I counted 8 today.Four adults & 4 cygnets.These are the hardest birds to get close shots of! Next time I go camping I have a plan! When I know they are inside the river system (only at high tide) I make a few noises.They’ll get nervous & begin to exit the river system.I know their normal exit route, so I’ll simply hide & wait for them to swim past.Once I start shooting the sound from the mirror reflex will spook them for sure,but by then its too late……I’ll will have gotten the shots! Busted!
Rankin rocks also had other residents resting on it! I believe they are Dunlins,Black Turnstones & a few Black Bellied Plovers.
A “Murmuration”is a natural formation of birds.The group seems to act as one in turning!
Many birds are passing through Tofino right now.It’s the Fall migration south.These are “Dusky” geese. A sub species of the much larger Canada Goose. They are heading down into Washington State & Oregon for the Winter.Breeding grounds are in Alaska.(Copper valley)
I went out today looking for any of my furry friends? I went up into Fortune Channel but couldn’t find a one out & about.I wasn’t shocked as it was high tide.Bears come out during low tide so they can overturn the rocks & get at the baby crabs.I usually find one out during high tide,but not tonight.
I always go out about three hours before sunset.Yes,I could go out earlier for the low tide but the colour & temperature (light) would be cooler.So I stick to a few hours before sunset.I find the setting & colour far more appealing!