Porpoises, killer whales – and clouds

Friday, the 13th has proven to be our lucky day as we not only saw our beloved harbour porpoises but also resident killer whales in close proximity to each other.
So we knew that those were definitely resident killer whales because the harbour porpoises were busy foraging and ignoring the large whales. Lucky them!

A relaxing afternoon at Whytecliff Park

Today we spent a wonderful afternoon in the sun at Whytecliff Park.

There was low tide when we arrived, and a few people were exploring Whyte Islet.
We, however, enjoyed the peaceful scenery sitting on one of the many benches – and we were rewarded with seeing birds, sea lions, harbour seals and harbour porpoises.

And we got a beautiful sunset, too.

Lunch time with Elfin

When I first saw Elfin today, he had a little nap – but after his lunch he became active.
Isn’t he one of the best lunch buddies to have around?

Lunch time with Jack and Daisy

What better way than to spend my lunch time with Jack and Daisy!
I find it always very soothing to watch the beluga whales and harbour porpoises swimming by.

So much to see at Whytecliff Park

Whytecliff Park never ceases to amaze me. Although I have been there a thousand times (or so it seems), it still has this mesmerizing and soothing effect on me. I always feel good having spent some time there.
Of course, seeing wildlife frequently there – like today’s Anna’s hummingbird, a pair of beautiful seagulls, sea lions, harbour seals, and harbour porpoise – adds to that special feeling, too.

Whytecliff Park clouds and birds

After our little museum excursion, we went to Whytecliff Park – although rain was predicted.
It is always so nice and peaceful out there so that we just wanted to give it a try. And the clouds are always so special.

We were lucky indeed – at least for some time – before the rain came.
Until then we had some company from a crow and a bald eagle.

2016 Vancouver Tourism Challenge – Day 2

On our second day of the 2016 Vancouver Tourism Challenge, Marcus and I visited the HR MacMillan Space Centre, the Vancouver Maritime Museum, and the Museum of Vancouver. The latter had a neat exhibition of the Expo 86.

On our way back we also saw a few geese among all those beautiful sea of daisies.

Dramatic clouds at Whytecliff Park

Not only did we see an amazing number of species at Whytecliff Park today, but those clouds put on a show as well.

Marine mammals at Whytecliff Park

And here they are – all the marine mammals we saw:
harbour seals, sea lions, harbour porpoise, and a minke whale.
Yes, indeed, there was a minke whale feeding right in front of us. At first, I thought it was a group of harbour porpoise, but no, this was a much larger animal out there.
What an incredible experience!

(to be continued…)

Another Whytecliff Park visit

What a great way to start the week – spending some time at Whytecliff Park!

Today we saw a lot of wildlife there – various kinds of birds and marine mammals.
There never was a dull moment, but there never is.

(to be continued…)