Seal Island – Kayaking Trip

CuriousSealion

Curious Sealion

 

Seal Island

Seal Island

 

A couple of days ago I went kayaking with my husband to Seal Island.  I was keen to go in order to see all of the wildlife and hoping that the sealions or dolphins might come and see us.  However, I was also aprehensive as it’s further than I’ve ever been previously.  So, what did we see?  Well, firstly, the sealions.

 

Sealion and pups

Sealion and pups

 

This mum had her pups with her on the beach.  The most sealions I counted at once was 14.  They were mostly just lying on the beach, but a few ventured into the water.  I was so pleased when eventually one decided to come and play for a while.

 

Sealion who came to see me

Sealion who came to see me

 

Here’s one in the water with me.

 

 

 

 

 

Sealion

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Pelicans on beach

Pelicans on beach

 

 

There’s a huge pelican colony there.  These pelicans didn’t seem to be bothered by the sealions on the beach.

 

 

 

Ospreys and Chicks

Ospreys and Chicks

 

 

We paddled over to another island where I’d seen an osprey previously.  The pair had nested and had (I think) 2 chicks, though it was hard to see.

 

 

Me Filming Ospreys

Me Filming Ospreys

I was nervous of getting my good camera wet so I took my old automatic with me.  It was temperamental to say the least and it’s zoom and focus kept playing up, but I did get some photos and video clips in the end.  We sat and watched as the male brought in a fish (about 7 inches long) and then the parents both fed on it and helped feeding the chicks.

 

It was a fabulous trip.  There were 2 downsides. Firstly, we didn’t see a single dolphin even though there’s a pod that lives there and they often go and play around the kayaks.  Secondly, achey shoulders the next couple of days.  However, it was well worth it and I’m sure we’ll do the trip again.

 

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