Day 2 – In the morning we spent an hour kayaking Welcome Harbour. I paddled along the shore. Rocks grew rockweed and hosted periwinkle-like snails and limpets. I was looking mainly for birds, which were remarkably few, but heard an unseen thrush, likely a Hermit, and a wren, and saw kingfishers, several Townsend’s Warblers, several immature Bald Eagles and ravens, several chickadees (likely Black-capped), a flock of six yellowlegs, and a couple of Harbor Seals.
In the afternoon we were back in Chatham Sound, where we spotted two groups of Killer Whales, and stayed with them for a couple of hours, watching and firing many frames with our cameras. One of the males had a freakishly flopped-over dorsal fin. Another had an oddly wavy fin. Our cook was taking photos of the killer whales out the galley window as she was preparing our next meal.
After rounding Stephen Island we anchored in a cove to hike up to a high steep bog, looking at sundews, mosses and other bog plants. On the way to shore we saw a female Common Merganser with ducklings riding on her back just off the shoreline—being watched very carefully by an excited-looking Mink in the shoreline rocks.