You win some, you lose some
This morning I headed for Campbell River, a 90 minute drive north of Nanaimo. It was quite foggy at times on the motorway and when I reached Campbell River the fog was still hanging around. I didn't find any exotic birds here, just cormorants, ducks and seagulls. The Brants cormorants (Phalacrocorax penicillatus) made a pleasant shape as they preened on this rock in the fog. One missed opportunity happened while I was photographing reflections in the water at the marina. I had two missed opportunities at Campbell River. While I w as photographing reflections in the water, I saw what I thought was a duck's backside in the corner of the viewfinder. I thought to myself: "That damn duck is going to make waves in the water and spoil the mirror-like surface. When I took the camera away from my face I saw that it was a seal. By the time I got the viewfinder back to my eye, it had dived. I waited 15 minutes and no seal came up so it must have come up somewhere else where I couldn't see it. Half an hour later I got out of the car without my camera (dumb!) and then walked 30 metres away (dumber!). I saw a kingfisher sitting on a piece of driftwood. I thought it would be gone by the time I got back with the camera and that turned out to be true. That was the second missed opportunity due to my own stupidity. I left disgruntled. I went on another half hour south and found a wharf where there were some brown shapes in the distance. Yes I found sea lions! Woohoo! I spent about 45 minutes photographing them and enjoying the "barking". These are California sea lions (Zalophus californianus). They were very laid back. There was just a little argy bargy over basking space on the pontoon. I went home happy.
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