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« on: October 28, 2013, 08:15:59 AM »

 
i*m not sure i*ve ever spotted the Nest in this neighbourhood, but in 2010, i did spot the Eaglet there.
There is definitely a pair that hangs out in regular trees here.
This is a lovely spot!
For most of the year it is quiet but as the weather warms, the area is a populated, but quiet campsite.
There is good fishing here, & lots of Sea Lions.
If you are lucky, you will see Orcas swimming by, too.

Click here to see what happened in 2012 - 2013.

Click here to see what happened in 2011 - 2012.

Click here to see the postings for 2010 - 2011.

Click here to see the postings from the 2009 - 2010 season.

Click here to see wren*s beautiful map of the Eagle*s Nests of Hornby Island for the 2013 season.
You can find this Nest on that map.

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« Post / Reply #1 on: October 28, 2013, 08:47:02 AM »

 
We went down to Heron Rocks on this day because we could hear the Sea Lions there growling away, even from afar!
It was a foggy foggy day, though, which was great for transmitting their sounds, but not so great for viewing them.
i did spot this lovely Bird, though, standing in the calm water near the sandstone shore.
Look at their reflection!
 
october 17 2013 15:36 - Greater Yellowlegs
 





 
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« Post / Reply #2 on: December 29, 2013, 12:57:15 PM »

 
Yesterday i was lucky to be able to go out in the Big Hornby Canoe!
This boat takes ten passengers.
All help get the boat off the rack, from above the tide line, flip it over, & bring it down to the water.
We are then given paddling instructions, & lessons on how to brace the boat to keep it from flipping.
Then we were instructed on how to get in, one at a time.
Having rubber boots on was an asset.
We each get a paddle & a life jacket.
Off we go.
Then we do a practice brace.
Then we really get going.
You paddle at the same time as the person in front of you.
The person in the bow leads, the owner steers from the stern.
We went from Sandpiper Beach to just past Shingle Spit.
Click here to see wren*s beautiful map of Hornby with all the Eagle Nests noted on it
If 12:00 is the top center edge of the map, look at 5:00.
Click on the map to open it up, then click again to make it large.
See if you can find Dunlop Point, Sandpiper Beach, & Downes Point.
We headed off from Sandpiper Beach around Downe*s Point.
We paddled towards Olsen Farm & Heron Rocks.
Usually the canoe sticks close to the shore, but we were headed for Norris Rocks, which i believe is that small island you can see on the map between the tags for Olsen Farm & Heron Rocks.
This is where the Sea Lions hang out!
You could hear them growling & barking & making all sorts of wonderful sounds from a long ways off.
You could also SMELL them from a long ways off.
i know i am weird, but they smell really good.  mhihi
Wish i could capture that smell in a video!
We also paddled past Toby Island, which you can see labelled on wren*s map.

With these videos, click on them so they open up on YouTube in a new tab.
In the lower right hand corner of the video, click the cog symbol & change the setting to 1080p HD, then click the four corners symbol to the right of the cog, to watch videos full screen.
Turn up your volume!

It was a dull cloudy day, with the sun setting behind clouds behind the mountains of Vancouver Island, but look how the beached Sea Lions GLOW with that lovely almost orange colouring.
There were the beached ones, then there was a whole herd of them swimming beside us, checking us out, spy-hopping & breaching!
Paddlers cheer & comment on the breachers.
They were very close to the boat!
i was on the wrong side of the boat for taking videos, but i did what i could under the circumstances.
Don*t you LOVE the vocalizations?
 
december 28 2013 14:55 - Sea Lions on Norris Rocks
 
 
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SFO7gSFLoWk" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SFO7gSFLoWk</a>
 

 
 
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« Post / Reply #3 on: December 29, 2013, 03:14:15 PM »

Booni! what a wonderful adventure, and thank you so much for posting the video and your descriptions.  As you suggested, I watched it full-screen - what an incredible experience to be up so close to the sealions - and I did really "laugh out loud" when you mentioned being able to smell them, and that you liked the smell.  Can you describe the smell - was it fishy? 

We enjoyed listening to the sealions a couple of days ago, when they were being attacked by orcas, and that was pretty exciting to be able to see all that on the cam. 
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« Post / Reply #4 on: December 29, 2013, 04:46:26 PM »

So much fun Booni, bet you were glowing too.  smile
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« Post / Reply #5 on: December 29, 2013, 06:28:41 PM »

That was a memorable day, I'm sure!  What fun to be able to get so close to them.   thumbup
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« Post / Reply #6 on: December 29, 2013, 07:24:45 PM »

 
Ah, Foldi, that was actually all Sea Lions that day, not Orcas at all.
The fins you saw were of Sea Lions snoozing!
i was down at Grassy Point & there were a few of them, dozing together in the waves next to the rocky point.
You see their side fins, sometimes their tail flippers come up, & their noses come up for air, then disappear again.
There were also other Sea Lions jumping & diving, just like in this next video.

Now, the smell of those on Norris rocks, fishy, yes, but more than just fishy.
It reminded me of the strong smell when the Herring roe is rotting on the beaches after the Herring spawn in march, a smell i also like, but admittedly, an acquired taste.

Now this video shows the Sea Lions swimming alongside the boat, checking us out, diving & breaching.
One breaches just to the right out of view of the video, but you hear the big splash, the closeness of it, & see the disturbed water.
Aren*t they something!?

december 28 2013 14:57 - Sea Lions on Norris Rocks
 
 
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GbUKN8YDL6E" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GbUKN8YDL6E</a>


 
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« Post / Reply #7 on: December 29, 2013, 07:28:38 PM »

 
Another video of the action in the water, right next to the boat.
They are diving, checking us out, spy-hopping.

december 28 2013 14:58 - Sea Lions on Norris Rocks
 
 
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kp-nGeMaguA" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kp-nGeMaguA</a> 

 
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« Post / Reply #8 on: December 29, 2013, 07:30:47 PM »

 
december 28 2013 15:01 - Sea Lions on Norris Rocks
 
 
 
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ckInY84x6lA" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ckInY84x6lA</a>
 

 
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« Post / Reply #9 on: December 29, 2013, 07:36:46 PM »

 
Can you smell them yet?
Look how aware of our presence & curious the swimming ones are!
Note the different colours & sizes of them.
We get California Sea Lions as well as Steller Sea Lions.
Also the odd Northern Elephant Seal!
i believe these are all males here, this time of year.


december 28 2013 15:01:55 - Sea Lions on Norris Rocks
 
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jXZYBD-L_wA" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jXZYBD-L_wA</a>
 

 

 
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« Post / Reply #10 on: December 29, 2013, 07:54:36 PM »

 
i believe the Steller Sea Lions are the great big browny/orange beauties on the rocks, while the California Sea Lions are the smaller, darker ones you see breaching beside the boat.
Both types of heads are swimming along with the boat.

Say bye to the Sea Lions as we paddle away.
i could have spent hours there, just watching.
We were told that with all of us paddling, the canoe can do 7 knots, which is pretty fast!
As we paddled, Sea Lions kept up to us with no problem.
Shows you how fast they can go.
If you look at the map again, we now go past Ford Cove, then along the Mount Geoffrey Escarpment, all the way to the ferry.
There is some fancy steering done, which sends us just below the chains hanging down from under the ramp to the ferry!
We paddle past The Thatch, & around the point of Shingle Spit, where we hit waves & wind.
It is getting dark & we are cold & tired but happy!
First the boat needs to be stowed on her rack, then we trudge to the road carrying the gear.
i am unsteady on my feet, but it feels good to be walking again.
Today, everything is aching!
Fotos to come, but not tonight.
 
december 28 2013 15:03 - Sea Lions on Norris Rocks  
 

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O8BG-Vy3ixk" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O8BG-Vy3ixk</a>
 

 
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« Post / Reply #11 on: December 29, 2013, 08:42:53 PM »

What a total thrill, booni...thank you for taking us on this incredible journey with you!
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« Post / Reply #12 on: January 04, 2014, 11:28:58 PM »

Beautiful light for photography yesterday, and too windy to go on the water, so I went for a walk to Heron Rocks to see what I could see...

I had spotted 2 adults near the nest from the big canoe, but since this nest has not had any issue for three years I am on the look-out for any hints of what's going on.

As soon as I arrived within view of the nest, I spotted this youngster in one of the neighbouring trees!

January 3, 2 pm



The westerly breeze shook her perch and she had to readjust her grip from time to time, but that was all for disturbance... Was nobody else home?

Yes! I heard a brief gulling call from the direction of the beach, and a few seconds later the visitor skedaddled!








This was when my camera's batteries ran out... And once I had changed them and looked into the trees again, this eagle had parked on another perch by the nest tree, and remained there the whole time I was down on the beach, but that's another story...
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« Post / Reply #13 on: January 05, 2014, 12:28:10 AM »

So interesting, Wren.  Waiting for "...and remained there the whole time I was down on the beach, but that's another story..."  

Love your stories and photos.

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« Post / Reply #14 on: January 05, 2014, 11:51:37 AM »

 
Okay, finally getting to my Sea Lions fotos.
It is hard to take fotos from a moving boat, but i did get a few.
 
december 28 2013 14:56 - Sea Lions on Norris Rocks
 


The different sizes & colours.
i LOVE how they bend their heads backwards like this.
It looks very pleasurable, is that why they do it?
 


i just love the two in the foreground here.
 

 
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