Maggie was outside her territory in this sequence. She was met by another eagle who objected to her presence! The interlopers are usually escorted to the door.
We are in the middle of a heat wave right now. Being by the ocean,our temperatures do not get extremely hot. I personally like cooler temperatures! I have no windshield on my boat,so in the winter it does get very cold sometimes,but in the summer time,it’s a relief!
Headed out right at low tide,so I knew I’d find some bears for sure! Found Scamp in 2nd bay as per normal as well as a second bear! I soon realized this second larger bear was the one who attacked Scamp a few days ago! I believe this bear must of been Scamp’s mother. She’s trying to cut the umbilical cord with Scamp. She wants him to survive & so he must find his own way in the world!
They both were walking/eating (overturning rocks for baby crabs) in the same direction. After awhile Scamp’s mother stopped overturning rocks & slowly continued to walk towards Scamp. Scamp was very aware of his Maw & what she was trying to do. She was trying to get within striking distance! Scamp saw her getting closer & would have none of this! He hurried further northward & later into the forest cover.
Scamp’s mother moved further back from the shore into some tall grass,so I said goodnight to her & thanked her.
I went further north along Fortune Channel’s shore. I found a bear in tall grass but couldn’t get a clear shot. It was on a thin bridge of land joining a island. So I went around the island to get a better perspective.(reverse angle). I went up on land & thats when I realized there was a second smaller bear with it. A Sow & cub! I backed off & got back in my boat. I do not like disturbing a mother & cub. Walking around on land “can” disturb them,but from the water they are far more tolerant!
I took some silhouettes of them & than once again,went around the island where I was originally to get better angle. This Sow appears to know me from previous years. It’s so hard for me to remember them all! Only if they have a physical marker,can I remember them. A nick out of their ear,a scar across their nose etc.
The cub seemed to accept me,so I set about to get some good shots of them both in excellent light! I realized by this time that the sun was low & I normally would of been gone by now but didn’t want to leave with such beautiful conditions & subjects to work with!
I’m calling the Sow “Sally” & the cub “Shorty”. Sally walked further away from me into the shade of the island,so I called it quits. I needed to get back before loosing the light. I knew there was no way I was going to be able to make it back into the harbour for sunset,so I did the next best thing & stayed at Tsapee narrows with the Daredevil & Delilah! The moon was absolutely frigging perfect! I wait all month for these moments! The moon had perfect contrast & was low enough to be able to get both eagles in front of it!
This where I wish I had a bigger lens to get closer? Stayed with my two feathered friends for awhile & than headed back in. By this time the sun had set & there was some afterglow going on,but nothing to write home about.
Coming across Sally & Shorty made my night! Look forward to seeing them both again!