On our first full day in BC we went on a boat tour down the Fraser River with Captain Liam. He is someone very passionate about his job, and to our delight he turned an hour boat tour into two hours. On board we also had David Hancock who is a biologist and lecturer, and he was eager to speak and also to answer any questions along the way.
Shortly after starting our tour David Hancock pointed out and eagle’s nest high up in one of the trees along the river bank, with the two eagles making sure to mark their property.
As we sailed a little further on we were greeted by yet another eagle.
Juvenile Eagle sitting on an Osprey’s nest.
Our attention was soon drawn to the trees, where we would see many eagles perched.
Any white dots you see will be the head of an adult eagles and then they are also many juveniles in the trees.
Each speck of white once again is the head of an eagle.
It was a beautiful sunny day for a sail on the Fraser River. You can see the eagles on the far side of the river, no doubt that’s where the salmon is.
We were told there is no perfect science for counting the number of eagles. If a count is done one day, and the next day you see a number of eagles coming in over the mountain, a guesstimate is done as to how many eagles they are and then added to the number of eagles that was counted the day before.
As for now the seagulls are safe. I wonder if they still will be when the salmon is gone.
We were told that as long as there is salmon in the Fraser River the eagles will stay and feed and nest.
I was taking this photo purely for the scenery, but on looking closer, I found there was also eagles in this photo.
This tree is called “The Spirit Tree.” Its a tree that stands off by itself in the landscape, and it was holding close to 30 eagles when this photo was taken.
Harrison River: Just before our tour ended Captain Liam showed us where the Harrison River and the Fraser River meet. It was a glorious day out on the water.
British Columbia Part #3