There are a number of reasons why I decided to take on this project. My first reason has to do with my interest in birds. This began shortly after moving to Victoria ten and a half years ago. With our house backing onto a wooded area, the chirping of birds is a familiar sound all year long. I often glance out the window to see birds of all forms in the yard throughout the day. Frequently I will pull out the Birds of Victoria or Birds of North America reference guides we have on hand. Unfortunately, the drawings in the first aren’t overly helpful for identification and the number of entries in the second is overwhelming. My second reason has to do with a photography course I took a number of years ago. Since that time I have been trying to think of a practical reason to buy a new camera. Taking pictures of birds requires a powerful zoom lens which my previous point-and-shoot camera could not accommodate. Perfect! My final reason was my desire to take on a new project to welcome in 2011. Hence, bird of the day was born.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Cattle Point

I love climbing around the rocks at Cattle Point, especially at low tide. I stop by most afternoons while I'm out looking for birds. In addition to a large assortment of ducks, cormorants can often be seen there as well as a variety of shore birds. Today, I even saw a seal and an otter ... but no cattle. So, what's with the name? Well, I discovered that Uplands Farm occupied the surrounding land between 1860 and 1910. Cattle shipped from the mainland to the farm would be dropped off in the bay. The cattle would then have to swim to the shore on the point.
Double-crested Cormorant

Surf Bird

Harlequin Ducks

 Black Turnstone

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