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Fished at Pegleg the past two days and really enjoyed the birds...
Fishing was good, but the eagles and ospreys were very cool to watch..
I was on the boat side of the channel and watched one mature eagle nail at least 2 socks...
I don't know if it was fishing for younger ones ,but, two immature eagles landed next to her and she allowed them to tear at the carcases...
Usually I go home sore from fishing too long in the sun,,this time, my neck was sore from looking up in the sky at these beautiful birds getting their share of the gong show harvest... :lol:
At least I remembered the sunscreen today,but still look like a racoon thanks to the sunglasses...... :?
 

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It's also cool to watch the hawks nail a passing robin or sparrow flying across the river. Once they down it into the river they pick it up and carry it away to their young. Not that I like to see robins killed in this manner ..... but it is kind of cool to see the "laws of nature" at work.

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took my cousin fishing on bowmans and saw an osprey hit the water after a fish. he missed but oh well. her first time ever seeing that. my 6th or so. never gets old. love them birds.
 

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Witnessed a few dandys this year.

First one saw a eagle attacking a duck and ducklings around Mission area, all of a sudden 2 Canada geese arrive and start after the eagle, this carried on until the duck family was safely ashore. I forgave them for shitting everywhere for a second.

Second encounter saw a Blue Heron and a Eagle mid air fighting, after watching this for awile I realized the Heron was actually trying to steal eagle babys from the nest while mom was out hunting for food. Bizarre stuff on that river. Would be a good place to do bird watching tours.
 

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It's amazing how analagous nature can be to humans fishing for sockeye: kill or be killed.
 

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Ive seen eagles going after goslings, and ospreys defending a nest against eagles and crows, and many small birds harassing birds of prey but never heard of a great blue heron attacking anything bigger than a 12'' sucker (left it high and dry after pecking a hole in it, I put it back in the water and it swam away lol.
last year I saw a very large bird I couldnt ID, just massive but flying away so no pic.
Ive also got a grainy pic of some weird looking birds I saw once at the stave late at night, never figgured out what the heck they where.
 

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When I lived on Babine Lake years ago, we could watch 80+ eagles daily feeding on washed up sockeye on a point of land about 600 yards from our house. I've seen an eagle kill a raven that was harrassing it in mid-flight. As the raven dove at the eagle for the umpteenth time, the eagle flipped over on its back, raked the raven with both talons, flipped back and continued flying along the shoreline. Although bald eagles are listed as endangered throughout most of North America, we are truly blessed with an abundance of these beautiful predators (scavengers :wink: ). Not only do they show up in great numbers along all the salmon streams, but virtually every lake in the province seems to have a resident couple during nesting season.
 

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Ive also got a grainy pic of some weird looking birds I saw once at the stave late at night, never figgured out what the heck they where.[/quote]

heres the pic, what are they?
 

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Definitely not turkey vultures. In flight their wings are held in a very definite upward "V". They also have no white on their bodies. I guess they could be ospreys, although I have never seen osprey standing in the water, or even on land. They usually light in trees. I have never seen that many ospreys in close proximity to each other either. Can't really tell from the picture.
 

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From the picture, they may be immature white swans. There are a few that nest along the silverdale flats area. Maybe mom took them for a meal at the Stave diner?. :wink: Ortho 8)
 
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