We had flown eight thousand miles from Ireland to Vancouver, Canada. We visit different friends in Cloverdale, Coquitlan, Langley, Surrey, Hope, Abbotsford and West Vancouver. After working with different groups we took a day off. We were visiting Sescelt, a town on the Sunshine Coast off Vancouver. The only access to Sescelt is by ferry. Last time Brendan and I visited Sescelt in Vancouver, our host took us for a drive along the Pacific, and told us stories about killer whales and salmon that are abundant in these waters.
We were taking a walk when someone shouted, “The salmon are running.” Nearby we saw many salmon swimming up the river to lay their eggs in the sandy water bed. We stood silent watching this phenomena for a long time. We happened to be there at the right time.
This time we visited Sescelt we had another once in a lifetime adventure with nature. Hundreds of eagles were gathered in an area in the hills where there was easy access to food. There were eagles everywhere, perched in trees or flying overhead. We spent the afternoon eagle watching. Our host loves using his camera. He was looking for the perfect shot. He did get some stunning pictures of the eagles. I used my iPad to take some shots. I am not a camera whiz kid. Not as high defination as my friends camera, but I am happy enough to have captured the event. We happened to be there at the right time.
Most eagles in Canada live in BC, where they are near a supply of fish. We love to get a glimpse of them when we are in Vancouver. Perhaps we might see two or three flying overhead back near the city. But that day we were in eagle heaven. Both male and female adult bald eagles have a blackish-brown back and breast; a white head, neck, and tail; yellow feet, legs and beak; and pale yellow eyes.
Immature bald eagles have a mixture of brown and white feathers, with a black beak and brown eyes in younger birds; It takes five years for a bald eagle to attain solid white head and tail feathers. For the first five years they gradually change; the beak turns from black to yellow, the eyes from brown to pale yellow, body feathers from mottled to dark brown, and head and tail feathers from mottled to solid white. We saw an abundance of eagles of all ages, a reward for our journey across the land and ocean from home, eight thousand miles away.
I was getting my strength back after two busy weeks. The eagles reminds me of God’s promise.
But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint. (Isaiah 40:31 KJV)