It was a sunny Mon, Nov (8/10 ) morning when my friend Rose and I decided to go looking for bears in the Nitnat area(south West side of Vancouver Island). After two hours driving on muddy gravel logging roads, we were finally in the Nitnat area looking for bears who we hoped to see along the Nitnat River feeding on spawning fish. We saw plenty of signs of bear, but no actual bears. I think they were taking their afternoon nap after feasting on fish for breakfast. lol After an hour and a half of searching, thick dark clouds moved in and obscured the once sunny sky above. As quickly as the sky darkened, the heavy rains began to fall. We decided to head back towards home and just as we turned to travel the road heading east, I spotted a mature Bald Eagle. It was majestically perched up on a large moss covered Maple tree branch. By this time it was pouring buckets and I thought I might just try to capture a few shots from my truck window. It was raining so hard, that I actually had to sit back from the window to take the pics, as the water splashed in the truck as it hit hard on the window door panel ledge. Rose grabbed an umbrella and her tripod and went outside to take some pics. It was so dark and rainy out that we were pushing the limits of our lenses to well below optimal shutter speeds, but we gave it our best despite our limitations. lol
The Bald Eagle couldn’t have perched on a more beautiful moss covered branch, including ferns and even a mushroom growing on it,..so typical of the West Coast.
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Taken on south west Vancouver Island, ( near Nitnat), B.C., Canada, on Nov 8/10 at 2:36 pm.
Camera; Canon 40D
Lens; Canon EF 100-400mm IS USM L lens.
Taken handheld using IS while sitting in truck.
Subject distance; 44.4 meters (145.7 ft).
Taken at; 1/125’s, f/5.6, ev -1 1/3, 400 mm, iso 800, man white bal 5800 kelvin. Slight painterly effect added.