I found a new bear today! It seems to have a small white crescent patch on it’s forehead. I’ve seen something like that a few years ago when a bear stuck it’s head in a white paint can.The same thing could of happened here? It some how got some white paint on it’s head?
Not sure if it’s natural or man made? At any rate,I’ll be calling this bear “Moon”……..till it wears off at least.
Update -(Sept 30th) After reviewing my shots closely,I’m pretty sure this white is white paint.
“Moon” is around 4 years old or so & a female.She doesn’t know me but did allow me to get close.You can see me in her eye. She has good energy.
Even though it’s late in the season,I constantly meet bears that I’ve never seen before. She was curious as to what kind of animal I was?
Many bears look the same to me.Unless they have a white patch on their chest or scars,I cannot tell who’s who? This 4 year old male was in a recent fight.He got a chunk taken out by a swipe. He’ll be ok but must be in pain. I’m going to cal him “Nick”.
Went down to Grice bay today.Grice bay is several miles east of Tofino.It’s a large shallow bay.So shallow that it almost empties at low tide. You can only get down here at high tide.This fact basically keeps this place free of human activity. I’ve found animals use to boat traffic will tolerate intrusions,but the ones that don’t see very many boats tend to be a skittish group.
These Mergansers took off almost instantly upon my arrival.As well as two eagles.
If I find a good spot for photography,I’ll keep coming back.This introduces me to the locals & they accept me soon enough.Grice is a poor place to practice this for me.I only go out to shoot three hours before sunset.The statistical odds that I’d have a high tide happening during that period is slim. So I drop in from time to time to see whats going on? The Trumpeters also like to Winter down there.
I found these feathers all bunched up together.I think they are from the Common Mergansers? The current was so slow, that they gently floated together downstream!
I call her “Diamond” because of the diamond shaped white patch on her chest.She & I have always gotten along.
I was disappointed today.I couldn’t find one of my eagle friends about! They have all flown the coup for the salmon streams.I’d love to know which streams exactly?
Streams further north spawn sooner & streams further south spawn later.Alaska starts early Summer,while streams down in Washington/Oregon start in October.
Didn’t find any of my bear friends out either,but it was near high tide so I wasn’t too surprised about that.I usually find at least one out & about,but not tonight.
Decided to take a tour around Meares island.Meares is a large local island.It has 60 miles of shore line & 22000 acres of original growth.
Nice trip but not much for wildlife tonight.
This Gull breeds only in the sea of Cortes & than flys north to our area.Clayoquot is the northern limit of their range.
Full moon is this Friday,Sept 16th.
This is a 5 year old (?) female.When I found her,she was happily chewing away on the grasses. Until a Blue Heron close by decided to take off & SQUAWK loudly,which scared her away! I waited out front hoping she would come back out of the forest………..& she did.