Cowichan Bay Estuary, Duncan BC
The salmon are still running so I made a trip up to Cowichan Bay to see if I would have better luck at finding some eagles. Early morning traffic was light as I raced the sun up and over the Malahat, fighting the urge to stop at the summit and shoot the brightening sky.
Never having shot in Cowichan Bay before I was equipped with nothing more than Google Maps Satellite view and the knowledge that there was lots of wildlife up there due to all the salmon.
Circling the bay I decided to turn down Westcan Terminal Rd which juts out into the middle of the estuary and has a packing plant at the end. Heading down the road I found a spot to pull over and snap some shots just as the sun was rising over the horizon.
Having accomplised a few decent sunrise photos I decided to pack up and move down the road and see if I could find a few more Bald Eagles closer to shore.
I followed the road around the bay until I came upon a tree full of eight eagles, backlit by the rising sun. I parked my car and made my way down to the river, getting some beautiful shots of the morning mists and frozen grasses. As I got down to the river bank I spotted a young eagle sitting in the tree above my head. I can tell he is less than a year old because he is the brown and white spotted color that the yearling eagles have before they take on their more recognizable black feathers and white head.