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Patience is the Secret

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Congratulations to Christian Sasse, 2013’s overall winner of the Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival Photo Contest.  Sasse’s photo will appear on the cover of the printed program and be used throughout the 2013 Festival marketing material and website. Christian is an active member of the Hancock Wildlife Foundation and we are all very proud of his accomplishment.

When asked about the circumstances when he took his photograph he said, "This photo was taken on White Rock Beach late Spring 2013 early in the morning. There are very few days where everything is just perfect - the wind blows away from the coast so that the eagle lands in the direction of the beach and the feathers are illuminated by the crisp morning sun which gives each feather exceptional illumination. The tide is low and is still falling so that fish are trapped in tidal pools. I was also lucky to image the eagle carrying a midshipman in one talon. Patience is the secret. Amazing when all these factors coincide to result in some eagle magic."

All entries were compiled into a slide show and were judged by the Festival Committee without the group knowing any of the photographer’s identities. The runner up and 2013’s coveted Festival Sticker that will be handed out at various sites and used to promote the event throughout the year is Rick Skerry. Congratulations to you also!

Both of our winners will have a short bio. on the festival website and will have their pictures put up on our Facebook page for everyone to enjoy.Thank you to all of you who submitted your amazing shots and please watch for the 2014 contest which typically opens each year in April.

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Bald Eagle Bash

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HWF Owl FledgeFest in Victoria, Thursday, April 25th

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2013 Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival Report

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Hi all:

What a month.  Our Harrison Mills eagles have returned earlier and in bigger numbers than ever before.  I can only hope the fish carcasses last.  If you have not been watching the Chehalis Tower cams you have been missing a world class spectacle.

Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival:    Then of course we have been preparing for the Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival -- and all the Festival volunteers and so many of our HWF volunteers made incredible contributions and the whole event seems to have been a great success.  A "highlight" was the loss of electricity just as I was about to present my PowerPoint presentation.  No electricity, no projector or PowerPoint.  I carried on with a "talk" -- unillustrated and it seemed to go over well.

We had a special pair of guests this year -- Thor and Dorte Forslev, the Grandfather of all Bald Eagle Festivals -- his Brackendale / Squamish BE Festival will celebrate it's 27 year this January.  We were so pleased to have him honor our Festival.  The past few years, due to a major downturn in returning salmon in their river system, few salmon have returned to spawn and few eagles have appeared.  I am certain we have carried-fed most of his birds over the past few years.  The Squamish River this year is showing good salmon returns so their eagles will likely return.


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Eagle Released to Start Festival - GlobalBC Interview

A young bald eagle is released back to the wild as thousands of eagles - and people - gather for the Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival

Our thanks to GlobalBC for providing the link so we can include this video on our website. 


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