The 'Fish Lady' at Portugese Joe's [local fish monger], tosses fish parts out onto the beach and 20 or so eagles enjoy a life of luxury living, dipping for fish. Your odds of being there at the right time are best from 3pm to 4:30 pm. The Tamron 70 - 300 auto focus gets about one in five of these shots in focus.
This young one came gliding along the shore line at Lafarge on the Courtenay delta all alone. No parents and no family in sight at all. The colouring seems different than the other young Trumpters. Hope he rejoined others eventually. Very calm and deliberate.
Junior is giving me the eye. He was with his parents in the river at Lewis Park in Courtenay. Similar to the young Trumpeter who slowly glided along the shoreline at Lafarge all alone,... no parents,.. no siblings.
Last year over the fall and winter months there were only one or two adults around this part of the Courtenay delta. This year there have been dozens in the Courtenay river mouth and out through the delta. Ratio is about one to ten adults to juniors.
There,s that top banded beak again. Thre seems to be a colony of banded beak gulls around the Courtenay river delta. New trend? Of course, this is called the Robinson Gull after Tony R. who discovered this recent version...a gene from the Great Auk, no doubt.