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Salt Spring Island and Southern Gulf Islands in B.C.

Post by elle » Fri Mar 30, 2018 12:23 pm

This new thread is for pictures and observations of Bald Eagles and other wildlife on the Gulf Islands between Vancouver Island and the Mainland of BC. These are Salt Spring Island, Pender, Mayne, Saturna and Galiano Islands.
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Re: Salt Spring Island and Southern Gulf Islands in B.C.

Post by elle » Fri Mar 30, 2018 2:04 pm

Here is a video of a Bald Eagle feeding frenzy at Georgina Point on Mayne Island on March 28-2018. I presume there were herring running. Some of the eagles were actually diving in, submerging themselves, and coming back up again. There were juvies and adults. It was wonderful to see the juvies doing so well on their own.

Herring feed at Georgina Point, Mayne Island


And some stills
Bald Eagle feeding frenzy Mayne Island Mar 28-2018.jpg
Bald Eagle herring feed Mayne Island Mar 28-2018.jpg
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Post by elle » Fri Mar 30, 2018 2:08 pm

More pictures of Adults and Juveniles at Georgina Point on Mayne Island. Taken March 28-2018.
Adult and juvie taking a rest from the feeding
Adult Bald Eagle and juvie perched together Mayne Island BC March 28-2018.jpg
Beautiful juvie ( 3 yr old?) drying off
Bald Eagle juvie drying off Mayne Island BC Mar 28-2018.jpg
Checking us out
Juvenile Bald drying off Mayne Island Mar 28-2018.jpg
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Post by elle » Fri Mar 30, 2018 2:10 pm

A really young one
Juvie Bald eagle at Georgina Point Mayne Island March 28-2018.jpg
I love the colouration on this one
Juvenile Bald Eagle Mayne Island BC March 28-2018.jpg
Juvie at Georgina Pt Mayne Island Mar 28-2018.jpg
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Post by elle » Fri Mar 30, 2018 2:12 pm

Close ups
Juvenile Bald Eagle Mayne Island March 28-2018.jpg
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Post by stim » Sun Apr 01, 2018 8:31 am

I've never seen eagles go down over the water in groups like that before Lynda! What a marvellous video, accompanied by some great photos. Thank you!

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Post by elle » Sun Apr 01, 2018 10:30 am

Thanks Sandra. I don't know if this is a regular occurrence at Georgina Point or if we just timed it right. It is a spot where Orca are often spotted and that is what we were hoping for but got a Bald Eagle treat instead. And Sea Lions.
We have never seen eagles dive into the water and submerge like that. We were actually afraid for them because of the obvious current/rapids but they were incredibly strong and it was great to see the juveniles doing so well too.

Sea Lion
Sea Lion at Georgina Pt Mayne Island March 28-2018.jpg
And the object of attraction for the 2 juvies we spotted first in a wee cove next to the point.
This is visceral. A seal carcass.
Seal carcass Georgina Point March 28-2018.jpg
I have also never seen so many Pileated Woodpeckers. They were all over the island.
Pileated Woodpecker Mayne Island March 28-2018.jpg
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Post by sassyk » Thu Apr 05, 2018 9:29 am

Very nice photos elle and I enjoyed your video. You were treated to a wonderful assortment of eagles of various ages :thumlft:
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Post by elle » Sat Apr 28, 2018 10:29 am

Ian and I did a day trip to Galiano Island on Apr 24 . There is an active Bald Eagle nest near the ferry terminal at Sturdies Bay
Galiano Island occupied Bald Eagle nest Apr 24-2018.jpg
We also saw a Bald eagle after a hike down to Cable Bay and then another at Pebble Beach.
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Post by elle » Sat Apr 28, 2018 10:36 am

The eagle at Pebble Beach flew out across the water toward Vancouver and came back with a large fish! He/she went a long way to get it. Amazing to witness.
Galiano Island- Bald Eagle nabs a fish Apr 24-2018.jpg
We had a close encounter with an otter who ran across the beach and into the water right next to us and we saw very large Sealion cruise by as well as a curious seal that kept us company but we missed the photo ops. :(

While waiting for the ferry there were a group of ducks in the bay. I believe this might be a Barrow's Goldeneye.
Galiano Island Barrow's Goldeneye Apr 24-2018.jpg
This is ferry we took going to Galiano but had a smaller one coming back. Had to take a picture because it is called the Salish Eagle.
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Re: Salt Spring Island and Southern Gulf Islands in B.C.

Post by Marg » Sat Apr 28, 2018 3:20 pm

Have enjoyed your new thread elle, great collection of pictures!
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Post by elle » Sat Apr 28, 2018 6:17 pm

Thanks so much Marg. Ian and I are enjoying our Gulf Island getaways with and without a car depending on how far afield we may or may not want to go.
Sunshine Coast is on the radar! I have only been once and Ian has never been. Ian and I both feel the need and desire to take advantage of our local vacation opportunities right now. It is a lovely thing to do in the Spring and we are enjoying it.
More to come.
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Re: Salt Spring Island and Southern Gulf Islands in B.C.

Post by elle » Mon May 21, 2018 3:14 pm

Galiano Island Bald Eagle nest at Sturdies Bay definitely has at least one eaglet. These pictures were taken from the ferry on May 17, 2018 .
Galiano Island Bald Eagle nest May 17-2018.jpg
One eaglet visible in this one. Looks quite young still.
Bald eagle nest Galiano Island May 17-2018.jpg
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Post by elle » Mon May 21, 2018 3:22 pm

Saturna Island.
Bald Eagle at Breezy Bay. There is a nest that we could see from the ferry but it was back lit and the pictures were lousy. But it did look like there were 2 eaglets in the nest.
Breezy Bay Bald eagle resized.jpg
Juvenile Bald Eagle on the beach along East Point Rd.
Juvenile Bald Eagle East Point Rd May 17-2018.jpg
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Post by elle » Mon May 21, 2018 3:26 pm

This clump of trees at the entrance to Active Pass had at least 15 Bald Eagles perched in them and some on the ground too.
Bald Eagle tree - count 12- 15 May 17-2018.jpg
Bald eagles at Active Pass May 17-2018.jpg
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Re: Salt Spring Island and Southern Gulf Islands in B.C.

Post by sassyk » Thu Sep 26, 2019 1:29 am

This thread in no longer active and has been locked. If you have observations and photos of wildlife in these areas that you would like to share they can be posted on the Southern Vancouver Island and Gulf Islands Wildlife thread here.
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