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« Post / Reply #30 on: December 18, 2017, 10:34:18 AM »

 
Plunk!
A Horned Grebe diving.
LOVE the shape of the water & splash in this one!
We are still at Ford Cove waiting to leave.
 
december 15 2017 10:24 - Horned Grebe
 


Here*s another lovely grouping of Steller*s Sea Lions on Norris Rocks.

december 15 2017 10:53 - Steller*s Sea Lions
 


Here we are on our way out to Flora Island.
There is a HUGE flock of Birds, spread out across the calm waters.
They counted 6200 of these Western Grebes!
Apparently that number hasn*t been seen here for many years.
The Birds would flap away across the water, not gaining air but gaining distance, so they were hard to catch before they took off!
You can see by their wakes that these two are just starting to motor away.

december 15 2017 11:14 - Western Grebes
 


We have gone almost all the way around the Island now, & are just coming up to Shingle Spit & the ferry terminal.
This boat house has been here a long time.
i have walked to there from Phipps Point.
The fella says they still stay there & have dinners with friends inside.
What a fabulous spot.

december 15 2017 13:54 - boat house
 

 

 
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« Post / Reply #31 on: December 18, 2017, 11:53:04 AM »

 
Back to Norris Rocks & the Sea Lions hauled out there.
 
december 15 2017 10:54 - Steller*s Sea Lions
 


i still get mixed up about whether Sea Lions are Steller*s or California.
i believe California have the steep slope forehead & ears, but now i see Steller*s have the ears too.
So i am probably mixing them up here, sigh...
 


& what*s a boat trip without an Eagle!
Just disappearing behind the rigging of the boat.
& a full crop pushing out the necktie of the down feathers.

december 15 2017 10:55 - adult Eagle
 


A BIG one!
 


Loving the colour of the blue sky making interesting swirls of colour in our wake!
Heading out to Flora Island, Denman & Vancouver Island in the background.
 

 
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« Post / Reply #32 on: December 18, 2017, 11:58:03 AM »

 
Just caught the bottom of Chrome Island in the background here.
 
december 15 2017 11:07 - boat wake
 


& the wake looking back at Hornby with Olsen Farm in the middle.
 


Caught Chrome Island better in this one.
 


i*m trying to get a panorama shot of Hornby, so the camera backs itself out to wide angle view, so it looks like we are a long ways away.
Click on the foto to see it bigger & better, with these panorama ones.
 

 

 
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« Post / Reply #33 on: December 18, 2017, 12:06:36 PM »

 
december 15 2017 11:26 - Hornby
 




Coasting along the lovely Helliwell bluffs.

december 15 2017 11:59 - Helliwell bluffs
 


LOVE these wake patterns & colours.
Maybe a Grebe flapping their way on top of the water & someone perched on a floating log that we have passed.
 


Oooooooooo!
Liking the colours of this one!
MAN!
We had SUCH a beautiful day for this trip!

december 15 2017 12:01 - Helliwell bluffs reflected
 

 

 
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« Post / Reply #34 on: December 18, 2017, 10:38:40 PM »

Thank you for adding to our visual understanding of the area, booni.  It's beautiful!
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« Post / Reply #35 on: December 19, 2017, 06:09:17 AM »

Those colours and patterns are certainly mesmerizing.  music big grin I can imagine that if I were there, seeing it all in motion, it would be hypnotic. binoculars wink  Thank you for sharing these great photos. Thank you
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« Post / Reply #36 on: December 20, 2017, 10:03:43 PM »

 
Okay, now we are at Flora Island & look at all the Sea Lions!
At the beginning of this video you can see the individual that i spotted who has a brand that i posted about back a few posts.
 
december 15 2017 12:08 - Sea Lions on Flora Island
 
 
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ftAp-PYJUk4" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ftAp-PYJUk4</a>

Today when i re-watched this video i realized there is a Sea Lion with a plastic packing band around their neck!
i sent the fotos to the Vancouver Aquarium & also to Saltspring Natural Care Center.
i was told to also call DFO(Department of Fisheries & Oceans) by both of those places.
Just spoke with a nice woman at Van Aq & she has already sent my pictures & info on to DFO.
Now they want another sighting before they might come try to deal with the band around this poor Sea Lion*s neck.
It sounds like someone else had notified them about this Sea Lion previously.

december 15 2017 12:08 - entangled Sea Lion
 

 


This is another Sea Lion with a nasty looking open gash injury.

december 15 2017 12:13 - injured Sea Lion
 

 

 
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« Post / Reply #37 on: December 20, 2017, 10:35:12 PM »

That is so sad.  I really hope they can get that sea lion rescued and remove that strap.  So glad you reported this to the right places.  You Rock
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« Post / Reply #38 on: December 20, 2017, 11:38:17 PM »

Those injuries look painful.  I'm so glad you were able to reach the right people to hopefully get help, booni!

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« Post / Reply #39 on: December 21, 2017, 08:42:53 AM »

I wonder if CHEK would show your video in their news and educate the public? People just dont care because they dont understand the harm that results. Ignorance knows no bounds.
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« Post / Reply #40 on: December 21, 2017, 12:54:42 PM »

 
Okay, here we are, still going along the south side of Flora Island, passing all the Sea Lions, mostly Steller but some California in there, & also a few Eagles!
 
december 15 2017 12:16 - adult & juvenile Eagle
 


Notice the passage of time since we began.
We are now just past Helliwell & approaching Cape Gurney with Whaling Station Bay around the corner.
There was this interesting structure on the beach & i was trying to figure out what the heck it was.

december 15 2017 12:49 - interesting structure
 


Now we are in the Nest Tree neighbourhood & i am trying to see what can be seen from the water!
To the left of Big Rock, out of sight, is the famous blue roof house, also The Peters* Tree.
To the right is one of the rentals that HIP Trippers have stayed at, i believe.
One time i was standing in that yard in front of the house painted blue, photographing one of our Eagles in The Peters* Tree, & i could hear people talking behind me.
i was standing totally still, eye to my camera, focused on my subject, but when i finally turned to look at the voices the woman laughed & said she thought i was a statue!

december 15 2017 13:07 - Big Rock
 


Here we have some famous Trees!
Can you spot them all?
Do you see our webcam?

december 15 2017 13:09 - The Babysitting Tree, The Nest Tree & Gregg*s Tree
 


A nice collection of all our Trees here - The Nest Tree to the left, Gregg*s Tree blocking all but the two long arms left & right of mishi*s Tree, & Linus* Tree to the right.

december 15 2017 13:11 - The Nest Tree,  Gregg*s Tree, mishi*s Tree & Linus* Tree
 

 
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« Post / Reply #41 on: December 21, 2017, 01:10:46 PM »

 
Constables* Fir to the left, The Babysitting Tree & Linus* Tree & mishi*s Tree all stacked behind one another, The Nest Tree far right.

december 15 2017 1311 - Constables* Fir, Linus* Tree & mishi*s Tree The Babysitting Tree & The Nest Tree



i discovered we have a new Prawn boat fishing out front of the Nest!
Not sure when that change happened.
The boat we always saw before was Pacific Rancher.
There*s been a fella coming in to Ford Cove selling Prawns, & this is him.
You can see the two fellas in there at the stern, they are sorting their catch.
That line off the back is dragging something that i believe drags the bottom to catch whatever is there, they are hoping for Prawns.
You can see the lime mine at Texada in the background of both of those fotos, new & old boat.

december 15 2017 13:21 - Double Odds prawn boat



i posted this video under the Ground Observations topic.
Either Em or Dad flew right out past us & over the prawn boat, did a loop & then returned to land.
Later i discovered there had been a Gull with a dislocated wing, wren got a good foto of them.
It was suggested that the Gull may have hit one of the wires, lines to get this injury?
& was the Eagle checking out the injured Gull?
The Gulls are often flocking overhead of the boat or in the water behind, picking up the scraps.

december 15 2017 13:15 - Dad or Em flying out over the water near the Prawn boat

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More lovely water texture.

december 15 2017 13:25 - boat wake





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« Post / Reply #42 on: December 21, 2017, 01:18:16 PM »

 
The birders are all at the bow of the boat seeing Long-tail Ducks & i would LOVE to get a picture of them but by the time i see them from the back of the boat they are taking off!
i shoulda hung out at the bow, but it was windier & colder there.

december 15 2017 13:25 - boat wake





This is a panorama, so that is why you see those vertical lines, but i like this foto anyway.
Click these next three panoramas to see them better.



This one, too, love those looming gloomy clouds to the right.



The little blip of land on the far left is a glitch caused by taking a panorama.



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« Post / Reply #43 on: December 21, 2017, 01:26:09 PM »

 
On our way back to Ford Cove after our circumnavigation of Hornby Island!
We are closer to the Island than we look here.

december 15 2017 13:52 - Hornby





december 15 2017 14:02 - Hornby ferry - Kahloke with the bluff in behind



Lovely Eagle in a lovely setting.
i don*t think this is one of the Spits.
There seems to be another pair partway from the ferry to Ford Cove.

december 15 2017 14:04 - Eagle below bluffs



Lovely Cormorant colour in a lovely coloured setting.
i heard this is a new Oyster lease!



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« Post / Reply #44 on: December 22, 2017, 12:08:15 PM »

 
Okay, we have reached the end of our most fabulous boat trip around Hornby Island, giving us a lovely perspective of where we live, & getting to see some wonderful wildlife!
We are greeted, as we were sent off, by the lovely Horned Grebes.
i am photographing them as we come in to dock, & as we all prepare to disembark.
These next fotos are as much about the amazing water texture & colour as they are about the Birds.
 
december 15 2017 14:23 - Horned Grebes
 

 

 

 

 

 
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