Whytecliff Park in the early evening

Where else to spend a great relaxing evening than in Whytecliff Park?!

We also always get to see some animals as an added bonus.
This time there were harbour seals, harbour porpoises, a bald eagle, a blue heron, and various smaller birds. I even saw a little snake.

Of course, great clouds, a beautiful sunset, and the moon make everything even better!

Early morning visit at Whytecliff Park

With the possibility of rain forecast for later in the morning, we went to Whytecliff Park really, and I mean, really early in the morning where we were the only visitors.

It was amazingly quiet and peaceful. Hardly any boats were on the water, and we could enjoy all the wildlife around us.

We saw the usual birds – crows, white-crowned sparrows, hummingbirds – but also a male adult band-tailed pigeon.
And we spotted harbour porpoises and harbour seals, too. One of the seals was so close to shore and kept looking at us all the time.

Various animals at Whytecliff Park

We spent some very relaxing hours at Whytecliff Park today – and we saw so many animals!

There was this little jewel beetle that landed on Marcus’s pants.
Then we saw all the busy bees and bumblebees, watched cormorants, crows, spotted towhees, white-crowned sparrows, crows, a blue heron, bald eagles, harbour seals…
We never had a dull moment.

Nature also showed us some gorgeous clouds, strong waves, and a beautiful sunset.

Mini stop at Whytecliff Park

On this grey day we enjoyed some quiet day at Whytecliff Park before heavy rain set in and made us leave earlier than wanted.

However, seeing a juvenile bald eagle, some harbour seals and harbour porpoises made our day!

Whytecliff at sunset

After our successful stamp collection tour (we now have the minimum 20 stamps we need!) we went to Whytecliff Park to relax a bit there.
We were rewarded with seeing harbour seals, harbour porpoises, amazing clouds, and a nice sunset.

Never a dull moment at Whytecliff Park

Indeed, whenever we spent some time at this beautiful park in West Vancouver, we are rewarded with so many experiences nature has to offer.

So today we saw a blue heron (no picture of it though), a bald eagle, the usual crows, seagulls, ‘our’ little white-crowned sparrow in addition to harbour seals, sea lions, and so many harbour porpoises which was more than amazing.

A pair of Canada geese swam by with their little goslings – maybe the same two we saw a few days ago, but this time showing off their offspring.

What a special day!

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!

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.

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…)

Morning walk along the sea wall and Lost Lagoon

Today I had some time before work, and so I strolled along Stanley Park’s sea wall until I came to Lost Lagoon, one of my favourite places in Vancouver.

On my way I saw Canada geese, various duck species, some tree swallows – and a harbour seal! What a great start of a work day!

(to be continued…)