Because of the strong NW wind,he seemed to almost hang in the air!
This Gull was pestering Romeo.
It doesn’t look like it but the wind was blowing strongly! I can never keep my position!
I do not know this Eagle? Which explains why she was high tailing it out of there!
The Trumpeters have arrived from their summer feeding grounds up in the Yukon! The Bears and Trumpeters tag team each other! One arrives and the other goes to bed!
The Fall storms have started! If you’re a big storm watcher…..get your butt over here and you better bring your Tofino Tuxedo!
We have biblical rain at the moment with no end in sight! So if we submerge at least you’ll know where I’ll be floating!
Imagine that all of this is caused by the sun! The sun heats our atmosphere up creating huge wind storms!
All light is composed of little bundles of energy called “Photons”. Our orbit is roughly about 93 million miles from the sun. It takes a single photon about 500 seconds to get from the sun to earth. That photon hits your cheek and so you feel the warmth of that energy! That energy heats up the earth’s atmosphere which causes movement! That movement is transferred into the ocean. The ocean is in motion!
Question?…….If it takes 500 seconds for light to get to Earth, how long do you think it takes for that photon to get from where it was created (centre of the sun) to the sun’s surface?
Now,that’s a bit of a trick question,because I haven’t read anywhere two single sources agreeing on the amount of time? So the answer is somewhere between 5000 and 100,000 years!
Incredible to ponder to be honest! Imagine the next time your out in the sun and you feel the warmth of the sun. That energy was created long before everything in human history had happened and than some!
Also, consider this……….when that particle leaves the sun’s surface it has to go through the corona (the sun’s atmosphere) which for some strange reason is much hotter than the surface?
One day (maybe 5 billion years?) the sun’s fuel will begin to run out and the sun will begin to expand! It will expand so large that it will consume all of the planets!
I’d call that a bad day in the hood.
Many of you will remember me talking about how the last few years the salmon runs have been poor. It now appears to have gotten “real”!
It was reported on the news last night (Provincially) that 12 bears have been shot in the Tofino and Ucluelet areas! The link says 11 but you can add another one to that total!
Nobody spends more time with Bears than me.This is what I suspect is going on…………Bears need to store up on fat reserves before they den. If a bear does not get enough “fat” built up,they can die during denning?
Because the streams have been bad for the last three years in a row,”I suspect” they have started looking elsewhere? Which means some of them have migrated into our small towns in search of food. Human food has a high fat content!
Conservation Officers have never seen such a high number of bears coming into both towns before? Twelve of them had to be shot as a result!
So because humans have raped the oceans by overfishing,one of the side effects of poor salmon runs is that bears are being shot dead!
We take their food,…….they go looking for other food …….and we greet them with a 12 gauge.
My furry friends do not understand what is going on? All they want to do is get something to eat before they go to bed. This makes me profoundly sad to report this.
DOES WHATEVER A SPIDER-BEAR CAN
CATCHES FISH JUST LIKE FLIES
HERE COMES THE SPIDER-BEAR
Apologizes to Bob Harris and Paul Webster who wrote the Spiderman song.
With Halloween coming I thought this video might be of interest! Actually both Linda and Babsje suggested I use it for Halloween.
We set one night aside each year where we try to scare ourselves silly. Of course it’s all in fun and there is no danger actually lurking. However, the salmon who escaped this bears clutches would beg to differ! The thing I love about this video is that I did nothing to set this up. I didn’t put that web there or tell this bear to come along at just the right moment! Because the sun had set,It was dark enough for the bear to trigger the Infra- red lights to come on!
Trust me, If you had been here when this was going on you’d be truly scared!
This Blue Heron was perched on Romeo’s spot,which I guess is fine for most of the time but not when company comes over for a visit………namely me!
There was a Floatplane accident this afternoon. It involved a Floatplane (Beaver) from Tofino Air. It appears the plane was coming in for a landing when It was struck by a boat! This is the first time I have ever heard of anything like this happening and I’ve been flying on floatplanes now for 40 years!
My sister in law came all the way out from Ontario to visit me. She had her sister and friends with her. They were the ones on board when this happened. Nobody was hurt but they did submerge and get hypothermic. She lost all her electronics as well.
I took video and stills of the plane being loaded onto a barge. Now the investigation begins to find out why this happened?
Bears will patrol the shallows of a river looking for exhausted salmon. This bear found one but the salmon appears to have more life in it still!
Many times they will wade into the stream. Like a dog flushing a Grouse,they hope to spook a salmon!
If they hear water splashing,they stop to see If It’s a salmon?
Bears will walk along the river bank looking for dead salmon. They are much easier to catch than the live ones. They have favorite spots they like to check for dead salmon.
The Harbour Seals catch some salmon,chow down and then lay in the sun! What a life!
This most likely is Ernie enjoying the sunset.
I came across a male Stellar Sea Lion. He was here for the food……namely Salmon! They eat anywhere between 10 to 50 pounds of salmon each day!
I’ve decided to call him “Big Ben”…………because he weighs in at 2000 pounds!
I found this male Eagle eating a freshly caught salmon! Looks like a male Chum.
The Harbour Seals all hang out together on Rankin rocks. No ground predators! They love laying in the sun! They have all come for the salmon festival!
I went down the inlet to check on the salmon run? When the Harbour Seals arrive with bibs on,you know the salmon can’t be too far behind!
Walter took off like the man of Steel himself! One thing about Blue Herons is that they are very beautiful but very squawky! They always sound pissed off! Kingfishers and Stellar jays belong to the squawky club as well!
I promised Annette that the first cub I saw this year I would name after her. So her you are Annette. I wanted to get closer but there was 200 meters of mudflats between the bears and me.
The cub was trying to overturn a large rock to get at tasty crabs!
It’s hard to see but there is a Blue Heron in the top shot.
I’d like to thank everyone who took the time to submit a name for Romeo and Juliette’s newest family member first of all! So many of you sent in your suggestions and I certainly appreciate the great effort!
Some were very creative names as well! I was originally thinking along the lines of keeping the name Shakespearian. I threw out a few names myself and a good friend reminded me that one of them I had already used years ago………..Horatio.
So I rejected that and decided to stay out of the arena to be unbiased.
I’d like to list all of the great suggestions first of all………..
Geri Peterson “Toupee”
Pure Glory “Ace”
Audrey Driscoll “Julius,Hamlet or Merlin”
Emma Cownie “Tybalt”
Terri Webster “Escalus”
Jacquie Biggar “Jasper”
Linda Schaub “Bandit”
Michael “Frank Walter”
Cathy “Mercutio or Tybalt”
So we have 19 names to choose from. I narrowed it down to three names,Ace,Max and Bandit.
I liked Max but remembered I’ve named a few bears Max and want this name to be a new one. I liked Bandit because that’s exactly the way he was behaving,but I wouldn’t want him to regret his youthful indulgence when he’s older. So I think “ACE” is the winner in my books. I like the simplicity of a single syllable and I have never used that name before……………I think?
So, because you all chose such great names, I have decided to send you all a picture of Ace and thank you for participating in the very first Name Game!
I envision the next Name Game being for a Bear cub!
Thank you to everyone who sent in a name!
This is the molting season for eagles,actually most birds as it’s the hottest. Check out his tail feathers?
I noticed on the Satellite feed smoke moving up from Washington State forest fires. I knew the sunset would be great,so I headed out for a sunset shoot. Couldn’t find anybody around except my Eagle friends. Heat makes all animals lazy……including humans!
I was pleasantly surprised to see Romeo and Juliette’s latest offspring! It’s hard to tell but I suspect it’s male? He flew over and promptly took the fish Romeo was eating! Romeo didn’t seem to mind.
So the game is whoever comes up with the best name for this male eagle will get a picture of him!
Romeo came along just as the “Go Getter” tug was passing by. You can see the leading edge of the barge in behind.
The forest fires in Washington State produced enough smoke that the sun went pinkish orange.
This is the moment I was waiting for (with Romeo)……….but a interloping eagle from a northern territory decided to invade and trespass! Which made both Romeo and Juliette take off in hot pursuit to intercept!
Eagles guard their territories to the death! I’ve seen this eagle flying into Romeo/Juliette’s territory many times. I suspect Eagles are constantly testing neighbouring boundaries? One day, there may not be any eagles to intercept …… and they now own the territory!
I saw Juliette coming back but not Romeo. He probably perched in a tree close by to the interloper and just stared at him. At any rate, just when I wanted Romeo to be around he was busy elsewhere taking care of business.
The camera didn’t record the light colour accurately. The true colour can be seen in the waters reflection. It was a pinkish orange.
I ran into a friend who drives Bear Watching boats the other day. He was in a hurry as he had a boat load waiting for him so I couldn’t chat too much. He’s out there far more than I am,so has a good idea of whats going on. So I quickly asked him how this years cub count was? He told me he hadn’t seen a single one!
I found that alarming! I suspect I know why? The last two years we’ve had poor salmon returns. When the female doesn’t get enough protein she will not get pregnant. It’s Natures way of controlling the numbers. Last thing you want to do is have more mouths to feed when the cupboards are bare!
Why are there fewer salmon…………us. Far too many salmon are being harvested out in the ocean. They don’t get a chance to return. It’s that simple.
So because we are raping the oceans the effects of that action trickle down. One of the effects is that fewer cubs are being born this year (and last).
Having said that I ran into another friend a few days later and without me asking she told me she saw a Sow with two cubs playing on her property down by the water! The cubs were smaller than normal but I suspect that was because of the mother being smaller than normal. Probably her first cubs?
Another effect of fewer salmon is that the Southern resident Orca’s are starving! A beloved Orca K-21 (Cappuccino) has gone missing and is suspected to of passed. Now having said that his death is suspected to be more old age than loss of salmon. There are very few Southern Residents to begin with. (74)
I like this shot because it shows both the eagle and moon in good light.
A rainstorm had come through ruining my friends do.
Even though the moon’s contrast is pretty good,the sun has set snuffing the eagles colours.