I went camping last week. I like to camp in Tranquil valley. Each Winter a ballet of Trumpeters stays in Tranquil. They are not like their city cousins who allow people to get close.Just the opposite,they never allow anyone to get close to them!
Forget about your “Punxsutawney Phil’s” and alike for predicting when Spring is going to arrive! Its all Hollywood show and just entertainment. If you really want to know when Spring is around the corner just watch when the Trumpeters leave!
Animals are far more in tune with Mother Natures cycles than we clueless humans are! With the Trumpeters gone from Tranquil Spring is close……..maybe 3 weeks away folks! (for this area)
Now………having said that,the Trumpeters near Tsapee Narrows (K-18/19) are still around. There are 8 in their ballet. I stopped to glass them and was around 1/2 mile away from them. They know me well! I have a distinctive white coloured boat. Even being 1/2 mile away they began to raise the alarm! They have a small spot of land they like. They began to waddle into the water and soon took to flight!
They’ll be leaving soon,I suspect this week. Next Winter I am going to put a trail camera down there to record their daily activities. I did go to this spot to collect some feathers however. They never seem to leave me any large feathers,just small ones.
Today had too much cloud for me to go out,so I decided not to. I didn’t want to waste the day however & decided to go down to the camp site to do some work instead!
Took my tools with me & went down there. Did some work but my chainsaw needed sharpening,so I called it quits & came back. I have to pass through Tsapee Narrows on the way back,so I thought a few shots were in order just to show you why I wasn’t doing my normal routine.
The coastal cloud moved in & stayed put. I personally can’t get too excited over shots like this. There has to be a happy balance of cloud & sun. Too much of either & it turns out less than it could be.
Found these guys paddling westward towards Tofino. They were in Tsapee Narrows. First time I’ve seen kayaks in there.
I didn’t have the time to make it into town to be with Romeo & Juliette for sunset,so I stopped & took a few shots at Tsapee Narrows! It was a rare calm moment in Tsapee! Maybe one day out of a hundred will be like this!
The island on the right is where the “Daredevil & Delilah” have their nest tree.
He had no problem grabbing this fish.
I had a shutter speed of 1/1600th. Thats fast enough to freeze even these guys.
Moe missed this fish and went to bed hungry,I assume.
I’ve started under exposing my shots and find that the whites have better structure to them! Specifically the head and tail feathers.
A matured eagle can lift about 4 lbs, and yes that’s about the same weight of your kitty or small dog! I haven’t heard of a eagle grabbing one however!
As long as they have a good steady supply of food,I doubt if they would take “Fluffy”!
This shot shows how they do at times lean back on their Tail feathers and skim across the water on them! The tail can be used as a way of feeling and controlling the distance to the waters surface when they are coming in.
This is the last of a single sequence I was able to shoot of the Daredevil grabbing a fish.
This sequence proves why he is one of my favorites!
Sometimes their wing beat is the same frequency as my shutter! So what happens is that all the shots have the wings in the exact same position,which is fine,but if you start your sequence when the wing is covering his face. All the rest of them will be the same! Your screwed basically!
It doesn’t happen very often,but I have had it happen occasionally.
I always like it when they look off to the right or left of the camera side.
The Daredevil got a fish at Sunset. When I was on my way down the inlet,he came off a tree to my left and flew over top of me ! I would like to think that it’s way of saying hello!
He’s such a curious Eagle! ( and smart!)
This is the first in a sequence of 6 shots of him grabbing a fish.
This is the Daredevil and for some reason he hopped up and came back down onto the fish it got! Maybe the fish flipped and scared him?? The talons look great and so does the pose!
I caught her back lite with the setting sun. You can only get away with this kind of shot when there are clouds to the west to diffuse the sun.
I love the pose and got only one shot off. Better than nothing,which happens more often than you think!
You can see how the tail acts as a protection device against going into the water at high speed. They hydroplane across the water & bounce off of it.
It looks like this Crow was hanging around and hoping that the Daredevil would leave it some salmon scraps?
The wind is almost always coming from the west in the summer and this works excellent for taking shots of these guys. They are always heading into the sun!
The Atlin Post came through Tsappee narrows and was heading back to Tofino at Sunset.
The wind was up just enough to rough up the water surface.
You can see that the wind was blowing. They always come at their prey from down wind. They can use the resistance of the wind to their advantage . They can move quicker and more accurately!
This is a rare shot!
They almost always fly beside you and never at you! The only reason why the Daredevil is doing this,is because he trusts me. I also was using my 300mm.
The light had good contrast strength and as a result good detail on his chest.