Birds, seals and porpoises

We spent another beautiful late afternoon/evening at Whytecliff Park today where we saw a male surf scoter which is a large sea duck swimming right in front of us.

The usual harbour seals were there as well as a bald eagle sitting at his favourite spot.
And we spotted some harbour porpoises, too, before the amazing sunset sent us home again.

Whytecliff Park at sunset

Together with some friends we once again went to Whytecliff Park hoping to see some harbour porpoises there.

Well, we saw some wildlife – seagulls, double-crested cormorants, and harbour seals, but where were the porpoises?

Finally, long after sunset, we spotted five harbour porpoises travelling towards Horseshoe Bay.
Seeing these amazing animals was so worth the wait.

I can’t wait to be back!

A sunny afternoon at Whytecliff Park

The sun was shining; we definitely needed some time off, and so we went to Whytecliff Park in the hope to see some harbour porpoises – or at least one.

Well, we did not see a single one but we saw lots of harbour seals, popping their heads out of the water.
And we saw several birds flying by.

The most amazing bird we saw, however, was a tiny Anna’s hummingbird sitting on a tree.
I felt extremely lucky to get a picture of this little one. And then the sun shone directly onto it, and its head and throat turned into a bright red. I could not believe my eyes. Just gorgeous!

At Whytecliff Park

Once again we set off to Whytecliff Park to see if we could spot some harbour porpoises there.

It was a really sunny but very cold day, but we came prepared!
Dressed with various layers, toques, gloves, and a thermos filled with hot peppermint tea, we braved the cold.

Unfortunately, we did not see a single harbour porpoise during the two and a half hours we spent there, but we saw several bird species fly by, including two adult bald eagles which was pretty amazing.

We also saw some seals or rather their heads popping out of the water.
One of them seemed to bathe in the sunshine, and its whiskers sparkled in the sun.

We had a wonderful time at Whytecliff Park; and when we got home, we had a nice cup of hot chocolate to warm up again.

A cold but beautiful afternoon at Whytecliff Park

Well stocked with hot peppermint tea and well wrapped up with lots of layers of clothes, we spent several hours at Whytecliff Park to see some wildlife and to have a good time outdoors, especially as the sun was shining.

Once there, we found some beautiful spots and were able to spot some harbour seals, cormorants and seagulls. But the most amazing moment was when we saw harbour porpoises!

(to be continued…)

After Hours at the Aquarium

After Hours at the Vancouver Aquarium is always amazing. Therefore, we try to attend as often as possible, and this time we could enjoy a Halloween themed After Hours which was really, really nice.
The weather was great, too! No rain at all.

We enjoyed exploring the galleries and seeing the animals in a different light.
Both harbour seals and Steller sea lions were outside and getting ready for the night. Others, like the belugas or harbour porpoises, were busy playing with the pumpkins in their habitats.

There was a beautiful display of carved pumpkins to be admired, too, and it was indeed quite hard to pick one.

(to be continued…)

A rainy afternoon at the Aquarium

Together with our boys we spent a great afternoon at the Vancouver Aquarium, exploring once again its various galleries.

We saw so many animals, and in the Amazon we were especially lucky to see one of the sloths really up close.
Then we had to stop at the cute Pacific spiny lumpsuckers in BC Waters, too.

Despite the rain we observed both harbour seals and a Steller sea lion swimming in the water whereas another sea lion was sitting outside on the platform.

But we spent most of the time at one of the underwater viewing areas. Which one? Well, just have a look at the pictures…

 

Vancouver Aquarium – here we come – again…

Being members at the Vancouver Aquarium is so worth it as we can spend as many times at the Vancouver Aquarium as we want during the year. Especially when we have an enormous amount of workload and hardly come out of the house, having some well-earned off-time at a place we love is simply wonderful.

So today we made our little round to first of all see the sea otters – and Katmai looked back at us!

Afterwards we watched Spotlight on Penguins where all African penguins stood well-lined up on one side of the habitat so that I could actually tell who was who. Steveston seemed to hang on interpretive specialist Vivan’s every word, always looking into her direction.
After that we could even watch marine mammal trainer Nicky feed those lovely penguins.

On we went to have a look at the beautiful belugas – and Aurora was looking at us several times. She even vocalized! That was so amazing.

We then followed the noise the Steller sea lions were making and found two of them sitting on their dock, being quite vocal, while one of the harbour seals swam by.

And finally we made our way to Jack and Daisy, our favourite harbour porpoises…

(to be continued…)

Sea lions, dolphins, belugas

Well, we were still in Stanley Park after our mini-geocaching tour, so going home simply was no option – and we had to go to the Vancouver Aquarium…

Unfortunately, we were already too late to watch the seal and sea lion show, but we took some snapshots of Izzy and Ashby, two Steller sea lions, and either Hermes or Davinci, a harbour seal, before watching the dolphin show. Both Hana and Helen seemed to be in a good mood and performed a lot of jumps, too.
After that we watched another great show, featuring Aurora and Qila, the beluga whales.

And finally we said hi to Jack and Daisy, and spent the remaining time with them, but we did not take any special pictures today…

We definitely had a fantastic – partially sunny – afternoon! Fully energized, we headed back to work again…