This most likely is Ernie enjoying the sunset.
Its been 22 days since I last went out on one of my evening shoots. The weather has been poor over January,but thats to be expected this time of year. January has more raincoats than sunglasses.
So it was great to get out and visit with my fine feathered friends! I visited “The Daredevil”,Maggie and Romeo. I saw Juliette looking on from a distance but she’s always been a tad distant. They each seemed to be their chirppy happy selves!
Ernie was having a snack when I came by. I always look for them on this rock because of the great background!
Ernie & Ethel have the best seat in the harbour! Their nest tree is on Strawberry island, specifically the NE corner. Their favourite place to perch is on this tree. Eagles always want the highest spot so they can see whats going on around them.
Those mountains in background are in Strathcona Park over 22 miles away.I used my large focal length lens to shoot these. Longer focal lengths bring the background seemingly closer.(compression)
Notice that mist layer in the first shot. That mist forms because of warmer moist air coming off of the ocean. The warmer air rises, chills & condenses due to the small glacier laying underneath. The soft pinkish colour is perfect but lasts only a few minutes.
Ethel was perched on the ramp of a barge.You can see Ernie perched on top of Strawberry island in the background.
When Maggie Girl took off,she inadvertently spooked a Gull close to her.It thought she wanted some “take out KFC”!
I was so happy to find my feathered girlfriend “Maggie” back! I haven’t a clue where she’s been?I saw her partner “Moe” as well.I know it was him as he was so standoffish.
“Maggie” seemed to be looking at me & wondering why I was worried about her not being around!
We had 4 hours of sunshine today. I had been watching the next Frontal system moving in on the satellite site. So I knew the sunset was snuffed. No point in going out in my boat or out to the beach.So I rode down the road to see if either Ernie or Ethel was hanging around on their Strawberry island perch? Sure enough,one of them was!
I found Ernie & Ethel sitting side by side! I don’t see them doing that very often.It’s mating season so they tend to hang out a lot together.So much so that when Ethel took off,Ernie joined her seconds later!
as well as good health to each of you! Health above all!
Wasn’t able to get out today,so I went down to see if either Ernie or Ethel were on their favorite perch? Nobody was home when I arrived but decided to wait. Sure enough one of them came by. It was Ethel taking over the best seat in the house! Glad she came by to say hi.
They normally sing to greet each other,but Ethel was no where to be found?
Ernie had taken off & all I could do was hang around waiting for him or Ethel to come back? I waited for almost a hour wondering if he would ever come back? The light was great too! I loved the soft pink on the snow!
Ernie finally showed up with his lovely Ethel too!
Notice how much the light had changed ?It was only a minute later!