Monday, November 8, 2010

Bad day to be a fish !

Surf Scoters among Vancouver Shorelines

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.

Surf Scoters among Vancouver's Second BeachSurf Scoters at Second Beach

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.

Surf Scoters arriving at Second Beach, Vancouver

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.

Surf Scoters invasion at Second Beach, Vancouver

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.

Invasion of Surf Scoters at Vancouver's shorelines

Surf Scoters diving at Vancouver's shorelinesThey 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"
Surf Scoters feeding at Vancouver's shorelines

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.

Surf Scoters landing at Vancouver's shorelines


wind said...

Wonderful birds!
You are invited on my blog to take your prize!

Best regards from Romania!

Leovi said...

Very nice photos, thank goodness I'm not a fish.

Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage said...

Love your photos. I'm a bit of a wildlife enthusiast and really enjoy such images.

"Wow, it's a bad day to be a fish." Such insight, out of the mouth of babes. How cute! ;)

Thanks for linking to my party. I look forward to seeing what you link up each week

By the way, I just joined you as a follower.

Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage


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