Hoping for an excellent birdwatching experience, we headed north to Victoria, BC. Our quiet and comfy lodging, Birds of a Feather B&B on Esquimalt Bay, was the perfect spot to get up close and personal with dozens of species of water fowl who overwinter in the protected waters. Our room opened to sweeping views of the bay, and we took many of these images right from our private deck!
Matt, our gracious host, outfitted us with kayaks so we could paddle on the smooth water as eagles swooped overhead and swans glided nonchalantly by. Just a few of the bird species we observed: buffleheads, pintails, scaups, and Barrow’s golden eye. It was a bird extravaganza! A curious river otter peeked out from under the dock each day, too.
A short walk through the woods brought us to the grand Hatley castle, where we saw the fish ladders that James Dunsmuir had built almost a hundred years ago. As evening descended, the lights of Victoria sparkled in the distance, but who would want to leave the peace and solitude of Birds of a Feather?