This gallery contains 3 photos. Sanderlings are common springtime sights on Vancouver shores, but during winter, they exchange their reddish brown feathers for grey and black hues. This brave little one (who was 12 feet away) successfully netted a worm.
A small flock of Sanderlings (of which the above forager is a member) performs aerial maneuvers from 20 feet away.
Despite the abundance of seaweed that washes up on shore, these medium-sized shorebirds are carnivorous. Insects, crustaceans, molluscs, and worms are their dietary staples. Photographed December 1 with the long lens.