This is the first time I have ever seen an eagle taking a bath. Logically I know that birds need to bath to stay clean but it was still a surprise to see an eagle in the river. The photo is not as clear as it should be but in my defense I was wading in the river towing the lodge’s sixteen-foot skiff that we use on our estuary tours. Using the skiff in the river permits close viewing of the grizzly bears as well as other interesting sites.
This is the classic pose for a grizzly bear. The photo was taken from the viewing stands on the Glendale River in Knight Inlet BC. The late summer grizzly viewing, after August 24th, requires a short van ride (fifteen minutes) from a floating dock in the river estuary to the man made spawning channel. The grizzlies of the Knight Inlet area, which is on the southern edge of the Great Bear Rainforest come to this river to feed on the fall, run of spawning salmon. The day tours from our lodge on Minstrel Island use these viewing stands and often view more than a dozen different grizzly bears in the immediate area of the stands as well as grizzlies on the drive to the stands. If one looks closely in the water around the bear there are many salmon on their way to the spawning channel and the main reason the bears stay in this part of the river.