Mt. Nusatsum

Mt. Nusatsum

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Eagles & Fish

This is the time of the year when the bald eagles really enjoy a good spawning salmon.  The valley floor is covered in snow, the days wet and cool and catching a fresh fish or even scavenging a dead one is real treat.  The fish in this photo met his match when the eagles plucked it off the spawning grounds and what you  see is all that’s left.  There weren’t any critter tracks in the snow, except for bird foot prints, so I’m pretty sure they were successful in actually catching this one themselves and dragging it up on the snow.  Can’t tell if the fish had a chance to spawn before they caught it, because there wasn't much left.  With the snowpack on the valley bottom, picking off the odd spawning salmon and scavenging here and there will be all there is to look forward to for valley bald eagles for awhile.

Speaking of snow-pack, got a little more of that last night as well.  Some areas of the valley awoke to a fresh 15cm while others had rain and heavy slush.  It stopped in the early morning and it actually tried to clear off, there was blue sky but a layer of valley fog persisted till it was too late in the day to get much enjoyment out of the blue sky.  Temperature just at 0 C in the morning and 1 C in the early evening.  On the ground snow-pack ranges from 30 cm in the upper valley to 5-10 cm in the lower valley  Grizzly

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