Whytecliff Park – here we come again

The weather looked promising, there was hardly any wind predicted, and we needed a well-deserved break.
So we decided to pay Whytecliff Park yet another visit – and we were so lucky to see four harbour porpoises once again, probably foraging as they were constantly changing directions.

The interesting part was that we saw one harbour porpoise leaping out of the water (again!).
So fascinating!

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.

Two harbour porpoises at Whytecliff Park

Well, we had seen harbour porpoises at Whytecliff Park before, so we were determined to hopefully see some this time as well.
It is always very difficult to see harbour porpoises in the wild, but the weather was perfect, and there were hardly any waves. So we found a nice little spot to scan the water.
After having spent more than two hours doing so, two harbour porpoises suddenly appeared right in front of us, maybe 10-15 metres away. Marcus heard them before we saw them swimming by.
After about two minutes they were gone, but this made our day!

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…)

Harbour porpoises at Whytecliff Park

Today was the second time we saw harbour porpoises at Whytecliff Park – and it is always an amazing experience!
This time we saw two or three individuals surfacing – and both our boys were very good at spotting the harbour porpoises and pointing them out to us.
Incredible, eh?

An adventurous time at Whytecliff Park

The last time our boys were visiting us, we somehow did not go to Whytecliff Park, but ended up at Porteau Cove where we nevertheless spent a fantastic day. So this time, we made our way to Whytecliff Park where we saw a lot of wildlife: seagulls, cormorants, harlequin ducks, Canada geese, pink sea stars – and harbour porpoises!

As there was low tide, we could also climb up Whyte Islet from where we had a spectacular view of Bowen Island and the Straight of Georgia.

What a great day!

Harbour seals and harbour porpoises at Whytecliff Park

After several rainy days (and more to come) we had a day with near sunshine so that we headed towards Whytecliff Park to have a leisurely stroll there.
As it was nearly high tide, we could not reach Whyte Islet – which I had never climbed before. Maybe next time…
Anyway, a seagull seemed to be guarding the way – and it was looking towards us.

We also managed to find one geocache, a puzzle. Yay!

But the most exciting experience was that we saw harbour seals, and three harbour porpoises – two swimming together and a single one. That was so amazing as we had never seen a harbour porpoise in the wild before.

We definitely have to come back to see more wildlife there!