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« Post / Reply #45 on: August 06, 2016, 09:44:23 PM »

Continuing my little trip around Norris Rocks...
Some new arrivals, shore birds back from their migration.
Here's a Black Turnstone in a jewelled setting...
July 26, 12:43



Two Surfbirds napping in the sun, resting from their long flight... And another Turnstone in the background.
12:50



Later on, some of the same Surfbirds, now feeding on the shore exposed by the receding tide.
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« Post / Reply #46 on: August 06, 2016, 09:49:17 PM »

The day's second big surprise (the Oystercatcher chick was the first one).
A pair of Heermann's Gulls resting on a rock!
We only see them every few years during their fall migration, late August and September. I'm told these two early arrivals are considered a rarity for the time of year.







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« Post / Reply #47 on: August 06, 2016, 10:02:17 PM »

Next surprise in a day full of surprises.
Two cormorants land nearby, a Pelagic and a Brandt's. The Pelagics nest on Chrome Island across the channel, so this sighting is not unexpected. I didn't know what to think of the immature Brandt's Cormorant, but was told later that they're also a rarity for this time of year.
I was so lucky that those two stayed put while I drifted by.
July 26, 1:10 pm



Here's a better view of the Brandt's Cormorant. Both birds were vibrating their throats with their bills partway open. I'm thinking it may have been a way to regulate heat on that warm day. In any case it made their neck look impossibly thick, as if they had each swallowed a large fish.




Throat still flapping about 3 or 4 times per second...




Here's the Pelagic, an adult in breeding plumage, doing the same thing.



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« Post / Reply #48 on: August 10, 2016, 08:55:22 PM »

Returning to where I started my tour of Norris Rocks, I find the oystercatcher family again!
Now the gulls have stopped hassling them.
This time the water is calmer, and I find a tiny spot where I can wedge my boat among the rocks, closer to the baby's hiding place.
The same oystercatcher, the one with a gash-shaped pupil, is walking up with some food again!

July 26, 1:27 pm















Looks kind of ostrich-like from this angle!




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« Post / Reply #49 on: August 10, 2016, 09:08:14 PM »

Back for another bite from the same mussel...
Norris Rocks, July 26, 1:27 pm







And now back towards the hiding spot for a moment - wait, who is this?
A second oystercatcher chick!  heart



A lovely family scene as I quietly take my leave. (This is the other adult, note the properly round pupil of the left eye.)
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« Post / Reply #50 on: August 10, 2016, 10:18:12 PM »

Love seeing feeding times, wren!   love
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« Post / Reply #51 on: August 11, 2016, 04:10:58 AM »

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« Post / Reply #52 on: August 11, 2016, 03:15:02 PM »

They're adorable, and the intense color on the beak and the eyes is wonderful!
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« Post / Reply #53 on: August 11, 2016, 03:53:33 PM »

Beautiful Booni.  heart heart thanks
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« Post / Reply #54 on: August 11, 2016, 10:32:04 PM »

Great photos Wren, love Oyster Catchers.
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« Post / Reply #55 on: August 20, 2016, 09:39:52 AM »

 
i have friends who come every year to camp at Heron Rocks & it is SUCH a lovely place this time of year!
Well, actually, ANY time of year.
They were commenting on how quiet it was this year.
Usually they are here when the Eaglet/s is/are screeping away!
That starts at four in the morning.
i never saw or heard any Eagles when i was there this time.
 
august 18 2016 20:03 - Heron Rocks Sun set
 


august 18 2016 20:07 - Heron Rocks sunset - Toby Island
 


i was coming down the hill looking out over Olsen Farm & the islets out in the water when i noticed this strange structure that i haven*t see there before.
This must have gotten caught in one of the high winds we had recently.

august 18 2016 20:07 - Heron Rocks - Tree stump
 


The BEST Sun sets can be found here.

august 18 2016 20:27 - Heron Rocks Sun set
 


& if you*re lucky you get a Moon rise, too!

august 18 2016 21:17 - Heron Rocks Moon rise
 

 
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