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Welcome to my blog world. This is a photo blog and short story blog about my life on Vancouver Island, B.C. Canada. I take photos of the birds and scenery I find. I hope you enjoy your time here and please come back again. PHOTOS WILL ENLARGE IF CLICKED. The photos are slide show enabled if you click on them. If you click on the top lighthouse photo it always takes you to the most recent summary list of my postings.

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Monday, August 27, 2012

Great Blue Heron and Gooch Island

 
 
Thank you to My Blog Readers:
I am just writing a little thank you letter to my subscribers, followers and readers and blog friends here today.

(check out the fish in his mouth! these are not photoshopped!)
Just a few little pictures and a couple of videos I had prepared earlier.  I have a Great Blue Heron for you moving slowly as he fishes and a tour of Gooch Island from the water.
(the letter G at ABC Wednesday)


Hope this finds my readersl well and having a relaxing last few summer weeks.   Thanks so much to my subscribers and followers and thanks so much to the bloggers who come by and comment on my efforts. I also want to thank the helpful people who put in the memes each week.  Having readers of my blog makes it all worthwhile and having the memes gives us somewhere to put our links so we get to know other bloggers and to see their work as well.


Thank you to these memes for allowing bloggers to share their story.  I may not remember to enter them all but I still list them as this is the quick way for me to do it.  It is the letter "G" at ABC Wednesday for Great Blue Heron and Gooch Island.

The Bird D'pot
Our World Tuesday
Sweet Shot Tuesday
Tuesday Tweets
ABC Wednesday
Nature Notes Wednesday
Outdoors Wednesday
Wild Bird Wednesday







edit note:  I sometimes have to republish after I see how many errors I made or links not working.  I list all the memes for the week now as I can only spend a short time on the computer as my eyes get tired. Such is life. To continue reading posts you must click older post below or see the index at the top or the side or pick a popular post or label from the sidebar.
 
 

As I rummaged around in my photo files I did see some more "G" photos so I will try to add them in.

Goldfinches
peeking at me....trying to look sooooo cute!

Gulls

Gulls eating lots of kelp...they loved this fresh kelp over on Sidney Island.
Genoa Bay




Gardens:  Butchart Gardens

There we go!!  We are all done now. Time for a video.










Monday, August 20, 2012

Fishing Pedder Bay Part 1

Why do I like fishing?  Well I really don't like the fishing part all that much, if truth were told, I love being on the ocean.  I love going in the boat and seeing that wide expanse of sparkling blue all the way to the horizon and then on to the softly faded mountains and up to the pale misty sky. To me it is like some wildly magical painting that I get to live inside.

Having a little trouble coming up with this weeks blog text and pictures ideas.  It is "F" week at ABC for fishing.  This is the rough draft of what I have done so far. I have run out of time...So here we go.
 
The ocean sparkles.

Sometime it turns everything on the palette blue and you are just a dot on
enormous seascape ranging from cobalt to ultramarine.

Sometimes a whale comes steaming right up to the boat to have a look at you.



Sometimes the humpback whale plays gently with seals, this is true in my mind.


Sometimes you become part of a family of sea lions and experience their fears and want to help them.





Sometimes you get yummy things to eat from the sea and sometimes you get things you are familiar with and other times you have no idea what they are.

Sometimes I can see so clearly on the ocean, I can steer the boat so much better than a car. Sometimes porpoises come to the bow and help us to travel along....they are so fast I cannot get a picture of them.



On the ocean there are so many more birds and they perform such wonderful entertaining acrobatics, diving and screaming, some casual, some shy.

Harbour seals will proudly present their babies to you.

Eagles will give us a glimpse of what it would be like to live on a private island in a huge treetop nest where no people ever can come.  They watch us closely.... to scavenge any waste.

All these amazing creatures are the reason why I love to be on the ocean.  I am at home on the ocean.

This is probably a bad idea for a post.  oh well.    I have found that bloggers don't watch the videos, takes too long for them.  I will continue to pop them in but don't feel you need to watch.  I am doing the videos mostly for myself as a learning process.  The videos are about fishing for hatchery fish today at Pedder Bay, B.C.  Here are some Pedder Bay pictures.



Below will be two videos.  They don't show up on email or feed.

The first video shows us heading out to go fishing from Pedder Bay, B.C. The Fisheries Boat was checking on all the boats to see they had all the proper paperwork. I wanted them to come over to us so I could film them.
Pedder Bay, B.C.




The second video shows us catching two fish.  We had to check the fish to see if we can keep them.  If they are hatchery fish, the adipose fin is cut off.  This is the little fin back by the tail.  We are allowed to keep two of the hatchery fish for one license, no wild fish right now.  We don't know what hatchery they come from, could be Puget Sound most likely, or Fraser River. We pulled in two hatchery coho salmon, nice and red inside, good to smoke or just to eat.  Don't watch videos if you don't like fishing. o.k. There are two more videos in this series and I have not done them.




 Thank you to these memes for allowing bloggers to share their story.  I may not remember to enter them all but I still list them as this is the quick way for me to do it. It is fishing for "f" week at ABC Wednesday.

The Bird D'pot
Our World Tuesday
Sweet Shot Tuesday
Tuesday Tweets
ABC Wednesday
Nature Notes Wednesday
Outdoors Wednesday
Wild Bird Wednesday




edit note:  I sometimes have to republish after I see how many errors I made or links not working.  I list all the memes for the week now as I can only spend a short time on the computer as my eyes get tired. Such is life. To continue reading posts you must click older post below or see the index at the top or the side or pick a popular post or label from the sidebar.

Help Internet  people 
I am having trouble.  The blogger lightbox will not work on Internet Explorer 9.  I would click a picture and it would show in a dark box with all the pictures....now not working on IE9.  Anyone know how to fix it. It works on other browsers not IE9. Frustrating, none of my gadgets work!

Monday, August 13, 2012

Sea Lions Race Rocks East Sooke Park B.C.


Explosions at Sea!  We were out at Race Rocks Ecological Reserve, B.C. to view the sea lions there when yes, there were explosions.  Turns out that DND, Department of National Defense, uses the areas of Bentinck Island, Whirl Bay and the south end of Rocky Point as a demolition and disposal site.



Yikes, did it ever scare the sea lions, (scared me also).  Race Rocks Lighthouse is an ecological reserve right opposite to the blasting area of DND.  Seems odd that they can do successive blasting for hours so close to the area where the sea lions, harbour seals and many shorebirds gather in a protected area. These pictures were taken before they got all upset and jumped into the water, the video shows them stampeding into the water.
DND blasting signs

The sea lions got so scared they stampeded right into the water.  When we were first watching them they were just sun tanning and resting until the rapid blasting started. We were far off shore with a very long lens and were not a threat to the sea lions as they are very used to the whale watching boats going by there every half hour.  The blasts were so large I think some of them were underwater and my husband saw some on land.
whale watching boat above


I sure would like to show this video to B.C. Parks, DND and the stewards of the Race Rock Ecological Reserve. The sea lions do not come back to the rocks, some are too scared and they just move away. If there were young ones there they would be trampled.  During the year there are eagles, gulls, cormorants and other shorebirds nesting around this area.  Also the elephant seals, sea lions, and harbour seals have young there at various time of the year. It was really a terrible thing to see the sea lions so upset and I made a video of it. What I hope they can do is lessen the amount of blasting and space it out a whole lot more if they can't relocate it.  The video is made in our little boat, amateur video, handheld, it will be embedded below.  It has a little bit of a shocking ending where I get scared.


Various gulls, feasting on needle fish in a ball up, I think there are some Heermanns in there.

We also saw an eagle fly down to the ocean and grab a salmon and then eat it on the rocks.  The salmon was so big it had a hard time to get it on the rocks.
oystercatcher

Now I am moving on to a more happy story.

Right near Race Rocks, is East Sooke Park.  It is "E" week at ABC Wednesday. So I will continue with a fun story about East Sooke Park where we went a few days ago.  This is a more pleasant story. East Sooke Park, B.C. is a wilderness park with wonderful coves and beaches, a rocky coastline, some hilltop paths and dark wet rainforests. 


It is the largest CRD Park here, 3,513 acres and 31 miles of trails.  We went to the Ayland Farm entrance as it is so easy to access there and not much walking.


The exciting part about this park is that it is the main staging area of migrating raptors.  They all gather there to go south in September; they have to cross 18 miles of Juan de Fuca Strait to get to Olympic National Park in Washington. It is on the Southern tip of Vancouver Island.  You can see up to 1000 Turkey Vultures ganging up there.  Other birds to see there are Peregrine Falcon, Merlin, Kestrel, Osprey, Eagles and various hawks.

It is the traditional home of the T'Soukes Coast Salish People.  They would have survived very well on the salmon, shellfish, berries and wildlife in the area around Becher Bay and Pedder Bay in their time.  The Spanish came in 1790, but within 5 years it was all British land.  Vancouver Island became Hudson Bay land and was governed under James Douglas.


I imagine the waters were full of dugout canoes and sailing ships bringing supplies back and forth from Fort Victoria.  There was a little mining done here, at Copper Mine Bay and the forest was logged and the fish were harvested. There will be a video embedded below showing how we spent the day at East Sooke Park.  Amateur footage. There were two eagles flying all around and you can hear them calling.  A little Downy Woodpecker followed me all around again but did not want to go on the video. You can click pictures to see in the lightroom.

Thank you to these memes for allowing bloggers to share their story.  I may not remember to enter them all but I still list them as this is the quick way for me to do it.  This is the "E" week at ABC Wednesday.

The Bird D'pot
Our World Tuesday
Sweet Shot Tuesday
Tuesday Tweets
ABC Wednesday
Nature Notes Wednesday
Outdoors Wednesday
Wild Bird Wednesday




edit note:  I sometimes have to republish after I see how many errors I made or links not working.  I list all the memes for the week now as I can only spend a short time on the computer as my eyes get tired. Such is life. To continue reading posts you must click older post below or see the index at the top or the side or pick a popular post or label from the sidebar.







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