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Offline ivani

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Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
« Reply #435 on: July 04, 2016, 08:48:20 AM »
Wonderful photos Booni. Thanks. Great to see Em and Dad. :eclove
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Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
« Reply #436 on: August 03, 2016, 04:52:19 PM »
Thanx for posting those amazing pics of Dad and Em. They look so well and comfortable in each others company but I can't help feeling Dad is missing Mum Hornby, they were together through so many years sharing their happiness and sadness with us all. I feel sure that they will both return to the nest in October. Dad must be getting quite old now.

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Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
« Reply #437 on: August 20, 2016, 06:11:54 PM »
 
august 17 2016 20:30 - Moon rise on Grassy Point
 

 

 

 


 
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Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
« Reply #438 on: August 28, 2016, 11:17:29 AM »
 
Yesterday i was driving down the road & there were Eagles in mishi*s Tree!
Who could it be?
Back so early or haven*t left yet?
Oh...  :mhihi
 
august 26 2016 09:56 - Turkey Vulture sunning
 


There were two of them!
 

 


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Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
« Reply #439 on: August 29, 2016, 06:34:20 AM »
I hope this one gets busy fishing - whether on salmon run or locally. ❤️😍

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Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
« Reply #440 on: September 20, 2016, 09:53:07 AM »
 
It was a showery day, but then the Sun would come out, so i took Donnae down to Grassy Point.
She keeps saying there are no Birds, she is used to seeing more Birds when she is here, which is usually a month later than now.
We were sitting in the car in the rain when i looked over towards the broken off driftwood piece that used to be so distinctive, but has now broken off.
Through the rainy window & rain, was that something on top of the driftwood?
It was!
 
september 19 2016 14:28 - Cooper*s Hawk
 


i have NEVER seen one of these Birds on Grassy Point, or anywhere else on Hornby, for that matter, except for this one time here.
We rolled down the window & just stayed in the car.
But of course we were spotted anyway.
 

 


A sudden departure!
 


Ah, someone appeared to collect their bike, from behind us, scaring off the Hawk darnit!
 

 
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Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
« Reply #441 on: September 20, 2016, 11:00:56 AM »
 
We went walking on the rocky point, i was trying to find interesting things to show Donnae.
The tide pools there are excellent, & i was able to show her these Anemones.
The problem with tide pools is that the surface of the water reflects, making the images kind of cloudy.

september 19 2016 14:48 - Anemones
 


i played with this same foto in foto editing, & discovered that upping the contrast seems to punch through the relfection & bring out the colours a bit.
 


So i did the same for all of these fotos.
 

 

 

 

 
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Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
« Reply #442 on: September 20, 2016, 11:27:36 AM »
 
Way off the rocky point on a tiny island was what looked to me to be a weaner Seal pup!
A weaner is a pup who has been weaned from the mother & is now alone & feeding them self.
This can be a tough time for the pups, who sometimes don*t thrive, because they don*t find enough food on their own.
We get calls about these poor pups, & have rescued them in the past.
i spotted one on Toby Island off Heron Rocks on our boat trip a little while ago.
i got a call about a possible weaner pup spotted in Helliwell that wren & others went looking for but the pup had moved on.
i was watching this one, i thought they were dead!
There was no movement at all.
 
september 19 2016 14:55 - weaner Seal pup
 


So i walked out to the point, closer to the pup so i could see.
Oh, alive after all!  :heart
 


i think this one looks okay, but i am sending the fotos to Saltspring Natural Care Center for evaluation.
 

 

 

 
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Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
« Reply #443 on: September 20, 2016, 05:10:25 PM »
Thanks Booni. Wonderful photos!
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Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
« Reply #444 on: September 20, 2016, 05:22:45 PM »
 :eclove fabulous! I hope they are ok :pray

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Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
« Reply #445 on: September 20, 2016, 07:55:02 PM »
 
Next we went down to the ferry & walked along the dock in front of the Pub.
i noticed all these Fish in the water on one side!
There were also Fish on the other side, & they were all smaller.
i don*t know my Fish at all.
Does anyone else?
If nothing else, it is kind of a cool set of fotos.
 
september 19 2016 15:59 - small Fish
 

 

 

 


i like this one.
 

 
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Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
« Reply #446 on: September 20, 2016, 08:48:43 PM »
I've been asking the people I work with, because I see these little fishes a lot when I go out on the water. I love above all to paddle in the shallows, where I often see fish darting below me.

Yesterday I was just below Nest 7 and the bay there was full of little fishes!

I think these are the same kind, and that they are called Shiner Perch. The beautiful triangular pectoral fins that show in some of your photos, and the relatively large scales, correspond to what I'm seeing in my field guide. We have a few kinds of small Surfperches; when you see Shiner Perch from the side, they have these faint golden bars that shine in the sun.

Sometimes there are bigger fishes among them. We have something called a Striped Seaperch or a Blue-line Perch. Seen from the surface they look almost black, and sort of rectangular with a tail attached...  :mhihi
From the side they're pretty amazing, with fine lines of blue and sometimes reddish colour. The divers tell me that's how they look... And I've seen photos... But from the surface they're those blackish boxy fish that might be among the little ones. Very cool one way or the other.

So there ya have it. I know very little about our forage fishes and that's most of it right here.


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Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
« Reply #447 on: September 20, 2016, 10:58:23 PM »
Beautiful, different world!  Thank you booni and wren for the photos and information.  I'm very interested in marine life.   :eclove
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Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
« Reply #448 on: September 21, 2016, 06:06:38 AM »
Great series, I love the depth of color and clarity!

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Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
« Reply #449 on: September 21, 2016, 01:16:15 PM »
More wonders of pur natural world! Just fantastic 🤗