Saturday, June 21, 2014

Heron

Western Canada - Pacific Coast 

Canada Geese with Chicks

June 2014 - Summer Chicks

Otter




It arched its back and stretched its body and tail with amazing grace and speed. It disappeared in the bushes behind in minutes. These shots were from a distance and not too clear, but I posted them anyway because otters are a rare sighting in this locale which I frequent. 

Is this a sea otter or a river otter? I think it's a river otter as it had swift agile movements and not awkward on land. Also it was stealthily chasing shore birds.

The habitat here is the Pacific coast mudflats of Rocky Point and the east end of Burrad Inlet.  The tide was out leaving pools teaming with trapped sea life. 
A creek (Hoy Creek) was about 500 yards from the location where the otter was seen, Th Seattle aquarium website has a good comparison between river and sea otters. Otters are members of a weasel family 


The Mustelidae (from Latin mustela, weasel) a family of carnivorous mammals including otters, badgers, martens, wolverines, minks and ferrets



Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Active Harbour with Seals and Herons.


Today was a good day, the harbour was alive with life. There were schools of fish which brought out the seals, herons, kingfishers, cormorants and not to forget the regular crowd of seagulls, geese and crows.  People on the shoreline trail had seen a black bear. The rains have brought a nice crop of wild berries. See the posts below for todays great shots.

Harbour Seals





Heron Vibrant Ocean







Cormorant