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104th street at Boundary Bay - September 27 2013

Posted by Liron on Monday, September 30, 2013
On Friday the 27th, I went out to Boundary Bay in the afternoon for the high tide. The tide was really high! Sometimes the tide can be too high for shorebirds, but today the fact that there was only a little bit of mud didn't seem to matter and the shorebirds were very plentiful.

On top of the shorebirds, there were also some American Pipits, some flying by, and others landing on the seaweed and mudflats to feed:

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There were also tons of Barn Swallows around. I estimate that 800-1800 or even 2000 were flying around over the mudflats as far as I could see in both directions. There was a washed up tree that also was covered with Barn Swallows:

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I now focused my attention on the shorebirds. There were many Black-bellied Plovers out. I searched through them for Red Knot and American Golden-Plover (birds that have been with them in the past while), but I had no luck, so I just spent some time photographing the Black-bellied Plovers:

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I now shifted my attention to the various sandpipers around me. I decided I would use the same strategy that got me great photos on my last Boundary Bay visit. I watched the shorebirds, found out which direction they were feeding and positioned myself so they fed towards me. Like last time, this worked, and some Pectoral Sandpipers were soon very close to me:

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There were also some Western Sandpipers around:

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Because of the high tide, many of the birds, once done feeding, went to the end of the little bit of mudflats and found some seaweed to rest on. These birds included these Western Sandpipers:

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I now noticed some more Pectoral Sandpipers feeding towards me. There were joined by two Least Sandpipers, and because I had already photographed some Pectoral Sandpipers, I focused my attention on the Least Sandpipers:

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I scanned all the shorebirds around me for anything else, and I spotted two Baird's Sandpipers feeding. I have seen quite a few Baird's Sandpipers, but there has always been something wrong with the conditions when it came to photographing them. They have always been way too distant, too backlit, ect. Today, it was simply low light that made photos tough, but I managed some good shots :) :

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I spent a little more time with the Black-bellied Plovers before it was time to wrap things up:

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It had been a great day at Boundary Bay! :) There was not a time when I didn't see any shorebirds and there was always more than one species around. It was very fun! I find that the more I go to Boundary Bay, the more I learn, and the better I do. :) 

Other birds around that I saw on my visit included two Bald Eagles, one Merlin, thousands of American Wigeons, some Northern Pintail, one Greater Yellowlegs (with the Black-bellied Plovers), and more.


Thanks for looking! :)




 

 

 

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