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Southern Vancouver Island and Gulf Islands Wildlife - 2018/2019/2020 Seasons

Posted: Fri Sep 28, 2018 11:14 am
by sassyk
Welcome to the Southern Vancouver Island and Gulf Islands Wildlife thread. If you have photos of wildlife seen in parks, on trails, at lagoons and wildlife sanctuaries/estuaries, in ponds, etc. in the Southern Vancouver Island and Gulf Islands areas, you are welcome to post them here for everyone to enjoy. Adding a description of the area where the wildlife was photographed would be appreciated. Photos & videos of eagles for which there is no dedicated thread are also welcome here. You will find information and photos of wildlife in areas on Southern Vancouver Island in the old forum here.

Re: Southern Vancouver Island Wildlife - 2018/2019 Season

Posted: Tue Oct 02, 2018 2:48 pm
by sassyk
Gulls looking for a meal at Esquimalt Lagoon on Sep. 29th.
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Re: Southern Vancouver Island Wildlife - 2018/2019 Season

Posted: Tue Oct 02, 2018 2:53 pm
by sassyk
A few more photos of the gulls at Esq. Lagoon on Sep. 29th.
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Re: Southern Vancouver Island Wildlife - 2018/2019 Season

Posted: Tue Oct 02, 2018 3:11 pm
by sassyk
Male & female Hooded Mergansers at Esquimalt Lagoon Sep. 29th.
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Re: Southern Vancouver Island Wildlife - 2018/2019 Season

Posted: Wed Oct 10, 2018 10:21 pm
by sassyk
A few birds from the Raptor Centre in Duncan, participating in flying demos at East Sooke Park on Sep. 29th.


Turkey Vulture Judge Dredd
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Peregrine Falcon Boeing.
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Red-tailed Hawk (forgot his name).
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Re: Southern Vancouver Island Wildlife - 2018/2019 Season

Posted: Thu Oct 11, 2018 12:51 pm
by elle
Great Horned Owl at Anderson Hill Wednesday Oct 10
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Re: Southern Vancouver Island Wildlife - 2018/2019 Season

Posted: Thu Oct 11, 2018 1:12 pm
by sassyk
Wow, that owl is well hidden ;) Nice catch :thumlft:

Re: Southern Vancouver Island Wildlife - 2018/2019 Season

Posted: Sun Oct 14, 2018 12:31 pm
by sassyk
I went on a Pelagic birding tour with the Victoria Natural History Society yesterday. We started from the Inner Harbour and cruised out to Race Rocks where this pair of bald eagles greeted us, perched high above the barking sea lions on the rocks below.
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Another beautiful bald eagle perched on a pole on shore near the Rocky Pt. Bird Observatory lands.
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Re: Southern Vancouver Island Wildlife - 2018/2019 Season

Posted: Sun Oct 14, 2018 12:43 pm
by sassyk
I have seen many Humpback Whales before but have only seen them breaching from a distance. There were 3 of them out beyond Race Rocks yesterday and all 3 breached at different times. I was lucky to be on the right side of the boat when one of them breached and managed to get a sequence of photos. All of these photos were taken with my 270mm lens fully extended and they have all been cropped.
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Re: Southern Vancouver Island Wildlife - 2018/2019 Season

Posted: Sun Oct 14, 2018 12:46 pm
by sassyk
Breaching Humpback cont'd.
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Re: Southern Vancouver Island Wildlife - 2018/2019 Season

Posted: Sun Oct 14, 2018 12:53 pm
by sassyk
I managed to capture the tail of another whale as it dove to feed. These photos were also taken with my 270mm lens fully extended and have all been cropped.
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Re: Southern Vancouver Island Wildlife - 2018/2019 Season

Posted: Sun Oct 14, 2018 1:00 pm
by sassyk
The last bit of the tail of the whale diving to feed.
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I missed capturing the breaching but managed to capture the spray as the whale hit the water.
There was a very small whale watching boat behind the whale.
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The lighthouse and buildings on Race Rocks.
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Re: Southern Vancouver Island Wildlife - 2018/2019 Season

Posted: Sun Oct 14, 2018 1:17 pm
by sassyk
This is the construction site of the new sewage plant being built at McLouchlan Pt. in Esquimalt. Taken as we were leaving the inner harbour.
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There were hundreds of sea lions barking and making their presence known on Race Rocks and the surrounding rocks. At first we thought this one was a California Sea Lion but the experts determined it was an Elephant Seal.
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The lighter coloured sea lion on the bottom step is the big bull, making sure the other bulls know he is guarding his harem.
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Re: Southern Vancouver Island Wildlife - 2018/2019 Season

Posted: Sun Oct 14, 2018 1:35 pm
by sassyk
The tail of another Humpback Whale disappearing to dive for feed.
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This is the 'footprint' the whales leave after they have gone down to feed.
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Re: Southern Vancouver Island Wildlife - 2018/2019 Season

Posted: Sun Oct 14, 2018 1:59 pm
by sassyk
We spotted an Otter playing in the kelp bed. It's on the bottom right in the photo and the Elephant Seal in on the top left.
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There were thousands of Common Murres everywhere we looked.
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There were lots of Heemann's Gulls along the shoreline on the way back from Race Rocks. The boat heads to the sewage outfall area off Clover Pt. before heading back to the dock, which gives the guests a good sighting of various species of gulls.
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Re: Southern Vancouver Island Wildlife - 2018/2019 Season

Posted: Tue Oct 16, 2018 3:03 pm
by Karen Saunders
:thumlft: WOW Sassy, you sure got lucky on Sunday!!

Re: Southern Vancouver Island Wildlife - 2018/2019 Season

Posted: Thu Oct 18, 2018 2:36 pm
by sassyk
Thanks Karen. Yes, it was a fantastic trip :thumlft:

Re: Southern Vancouver Island Wildlife - 2018/2019 Season

Posted: Fri Oct 19, 2018 10:54 am
by sassyk
I had a lovely walk on the new floating walkway over Swan Lake the other day. There weren't many birds or ducks around but I did manage to capture a few photos of a pair of Green-winged Teal ducks and some female American Wigeons.

Male Green-winged Teal.
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Female Green-winged Teal.
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Female American Wigeon.
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Re: Southern Vancouver Island Wildlife - 2018/2019 Season

Posted: Fri Oct 19, 2018 3:33 pm
by sassyk
I spent some time at Fleming Beach in Esquimalt on Oct. 12th, watching a pair of Mute Swans that hang out there. They were foraging in the kelp bed when all of a sudden one of them flew out its wings and flapped away closer to the beach. Then a head came up out of the water and I realized an otter had scared the swan :ohmy:
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Re: Southern Vancouver Island Wildlife - 2018/2019 Season

Posted: Fri Oct 19, 2018 3:33 pm
by sassyk
The swans are so beautiful and I miss seeing them at Esquimalt Lagoon :(
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Re: Southern Vancouver Island Wildlife - 2018/2019 Season

Posted: Fri Oct 19, 2018 3:38 pm
by sassyk
I wasn't quick enough with my little camera to get a decent photo of the otter but managed to get it's back before it disappeared.
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A while later it came up onto a log beside the dock but by the time I noticed it and focused my lens it was diving into the water. All I got was its tail :roll:
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Saw this little Northern Flicker on a pole on Plaskett Place in Esquimalt.
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Re: Southern Vancouver Island Wildlife - 2018/2019 Season

Posted: Sun Nov 04, 2018 11:07 am
by sassyk
Saw this gaggle of Cackling Geese in Goodacre Lake at Beacon Hill Park on Friday with one juvenile Greater White-fronted goose.
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Re: Southern Vancouver Island Wildlife - 2018/2019 Season

Posted: Sun Nov 04, 2018 11:15 am
by sassyk
A few more of the lone juvenile goose.
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Re: Southern Vancouver Island Wildlife - 2018/2019 Season

Posted: Wed Nov 07, 2018 8:51 pm
by sassyk
Mute Swans at Fleming Beach on 30 Oct.
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Re: Southern Vancouver Island Wildlife - 2018/2019 Season

Posted: Wed Nov 07, 2018 8:53 pm
by sassyk
A few more of the Mute Swans. They always seems to be there.
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Re: Southern Vancouver Island Wildlife - 2018/2019 Season

Posted: Wed Nov 07, 2018 8:57 pm
by sassyk
Northern Pintail ducks at Esquimalt Lagoon on 30th Oct.
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A young buck on the lawn of the new house at the end of the lagoon.
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Re: Southern Vancouver Island Wildlife - 2018/2019 Season

Posted: Wed Nov 07, 2018 9:04 pm
by sassyk
Black Squirrel in Beacon Hill Park on 30th Oct.
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Peacock.
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Pretty tree beside the lake.
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Re: Southern Vancouver Island Wildlife - 2018/2019 Season

Posted: Wed Nov 07, 2018 9:29 pm
by sassyk
Esquimalt Lagoon 2 Nov.

Juvenile European Starling.
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Not sure but I think these are Dunlin.
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Re: Southern Vancouver Island Wildlife - 2018/2019 Season

Posted: Sun Nov 11, 2018 7:02 pm
by sassyk
I visited Goldstream Park on Nov. 6th. I saw one American Dipper with
a salmon egg in its beak near the edge of the river bank.
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There were quite a few eagles of all ages perched in the trees along the river.
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I think there is at least 12 or more eagles in this photo. There will be a lot more
gathering there in the next month.
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Re: Southern Vancouver Island Wildlife - 2018/2019 Season

Posted: Sun Nov 11, 2018 7:07 pm
by sassyk
Eagles out at the edge of the estuary.
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