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  • Writer's pictureKarl Koerber

Here and There - Waterfowl and Mountains.

Updated: Nov 29, 2023

It was a spectacular day, a couple of weeks ago, for a walk on the dike trail along Boundary Bay in Tsawwassen. Birds everywhere, with Mount Baker front and centre.


There were hundreds of dunlins feeding in the low tide shallows, and they'd periodically explode up in large murmurations, switching from dark to white depending on whether the birds' backs or undersides were facing me. Very cool.



This male house finch was foraging in the shrubbery along the shoreline.

Gulls and ducks galore.




Back home in the Kootenays, it was another glorious day yesterday, possibly the last one before the snow arrives, so I decided to make my first pilgrimage of the year to check out the trumpeter swans in the upper Slocan River, with Mt. Dag presiding over the scene.

I counted about 50 swans all together. By the time they all arrive there could be over 100 wintering in these big. shallow pools. One small group seemed to be content standing in the shallows and preening.



The late afternoon sun added a golden tinge to the scene and another trio of swans paddling serenely along.





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Jennifer Yeow
Jennifer Yeow
30 nov 2023

Yes, I agree, the shots of Boundary Bay and bird flight are beautiful. Looks like low tide and abundance of food. Makes me miss Fall at the coast

Thanks Karl

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Karl Koerber
Karl Koerber
30 nov 2023
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Thanks Jen. Yes we had some lovely fall weather.

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kris
30 nov 2023

Wow Karl, some of those Boundary Bay shots are stunning! Well done.

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Karl Koerber
Karl Koerber
30 nov 2023
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Thanks Kris!

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saminwinlaw
30 nov 2023

Love those big flocks of birds! Thanks Karl. Ruth and I saw five swans flying up the Slocan River a couple of days ago when we were out on our morning walk.

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Karl Koerber
Karl Koerber
30 nov 2023
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There is group in the Kootenay River by Thrums, too, and apparently out at Kokanee Park also.


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