With some free time on my hands today, I connected with my friend Danielle and headed under clear blue skies for Brackendale, just past Squamish, BC. Brackendale is known for its population of Bald Eagles in the winter months of December and January, and having made the trip up to photograph the eagles back in 2007 and knew what kind of treat we were in for.
Wanting to give Digital SLR photography a go herself, Danielle rented a full Canon EOS Rebel XSi kit for the weekend from the good folk at “Beau Photo“, just a block from my place in Vancouver. I also took the chance to extend the capabilities of my 70-200mm f/2.8L lens by also renting a 2x teleconverter, effectively giving me a 140-400mm f/5.6L lens – perfect for far-away eagle spotting.
Approaching Squamish, however, it became pretty evident that we were going to have some pretty cold and windy conditions to deal with. As it turned out, there were 60-70km squalls we had to contend with… squalls that were strong enough to send all the eagles into hiding. There were but a handful to be seen, nothing like two years ago when they were feeding everywhere, so we made the decision to pack up and head back to Stanley Park to at least get some use out of the rental equipment.
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