I knew that a large cloud system was going to be moving in later & it did! I had excellent light with the bears but by the time I came to Tsapee Narrows,the light had been completely destroyed! The only redeeming part of the clouds was their structure.
Looks like Ernie was thrown some fish scraps!
When a fisherman cuts up a fish down on the dock,they sometimes toss the scraps to Ernie or Ethel! Thats one of the benefits to owning this territory!
By the tail feathers,this is last years offspring from Moe & Maggie.
They are tolerated but not welcome! Moe escorted this immature away from the nest!
A friend phoned me about this guy today! I couldn’t come & take any shots at that moment unfortunatly! It sounded like a Gull was trying to steal it’s catch!
By the time I came along,the light had gotten snuffed! So this isn’t a great shot but I hardly ever see these guys! Normally it’s the River Otters I see & yes I did see one of them today as well!
Because of the nose pattern,this may be one I called “Pinky”?
Unfortunately some clouds moved in & snuffed a sunset but they still put on a good show!
Ethel is the one on the left. During nesting season they often times stay close to each other like two love birds!
They have started a new nest on Strawberry Island! The nest in the Eik St. tree has been abandoned. I suspect all the road construction/noise for months persuaded them to move to a quieter neighbourhood!
They seem to have problems in having offspring anyways & I guess all the noise wasn’t helping things!
I decided to head all the way up to Tofino creek today! It’s at the end of Tofino Inlet. It took me almost 1 1/2 hrs to get there! There is a old prospectors cabin further up the creek & I wanted to see if I could get to it from the ocean? I know how to get there by logging road,but wanted to see if I could get there by water. I actually did get up to it many years ago,but the tide was high & the creek was more like a river from the winters rains than.
I came across a small section of washboard rapids,but think I know how to get by them. Kick the motor up,tie a rope on the boat & walk up the shore line (with my chest waders & felt booty’s on) to the top & pull the boat up!
Easy to say,but I know the Devil’s always in the details!
After taking a few shots,I headed back downstream. I than went straight up into Fortune Channel. That took me the better part of a hour in it’s self!
I was getting cramped for time,so I decided only time for one bear tonight. I found one almost immediately! I also think this bear knows me! It might be Li’l Jackie? She’s grown since I last saw her last Fall! She & I spent some quality time together but I was cursing the light! Some Cirrus clouds had moved in & diffused the light tremendously! I prefer bright gold light,but that wasn’t in the cards tonight!
Left Li’l Jackie & headed to Tsapee Narrows to visit with the Daredevil & Delilah. Once again,due to low light conditions,the best I could do was take only silhouette’s!
Continued on into the harbour. I saw either Ernie or Ethel on top of Strawberry island & took a few with the diffused light in behind & than went to Deadman island to visit with Romeo & Juliette!
Juliette stayed on the nest but Romeo came over to say hi! After taking a few I decided to head on out to open water & see if I could shoot the Lighthouse with the remaining sunset?
I did make it out there but it was alittle rough! Took a few shots & headed back in.
Broke a record today! I traveled further today than I ever have! Not sure how far,but more than 50 klicks!
Another outstanding days shoot in beautiful Tofino!
It was cloudy for most of the day today but was pleasantly surprised around 3pm to see a clearing sneaking up the west side of Vancouver island! I knew it would be here in about a hours time,so I got my gear together to head out.
The closest two are Alice & Allie. The next over is Lazyboy & the fourth is a yet unknown bear?(maybe “Crewcut”?)