RENDEZVOUS SPOT (aka “ROMEO’S” THRONE)
When I go out on a normal shoot,I always preplan my route. No matter what route I take,I always end up in the same spot…..visiting Romeo & Juliette.They are out in Tofino’s harbour area.They do have a nest on Deadman island but use Beck island as their main nesting area.Beck island is small.Maybe 250 meters at best.They put their nest on the NW corner of Beck. They have the best real-estate in the harbour. The marine highway goes right by their Deadman island nest.It narrows right in front of the island forcing the boats close to the island.Many fisherman coming back in pass right in front.They sometimes stop & throw them a spare fish. Romeo & Juliette consider themselves the King & Queen of Tofino’s harbour!
Romeo & I play a game. I try to sneak up & beat him to this rocky islet.It has no name but I call it his “Throne”. He always looks so regal perched upon it.
I almost always come from the backside of Stone island.Once I clear the cover of Stone island…… I’m visible & the race is on! I watch for him to take off from either Beck or Deadman island. He flies over to greet me. He’ll fly straight right over to me,circle in behind & glide right past me at a very fast speed to his throne. To date,I’ve never beaten him! He moves much faster than my boat ( 17 knots) & he’s not even flapping his wings!………….he’s only gliding!
When I arrive,I sit in front of him (about 30 feet away) & just talk to him. I ask him how his day has been & whatever comes to mind. If It’s during nesting season,I ask how the new eaglet is doing? Basically,I just talk to him about this & that.He doesn’t say much.He does sing from time to time ! Mostly because Juliette is about to arrive. It’s a welcoming song for her,not me.
He does actually listen! He sometimes cocks his head while staring at me in such an inquisitive manner. He also likes to look down at his talons a lot for some reason? Such a silly bird sometimes.I always love visiting my feathered friend.No matter how I feel he always makes my spirit soar when I see him flying over to greet me!
I’ve known Romeo & Juliette now for about 10 years. They both are very special to me!