Eagle, Queen Charlotte Lodge, Haida Gwaii, British Columbia, Wildlife viewing

Photo of the Week — Majestic Eagle in Haida Gwaii

Eagle, Queen Charlotte Lodge, Haida Gwaii, British Columbia, Wildlife viewing

Eagles are abundant in British Columbia’s Haida Gwaii islands. (Julia Pelish/Vacay.ca)

Haida Gwaii is an archipelago in the Pacific Ocean off British Columbia. The islands, formerly called the Queen Charlottes, are situated south of Alaska and north of Vancouver Island. Remote and pristine, a trip to this part of Canada provides ample opportunity for wildlife photography and viewing. This is the habitat for migrating whales, families of beers, foxes and tons of eagles. Although eagles are easy to spot they are tricky to photograph. Either perched on the tallest tree branch or soaring high in the sky, getting the shot can require lots of takes. The eagle in the photo, above, seemed to sympathize with my struggles and decided it was time to give me a break. After I got my camera steady and in focus, it slowly alighted from the tree, flew close by my canoe (yes, I was stalking eagles from the water) allowing this photo to be taken. I think this is the only good eagle shot I got from my week there.

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