Sunday of Thanksgiving weekend on Mayne Island was beautiful. So I thought you might like to come with me to one of Creative Potager’s favourite beaches at Reef Bay. Wear your sneakers. It can be slippery. The tide is coming in fast. We might get wet.
There it is. Still here even though we have been away for weeks.
Look way out to the end. See where those seagulls and other shorebirds are? That is where we are going. Make sure your hands are free so you can balance. And watch your step… there are some big cracks between the rocks – wouldn’t want to lose you in one.
Remember the tide is coming in so keep your eyes open to ensure we can get back to shore… without swimming.
Ahhhhh, so beautiful. Water reflecting the world around it.
Oh, look! There is a family enjoying the beach too.
Now where were we. Yes, the birds. Let’s see if we can get just a bit closer.
I don’t know much about shorebirds other than there are all sorts of different kinds of seagulls and those black fellows in the foreground with the long bright red beaks are black oystercatchers.
If we crouch down maybe we can get just a wee bit closer and have a good look around. Oops! Be careful. Here comes a gull in for a landing.
This gull in front is such a show off. It is like he is saying “look at me.”
The little birds behind him sitting with the other gulls are black turnstones which are unmistakable when they fly. I call the zebra birds. They are fast and hard to capture.
Here goes a lovely gull overhead.
I am fascinated by the repeating shape of the bird and the neck of land. It is like seeing an echo. Away it goes… wait a minute what do we have here?
Seven eight lay them straight. ..
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Oh No! One mighty squawk is all it took!
Look at them go!
Well, I guess we better start pecking our way back to shore. Should only take a short while. Ah yes, dry land ahead.
Are your shoes still dry? No skinned knees? Good! You were lucky.
Sprout question: Have you ever let your creativity go to the birds?
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