British Columbia is a real pearl of Canada. You will find everything that is admired in Canada. To the east, the endless belt of the Rocky Mountains, to the west the wide Pacific Ocean. From this richness of landscapes, we can see the richness of the species we have encountered here. But do not be allowed to discourage warning signs on the most visited Long Beach: “Attention, after dark, the possibility of encountering a cougar!
As a good and experienced traveler, I had an idea of what I wanted to see when visiting Canada. The enumeration of all objects will then narrow down to what I can see. And the most exciting is the last phase in which one eventually learns what he really saw. Although there are four species of flying gems in Canada here (Black-chinned hummingbird, Caliope hummingbird, Anna´s hummingbird and Rufous hummingbird), due to the advanced season (late September and October) it was clear that I would not be happy to do so.
A great wish was another admirable species – Turkey vulture (Cathartes aura). The encounter with this species was truly two-fold. We stood in one of the many private avian zoos in front of the aviary with these predators, when a shadow that my friend was able to photograph quickly was overhead. After detailed analysis, we found out that it was the same species we admired in aviary. At the exit from the ZOO, we still saw a little more in detail, even one specimen.
What would be a bird trip to North America if we did not see his symbol – Bald eagle (Haliaetus leucocephalus). We did not have luck in Alberta. We had to wait until the coastal paradise of Tofino on Vancouver Island, where we saw several couples. However, the experience is quite common Canadian goose (Branta canadensis). Seeing her on the surface of the ocean has its own distinctive charm.
An attentive observer will discover on the beach and on the rocky shores of other bird jewelery such as Black turnstone (Arenaria melanocephala). A jewel over the jewels but in the Canadian diary was the observation of the Black oystercatcher (Haematopus bachmani) on rocky cliffs covered with carpets of the small clams they feed on. This species is a flagging species of conservation activity on the West Coast, trying to preserve this unique ecosystem. The Westminster is an endemite and its population is dependent on colonies of clams growing on the coast.