Watch from a distance as a lanky Blue Heron wades into the sparkling blue estuary, dipping his beak into the water, in search of food. On a nearby shore an eagle soars, slowly making its descent. As it nears the water it slows down, swoops and catches a salmon in its talons.
If you love experiencing the thrill of seeing rare and unusual birds in their natural habitats, travel to Port Hardy, home to some of the most spectacular bird watching parks and trails in British Columbia.
Cape Scott Provincial Park, on the north-western tip of Vancouver Island, comes alive with species that range from Black, Surf and White-winged Scoters, to migrating Trumpeter Swans. The nearby Scott Islands are a breeding ground to the unusual Puffin species, where more than 70,000 birds reside! San Josef Bay and Hansen Lagoon are also great spots for viewing, and are a favourite resting place for some of the Island’s Bald Eagles; watch for them annually from April to September.
Vancouver Island also has the unique distinction of being on a migratory bird path. Many birds are visible throughout the year, with the fall and winter seasons brightened by visits from American Wigeons, and Buffleheads.
Peak viewing hours include the change in tide and the early mornings, so wake up, grab your binoculars and watch Port Hardy’s early birds in action!