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.
Because the Tranquil Trumpeters are back I thought I’d go down to the end of Grice bay & check to see if those swans were back as well? Sure enough,they were there! There had to be over thirty! Of course nobody ever goes down there,so they can hear anyone coming literally a mile away!They have large wing spans,so it takes a greater amount of time to get into the air.
I was pleasantly surprised to find one of my furry friends still out & about! A record for me personally! I’ve never seen a bear out so late.I had to stand in the river to get these shots which made me visible.You can see it sniffing the air trying to figure out what I was? Once It spotted me,It stopped walking towards me,retreated & went into the forest.I knew it was going to come out behind me so I backtracked myself,got into my canoe & paddled over to the other side of the river & waited.
Sure enough It came out right were I had parked the canoe. It crossed the river & found a dead salmon! I was shocked that any dead salmon were still around! The heavy rains flush them out to the estuary!
He’ll be going to bed very soon!
I found this “Water Dipper” smacking this small fish against the rock.It kept losing the fish when It did this & had to quickly hop in after it’s prize before the waters took it downstream! I guess they don’t like it wriggling on the way down!
This is Rankin rocks.Many birds like this spot as it’s isolated & no ground predators are around.I see this eagle here from time to time.I can never get very close as it’s skittish.
Tranquil valley is in behind.
When I shot this I didn’t know that there was a pod of Orcas in the area.You can bet that these guys wouldn’t be relaxing like this if those Orcas were swimming around!
There are two distinct groups of Orcas.One group eats animals like this (warm bloodied) & the other group eats only salmon.The “Transients” eat seals/sea lion while the “Residents” eat the salmon.
The adult female was making a kill of a Californian Sea Lion. They weigh in at 1/2 ton. The entire group shared in the meal.It would be like you inviting your poor hungry cousins over for Thanksgiving & watch them devour the Turkey in a few seconds.
The poor thing tried to keep it’s head above water but couldn’t & sank below.
The Daredevil & I like to play a game.I call it “Catch me If you can”? He’s getting much better at it! He chases me.He flies behind me & low.He flies faster than I move so he does overtake me.When he passes over me he’s only a few feet above me.This was taken with a 28mm lens.
Once he overtakes me,he circles back & around only to make his chase run again! Delilah use to do this as well.It was her game.She devised it.She was very good at it as well.The Daredevil was poor at this game but he’s obviously been practicing!
We have a strong high pressure system entrenched along the west coast.This means sunny days & cold nights. This will be the very last week any furry straggler will be about.They almost all have gone to sleep for the winter but If there are any stragglers……..this is there final week!
I knew that the moon was coming up tonight but didn’t see it until I was heading back in.Once I saw it I had to turn around & go back to Romeo.I asked him to perch at the very top of his tree………..& the little bugger did! I appreciated him doing that but the best perch is a bare tree top.Notice how some of the limbs obscure his body.I always like a complete silhouette but will settle for what I got!
Today is my birthday. It took me over a hour to find these shots.I do not take pictures of myself very often. My birthday wish is for me to go out in my boat & be with my friends…….but that ain’t going to happen as the weather isn’t co-operating! My furry friends are always in bed by the time my birthday comes around. I would love to celebrate my birthday just once with one of my bear friends! Being with “Piglet” would be my first choice.She’s always a happy soul!
Instead,I am going to get a nice hot soup & ride out to Frank island on Chestermans beach.I enjoy eating a nice hot soup while watching the huge waves crash against the rocks of Frank! Best place for a soup I say!
Than tonight I will have a great steak on the BBQ with baked potatoe of course!
I will dream about dancing with my furry friends tonight!
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