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Best way to see Bald Eagles can be as simple as coming to BC, bring binoculars and watch….cheap…this is a video some local cable company made of our trip to see the bald eagle phenomenon that happens every fall/early winter here near our house.  Have a look…I made the cut.  I am the one in the video who says I am from NY.  ;-)

Bald Eagle Haven – all pics can be enlarged


The weekend of November 23-24, 2013, Cheryl and I headed out about an hour east of where we live to get away for the weekend and enjoy the Bald Eagle frenzy that happens every year around here.  Thousands of salmon come to the Chehalis Flats where the Fraser and Harrison Rivers meet to spawn.  It’s also this time of year when the annual Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival goes on as well.

Around this time of year into January resident and transient eagles come by for their free buffet of food before their nesting season starts around March.  Most are coming from Alaska after the salmon spawned up there and leave after the big freeze. Tons of food for all species so it is also a special time to see normally non-social raptors gets along with so many young and old.  Continue reading

If you love Bald Eagles….


You need to watch this if you love Bald Eagles like I do.  The weekend of November 23rd, Cheryl and I will be heading out only about an hour east of where we live to check out the annual eagles feast.  Thousands of eagles all ages arrive to feed on the spawning salmon around Harrison Mills, BC.  I go every year but this year Cheryl is coming with her high-powered new work camera.  We don’t have a lens like Christian used in this video, a local photographer but I am certain we will get some great shots.

Enjoy!  We are truly lucky to live so close to this annual phenomenon. 

Skiing, Golf and Eagle Watching on the Same Day??


We were not able to ski today but wanted too….being on call for work got in the way but we did manage to get out for a drive.  How many places do you know where you can ski, play golf and eagle watch all in one if you wanted too?  Dec. 30th 2012 we watched skiers, people playing golf and taking pictures of the eagles that are still around the Fraser River eating dead salmon. 

Here is a few pics from a great day out!  Again, we do believe we live in such a beautiful place here in BC.  There are 4 ski mountains within an hour or so drive from our house and MANY golf courses.  Weather was bright and sunny, around 3 C or 34-36 F.

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Eagles Everywhere!


This is what I saw and heard on Nov. 26th 2012.  I was in the background of this great photographer Sasse (Make Sure you watch in HD)

View from Killby Bridge Harrison Mills Sunday Nov 26th 2012
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At around 8am at a distance of about 500 yards these eagles could be seen from Kilby bridge across the Harrison River. Some interested people stopped and had a look as I was filming. ( I was one of the interested people ;-) )

BALD EAGLE HEAVEN!


November 24th & 25th 2012 (click on pics for BIGGER high resolution versions)

One thing that I do alone because Cheryl does not share this passion is every year I go out to Harrison Mills, BC to see the almighty Majestic Bald Eagle. I also ride out each year as well.  On Saturday I counted 10 other bikes on the road, today only 1.  Temps started out at 2 C or 34 F and got as high as 7 C or 44 F.  Best time of year to ride, heated liner, gloves, good base gear, BUFF hoodie under my helmet and good socks.  Awesome!

Since joining BC Transplant last January I really enjoy my time away from work.  When we are busy managing cases for work it’s easy to put in 30 hours straight.  The time I get to ride for fun and engage in my hobby like eagle watching is rare while off call.  This was a great weekend!

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2013 F800GS Late Fall Ride


More eagles today at Harrison Mills, BC.  More dead salmon, got to ride my bike for fun…some sun, some rain but in the end a good day and great day to turn the heat on.  Thanks to my heated liner and gloves!

Preview of my post coming up! Click the pics for higher resolution

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Harrison Mills


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Thousands of eagles come here to BC and have a feeding frenzy on the dead salmon who have spawned. Hard to get a close up with my iPhone. The gray skies don’t help either. A bird watchers paradise!

Bald Eagle Heaven – Harrison Mills, BC


When not out riding my other love, other than my partner and dogs is wildlife.  Bald Eagles especially.  If you have been following this BLOG you will know this about me…Leslie.

Every year between November and early January Bald Eagles show up along the Fraser River in and around Harrison Mills, BC located about an hour East of where we live in Maple Ridge.  The reason thousands of eagles and many other birds like it here is because of the abundant amount of salmon.  The Chelahlis Flats is an important wildlife and fish habitat.  Spawning salmon arrive in the Fall and the Eagles have feast eating the carcass’ of the dead fish.  David Hancock, a Biologist studies this area and has a love and passion for eagles.  I know David and he recently was quoted saying that we might have the largest concentration of eagles in one area in the world.  Even more than Alaska now.  This years count has been over 7,000 eagles. 

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