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Piper Spit, Burnaby

Helen had some errands to run in Burnaby but she didn't need the kids to help so we had a few hours to kill in Burnaby.  I like Piper Spit because it has a nature house and they are fine with feeding the birds.  The lake is full of invasives - carp, red eared sliders and himalayan balsam, but there are still lots of things that do belong here - ducks and insects.

Baby Mallard Hiding In PlantsDragonfly On Reed

Claira Hand Feeding Red Wing BlackbirdKids Feeding DucksKids Alone On Docks
 
Parent Sandhill Crane
First time here - there were three Sandhill Cranes at the boardwalk!  The usual place to see these birds is Riefle Bird Sanctuary, but that isn't the only place they live in the lower mainland.  This is a mating pair a single chick and the juvenile is still learning.  Mom or dad was feeding the juvenile things they found in the mud and the the juvenile was always a few steps ahead or behind.  I was surprised how little these big birds cared that people were around, but I guess you don't get this big trying to run away.


Sandhill Crane Family On DocksBaby Jumping Into Shallows


Victoria for a Weekend

Nara Taking Picture Of Victoria
The kids spend two weeks at their Grandparents house over the summer.  This was the end of the first week so I came over to pick them up and bring them home.  I made a weekend out of the trip so I had all day Saturday and some of Sunday.  Nara wanted to walk up mount Doug so we went out for a walk to the top and back.



Nara With Grandma On Mount DouglasNara With Grandma On Rock
 
Arbutus Over RoadComing Down Trail


I have taken both kids on Whale watching trips before - Nara in July 2016 and Claira in April of 2019.  They both enjoyed their trips.  Nara did a large project on Orcas this year so I thought it would be good to go out again and see if the kids can see some wildlife.
 
Claira Discovers Its All Splash Zone

We booked an evening tour with Eagle Wing at the fishermans wharf in Victoria.  I would say the boat was about half full and a different boat from our previous trips.  Once we cleared the breakwater the difference was immediate - we went so fast that it was really hard to stand outside of the cabin.  We rocketed past Trial Island Lighthouse and we went into waters of the US.

Trial Island Lighthouse
 
Our first stop was near a buoy where there was a few flocks of birds on the surface.  Apparently there was a Minke whale here but it was fast and never really came close to our boat.  We followed it around, but the whale stays down for a long time and can come up a long way away.
 
Immature Rhinoceros AukletMarbled MurreletRhinoceros Auklet Flying

Out next stop was close by - Whale Rocks in between San Juan Island and Lopez Island.  You can smell this place before you hear the noise of the birds.  One of the guides on the boat started getting really excited about a blue footed booby because apparently one was sighted roughly in this area and there was a large white bird on the rocks, but we quick figured out it was just a brown pelican.

Heermanns Gull In NumbersBrown Pelican At Top Of RockPelican Jumping To Rock

This is a well known haul out for Sea Lions, but this is beach for male bachelors, not a harem beach where you could find females.  For the most part the large mammals were sleeping.  One pair did have an argument about a rock, but even that wasn't much more than a shouting match.

Face To Face DisagreementSea Lions Looking For Top Spot
 
 
Tight Packed Family In Front Of Home
There are a lot of restrictions about how close the whale watching boats can get Orca.  The residents Orca that used to live in Pugent sounds (eating salmon) have gone on a long term vacation so we now only see transient (mammal eating) Orca here.

  Small OrcaHarbour Seal Out Of Water
 
 
 
Antena On Trial Island
Once the sun hits the horizon, you are done whale watching.  The boat came away from the near shore area and we started the very fast run back Victoria.


As we came back to the breakwater we noticed that the number of cruise ships had increases - there were now three parked there.  In Vancouver, the cruise ships usually leave sometime around 4pm as they have a long trip up the Alaska ahead of them.  In Victoria, they often stay until after 9:30pm so people can finish their city activities.

Rocketing Past Dallas RoadThree Cruise Ships Behind BreakwaterThree Cruise Ships From Channel
 
The ice cream place was still open when we got back - happy kids and a short drive home!
 
 


Nara Taking Picture Of Victoria
Person: Nara
Altitude: 210m (688 feet)
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Tags: Mount Douglas
Baby Jumping Into Shallows
Altitude: 17m (55 feet)
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Heermanns Gull In Numbers
Species: Larus heermanni (Heermann's Gull)
Altitude: 1m (3 feet)
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Rocketing Past Dallas Road
Arbutus Over Road
Altitude: 135m (442 feet)
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Sea Lions Looking For Top Spot
Species: Eumetopias jubatus (northern sea lion, steller sea lion)
Altitude: 1m (3 feet)
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Tags: marine mammal
Face To Face Disagreement
Species: Eumetopias jubatus (northern sea lion, steller sea lion)
Altitude: 1m (3 feet)
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Tags: marine mammal
Baby Mallard Hiding In Plants
Altitude: 17m (55 feet)
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Brown Pelican At Top Of Rock
Species: Pelecanus occidentalis (Brown Pelican)
Altitude: 1m (3 feet)
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Marbled Murrelet
Species: Brachyramphus marmoratus (Marbled Murrelet)
Altitude: 3m (9 feet)
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Claira Discovers Its All Splash Zone
Person: Claira
Altitude: 6m (19 feet)
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Nara With Grandma On Mount Douglas
Person: Janet, Nara
Altitude: 223m (731 feet)
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Claira Hand Feeding Red Wing Blackbird
Altitude: 8m (26 feet)
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Coming Down Trail
Altitude: 208m (682 feet)
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Kids Feeding Ducks
Altitude: 17m (55 feet)
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Small Orca
Altitude: 4m (13 feet)
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Tight Packed Family In Front Of Home
Species: Orcinus orca (killer whale, orca)
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Three Cruise Ships Behind Breakwater
Tags: cruise ship, sunset
Trial Island Lighthouse
Altitude: 5m (16 feet)
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Tags: lighthouse
Sandhill Crane Family On Docks
Species: Grus canadensis (Sandhill Crane)
Altitude: 17m (55 feet)
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Parent Sandhill Crane
Species: Grus canadensis (Sandhill Crane)
Altitude: 19m (62 feet)
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Three Cruise Ships From Channel
Tags: cruise ship, night
Kids Alone On Docks
Pelican Jumping To Rock
Species: Pelecanus occidentalis (Brown Pelican), Larus heermanni (Heermann's Gull), Phalacrocorax pelagicus (Pelagic Cormorant)
Altitude: 1m (3 feet)
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Immature Rhinoceros Auklet
Species: Cerorhinca monocerata (Rhinoceros Auklet)
Altitude: 1m (3 feet)
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Antena On Trial Island
Dragonfly On Reed
Altitude: 17m (55 feet)
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Nara With Grandma On Rock
Altitude: 229m (751 feet)
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Rhinoceros Auklet Flying
Species: Cerorhinca monocerata (Rhinoceros Auklet)
Altitude: 2m (6 feet)
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Harbour Seal Out Of Water
Species: Phoca vitulina (Harbor Seal)
Altitude: 3m (9 feet)
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Tags: marine mammal(2), cruise ship(2), Mount Douglas(1), sunset(1), night(1), lighthouse(1)
People: Nara(2), Claira(1), Janet(1)
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