Sea Lions and Bald Eagles


It had been four years since I hiked to the north end of Sauvie Island, about 20 miles northwest of home. The south end of the 40 square-mile island is an agricultural area, but the north end is managed for wildlife.

After hiking three miles along the sandy beaches and old roads, I reached the small Warrior Rock Lighthouse. Along the way I was treated to tundra swans, several bald eagles, many Indian plums in bloom and shipping traffic on the Columbia River.

After fighting through one-half mile of blackberry patches and frightening a few blacktail deer, I reached the tip of the Island overlooking the little town of St. Helens, Oregon.

After lunch I wandered through the interior of the Island for awhile before returning to the sandy beach for the pleasant return hike to the Trailhead.

Sea Lions on the prowl for Spring Chinook Salmon

Sea Lions on the prowl for Spring Chinook Salmon

A Bald Eagle keeping a close eye on me

A Bald Eagle keeping a close eye on me

The trail leading through the woods

The trail leading through the woods

The small lighthouse near the end of the Island

The small lighthouse near the end of the Island

Indian Plum Blossum

Indian Plum Blossum

Empty cargo ship heading up the Columbia River to Portland

Empty cargo ship heading up the Columbia River to Portland

A couple walking the sandy beach near the end of Sauvie Island

A couple walking the sandy beach near the end of Sauvie Island

The small town of St. Helens

The small town of St. Helens

A Spring Chinook Salmon fisherman

A Spring Chinook Salmon fisherman

An immature Bald Eagle silhouetted

An immature Bald Eagle silhouetted

 

 

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5 comments

  1. Thanks John doing this one today!

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  2. How wonderful to see sea lions swimming along like that! And a bald eagle! How fantastic.

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  3. As I continue to look at your work, I am amazed at the fantastic pictures and such clarity. Great work John.

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