WEST COAST WINTERS STORM

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We get some large storms during the winter on the west coast.The power went out twice yesterday. Defiantly poor canoeing weather!

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RUSH HOUR

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DUNLINS

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AT REST & PLAY

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CHASING

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MAGGIE GIRL

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ROMEO

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SHADOW DANCING

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LARRY LAKE

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Larry lake is about 50 minutes away from Tofino on highway #4. It’s located up on a large hill called “Hydro Hill”. Larry lake is a small sub-alpine lake stocked with Rainbow trout.

I happen to be passing by when the sun was perfect!

A TRANQUIL NEW YEARS DAY

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I went paddling on New Years day.I had Tranquil all to myself!

TRANQUIL TRUMPETERS

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I went camping up in Tranquil for New Years.I awoke New Years day to the sound of Trumpeters close by! A family group had come into Tranquil to feed. They only do this during high tide.

For years I’ve seen these circular dug out shallow holes in the gravel but couldn’t figure out who or what was doing them? I found scat (which was the same shape as Canada Goose scat) beside the holes,so I “assumed” it was Trumpeters? After seeing them feeding in this spot I’m positive the culprit are Trumpeters!

They turn upside down & shovel out the gravel to form these very circular holes!I haven’t a clue what their eating? Might be insects or some other marine invertebrate? I’ll have to dig around myself to see whats crawling about.

Getting close to a Trumpeter is very difficult! I could see them but they couldn’t see me. I had to shoot through some brush.

A TRANQUIL BALLET

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I found this family group in Tranquil inlet.Two adults & 3 Cygnets.The collective noun for a group of Swans is  a “ballet”.

RANKIN ROCKS

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Rankin has been busy with many birds.Mostly Dunlins & Black-Bellied Plovers.

NAP TIME

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These Black Turnstones were having a nap. Birds will twist around & put their beak in their feathers.The air in their would be warmer to breath in.

BATH DAY

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GRICE BAY TRUMPETERS

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With the tide being high,I went down to the end of Grice bay to check on the Trumpeters.Had to be over 40 of them with many hundreds of other birds as well.Because Grice bay is so shallow (it physically empties at low tide) nobody goes down there.The birds know this & love to congregate down at the end.

I think I’ll put my trail camera down here to capture them much closer!

“WALTER”

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THE DAREDEVIL

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MAGGIE GIRL STRETCHING HER LEGS

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AHEAD BY A BEAK

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When Maggie Girl took off,she inadvertently spooked a Gull close to her.It thought she wanted some “take out KFC”!

MAGGIE GIRL

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MAGGIE OUT FOR A WALK

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PERCHING

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THREE IN A ROW

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A GROUNDED ROMEO

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ROMEO SINGING

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ROMEO POSING

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ROMEO’S NEW YEAR MOON

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SUNSET CRUISING

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NEW YEARS MOON

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HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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From myself & all my animal friends,we wish you all a very healthy & Happy New Year!

 

UP CLOSE & PERSONAL WITH “THE DAREDEVIL”

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On my way out to camp, I passed through the Daredevil’s territory in Tsapee Narrows. He surprised me….as per usual with him.He flew in behind me suddenly & very close.He always comes in a threatening manner.Good thing I know him! I know it’s his way of playing.

He tried several times to make me stop & play but I was a man on a mission.I had to get into my camp site at high tide.I had no time to play.I apologized…….. he circled back to his perch tree.

Notice how the pupil in his shaded left eye is larger.

TRANQUIL ALL WRAPPED UP

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A TRANQUIL CHRISTMAS

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I went up in Tranquil valley for some winter/Christmas camping.Decided to decorate a “wild” tree. A wild tree is anything that hasn’t been planted by a human.

I found this big old stump out on the flood area in the estuary. It looks like it may of been cut many a moon ago,leaving just the stump behind.Over the course of time the wood has decayed enough to produce a viable soil for plants & trees to find purchase.

Not sure what kind of tree this was but suspect a spruce as the needles pricked at my fingers.

A perfect spot to be sure but the light was crappy! It was all in shade.Some cloud came over to ruin my Christmas photo! Mother Nature delivered up a lump of coal,but it still has merit!

A FINE FEATHERED MERRY CHRISTMAS TO YOU ALL

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I am simple messenger today folks.My fine feathered friends Romeo & Juliette asked me to relay a message to you all. They wish for you all to be happy with what you have & to love yourself & others year round.

COMING STRAIGHT AT ME

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ROMEO & JULIETTE’S SUNSET FLIGHT

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BIRDS OF A FEATHER

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DECORATING THE TREE

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Both Romeo & Juliette look so festive beside their Christmas tree!

I found out from a friend that those berries are called “Cotoneaster”.She says birds do eat them but I’ve never seen Romeo or Juliette eating them.They just like the festive colours I bet!

PERCHING

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FLY BY

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JULIETTE TAKES OFF

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& THAN THERE WAS ONE

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Romeo & I hung out for awhile after Juliette booked it.

SUNSET REFLECTIONS

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STEALING AWAY

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Low tide was happening as I was heading out,so I thought I’d head up into Fortune Channel to look for any of my furry friends? The odds were against me but I had to check one last time……just in case?

Of course I ended up being correct unfortunately! I won’t be going back up into Fortune until next March.

I went by Tsapee Narrows on the way back but couldn’t see the Daredevil anywhere? I then went to visit Maggie but she was absent as well! By this time the light was being affected by a rather large cloud system moving in. I did see a thin opening near the horizon & decided to wait for the sun to appear.

I was delighted to find some great light when the sun came through.Both Romeo & Juliette had been waiting with me patiently!

The eagle above is one that I do not know.It took off with it’s prize (whatever that was?) after I spooked it.

SILHOUETTE SUNSET

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JULIETTE

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SUNSET LANDINGS

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SUNSET POSINGS

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LAST LIGHT

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