This River Otter passed by and I was able to get off only one good shot.
It looked like he has been in a fight. He has a recent wound under his right eye.
This Heron was searching the shallow pools for snacks!
The reflection and warm sunset light makes this a great shot.
His head is sideways because he’s keeping an eye on me!
In situations like this ,I take my red jacket off and try not to move when he’s looking. The outboard is shut off of course and I try to drift into him.
I found these two on the Flats.
I came across one of the Monas Island Eagles at Sunset.
The texture on the wings was excellent. The sun was about to go behind a ridge on Meares and was about to put this entire area into shade. I didn’t have alot of time.
I was lucky enough to get a shot with a great background!
This shot was taken a second after the shot below. He flared his wings and rotated. He was just starting into a downward swoop.
The light was coming from behind and was almost horizontal.
The sunset tonight was a good one.
This is a unusual position to catch a Eagle. He’s moving forward and looking backward!
The light was so nice that I think I could of shot anything and it would of worked.
I wasn’t able to fully compose this guy. I missed his Talons. It all happens so fast !
This Eagle is the neighbor to the Tsappee Narrows couple.
I do not see him very often,because I think the Daredevil puts the chase on him.
This eagle was grabbing a fish and his second eye lid was closed. It’s called a nictitating membrane.
You can see how milky it is, compared with that eagle I shot down in that rehab centre. The rehab eagles eye cover was clear and for some reason,the wild ones seem to be more whitish.
This is the last of a single sequence I was able to shoot of the Daredevil grabbing a fish.
This sequence proves why he is one of my favorites!
Sometimes their wing beat is the same frequency as my shutter! So what happens is that all the shots have the wings in the exact same position,which is fine,but if you start your sequence when the wing is covering his face. All the rest of them will be the same! Your screwed basically!
It doesn’t happen very often,but I have had it happen occasionally.
I always like it when they look off to the right or left of the camera side.
I shot this a second after the one below.
The Daredevil got a fish at Sunset. When I was on my way down the inlet,he came off a tree to my left and flew over top of me ! I would like to think that it’s way of saying hello!
He’s such a curious Eagle! ( and smart!)
This is the first in a sequence of 6 shots of him grabbing a fish.
I shut the outboard off and drifted into this fellow. Heron’s are just always so watchful and about the only time you can get close ,is when they have their attention taken away from you. Specifically when they come across alot of small fish!
Romeo tried to get a fish,but missed! He always looks so upset when this happens.
The suns warm light really adds to this shot.
This fellow was on his way out of the harbour when I first came out .
In the winter,because of the violent surf,they move into the inside. Specifically,down Tofino Inlet. Out in front of Cannery Bay.
In the Spring they reoccupy several rocky islands out front. There is a big group always out in front of Combers beach on the rocky island.
I took the boat out to the Lighthouse ! I usually just shoot it from Frank,but got alot closer. The light was very weak,but still it was fun. I shot the Wick against Strathcona and some other Hotels as well.
I was waiting out there in front of the Lighthouse for awhile and decided to come back in and not wait for the sun to set.
I couldn’t resist shooting this fellow on this angle. I do not see this angle very often and if I do,Strathcona doesn’t have as much snow on it! Spring is here and that snow pack is going to start to melt in the coming weeks.
The ocean was heaving and trying to keep the subject centered was a challenge!
These mountains look close,but in actuality are over 22 miles away! It’s the compression factor of my big lens that does this. The bigger the focal length,the more this “compression” factor is evident!
I was getting a good angle with the subject matter ! The lodge.
I had to place myself in just the right spot,but it worked! The mountains all had fresh snow on them and this was probably going to be the last time to shoot them with snow behind them.
I’ve seen this guy before and have a shot of him. He is located on the outside . Past Tonquin beach.
He got a fish and I got some shots and I continued south . I noticed that his mate was flying back to him to share in the bounty. It had to of been a mile away.but it still saw it’s mate getting a fish! Impressive. Eagle eye indeed!
This flock of Mergansers was by the shore of Opitsat.
This crabbing boat was coming up behind me and I liked the background and the action. (waves,birds)
I got a shot of one of the eagles going around the corner with Strathcona in behind.
This is the Daredevil and for some reason he hopped up and came back down onto the fish it got! Maybe the fish flipped and scared him?? The talons look great and so does the pose!
Moe came in out of the dark and hit this fish with one foot only! Very impressive.
I also like the fact that he looked to his right to show a better profile of his head.
Mike White owns the Browning Passage and was taking some guests out for a bear trip.
When it’s low tide, the bears come out . They over turn the rocks and eat all the little crabs. They eat the crabs the same way you eat Tim Bits!
I used the fresh snow on Strathcona as wallpaper.
I normally do not like these kind of shots. Where the rear end is between the eye’s of the subject and me.
However,I found the tail feathers interesting! It looks like the tail feathers are just getting rid of it’s Immature colourings. This eagle is probably 5 years old or so.
I do not know this eagle and was surprised that it was being tolerated !
I think this Eagle is the Lovekin Eagle. He is normally over at Lovekin Point ,but happened to be on a lower limb when I passed by in the boat and couldn’t resist shooting him.
I took this seconds before the shot above.
I shot this as a after thought when I was heading back in. The light sure changed from when I came out!
This is Ocean Village at sunset with some snow covered mountains in behind.
The light was warmer in this shot because I shot it sooner than the one above.
Didn’t have much to shoot at today.
I did a series of wave /lighthouse/sunset shots.
These guys came by at the right time.
I was trying to get a really large wave with a big face on it! I wanted to have a lot of light to come through.
I did see one and only one and I was out of position! I missed it. I hate those moments.
Oh well.Next time
I was shooting from the SW corner of Frank Island. When the waves are happening,it can be a bit tricky to shoot from here. I always keep an eye on the waves far out from shore.
Those ones are relatively flat,or look like that. My point is ,that if you see a very distinctive wave out there, by the time it hits the shallows,it’s going to be big!
These are the ones I try to shoot.
I never did get a good shot of a large wave face of green!
You can see a thick low cloud bank coming in.
It snuffed the light prematurely!
This flock of seagulls was heading to their night time resting spot. Alot of birds fly off to islands for the night. No predators,so they can relax and get a good nights rest.
The sun did give a nice capping after it was swallowed by that cloud bank.
This guy landed not far from me. However when I tried to get close,he took off.
Before I moved, I got my safety shot however!
I always take a shot from the spot I see a animal. I than try to get closer and take closer shots. If I spook it and it takes off, at least I have something. Which is better than nothing!
Frank and Frieda can be seen on their nest across the bay. I waited until a large wave crashed on the shore.
I was able to get out to Frank island even though it was high tide. I took my chest waders with me and they worked excellent! Not only did they allow me to get through the water ,but kept me warm in the wind.
The light was being choked off slowly .
The waves were defiantly up! I was getting spray and trying to hide my lens.
The peak across the bay with that very distintive curve ,is called Vargas Cone.
There is a path to the top from Cox beach.
The waves were rolling into Cox and a easterly wind was blowing the tops off of them. I call these horsetail waves. They look fantastic IF you can have the sun shining through them at sunset! The angle to do that here is way off.
This is Cox Point and is directly south of Frank island. Some large rollers were coming in,while the point behind was getting hit.
You can see Frank (or Frieda) on their nest tree across the bay. He’s just alittle black dot over there,but he’s there. I noticed that they both fly out to the rocks out front where hundreds of birds are resting. All the birds take to the air when they do these searching runs. They are checking the group to see if there are any injured or old birds. I’ve never seen them grab anything yet.