Friday, May 20, 2011

Birds and beasts

On day two in Tofino, we woke up to a steady rain. It sounded lovely on the roof, but it didn't bode well for outdoor activities.

Even this harbour seal seemed unimpressed...

Fortunately by the afternoon the rain eased up a bit, and treated us to some lovely island skies. Davis and I decided to go for a walk on the beach and see what creatures we could see...

A ton of little shorebirds foraged in the sand, and I saw a few species I'd never seen before including dunlin -

- whimbrels -

and semi-palmated plovers.

We also saw a couple different species of sandpipers, but I don't have any good photos of them. There may be a couple hanging out with the dunlin. We were however graced by the presence of an osprey, floating up and down the beach for over an hour, looking for prey.

The sun started to set...

The tide started coming in...

So we left the osprey to his search -

...and went back to our cabin, where we were greeted by the usual chorus of sea lions.

Up next... adventures in surfing!


  1. Beautiful photos! Looks like a nice trip. :)

  2. Gorgeous shots! I hope to get back to Tofino for a visit soon. Lakes just don't cut it when you've spent time with the ocean :)


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