How Many Herons? FAQ

iTunes How Many Herons screenshotPart “Where’s Waldo” and part nature book, “How Many Herons?” is a counting book meant to introduce students to numbers and number words (one through nineteen) through photographs of a great blue heron rookery in British Columbia, Canada. An iPad/Mac friendly interactive version is available for free via iTunes. A version is also available for your Kindle.

FAQ

What type of herons are these?

The birds in the photos are great blue herons (Ardea herodias).

How did you find so many?!

Great blue herons nest together in rookeries and I was fortunate to come across this rookery during breeding season. (It was largely a lucky accident that happened while delivering my daughter to the ferry going to Victoria, BC.) Reportedly it is the largest great blue heron rookery in the Canada; right here in the suburbs of Vancouver!

Where is the rookery?

Feb. 14 – Pleneau Island & Petermann Island

2014 can’t be any better, can it?

I recently got a promo e-mail  from one of my favorite bloggers, Michael Hyatt, about his new online course called “5 Days to Your Best Year Ever.” It looks great, but to be honest, when I read that title, my first response was not possible. It is very hard for me to imagine a year better than 2013 was for me; at least not for things I can control. If 2014 is even 80% as awesome as 2013, I will be terribly content. My wife’s gift to me – my trip to Antarctica was a huge part of my amazing year.

Over the next few days, I hope to post the last of my collection and talk about the end of my trip. In my last post I talked about the Lemaire Channel. I have to admit my memory is getting a little sketchy regarding the precise chronology of the trip (I was too gobsmacked and distracted to even write decent notes) but some memories that stuck with me include:

  • My first sighting of “Killer Whales” in the wild. It is rather ironic that I have lived  on the west coast of Canada for over 30 years now and have even paid to go whale watching, yet I had never seen an Orca in the wild

Photo Fumbling! Or Practicing for Wildlife Photography in Antarctica

Oh my, have I ever got a lot to learn about A racoon in our backyard provided the perfect opportunity to practice my wildlife photography.photography before I leave for Antarctica.

This morning a hissing, malfunctioning alarm clock  fluffy, cute raccoon waddled into our backyard providing me with the perfect opportunity to try out my new camera. According to my wife, it was likely that the $*$^& noisy poor thing had been a scuffle with the neighbor’s dog in the middle of the night. As such, he was resting and only mildly concerned about being photo-stalked.

However, what should have been an easy experiment in the subtleties of SLR photography turned into a comedy of errors. It went something like this: