Thursday, February 4, 2010


It was a sunny, warm morning, so I decided to play hooky. I went for a three-hour ride to Terra Nova. The eagles at the Quilchena Golf Course were being very cooperative in terms of photography, although one (likely the male; it's smaller) was giving the other a frosty stare.

I also saw a flying Merlin, which by the time I dismounted and unpacked my camera was a diminishing dot, and a Yellow-faced Bumblebee (Feb. 4!), which disappeared into the turf before I could photograph it.


Randy Emmitt said...

What great luck to get so close to these eagles and on a frigging golf course.

Hugh Griffith said...

Randy, Part of the cachet of the particular golf course is its eagles. They nest at the edge, where non-golfers walking along the dyke can have a look too. Lucky for all of us.

Cicero Sings said...

Here in the Cariboo, near the beginning of February, on a day that feels like mid March ... we saw a Robin! Good grief, what is the world coming to? Too far away to get a picture however, so you'll have to take my word for it.

Three hour ride ... good for you! We walked 5 kms ... does that count?

PSYL said...

Merlin!? Need to keep an eye out for it next time.

Ah, you went in the morning - when the sky is clear and blue and the lighting is good. Nice day to play hooky.

KaHolly said...

Hugh, isn't it a bit unusual for the eagles to nest so close to civilization? I was somehow under the impression that they didn't ordinarily nest "on the edge", but tucked themselves into the trees. ~karen

Hugh Griffith said...

CS, I believe you. It's hard for them to know what to do in this heat.

PSYL, It was flying across the field north of the golf course. Unfortunately it didn't land anywhere close.

KaHolly, Here they nest in prominent trees, usually close to water. The golf course is next to the foreshore. Greater Vancouver is prime eagle habitat, and there are many nests in and around the various cities.

eileeninmd said...

Cool shot of the Eagles!

Amber Coakley said...

Wow! I've never seen an eagle, certainly not 2, and would probably fall over if I ever managed to get a picture of an Eagle. I also thought that Eagles would not hang around human populations, but maybe that is just because they are not a common site where I live in Texas.

Hugh Griffith said...

Eileen, Thank you.

Amber, I grew up in Ontario, and didn't see an eagle until I was 13, when our family went on a trip to Nova Scotia, and then didn't see another one until I moved here. No, wait, I saw one in Delaware somewhere in between. Anyway, and I am deeply grateful for this, this place is lousy with them, especially in winter. When I see an eagle, I truly am a bird watcher. I can't stop looking at them.