As soon as I turned the corner down by the boat shed,this fellow was there!
A friend told me that he was a young one as well. It was by it’s self.
As soon as I got out,I saw these guys coming across the harbour. The light was excellent tonight. Perfect fall light.
There were birds everywhere.
The collective noun for Cormorants is a Flight.
There was a Flight of Cormorants on that rock to the north of Strawberry island again. They seem to like this spot,as well as a few other birds.
There was a Parcel of Oystercatchers on that rock just north of Strawberry Island.( A parcel is the collective noun for Oystercatchers)
I spooked them and they did two laps around me and than settled down. A friend believes that the recent storm we had is responsible for getting so many in one spot.
Cute little guys.
The collective noun for Sandpipers is a Fling or Cluster. There often times are several words used to describe a animal.
They too did a lap around me and than settled down.
You can see Strathcona in the background.
I managed to get closer to them. I’ve found that if I am very slow that they are calm and I can get close.
Not like a Heron! I’d never be able to get close to one of those guys. Maybe a young one,but not an adult.
She was in the same area at the same time as last night. She has a pattern!!
I’m going to try to take advantage of that little piece of info. I’m going to leave 30 minutes earlier tonight and see if I can spot her walking along the shore in the same area. It’s very shallow in this bay and if I can wait for her to come by me,I may be able to get better shots!
A Gull took off suddenly and it in turn spooked a few others and that in turn spooked her. She did her special alarm grunt and the cubs ran to the base of the closest tree. She didn’t do a second one,so they returned when she continued walking along the shore. I think I know the perfect spot.
I went down to see how they were doing,but the Daredevil was not home for a second night!
Maybe he left her for a younger eagle?
More like he’s at a estuary somewhere, or at least I hope so.
At any rate,she was home alone and didn’t feel much like chatting tonight. She did a fly over and looked down her beak at me and that was it.
I think she’s alittle temperamental .
The collective noun for eagles ,is a Convocation or a Congregation!
I found these two down at Tsappee Narrows and they gave a better show than the Daredevil’s mate. She just sat there watching me.
I saw a friend of mine in his canoe. I used him as the background object. I than used the Gull for the foreground and Mid-ground subjects as well.
I adjusted the focus plane to each of them just for something to do.
Kind of cool to see how the focus plane changes the pictures feel!
I was all done for the night and was walking away from the boat shed when I saw this boat coming down the harbour towards me.
I went down to the dock and waited for him to cross the afterglow. I’ve seen this boat many times and do not know the name of it. I do know that it’s from Opitsat however.
I saw this boat coming into the harbour and set my focus and framing on the birds. I shot them while the boat went by in the background.
I had a busy day today.
I went up in the morning on a Aerial shoot and than later in the afternoon ,shot a Christmas card for a local environmental group. We went out to Stubbs island to do that.
Than I went out on my own as usual.
In total ,I took 750 shots today. I think thats a record for me!
I’ll sleep good tonight.
This is the Miss Karen and she was heading out,but not before one of the guys climbed up to release the poles.You can see him up there if you look closely.
I followed them after they headed out of the harbour.
During the summer and the Fall I guess,there can be alot of marine traffic .
A group of Kayaks were heading out of the harbour for Medallion Beach on Vargas. I talked to one of them before they left. I shadowed them on their way out and used them as subject material.
There were two groups of Kayakers heading out. This is the first group and the second was still putting there kayaks in the water back at the ramp.
They were going to the island on the right,Vargas. The island on the left is Wickaninnish Island.
I’m looking to the West.
After leaving those Kayaks,I headed back into the harbour and went by that rock I like on the north side of Strawberry island.
It was high tide and it was going out. The water was running fast by this rock and with the Bull Kelp being all around,it was tricky getting close to these guys.
The snow up on the mountains is almost gone,but it’ll start to snow up there soon! Thats Strathcona and is about 22 miles away.
This rock always has many different types of birds on it.
The Surfbirds looked like they were all taking a nap,so I didn’t get too close.
I found a Sow and her two cubs wandering the shore. I found them near Spittle point down in Browning Pass. They were in a shallow bay and the tide was going out,so I couldn’t get very close.
They overturn the rocks and eat the little crabs . They eat them like the way you eat chips!
She overturned this large rock as if it was acouple of pounds!
This is the point she realized that they were not alone.
I found with bears that the best thing to do when they look at you is to stay still. If you stay still they most likely will go back to what they were doing. They recognize movement and it helps to identify what they are looking at. If you have clothing that is not bright,it helps as well.
I had my bright red life vest on at the time and it may have helped give my presence away?
These creatures are so graceful to watch. She was turning at the moment that I shot this.
The Daredevil’s mate was the only one home tonight. The old man must of been away to the streams hunting for salmon. He never showed up at all.
She was the only one home. She was not very active tonight. I think she must of been full?
She did one run and that was it. She never seems to be very active when she’s by herself. When her mate is around she does seem more sociable.
By the time I got back into the harbour,the sun had set.
I looked around for some Herons,but couldn’t find any,so I settled for acouple Gulls.
The last shot of the night was out by Felice Island (Round island). I always take a look around the corner before I go in myself. Even though the sun had set,sometimes the afterglow can make great silhouettes on fishing boats coming back in.The only boat I could find was this “Ocean Outfitters” boat coming back in with a load of tourists. The birds flying in behind added a nice touch.
It was a very busy day photographically today for me!
The weather switched and we are into a nice fat high pressure system! About time. Theres been record breaking rain amounts all over B.C. The northern part of the island has several towns isolated because the roads have been washed out!
I left at 5pm today because the sun is setting earlier and earlier! The wind was up a bit and the tide was heading out. When those two forces are opposed,the waves stand up. It can get bumpy. It was but not alot. I still caught some air however and the splashing from that did spray me a bit. As long as I dress for it and don’t get wet(underneath),it’s all good.
Kind of thrilling actually. I ride near the shore where the waves are less.
I shot these kayakers coming in right outside the harbour to the east. I saw this speedboat ripping in from the east. I zoomed in on the name and it said” Gambler VIII”(I think)?
I bet it was loggers from Rankin Cove?
That smokey boat had just started up it’s motor. Diesel’s smoke like that until they reach their operating temperature. He was following me and that speed boat was heading into the harbour.
I also got a flock of geese heading out of the harbour as well. I guess we all were getting out of Dodge?
I was looking NW and you can see the Native village Opitsat on Meares island in the background right.
I went down to Tsapee Narrows to visit with the Daredevil and his Mate. They were very active tonight!
The wind was also active and was making perching difficult for both of them.
I like when the wind is up……..a bit! Not too much. That can get dangerous. I was coming back from Tsappee a month ago and it was choppy than too. So choppy that the violent shuddering flipped one of my paddles out the back of the boat! I didn’t see it going because It was beside me and I was looking forward. I cannot hit the waves on a angle. It’ll knock me off my balance and thats not good!
This is the female coming in.
The female seems to always be feeling frisky. She really enjoys these acrobatic maneuvers and I was waiting for her to pull one………and she DID!
I think she likes to play!
I was lucky to get this angle with the Daredevil. He grabbed a fish and did a fly by.
I do enjoy when there is no wind and I can hear everything! They sound just as impressive as they look!
This sequence shows a interesting maneuver. It shows how they turn around in mid-air!
He turned right in front of me. I think because the wind was up,that they can turn tighter. Better control.
I managed to get a good sequence as he hit and went by me. It was tricky trying to keep him centered. The waves were constantly shifting me.
The Daredevil landed while his mate looked on. The wind stalled him . It slowed him down and gave better hang time for me.
The wind has it’s advantages and disadvantages!
Once again the wind tosses everything up into the air and it gave me a great opportunity to shoot him from the rear. I do not get many from the rear.
After shooting that last sequence ,I swung alittle to the east and made them appear closer to each other.
I continued shooting as I went to the east and he decided to take off. I was looking to the north and the wind was coming from my left(the west) and he jumped into it to take off.
I found this fellow just north of the Meares island Big Tree Trail. He was on the mud flats and the tide was going out. That was unfortunate for me because it was too shallow to get any closer!
There was no way I was getting any closer than this! My prop hit the mud several times as it was and that was with it kicked up! I can go into about 20 inches of water and get away with it.
I don’t like pushing that ,unless the tide is coming in. I sometimes use my paddles to get into tight spots or areas that have alot of weed. The weed will wrap around my prop and stall it. I than have to pull out my knife and cut the stuff free and kick the motor up to get the rest off.
Pain in the butt!
It’s times like this that I wish I had a bigger lens!
I found this guy right in the middle of the harbour at Sunset. I tried to get closer,but he jumped. The sun was setting right behind as well and was creating some problems.
I got out tonight and the light lasted less than a hour. The fog came in and that Frontal system moved in as well. In other words the light was majorly SNUFFED!
I took a friend out with me tonight. She spotted those wolves last time and has good eyes for distance. We didn’t see any bears or wolves tonight. There were no eagles around either except for the Daredevil’s mate and she was lethargic. Pitiful. I think the Daredevil was at one of the salmon bearing streams near by?
We went down to Tsapee Narrows and thats were we saw this Sea Lion . He was just passing through to the east .
Their Beaver was landing just as I was getting out.
You can see how muted the light was. It was very hard trying to find subject material tonight.
On another note, it was not only the Full Moon tonight,but also the Fall Equinox!
The last of the summers sunshine happened today. The rain is on it’s way and the next 4 or 5 days looks pretty poor.
The Fall arrived tonight.
She slipped into the harbour almost unnoticed. The light was very cool.(temp.)
Sunstar’s are strange looking creatures! I found this little fellow on the beach when I landed. I’ve never seen a small one before. They are always very large. They can grow up to 1 meter arms or rays as they are properly called. They can also travel very fast. They can cover one meter in one minute! That would be like our 100 meter dash! Fast.
They have over 15000 tube feet to move them and have anywhere from 16-24 rays.
They also have a average life span of 3-5 years.