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.