Today’s trip was one for the birders! We got to witness a rich variety of some of the avian life in this area, starting with a Common Merganser and a Great Blue Heron as we left the Cove. Common Murres were abundant as we made our way down Johnstone Strait, some displaying breeding plumage and most displaying non-breeding plumage. Different kinds of Seagulls circled overhead and mature Bald-headed Eagles were perched in trees intermittently along Hanson Island. As we moved towards Blackney Pass, Belted Kingfishers darted in front of the boat, landing on branches briefly before flying away. Definitely a challenge to photograph!
Once we entered Blackney Pass, the harsh exhalations of Steller Sea Lions and the blow of a Humpback Whale were audible. Many sea lions were in the water, splashing and interacting with one another. Despite the high tide, quite a few sea lions managed to haul out on the rocks. However, there was lots of growling and one male grabbed another male by his throat! The Humpback Whale that we could hear turned out to be Guardian. She moved quickly towards Cracroft Point where the waters were almost flat calm, a temporary state that would soon be changed into rapids once the tide started ebbing.
As we ventured to Blackfish Sound, more Humpback blows could be seen. We also got a surprise “bird sighting”; there was a Grumman Goose on a barge! Cap’n Wayne eventually explained that it was actually the little plane on the barge, an 8-seater amphibious aircraft. Other “real” birds flew overhead as well, including Pelagic Cormorants, Sooty Shearwaters, and two White-winged Scoters.
Bird activity began to increase as the tide began moving and we saw lots of activity in Weynton Pass. Argonaut the Humpback Whale was feeding in the area, as well as Steller Sea Lions. As we prepared to return to Telegraph Cove, two more big blows caught our attention; two more Humpbacks – Slits and Cutter – were circling. Watching Slits show his tail for a deeper dive was a lovely way to finish off a delightful afternoon.
Humpback Whales: Guardian, Merge, Ripple, Argonaut, Slits, Cutter.
Captain Wayne’s Quote of the Day:
“Experience is not what happens to you; it is what you DO with what happens to you.”
– Aldous Huxley
Other Wildlife Included:
Steller Sea Lions, Pacific Harbour Seals, and Dall’s Porpoises.
Grumman Goose, Common Merganser, Pelagic Cormorants, Western Grebes, Sooty Shearwaters, Bald Eagles, Rhinoceros Auklets, Common Murres, Belted Kingfishers, Great Blue Herons, and White-winged Scoters.
Next Available Tours (only two left!!):
Friday October 2 @ 1:00 pm
Saturday October 3 @ 1:00 pm