I first moved to Vancouver, British Columbia (Canada) two years ago. Being from eastern Canada, the sheer number of opportunities available for wildlife photography here was a constant amazement to me. This location is arguably one of the best in Canada for seeing all types of wildlife, including raptors, owls, bears, other mammals and all sorts of marine life.
A Hidden Gem
I continued my adventure recently by finally going to see some animals which I had been planning to photograph for a long time. About a year ago, I read an article written about Californian sea lions migrating up the coast to British Columbia, close to the docks in Richmond! I had read about sea lions in books as a child, but never had I been able to see them firsthand before. There is a tour that operates out of Steveston, and allows people to take a boat tour to view these see lines. What I had a few days off from work, I jumped on this opportunity.
The tour operator was very nice and professional. Within 15 minutes of leaving the dock, we arrived at the point on the jetty where the sea lions were situated. It is truly a surreal experience to come face to face with a wild sea lions. They are, in some ways, dogs of the sea. As I learned, these sea lions are mostly males, which travel out to forage for food. The sea lions we came across are here for several months around springtime every year, and they eat the shrimp, which the water off of Richmond is rich with. It is a wonder to know to just minutes away is a bustling airport, while industry abounds with barges all around carrying big containers for shipping transports with tug boats and recreational boats as well as fishing boats alike.