Dan and I went for our last paddle of the year around our favourite islands. Conditions were excellent, which was a pleasant surprise after yesterday's wind and waves. I saw the usual suite of birds (https://ebird.org/canada/checklist/S78336984). I love to see ancient murrelets at this time of the year. they are so cute!
|One of the pear cactus patches on "cactus islet"|
We ran into a couple of other groups in "cactus islet inlet" on East Chatham and had a nice chat. You can see from the track that we had a pretty good boost from the current as we went across Baynes
I took an old Canon S1IS camera that I found was still working and had a waterproof housing out with me today as i want to have a camera ready to take pictures of some of the birds I see. It has a 10x zoom (400mm 35mm film equivalent) which may help me get some good ID shots. Here are few that worked out. Shooting telephoto from a kayak is tricky!
|Glaucous-winded gull - click to enlarge|
|a group of glaucous-winged gulls - click to enlarge|
|some of the Steller sea lions off Seabird Point - click to enlarge|
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17 km, YTD 905 km
Mike's 2020 year of paddling
I hope to get lots of paddling in during 2021 as I am not expecting to get out on ships for a few more months.