BUSY Harbour!

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I got out today and the first thing I came across was Tofino Air’s Beaver landing. I saw another Tofino plane down further in the harbour with Atleo’s plane as well. It looked like they were stacked to take off!
Atleo was just taking off when the Beaver crossed my path and the 2nd smaller Cessna took off towards me!
The comings and goings of Tofino’s harbour.
I went up to Fortune Channel for bears. I figured with the low tide starting to slip past sunset that this trip would be the last for a week or so until the other low tide starts to slip into my time window. I always go out 2 hours before sunset and whatever happens in that time window is what I harvest!
The eagles are very low key right now, their young have flown the coup. The Daredevil and Delilah were both gone. I have no idea where they and the others go for several weeks? It’s almost like Mum and Dad say to themselves “Well,now that youngster is gone,lets have a vacation honey”! and off they go!
I cam across a fishing boat (The Prince Of Denmark) coming in out in front of Tonquin. I saw the Crescent moon hanging in the sky and lined them both up. Wickaninnish island absorbed alot of the boats structure however. Couldn’t do anything about that. It would of been much better to capture it out by the Lighthouse where there is nothing to the west of it! But thems the brakes!
Another great night out Folks!
It’s great living in Tofino!

Pay and Paddle

Whenever I see these guys I always chuckle!
Remember how Tom Sawyer got a brat to paint his fence and get payed for it! This reminds me of the same thing. They run a business that charges you and than gets you to work your butt off and paddle this big dug out canoe! True it would be cool for a few minutes ,but only for a few minutes!
I’ve paddled just about every lake in Algonquin (& portaged) and have filled my need for paddling!
It makes a great photo however!

I got out today and went up to Fortune Channel for bears and came across 4 of them. One was in the shadows and another was skittish,so I got two bears today. Both females.
I tried to get some eagle shots but they didn’t want to do anything!
Came across some Herons as well!
Another day in paradise folks!

“The Welsh Dragon”

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Looks like the bigger they are………the sillier they look! The captain obviously didn’t realize that this area was shallow. It’s on the charts and I do not even go there in my boat!
More embarrassing than anything else I suppose. Someones ego had a few notches taken off today!

I got out tonight and had originally wanted to go back up to Fortune for my furry friends but ran into some wolfs near Ginnard Point!
They were too far away and a waste of time waiting around for them to come down onto the exposed mudflats!
I found several Herons and that saved my butt!
Still good to get out!

Blue Heron With Small Fish

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Low tide was around 7:30pm or so and the Herons come out to Hunt in the shallows for small fish. This Blue Heron caught a fish and gulped it down the hatch. I lined myself up with the brightest light of the sunset afterglow to silhouette it.
Not much else you can do after the sun sets.

Afterglow Blue Heron

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Notice the surface of the water. The wind was up a bit and it disturbed the waters surface except where the weeds were.
I prefer no wind and very calm water when I shoot these kind of scenes.
The weeds absorb the effects of the wind and I always watch out for these areas when I’m planing in my boat! Dangerous!

Fortune Channel Bear

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I went up to Fortune Channel this evening and man was there ever alot of bears! I came across a dozen at least but the vast majority of them were in the shade. Black bears in the shade do not produce a great shot. Only the golden light can do that.
I found this single bear and stayed with it for awhile in this small bay. I was all by myself (just the way I like it!) and watched it turning over the rocks and sucking up all the baby crab! Notice the colour of it’s fur! It has a reddish tint to it! I’m not sure if it is because of this particular bear or the angle of the light hitting it?
What you can’t see,but I could hear was all the sound? Not the sound of the bear eating the crab, but in that bay! For whatever reason,there was a school of either Herring or Mackerel in that bay and they were splashing about in great numbers all around me! It kind of reminded me of a fish farm ,where the fish are very active at the surface. I drifted over the school and they blackened the bottom! Not sure what kind of fish they were and exactly what they were doing but it was great to see and hear all of the goings on in this small bay!
I also came across a Sow and two cubs ,as well as another single bear (MALE most defiantly) tonight!
A really great night out for bears today!
When I headed back into town the fog had sat. I got a few of a Fish farm boat heading back into town in that thick Fog as well.
Another fantastic night out in paradise!