Busy Weekend for the watching boats

Weather

On Friday the morning was calm ,the wind coming from West picked up only late in the afternoon at 25 knots at the most.The visibility was over 15 miles and air felt like 16 degrees celsius at 5:00 AM.Te water temperature was 12 degrees and the barometric pressure 101.4 KPA.Sunrise at 5.44 and sunset at 20:54. On Saturday it has been really calm especially around  noon where it was 0.26 knots and the flag looked like dead. On Sunday very calm in the morning and very windy in the afternoon to midnight around 35 knots;a North East wind becoming West later. July has been a pretty windy month !

Maintenance and other

On Friday, Aziz recorded more videos :by example the whaler in action and we brought him back to Pearson College before noon. We came back just in time around 5:00 because at 7:00 the wind was around 28 knots and reached 30 knots at 10:00PM. We had a plane above like usual at the end of the week. On Saturday Guy disassembled the derrick shed door that need to be changed.The seawater pump was on for a few hours .  On Saturday I sent the end of the month report and the Seawater datas

Boats 

We had a parade of watching boats without interruption  the whole day on Saturday!!! and some divers spent a long time on South Rocks ! they could stand up! I wished we had an horn!

Glaucous Winged Gull Live on Cam 3

Lester Pearson College has set up this live camera to follow the development of one of the Glaucous-winged Gull nests with eggs in the Race Rocks Ecological Reserve . Also the camera has infrared night vision. ( see sample below)

Other references and images of Glaucous-winged gulls at Race Rocks can be found here.

All entries on this website tagged with Glaucous-winged gull

 

Oystercatcher Cam – Race Rocks Ecological Reserve

July 3/2016 This camera now is on a Glaucous-winged gull nest

 

 

Recently James and Max from the It Department at Lester Pearson College have set up this live camera to follow the development of one of the Black Oystercatcher nests with two eggs in the Race Rocks Ecological Reserve . Also the camera has infrared night vision. ( see sample below)

Other references and images of Black Oystercatchers at Race Rocks can be found at these links:

2bloy BLOY headshot
The Black Oystercatcher with more videos and pictures in the Gallery of the Race Rocks Taxonomy All entries on this website tagged with Black Oystercatcher:

for a sample of what can be seen at night with the infrared feature, see the video below taken at 11:30 PM June 6 2016

Elephant Seal Birth part 3–Male Interacts

This video shows the first contact and interaction between the pup and Chunk.

Below, more interactions between pup, mother and Chunk. The pup is starting to be more vocal.

Other birth videos:

See Elephant Seal Birth part 1- start and end of birth
See Elephant Seal Birth part 2
See Elephant Seal Birth part 3 wide angle
See Elephant Seal Birth part 4

 

Elephant Seal Birth Videos 2–Mother and Pup Interactions

Pup and mother vocalizations, Chunk is heard vocalizing out of the frame.  A seagull feasts on the nutrient dense placenta.


Mother and pup close up, vocalizations.


The pup is looking to nurse but seems like it hasn’t figured out the mechanics of it yet.


Continue on to the next post for complete birth sequence.

See Elephant Seal Birth part 1- start and end of birth
See Elephant Seal Birth part 2
See Elephant Seal Birth part 3
See Elephant Seal Birth part 4

Elephant Seal Birth Videos –The delivery


Above, the mother elephant seal is having contractions. The pups nose and head start to become visible at the end of the clip.

The pup is born, steaming in the sun and the mother starts calling to it.

See Elephant Seal Birth part 1- start and end of birth
See Elephant Seal Birth part 2
See Elephant Seal Birth part 3 wide angle
See Elephant Seal Birth part 4

 

Birds Cleaning up Afterbirth of the Elephant Seal.

Nothing goes wasted in an ecological system. A few hours after the birth of the baby elephant seal, Thayer’s Gulls, Ravens and Black Turnstones came by to get a bit of rich protein for the placenta.

Early morning of the Birth of the Elephant Seal

In the early morning just after the birth of the Elephant seal pup, Alex was able to record behaviours of the mother and Pup. Gulls started to go after the placenta, opposed by the mother.
This video was made from clips taken between 0814 hours and 0830 hours.

Shooting the Elephant seal Images

Alex uses a Pro-cam video camera at Race Rocks to take video and some still images  of the Elephant seals close up. In this sequence, taken on the day after the birth of the elephant seal. He places the camera and then leaves, capturing an interesting sequence as the pup tries to find milk and the Male “Chunk” starts to get aggressive. Click on the small icon in the lower right for a full screen image