Comox, B.C., Vancouver Island , Jan. 2009I was born and raised on Vancouver Island in British Columbia and to this day I love everything about it!
It's a must do visit every year and here is one reason why. Eagles.....lots of big, beautiful Bald Eagles. Aren't they magnificent?
I received these pictures in an email and it seems our overly cold winter is taking a toll on the eagles.
Thankfully some kind souls have taken pity on them and set up a feed station at Goose Spit in Comox. I've never been to Goose Spit but now I think I'll have to search it out on our next visit.
They're fighting over some fish in this picture. Many times I've watched them battle it out in mid flight and it's awe inspiring.
It seems odd looking at the beach and seeing snow on it. Vancouver Island gets snow every year but it doesn't usually stick around for very long....guess I haven't been hanging out at the beach in the winter!
They look so majestic perched there in the early morning awaiting the arrival of breakfast.
Thank goodness there are people out there who not only notice the need for action but actually jump right in and do something about it!
The email I received about these pictures turns out to have been incorrect. These pictures were taken in Homer, Alaska and the lady responsible for the feeding was Jean Keene. Here is a little bit of info I found after a quick 'google'.
Jean Keene, the "Eagle Lady" passed away January 13, 2009. She was 85.
Jean lived in a campground on the Homer Spit since her relocation to Alaska in 1977. Jean began feeding a pair of eagles on the Spit shortly after her arrival. She worked for a seafood plant where she had permission to gather surplus and freezer burned fish for the eagles. After ten years, more than 200 eagles were coming by Jean's place for breakfast. Jean loaded fish into barrels and then into her pickup for the short drive home. Before she doled out fish to the eagles, she chopped them into smaller chunks making it easier for them to carry. Jean fed 200 to 300 eagles about 500 lbs. of fish daily from late December through mid April.