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.
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!
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.
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.
We had another lovely afternoon and evening at Whytecliff Park where we are always amazed at how much wildlife there is to see – small and large birds from hummingbirds, sparrows, herons to bald eagles, as well as small and larger marine animals from harbour seals, harbour porpoises to sea lions.