“NICKY” IS FULLY FLEDGED!

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Mid-August is always like a Debutants ball.All the eaglets become fully fledged & introduce themselves to the world…….& me!

This is Ernie & Ethel’s offspring.I suspect this newby to be a female?The beak is rather large compared to the head & that usually means it’s a female. I saw a second one flying about as well! This one is going to be called “Nicky”.

I found it just north of Strawberry island on a low rock.Will have to keep a eye out for the other!

Notice the pure black eye.They don’t get the yellow until 5 years old.Immatures eyes always creep me out.

HAPPY BRUIN

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It was high tide when I went out tonight.So I knew the chances of finding one of my furry friends was slim.

I got lucky & came across this young fellow! There was a murder of Crows perched on the trees above making a cacophony of noise! The poor bear was scared! He must of been too close to a nest? I knew I wouldn’t get too much time with him.Sure enough just a few minutes later he walked into the forest.The high tide & Crows cut my visit short unfortunately.

TOFINOS MOST HANDSOME COUPLE

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I haven’t visited Romeo & Juliette for 9 days now! Been busy & went camping.As soon as they saw me,they flew out to greet me! When Juliette perched on her favourite rock,she sang me a welcome song! Romeo’s not into singing very much.They are my favourite feathered couple! I always smile when I see Romeo gliding effortlessly towards me from Beck island.

I know they have two eaglets this year as well! Will be watching for them!

EXIT, STAGE RIGHT

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Romeo performing one of his power maneuvers!

“ROMEO………DON’T TALK WITH YOUR MOUTH FULL”!

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Eagles always seem to gulp their food! Romeo flew over to a low rock making it easy for me to get close.

FLIGHT

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Tofino Air was flying past Romeo in one of their Beavers.

ROMEO POSING

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ROMEO COMING IN

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I can’t imagine what a rabbit looking up at those talons coming straight at them would feel! Whatever it was,you can sure it would be the last thing!

SUNSET LANDING & TAKING OFF

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Whenever one them lands on this low rock I always try to get in behind to line them up with the sunset.Most times both of them get skittish about me doing this & take off before I can get a shot.I always curse when they do that & give them crap but tonight both of them posed perfectly for me!

SUNSET VIGIL

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Romeo was a good boy tonight & posed for me on his low rock for a few sunset shots.This is the only spot I can get these great sunset profile shots!

CURIOUS “GEORGE”

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I went camping for three days.On my way out I came across this bear on Warne island.It’s down Tofino inlet.This bear had to of swam there.Bears & other animals do “island hop” from time to time.They are in search for food of course & If they keep finding it,they’ll stay………..If not, they’ll swim away to another island.

YARROW

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I found out what that flower was.It’s Yarrow.Here is a better description.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Achillea_millefolium

FLOCKING TOGETHER

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SUNNING WITH FRIENDS

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SKITTISH BRUIN

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I found this bear cruising along the shore.It seemed a tad skittish.At one point It jumped because it heard a sound behind it.

It was calm out so I could hear everything………& so could the bear. I heard a large bear watching boat coming in behind me & the bear got nervous.It decided to walk into the bush to eat some berries,but It did come back out later.

“STAR” & “LI’L STAR”

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I call the Sow “Star” because she has a white patch on her chest that resembles a star shape.

EYE OF THE SUNSET

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You can see the setting sun in this bears eye.The forest fires have altered the suns colour.

SUNSET PERCH

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The forest fires have changed the colour of the sun tonight.The sun was more pink than white.My exposure was a tad over exposed here.You can see the true colour of the sun on the tree moss.

STAR WATCHING

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This is either Ernie or Ethel on top of a tree on Strawberry island. Notice that spot to the left? That is a “sunspot”.They are very large! Anywhere between 15000km to 50,000km!

FIRE SUN

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JULIETTE’S SUNSET POSING

FIRE MOON

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The forest fires are altering the moons colour!

“TIM” & “TAM” CHILLING

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I was disappointed tonight with the sunset colours.True,the colour was still good but I was expecting deeper,richer colours from that forest fire haze.Im guessing that the haze was dispersed by gentle breezes? I could see the haze layer had settled in the lower levels of the atmosphere. So the sun didn’t change colour until it was almost set.Normally during these events the sun changes it’s colour far higher up.Maybe tomorrow night will be better?

Tim is on top with Tam hiding.

“OZZIE” CHECKING ME OUT

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EAGLE SUNSET

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ROMEO’S MOON

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LAST FLIGHT

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ROMEO’S SUNSET & MOON

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MOON LAUNCH

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British Columbia is in the midst of 130 active forest fires at the moment with no relief in sight!

The intense heat makes huge thermal plumbs.Finer particulate rises but the heavier particles sink.The heavier particles act like water.They flow down valleys to the ocean.We are under outflow conditions right now.The wind normal moves from the west to the east.In “Outflow” conditions the wind direction reverses.So we (Vancouver island) are not only getting all that smoke haze but also hotter air from the interior!

I’ve been watching as the haze has migrated to the west coast.I always love these conditions photographically!

Btw,I’m not saying forest fires are good,just the affect of them on the suns colour.

All this suspended particulate matter blocks the weaker wavelengths from getting through our atmosphere to our eye.Only the longer more powerful wavelengths can make it through. “R.O.Y.” ┬áRed,Orange & Yellow. Thats why the suns colour changes.

The outflow forest fire haze will thicken in the days to come,shifting the suns colour towards pinkish/orange!

SUNSET LANDING

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FIRE SKY

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It looks like Romeo is carrying the boat! He eats his spinach!

CROSSING PATHS

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EAGLE ECLIPSE

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GOING…GOING……GONE!

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THE “TAMANAWAS”

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ROMEO

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PEGGY POSING

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PIGLET POSING

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PEGGY FINGS A CRAB DINNER!

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SUNSET FLY BY

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CRUISING

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This bear hardly looked at me.He was more interested in cruising!

“I think he was late for a very important date”!

JULIETTE’S SUNSET

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ROMEO TAKING OFF

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ROMEO’S SUNSET SEQUENCE

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SUNSET SOARING

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“PIGLET” BEING CURIOUS

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Piglet is progressing nicely! He’s turning over the rocks & eating the crabs just like Mum! He’s also gotten use to me being around like Peggy.He hardly looks at me anymore.

“PIGLET” CATCHING UP TO MUM

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SUNSET FLY BY

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CONTACT

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JULIETTE POSING

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