FORTUNE CHANNEL PERCHING

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I got skunked tonight looking for my furry friends. Didn’t find a one out anywhere.I left Fortune Channel disappointed….& thats when I saw this Blue Heron perched on a rock.I’ve seen it here many times. Must be the resident Heron.

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ROMEO’S BACK!

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I was pleasantly surprised to find Romeo around tonight! During September they go to salmon streams further north.Where further north?…………I haven’t a clue! I think they stay on the island?Anywhere else would be too far. They leave their territory alone for weeks. I’ve seen them come back a few days to check on things ……& than take off again. They just make sure no interloper has moved in. Juliette wasn’t around. Not sure If Romeo will hang around or take off?

CRUISING

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I spotted this fellow a long ways off!(3/4 mile) I could see that he was a bear on a mission.A bear is either staying still eating or cruising. This fellow was cruising. I didn’t recognize him but I think he knew me.He hardly ever looked at me.I just hate when they do that! I need to see the eyes for a half decent shot.

He must of been hot because he only stopped in the shaded areas to eat.

ME & MY SHADOW

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I was very surprised to find a bear on this beach! I have never seen a bear here ever! I found this fellow on Ginnard point (aka  Spittle point) on Meares island. Not only was there a bear here but there was a second bear close by.Because this was a male,I’m going to assume the other was a female & he was hanging around in the area looking for a date.

LIGHTHOUSE SUNSET

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Whenever you see me taking shots of the Lighthouse,It’s because there wasn’t much happened else where! All my eagle friends have flown the coup to the salmon party.Having said that,several friends have told me that they’ve seen eagles.I sure haven’t!

PEGGY & PIGLET

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SUNSET WALK

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A EVENING WALK

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PIGLET & PEGGY

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SHAKING IT OFF

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PERCHED VIGIL

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FISHING GROUNDS

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SEARCHING

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FIGHTING SCARS

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THE CROSSING

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COMMON MERGANSERS

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“LEAH” OUT LOOKING FOR FRESH SALMON!

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“WHO ORDERED THIRTY LARGE PIZZAS WITH EXTRA ANCHOVIES”?

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“BRAVEHEART”

This was originally posted on January 28th,2015.

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January 28th was a clear,calm & cold day. So I decided to head down to the very end of Tofino inlet (Deer bay) to search out Trumpeter Swans.They like these quiet areas. It took about 90 minutes for me to get down there.It’s about 30 klicks to the east of Tofino.

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Sure enough there were some Trumpeters down in Deer bay. After getting a few shots I decided to go further into Deer bay to have my treat! I like to bring something sweet with me.I shut the engine off & enjoy my treat.

As I was heading into Deer bay when I noticed something very odd? I saw a Eagle standing in the water!

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I was perplexed as to why a Eagle would be standing in cold water? The only thing I could think of was that it was injured? If It was injured it would surely be just a matter of time until it died.

I shut the engine off & pulled it up.I poled my way in. It was shallow & the tide was coming in.The eagle wasn’t even acknowledging my presence! It just kept staring ahead ignoring me.I talked gently to it for awhile to let it know that I was not a threat. I did this for 15 minutes or so. Obviously animals cannot understand english but they can understand tone,pitch, loudness………& thus intent.

I mentioned at one point that it had better get out of the cold water as the tide was coming in & that it would get hypothermic! As soon as I did that,it opened it’s powerful wings up & began to walk/swim to a near by log! I noticed as it lifted it’s right talon that it had something? I first thought it was a fish but it turned out to be a bird! A female Hooded Merganser to be precise!

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I was amazed at this sight & also my great luck! Eagles do not have retractable talons like a cat. They have to have something solid to push against to extract them.

It shook off the water & began to pluck the hapless Merganser wildly! Feathers & down were flying everywhere!

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After a few minutes of plucking,it began to feast! It must of ate for 10 minutes!

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By this time I was clicking away madly!

It stopped eating, looked up at me & began to sing! There was no wind so the serenade was echoing off the surrounding mountains! The sound & moment raised the hairs on my neck! I think it was a victory song. Many times a eagle will begin to sing after making a kill.Singing “What a jolly good fellow I am” I’m sure! I would also like to think it was a thank you song to me,for not taking it’s prize!

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Notice in the above shot the nictitating eye lid.It a semi transparent thin membrane that closes from front to back.It protects & cleans the eye.

After singing for a few minutes,It grabbed the leftovers & flew off down the inlet!

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I yelled out “THANK YOU” & began to review the shots.I was busy there for 5 minutes or so when I heard the very distinctive sound of a pair of wings getting closer. I looked up & saw that it was flying back towards me! It went straight past me,chirped & promptly disappeared up Tofino creek!

To me this whole event was remarkable! I see my eagle friends on a daily basis for many years.So they get use to me & understand that I am not a threat! As a result, I can get close to them.

The amazing thing for me was that I’ve never met this eagle before! Because this eagle showed remarkable courage, I am calling it “Braveheart”!

One of my more memorable experiences!

GOING OUT ON A LIMB!

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Tonights shoot was a direct reverse of my last one.With the last one (Tuesday) I got no bears & one eagle.Tonight I got one bear & no eagle!

Realizing that Romeo was gone tonight made me sad.Of course he’ll be back in awhile(?).Once the eaglets are fully fledged & fly off,both of the parents go on a well deserved vacation! They fly further north to the salmon bearing streams.I say “north” because our streams have not yet started but the streams further north have.The streams in Alaska started a month ago & the streams south of Tofino in Washington State start later than ours.There is a natural time progression from the far north to the south. So I “assume” they have flown further north? I would just love to find out where my fine feathered friends actually go,but alas can only speculate.

I now have no eagle friends about.They have all gone to the salmon party to dance & be merry! I shall wait patiently for their return.

This bear (young female) was eating some barnacles at the bottom of this downed tree.In hindsight I shot this poorly.I should of gone to the south & gotten as close to shore as I could & shot northward.By doing this I would of gotten a far better perspective! It would of shown the tree in profile going into the water with the bear at the very end & a great background in behind! Being able to figure these things out in a matter of seconds is perhaps the greatest challenge I face on a regular basis!

“NOW YOU SEE ME……. NOW YOU DON’T”!

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SUNSET PADDLE

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BIRDS OF A FEATHER?

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I was able to get out tonight but the tide was conspiring against me as it was high.Whenever the tide is high,the bear numbers are low. I went up into Fortune looking for any of my furry friends,but alas,could not find any.I wasn’t shocked & expected that.One never knows unless one goes & checks! I almost always find at least one roaming about,but not tonight.

There was a persistent cloud stream coming in from the west that partially snuffed the light. The sun did come out right near sunset for about 15 minutes.

I found these birds on a rock on the north side of Strawberry island.

TAKING OFF

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LOGAN

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ROMEO ARRIVING

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ROMEO’S SUNSET

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COMING BACK IN

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ONE HANDSOME FELLOW!

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PEGGY & PIGLET CRUISING

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ROMEO’S SUNSET

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WATCHFUL

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HANGING WITH FRIENDS

WATER OUZEL

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PEGGY & PIGLET

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The only two bears I found tonight were Peggy & Piglet………….I lucked out! I swear Piglet is getting bigger by the day! They were heading around a point of land into what is locally called “Big bay”.The light was perfect but they were walking towards the east which meant that only their butts were in sunshine,while their faces were in shade.I knew that once they went around that corner they’d be in total shade.Once they crossed over into the shade I simply left them & went across the bay to wait for them to come around into the sunshine again. The tide was coming in so I had no fear of being stuck in the shallows.Bear watching boats stay away from this area as it’s too shallow.I can get in close to shore.I leave the engine down while drifting in.The skag on the bottom of the engine catches the bottom & anchors me there.There was some wind so I wanted to stay away from the rocks.The skag keeps me away from the barnacle encrusted rocks & me getting any air leaks.

I watched as they “slowly” made their way around to me.I was reviewing my shots & looking over occasionally to see their progression towards me. I was disappointed to look up when they were close to coming out of the shade & not find them anywhere! They had gone into the forest.I preyed that they were simply beyond my sight eating berries along the forests edge………..& they were.They came into sight 10 minutes later & were heading straight towards me.Piglet was constantly playing.She likes to pretend that theres a threat somewhere which makes Peggy alert! She’ll bound off into the forest to safety! Of course there isn’t any danger but I suspect she enjoys practicing making a tempest in a tea pot!

Spending time with them both always brings a smile to my face! Watching them interact,talk & eat the crabs is so amusing!

PIGLET HIDING

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Notice her left ear bent backwards.A sure sign she’s playing in the tall grass.

PEGGY & PIGLET “THINK” THEY SEE TROUBLE!

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Piglet likes to stand up.She knows she can control her mother by doing this.She pretends that she sees a threat down the shore line,stands up & whines……which gets Peggy’s attention! Of course there wasn’t a threat but Piglet enjoys pretending anyways!

PIGLET

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PEGGY

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Peggy is such a good mother!She’s so attentive & loving!

MOON WATCH

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I originally thought this was “Delilah” but now am questioning that? This eagle seems to act differently than her. It could still be her of course but she’s doing things differently & The Daredevil isn’t around at all!

I’ll keep watching.

BEING INTERRUPTED

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I was visiting Romeo (Juliette was over on the nest).I called him over & he flew towards me.When I took the shots of Romeo I noticed that a Jet Skier was coming in fast in behind him. The Jet skier told me that he thought I was calling him over! I didn’t explain & just waved him off.

Romeo’s shot was photo bombed!

DELILAH IS BACK!

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Because I am not out watching my eagle friends all the time,they do things that I do not know about? Having said that,nobody knows more about what they are doing than me.

So for the last 3 months I haven’t seen either “The Daredevil” or his partner “Delilah”! I haven’t a clue where they went or why? They live about a mile east of Tofino in Tsapee Narrows on Eik islet.  

I haven’t seen them on their nest island or on any of their favourite perching trees? I’ve noticed flocks of birds (Crows,Gulls) perched on their nest island.That would never happen if they were there! Nothing comes close to the nest while nesting is going on.All eaglets by August are usually fully fledged.True their nest is hidden,but I still should of seen some sort of activity!

After the eaglets are fully fledged & fly the coup,both adults usually fly north to their favourite salmon streams.The salmon runs start sooner the further north you go. Another wish of mine……….to know where they go exactly? I don’t think a GPS unit could be attached without affecting the flight.

Having said all that,Delilah turns up last night after being MIA for three months! The Daredevil still hasn’t shown up however? She treated me like a stranger.

Eagles are a strange lot sometimes.

MOON LUANCH

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TOUCH & GO

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“PEGGY” PURRING!

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This is  “Peggy” & “Piglet” on April 22nd.”Piglet” was much smaller than as you know.Recently I managed to get close enough to record Peggy feeding Piglet.I couldn’t see them,they were just inside the forests edge.I recorded it on my Go Pro.I sent the file to an acoustic engineer.He isolated Peggy’s purring/cooing.There isn’t much to listen to but what there is,is absolutely amazing!

 

 

LEAP OF FAITH

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Sometimes during the summer,a few jump off the first st. dock to cool down!

MR.GRUMPY PANTS

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I went out tonight knowing that the high tide would be happening around the same time.Finding bears is far better at low tide than high.They can access the beach better.They turn over the rocks for the baby crab hiding underneath! A tasty treat for all bears! I believe the crab makes their fur shine!

Well,I went up into Fortune Channel tonight looking for bears, knowing full well I probably wouldn’t find any. I did my first pass to the north along the eastern shore with no luck.I turned & headed southward to do my 2nd pass.I spotted a bear in Big bay & chuckled.I figured it was Peggy & Piglet! That’s the same area I’ve been finding them in over the last week.

However,I only saw one bear & it was cruising,not stopping to eat.I realized it couldn’t be Peggy & Piglet.I wondered who it was? I went ahead a few hundred feet & waited with my engine off.There was a downed tree across the beach between me & the advancing bear.I knew it had to come through that tree to get to the other side.I continued to wait.The bear wasn’t coming through as I thought? Than I heard it breathing! It was hiding in the shade of that downed tree!.It must of seen me,dam.It was watching me from cover under that downed tree.I waited about 5 minutes or so before it decided enough is enough.It came out & walked into the forest all the while “mouth chomping”.I bet most of you have never heard of a bear doing that.He was telling my to F_ _ _ Off!.

Now the vast majority of bears are fine,but occasionally I come across one that prefers to be left alone.Which is fine but the problem is they all look the same at a distance & by the time you get close enough to find out who’s who ,it’s too late…..& he gets his nickers in a knot.

I’ve looked at this shot closer but cannot tell any distinguishing features? If I could tell which bear it is,I wouldn’t approach it anymore but unfortunately it’s nondescript.

I’ve run into this bear several times before & it always does the same thing. The only thing that distinguishes this bear from all the others is it’s pattern of always walking away into the forest! I will never get good shots of this bear.Which is fine.Each bear has a unique personality,just like humans.This one for whatever reason doesn’t want any company?

So,I’m going to call him “Mr.Grumpy Pants”.

HERON ECLIPSE

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ROMEO PERCHING

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MY BUDDY ROMEO

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