20140425-IMG_133420140425-IMG_1340The weather “finally” broke today & I was off like a shot! The tide was perfect for bears too! I went up into Gunner & found a young female right away. She seemed a bit shy,so I played it cool. She was munching away on barnacles. Unfortunately for me,there were some clouds about. A black bear in the shade is not exactly the best way to show them. I like bright warm light to show that fur halo around their head!
She was the only bear home in Gunner Inlet,so I said goodnight & went on over into Fortune Channel to look for more. I found three more but could only get two of them. I had to beach the boat & walk up on land to get closer. They are staying further back from the shore because the fresh Spring sweet grass only grows above the tide line.
This is the time of year I get reacquainted with old friends & meet new ones. I can’t say I remember any of these bears,but will keep a eye out for them?
The sun went in behind Meares Island & that’s always my cue to head back for the harbour sunset. I stopped off briefly to chat with the Daredevil at Tsapee Narrows. Delilah was around as well. The sun was getting low so I continued on into the harbour. I came across a heron silhouetted against the setting sun & couldn’t resist.
I than moved on over to visit with my pal Romeo & his partner Juliette. I took some great shots of them but it turns out you won’t be able to see them ever! I downloaded them & reformatted my camera as usual. Turns out 170 shots were downloaded instead of the 276 I shot! The entire sunset shoot wasn’t downloaded for whatever reason? That really pissed me off! I’ll have to check each time now that the entire shoot was downloaded before I reformat!
It still was a great shoot & even better to find some of my furry friends back out again!

Beach Scenes

I decided to get out today,but didn’t get very far! Once I got downtown & saw that the clouds were going to strangle the light,I turned around & went out to the beach instead.

Frank & Frieda were both perched together in their nest tree. Frank is the one on the right.
The black bird is a Oystercatcher.
Monday looks good for getting out in the boat! Fingers crossed.


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I did see them picking away at the mussels,so they must be called “Musselcatchers” I guess?
They like this rock and I will make it a regular stop on my trip route.
Of course they can only be here at low tide and I can only be there near sunset.So it isn’t available all the time and thus I take advantage of it when I can.

A Parcel of Oystercatchers in Flight

20100930-20100930-IMG_2004There was a Parcel of Oystercatchers on that rock just north of Strawberry Island.( A parcel is the collective noun for Oystercatchers)
I spooked them and they did two laps around me and than settled down. A friend believes that the recent storm we had is responsible for getting so many in one spot.
Cute little guys.

Oystercatcher and Lennard Island Lighthouse

I was out at Chesterman’s and came across this Oystercatcher. I found just the right spot to line up both the catcher and lighthouse together.
I’m always mindful of my background. It’s probably just as important as the subject.
Without either,you have much less .