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Bald Eagle, Sunshine Coast, West Coast, wildlife -

I was out in the boat looking for ducks to photograph and was just approaching my planned turnaround point when I spotted a gull that kept popping out past a headland.  I assumed that he was just playing in the winds blowing off the headlands and was about to turn when something made me decide to go and take a look.  When I did I found this eagle on the shore.  The gull was busy circling to see if the eagle had any leftovers from a meal. The eagle gracefully allowed me to take a number of shots but, unfortunately for...

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landscape, Picture of the Day, POD, storm, Sunshine Coast, West Coast -

Some days are better for wildlife photography and some days are better for landscapes.  Today, no wildlife and no landscape so a perfect day to sit by the fire.

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dolphin, Sunshine Coast, West Coast, wildlife -

There is never a dull moment on the West Coast.  On a Saturday, drinking coffee on a grey morning, suddenly, the ocean explodes.  Hundreds of Pacific White-Sided Dolphins come racing down the Inlet, clearly in a hurry to get through the rapids. It is quite a sight when all of these dolphins are, ahh, porpoising through the water, leaping and breaching as they move down the Inlet at 20-30 mph.

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Snow, Sunshine Coast, West Coast -

It is not too often that a cold spell on the coast creates the conditions where the ground is covered with snow for a number of days.  With snow coming right to the water's edge animal behaviour changes.  The otters convert the dock into a makeshift "slip'n slide" rolling, sliding, and frolicking.  The flocks of small birds move quietly through the branches, their sounds muffled by the snow on the tree branches.  Squirrel and chipmunk trails become obvious in the snow. It is a different world when the snow sticks but it is transient.  After a few days everything is...

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I'm not complaining but taking pictures of soaring seagulls is hard. Many years ago ferries plying the waters of British Columbia used to throw garbage overboard.  This attracted a multitude of seagulls that would travel back and forth with the ships.  They would surf the wind created by the boats movement creating opportunities to take closeup pictures as they soared almost stationary next to the boat.  At some point the ferries stopped throwing garbage overboard and most seagulls stopped accompanying them.  The opportunity to have a seagull soaring stationary next to you at eye level is now much harder to...

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