Harbour Seals are a very common sight on all of our trips. We often take them for granted, because there are so many of them in the area. They feed on various fish, but herring and salmon make up the bulk of their diet. Thanks to Felix for the great picture
Always trying for an interesting photo while on a wildlife tour and this time it worked. The whale’s tail gets the attention but I wanted to focus on the sooty shearwater. The heading of an article I found reads “Longest Animal Migration Measured, Bird Flies 40,000 Miles a Year”. Sooty shearwaters migrate nearly 40,000 miles (64,000 kilometers) a year, flying from New Zealand to the North Pacific Ocean every summer in search of food. The birds leave New Zealand in the Southern Hemisphere’s winter—summer in the Northern Hemisphere—and take advantage of prevailing winds along different portions of their migration route. Our area is a resting point and feeding area as they return home in September.”
We are very lucky to be located in the Great Bear Rainforest, where the wildlife is plentiful and the scenery is spectacular. Often we take for granted the little things, which are also beautiful, such as this small falls entering Knight Inlet. The larger waterfall in the back is Rainbow Falls, which is just past Glendale Cove where we do most of our Grizzly Bear watching.
This summer we were fortunate to have a photography student stay with us at the lodge. He spent a lot of time at our wild river where we conduct our extra day trip. He was Trapper Rick’s assistant helping him search for Grizzly Bears looking for salmon along the river. Felix’s accommodation there may have been basic (just a tent), but he definitely had a million dollar view. You can see some of his pics here felixrome.smugmug.com/ and we will be featuring many of them on the blog.
Once the salmon have arrived and after August 24th (per Government Regulations) we move up the Glendale River to the viewing platform to view grizzlies waiting for salmon. These two grizzlies (look carefully) were very good at catching salmon as one caught and moved off it eat its fish the other waited for a salmon to come within reach.
Until the salmon arrive in the river in late August the grizzly bears of Knight Inlet find their food on the beach. This bear was scrapping mussels and barnacles from the rocks to obtain the protein necessary to keep it alive. These are eaten “in the shell” and with our motor turned off we can hear the crunching as well as the scrapping of claws. This look was “you are in my comfort zone” so we slowly backed off a few meters.
This last photo was over thirty minutes after the first photo posted. We had watched the humpbacks feeding all this time and they had moved away from the Oliver Clark and it had started to slowly move away from the herring ball but the whales kept feeding in the area for another fifteen minutes. It was an experience my guest will never forget. I know that it is one of the highlights of fifteen years of guiding for Grizzly Bear Lodge.