Humpback Whales in abundance with incredible viewing!

IMG_1331 IMG_1354 IMG_1363 IMG_1380 IMG_1381 IMG_1406 IMG_1412 IMG_1413 IMG_1418 IMG_1433 IMG_1437 It was another wonderful day shared with others, all of us enjoying the remarkable beauty of numerous Humpback  Whales, some 12 ++ that we were so fortunate to see and while early on in the tour we encountered rain that lingered for much of the tour, the very early sighting of the Whales easily made us forget about the rain. Even before we had partially crossed the top end of Blackfish Sound en route to more Humpback Whales at Bold Head we had already countered some 7 whales just in the vicinity of Cormorant Channel, Weynton Passage and Blackfish Sound and there were easily 5 more off Bold Head. The whales today were spread well apart and early on in the tour with the current ebbing there was little evidence of bait balls forming and initially few gulls were seen. As the hours passed and nearing the commencement of a flooding current, the bird activity had picked up greatly, especially amongst the gulls. We enjoyed some quality time observing Slash and also her calf Stitch who was in a playful mood today, spending time near the surface, Stitch was seen waving about its pectoral fins. The weather began clearing with segments of blue sky opening amongst the clouds, the sun emerged at one point and the wind freshened. We travelled home via the tranquil scenic waterways of the Plumper Islands and while they maintained a drab uniformly grey/ green colour today, it was a treat to see them in this more subdued natural “rain coast” state. Also seen today: hauled out Harbour Seals and Stellar Sea Lions++,  Sooty Shearwaters++, Red-necked Phalaropes, Common Murres, Rhinoceros Auklets, Harlequin Ducks, Bald Eagles, Great Blue Herons, Surf Scoters, Pelagic Cormorants, a Common Loon, Herring, Glaucous-winged, Mew and Bonaparte Gulls and several ribbons of migrating birds flying high which is always a wonderfully inspiring sight to witness as fall beckons the birds south.

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