Kayak Fleet Inspection


  • Visibility: 15+ miles
  • Wind: 0-5 knots E; in the afternoon 15 knots W; early evening 28 knots W.
  • Sky: clear
  • Water: calm
  • Today’s high temperature of 17.1 c was a new observed record, beating last year’s mark of 14.7 C.

Another sunrise!


  • Still unable to find any black oystercatcher nests. I think it’s probably too early for them to be laying any eggs though.
  • Discovered a new nesting pair of Canada Geese today.
  • 11 elephant seals on Great Race.
  • 5 on Middle Rock.
  • One elephant seal ventured out to the end of the jetty to look around.
  • Later an elephant seal went up to a Canada Goose nest and inspected the area. I think it was the same seal from the jetty.
  • Found a broken up Canada Goose egg not far from a different nest. Wonder who did that?
  • Found some cool bones on the rocks today, including a fin and some teeth.
  • A fleet of about 19 kayaks passed by the South Rocks this morning, and this spooked the sea lions who all ended up in the water.
  • While I suspect there was a stampede, I didn’t actually see it.
  • As the kayaks assembled in the SW portion of the reserve, a large group of sea lions swam towards the kayaks to investigate. Not something I have seen before!


  • Cleaned the solar panels.
  • Performed a distilled water volume estimate: 50-55 litres.
  • More goose work.


  • Two eco-tours came by today.
  • A couple of small fishing boats passed by.
  • One of the fishing boats looked like it was going too fast.
  • A sailboat passed by. One of the occupants gave the buoys a good long look.
  • Speaking of which, the “lost buoys” from yesterday reappeared this morning around the same time. Are they perhaps anchored there, and only appear at low tide?


  • While lying in bed at 22:30 I heard two loud DND blasts.