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Vancouver Aquarium

Theresa And Claira Walking
Helen was working the weekend so I had the girls to myself during the day.  I figured if it was the three of us home along they would eat me alive so we made plans to get out of the house.  Theresa kindly offered to join us at the Aquarium!



Nara And Porpoise Trading Stares Nara Claira And AHarbour Porpoise
Our general plan is to run for the Beluga tank when we first get in so we can have the big windows to ourselves.  The kids usually find something else interesting.  This time it was the two harbour porpoises - they seemed especially interested in us looking in on them.  We stood for quite a while watching them watching us.  I really makes you wonder if you could communicate, what is going on in their heads.

Looking AWhale In The Eye
 

 Reifel Bird Sanctuary

Claira Trying Give A Rock To Ducks Claira Holds The Food
I'll admit it, I like to see birds from time to time.  Reifel Bird Sanctuary has a diverse set of birds in large quantities and they even sell bird seed at a good price.

Claira Chasing Down The Ducks

  Nara And Helen On The Seawall
There a large number of "ponds" and network of trails around them.  A few places have bird blinds where you can watch the birds without scaring them.  Claira really liked the little houses even though she probably wasn't looking at the birds.  Happily, there weren't any "serious" birds there to disturb from real birding.

Claira Looking Out Of Blind

The birds were cooperative.  There is never a shortage of mallards looking for handouts.  Sadly, the bird feed is quite hard so the feed does nothing for the chickadees, but that doesn't stop them from asking.  Today I was quite happy to see a belted kingfisher.  I've seen Belted Kingfishers before but they were always skittish and flew before you could get close with a camera.  Maybe because of the cold, this bird wasn't flying much so I got some photos.

Mallard Flying InChickadee Checking Us Out
 
Belted_Kingfisher

Vancouver Boat Show

Granville Island is almost on our doorstep, my parents were over for the weekend and the boat show was on - how could we not go?  On the way down we stopped by the playground to get some of the "play" out of the kids and then went down to the island.

Claira Fine On The First Step Claira Having Trouble With The Second Step Claira Standing At Playground
Taking The Shuttle To BCPlace
We visited the very nice boats (we walked through a $775K boat with three bedrooms and two bathrooms with showers) and the search and rescue boat.  Nara didn't like the air ride seats in the search and rescue boat (the seat was probably a meter off the deck) and the docks were getting crowded so we took the shuttle ferry over to BC place.


Claira With Her Purse At The Boat Show
The vendors at BC place were impressive.  Lots of large boats where you wonder how they got them inside the dome.  The crowds were pretty light (less than half what I remember the car show being) and the displays were pretty.



Nara Hand Cranking
We found the kids zone and they had paddle boats!  These little boats are cranked by hand and after a brief lineup, Nara got to try it out.  She pretty quickly figured out the differential steering and was able to maneuver around the pond.  I think she had a pretty good time.

Nara Smiling From Her Boat
 
Sadly, Claira turns into a monster around nap time so we called for Helen to drive by for a pickup.  My Mom and Helen had been out shopping and they had a good time too - a good morning for everyone!



Nara Hand Cranking
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Looking AWhale In The Eye
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Nara And Helen On The Seawall
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Chickadee Checking Us Out
Species: Poecile atricapillus (Black-capped Chickadee)
Altitude: 3m (9 feet)
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Claira Holds The Food
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Claira Chasing Down The Ducks
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Nara Claira And AHarbour Porpoise
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Nara And Porpoise Trading Stares
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Taking The Shuttle To BCPlace
Person: Claira, Nara
Claira Looking Out Of Blind
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Altitude: 9m (29 feet)
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Nara Smiling From Her Boat
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Claira Standing At Playground
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Claira With Her Purse At The Boat Show
Belted_Kingfisher
Species: Megaceryle alcyon (Belted Kingfisher)
Altitude: 1m (3 feet)
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Claira Trying Give A Rock To Ducks
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Claira Fine On The First Step
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Claira Having Trouble With The Second Step
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Mallard Flying In
Altitude: 5m (16 feet)
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Theresa And Claira Walking
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Tags: Reifel Bird Sanctuary(8), Vancouver Aquarium(3), boat(2), playground(2), multiple frame image(1), bird(1)
People: Claira(9), Nara(4), Helen(1), Theresa(1)
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