Here are a few more common birds in the estuary and Knight Inlet area. The Merganser, Common Loon and Surf Scooter. The Surf Scooter often arrive in mid September in large numbers. The male’s are quite striking. The cruise the rocky cliffs of Knight Inlet eating large numbers of mussels.
The Great Blue Heron is another bird that we see commonly on out tours. Like the eagle they are opportunistic feeders and are quite proficient at catching small fish. In the ocean they will often sit on kelp or logs and look for unsuspecting fish. In the rivers they hunt for fry (young salmon) and other small fish such as stickleback. Thanks to Felix for the great picture.
The Bald Eagle is a very prominent bird in our area. It takes them approximately 5 years to get their white head and white tail feathers. Before that they are a drab brown colour and often look larger then their adult counterparts because of their “poofy plumage.” The eagles mate for life and it is very hard to tell male from female, although the female is usually larger. We see them on all our tours both in Johnstone Strait and Knight Inlet.
This is a picture of the Humpback Whale known as Guardian breeching in Queen Charlotte Strait. What you can’t tell from the picture is that there is a group of Pacific White Sided Dolphins harassing her. Both dolphins and Sea Lions have been know to pester Humpbacks and Resident (fish eating) Orca. Why they do this is still up for debate. She did several breeches and tail slaps in an effort to shake the annoying dolphins.
This is a great site to visit to get a “guest eye view” of a trip to our lodge.
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Also: -if you search “You Tube” using the keyword SAILCONE you can view some videos from and about the lodge.
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This is a grizzly bear sitting in a pool in the Glendale river in Knight Inlet. The fish that you see are returning Pink Salmon. On a good return the river is black with fish. This is important, because our coastal Grizzly Bears rely on the protein rich salmon to put on enough wait to make it through their winter hibernation.
Guests often ask me what a bear does all day. Well for the most part it is quite simple. They eat, then they sleep, then they eat again. Bears often have what are called day beds. These are areas near their food source where they routinely curl up for a nap. These bed areas move as the bears move in search of food. These two sub-adult grizzlies are content to use the overhanging logs for a nap.