Spotting Eagles

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E for Eagles.

The thing we look for the most when visiting British Columbia is the eagles.  Our favourite place to see them is Goldstream Park in Victoria BC.

This year we were so lucky to see many eagles, perhaps because of the time of year we were visiting.  They go to the park because of the salmon run and in mid December there were many salmon dead on the banks of the stream (finished spawning) and the eagles are there to have a feast.

Photographing eagles at Coldstream Provincial Park, Victoria BC ...

It was a foggy day when we visiting but there were so many eagles in the park.  We counted between 20 and 24 of them.

Photographing eagles at Goldstream Provincial Park, Victoria BC ...

We also spotted an eagle on top of a totem pole on a drive along the waterfront in Victoria.  This photo gives you an idea of how tall the totem pole is and at first we wondered if the eagle were carved onto the top of the pole.

We had actually seen an eagle in the same place the first day we went to the lagoon but wasn’t able to get a photo of it.  As we were driving there I jokingly said to the grandkids “Watch out for the eagle on top of the totem pole” and to our amazement it was there and this time we were able to stop and get a photo of it.

the eagle on the totem pol, Victoria BC taken by

The great zoom on the Nikon P900 camera showed us it was a real eagle. It has an 83x zoom, which requires a very steady hand, a monopod or tripod.

the eagle on the totem pol, Victoria BC taken by

It was an overcast day but I managed to get some good photos.  I have a feeling the eagle didn’t like having its photo taken as he had something to say quite loudly.

the eagle on the totem pol, Victoria BC taken by

At the end of our trip when we stayed in Sidney, BC we were walking by the waterfront and I was taking photos of the lighthouse.  Another project I have is to make a display of photos of the various lighthouses we have visited.

an eagle at the Sidney, BC lighthouse taken by

It was a damp and foggy day again but the eagle came out pretty good on top of the lighthouse.


We did see lots of eagles flying over while out walking or driving and managed to get the odd photo of them in flight.

eagle i flight taken by

Eagles haven’t nested in our home area, the Quinte region in Ontario, for about 70 years but just recently they have been returning and have been spotted at Presqu’ile Provincial Park and in the area.  I’ll be hoping to get some photographs of them when we visit the park.

I’m sharing with Wild Bird WednesdayI’d Rather B Birdin’ and Saturday’s Critters.

ABC Wednesday is up to E for eagles.


Have a look at some of the other BC birds we have spotted.

26 Responses

  1. Nicola

    Gorgeous! I always feel honoured to see Eagles. Last summer we’d go kayaking along the edge of Okanagan lake and occasionally see a bald eagle sitting in a tree as we passed. We’d stop just to admire it.

  2. Margie

    Cool shots, Linda. Your camera has an amazing zoom lens. The bald eagle made a comeback at Cootes Paradise, but I haven’t been lucky enough to catch it!

  3. Eileen

    Hello, wonderful collection of Eagle photos. They are always a treat to see! Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Happy Saturday, enjoy your weekend!

  4. Betty Crow

    Lucky you! Love these creatures! I planned to go to a program put on by a local state park that included taking us to a place where the eagles are. Sadly, the flu has come to visit hubby. Must stay home and care for him. I am terribly disappointed. It will be going on next Saturday, too. Hopefully the weather will be good then, too.

    • Linda aka Crafty Gardener

      Hope your hubby is feeling better Betty, a shame to miss the talk, but hopefully you can go next week. One of our field naturalists is doing a talk about the eagles returning to our area and I’m hoping to attend it. Have a good weekend.

  5. Jean

    What wonderful photos of the eagles! They are such amazing birds. I really like your photos of the eagle perched on the totem pole. Amazing zoom on your camera as well.

  6. Toni

    Hi there!
    Wow, I can’t believe the zoom with your Nikon, it’s fabulous. Love the eagle pics.
    Have a great weekend!

  7. Marie-OR

    How amazing to get to see so many! The ones on top of the totem pole and the lighthouse were my favorites! They are amazing birds!

  8. Breathtaking

    Wonderful images of the Eagle, …great sighting of it on the Lighthouse.

  9. Anni @ I'd Rather B Birdin'

    I am in such awe!!! Wow!!! Words just can’t express the awesomeness of these photos you share!!!

    And, I want to convey my thanks to you for sharing this post with all of us birders from I’d Rather B Birdin’ this week!!!

  10. ABC Wednesday

    if I want to spot them… i have to go to a zooo, but they are beautiful !!

    Have a splendid, ♥-warming ABC-Wednes-day / -week
    ♫ M e l ☺ d y ♫ (abc-w-team)

      • ABC Wednesday

        yes ofcourse they are but when there are none in a free range… one has to turn to zoo’s and thankfully the Zoo’s I know who have them treat them very very well

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