This gallery contains 5 photos. One of many Sanderlings–seen here in its non-breeding, winter plumage–who have been frequenting the shores of Boundary Bay Regional Park since mid-November 2014. Photographed on January 16.
A pair of Sanderlings share. A rare moment of co-operation and tenderness between Sanderlings (who are more likely to go solo or chase each other during their hunts) in their search for snacks on the shores of Boundary Bay Regional Park. These shorebirds actually chose to fly by and forage near us for about 30 minutes. Did we represent protection against the bald eagles? Photographed on January 16.
Despite the 60-80 Sanderlings probing the shoreline, getting a group photo of this high-energy flock (which was soon joined by another flock of 30-40 Sanderlings) in action was a bit difficult (imagine kindergarten-aged children running amok all over the place); shots of bills submerged in water as well as feathered butts pointed in my direction were the norm. Photographed on February 28.
And suddenly, there were many, many more. After getting used to the presence of a photographer in their midst, the entire flock of 100+ Sanderlings suddenly decided to take to the skies, and circle the shore just above the water several times. Photographed on February 28.