The Convocation

Posted: 10th March 2017 by ToadHollowPhoto in Photography
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It has been a cold and gloomy winter here on the west coast of Canada.  We have had our fair share of dark grey days with snow and bone-chilling temperatures.  This has left many of us sincerely looking forward to spring and summer this year, with the hopes that the sun makes it’s presence known one day soon.  With all this being the case, this is still our favorite place, a place we choose to call home, and a place we love with all our hearts.  There is simply so much to see and explore here, in many cases these things are unique to the region.  One of these things is our local Bald Eagle population, particularly in the Cowichan Valley where every winter a large convocation of these majestic birds come together.  As the leaves drop from the trees, a whole new world emerges in the valley, one that is dominated by these incredible raptors as they sit tirelessly in the trees, ever vigilant for their next meal.

Bald Eagles - Cowichan Valley, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

Bald Eagles – Cowichan Valley, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

As we were driving into town one weekend day recently, we could see the Bald Eagles congregating in the area.  We immediately hopped out of our SUV and ran across the street from where it was parked where we could get a great vantage of this phenomenon.  In one tree alone we counted 10 of these incredible birds, ranging from juvenile to full-grown mature adults.  You could almost hear all the rodents stopping dead in their tracks, holding their breath with the hopes that they wouldn’t become the next objective for one of the laser-sighted eagles.  You’d be amazed to know that it is believed that an eagle can see it’s prey from roughly two miles away, making it a deadly predator that is nearly impossible to elude once it is locked on target.

Bald Eagles - Cowichan Valley, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

Bald Eagles – Cowichan Valley, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

As we looked around in utter amazement at what we were seeing, a juvenile Bald Eagle was perched in a tree closer to us.  It was staring back at us intently, obviously nonplussed at what it was observing.  You could feel that it was totally unafraid, like even though it was one of the younger ones in the group it still felt a distinct sense of ownership over all that laid before it.  You have to respect that as an observer, knowing that you are intruding in their space.  Their kingdom, if you will.

We stood there in absolute silence, trying to absorb the feeling of being in such a sacred place with such incredible creatures.  This is a part of the essence of Vancouver Island, and the west coast, and proves yet again why this special place means so much to us.  We couldn’t possibly imagine living anywhere else.

Thanks so much for popping by The Hollow today to share in this experience with us, we really appreciate it.  As always, we love to hear from all our visitors so please feel free to leave us any comments or thoughts you may have below.

  1. avatar Jim Denham says:

    There are trades-offs and then there are trade-offs! When eagles hang around like black birds, I’d say that’s a swap I’d be for at least for a little while! You are truly blessed my friend!

    • Mr. Denham, sir, you have no idea how happy I am to see you pop by our humble corner of the internet today, and with such wonderful comments too! 🙂 Thank you so much for taking the time today my friend, it sure was good to see you here! Cheers my friend!

  2. avatar Lisa Gordon says:

    I’ve never seen so many eagles in one place!
    How fortunate you were to be able to photograph them.
    They are truly such beautiful creatures.

    • Many heartfelt thanks Lisa, we really appreciate your kind comments! It was an amazing experience, the air was still as we stood there taking it all in!! Cheers!