Marja-Leena Rathje
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Hornby: more wildlife






You saw the jellyfish.
Here are some more sea creatures found in the tidal pools on Hornby Island.




This handsome bald eagle had a prize salmon in his claws as he flew down onto some driftwood.
He seemed proud to show it off to us for a moment before taking off again.
Times like this we wish our cameras had stronger zoom lenses!


Less exciting visually yet impressive in size and industry are the huge anthills on Hornby.
Watch out if you stand too long on their ant highways!

Marja-Leena | 06/10/2009 | 8 comments
themes: Canada and BC


beautiful photos! the wildlife in Canada is amazing. Let's hope we can save more of it so generations can enjoy these creatures.

Pretty starfish photos! And impressive eagle - what a wingspan.

Taina, thanks, and yes to hopes of saving the wildlife!

Leslee, thanks! Hornby, and our west coast, is fortunate in having lots of these magestic eagles.

I must go see these things some day. Your photos remind me that it is the natural world that excites me most.

Hattie, but you live in a lovely natural area, don't you? You make a good point for I feel our two favourite natural places, Hornby Island and the Tofino area on the west coast of Vancouver Island, are like restorative retreats for us. We feel rested and refreshed being there. Trips to Europe are exciting and exhilarating but exhausting. I suppose we need a balance of the two in our lives. Now I'm thinking about when we'll get to Tofino again.

I'm liking the island more and more. The purple starfish party looks like fun ... there's a tiny baby starfish, too! I had absolutely no idea that starfish could be purple!

Pack him off. He's an illegal immigrant from south of the border and lacks the necessary paperwork. Oh, and stop dreaming about that more powerful lens; think of the weight.

R, then you must come and visit!

BB, you are too funny. Yet I will defend the bald eagle as ours too for it is native to all of North America! Just because the US has it as its symbol doesn't make it only theirs. For quite some time it was almost extinct in the US but not here. BC and Alaska have the highest populations of bald eagles, with one of their major nesting areas near Squamish, not far from Vancouver, and they do live even in the Vancouver area.

As for the lens, actually we do have a zoom lens for the bigger, better but older camera but didn't have it with us on that walk! Even if had, it would have taken time to change out the lens, precious time in this case - a disadvantage for sure. Top of my wish list is still a macro lens though.