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Thursday, November 24, 2011

Salmon Feast Life Cycle

Happy Thanksgiving Day to those who live in the United States! Our Thanksgiving Day was back in October, so will wait until Christmas for the next turkey dinner.

In the meantime, salmon feasts have been devoured in our local waters. On November 3 I took this video:


Yesterday, I captured this photo of a similar salmon feast. (Click on the photo to see down the sea lion's throat!)
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When I was walking towards "where the river meets the sea", I could hear the huffy breathing of the sea lions as they surged to the surface. At first I thought the sound might be that of a bear, but luckily all the commotion was in the water, while eagles viewed the scene from their posts.

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I can't really explain how I feel when I witness this cycle of life taking place in these surroundings. I know it is an extremely powerful experience. The seals are aware of my presence; they pop up and watch my approach and follow me with their liquid eyes. Nothing seems to miss the eye of the eagle, either as they survey their realm. As I stood their quietly, I watched a vast variety of birds, including trumpeter swans ~ what a cacophony of sounds.

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As I stood transfixed, a rainbow added its spell.

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Going back a bit in time ~ On October 31 I found a heart rock that I posted previously.

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I brought the rock home with me. The next day it was my birthday and a friend brought me a gift of heart rock napkins and candles. I couldn't believe how the heart rocks were a near perfect match! Magical!

Napkins:
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Napkins with heart rock on top:
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To finish off, here is a photo of the full moon taken on November 10 after meeting a few friends at a pub on the waterfront.

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Oh, and by the way - I think I finally captured a picture of the elusive four winged EAGULL ;)

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12 comments:

  1. I really enjoyed this post. Great weather, video and pictures. Perfect.

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  2. Meal time with the gulls and seals seem pretty amicable -- at least for the gulls and seals! Great shots with the seal with its mouth full and the eagle coming in for his food to go.

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  3. Wonderful photographs .... thanks for sharing!
    xxx

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  4. A wonderful post, Glo. You sure had a series of serendipitous events.

    I'm glad to see that all is lovely in your world.

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  5. This is an amazing post! What a treat to see these photos. You are fortunate to live in an area where you witness this beauty live!

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  6. Wow and we are having salmon tonight! lol!

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  7. Wow, what a spectacle, I take it is the gulls that have stripped the fish back to the bones (I always think of the cartoon 'Top Cat' when I see fish bones like that).

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  8. A lovely, almost magical, post especially with that second to last picture!
    I can't remember the last I saw any swans or a rainbow, and have never seen a four winged eagull!
    Flighty xx

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  9. Glad you enjoyed the post, Adrian. Some experiences in nature are just awe inspiring and I hoped to share it here.

    Hi Nikki ~ It's interesting to see the interaction of the various creatures. The flapping wings and raucous cries of seagulls over a certain area indicates a salmon kill so that's where I focus ... while the seagulls stay in the area, the little ducks skedaddle as the sea lion surges out of the water. Eagles are always on the lookout, and then move in chasing the seagulls! It's mind boggling to watch!

    Kathy ~ I'm happy to share and glad you enjoyed my post. There is so much activity going on, it's hard to know where to look first.

    Hi Hilary ~ Thanks :) Yes, I love serendipitous occurrences ~ they do add a feeling of connectedness with the universe ~

    Deb ~ Thank you :) Yes, it is an amazing place for scenery, and I try to get out in it to appreciate all of nature that I can. Having a digital camera is such a boon, as I can snap away to my heart's content. While downloading the photos, I get to experience it all again!

    Hello UHDD ~ Yes, there's nothing left of the salmon at all, and often salmon carcasses are found far into the woods as well, which indicate other animals have been around for their share, such as bears...or 'Top Cat' ;)

    Hi there, Flighty :) Glad you enjoyed this post and found the magic. A four winged eagull is extremely rare, so I was amazed to see one ;) It's time you went rainbow hunting perhaps :)

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  10. I enjoyed the salmon video--quite the buffet.

    And those talons are downright scary on your predator in flight.

    Nicely done with the photos, and congrats on your Post of the Week.

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  11. loved your images and descriptions! and that heart rock and subsequent matching gift was pure fate. :) congrats on your POTW!

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  12. So nice to meet you, what wonderful photos .. over from Hilary's to say congrats on your POTW

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