I shot this down at Thornton Creek and it’s an excellent example to illustrate how being at the right place, at the right time is what it’s all about!
I saw something down on the rocks and glassed it,only to discover that it was not one but two Humboldt squid! They had washed ashore! The tide was out and I knew that a bear would be coming along sooner or later and hurried down to get into position ! Sure enough,this guy (Bruno) came by 1/2 hour later and took the squid into the forest for his own private dinner of Calamari.
These interesting creatures have been washing ashore occasionally during the summer. I haven’t heard of a reason as to why,but a local biologist , Josie Osborne has been looking into it.
This may be the first documentation of this occurring in Nature. It may of happened else where folks,but if you don’t have a camera,it doesn’t mean much! You need to carry your camera all the time!
This beautiful creature was still living when I came across it! It was blowing bubbles . You can not only see one to the left of the eye,but you can also see me in the reflection!
While I was watching it ,the bubbles stop and new that it had just passed
These creatures are VERY smart and they can problem solve like us. When they are looking at you,you can feel them not just looking ,but seeing you and figuring you out! They are also an aggressive predator! They feed in frenzies at night near the surface. They go back down deeper during the day to avoid any bigger predator.
I decided that a bear would probably come by fairly soon and looked at the angle of the light and found myself a nice spot to wait for the action to happen.
And it did. A great opportunity to say the least to get a picture of a wild bear grabbing a Humboldt squid !
This little fellow I am told is a very rare bird for the West coast of Vancouver Island!
A friend of mine who is recognized as one of British Colombia’s top birders (Adrian Dorst) had it land in his tree just outside of his office window. I got this shot and a few more. The tree colours make this shot much richer! It was very flighty and hard to shoot as a result.
When word got out that it was here,many birders came from great distances and just hung around waiting to see it for weeks.
I call this bear Cruiser because he’s always doing that…..cruising ! He never seems to slow down and is always on the move.
He got a silver Coho at Thornton Creek and was heading to the forest to have a snack.
If you have an imagination,you can see what looks to be a large hand. The pink of the setting sun just adds to it.
You can’t see it,but the young woman in the foreground is checking out a Humboldt Squid that had just washed ashore. She was prodding it with her shoe. The entire beach was littered with them!
I waited for this family to come into my already composed shot with the Lighthouse in the background at Sunset.