Thursday, September 23, 2010

The day is still young.

A view of the sea from Qualicum beach.
 The shore at my feet.
After our scenic picnic breakfast we asked the wonderful volunteers at the sand sculpture's where to find a good area for viewing birds. As luck would have it we were directed a few miles down the road to Parksville-Qualicum Beach Wildlife Management Area, which is an estuary at the mouth of the Englishman River.
Above is a view towards the river mouth, below you can see the tributaries reaching towards the sea.
Quiet simplicity; heron silhouette against blues and green.
A family of Mergansers.

We also saw a belted kingfisher, which of course as all the others have previously done, eluded me.
The killdeer blended so well that I did not see them till their movement caught my eye.
Another wee bird that blended into the muck. This one was smaller than the killdeer.
There were a family of flickers enjoying the sunny day, how wonderful to have wings.
Caught one!


Miss Kitty said...

Greetings Teresa,

Thank you for sharing with us your outing. It looks like it was rather windy, when looking at the water and seeing the waves.

Dad tell me he likes the rocks but then he always has liked rocks and when ever at the beach he has brought home stones an rocks.

Now dad needs to get back to finishing my post for Friday.

Thank you for sharing,
Miss Kitty and Egmont

john said...

Great photos. Love the merganser family. I'll have to steal that idea for a painting someday. The wee shorebird appears to be a Least Sandpiper.