the only one I saw and they were only on the beach for about an hour out of six days.
     
  10. These are great shots, Dennis, but there's just something special about those sandpipers! :)  Like a slice of their little life captured on digital film. Neat! :) 
     
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