Simon and I find raptors fascinating.
While in Vancouver for the holidays last December, Simon’s parents were kind enough to drive us out to Squamish/Brackendale to visit the Eagle Run and to watch hundreds of bald eagles fishing for their dinners.
According to Tourism Squamish:
The Squamish River Valley has long been recognized as one of the most significant areas of wintering bald eagles (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) in North America. In the 1994 bird count, Squamish had the world record count of 3,769 eagles. The river’s riparian area provides suitable habitat for roosting, perching and feeding. The prolific runs of chum salmon (Onc orhynchuus keta) in the Squamish, Cheakamus, and Mamquam rivers attract eagles from all over the Pacific Northwest each year.
We hit the run during it’s peak season and ended up seeing hundreds of eagles on trees, in the water, and flying all around our heads. This is also the place where we observed the now famous, Upside Down Eagle. Simon, if I recall, named it Eaglat/Bagle, given it appeared to be a hybrid between a bat and an eagle.
This destination was packed with tourists, locals and photographers when we arrived. It’s quite a popular place, and even has package deals for tourists!
It was quite spectacular. And I’m not only talking about the eagles. The scenery all along highway 99, better known as the Sea to Sky Highway.
It’s a must see!