A BUSY HARBOUR!

20140206-IMG_4691It was clear & cold today,so I bundled up & headed out!
As I started out of the harbour & saw a Blue Heron/Oystercatchers on a rocky islet on the north side of Strawberry island. Shot a few of them. Mr. Heron was much more skittish than the Oystercatchers! I’ve found the Oystercatchers are approachable as long as I do not make any sudden movements. They are only in the harbour area during the winter time. They have such a cute look about them!
Continued eastward down the inlet. The tide was low & beginning to come back in,so I decided to give Fortune Channel a try for bears?
As I suspected with this cold front,they were still napping! (as I would be)
Came out of Fortune & continued down the inlet to Rankin. I was disappointed to find nobody home at Rankin as well! Normally there are several thousand Dunlin’s,Plovers etc hanging around. Must of been out searching for food else where?
I continued past Rankin & went down into Tranquil inlet for Trumpeters. I stopped half the way down because I didn’t see thier distinctive white dots at the far end. I stopped the boat to look intently with the binocs & sure enough I couldn’t see any Trumpeters milling about!
No bears,no birds & no Trumpeters! Today was not going to be the best for subject material! RATS!
I was near Cannery bay & thought about going over there to check & see if any Lions had moved in but I think that boat sailed a long time ago & we are not going to get any Sea Lions this winter at all!
This winter has been absent for snow & my animal friends. My winter of discontent!
Started to head back.
Stopped off at Tsapee Narrows to visit with my eagle friends. This is one of the reasons why I love eagles so much……….they almost always are hanging around!
The wind was up a bit so I knew what direction they would be coming in at. The Daredevil & Delilah seemed active today. I’ve found the cold makes them more active & the heat makes them sluggish.
Took a few of my fine feathered friends & continued on. I went to Morpheus to visit with Maggie & I was pleasantly surprised to find my friend Moe! He’s been gone for what seems like a eternity! I’d love to find out where he went? I was worried he might be dead! He just sat way up top & never even came down to say hello. Maggie made up for his indifference! She’s always such a joy!
Took a few of my girlfriend & said goodnight.
Continued on to Deadman island to visit with Romeo & Juliette. Romeo didn’t fly over to greet me. He’s been rather indifferent as well lately?
I saw two fully loaded Geoduck boats coming back into the harbour from the north. I wonder how much longer the Geoduck opening will last?
They use Geoduck (the largest bivalve mollusk) as the main ingredient in Clam chowder! If you’ve had clam chowder,you’ve had Geoduck!
Took a few shots of my friend Romeo with a couple of Geoduck boats in the background. The wind was making the waters surface rough. When they happens I’ve found I cannot see the eagles contours as good. So I went around the backside of Deadman island to shoot a few in the Lee of the island. It was better but nothing outstanding.
Didn’t get much today folks. The Oystercatchers were the first & best of the days shoot. Should of quit while I was ahead,but it’s always great getting out in the fresh air even if it gives me the shivers from time to time!

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