While I didn’t manage to get a picture of the Brant, I did have lots of opportunity to watch this Surf Scoter feeding on the edge of the dock where we moored on the third night. The bird was plucking mussels off the concrete below the waterline and crunching down with that wonderful multicoloured beak.
|Surf Scoter, Melanitta perspicillata|
Another treat was Rhinoceros Auklets. There were several rafts of these little alcids particularly around Swartz Bay and Fulford Harbour. I wasn’t able to see any with fully developed horns but their “whiskers” stood out against their black plumage. Pigeon Guillemots and Common Murres were also distinctive and were actively fishing – bobbing along on the surface then spreading their wings and quickly diving below the surface.
|Pigeon Guillemot, Cepphus columba|
|Red-breasted Merganser, Mergus serrator|
More in two days – this time on to the infamous “LBJ’s”