In response to Trish Forrest’s recent letter to the editor (‘Eagle Totem’).
As a wildlife photographer, I am always on the lookout for photo opportunities.
As much as I relish the thought Forrest has put forward, let me just say that it will never work.
Bald Eagles choose their domain and no human intervention will change that.
I have studied many eagle sites over the years and just recently was on Denman Island checking on an old nesting site.
The nest has been destroyed by nature a couple of times and finally the mating pair seem to have given up and moved on.
The same thing happened a number of years ago on Morningstar Golf Course. A nest situated by the ninth tee box finally succumbed to tree rot and collapsed, luckily the pair only moved to another tree nearby to rebuild. That nest too is now gone.
Eagles unfortunately are not like Ospreys, which will build upon man-made platforms.
Nature is just that, and we must enjoy those pleasures and understand that nothing ever stays the same.
So my suggestion to Forrest would be to take her camera (most everyone has one of some type) and capture those moments now so that we can still enjoy seeing them when nature does her plan.
I too hate to see the loss of habitat but continue to seek out opportunities that are still available capturing those Nikon moments, sorry Canon.