This is a male Anna’s Hummingbird. The vast majority of hummers coming my way are Rufous. There are several Anna’s male Hummingbirds & one female still hanging around. They have been with me since January. They will be leaving soon for the far north. The Anna’s are much larger than the Rufous! Their wings are very different as well.
My little friends have become familiar with me! They have accepted me into their flight zone! A great honour for me personally!
The hardest thing was holding my camera in my right hand (with flash attached) for so long! I soon realized if I adjusted my Mono Pod at just the right eighth for my elbow,that I could make it much easier on me!
They have such sharp little talons but they are very gentle souls! The air was cold & their wings created such a strong breeze! It made my finger very cold!
I so enjoy the time with my little friends & am very happy that they have trusted me so! They must realize that I not only do not mean them any harm but that they have accepted me into their flight zone!
Sorry,but I guess I should explain? If you are a regular you will remember me saying before Christmas that I was going to try & decorate a tree out in the wilds of Tofino & make it into a Christmas card for everyone.
But alas,I couldn’t find an appropriate tree or setting? I did find this tree but it had a problem………there were shrubs in front of it!
I went out several weeks ago with a hand saw & cut down all those nasty shrubs. I knew I had to get the shot soon as the temperature is getting warmer & the snow will be going bye bye.
A friend calls something like this a “Art Bomb”. When next Christmas comes along,I’m going to do it again & leave it up! Maybe I can find some lights that will only go on at night?
I’m watching “Pirates Of The Caribbean, At Worlds End” at the moment. The “Lady Washington” (top shot) was used in this movie! I thought it might be appropriate to put up couple shots of her,seeing as how I’m watching the movie!
The other ship is the “Hawaiian Chieftain”.(bottom shot)
Every third outing in my boat,I have to take my gerry can for fuel. First thing I did once getting out was to head down to the marina. While fuelling up I heard a splash in the water near by & was surprised to see a Californian Sea Lion! He (it was a male) was under the marina eating. Lions have a unique way of eating a fish! They grab it & bring it up to the surface. They than whip it hard to one side! This usually tears off a piece & they promptly gulp it down! They than go back down to find the rest of the body (which is sinking),grab it & repeat the process.
That’s what he’s doing in these shots. What you don’t realize is that fisherman coming back in from a successful trip clean their fish down on the dock beside the marina! They usually throw the guts/cleaned body into the ocean. The Lions aren’t stupid either! Once they come across these feeding spots,they hang around waiting for a toss!
Someone caught a Halibut & tossed it. Must of been a big one too! Mr.Lion was busy tearing/gulping for half a hour!
A total lunar eclipse happens tomorrow btw! It’ll start around 11pm (PDT) & will become total just after midnight! It’s called a “Blood Moon” because it’ll slip into the earths shadow & turn brownish red!
I got my first bear of the year today! The weather has been poor for several weeks! So when the sun came today,I didn’t need to be told twice!
The tide was perfect too,low. I headed down to Gunner inlet to check on any bruins yawning about? Nobody home unfortunately. I did hear from a friend who lives in a float house at the mouth go Gunner that he had seen a most unusual bear! It appears that there is a bear down that way that has a coloration! This bear has a semi white patch all along it’s right side? I can’t wait to see it!
When I name my bears I keep in mine their physical & personality qualities. I basically see the bear & figure it out from there. This bear is going to be different.I’m naming it before I see it.A first! I’m going to call this one “Casper”. The Komode bears of the Great Rainforest (Princess Royal island) can be white. One in nine are due to genetics.
So this bear has something going on & am very interested in seeing it!
I left Gunner & went over into Fortune channel. I went all the way up the eastern side with no luck. I decided to check the other side for harbour seals? They like to hang around a certain spot usually,but not today. I was discouraged & decided to head back. Thats when I noticed a bear watching boat sitting still down in a bay! They do that for one reason & one reason only………He must of spotted a bear!
Sure enough as I got closer I could see one walking along the shot line eating grass. After they wake up from their denning,they tend to eat grass first & than move onto crabs etc. I couldn’t get close to this bear because of low tide. This bay has a very shallow angle. I wasn’t complaining & took what I could at a distance.
Headed back to town after seeing my first furry friend. Stopped at Tsapee Narrows to visit with Logan. The moon was coming up in the east,so I couldn’t resist in grabbing a few of him with it in behind.
I moved westward a bit into the Daredevil’s/Delilah’s territory. Only the Daredevil was about. Delilah must be on the nest?
He was in fine form today as per usual. Took a few of my friend with the moon as well. He perched onto a tall snag. I couldn’t line him up with the moon. The sweet spot was on land,so I landed the boat & walked around trying to find it. The sweet spot is where the moon & eagle line up together. I think of it like drawing a line straight through from the moon to the eagle & down onto the water/land. That spot on the land/water is the sweet spot.
Said goodnight to my feathered friend & headed back into the harbour. Time was limited,so I skipped visiting Maggie & Moe. I’m sure she’d understand. I went straight over to Deadman Island to visit with Romeo/Juliette. Romeo came out to greet me as per usual. He always brings a big smile out of me! He flew to his throne & waited for me to arrive. Eagles fly much faster than what my boat can travel & they don’t even have to flap their wings!
I took a whole series of shots with my beautiful friend & called it a night after the sunset!
Saw my first bear of the year & got out. What more could anyone ask! Another day in paradise!
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