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Transient orca in Victoria Harbour, photographed by Mark Malleson

 

THE ANIMAL KINGDOM consists of mammals, birds, amphibians, reptiles, fish and invertebrates. You don’t have to know what species you have photographed, although we hope you will try to identify it before you send your photograph to us. Remember, please include a brief description of where the animal was when you photographed it. You can attach it in the forum below or email it to focuspublish@shaw.ca.

As we receive your observations they will be mapped (by municipality). You will find the current maps here

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I have often seen a Great Blue Heron in the pine trees near the tennis courts of Ocean Pointe. This photo is from September 2019. It allows you to get quite close.

 

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Edited by Ann Waterton

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Thanks for doing this. It could be fun. I took this photograph in January 2020 at the little beach below King George Terrace. They were swimming, in the surf and sunshine, really close to the pebbly beach. There were more birds, six or seven, but I couldn't fit them all in one shot.

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That racoon looks quite a bit like Allan Smith.

It has been some time since I was down at the Inner Harbour, but on New Year's day this year I was photographing the people and the harbour and a cormorant came quite close to where I was standing. I don't know what kind it is, but it looks like a cormorant.

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Here is another GBH. This was in Ross Bay in February or early March. It is standing in deep water, on a raft of kelp.

I've heard the herons are threatened in BC. Is that correct? Where can I find that information?

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21 hours ago, Robert Lindal said:

I don't know what kind it is, but it looks like a cormorant.

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I believe the only cormorant in BC with an all orange beak is the Double-crested Cormorant. Wikipedia has an image (below) of a juvenile Double-crested Cormorant, courtesy Gordon Robertson. The Province of BC has put Phalacrocorax auritus on its Blue List, which means it is "threatened." Photographs of this species in the Victoria area would help to establish its wintering habitat here.

 

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This photo by Gordon Robertson

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Of the animals observed so far, two happen to be on BC's Blue List: The Double-crested Cormorant, as mentioned above, and the subspecies of Great Blue Heron that occurs in this area. With our Mapping Nature project, we are especially interested in recording species that the Province has indicated are "endangered" (Red List) or "threatened" (Blue List). We'll put together a list of those species that are found in the Victoria area that fall into one of these categories, and make it available here.

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Map this. There were several of these sparrows, in the good old days before the pandemic, hanging out in the trees outside the food court at Bay Centre. It was a little oasis in the downtown core. This was taken in November 2019.

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On 2020-05-25 at 6:24 PM, Aimee Botje said:

I spotted this Columbian Black-tailed deer and her fawn in my backyard in Rockland on May 20, 2020.

 

 

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By day’s end, she had triplets.

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