West Coast Vancouver Island Birds

18 08 2010

I was out in Ucluelet for 3 days last weekend.  We stayed at the Black Rock Resort – More on that later… What a great place!

Our room looked right out onto “Big Beach” and this gave me a great opportunity to go down and crawl in the seaweed to find a few sandpipers

Spotted Sandpiper:
Sandpiper BC Canada Birds

Least Sandpiper:
Sandpiper Ucluelet BC Canada Birds

We also explored a bit up island and ended up at a place the locals call “The Blowhole”.  While the blow hole didn’t really put much effort out for us, we did see some eagles (unfortunately the evening sun was BEHIND them).  I scrambled like a mad a fool and managed to get on the sunny side of a pair of Black Oystercatchers. They are a funny looking bird and the beak seems out of proportion to the rest of the bird.  Perhaps because it’s bright red.  Here’s one:
Oystercatcher Birds Ucluelet BC Canada

We also drove up to Tofino and checked out Long Beach with the hope of finding more shorebirds.  The weather fogged in badly, but I did get this shot of a juvenile gull (species anyone?):
Gull Tofino BC Canada

It turned out to be a pretty good bird photo opportunity weekend.   We had a great time and look forward to heading back again whenever we can get the time. 

Thanks Ukee!

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