Category Archives: Wildlife

Evening Breeze

These ravens were gliding or hovering in the evening breeze. I enjoyed standing here and watching them. Eventually they would land in the trees and then take off again and continue to play in the wind. Click on the image to see a larger version.

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Surfacing

Two resident killer whales or orcas on the move. These are the most commonly sighted of the three populations ( residents, transients and offshores ) in the coastal waters of British Columbia. They are the largest member of the dolphin family. Residents’ diets consist primarily of salmon, and have extremely tight family units called ‘matrilines’ and each matriline has its own distinct calls. You can see the saddle patch behind the dorsal fin which helps in killer whale identification. This was the pioneer work of the late Dr. Michael Bigg. Seeing orcas in the wild is a humbling experience. Click on the image to see a larger version.

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Arctic Tern and Chick

The Arctic Tern is a seabird that migrates every year from Antarctica to its Northern breeding grounds. I took this photo last summer in Iceland, which means the adult had migrated a distance of 70,000 kilometres. The Arctic tern sees two summers each year and their migration is one of the longest in the animal kingdom. The average Arctic tern lives about twenty years, however, National Geographic and the University of Alberta concluded in 2010 that more than 50% of the species will live past their 30th birthday. National Geographic calculated that during the lifespan of 30 years, an Arctic tern would have migrated over 2.4 million kilometres, the equivalent of traveling from Earth to the moon over 3 times. Click on the image to see a larger version.

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700 Metres Of Vertical

Today I hiked to the top of the Third Peak or North Summit of the Stawamus Chief. When you reach the glacier-polished granite summit you are rewarded with a view in all directions. A chipmunk joined me for lunch. This small mammal is difficult to photograph because it rarely sits still.

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Wapiti


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I recently spent a week camping and taking images in Jasper National Park. The weather was very hot and since we received a lot of rain in June there were plenty of mosquitoes. One morning as I was walking back to my campsite I came across this female elk in the picnic shelter. The cement floor made it very cool and by resting in here she was able to temporarily escape the heat. I never saw any of the campers using this shelter, probably because of the mosquitoes, but it was nice to see the elk putting it to good use.

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Jellyfish

I was captivated when I saw this video which shows someone swimming in a lake in Palau with thousands of jellyfish. The music is by the band Radiohead. The individual used a Canon 5D Mark II camera, a Sigma 15mm fisheye lens and Aquatica housing.

JELLYFISH LAKE from Sarosh Jacob on Vimeo.

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Whiskey Jacks

It’s that time of year when we are receiving lots of rainfall in the lower mainland. A day of sunshine is a real treat and it provided me with the opportunity to do some snowshoeing in Cypress Provincial Park.

The weather was a constantly changing combination of sun and cloud. I was hoping that the dramatic light would allow me to capture some good images of The Lions which are a pair of pointed peaks. I waited for several hours for the weather to clear but it never materialized. I knew where The Lions were located and that they were tantalizingly close, just out of sight and behind the quickly moving clouds and mist.

As I sat waiting I was kept company by a number of Whiskey Jacks or Gray Jays who were hoping that I would feed them. I don’t believe in feeding the wildlife because it habituates them to human beings. They enjoyed sitting on the tips of my snowshoes and were quite happy to pose for photos.

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Eventually the clouds and mist parted and provided a small window that allowed me a few minutes where I could see the east peak of The Lions. I was able to quickly take a few images before it disappeared from sight. It was getting late in the day and I still needed to snowshoe down the mountain.

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Finn Slough – Historical Fishing Community

Every now and then when it looks like there is going to be a beautiful sunset I will visit the Historical Fishing Community called Finn Slough. It is located in Richmond, British Columbia on an intertidal marsh right next to the Fraser River.

People have been living in Finn Slough since 1890 when a group of Finnish fisherman arrived in the Richmond area. During this time many of the people worked in the salmon fishery and at the Gulf of Georgia Cannery. The small collection of float houses has such charm and it is a wonderful place for photographers. When I arrived I was surprised to see two adult Mute Swans in the water and I could hear the distinct “kleek-kik-ik-ik”, “kak-kak-kak” call of a Bald Eagle.

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The fish boat the “EVA” has an Easthope engine that makes a classic “pop-pop-pop” sound when it is running.

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