Monday, November 8, 2010
Vancouver is one of British Columbia’s hidden gems, which offers something for everyone. Is easily withing walking or biking to escape into nature and find green spaces that are home to many kinds of plants and animals that thrive in Canada.
On our walks we saw many types of waterfowls birds living in Vancouver waters and we’ve spotted their beauty in our photos. Waterfowl includes geese, ducks, swans, eiders, loons and scoters. I read about how many types of water birds living in North America and I like to spend time watching them how dabbling and diving.
Saturday was a cloudy day with small drizzle, very suitable for a relaxing walking among the seawall. When we reached the Second Beach, we saw arriving hundreds of Surf Scoters and taking flight off in front of us. We did not know what type of Scoters are: Black, White-Winget or Surf Scoters when we saw them flying along the shorelines of the ocean golf, but we took as many pictures as we can.
Yesterday, after we did a little research on the internet about them, we were sure we saw a flock of Surf Scoters whose male has the largest and most colorful bill. Named also Melanitta Perspicillata, they nest on fresh water lakes in the northern regions of Canada and Alaska. In the winter months, these water birds migrate to the coastlines of the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, returning to their northern lakes in the spring.
All people were ecstatic about birds show as they land on the water and display their wing colors and lobed feet. Seemed like the ocean boiled by so many noise and agitation.
They arrived in continuous waves by 10-15 birds, and after few minutes, the area where they landed becomes crowded.
After the "invasion", many of them were relaxing and swimming in the area of open water, but the majority were diving / dabbling to reach food to the ocean bottom and a child exclaimed
" Wow, it's a bad day to be a fish"
It was a rewarding day for us and an opportunity to take these photos.
We were lucky to be in the right place at the right time.
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