To Seek A Nest


  • Visibility: 15+ miles
  • Wind: 5-10 knots SE, later up to 15 W
  • Sky: clear
  • Water: rippled


  • Spent over an hour searching for Black Oystercatcher nests for the new webcam to focus on, yet I found nothing.
  • Found one abandoned Canada Goose nest, confirming yesterday’s suspicions.
  • The elephant seals continued their moulting, play-fighting, and ramp bathing.
  • About 9 on Great Race today, and 6 on Middle Rock.
  • Check out the e-seals in their flight squadron formation!

Elephant Seal flight squadron formation


  • More Canada Goose themed maintenance.
  • It is mutually unfortunate that they choose to nest so close to key areas.


  • Observed three eco-tours lined up to the north of the reserve. I suspect they had found whales?
  • Later they made their way through the reserve in customary fashion.
  • One dive boat was anchored just south of the South Rocks for a few hours.
  • Spied a funny looking barge with heavy duty vehicles on it. They looked like toys from my distance!
  • The Queen of Cumberland (BC Ferries) was out near Esquimalt, presumably doing some test runs, as she is currently undergoing a refit until April 21.


  • 5 DND blasts today at Bentinck Island.
  • 2 medium blasts around 11:00.
  • 3 smaller ones between 13:30 and 14:00.