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Squamish & Brackendale, British Columbia

1 Feb
Photo courtesy of Winkyintheuk
Bald Eagle by the Squamish River

My honey and I got patriotic on Sunday and hit the road in our 88 Oldsmobile to spend the day bald eagle watching in Brackendale, BC. More bald eagles congregate in the Squamish Valley during the winter months than anywhere in the world!

It felt like an Irish day, the winter sun demur behind a tulle veil of mist that lay suspended across the pallid landscape, so naturally we stopped for fish and chips and Old Jamaica Ginger Beer along the way at The Wigan Pier.

Photo Courtesy of Derek Purdy
Brackendale Eagle Provincial Park

With hearty sustenance to keep us warm, it was on to the dyke along the Squamish River across from the Brackendale Eagle Provincial Park. I got a beautiful photo of what to my chagrin turned out to be a mere gull- I had suspicions from the wonky way it was flying- before the camera batteries gave in to the cold (hence, my reliance on flickr to spin this yarn).

When we were driving away we saw hundreds of birds circling the sky above mountaintops. I cannot be sure they were bald eagles, so this isn’t quite the classic anecdote I’d hoped it to be, but I like to think they were. Mission accomplished!

Photo courtesy of Patrick Doheny
Shannon Falls

On the way home, we stopped at Shannon Falls, which was simply stunning. But now I’m just showing off!