Father’s Day is celebrated the third Sunday of June in
, as well as in many other countries around the world. The day originated in the Canada in 1910 when Sonora Smart Dodds of Spokane, Washington wanted to honor her dad. United States followed the next year and we’ve been celebrating Father’s Day yearly since then. Canada
|South Thompson River at Kamloops, BC, Canada|
The day is to honor those fathers and father figures who contribute to the lives of their children, much like we celebrate Mothers Day in May. It is a great opportunity to spend family time together and enjoy the day, no matter how you might choose to do that.
|Father's Day on the South Thompson River, Kamloops, BC|
We were invited to share our Father’s Day celebration boating on the
South Thompson River. The day began with a blue sky and promises of summer temperatures so we all gathered to get on board and enjoy the special afternoon.
|Russian Olive trees line the South Thompson River|
The South Thompson River, like many other rivers at this time of year is still carrying much of the snow melt coming down from the mountains so although we are not being threatened with any flooding this year, the river is high and leaves no beaches to moor the boat at. The water level will recede later in the summer and that will allow for beaches along the river.
|Duck Range overlooks South Thompson River|
We leisurely boated up the river for awhile, stopped along the river’s edge to eat lunch, where we did see a deer dash away too quickly for a photo. After lunch we slowly drifted back downstream as we enjoyed the great company and peaceful river ride.
|Bald Headed Eagle high above South Thompson River|
The surprise of the day was hearing there was a bald headed eagle in a tree up ahead. My camera, almost always ready, jumped into action. Then, along with others reminding me, realized I had a new big camera lens to use that would surely give me some better photos, so I quickly put that onto the camera……and voila! I do love my new lens!
I could hardly wait to see the results of the photos I was able to take as we floated by this beautiful bird. He was sitting in this barren tree, as they’re wont to do, just watching the day go by. He was not particularly interested in us and made no attempt to leave his viewpoint. It is very difficult to judge his size but a guess would be close to a metre (about 3 ft.) high.
I was hoping that once I got all the photos I could, that he might decide to leave so I could get a photo (or many photos) of him in flight. A full grown eagle’s wingspan can be anywhere from 2 or more metres (72-90”), so a great photo that would make, but he was happy to just stay where he was and enjoy the view.
|The bald headed eagle watches the S. Thompson River|
Our biggest bald headed eagles viewing was in the Fall of 2011 on a drive along the highway that runs parallel to the South Thompson River but that was not to happen today. There are eagles that do call the area home but that particular day was an exception for us to see so many. If you wish to see those eagles, click here. I believe the population in the spring is low but I wasn’t able to find a current count.
I was left wondering if this was a ‘father’ eagle that we saw on Father’s Day but we shall never know. There is a size difference between male and female eagles but without comparison, we cannot tell. Eagles mate for life and are both involved in feeding and raising their young. The bald headed eagle is a great example of a family man in the bird world.
In honor of the day of this sighting, though, I say that he is a father and perhaps he is on a fishing trip. For now, he proudly sits high above the South Thompson River, enjoying the quiet and knowing he “contributed to the lives of his children”.