Archive for the ‘Creatures’ Category

Leading the Pack   6 comments

Canadian Geese, geese, Canada, British Columbia, Reifel Island, birds, formation

Found these Canadian Geese on a summer stroll at Reifel Island Migratory Bird Sanctuary south of Vancouver in British Columbia, Canada.



Exhausted   2 comments

sea lion, sea lions, Australian sea lions, Australian, Kangaroo Island, Seal Bay, South Australia, Australia, sleeping, exhausted

After three days of fishing in the Southern Ocean, these guys deserve a rest.

Sea Lion, Kangaroo Island   9 comments

seal, sea lion, Australian Sea Lion, Australia, Kangaroo Island, South Australia, Seal Bay, Southern Ocean, beach

Another one of the sea lions from Seal Bay on Kangaroo Island.

Hope you had a good weekend!

Seal Bay, Kangaroo Island   3 comments

beach, Southern Ocean, Kangaroo Island, South Australia, seal, sea lion, birds, Australia

Home to a colony of Australian sea lions, Seal Bay was a great spot to get up close to the local wildlife. National park rangers take groups of 20 to 30 people down to the beach at a time. The logic is that the sea lions will not attack something bigger (like a group of 20 people) than themselves. As such, we were strongly cautioned not to get separated from the group (like, say by lying in the sand taking pictures and not noticing the group moving on…) and not to get too close to the sea lions as they could become aggressive.

The sea lions spend three days at sea catching fish and feeding. They then return to this beach to rest and restore their energy before heading back out to sea. As a result, we saw a lot of very sleepy looking sea lions.

Unexpected   5 comments

Camels, Israel, camel, desert, Judean Desert

Maybe it’s a common sight in the Judean Desert, but I was not expecting to see camels wandering about in Israel. If I thought about it, perhaps I would have put two and two together. That said, when we spotted these camels, we’d just come through an area in the desert where the Israeli military practices. There were several burned-out, blown-up buses up to this point. Doesn’t really seem the best place for animals to be loitering.

They didn’t seem to be anywhere near anything or anyone so I thought they were likely feral. They may well have been since Bedouin families sometimes release old or injured camels. They could also have been part of a free-roaming domestic herd that just covers a lot of ground given the sparse vegetation.

So Long Duff   13 comments

Cairn Terrier, Pet, Pet Photography, dog, little dog

This week, after many happy years, Duffy (aka Duff, Duff-Duff, Duffers, Duff-man, Duffy-dog) passed on. Duffy is my in-laws’ Cairn terrier. He was a friendly, playful, loyal little dog who loved being part of the action (especially in the kitchen). He loved going for walks and was very protective of his territory (that little guy could ration out little sprays of pee for miles!). He was a much bigger dog in his imagination than in reality. He barked with authority at the really big dogs on the street (as long as they were behind a fence, and even sometimes when they weren’t).

While he was a pretty, easy-going dog, sometimes he had a whole lot of stubborn in him. Once, while on a walk he grew a bit tired and lay down without warning. My mother-in-law didn’t notice and started dragging him along. He still wouldn’t stand up. Now, that’s stubborn! And when he was stubborn, he did what he wanted, when he wanted.

He was the big dog, in charge of his little pack. He leaves behind the younger and feistier Rascal (aka Razzy, Raz-Ma-Taz, Razzle-Dazzle). The house is sure going to seem quiet without him. So long Duffy.

Cairn Terrier, Pet, Pet Photography, dog, little dog

Day 272 – Roos in the Paddock   6 comments

Drive by a field on the west coast of Canada, you’re likely to spot some deer hanging out, having a bit of a munch on the grass. Drive by a field on the west coast of Australia and this is more likely what you’ll see.