E for Eagles.
The thing we look for the most when visiting British Columbia is the eagles. Our favourite place to see them is Goldstream Park in Victoria BC.
This year we were so lucky to see many eagles, perhaps because of the time of year we were visiting. They go to the park because of the salmon run and in mid December there were many salmon dead on the banks of the stream (finished spawning) and the eagles are there to have a feast.
It was a foggy day when we visiting but there were so many eagles in the park. We counted between 20 and 24 of them.
We also spotted an eagle on top of a totem pole on a drive along the waterfront in Victoria. This photo gives you an idea of how tall the totem pole is and at first we wondered if the eagle were carved onto the top of the pole.
We had actually seen an eagle in the same place the first day we went to the lagoon but wasn’t able to get a photo of it. As we were driving there I jokingly said to the grandkids “Watch out for the eagle on top of the totem pole” and to our amazement it was there and this time we were able to stop and get a photo of it.
The great zoom on the Nikon P900 camera showed us it was a real eagle. It has an 83x zoom, which requires a very steady hand, a monopod or tripod.
It was an overcast day but I managed to get some good photos. I have a feeling the eagle didn’t like having its photo taken as he had something to say quite loudly.
At the end of our trip when we stayed in Sidney, BC we were walking by the waterfront and I was taking photos of the lighthouse. Another project I have is to make a display of photos of the various lighthouses we have visited.
It was a damp and foggy day again but the eagle came out pretty good on top of the lighthouse.
We did see lots of eagles flying over while out walking or driving and managed to get the odd photo of them in flight.
Eagles haven’t nested in our home area, the Quinte region in Ontario, for about 70 years but just recently they have been returning and have been spotted at Presqu’ile Provincial Park and in the area. I’ll be hoping to get some photographs of them when we visit the park.
Have a look at some of the other BC birds we have spotted.