May 13 2018
Humpback whale dorsal fin
Humpback whale tail
April 3 2018
Today was an eye opener for me, as a partner in this company I deal with office operations, photo editing, answering the phone, you know the routine stuff. I had the opportunity to go on a whale wildlife tour as the photographer, with my partner and 4 guests. Wow! So much respect for the profession. Imagine what your guide has to deal with on a tour, knowledgable in wildlife, history of the area, operating the boat, finding wildlife, answering many questions, ensuring guests are comfortable and safe, maintaining your required tickets to run a boat, take photo’s if there is an opportunity and run the boat safely while bobbing in the ocean swells! There have been many occasions when my partner has returned from a spectacular tour full of incredible sightings but no photo’s. Taking photo’s is no easy task while bobbing in the swells, I took over 300 and only half a dozen are worth keeping. Kudos to all Guides.
California sea lion.
Beach carnage, a bald eagle snacking on a sea lion carcass.
Steller sea lions hanging out on Mara Rock.
Bald eagle fledgling coming in for a landing.
The elusive Kingfisher.
March 22 2018
Spring has arrived, or has it! Mother nature is consistent in the return of abundant wildlife to our coast, the weather is another issue..rain, hail, sun, snow.
A very wet Bald Eagle
Gray whale in sun
Snow capped mountains and wispy clouds
Mature Bald Eagle teachings
Yes the kid nailed the landing
March 20 2018
George Fraser Island was littered with Steller sea lions and California sea lions all mixed together. California sea lions can be identified by their dark chocolate coat and a bulbous forehead. Steller sea lions have a lighter brown coat and are larger then California sea lions.
California sea lions having a moment
Oyster Catcher and Cormorant guards.
Oyster Catcher’s can be identified by their bright red bill and pink legs, bright yellow iris and a red eye-ring.
Steller sea lion practicing diving, swimming and having Fun in the water.
March 11 2018
A long overdue Update everyone.
August 2017 was good & bad for Beachcomber Ocean Tours. We had 2 weeks of adventures & happy customers then on August 17th we had total engine failure, unfortunate for many of our customers who were looking forward to tours to see wildlife & the magical waters of Barkley Sound.
Going forward we are excited to be up and running again & the MV Blackfish has been re-powered with a Volvo Penta D6 330. This is state of the art in new diesel engine technology combining superior performance with reduced exhaust emissions, high reliability and increased fuel efficiency. Thank You to Advanced Marine Power, Campbell River for your excellent service.
We are Looking forward to 2018 please joins us on our next Adventure!
Sea Trials January 14 2018
July 29 2017
Black bear foraging
Sea Lion antics
Juvenile Bald Eagle