We got a really nice breakfast in the B&B. We can highly recommend it. Today we are going to do a Wildlife safari from Campbell river with Eagle eye adventures. This is the main reason why I upgraded my Sony RX10M3 for a Sony RX10M4. This ne camera has the same lens, but has phase focusing, which really improves the speed and quality of the focussing. Next to that it can burst to 24 fps (at fullresolution) and maintain it for more than 200 photographs. Only downside of that is that the SD card fills up rather quickly (you can lower fps if you want).
In contrast to yesterday night we are going with the car to the harbor. Officially you are only allowed to park there for a few hours, but we decided to park there anyway. After checking with Eagle eye adventures and they said this sort of tolerated as long as you are not in a 30 min spot. Today they are going with two boats. We already saw them in the harbor yesterday. The boats can reach 60-70 km/h (37-43 miles per hour), hence ideal to see a lot. Each boat can fit maximum 11 people, 2 in the front row and 3 in the other rows. Our boat was not really full. We got a really thick suit which is to keep us warm and at the same time a floatation device. We also got a hat tand gloves. All of this because due to the speed of the boats it can get cold. Both boats leave almost at the same time, the other boat::
A small plane also came overhead, probably they were doing an airplane safari:
I guess that is a fun thing to do some time as well, but likely this is rather expensive… Maybe better to rent a plane and fly myself.
Then another one. I made a movie from a series of 109 fotographs at 24 fps:
Then we stopped for lunch and to have a restroom break. We only made it a short stopto be able to see as much as possible today. After lunch we went first to a special point in the area (N50.397339, W125.165133). There is a very strong current here at certain times of the day due to the tides. Due to this strong current fish are being pushed to the surface of the water. The fish lie there helpless on the surface of the water and literally more than 100 bard eagles are waiting to eat them. A true spectacle! The bald eagles just grab the fish from teh water. In the end I shopt 916 photgraphs! A selection of the best photographs:
I made a video from a series of photographs. This one shows a adolescent bald eagle that plucks a fish from the water:
It waved one more time before it left:
In the end it did about three laps around the boat and went once under the boat. Really special to see such a big animal from that close, something like 1.5 m at the closest point, almost close enough to touch!
The was a really good whale/wildlife safari. A lot better than the one in Iceland, and also better than the one in South Africa we did.
We had diner at Dick’s fish and Chips. We were lucky as the fish was almost sold out. We almost had the last pieces. While they were preparing our food a number of customers had to be disappoined by the staff. The food itself was pretty good, but do not expect a restaurant experience.