Saturday 1 August 2015

Boundary Bay "Good to be Home"

 July 26-30 2015 Boundary Bay 

It was good to be back at Boundary Bay after my recent trip across Canada. I arrived back just in time to join many other birders for the Bar-tailed Godwit twitch. The Pacific Golden-Plovers were an added bonus. The Caspian Tern came out of nowhere and was gone as quickly. It was good to meet up with so many birding friends and tread familiar ground.

                           It's amazing how the direction of light can alter the 'feel' of an image.

 Wester Sandpipers flying toward the sun.

Western Sandpipers flying away from the main light source.

July 26/15 104 St 
Bar-tailed Goodwit and Back-bellied Plovers.
The Escapee Ruff.

Originally posted on vanbcbirds: The following email text from Dov Lank:

"Thank you for this photo. The bird is indeed an escapee from my colony. I have had a recent problem with a rat getting into my aviary, and have been using an outside door that is never normally used. Unbeknownst to me, this bird must have escaped yesterday. You are correct in stating that it is a male, but it is not a non-breeding male. It is an in-between sized 'faeder' male - a female mimic. IN nature, these make up about 1% of populations. 

It will be interesting to see whether the bird turns up elsewhere. It should be headed southwest, from Finland to West Africa. There are not a lot of options for it in that direction, from here, unfortunately."

I guess they don't call them sneaker males for nothing,
Nathan Hentze,
Victoria, BC

Caspian Tern

Pacific Golden-Plover

Pacific Golden-Plover


July 30/15 104th
Black-bellied Plovers and Western Sandpipers at Sunrise.
6.25 a.m.
Bald Eagle bathed in 'sweet light'
Sunrise at Boundary Bay and it was 16c. Later temperatures in Langley hit 32c.

6.45 a.m
Western Sandpiper.
7.30 a.m
Franklin's Gull.

Franklin's Gull.
 7.45 a.m
                                                                                8 a.m
Juvenile Peregrine Falcon hunting sandpipers.

Parting Shot

Iona Regional Park.

Moon, Venus and sunset Iona Beach.

This shot made up for not finding any Common Nighthawks and all the pesky mosquitos.

See you around!

"It's never too late to start birding"

John Gordon
BC Canada


  1. Absolutely stunning shots John! Glad to have you back! Great seeing you at the bay.

  2. Thanks for all your kind comments. Many have told me they enjoyed the accounts.