Monday, November 8, 2010

Tunkwa P.P. – Late August, 2010

Took advantage of an unexpected week off in late August to do a bit of B.C. exploring.  Started off heading to good ole’ Tunkwa as we hadn’t been there since the Canada Day long weekend.  Arrived at 8 in the evening…

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Just in time to catch this sunset.  With only about 20 of the 220 sites occupied we settled in on the spit which we had pretty much to ourselves.

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August 27th was  my definition of paradise ~ the temperature had dropped to close to freezing overnight with a heavy fog over the lake that had dissipated by 8:30 or so, with the sunshine.

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The lake was like glass and so quiet….

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We set off for a walk around the north end of the lake, over to Bluff Lake….

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Lot’s of Lesser Scaup families over here – I’ve mentioned before how this species of ducks are really late nesters….

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Raising young Lesser Scaup seems to be a community affair….

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We counted over 70 ducklings….

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This being late August we knew shorebird migration was well underway…this pair of Greater Yellowlegs were poking about on the shoreline.


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Here is a late summer look at Bluff Lake….there wasn’t a bird on it. 

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The spillway from Tunkwa to Leighton was now totally dried up.

Heading back to the campground I spent the rest of the day just wandering and taking pictures….

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The whole area was over run with Yellow Rump Warblers….there had to be hundreds of them…

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The Canada Geese were very relaxed after a summer of activity…

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In fact they made for some artistic pictures as they blended in with the late summer grasses..

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I especially like this one…

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Quite a few Starlings hanging about….not in the massive numbers you find around farms and ranches though…

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Here is another one of those numerous Yellow Rump Warblers…no longer in his brilliant breeding plumage.

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Someone else no longer in his brilliant plumage is this male Mallard….he’ll only change his brilliant emerald green head to this dull one for a couple of months before turning back into the colors everyone associates with Mallards.

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In the quite area between the spit and the main part of the campground, there was a family of Pied bill Grebe.  I’ve seen Pied bill Grebe here before, but never a family of them.

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It was a treat to be able to watch them.  One of the little guys came up with a frog almost as big as he was!

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A walk along the shoreline in the afternoon found some more shorebirds.

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The inevitable Killdeer of course….

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but also a Semi-palmated Sandpiper (closer bird) and a Baird’s Sandpiper (further bird)

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I even managed to get my kayak in the water, for the first and only time this year!

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Snuck up on these sleepy ‘eclipse’ plumaged Mallard.

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an after supper walk found us another shorebird species….this one a Solitary Sandpiper…

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poking about along the edge of Leighton Lake…

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and so an absolutely perfect day, drew to a close.

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