shore birds of Bandon

With a minus tide, it was possible to get closer to the cliffs. You can see the marks at the base of the cliffs where normal water level is. 2013-131I’ll start with the above shot for a bit of perspective. There’s a woman in a light colored jacket walking a dog out in front. But you have to look really close for what seems to be at least three adults and no less than three kids at the base of the cliffs a bit left of center. Luckily one of them was wearing a white top. There’s also a couple near the base of the pointy cone shaped rock formation, but they’re very hard to spot because they were wearing darker clothing.

Someday I may learn to do a panoramic shot to get the entire length of these cliffs, but if nothing else you should be getting the feel of the size of this huge pile of rocks. The birds love it, as you’ll see in the images to follow. Normally, except during a really low minus tide as above, they are surrounded by water. Seals sometimes hang out near the base when the tides are higher.

birds-5A glimpse of what goes on at the top of the cliffs. Besides the goose stealing the scene, there are cormorants (the two taller ones, beak to beak) and thousands upon thousands of common murres (they look like small penguins) all nesting on the cliffs.birds-7Another look at part of the Common Murre colonybirds-6Still some gulls and cormorants scattered in there, but predominantly murres…birds-8A nesting site for the Cormorants. Seems they all have their niche for starting a family.birds-9A slightly closer look.birds-3Closer to the ground this pair was poking around in the kelp covered rocks near the base of the cliffs. Near as I can tell the one on the right is a Long-billed Dowitcher. (Corrections are welcomed since I’m not the best at bird identifying.) I’m guessing the one on the left might be a gull.

birds-4This was the best I could do as they apparently decided I had edged a bit too close.

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