Eagles in the Khutzeymateen

Vertical aspirations - 2013 © Christopher Martin

The Grizzly bears are the kings of the Khutzeymateen’s wildlife.  In the air, the eagles hold a similar position among the birds along the ten mile inlet.  Most were Bald eagles but a few Golden eagles were also in residence to enjoy the salmon runs that were in full swing.

A golden perch - 2013 © Christopher Martin

In the rainforest - 2013 © Christopher Martin

Constant adversaries on the prairies, eagles and ravens, were occasionally found chasing one or the other around the towering pines.

Catch me if you can - 2013 © Christopher Martin

Often adolescents were dining on the fish in the creeks alongside the seagulls.  That may have been much less trouble than jousting with their elders for the prime fishing locations at the mouth of the estuary.

An avian beachgoer - 2013 © Christopher Martin

Beach picking - 2013 © Christopher Martin

When the heavy rain would roll down the valley, most of the eagles would weather it in the open on a raised perch of one type or another.  They probably don’t care too much about it but on the first two days where there were few breaks in the downpour, I thought there must be at least a few that hunted around for shelter.  I didn’t find them but the exposed raptors provided a good subject when the bears were not to be found.

Waiting out the rain - 2013 © Christopher Martin

When the rain did stop, the wings were unfolded to air dry and the daily activities resumed.

Drying out after the rain - 2013 © Christopher Martin

Aerial curiosity - 2013 © Christopher Martin

Photographing the eagles throughout the trip into the Khutzeymateen was one of the collective highlights.  I’m fortunate to see them occasionally on the prairies but it was a real pleasure to be able to watch them along the coastline and up in the tops of the rainforest.

Eagles in the rainforest - 2013 © Christopher Martin

12 responses

  1. vastlycurious.com

    Wow is right!

    November 21, 2013 at 10:34 am

  2. Incredible set of images! I love the story as well. 🙂

    October 22, 2013 at 3:58 pm

  3. Fraz

    owesome pictures, the pride is to see thsi egale freely fly in wild … we really proud on you…..

    October 22, 2013 at 3:38 am

  4. wow….the eagle looks tough

    October 21, 2013 at 8:20 pm

  5. Beautifully captured images. I love these birds.

    October 21, 2013 at 4:19 pm

  6. Wow. and Wow.

    October 21, 2013 at 3:40 pm

  7. Vicki (from Victoria A Photography)

    Stunning shots.
    It’s like being up close to them (out in the wilderness).

    October 21, 2013 at 2:51 pm

  8. Fantastic captures…loved them all.

    October 21, 2013 at 1:27 pm

  9. Mjollnir

    Incredible 😀

    October 21, 2013 at 1:16 pm

  10. That Khutzeymateen is such a wonderful place, all the backgrounds look awesome and then you put amazing wildlife in them! Too much.

    October 21, 2013 at 1:02 pm

  11. So amazing, Chris! Beautiful and exotic photos!

    October 21, 2013 at 1:00 pm

  12. WOW!! These photos are fabulous!

    October 21, 2013 at 12:19 pm

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