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  • Jennifer Dowd

Eagles Unleashed: A Stunning Gathering of Raptor Majesty at the Vancouver Dump - June 16, 2023

Photography has always been a passion of mine, and I'm constantly on the lookout for new and exciting subjects to capture through my lens. So, when I heard about the opportunity to photograph eagles at the Vancouver Dump, I couldn't resist the chance to witness these majestic creatures up close. Despite the unconventional location, the sheer spectacle of seeing hundreds of eagles congregating in one place made it an unforgettable experience. Located just outside the bustling city, the Vancouver Dump may seem like an unlikely place to find these magnificent birds. The eagles are attracted by the abundance of food scraps, primarily fish waste, which are discarded at the site.

The amount of excitement and pure joy I felt as I arrived at the Vancouver Dump was incredible. Arriving, I quickly realized that photographing eagles in such a unique setting would come with its fair share of challenges. The background was far from picturesque, with towering mounds of garbage dominating the landscape. However, I soon discovered that the beauty of this experience lay not in the setting itself, but in the awe-inspiring sight of so many eagles gathered in one place.

The sight that unfolded before my eyes was nothing short of breathtaking. A variety of Eagles perched on the bare branches of nearby trees or soared gracefully through the air. It was a mesmerizing display of nature's power and grace. The sound of their wings flapping, and the occasional screech filled the air, creating an atmosphere of pure wilderness.

Observing the eagles in their natural habitat was a true privilege. I watched as they interacted with each other, their majestic presence is evident in every movement. Some eagles competed for scraps of food, engaging in fierce aerial battles, while others patiently waited their turn on nearby trees. The hierarchy among them was apparent, with larger and older eagles claiming the prime spots.

If you venture to the dump, make sure to get permission from the gate (something I didn’t do because no one was there when I arrived….but I definitely got a small friendly lecture on the way out but it was so WORTH IT!)

Photographing eagles at the Vancouver Dump might not be the traditional wildlife photography experience, but it offers a rare opportunity to witness the beauty of nature in an unexpected setting. Despite the less-than-ideal backdrop, the sheer number of eagles gathered made it a truly remarkable spectacle. Remember, photography is about capturing moments and telling stories, and the eagles' presence in this unusual location provided a unique narrative that will forever be etched in my memory.

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