I got out later than normal today. The bears have gone to bed & the Lions haven’t arrived yet (& may not for the entire winter?).So I do not need to travel so far! Which means I do not need as much time & thus can go out later.
Less time in the freezer!
So I went down to Tsapee Narrows for not only the Daredevil but also because the Trumpeters have taken up residence in a near by bay!
There are two adults with their cygnet right now. The two adult Swans have been tagged up in the Yukon.K-19 & K-18 back in 2003. Their neck bands have fallen off but I can still see their leg tags.
Here is a little history on K-19 & 18. It’s from a Jim Hawkings (Canadian Wildlife Service)
(January 23rd,2013) Received some info about K19 from Jim Hawkings with the Canadian Wildlife Service out of Whitehorse. This is what he had to say about K19…………….”Not sure if anyone else (Ruth??) has tracked this down yet, but this is one of the birds captured in Yukon Territory, summer 2003 during the captures for the satellite telemetry study spearheaded by Ruth Shea and Rod Drewien. The bird was captured on 22 July 2003 at Taye Lake, 37 miles NW of Whitehorse (band # 1939-01708). It was not marked with a satellite transmitter. This is the first recovery I know of from this bird, but Ruth (or other folks in Southern BC) may have other sightings that never made their way to the banding lab’s recovery database. The other banded bird in the group was likely K19’s mate, formerly marked with neckband K18.
Sightings such as this help us continue to piece together the migrations and relationships between breeding and wintering grounds for Trumpeter Swans and other birds.”
The collective noun for a group of Swans is a “Ballet”. Trying to get close to a group of “wild” Swans is dam near impossible! If one could use the forest or brush as cover,than possibly. They start to bob their heads when they feel anxious. They are telling each other “there is danger about” & “we should think about getting out of Dodge”!
Animals as sensitive as this I approach silently & as still as possible. Whatever you do,don’t move! Which is really hard! I’m trying to guide the boat towards them & take pictures at the same time. As they swim I have to readjust my boats direction. If they see me moving about they get nervous!
Movement freaks them out because they realize your another animal! Harbour Seals are the same way.
Only took a few of my skittish friends & went back to Tsapee to see if the Daredevil was around? Turns out he wasn’t! A rarity!
Turned & headed back into town.
By this time some thin cloud (Cirrus) had moved in & semi snuffed the light.
I went to see if Maggie was around on Morpheus island? She has a more favourite perch over on Neilson island,but when she sees me arriving she flys out to greet me! She than goes over to her second favourite perch on the north end of Morpheus. I can call her back with a arm gesture. I can see her flying towards me & than she circles & circles occasionally do a chirp.
It’s always so nice to see her! She’s the largest & most powerful of the eagles! Very much a Queen in her own right!
I wasn’t tickled about the type of light,so didn’t hang around chatting to her. I know she understands.
I moved on westward to visit with Romeo/Juliette,but by this time the cloud had gotten thicker! When the light gets this diminished, I can only shoot silhouettes! Nothing wrong with that per say but it does limit my angles.
I did find two Herons perched here & there as well.
Juliette wasn’t around but my buddy Romeo was! He seemed to be his happy normal self. He never has a attitude & is always happy to see me!
Took a few shots of him & said goodnight.
Trying to find foreground subject matter for the sunset at this time of year is hard. The sun is so far south that very little can be lined up in front.
I can’t use the Lighthouse either because there is a forest to the north of the Lighthouse that blocks me from seeing both lined up together.
Slim pickens if you ask me!
I’ve been using the north end of Wickininnish island lately. Nothing outstanding,but better than nothing.
All in all it was a good shoot today,even if it was slim pickens.
These guys are in for a chilly night tonight. I can guarantee that their water jugs will have a thick layer of ice in them by the time they wake up tomorrow! They used canoes to get down to this spot in Browning Pass.
I was surprised to see someone camping there actually!
Notice how drab the light was by this point!
I got my birthday wish today! The weather has been poor for so long I thought I’d never be able to get out! It would appear the powers that be, granted me a birthday wish & made the weather perfect!
I dressed warmly because of the cooler temperatures. Remember that I have no wind shield,so being warm is the critical ingredient!
I know that all the bears have gone to bed so no point in looking for any of my furry friends.
I did find that the Trumpeter Swans had arrived however! The K-19 gang were in their normal bay close to Tsapee Narrows. Too a few shots & continued on my way.
I went down to Rankin Rocks to see if any birds/seals were hanging around? Turns out nobody was home on the rocks. They like this spot because no ground predators can get at them. I did find a few Harbour Seals hauled out near by however.
I than headed from Tranquil Inlet to Cannery Bay. I thought I’d see if any Sea Lions had arrived yet? They come & stay in Cannery Bay for the winter.The Lions are usually around by now……….. but it would appear not. That means their food source can’t be either. If it stays that way they may not show up at all?
Headed back to town. Stopped off at Tsapee Narrows. The Daredevil came over to wish me well,but couldn’t see Delilah anywhere?
The suns angle is so far south now! Only three more weeks & it’ll start to swing back further north!
Said goodbye to the Daredevil & went to visit Maggie on Morpheus island. Right on cue,she flew out to greet me! She’s always a sweetheart!
Took some shots of my girlfriend but noticed the sun was minutes way from setting! Said goodnight to Maggie & headed over to Deadman island to visit with Romeo/Juliette. Romeo did come over to wish me a Happy Birthday!
He posed for me on his rocky throne & than went back over to the island. When he does this I know he’s not coming back & I have to follow him over to the island.
Juliette came over as well to wish me well! Took a few more sunset shots & that was it for my birthday sun!
Being able to get out on my birthday was the best gift I could of gotten today!
Today was my birthday & I got two of my wishes! I was not only able to get out in my boat for a shoot but the Trumpeter Swans showed up to wish me Happy Birthday!
These Swans are part of the K-19/18 gang. I call them that because K-19 has a collar tag around his neck. His partner K-18’s tag has fallen off however.
I was tickled to see they dropped in to wish me “Happy Birthday”!
I noticed this awhile back actually. It’s hard to see from this angle but Cam & Carla’s nest has slumped! When that happens the nest is abandoned!
Cam & Carla live down in front of Cannery Bay. Kennedy lake empties out right there. I haven’t seen them around but to be honest I do not go down into this area a lot. During the winter when the Lions are home but other than that,no.
The weather has remained poor to piss poor! So when this little guy hoped in from of my place,I couldn’t resist!
Our sunshine had to end sooner or later. Today was the end. The cloud started off thin but got thicker & thicker. So the light got worse & worse. The next Frontal system is upon us & only a matter of time until it starts to rain again!
When I go out to the beach,I play a game I call “Wave Crash……..Light Flash” with the Lighthouse. I get all set up with my camera & wait for the light to flash when a wave hits! It’s harder than it seems!
You can see how badly the light was. Some photographers love this kind of light? I say,”fill your boots boys”!
This kind of light is dime a dozen actually,but the golden light is something you have to wait for.
Our sunshine persists so I headed out on another brisk shoot.
The tide was low so if there were going to be any bears,they would surely be out now? I went up into Gunner inlet to check & didn’t find a one!
I’m pretty positive they have all gone to bed. It’s always a disappointing time for me when my furry friends leave!
Each Spring I meet new & old friends.Than come Fall time,not a goodbye or anything………..they just don’t show up anymore.
So I left Gunner for another year. I won’t be going up in there till next Spring.
I decided to continue down Tofino inlet to Rankin Rocks. I was hoping that all the Dunlin’s would be there but alas,………….no.
The rocks were bare of life anywhere! I continued past to the other side of Tranquil inlet where I know of a Harbour Seal haul out. Sure enough they were basking in the sunshine. There was no wind at all,so any sort of noise would stick out to them. As I approached they spooked & all of them went into the drink. All it takes is for one to get scared & dive into the water! The others don’t even question whats going on & do the same! Thats why I prefer to find them by themselves,or a handful. They hang around much longer!
I decided at this time to head down to the end of Tofino inlet to Deer bay.Haven’t been that far down the inlet in awhile! As I already mentioned,it was very calm. I could see something in the water a long ways off? As I got closer I could see that it was a section of dock!
I could see that it had been torn from whatever it had been attached to & was now floating freely! It wasn’t big. Maybe 10X10.
Continued past. I knew time was going to be tight for getting back into the harbour for sunset.So I didn’t go right to the very end. I took some panos while planing & turned around.
It takes me about 80 minutes to get there & another 80 minutes back of course. Going down to Deer bay consumes a lot of time!
By the time I arrived at Tsapee Narrows the sun was very close to setting. I didn’t see the Daredevil around,so I pushed on hoping to get some sunset shots with Romeo? No time to go visit with Maggie………….I’m sure she’ll understand.
By the time I arrived at my destination,the sun had set! So I knew the only shots I’d be getting of Romeo would be silhouettes.
I found a Heron in the shallows close to where Romeo hangs out. Took a few of it & than Romeo flew over. It’s almost like he realized I would be busy with that Heron,so he left me alone! If he had of flown over,I can assure you that Heron would be high tailing it out of there! Whenever a eagle flys,all birds of all types take off in fright!
Because of time constraints,I only took a handful shots of Romeo doing his thing. Said goodnight to my friend & went on the outside to shoot the sunset afterglow. There is a tree at the north end of Wickaninnish island that a eagle seems to like to perch on. I’m not familiar with this eagle. Unfortunately it wasn’t around tonight. Took a few sunset shots & called it.
I’m disappointed not find any of my bear friends today,but hey………….it’s a natural process & I just roll with it.
Didn’t get much today for the amount of travelling I did,but I’ll take it!