Revisited – A Perfect Day.

May 14, 2020

Once in a while the weather and the wildlife come together in such a way to produce a perfect day. Watch the video below to see one of these times. https://www.victoriawhalewatching.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/www.VDyoutube.com-Playful-Southern-Resident-Orcas-18-July-2015.mp4   The video was shot from one of our Zodiac’s through a zoom lens and shows J and K …

Red-breasted Merganser

May 2, 2020

THE NATURAL WORLD OF SOUTHERN VANCOUVER ISLAND THROUGH THE LENS OF CAPTAIN YVES Males (right) are decked out with a dark green shaggy head, a red bill and eye, and a rusty chest. Females (left) lack the male’s bright colors but also don the same messy do. Mergansers need to …

Red-breasted Nuthatch. Pictures by Captain Yves with a zoom lens.

Red-breasted Nuthatch

April 28, 2020

THE NATURAL WORLD OF SOUTHERN VANCOUVER ISLAND THROUGH THE LENS OF CAPTAIN YVES They get their names from jamming nuts into tree bark and then hitting them with their bill to “hatch” out the seeds within! The Red-breasted Nuthatch collects resin globules from coniferous trees and plasters them around the …

Peregrine Falcon. Picture taken by Captain Yves with a zoom lens

Peregrine Falcon

April 24, 2020

THE NATURAL WORLD OF SOUTHERN VANCOUVER ISLAND THROUGH THE LENS OF CAPTAIN YVES The Peregrine Falcon is a bird of prey that can be found around the world on every continent except Antarctic. During hunting dives the Falcon can reach speeds of 320km/h (200mph). People have trained falcons for hunting …

Dark-eyed Junco. Pictures taken by Captain Yves with a zoom lens.

Dark-eyed Junco

April 20, 2020

THE NATURAL WORLD OF SOUTHERN VANCOUVER ISLAND THROUGH THE LENS OF CAPTAIN YVES Dark-eyed Junco is one of the most common birds in North America and can be found across the continent,from Alaska to Mexico. Recent estimates place the Junco’s total population at approx. 630 million individuals! When males are …

Bewick's Wren. Pictures taken by Captain Yves with a zoom lens

Bewick’s Wren

April 19, 2020

THE NATURAL WORLD OF SOUTHERN VANCOUVER ISLAND THROUGH THE LENS OF CAPTAIN YVES It was named after British engraver Thomas Bewick A young male Bewick’s Wren learns to sign from neighboring adult males while he is coming of age. The song he developes between the ages of 30 and 60 …

Varied Thrush. Pictures taken by Captain Yves with a zoom lens.

Varied Thrush

April 5, 2020

THE NATURAL WORLD OF SOUTHERN VANCOUVER ISLAND THROUGH THE LENS OF CAPTAIN YVES-PART 31 These little guys are hard to find as they like to spend their time in the quiet old forests of the Pacific Northwest. This species is very shy and secretive. Hints that a Varied Thrush is …

Pileated Woodpecker. Pictures by Captain Yves with a zoom lens.

Pileated Woodpecker

April 4, 2020

THE NATURAL WORLD OF SOUTHERN VANCOUVER ISLAND THROUGH THE LENS OF CAPTAIN YVES- PART 30 This punk rocker looking bird is one of the biggest and most striking forest birds on the continent! They do not sing however, their very loud “kuk kuk kuk kuk kuk” noise is just as …

Cooper's Hawk. Pictures taken by Captain Yves with a zoom lens.

Cooper’s Hawk

April 3, 2020

THE NATURAL WORLD OF SOUTHERN VANCOUVER ISLAND THROUGH THE LENS OF CAPTAIN YVES- PART 29 They were named in 1828 by Charles Bonaparte, a French naturalist in honor of his friend and fellow ornithologist William Cooper. Cooper’s Hawks can be found from Canada all the way down to the North …

Killdeer. Pictures taken by Captain Yves with a zoom lens.

Killdeer

April 2, 2020

THE NATURAL WORLD OF SOUTHERN VANCOUVER ISLAND THROUGH THE LENS OF CAPTAIN YVES- PART 28 They are part of the plover family. The bird is given its unusual name from the sound it makes. A loud and far-carrying kill-deer is called out often in flight and is common even after dark. …

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