Often the first pictures of the trip at Sailcone’s Grizzly Bear Lodge are of the guests in their big red suits. Although they don’t make much of a fashion statement they are very warm and most guests are glad that they have them, especially on those chilly mornings.
Yes this is a turkey vulture and it is a little out of place. They breed regularly on eastern and western Vancouver Island, the Gulf Islands and the southwestern mainland coast. In September and early October, large numbers congregate on southern Vancouver Island; kettles of several hundred vultures can be seen at Sooke, Beechey Head and Rocky Point. It is possible that the entire coastal population stages there before flying southward across the Strait of Juan de Fuca. This photo was taken on
August 25, 2015 so this bird should be heading to southern Vancouver Island about 400 kilometers (250 miles) distance. Instead it is sunning itself near the grizzly bear viewing platform we use on Knight Inlet’s Glendale River.