It’s that time of year again, spring is here and with it comes the annual herring spawn.
All kinds of opportunities arise to photograph wildlife and birds in the areas where the fish are spawning. Find out where they are spawning then go and take a walk and enjoy the show! They spawn close to the shore, so the action isn’t too far off the beach. A reasonable camera zoom will allow you to take some great photos.
The spawn period only lasts for a few weeks, but in that time a great opportunity exists to see Orcas, Humpbacks, Eagles, Sea Lions and Seals, and all kinds of other birds.
One way to pick up on a hot spot is to look far large flocks of gulls, where you see them that’s where the herring are!. The ocean turns a turquoise white as they spawn as well, harder to see than the gulls. Listen for Sea Lions as well, another good indication herring are in the water.
Recently onlookers had the opportunity to watch a pod of Ocas hunt Sea Lions just off the beach. You never know what’s going to be seen!
If the herring fleet is close to your location you can watch dozens of boats as they work at catching their herring quotas.