Casual birdwalk

Casual birdwalk
by Andrew Bryant, 28 February 2015.

Saturday was sunny and calm as nine of us gathered for a low-key birdwatching excursion with Neil Hughes and myself.

We began at Palm Beach Regional Park, where we saw a hundred or more Surf Scoters, together with smaller numbers of the “usual suspects” (Horned Grebes, Harlequin ducks, Buffleheads, Barrow’s and Common Goldeneye, American Wigeon, a few loons in the distance, and the ever-delightful Black Oystercatcher.  The woods were pretty quiet, with only the occasional Spotted Towhee or Song Sparrow breaking the silence.   We did get some nice views of a Red-tailed Hawk.

After a couple of hours spent happily spent peering through spotting scopes, comparing binoculars, and discussing the finer points of identifying Lesser versus Greater Scaup, a few of us ventured out to Stillwater Bluffs.  It was again very quiet, except for a quick glimpse of a hummingbird (Anna’s?) and the continual din of sea lions way over at McRae Rocks.

All in all, a quiet but deeply satisfying day, and much more fun than staying home to mow the lawn!


Cedwyn Phillips – “South Georgia and Antarctica”

Cedwyn Phillips – “South Georgia and Antarctica”
by Andrew Bryant, 23 Apr 2014. 

Track of the MV Ocean Nova, 22 Nov – 10 Dec 2010
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Cedwyn is from London, England but now calls Powell River home.

In 2010 he and his wife Peggy spent 18 nights aboard the M.V. Ocean Nova as it traveled from Ushuaia, Argentina to the Falklands Islands. From there they cruised south, touring several spots on South Georgia, before going even further south – to the northern tip of Antarctica!

Judging from the map, you can imagine that must have been quite the trip.   And so it was.   It’s our privilege to share some of the slides we got to see.

Cedwyn may be soft-spoken, but his images speak volumes – enjoy the trip!

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Rambling with Clyde Part II (seabirds)

Rambling with Clyde Part II (seabirds)
by Andrew Bryant, 16 November 2011. 

Our resident naturalist, Clyde Burton, took seven members to Gibson’s Beach and Sliammon waterfront on Wednesday.  Gibson’s Beach produced three herons in the trees and Glaucous-winged gulls almost at our feet.  We stayed only long enough to separate the different age groups.

At Sliammon we saw several hundreds of gulls, the majority being Thayers.  Among them were Glaucous-winged gulls, Mew and one Herring gull.  In addition, all three mergansers were there, Golden-eye, Bufflehead, various scoters, Mallards, Gadwall, Green-wing teal, American widgeon, Black oyster catchers and Black turnstones plus Two killdeer.  Crows and Ravens also blessed us with their presence.

We stayed by over an hour till the wimps among us were driven away by a cool breeze.