Bald Eagle perched at Metshosin

Bald Eagles

March 8, 2020

THE NATURAL WORLD OF SOUTHERN VANCOUVER ISLAND THROUGH THE LENS OF CAPTAIN YVES- PART 7 Ever wondered why they’re called “Bald” when they are covered in feathers? Well Bald is an old English term meaning white spot or patch. The white heads they get on their adult plumage is where …

Common Murre/Guillemot

Common Murre/ Common Guillemot

March 7, 2020

The Natural World of Southern Vancouver Island through the lens of Captain Yves- part 6 They are members of the auk family. They are wide spread on the west coast from Alaska to California and also reside on the East Coast of Canada. Almost every time we take a trip …

Great Yellowlegs at Oak Bay Marina. PIcture taken by Captain Yves with a zoom lens

Greater Yellowlegs

March 6, 2020

The Natural World of Southern Vancouver Island through the lens of Captain Yves- part 5 Not to be confused with the Lesser Yellowlegs, Greater Yellowlegs(GYLs) are larger and longer-billed . Taking advice from runway models, GYLs take large, high-stepping gates when wading through to find food. Sometimes they can be …

Male and Female Wood Ducks. Picture by Captain Yves with a zoom lens.

Wood Ducks

March 4, 2020

Natural World of Southern Vancouver Island through the lens of Captain Yves- part 4 These ducks are some of the most stunning and eye catching that you will see on ponds and lakes around North America. They are a sexually dimorphic species which means males (left) and females (right) look …

Northwestern Crow. Picture taken by Captain Yves with a zoom lens.

Northwestern Crow

March 3, 2020

Natural World of Southern Vancouver Island through the lens of Captain Yves- Part 3 The Northwestern Crow is┬áVERY similar to the American Crow and it is very difficult to differentiate one from the other! However, this can be done if you have an expert ear. It is possible that these …

Rhinoceros Auklet perched on a floating log. Picture taken by Captain Yves with a zoom lens.

Rhinoceros Auklet

March 2, 2020

Natural World of Southern Vancouver Island through the lens of Captain Yves- Part 2 Can you tell why it’s called RHINO-ceros? The little horn they grow on the base of their bill appears during mating on both males and females. The function of which is not known but it is …

Black Otystercatcher. Picture taken with zoom lens.

Beautiful Birds of the Pacific Northwest

March 1, 2020

Natural World of Southern Vancouver Island through the lens of Captain Yves- Part 1 Over the next few weeks we’re featuring some fun facts about some of our favorite beautiful birds of the Pacific Northwest. First up is the Black Oystercatcher (BOC)! This well camouflaged bird blends into the dark …

Harbour seals in sausage pose! Pictures taken by SpringTide Crew with a zoom lens.

Seal Pups!

March 1, 2020

Yesterdays tour was a cute one! Visiting one of our favorite spots, Race Rocks Lighthouse and Ecological Reserve, we were greeted with some very small Harbour seal pups. On arrival we saw one of them trying to haul themselves on the rocks to warm up. We even got a small …

Surfacing Humpback Whale. Picture taken by SpringTide crew with a zoom lens.

Humpbacks, Otters and Sea lions!

February 22, 2020

Yesterdays trip gave us a fantastic wealth of different wildlife. Zooming out towards Race Rocks to start with the group got to enjoy the weather and the scenery. Hearing and smelling the residents of Race Rocks before they were clearly in view our group were pleased to see the Seals …

A Grey Whale! Picture taken by Captain Ian with a zoom lens

First Sighting of the Year

February 21, 2020

What an exciting tour! Travelling North from Victoria Harbour the group headed towards the Chain islands. Here we got to see Harbour Seals hauled out on the rocks and also a Steller Sea Lion in the water. A very hungry Sea Lion grabbing a bite to eat! Steller Sea Lion …

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