Sunday, July 18, 2010
2010.18.187 - Nature's Smörgåsbord
On this gorgeous Sunday morning, Louise and I headed off for a paddle from Albert Head Regional Park, around Albert head, to Witty's Lagoon Regional Park. This is one of my favourite places to paddle. Current and conditions are always good here, and there's always something to see.
And it didn't take long to spot some seals on the first rock that we passed.
We knew that just around the point there's a couple of big rocks where seals love to congregate. We thought that having spotted seals so soon into our paddle that these rocks would be covered in seals.
But in fact, they weren't. Not a one.
But that didn't matter on this day. The sun was warm, but not too warm, and the wind was blowing but not too strong. Everything was just right. It was like Goldilocks had designed the weather program for the day.
So the seals weren't around, but the birds were out. We saw a lot of turkey vultures during the day, but I didn't get any good shots of them. I got a nice shot of this bird....
...and I have no idea what it is. A jay of some kind?
Then there was the heron.
Then there was the other heron.
We reached the entrance to Witty's Lagoon...
...and quickly discovered where all the seals were hiding.
I love the spots on this one.
This eagle was up in a tree, seemingly keeping watch on the seals around it.
It was like a nature smörgåsbord. "Yes, I'll have two herons, two eagles, lots of seals, easy on the vultures, and just a dash of otter for flavour."
Trip Length: 11.72 km
YTD: 122.77 km
More pictures are here.