A Chinook Salmon (Spring Salmon) makes its way up the Cowichan River to its spawning grounds.

Between July and Nov, Chinook salmon migrate up river as far as 965 -1900 plus kms( 600-1200 miles). The female digs a hollow by lying on her side and thrashing her tail up and down forming a small hole where she lays her 4,242-13, 619 eggs. After laying her eggs, she dies within a few days to 2 weeks. This species utilizes about 260 streams in British Columbia, which is fewer than do other species.


Taken on Oct 18/09 at 11:23 am on south east side of Vancouver Island, B.C., Canada.
Taken in Raw Adobe RGB, and aperture priority.
Camera; Canon 40D
Lens; Canon EF 100-400 mm f/4.5-5.6 IS USM Lens.
Tripod; Manfrotto including joystick head.
Taken at 1/800, f/5, +2/3 EV, 220 mm, man col bal, iso 500.
Slight histogram adjustment in Lightroom 2.5, slight adjustment in shadow/highlight and lab sharpening via later lightness channel and unsharpmask ( amount 30 Radius 2, Threshold 2). No cropping.


fish, nature, wildlife, salmon, chinook, spring salmon, autumn


  • joedog
    joedogover 4 years ago

    Ware’s my net, beautiful capture, great action

  • Lol,…….Thank you so much Joedog! : )

    – Sandy Stewart

  • dinghysailor1
    dinghysailor1over 4 years ago

    marvellous image.. and i know from experience just how hard these can be to get! ace work

  • Thank you Maggie! This was my first attempt in capturing salmon jumping. I set my camera up focusing on one area and would just wait for a fish to enter my focus area! It took lots of intense concentration to capture them. : )

    – Sandy Stewart

  • Rajdev73
    Rajdev73over 4 years ago

    Great catch.

  • Thank you Rajdev! : )

    – Sandy Stewart

  • Victoria Jostes
    Victoria Jostesover 4 years ago

    fantastic action shot, sandy! well done!!

  • Thank you so much Victoria! I am sure glad I captured some that day, because since a few days ago, the river has risen a lot! : )

    – Sandy Stewart

  • CJTill
    CJTillover 4 years ago

    Excellent capture Sandy

  • Thank you so much Colin! : )

    – Sandy Stewart

  • Béla Török
    Béla Törökover 4 years ago

    Fabulous capture, dear Sandy!

  • Thank you so much dear Bela! : )

    – Sandy Stewart

  • MarianBendeth
    MarianBendethover 4 years ago

    Cracking amazing Sandy! What timing and I love the energy of that current..perfection!

  • Thank you so very much Marian! The energy in the current is over double now! It’s amazing how quickly the river rises. Now the fish can make it up easier. : )

    – Sandy Stewart

  • Barry Norton
    Barry Nortonover 4 years ago

    Great action capture Sandy

  • Thank you so much Barry! : )

    – Sandy Stewart

  • Nancy Barrett
    Nancy Barrettover 4 years ago

    What an amazing capture, Sandy! Very dramatic….

  • Thank you very much Nancy! : )

    – Sandy Stewart

  • Marvin Collins
    Marvin Collinsover 4 years ago

    Wow, that is really beautiful, great capture Sandy!!

  • This was the first time I had ever attempted to capture any fish jumping out of the water. I ended up finding that it was easiest to capture them when I had the camera focused on an area where I knew they were jumping from. It was still quite the challenge, because you don’t know when they are going to jump and when they do they are so swiftly quick! Sure glad I got out that day, because only a few days later the river was up considerably, making it easier for the salmon to make it up the river without having to jump up out of the water to get up over the rocks. Thank you so much Marvin! Happy you like it! : )

    – Sandy Stewart

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