A mature eagle waits patiently for a feasting opportunity.
From December through February multitudes of eagles gather in the trees that line the North Fork of the Nooksack River as the Chum salmon spawn and die.
It is a spectacular event in nature that has been going on for thousands of years—the icy cold, crystal clear glacier water from Mount Baker in the Cascades of Washington flows to the sea; several species (Pink, Sockeye, Chum and Steelhead) make the journey in separate runs from September through February, fighting their way 18 miles from the sea to the place of their hatching to start the cycle all over again.
We truly live in paradise and are overjoyed to be able to witness this in our own backyard.
January 8, 2016.