Sunday, July 18, 2010

Nature's Smörgåsbord

Albert Head
On this gorgeous Sunday morning, Louise and I headed off for a paddle from Albert Head Regional Park, around Albert head, to Witty's Lagoon Regional Park. This is one of my favourite places to paddle. Current and conditions are always good here, and there's always something to see.
And it didn't take long to spot some seals on the first rock that we passed.
2010-07-18 - Albert Head-Witty's Lagoon 023
We knew that just around the point there's a couple of big rocks where seals love to congregate. We thought that having spotted seals so soon into our paddle that these rocks would be covered in seals.
But in fact, they weren't. Not a one.
2010-07-18 - Albert Head-Witty's Lagoon 142
But that didn't matter on this day. The sun was warm, but not too warm, and the wind was blowing but not too strong. Everything was just right. It was like Goldilocks had designed the weather program for the day.

So the seals weren't around, but the birds were out. We saw a lot of turkey vultures during the day, but I didn't get any good shots of them. I got a nice shot of this bird....
2010-07-18 - Albert Head-Witty's Lagoon 025 copy
...and I have no idea what it is. A jay of some kind? (Felix in the comments below says it's a kingfisher.)

Then there was the heron.
2010-07-18 - Albert Head-Witty's Lagoon 034 copy
Then there was the other heron.
2010-07-18 - Albert Head-Witty's Lagoon 055 copy

We reached the entrance to Witty's Lagoon...
2010-07-18 - Albert Head-Witty's Lagoon 100 copy
...and quickly discovered where all the seals were hiding.
2010-07-18 - Albert Head-Witty's Lagoon 105 copy
2010-07-18 - Albert Head-Witty's Lagoon 070 copy
I love the spots on this one.
2010-07-18 - Albert Head-Witty's Lagoon 079 copy

This eagle was up in a tree, seemingly keeping watch on the seals around it.
2010-07-18 - Albert Head-Witty's Lagoon 077 copy
It was like a nature smörgåsbord. "Yes, I'll have two herons, two eagles, lots of seals, easy on the vultures, and just a dash of otter for flavour."
2010-07-18 - Albert Head-Witty's Lagoon 107 copy

Trip Length: 11.72 km
YTD: 122.77 km
More pictures are here.
2010-07-18 Albert Head gps

Post #800 on the blog. Woo hoo!


  1. What great weather you had! Love the photos.
    The bird with the blue spiky mohawk is a kingfisher. It makes a raucous screech, and it tends to nest in muddy banks over water.

  2. ... As Kingfishers catch fire, dragonflies draw flame...

    we are so spoiled on the Island

    saw the whale off of Turkey Head point on Sunday - a bunch of us on the rocks on shore...

    cheers, peace, and health

  3. I've never been one to espouse government propaganda, but this really is the best place on earth.

  4. the Jay? looks to be a Kingfisher....if ya hear a rolling churp...ya know..


  5. Thanks for the tip, Felix! I don't know from birds. They have wings, they fly, that's about it! :)