Category Archives: Nature

Birdy Walk at Centennial Beach in Tsawwassen, BC

The sun broke out today in the lower mainland of BC — a lovely sight after weeks of winter grey. We headed out for the Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary but when we got near the entrance, staff were out directing overflow traffic to park back up the road.

While we were happy so many people were out enjoying the wonderful sanctuary, we were not in the mood for crowds, so we thought we’d try Centennial Beach in Tsawwassen, which is another great place to see all sorts of birds.

It was not very crowded at the beach, and once we were out on the raptor trail, there were only a few other walkers around.

centennial beach tsawwassen

centennial beach tsawwassen
Yumi finds a quiet spot on the beach

centennial beach tsawwassen
Yumi working out while I twiddle with cameras

centennial beach tsawwassen

centennial beach tsawwassen
Mt. Baker with people walking on Delta dikes in the foreground

centennial beach tsawwassen
Mt. Baker

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Gull carrying a crab for lunch

harrier centennial beach tsawwassen
Harrier eyeing lunch? : -) Just kidding!

heron centennial beach tsawwassen
Great Blue Heron in flight

Marauding Merganser

I watched this common merganser swim in the overflow pond and the sediment pond in the Byrne Creek artificial spawning habitat in SE Burnaby, BC. Don’t see these in Byrne that often.

After awhile I guess it had enough of being observed and flushed spectacularly, zooming right over us. I whipped my wee Canon pocket camera up and got this shot full of motion and blur, but I kinda like it!

common merganser flight
Too bad I didn’t have a much faster DSLR at hand…