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Title: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: Tigerlady105 on December 05, 2009, 11:17:36 PM
Some of our members have been fortunate enough to see Bald Eagles in places other than Hornby Island.  If you have had that opportunity, please share your photos and comments about them with us.

 :eclove
Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: Tigerlady105 on December 05, 2009, 11:18:28 PM
In December, 2007, my brother and SIL took me to see the Bald Eagles along a river in Wash. State and I saw an adult eating a freshly caught salmon.  A few minutes later, a juvenile came along and landed right where the salmon and the adult eagle were and started to eat some, too.  Then the adult flew off and I wondered if that the juvenile might have been the adult's child or it wouldn't have been so generous?  Hard to say, but it could be...   :ecsmile

(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2008/2212021632_30a4d0cbcc_b.jpg)

If you look carefully, you can see the adult's white head and the wings that actually are those of both the adult and the juvenile, as the older one prepared to fly off and the younger one was landing next to the adult's right side and behind it.  My brother said the juvenile was about 3-4 years old.  Sort of challenges the idea that the adults don't share food with eagles other than their chicks in the nest.   :puzzled2
Title: Re: Bald Eagles in Other Places
Post by: passerine on December 07, 2009, 10:08:14 PM
Nice Tiger, really interesting & a beautiful photo. It looks like a river i frequent from the rocks & foliage.

I'll bet a few of us have & will have some good eagle stories & pictures. :ecsmile
Title: Re: Bald Eagles in Other Places
Post by: boonibarb on December 08, 2009, 08:19:19 AM
That*s a GREAT story & foto Tigerlady!!
i LOVE seeing the adult & the young one together like that.
Title: Re: Bald Eagles in Other Places
Post by: Tigerlady105 on December 08, 2009, 12:02:22 PM
This is another picture taken the same day along the river in Washington State.  I was very excited to be so close to a Bald Eagle in the wild!   :binocs

(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2266/2211977426_47e68459ec.jpg)
©Cathy G.
Dec. 2007
Washington State

Title: Re: Bald Eagles in Other Places
Post by: Rajame on December 08, 2009, 09:56:35 PM
Eagle Signs...

Today was an important day for my business life.  I had a meeting with a client in Northern Idaho.  I had some nervous moments for our presentation, pricing, my hair, clothing, shoes, coat or no coat (I am a girly girl ya know) and when I got ready this morning everything came out perfectly... like the world was coming into place a puzzle was almost finished.  The sun was shining so brightly. 

I had about 1.5 hour drive to our client's offices.  As I drove near Coeur d'Alene Lake in Northern Idaho in a place that is truly one of the most beautiful places on earth, I had queries of myself... I wonder how today will go?  I wonder what I will say?  What they will say?  And then, all the wonder turned into Joy when a brilliant Bald Eagle flew from one side of the road across in an arch in front of me to the left side of the road and landed on a tree branch.  What JOY I felt in that moment.  I knew then that my friends were with me cheering me on!

There are going to be days of wondering and days of wonder ahead.  I am very thankful for you all and the great spirit of the Eagle that reminded me of the Hornbys and what we have here.

Blessings to your days too,
Rajame  :heart
Title: Re: Bald Eagles in Other Places
Post by: Raptorman on December 08, 2009, 10:04:47 PM
How awesome Rajame!!

I will wish you luck, but I suspect that you already have been blessed.

Good luck  :nod2
Title: Re: Bald Eagles in Other Places
Post by: Tigerlady105 on December 09, 2009, 12:11:56 AM
What a truly blessed day you had, Rajame!  I can just picture you there with the eagle flying over the road and landing in the tree as if to say, "Your Hornby eagle friends are here and wish you well!"  :heart  Thanks for sharing it with us. 
Title: Re: Bald Eagles in Other Places
Post by: Donnae on December 09, 2009, 10:51:51 PM
What a nice story to share with all of us Rajame!!! Yes blessed you are and so are we for knowing you!!  Thanks for sharing!! :heart
Title: Re: Bald Eagles in Other Places
Post by: Rajame on December 09, 2009, 11:26:25 PM
Thank you for your messages.  I have to tell you that the support of this group is fantastic!  We are blessed.

Hugs,
Rajame  :heart
Title: Re: Bald Eagles in Other Places
Post by: Tigerlady105 on December 24, 2009, 04:27:04 PM
Skagit River Bald Eagles web site, where you can see this wonderful area to view Bald Eagles that migrate from Alaska to northwest Washington State in the winter...

On sunny days they soar and on rainy and/or overcast days they perch in the trees along the river.  A good place to stop is Milepost 100 and also the Interpretive Center.

http://www.skagiteagle.org/IC/IC-EagleViewingSites.htm

If you live close enough to go there to see the eagles, don't miss it!  Take a good camera, binoculars, spotting scope and your warmest clothing...hundreds of eagles do their every year for their Winter Vacation - December through part of February.
Title: Re: Bald Eagles in Other Places
Post by: luvthebirds on December 29, 2009, 11:02:26 PM
First time I have visited this thread.  Lovely experience you shared Rajame.  :eclove
Title: Re: Bald Eagles in Other Places
Post by: passerine on January 09, 2010, 11:31:44 AM
On central Van. Island is a bald eagle nest you can look down into from the top on an embankment the first picture is what you see from the cliff (can you see the nest & white head?) the other picture is taken through a scope.

(http://img200.imageshack.us/img200/5103/20080422okay0004.jpg)

(http://img200.imageshack.us/img200/1447/20080422okay0006.jpg)





Title: Re: Bald Eagles in Other Places
Post by: beans on January 09, 2010, 02:08:04 PM
Thanks for posting these "bird's eye views" of the eagle nest.  And you gave us two perspectives:  wide-angle and close-up!
Title: Re: Bald Eagles in Other Places
Post by: Tigerlady105 on January 09, 2010, 05:39:07 PM
Thank for for these shots of the eagle in the nest and the beautiful view, Passerine.  The scenery there always makes me want to return for a visit.   :ecsmile

It's interesting to see how different eagles' nest vary in how and where they are constructed.
Title: Re: Bald Eagles in Other Places
Post by: boonibarb on January 09, 2010, 06:12:44 PM
Wow, that*s cool passerine!
What month were those taken?
We have a nest here that you can look down into, but it is no longer in use.
Title: Re: Bald Eagles in Other Places
Post by: passerine on January 17, 2010, 12:07:30 PM
Sorry Booni i didn't see your question. The eagle was sitting on 2 eggs, that's Lasqueti Island across from the nest. This pair don't seem to have a lot of luck last year the eggs disappeared, the year before one eaglet went missing & i believe & hope one eaglet made it to fledge, the year before no luck either. Not sure what goes wrong there as there is very little human disturbance it a very tall tree so i wouldn't think raccoon, the owner thinks the ravens took the eggs last year. I have a bit of a problem with that as one eagle was always on or near nest anytime i checked it, so you would think it would be a huge confrontation & also the ravens are nesting at the same time. :puzzled2 Just guessing but could it be contamination from fish or secondary poisoning from rodents & rabbit, dunno.
Fingers crossed for this year.

Haven't seen a lot of Bob & Margaret because i think because the river/inlet is really high, going next Sunday to find the nest have a pretty good idea of where but i haven't wanted to go by myself as there are still a lot of bears that didn't hibernate.
Title: Re: Bald Eagles in Other Places
Post by: Cawatcher on January 18, 2010, 09:33:19 AM
So sorry to hear that passerine.. maybe better luck this year? 
  :eccry
Title: Re: Bald Eagles in Other Places
Post by: Blue on January 19, 2010, 03:40:21 PM
As promised in Hornby Nest Discussion,

http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=11.msg6106#msg6106

the second video here shows an eagle using a log.  It is the same beach that was totally covered yesterday morning with high waves and drifting logs (first video).

0:32 HIGH TIDE & LOGS
(http://i154.photobucket.com/albums/s244/Otter_album/Videos_Otter/th_Hightideandlogs_Jan18_10.jpg) (http://s154.photobucket.com/albums/s244/Otter_album/Videos_Otter/?action=view&current=Hightideandlogs_Jan18_10.flv)


A log is somewhere to perch on the beach or eat their prey.  We have several nearby nests, so eagles frequent our beach and trees.  Our property is a little point in the middle of a bay.  Offshore, a pair of eagles have a big flat nest on a windswept tree at the end of an island (shown in video) and perch in the trees on the point, directly above the house and garden.

2:26
(http://i154.photobucket.com/albums/s244/Otter_album/Videos_Otter/th_EAGLESatOTTERPOINT_May2009.jpg) (http://s154.photobucket.com/albums/s244/Otter_album/Videos_Otter/?action=view&current=EAGLESatOTTERPOINT_May2009.flv)
Title: Re: Bald Eagles in Other Places
Post by: Cawatcher on February 07, 2010, 02:48:47 PM
Congowings posted this  You tube video of the eagle laying the second egg at Norfolk Va nest
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=32vQRLCBvAU
Title: Re: Bald Eagles in Other Places
Post by: shorebird137 on May 03, 2010, 07:01:33 PM
How do I transfer pictures of eagles onto this format?
Title: Re: Bald Eagles in Other Places
Post by: boonibarb on May 03, 2010, 08:58:10 PM
shorebird137, have a look under the Tutorials section of the forum.
There are all sorts of good suggestions for you there!

http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?board=6.0 (http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?board=6.0)
Title: Re: Bald Eagles in Other Places
Post by: orovalaz on June 10, 2010, 10:48:46 PM
Still on Vancouver Island:
(http://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i189/ides_omarch/006.jpg)

(http://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i189/ides_omarch/004.jpg)

(http://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i189/ides_omarch/Personal/238_edited-1.jpg)

(http://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i189/ides_omarch/Personal/244_edited-1.jpg)

Title: Re: Bald Eagles in Other Places
Post by: jdarnall2001 on June 14, 2010, 08:00:52 AM
I was blessed to see this eagle up close in Juneau, Alaska.
http://darnallj.smugmug.com/Travel/Jess-Alaska-Photos/IMG45631/900161639_asGU3-M.jpg (http://darnallj.smugmug.com/Travel/Jess-Alaska-Photos/IMG45631/900161639_asGU3-M.jpg)

(http://darnallj.smugmug.com/Travel/Jess-Alaska-Photos/IMG45631/900161639_asGU3-M.jpg)
Title: Re: Bald Eagles in Other Places
Post by: Tigerlady105 on June 14, 2010, 12:34:15 PM
Jdarnall, that's a beautiful photo!  What good timing!  You must have been thrilled!  :ecsmile
Title: Re: Bald Eagles in Other Places
Post by: bruner on June 15, 2010, 07:11:30 PM
Is this the photo you showed us on the eagle chat the other day?  It truly is lovely and you were so fortunate to have captured it.

Thanks.

bruner
Title: Re: Bald Eagles in Other Places
Post by: jdarnall2001 on June 16, 2010, 05:26:50 AM
Yes it is Bruner. I agree. We were very blessed to have such an incredible close up with such a beautiful eagle!
Title: Re: Bald Eagles in Other Places
Post by: BBE on June 16, 2010, 06:47:52 PM
jdarnall, lucky you were to able to snap such a beautiful photo of the eagle.  One certainly sees many eagles in Juneau.

I recall seeing them waiting for the scraps from a salmon BBQ. There about 12 of them lined up atop the telephone poles across the street.
Title: Re: Bald Eagles in Other Places
Post by: luvthebirds on July 01, 2010, 08:20:23 PM
On our recent trip to Hornby Island, we spent a couple of nights just north of Victoria on the water near Saanichton.  I heard an eagle and was lucky enough to get a few pictures of it.  I could see him from the jigga (rv) doorstep and get some pix and then walked closer.  When I went outside of the jigga, an immature bald eagle flew very low right over my head!!!!!  Awesome.   Anyway, here are a few of the pictures of the eagle.  They were taken on June 13, 2010.


(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4074/4753299147_a726956a1b.jpg)

(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4114/4753298435_e19e9d36df.jpg)

(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4079/4753297631_1d090d3b56.jpg)



Title: Re: Bald Eagles in Other Places
Post by: Donnae on July 01, 2010, 10:36:39 PM
Those are lovely pics Luv. Thanks!! It was nice seeing you back in chat tonight too!!!
Title: Re: Bald Eagles in Other Places
Post by: boonibarb on July 02, 2010, 06:25:02 AM


Yay luv, those are great!
Thanks for showing them to us!
Title: Re: Bald Eagles in Other Places
Post by: luvthebirds on July 04, 2010, 10:12:04 PM
A couple of clickable photos of the eagle I saw from our RV site on the Saanich peninsula.

(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4074/4753299147_a726956a1b.jpg) (http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4074/4753299147_a726956a1b_b.jpg)



(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4114/4753298435_e19e9d36df.jpg) (http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4114/4753298435_e19e9d36df_b.jpg)



(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4078/4753297073_0942589d6b.jpg) (http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4078/4753297073_0942589d6b_b.jpg)


Title: Re: Bald Eagles in Other Places
Post by: luvthebirds on July 10, 2010, 01:27:41 AM
After we spent our time on Hornby, we spent a couple of nights in Parksville on Vancouver Island.  Madrona was kind enough to show us (and only an egg) the nest near the Parksville Visitor Center.  The nest was quite visible, yet it was hard to get good photos.  But, oh so exciting to see the nest so up close and personal.  This is the nest where Madrona saw the fledged eaglet.  :ecsmile  There were three eaglets.

The nest photos in these were taken by mr. ltb.  I could not seem to focus, maybe I was too excited meeting Madrona and Only! :biggrin6

photos are clickable

more photos to come, need to  :offtobed now.



(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4101/4756871006_88882e9332.jpg) (http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4101/4756871006_88882e9332_b.jpg)
Parksville area nest with eaglets! aka The Three Amigos.


(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4077/4756871086_62746a35dd.jpg) (http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4077/4756871086_62746a35dd_b.jpg)
Nice shot of the juvvies, mr. ltb


(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4097/4756233459_4fb682ba04.jpg) (http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4097/4756233459_4fb682ba04_b.jpg)
More of the Parksville nest


(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4095/4756871274_b8f9f1dcda.jpg) (http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4095/4756871274_b8f9f1dcda_b.jpg)
Nice nest in Parksville. Eaglet shows us the "pooching" area.




Title: Re: Bald Eagles in Other Places
Post by: madrona on July 10, 2010, 08:27:29 AM
Thanks for posting these photos, luvthebirds.  It is an amazingly accessible nest, but as you said, because of the closeness, hard to capture the eaglets within it.  At the time you took your great photos we thought there were two eaglets and that the third was actually an adult feeding them.  I now believe that your first two photos show the three eaglets that were in this nest.  Pretty unique and a great capture by Mr. LTB! :nod2

 Here is the link (CLICK) (http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=95.msg16583#msg16583) to my photos of the first eaglet fledging, on July 7th, posted in "Your Photos & Stories" - also to earlier photos of this nest taken by orovalaz a month earlier. 
Title: Re: Bald Eagles in Other Places
Post by: luvthebirds on July 10, 2010, 02:40:39 PM
Hi, Madrona.  So glad you got to see the first eaglet fledge.  :eclove  I love the picture of the eaglet sitting in the tree taking it all in. (your #4)  Pretty eaglet and nice light.  I really love the tree in which this nest is located.  There is just something about it.  :heart

Some more shots from our visit to the nest on June 19, 2010.
photos are all clickable

This may not be a great view of the eaglet (a little bum showing), but I love the look of this nest among the green leaves and tree trunk/branches.
 

(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4102/4756233625_a712190111.jpg) (http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4102/4756233625_a712190111_b.jpg)
aha, there is one of the young'uns



(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4080/4756871602_fd93162e46.jpg) (http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4080/4756871602_fd93162e46_b.jpg)
closer view, Parksville nest


(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4094/4756871722_856eaae48d.jpg) (http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4094/4756871722_856eaae48d_b.jpg)
Still with the Parksville nest
Title: Re: Bald Eagles in Other Places
Post by: luvthebirds on July 10, 2010, 02:55:29 PM
I guess these might be what could be called "headless shots"  :eclol, but I find the colors and the feathering on the eaglet interesting nonetheless.

clickable photos


(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4134/4756871906_bea37c776e.jpg) (http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4134/4756871906_bea37c776e_b.jpg)
and there s/he is


(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4142/4756871808_f37f325eb4.jpg) (http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4142/4756871808_f37f325eb4_b.jpg)
aha, there is one again


(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4119/4756234361_8f6d23b8ae.jpg) (http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4119/4756234361_8f6d23b8ae_b.jpg)
top area of nest, eaglet partially visible


(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4099/4756872028_67b671d50e.jpg) (http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4099/4756872028_67b671d50e_b.jpg)
eaglet in Parksville nest, feathers are interesting 


Title: Re: Bald Eagles in Other Places
Post by: luvthebirds on July 10, 2010, 03:16:00 PM
Last of the photos from the June 19, 2010 afternoon visit to the Parksville nest.  With a final shot of the famed Headless Eaglet Series of mr. ltb.  :ecwink
Thanks again to Madrona for sharing the nest with us.

photos all clickable


(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4134/4756234485_6d95503027.jpg) (http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4134/4756234485_6d95503027_b.jpg)
Parksville nest tree detail


(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4101/4756872340_67c7589278.jpg) (http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4101/4756872340_67c7589278_b.jpg)
Juvvies in the Parksville nest play peekaboo with mr. ltb


(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4098/4756872604_e0b2deeb57.jpg) (http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4098/4756872604_e0b2deeb57_b.jpg)
Juvenile on the Parksville nest ... lets us see its tailfeathers....


(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4135/4756872476_3a41e0c2ff.jpg) (http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4135/4756872476_3a41e0c2ff_b.jpg)
long range view of the Parksville nest


(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4135/4756235081_3af8c3cc32.jpg) (http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4135/4756235081_3af8c3cc32_b.jpg)
last shot of the Parksville nest  (with a bit of an eaglet's back showing)


Title: Re: Bald Eagles in Other Places
Post by: orovalaz on July 16, 2010, 03:14:37 PM
I hate to throw water on The Three Amigos, but the center one has a white tail.  Therefore, it is a parent.
Title: Re: Bald Eagles in Other Places
Post by: BBE on July 16, 2010, 07:35:38 PM
Luv, your eagle photos from Saanichtown and Parksville are beautiful. Thanks for sharing them.  You and Mr. ltb (and Blackie) certainly lucked out on the weather.  i do see the occasional eagle near where I live. There is a golf course with two or three nests on the property, next to water.
Title: Bald Eagles in Other Places
Post by: Love4eagles on July 19, 2010, 02:28:34 PM
Thanks to Dan the tree climber.

While he is an experienced climber, he risked his life in recovering our beloved Phoenix.  It would have been terrible for use to have to see her body lay there for any longer.

I cannot imagine having to do that task.  Dan I want to thank you and everyone's great love for Phoenix.  

Eagles are sooo special in my heart.  It is amazing to watch these majestic birds.  

In fact I have always loved them, but what even brought my heart closer to them happened in the early 90's.  My husband and I were told we would never have children.  We married in 1990.  Like I said before, eagles in the early 90's were a very rare sight.  I was sitting outside and I asked God for a sign that I would have kids.  I looked up and seen two Bald Eagles circling above me.  My first daughter was born in 96 and second daughter in 99.  Now you can understand my passion for these beautiful birds.  God knew what I loved and showed it to me.  What a wonderful answer.

Cheryl
Title: Bald Eagles in Other Places
Post by: beans on July 19, 2010, 02:37:30 PM
Cheryl, thank you for sharing that story with us.  I'm so happy for you and your family.   :eclove
Title: Bald Eagles in Other Places
Post by: Love4eagles on July 19, 2010, 03:18:24 PM
You are welcome Beans!

That was a great answer for relief.  He knew I loved Eagles and that did give me instant peace.

We have so many Eagles now between October-May for nesting season our city holds an annual Eagle Expo.  I was so fortunate to be shoulder to shoulder with America.  He is an injured Bald Eagle who is cared for through the American Eagle Foundation, Dollywood, TN.  I posted the pic days ago in the main forum.  What a dream come true to be soo close.

I live near the gulf coast in Louisiana.   My family and I are fortunate to live by the river with many Bald Eagle nest I can watch during the nesting.  My avatar is a pic of a female Eagle I call "mine", lol!  This was taken right across from me and this is her favorite tree to observe.  The Eagles love our huge Cypress trees here to nest.  

What blows my mine is how they always find their nest every year without a GPS, lol!

Thanks to all of you for your dedication and love for Eagles.

Cheryl
Title: Bald Eagles in Other Places
Post by: abbymom on July 19, 2010, 03:38:05 PM
Thank you booni for the videos of Dan, and Mom and Dad Hornby.  I can't wait to see the one where Dan swings from tree to tree.
  
Thank you to everyone involved in initiating a rescue of Phoenix.  Thank you to Dan for taking on the huge task of getting way up there.  I am afraid of heights  :scared so I truly admire him!  I am glad that Phoenix was brought down so quickly.  I never imagined that she would end up in my city of Abbotsford, where the lab is located.  

Cheryl, that is a wonderful story!   :heart  My first eagle encounter was in 1996, 2 days before Christmas, when I opened my front door to get the newspaper and was shocked to see an eagle flying overhead.  I live in an urban area and the ground was covered in snow.  That same morning I had found out I was pregnant for the 3rd time!  I was unsure about having a 3rd child, but I felt that seeing the bald eagle was a sign that it was meant to be and all would be well.  I, too, married in 1990.  That child turned out to be the easiest one to raise and most like me!

Liisa  
Title: Bald Eagles in Other Places
Post by: Love4eagles on July 19, 2010, 03:54:13 PM
abbymom

Yes I do believe God gave you comfort.  I hated to bring in the religious part.  I have not attended a church service in years but always had a relationship with God at home.  I believe that is good enough.  I am glad everything turned great with your third child.  See I do believe the eagles gave you comfort.  I have never read the bible except bits and pieces, but have been told from my sign by people who have, it is mentioned (Eagles) in the Bible.  Also googled it and it is true.

Yes Dan, the tree climber, did a great job.  Cannot wait to see the tree to tree video too.  I cannot imagine the work this man had to do to get there.  I would not have made it 20 feet much less 100.  That is very high.  Bless his heart for his work, WOW!

Cheryl

Title: Bald Eagles in Other Places
Post by: abbymom on July 19, 2010, 04:10:18 PM
Love4eagles:

Thank you for your reply!  I have the same experience with God as you do.  Thank you for sharing that.  

Where would I find the picture of "America"?  You are so fortunate to be able to see eagles nearby!!

Hey, one more post and we're even - LOL!

Liisa  :ecsmile

Title: Bald Eagles in Other Places
Post by: Love4eagles on July 19, 2010, 04:27:54 PM
Love4eagles:

Thank you for your reply!  I have the same experience with God as you do.  Thank you for sharing that.  

Where would I find the picture of "America"?  You are so fortunate to be able to see eagles nearby!!

Hey, one more post and we're even - LOL!

Liisa  :ecsmile




Here is a repost from the main discussion group.  I got a little off subject moderator's, Sorry!

Wanted to share a few pics from Morgan City Louisiana's Eagle Expo 2010. Due to the many successful breeding pair's of Bald Eagle's here we now host an Eagle Expo every spring. I wanted to share a few pics with you all. Back in 1990's here Bald Eagles were a rare site. I simply love them.

I had the pleasure this year of meeting Karen who works for the American Eagle Foundation stationed at Dollywood. Guess what, I was shoulder to shoulder with America, one of their injured Eagles from Alaska. This was one of the best days of my life besides my two daughters and husband. To be soo close to one, I never thought. They are so huge. I live by the river and see many during the day and sit outside waiting for them. They fly right over my house, close. I am very fortunate to see these majestic birds and are so glad they are on a come back.

Anyway, I went on photobucket and created a collage of some of the many photos I got that day plus just one of me.  The picture with the two women and the Eagle centered, that is me on the right side.  Not sure why two are cropped.

I am soo lucky to leave near the beautiful Cypress trees where Eagles here make a home!

http://i338.photobucket.com/albums/n425/cherylfromenthal/cheryl/eagleexpo2010020-1.jpg

Here is the American Eagle Foundation website were you can find America and his history with Dollywood and many other special Eagles. I am sure many of your have been to this site.  The Eagle that broke my heart was the one that lost his wing, Osceola.  Here is a video of him hang gliding (flying again)

http://www.eagles.org/about/Our-Special-Eagles/osceola.php

http://www.eagles.org/


Thanks for viewing, Cheryl
Title: Bald Eagles in Other Places
Post by: nuthatch on July 19, 2010, 06:27:02 PM
There is a quote regarding eagles, "They will mount up with wings as eagles, they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not faint."  One of my favorites.  I am new at this but I watched Phoenix grow and I will miss her tremendously. I was given the nest web-site by a family member and I am hooked on eagles.
Title: Bald Eagles in Other Places
Post by: Love4eagles on July 19, 2010, 06:34:34 PM
There is a quote regarding eagles, "They will mount up with wings as eagles, they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not faint."  One of my favorites.  I am new at this but I watched Phoenix grow and I will miss her tremendously. I was given the nest web-site by a family member and I am hooked on eagles.

Thanks for the verse.  There are several!  So we know Eagles are special.

We all have cried many tears over Phoenix.  That is normal.  We are just great humans who love nature.  Thank God for people like us or they may not exist today to love.  


Cheryl
Title: Bald Eagles in Other Places
Post by: nuthatch on July 19, 2010, 06:41:56 PM
Cheryl,
Thank you for your encouragement. I have never been part of a forum or chat.  I am a rookie deluxe.  I spend very little time on the computer but I will check in daily for the latest on any future nests.  

Susie (nuthatch)
Banning, California
Title: Bald Eagles in Other Places
Post by: greyfloppysocks on July 19, 2010, 08:28:58 PM
Wonderful comments all around!  Cheryl, I go to SC La every fall, keep wishing I see eagles, but I believe it is off season, and they may not be that far west.  

I saw clips of America on Youtube... Gorgeous eagle, for sure!  How lucky you were to see him!
Title: Bald Eagles in Other Places
Post by: Love4eagles on July 19, 2010, 08:43:53 PM
greyfloppysocks Yes It was to get to meet him this close.  I never dreamed I would get this close to a Bald Eagle.  I cannot explain the emotions I had that day.  He is use to people and the first guestion I asked was will America peck me, lol.  The woman told me you can touch him, it is okay, so of course I did.  I was assured he would not peck me, lol.  They are soo big up close.  I was amazed.  Just wished I could of held him, lol! I look forward to next year's Expo.  Actually the pics with me and America were from my daughter's school.  They were nice enough to bring America and a Golden Eagle.  So I was lucky.  I asked the principle and he said it was ok I attended.  Even the Expo people did not get a chance to meet America.  I was on cloud 9.  I look forward to next March.  I took many pictures and will try to share when I get them loaded.

Good Night to all my Eagle Lovers.  They are special in my heart.

Cheryl
Title: Bald Eagles in Other Places
Post by: greyfloppysocks on July 19, 2010, 08:49:06 PM
That is awesome, Cheryl!  We have a nest about 25 miles from here where I live in Ohio, and I try to get up there to see them but this year, things have been hectic, and I haven't been back since April 30... the babies were only 4 weeks old then, and have already fledged now.  This is a young couple, and they have produced at least 8 eaglets since nesting, and all have fledged.  I have never held or pet an eagle, but have seen them up close...  (mostly in zoos), but to see them in the wild, flying free...  Brought me to tears!

By the way, I go to Lafayette area when I go south.
Title: Bald Eagles in Other Places
Post by: Love4eagles on July 19, 2010, 08:57:46 PM
That is awesome, Cheryl!  We have a nest about 25 miles from here where I live in Ohio, and I try to get up there to see them but this year, things have been hectic, and I haven't been back since April 30... the babies were only 4 weeks old then, and have already fledged now.  This is a young couple, and they have produced at least 8 eaglets since nesting, and all have fledged.  I have never held or pet an eagle, but have seen them up close...  (mostly in zoos), but to see them in the wild, flying free...  Brought me to tears!

By the way, I go to Lafayette area when I go south.


Lafayette is about an hour drive from me north west, very close.  You have to come near the gulf coast to see many eagles during the Oct-April nesting season.  You can drive down the road and see Eagles near my house.  Something you use to not see here in the early 90's.  Wonderful they are plentiful now.  The reason is we are the fish capital and food supply is plentiful.  I so love to watch them dive down and catch a fish.  It is awesome.  Wish I had a webcam to catch their actions!

Cheryl
Title: Bald Eagles in Other Places
Post by: Love4eagles on July 19, 2010, 09:02:36 PM
That is one great thing about webcams.  I have been watching Bald Eagles here since the early 90's but cannot see their babies until they are ready to fly.  I can only see their heads above the nest.  I wish I could see every step they take.  I sure will miss Phoenix.  She was such a joy to watch.

I am about 15 miles away from the gulf.  It also breaks my heart of the oil spill killing so many birds native here.  Hopefully things are under control now but who knows what is next.  

Cheryl
Title: Bald Eagles in Other Places
Post by: greyfloppysocks on July 19, 2010, 09:04:30 PM
We were "chasing" the Delta Queen on the Ohio River about 7 miles from where I live one day during it's last trip before being retired, and we stopped at an old marina, and sat our camera bags down, and right in front of us, an eagle came out of nowhere and splashed down and got a fish and took off!  most amazing thing!!   there we were, cameras in tow, and none of us got pictures!  LOL   It happened so fast, and I had never seen an eagle there before!
Title: Bald Eagles in Other Places
Post by: Love4eagles on July 19, 2010, 09:08:20 PM
We were "chasing" the Delta Queen on the Ohio River about 7 miles from where I live one day during it's last trip before being retired, and we stopped at an old marina, and sat our camera bags down, and right in front of us, an eagle came out of nowhere and splashed down and got a fish and took off!  most amazing thing!!   there we were, cameras in tow, and none of us got pictures!  LOL   It happened so fast, and I had never seen an eagle there before!

That is how it goes, I know the feeling.  My avatar pic is an Eagle that I have been watching across from my house.  She is very spooky but finally got a great picture of her.  I sneaked by the tree to capture this one.  I call them "my" Eagles, lol!

Cheryl
Title: Bald Eagles in Other Places
Post by: Love4eagles on July 19, 2010, 09:26:15 PM
nuthatch, you are welcome!  I am new to the forum too eventhough I have been watching Ma and Pa and Phoenix.  It is a great tragedy to all of us.  Don't feel alone in this.  Your words are so welcomed to this forum!  Very lovely people here!

Cheryl
Title: Re: Bald Eagles in Other Places
Post by: winterwren on January 05, 2011, 07:50:22 PM
In the December issue of Harper's Magazine I found a wonderful article by Annie Proulx (the author of The Shipping News). The title of the article is A Year of Birds - At home on the North Platte River. Here's a long quote from the first page of the article.

"On my first day alone at Bird Cloud, my ranch near the Medicine Bow range in southern Wyoming, a bald eagle sat in a favorite perch tree across the river. It was December 30, 2006. The day before, two of them had sat side by side for hours, gazing down through the pale water sliding over the rocks, waiting for incautious fish. This was eagle-style fishing. Sometimes they stood in the shallows, cold water soaking their fancy leggings. Bald eagles are skillful at their trade, and I have seen them haul fish out the the freezing water onto the ice, or swoop down, sink their talons into a big trout., and rise up with the heavy fish twisting futilely. Bird Cloud's construction crew was lucky enough to see one of them dive onto a large fish, riding the fish like a surfboard down the rushing river.
(...)
"I was impressed that the bald eagles stuck around. The
Stokes Field Guide stated: "Once a pair is established on a territory, they are very reluctant to move elsewhere to breed." That fit the case. Stokes also warned readers to stay at least a quarter of a mile away from the nest during the "egg-laying to early nesting" period, as alarmed parents might abandon their young. But these eagles hadn't read Stokes and tolerated all of us. The house itself was roughly a quarter of a mile from them and they warned us away only if we stood on the riverbank directly across from the nest or got over to the other side of the water and walked near their tree. The bald eagles have raised two chicks every year except one, when only a single chick survived.  The books say one surviving chick is the norm, but these eagles have been calm and laid-back -- wonderful parents with a high success rate. Whenever a stranger came to the house the bald eagles took turns flying over and scrutinizing them. Anything new -- lawn chair, garden hose, shrubs -- piqued their curiosity, and they flew over low and slow, examining the object. In fact, they were nosy. It was quite fair. I peered at them through binoculars, they peered back."

Annie Proulx, in Harper's Magazine, December 2010, pp. 47-48.
Title: Re: Bald Eagles in Other Places
Post by: dizzymom70 on January 05, 2011, 11:40:49 PM
Oh Wren, it's just amazing to me the personalities that our wildlife friends can have. They seem to be as individual from each other as we humans are. And just as complex as humans, too.
Title: Re: Bald Eagles in Other Places
Post by: Tigerlady105 on January 06, 2011, 02:54:54 AM
Wren, that's a very interesting article about the eagles 'across the river.'  Their built-in curiosity seems to be a good protection strategy and really works to their advantage, doesn't it?!   :ecsmile
Title: Re: Bald Eagles in Other Places
Post by: Faerie Gardener on January 06, 2011, 07:46:45 AM
Yesterday our local news ran a story about an unusually high number of Bald Eagles seen here on the Bay of Lake Michigan known as Green Bay (Wisconsin side).  They are attracted to a small fish called "shad" which is plentiful there right now. I imagine many of the local rivers and creeks are frozen over right now. The video show some beautiful soaring eagles and many immature or sub-adults and I found it to be fantastic! Here's the link to that story:

 http://www.fox11online.com/dpp/news/unusual-bald-eagle-sightings

(Some of us think maybe we can thank the Philadelphia Eagles for sending them to spy on the Green Bay Packers' practice in preparation for their playoff football game in Philadelphia on Sunday! :ecwink  )
Title: Re: Bald Eagles in Other Places
Post by: passerine on January 06, 2011, 08:33:07 AM
Faerie will you be able to go there? Seemed like more immatures than adult.  Nice to see it's like they have a built in radar system & know exactly where to go to find fish. Here if there is a poor salmon run they seem to just not show up.
Title: Re: Bald Eagles in Other Places
Post by: Rajame on January 06, 2011, 08:39:18 AM
That is incredible. Thank you for posting and sharing. :heart
Title: Re: Bald Eagles in Other Places
Post by: Faerie Gardener on January 06, 2011, 08:39:39 PM
Faerie will you be able to go there? Seemed like more immatures than adult.  Nice to see it's like they have a built in radar system & know exactly where to go to find fish. Here if there is a poor salmon run they seem to just not show up.
I am headed there first thing tomorrow, camera and binoculars (and map) in hand!  It will be single digits, so I'll take some warm clothes!    :nod2
Title: Re: Bald Eagles in Other Places
Post by: Blue on January 06, 2011, 11:11:35 PM
Good luck eagle spotting, Faerie!   :thumbsup
Title: Re: Bald Eagles in Other Places
Post by: passerine on January 07, 2011, 08:54:57 AM
Looking forward to hearing about your adventure, hope you get lots of pics. :nod2
Title: Re: Bald Eagles in Other Places
Post by: Faerie Gardener on January 07, 2011, 03:17:03 PM
OK. I got a few pics and video, BUT... I think the TV guy did better, 'cuz he probably had a tripod. It was 11 degrees F, windy, and snowing, so my camera wanted to focus on the snowflakes  :blush

This was just spectacular, though. I arrived around 11 AM, and as soon as we entered the area there were at least 5 eagles soaring over us, and then we noticed that others were landing on the water or taking off. I saw 10 Eagles in one tree and 8 in another, many adults but younger ones, too. A couple really large juveniles soared in circles overhead for the longest time, seemingly just having fun flying. I heard a few trills when we first arrived, but it was generally pretty quiet. Those in the trees stayed most of the hour I was there, and some appeared to be dozing. Several landings and take-offs occurred in the trees while I watched.
  Once I saw a pair seem to fly at each other in the distance, but they only did it once and soared peacefully after that. I think the food was plentiful, as there didn't seem to be any sparring going on. I saw one adult land on the water among a group of mallards and swoop back up with a fish in its talons!  The ducks didn't move during this action! It seemed very peaceful, given all the different ages and species of birds there - seagulls, Canada Geese, ducks, and crows in addition to the Eagles. There is a Pelican rookery on the island just north of this site, and I've seen Pelicans on the river just south of our location during the summer, but there weren't any present today! The site is at the mouth of a large river which flows north and empties into Green Bay (a part of Lake Michigan) there. The river divides the city of Green Bay in half, and this is an industrial site, just around the bend from two wildlife preserves. I think the water is warmer there due to the large paper plant at the site, which you can see behind the eagles perched in the trees. I will see if my hi-tech son can get some of the video downloaded here when I see him tomorrow, but these are the best pics I have:

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     (http://i1021.photobucket.com/albums/af334/DarciJ751/Eagles%20on%20Green%20Bay%20%20Jan%207%202011/IMG_0057.jpg)

And this one is clickable:  Hmmm maybe I need to make it bigger, but clicking works

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Title: Re: Bald Eagles in Other Places
Post by: Tigerlady105 on January 07, 2011, 04:00:08 PM
Faerie Gardener, you did very well taking pictures of the eagles!  What an exciting day you must have had!  Thanks for sharing them with us here.  Watch for a puzzle soon!   :chuckle
Title: Re: Bald Eagles in Other Places
Post by: Faerie Gardener on January 07, 2011, 04:12:13 PM
Oh Good!  A perfect ending to a perfect adventure!

BTW, I now REALLY appreciate Booni and Wren and their talented photojournalism!

BTW #2:  I did drive past Lambeau Field and did not see any Eagles spying there... :ecwink
Title: Re: Bald Eagles in Other Places
Post by: passerine on January 07, 2011, 04:14:15 PM
It looks like you had a fine day. :ecsmile It appears from your pictures like there is an equal amount adult to immature. Thanks.
Title: Re: Bald Eagles in Other Places
Post by: Faerie Gardener on January 07, 2011, 06:32:56 PM
Here are two more pics from the Green Bay trip I took today. These eagles were on a different tree.

     (http://i1021.photobucket.com/albums/af334/DarciJ751/Eagles%20on%20Green%20Bay%20%20Jan%207%202011/PICT0550.jpg)

      (http://i1021.photobucket.com/albums/af334/DarciJ751/Eagles%20on%20Green%20Bay%20%20Jan%207%202011/PICT0551.jpg)

     
Title: Re: Bald Eagles in Other Places
Post by: Tigerlady105 on January 07, 2011, 06:35:25 PM
The eagles seem to like those trees and the fishing there!   :eclove
Title: Re: Bald Eagles in Other Places
Post by: Rajame on January 07, 2011, 10:36:42 PM
Holy Eagles Faerie Gardener! That is fantastic. I bet you could not contain your excitement! Go you go! :heart
Title: Re: Bald Eagles in Other Places
Post by: Faerie Gardener on January 07, 2011, 10:46:24 PM
Yes, it was SO exciting! Almost warmed me up!  I'm so happy to share here with all of you!
Title: Re: Bald Eagles in Other Places
Post by: winterwren on January 08, 2011, 05:58:47 PM
Wow, what a treat to see so many eagles in one place, and in winter to boot! And thank you so much, Faerie Gardener, for your descriptions of the eagles' behaviour and of the other birds that were present. I LOVE learning about how the eagles fare in other regions, and how they interact when they are away from their nesting sites.
 :ecsmile
Wren
Title: Re: Bald Eagles in Other Places
Post by: Faerie Gardener on January 08, 2011, 07:08:48 PM
You're welcome, Wren. It was such a pleasant adventure for me. That area is very near the neighborhood I grew up in. I moved from there in 1973, and it's fun to have a reason to return. How great that the Eagles think so, too!

Interestingly, the amusement park nearby is currently assembling a wooden roller coaster that they purchased from Nashville, said to have been Elvis's favorite! Maybe the Eagles are supervising that activity?
Title: Re: Bald Eagles in Other Places
Post by: Rajame on January 08, 2011, 11:30:37 PM
Eagles were supervising where to put the coaster sticks? Oh that made me laugh! :heart
Title: Re: Bald Eagles in Other Places
Post by: Tigerlady105 on January 09, 2011, 05:28:39 AM
"Coaster sticks!"  Rajame, you are soooooooooo funny!    Maybe they were discussing how to get one of those pieces of equipment that picks up and moves big 'sticks.'   :rotf1
Title: Re: Bald Eagles in Other Places
Post by: Faerie Gardener on January 09, 2011, 06:49:46 PM
 :mhihi  Such a funny visual image, Raj and Tiger!

Today the local wildlife specialists said that these eagles roost at night in the trees of the Wildlife Sanctuary, then spend the days near the open water. They have posted some pics of a nest.
Here's the link to that video:

    http://www.wbay.com/global/video/flash/popupplayer.asp?ClipID1=5452672&h1=Large%20Number%20of%20Bald%20Eagles%20Attracts%20Viewers&vt1=v&at1=News&d1=108867&LaunchPageAdTag=News&activePane=info&rnd=16179493
Title: Re: Bald Eagles in Other Places
Post by: Rajame on January 09, 2011, 07:28:42 PM
Thank you Faerie! The report is facinating. :heart
Title: Re: Bald Eagles in Other Places
Post by: Tigerlady105 on January 10, 2011, 01:46:38 AM
Very nice report, F. Gardener.  Thanks for posting the link.  The people who were interviewed were so enthusiastic!   :eclove
Title: Re: Bald Eagles in Other Places
Post by: ccfan on January 10, 2011, 01:54:46 PM
You did good Faerie!  :thumbup:
Title: Re: Bald Eagles in Other Places
Post by: boonibarb on March 06, 2011, 10:14:22 PM

Here*s a lovely slide show done by Sandor of the places she visited today!

Click here (http://s1141.photobucket.com/albums/n599/Sandor3/Mini%20Road%20Trip%20March%205%202011/?albumview=slideshow)
Title: Re: Bald Eagles in Other Places
Post by: Tigerlady105 on March 06, 2011, 10:25:54 PM
Sandor, thank you for giving Booni permission to post your photo link.  I really like the pics with the sea lions hanging out!   :eclol

Hopefully, soon the herring will be in for the eagles and the other wildlife that depend on them for food at this time of year!   :nod2
Title: Re: Bald Eagles in Other Places
Post by: Blue on March 06, 2011, 10:40:56 PM
Nice to see! Thanks for posting Booni and thanks to Sandor.

The eagles are sitting above the beach where I live and endless streams of seagulls are patrolling the sky - flying much higher than usual in large flocks of 25, 50, and 100 or more. Immature eagles are appearing and calling out with their 3 to 5 note screepy calls and the adults are calling back.

The herring boats are waiting for word when the first opening will be and trying to hang around where they think it will be - first the seine boats. This is because the seiners go for smaller fish in deeper water. Then the gillnetters closer in who catch the bigger fish.

The herring spawn is late this year, possibly due to the week of stormy weather and cloudy skies we have just experienced. The occasional plane flies along the coast, spotting for spawn, and I smell the air when I go outside because when the spawn happens, you can smell it before you see it.
Title: Re: Bald Eagles in Other Places
Post by: Tigerlady105 on March 06, 2011, 10:44:36 PM
Blue, lots of anticipation!  I'm feeling it, too, for the eagles' sake!   :eclove
Title: Re: Bald Eagles in Other Places
Post by: winterwren on May 09, 2011, 10:05:59 PM
Today I was in the Courtenay area, and happened to mention my passion for eagles to the right person, who immediately directed me to two nests that I did not know about.

The first nest is visible from the City Hall parking lot! It is in a huge cottonwood, right across the Puntledge River.

The cottonwoods smell most wonderful right now, while they are leafing out... Soon, this nest will be almost invisible. But now I could see someone in it... and this someone got up and picked at something at her feet for a long time... Looked like the motions of feeding an eaglet! Click for the closer view.

(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2663/5706167536_db805ec68c_z.jpg) (http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2663/5706167536_682504353e_o.jpg)



(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2448/5705596989_0d04282af8_z.jpg) (http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2448/5705596989_67c46961c0_o.jpg)
Title: Re: Bald Eagles in Other Places
Post by: winterwren on May 09, 2011, 10:25:59 PM
The second nest is on Wilkinson Road at Little River, near the ferry landing. I happened to be travelling to Powell River, so I took a short detour... This nest was impossible to miss!

(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2232/5705587959_c1c313d1c9_z.jpg) (http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2232/5705587959_b596630c0d_o.jpg)

What a big ball of sticks! This nest must be very old. Like the Courtenay City Hall nest, it is in a cottonwood.

I found an angle where I could see that someone was home! Either on eggs or brooding a new family.

(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3540/5705591249_e648b58f4e_z.jpg) (http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3540/5705591249_8d90e091d8_o.jpg)

At the Campbell River eagle festival, I learned that eagles prefer to use Douglas firs as nesting trees; the use of cottonwoods is a sign that suitable nesting trees are in short supply.

The nest is beautifully situated, right across a freshwater pond. Beyond it is the ocean, partly disturbed by the ferry landing and a residential area. The surroundings of the pond showed signs of having recently been replanted with native species, maybe a restoration project to make up habitat in trade for a new development nearby? Does anyone know more about this?

A beautiful pond, at any rate:

(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2173/5705596505_a6db33c04d_z.jpg) (http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2173/5705596505_a6db33c04d_b.jpg)


(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2315/5706157352_9deb12af4f_z.jpg) (http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2315/5706157352_19c4f5aa47_o.jpg)

Title: Re: Bald Eagles in Other Places
Post by: Tigerlady105 on May 09, 2011, 10:42:39 PM
How wonderful to find more nests, Wren!  So many beautiful places to explore!  I love seeing them, with you here!   :thumbup:
Title: Re: Bald Eagles in Other Places
Post by: boonibarb on May 10, 2011, 08:32:56 AM

AWESOME wren!!!
What an excellent report!
It is SO COOL to see Bald Eagles in other places!
Title: Re: Bald Eagles in Other Places
Post by: watermaid on May 10, 2011, 10:48:09 PM
How sad the loss of habitat but the pond is very beautiful.
watermaid :heart
Title: Re: Bald Eagles in Other Places
Post by: dancermom2 on May 31, 2011, 07:47:46 AM
Nice article and video on eagles on Catalina Island who have made a come back after being hurt by DDT.  CBS News (http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2011/05/29/eveningnews/main20067233.shtml?tag=mncol;lst;2)



Quote
After DDT scourge, bald eagles return to Catalina
(CBS News)
America's national bird is flying high again over a West Coast island that DDT pollution drove them from forty years ago.

CBS News correspondent John Blackstone reports that dedicated rescuers deserve all the credit. Twenty-two miles across the sea from Los Angeles, Catalina Island has a reputation for romance.

It's also the adopted home of the American bison. Now, another American icon is native to Catalina that previously hasn't done as well: Bald eagles.

"By the mid-60's, they were all gone from this - Catalina Island and the California Channel Islands," says Peter Sharpe with the Institute for Wildlife Studies.

For 15 years, Sharpe has been working to bring bald eagles back to Catalina, a project that lately has been having some notable success.

"We spend a lot of the early parts of the year scanning the coastline for any activity," Sharpe says.

To get an even closer look at the island's growing eagle population from the moment chicks break open their eggs, Sharpe has set up remote cameras looking into the nests.

"it saves us a lot of time. It gives us more information on what's actually going on at the nest," Sharpe says.

Not only can he monitor how the adults are caring for the fast growing chicks, he streams the whole "Eagle-cam" reality show live on the internet for anyone to watch.

"They're seeing things that until five or ten years ago, most people never got to see," Sharpe says.

The change is all the more impressive because Eagles were once in so much trouble here. The natural beauty of the islands and the ocean hides something ugly. Until the 1960's the Pacific off Southern California was a dumping ground for thousands of tons of waste contaminated with the pesticide DDT.

"The DDT has not disappeared from the environment. The birds are still picking it up," Sharpe says.

For decades the DDT made the birds' eggs so thin, the shells would break before hatching. So Sharpe's team hatched them in incubators and then hand raised the chicks until they were strong enough to be returned to the nest with their parents.

"The adults did most of the work, but we did the stressful part," Sharpe says.

Over the last five years, DDT levels appear to have dropped enough that the eggs can survive in the nest. So the days of hand-raising eagle chicks have now ended

Today, when they are eight weeks old, almost big enough to fly, Sharpe climbs into the nest to tag the young birds. With only seven breeding pairs on Catalina every eagle counts...especially to Sharpe who hand-raised some of the birds that are now parents.

"I guess I have a little bit more attachment to these because I'm a grandfather now," Sharpe says.

He's also pleased that nature here no longer needs quite as much help to do what comes naturally.


Title: Re: Bald Eagles in Other Places
Post by: dizzymom70 on May 31, 2011, 08:50:17 AM
Great news for Jackson County, MI, where I live!

http://www.mlive.com/news/jackson/index.ssf/2011/05/eaglets_discovered_in_jackson.html (http://www.mlive.com/news/jackson/index.ssf/2011/05/eaglets_discovered_in_jackson.html)

(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2290/5781441883_
64f8521aab_o.jpg)
Title: Re: Bald Eagles in Other Places
Post by: cakiepie on May 31, 2011, 10:03:28 AM


Oh Dizzy....that is wonderful!!
Title: Re: Bald Eagles in Other Places
Post by: Rajame on May 31, 2011, 01:03:34 PM
Yay! Dizzy those are great eaglets! :heart
Title: Re: Bald Eagles in Other Places
Post by: passerine on May 31, 2011, 08:46:59 PM
That is great Dizzy, I hope you get to see the nest. :ecsmile

Dancerlady thank-you for posting that article. Wonderful Catalina is seeing success.
Title: Re: Bald Eagles in Other Places
Post by: Bairbre on June 05, 2011, 02:41:41 PM
Hi,

I tried to post this in the chat yesterday evening but it was moving to quickly.

Though you might be interested.  Hope the link works.

http://www.hancockwildlife.org/forum/viewtopic.php?topic=216893#216893 (http://www.hancockwildlife.org/forum/viewtopic.php?topic=216893#216893)
Title: Re: Bald Eagles in Other Places
Post by: emc on June 12, 2011, 07:58:01 AM
An eaglet has hatched on Anacapa Island for the first time in 60 years.!!
Our local paper.
http://www.vcstar.com/news/2011/jun/10/first-bald-eagle-hatches-on-anacapa-island-in-60/

Kcet report
http://www.kcet.org/updaily/socal_focus/environment/bald-eagle-hatches-on-anacapa-island-34410.html

(printed from Ventura County Star article)
A bald eagle has naturally hatched on Anacapa Island for the first time in more than 60 years, the National Park Service announced Friday.

The chick, now believed to be about 8 to 9 weeks old, hatched in a remote canyon on West Anacapa Island, about 14 miles off Ventura County's shore. Anacapa is one of five islands in Channel Islands National Park.

It's believed to be the first successful hatch there since 1949, said Yvonne Menard, a park spokeswoman.

The nest was found by a researcher in March. Inclement weather and nesting patterns thwarted subsequent trips. So it wasn't until this week that three eagle experts traveled to the island in hopes of confirming a hatchling.

The trio hiked 45 minutes through dense vegetation in a portion of the island off-limits to humans except for research trips.

The trio not only found the young eagle alone in a low-lying nest in a Toyon tree, but they were able to put a wing and leg tag on the bird and a satellite tracking device. Unable to fly yet, the eagle upon seeing the trio scrambled out of the nest.

"We had to corral the chick a little bit. That just added to the excitement of the day," said Annie Little, a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologist and part of the multiagency Montrose Settlements Restoration Program.

The others on the trip were Peter Sharpe and Helen Johnson, biologists with the Institute for Wildlife Studies.

The eagle's sex couldn't be determined. No name was given to the bird, so it is identified by its tag title — A-75. The first tag was A00, Little said, so the bird is actually the 76th to be documented.

The bird is the first offspring of its parents, now 8 or 9 years old. Eagles can reproduce at 4 or 5 years, but this pair waited.

The male, known as A-21, was brought from Alaska as an eight-week-old chick and released on Santa Cruz Island in 2003. The female, A-11, also was originally from Alaska and was released on Santa Cruz Island in 2002.

"This is their first breeding attempt," Little said. "And it's likely they will come back and renest."


CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/DR. PETER SHARPE

The National Park Service announced Friday that a bald eagle has hatched on Anacapa Island for the first time in more than 60 years.
Bald eagles had disappeared from the Channel Islands by the early 1960s because of human impacts, primarily the use of DDT and other pesticides that caused them to lay thin-shelled eggs that dehydrated or broke in the nest. Even after bald eagles were fully protected, their numbers continued to decline.

The numbers have increased steadily since DDT use was banned in the 1970s. Today, 60 to 70 bald eagles live on the islands after restoration efforts that included raising and releasing bald eagle chicks from hack towers on Santa Cruz Island between 2002 and 2006, Menard said.

There are 13 active nests with 12 chicks this breeding season, including three nests on Santa Cruz Island, two on Santa Rosa Island, one on Anacapa and seven on Santa Catalina Island.

"This new milestone with a bald eagle chick on Anacapa Island is very exciting," park Superintendent Russell Galipeau said in a statement. "Bald eagles are now breeding on four of the eight Channel Islands that they occupied historically."
Title: Re: Bald Eagles in Other Places
Post by: luvthebirds on June 12, 2011, 12:46:45 PM
 :biggrin3 :clap   Wonderful news, EMC.   Thank you.
Title: Re: Bald Eagles in Other Places
Post by: Tigerlady105 on June 12, 2011, 01:09:21 PM
Wonderful news, Emc.  Thank you!  Dr. Sharpe must be thrilled!   :thumbup:
Title: Re: Bald Eagles in Other Places
Post by: jungleland on July 25, 2011, 06:11:02 PM
 About a month ago we saw 3 eaglets sitting in the nest while were kayaking on a nearby lake.  The quality of the picture isn't great because it was very cloudy and got dark and started to sprinkle. Plus the kayak was in constant motion.

(https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-xZwmVA54R68/Tgh2-CrdGaI/AAAAAAAAAJg/hNjWBXZm1-g/s640/DSCN1821.JPG)

Today we were out kayaking to check out the eagles and they have all fledged!  The were soaring around in circles and appeared playful at times.  We even saw one do a spiral.  They flew right over us several times.  Then they perched in a tree.  We realized there were 4 of them in the tree.  Could there have been 4 in the nest?  I took some pictures.  It was cloudy again and very windy and wavy so it was hard to aim at the eagles.  When we were looking at the pictures one of the eagles seem to have more whitish feathers than the other 3.  They were all dark brown.   

Lighter eaglet:

(https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-axtEOVviDv4/Ti4PgQq4NHI/AAAAAAAAAaM/bpRYsnMpbLE/s512/DSCN1948-1.JPG)

Darker eaglet:

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-RD8cS_69hdQ/Ti4PwKHgm6I/AAAAAAAAAaQ/Zm_KW9rJh80/s512/DSCN1940-1.JPG)


My question to you eagle experts do you think one could be from last year since one had different coloring?  They didn't seem to mind being in each others presence.  Could there have been 4 in the nest? 

When I was watching them soar around I was imaging Alexandra and David playfully soaring someday together soon.  It was a fascinating experience!

Thanks for any imput you might have!
Title: Re: Bald Eagles in Other Places
Post by: Blue on July 25, 2011, 09:17:40 PM
Jungleland,

I think the lighter eagle looks that way due to the lighting. It also looks like it has some white down coming out of the breast area. If you compare the beaks, both of them appear to be the same dark juvenile colouring.
Title: Re: Bald Eagles in Other Places
Post by: jungleland on July 26, 2011, 06:18:17 PM
Thanks Beans!  Maybe that means this nest had 4 eaglets this year.  I'll have to do some more investigating!
Title: Re: Bald Eagles in Other Places
Post by: Cawatcher on July 26, 2011, 10:07:01 PM
Jungleland , it is so brathetaking to witness.. To be in a quiet Kayak sounds wonderful, The 3 look as though they are planning their strategy  :ecsmile
Title: Re: Bald Eagles in Other Places
Post by: NancyM on July 28, 2011, 02:10:28 PM
Four eaglets in a nest this season were documented in Maine - they mentioned in this article that there are only three other documented cases of 4 in a nest in the US. One nest in Virginia had four this year.

http://knox.villagesoup.com/place/story/eaglets-provide-rare-sight-at-swan-island/427172 (http://knox.villagesoup.com/place/story/eaglets-provide-rare-sight-at-swan-island/427172)

Excerpt from the article:

Eaglets provide rare sight at Swan Island

Richmond — A pair of nesting bald eagles at the Swan Island Wildlife Management Area have produced the first documented occurrence of four eaglets in a single nest in the history of the state of Maine, according to wildlife biologists from the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.

“This pair has produced a new milestone for eagle recovery in Maine,” said MDIF&W wildlife biologist Kendall Marden, who manages Swan Island. “After two years of unsuccessful nesting attempts, this year the pair successfully hatched four eaglets. It’s a remarkable event.”

There are believed to have been only three other documented cases of four eaglets in a single nest in the United States.

<snip>

“The adult eagles at Swan Island have done their part so far in ensuring survival of all four eaglets, but it’s nearing the time the young will have to be more independent,” Marden said. “Over the next several weeks they will learn to fly and feed on their own.  This is one of the critical time periods in an eagle’s life.”

If eaglets can survive until they learn to fly completely, their chances of surviving their first year reaches 75 percent. Once eagles reach three years of age, their annual chances of survival are at their highest at around 95 percent.
Title: Re: Bald Eagles in Other Places
Post by: emc on July 28, 2011, 05:37:14 PM
Sure hope they all fledge safely.  :ecsmile
Title: Re: Bald Eagles in Other Places
Post by: PamNY on July 30, 2011, 06:59:05 PM
Jungleland what a thrill to see that, and from a kayak to boot. I will be interested to hear if you confirm there are four eaglets.
Title: Re: Bald Eagles in Other Places
Post by: jefferyb on July 31, 2011, 08:04:55 AM
This is my birthday trip to Alder Lake, near Mt. Rainier in Washington State. Dawn & I found two nesting pairs on this lake and one eaglet that we could see. The following are a few videos I took of them having a good timehttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hrmGTgCMI7o
Title: Re: Bald Eagles in Other Places
Post by: jefferyb on July 31, 2011, 08:07:28 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ntRD7omeew8
Title: Re: Bald Eagles in Other Places
Post by: jefferyb on July 31, 2011, 08:11:15 AM
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Title: Re: Bald Eagles in Other Places
Post by: jefferyb on July 31, 2011, 08:15:20 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Pk3P15MrYM
Title: Re: Bald Eagles in Other Places
Post by: jefferyb on July 31, 2011, 08:17:09 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pGDO4bKJPgY
Title: Re: Bald Eagles in Other Places
Post by: jefferyb on July 31, 2011, 08:18:13 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i_XH5GZCTiY
Title: Re: Bald Eagles in Other Places
Post by: watermaid on July 31, 2011, 12:47:18 PM
What a beautiful day you had for your birthday, Jeffery and the scenes of Alder Lake take me back to my younger days.  Thanks so much.   :heart
Title: Re: Bald Eagles in Other Places
Post by: RMB on August 03, 2011, 04:45:23 PM
The last weekend of July 2011, I went to my daughter's cabin on Big Deep Lake in Minnesota. We have been observing a pair of nesting eagles for many years as they return to the same nest to raise their young. This year there were two eaglets. As of this weekend, they seem to be at the same stage as our Hornby eaglets: they have fledged and have been seen flying around, but still come back to the nest to rest and eat. Here is a link to my album of photos of them in Photobucket.
http://s100.photobucket.com/albums/m29/artbyrhea/All%20Nature/Eagles/Eagles%202011%20Big%20Deep%20Lake/
Title: Re: Bald Eagles in Other Places
Post by: emc on August 04, 2011, 04:12:03 PM
RMB, lots of great pics there of the eaglets and their surroundings.  Their nest tree has lots of nice branching places.  I love the ones with parent and eaglets in the nest tree. The two eaglets seem to like to be near each other. They are together in almost all of your pics.  :biggrin6
Title: Re: Bald Eagles in Other Places
Post by: Bluewing4 on August 26, 2011, 09:41:16 AM
Here is an interactive map that shows where some eagles from Ontario migrate. They have tracking devices on them. I have mixed feelings about this procedure but it does give some useful and informative information about the survival and migrating habits of our beloved eagles. Data may lead to conservation efforts and it so interesting to see their day to day travel throughout the year.

http://birdmap.bsc-eoc.org/maps/eagles/viewer.jsp

It is easy to use, you click on the name of the eagle and the time frame and it shows you where it flies .
Title: Re: Bald Eagles in Other Places
Post by: Tigerlady105 on August 26, 2011, 12:01:36 PM
Bluewings, thank you for the interactive map. It looks interesting to follow.  :eclove
Title: Re: Bald Eagles in Other Places
Post by: Cawatcher on September 05, 2011, 07:19:17 PM
Joys daughter Jen was visiting her and they spent a few days traveling. These photos were taken at Saratoga Beach, BC. The music was chosen by Jen With her permission this slideshow put together for your enjoyment  ((Thank You Joy and Jen))
:eclove

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ob8VZKvJ4tU
Title: Re: Bald Eagles in Other Places
Post by: Tigerlady105 on September 05, 2011, 10:29:26 PM
The photos and video are beautiful!  Thank you, Jen, Joy and Cali.    :eclove   :thumbup:
Title: Re: Bald Eagles in Other Places
Post by: NancyM on September 12, 2011, 06:58:14 AM
A couple of news items from Virginia,  home of the Norfolk eagles.

http://www.vagazette.com/articles/2011/09/08/news/doc4e68ac589a3a8109626317.txt (http://www.vagazette.com/articles/2011/09/08/news/doc4e68ac589a3a8109626317.txt)
Bald eagle population continues to rise

Originally Published: Thursday, September 08, 2011

WILLIAMSBURG -- The Center for Conservation Biology at the College of William & Mary and Virginia Commonwealth University has compiled 2011 survey results for the Virginia bald eagle population.

The breeding population along the James River has increased dramatically (13%) to 174 breeding pairs, making this historic drainage the most significant tributary for eagles within Virginia.

<snip>

The broader 2011 statewide survey checked more than 1,000 nests and monitored 726 occupied territories. This number represents an 6.2% increase over 2010.  More than 130 new nests were mapped.

(The full article is short, but has some additional interesting statistics and a link to a site that shows the locations of all mapped nests).
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

http://www.therepublic.com/view/story/6884b64b58474658b3bf91711cd7d73c/VA--Irene-Eagle-Nests/ (http://www.therepublic.com/view/story/6884b64b58474658b3bf91711cd7d73c/VA--Irene-Eagle-Nests/)
Biologists find Hurricane Irene damaged James River bald eagle nests

<snip>
The Center for Conservation Biology of Virginia Commonwealth University and the College of William and Mary says nearly 21 percent of 154 nests were lost, and about 23 percent were damaged. Researchers conducted an aerial survey of the nests a week after the Aug. 27 storm.

<snip>

(Another very short article, but with a very interesting observation that pairs that lost nests showed a decline in reproductive rate for the two years following an earlier, similar storm.)
Title: Re: Bald Eagles in Other Places
Post by: passerine on September 12, 2011, 08:46:06 AM
Nice that the eaglets had fledged before the storms.

Interesting articles Nancy, they counted 938 chicks. Here's the link to the map. http://www.ccb-wm.org/virginiaeagles/status.htm
Title: Re: Bald Eagles in Other Places
Post by: Tigerlady105 on September 12, 2011, 05:07:48 PM
Interesting article, Passerine.  I'm also going to follow-up on the links Nancy posted.  Thanks, to both of you!   :thumbup:
Title: Re: Bald Eagles in Other Places
Post by: suziq-41 on October 08, 2011, 07:42:59 AM
I checked on the Eagles from the Iowa nest this morning and one of them was sitting on the nest.  suziq
Title: Re: Bald Eagles in Other Places
Post by: birdvoyer on October 08, 2011, 08:31:47 AM
Suziq, good to see you again. If you are talking about the Decorah, Iowa nest, we have embedded their cam on our cam page http://www.hornbyeagles.com/2cams_Dec_Syd_sm.htm along with a Sydney, Australia cam on a Sea Eagle's nest. There is a young eaglet, we call Joey, there currently. 

Also, some of the chatters have been posting great videos of activites on the Decorah nest in our forum under the Decorah topic http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=738.msg76740#msg76740

Looks like the new season is beginning! Yay!  
Title: Re: Bald Eagles in Other Places
Post by: suziq-41 on October 08, 2011, 09:38:19 AM
Thanks, now if I can just remember where they are at. I got my first good laugh over the stick debate, I thought they were going to toss one another over the edge. Good thing there were no chicks in that nest. I can't watch too may of those or my bill goes up $ 20.00 a month. I usually just enjoy the short clips the guys put up for us, much cheaper for me on SS. It sure feels good to know they are back, now will be glad when Mom and Dad Hornby and the kids are safely home. Do you think we will be able to see David and Alexander at all or will the parents let them come around the nest at all???  Suziq
Title: Re: Bald Eagles in Other Places
Post by: blackster1 on January 10, 2012, 08:15:27 PM
I had an eagle surprise this morning when I looked outside my living room window

(http://i1219.photobucket.com/albums/dd426/JudyMortvedtBlack/Eagle%20visits%202012/2012-01-10_130307.png)

(http://i1219.photobucket.com/albums/dd426/JudyMortvedtBlack/Eagle%20visits%202012/2012-01-10_091934.png)

(http://i1219.photobucket.com/albums/dd426/JudyMortvedtBlack/Eagle%20visits%202012/2012-01-10_091908.png)

(http://i1219.photobucket.com/albums/dd426/JudyMortvedtBlack/Eagle%20visits%202012/2012-01-10_091831.png)
Title: Re: Bald Eagles in Other Places
Post by: Cawatcher on January 10, 2012, 08:27:09 PM
What a treat Blacskster!!
Title: Re: Bald Eagles in Other Places
Post by: Tigerlady105 on January 10, 2012, 08:48:38 PM
An eagle with a raven so close!  That's a very nice sighting, Blackster!
Title: Re: Bald Eagles in Other Places
Post by: Faerie Gardener on January 11, 2012, 04:14:32 PM
Blackster, that series of photos is so great! I love how they seem to be looking at each other, then both fly off! (at least I THINK the black streak in the third photo is the raven!). Maybe Mishi will think of a caption   :eclove 
what fun for you. I hope that eagle stays around for you to enjoy!
Title: Re: Bald Eagles in Other Places
Post by: Faerie Gardener on January 18, 2012, 01:47:21 PM
Here's an account of the annual Eagle Count done in western Wisconsin on Jan 4. I believe the Dec eaglet who was monitored last summer passed over this area on the way to upper Minnesota/Canada. The numbers were down significantly this year, but as the DNR spokesperson says, this has been an unusual year, much warmer and less snowfall than usual, hence more open water and uncovered fields. Usually Jan 17 is the turning point, when we have had the majority of our cold weather for the year, but this year the cold has only just begun!

http://www.jsonline.com/blogs/news/137508283.html

Click on "aerial count" underlined on the first line for more details.
Title: Re: Bald Eagles in Other Places
Post by: Cawatcher on January 20, 2012, 10:32:00 AM
I was lucky to be on an eagle tour with East Bay Municiple Utility District last week and the put the photos in the local county paper of two of the eagles

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7173/6731877423_f461bfd89a_b.jpg)


Sparkie posted on Youtube

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dmy6Bfm8tQQ
Title: Re: Bald Eagles in Other Places
Post by: Tigerlady105 on January 20, 2012, 01:29:48 PM
Congratulations, Cali!  What a wonderful recognition of your photos!   :thumbup:   :heart
Title: Re: Bald Eagles in Other Places
Post by: basenjimom on January 20, 2012, 02:46:14 PM
'bout time the press took notice of you Cali for the wonderful photog you are.  Congratulations   :ecsmile
Title: Re: Bald Eagles in Other Places
Post by: Faerie Gardener on January 21, 2012, 04:48:20 PM
Super-Cali!!    :biggrin6
Title: Re: Bald Eagles in Other Places
Post by: Cawatcher on January 29, 2012, 11:25:17 AM
January 28th another beautiful day 65F clear calm Eagle tour at lake camanche brought a suprise just as the afternoon tour concluded a bald eagle was spotted close to 3/4 mile away  silloetted sp on branch we got as close as possible the lake was very shallow here. the one eagle was huge we tought a golden eagle when uploaded noticed it was a Juve bE with an orange tag .. Ostich was on the case!! he recognised as Channel Island tag and was able to read #05 he wrote to Peter sharp who today confirmed #05 is theirs!!
Ostrich2:  # K-05 (F)
From: Seal Rocks Nest
Banded on: May 21/10
Fledged on: Between Monday evening, June 14/10 & Friday morning, June 18/10
Where Now? January 28, 2012. Spotted near Lake Camanche, CA across from the north shore near an egret rookery K-05
(Parents K-25 and K-34)
looks like about 200 miles between Catalina and cali's location roughly as the eagle flies

http://z7.invisionfree.com/CHIL_EagleCAM/index.php?showtopic=6945

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7149/6782932533_dda4eb5c71_b.jpg)

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7164/6779391019_652bf82864_b.jpg)
Title: Re: Bald Eagles in Other Places
Post by: Tigerlady105 on January 29, 2012, 12:22:31 PM
Cali, how wonderful for you, Ostrich and Dr. Sharpe!  Great to see the eagle and know how to ID it!  That made an excellent reporting chain!   :thumbup:
Title: Re: Bald Eagles in Other Places
Post by: ccfan on January 29, 2012, 04:45:22 PM
VERY interesting!!!
Title: Re: Bald Eagles in Other Places
Post by: Cawatcher on January 29, 2012, 06:47:39 PM
 Seal rocks info May 21, 2010  K-05 After banding note transmitter attached,  was not visible 1-28-07
(http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash1/hs550.ash1/32089_391784916452_262776986452_4123882_6528722_n.jpg[/img

[img]32089_391784921452_262776986452_4123883_1976283_n.jpg)
June 16th 2010
(http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash1/hs550.ash1/32089_391784921452_262776986452_4123883_1976283_n.jpg)
(http://i111.photobucket.com/albums/n133/sharpe_01/DSCF7579.jpg)
Title: Re: Bald Eagles in Other Places
Post by: MaggiesMom on January 29, 2012, 07:47:23 PM
I love this picture of the Seal Rocks eaglet before banding!  so nice to be able to follow up two years later!
Title: Re: Bald Eagles in Other Places
Post by: NancyM on January 29, 2012, 07:56:33 PM
Oh, so lovely, Cali!  Great pictures and a great story. Thanks to Ostrich and Dr Peter for confirmation.
(What is that artifact in the nest with the beautiful eaglet?)
Title: Re: Bald Eagles in Other Places
Post by: winterwren on January 29, 2012, 09:32:40 PM
Nancy, my guess is that we're seeing the bag that was used to take the eaglet down to the ground for weighing and banding, then raise her back up to the nest.
Title: Re: Bald Eagles in Other Places
Post by: Cawatcher on January 30, 2012, 07:51:05 AM
Correct Winterwren, these are the only close ups I could find. The rest of the photos are from spotting scope I think.. Would love to get a closer photo of her in the am so the light is not directly behind her.
Title: Re: Bald Eagles in Other Places
Post by: Cawatcher on January 30, 2012, 10:19:43 PM
This is a  Video of  K-05 being Banded on May 21 2010

http://s111.photobucket.com/albums/n133/sharpe_01/?action=view&current=SealRocksBanding2010.mp4

(http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash1/hs550.ash1/32089_391784921452_262776986452_4123883_1976283_n.jpg)
Title: Re: Bald Eagles in Other Places
Post by: NancyM on January 31, 2012, 07:59:23 AM
Thanks Cali -interesting video - the Mother Eagle was very agitated the whole time and really came close to the aliens in the nest.

I wonder what the results of the blood tests were - the video mentioned DNA analysis.
Title: Re: Bald Eagles in Other Places
Post by: Cawatcher on January 31, 2012, 08:12:04 AM
confirmed female
Title: Re: Bald Eagles in Other Places
Post by: NancyM on January 31, 2012, 08:28:40 AM
thanks for the info, Cali
Title: Re: Bald Eagles in Other Places
Post by: sparkie on February 03, 2012, 03:34:43 PM
I think the sounds of the  adult in this banding video Sounds Like semi  from MARS  I was watching the video and then went to listen to the new MARS video of semi . I found it very interesting vocals. We might  be speaking eagle one day   :eclol
Title: Re: Bald Eagles in Other Places
Post by: priscillash on February 08, 2012, 01:14:17 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=asNHbtyq5Zw  love these little ones :heart

I hope this is the place to put the Sequoyah Oklahoma eagles :ecsmile, I do not post must in here, but I hope to if that is ok , on other nests? I have been in this forum for quite a while but never posted :sad
Title: Re: Bald Eagles in Other Places
Post by: Tigerlady105 on February 08, 2012, 01:39:19 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=asNHbtyq5Zw  love these little ones :heart

I hope this is the place to put the Sequoyah Oklahoma eagles :ecsmile, I do not post must in here, but I hope to if that is ok , on other nests? I have been in this forum for quite a while but never posted :sad

Hello, Priscillash!  Welcome to posting on the forum.   :eclove

The Sequoyah eagles cam is near Vian, OK.  This is the link to the thread we use for that nest, here on the forum:

http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=1049.0

We're enjoying watching the delightful eagle chicks there!  They are growing so fast.   :thumbup:
Title: Re: Bald Eagles in Other Places
Post by: Cawatcher on February 19, 2012, 08:08:34 PM
EKF asked that I post this here ,

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7178/6907070203_04557a7e2c_z.jpg)

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7186/6907103679_d621374997_z.jpg)

This eagle nest is built by these two eagles that abandoned their tree nest and decided to build here.. big concern (Ekf) "I imagine is that the entire nest could come down in high wind"  Ekf:  He wrote back: no its not..its a terrible situation. There is no safety net when the young ones try to fly (no branches to catch their fall), and the winds COULD blow them all off the tower. The park doesn't want to disturb them at this stage by trying to build a lower platform as a safeguard. These eagles had a good safe nest last year but decided to abandon it.
Title: Re: Bald Eagles in Other Places
Post by: ekf on February 19, 2012, 08:36:38 PM
Thank you for posting this for me, Cali! This nest is near Fort DeSoto in Pinellas County, Florida. The photo was taken by Rod MacIvor, a professional photographer and avid birder. The park is of course aware of the potential problem but loathe to do anything to disturb Mom and Dad DeSoto and their one eaglet (or maybe two). I told Rod that I would pass long the photos in case someone in our beautiful eagle community had any suggestions of how to safeguard the nest and/or eaglets.


http://www.flickr.com/photos/52863352@N05/6907070203/in/photostream/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/52863352@N05/6907103679/in/photostream/
Title: Re: Bald Eagles in Other Places
Post by: winterwren on February 28, 2012, 04:27:32 PM
Last weekend I did a little working trip to Cortes Island. Cortes is one of the northernmost Gulf Islands. It is closer to the mainland than to Vancouver Island, but the land there is inaccessible by road, so the usual way to Cortes is by ferry from Campbell River via Quadra Island.

I was working out of the deep harbour of Whaletown. Whaletown used to be a whaling station. Now it's a very small village. Just north of the bay I soon spotted a huge tree that stood head and shoulders above all the rest... and in this tree is a nest!


(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7043/6939649243_0956c13b91_z.jpg) (http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7043/6939649243_02582e18b3_o.jpg)

At about the same time, I spotted the eagle pair. So whenever I could during my stay, I watched them go about their lives.


Title: Re: Bald Eagles in Other Places
Post by: winterwren on February 28, 2012, 05:56:08 PM
So at some point I had the chance to take a few photos... and none of the eagles were in view. So I took that nest photo I just showed you.

I was just about to give up when I saw Mom Whaletown swoop over from out of nowhere... And suddenly she landed in the water!
3:05:08 pm
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7046/6939649847_2eb707590b_z.jpg) (http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7046/6939649847_e52288efe8_o.jpg)

Then lifted off...
3:05:10
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7210/6793537656_ca0c39f554_z.jpg) (http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7210/6793537656_ccce250cf8_o.jpg)


With her talons empty!
3:05:10
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But that's not the end...



Title: Re: Bald Eagles in Other Places
Post by: winterwren on February 28, 2012, 06:10:45 PM
Just one second later... Another try. 3:05:11
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7186/6793538460_d1dd263d01_z.jpg) (http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7186/6793538460_fff3518fe2_o.jpg)

3:05:14
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Now she's got something hooked on.
3:05:15
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Oooops...
3:05:17
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Swamped... Just the wing tips and the tail showing.
To be continued!

Title: Re: Bald Eagles in Other Places
Post by: winterwren on February 28, 2012, 06:28:47 PM
Her prey is too feisty, so Mom Whaletown starts swimming to get closer to shore.

3:05:17
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7192/6793540240_39c7ca0231_z.jpg) (http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7192/6793540240_daa1380145_o.jpg)


Can she touch bottom now, or is it that her prey is not flapping around as much? She stretches her wings again...
3:05:22
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Airborne! Looks like maybe a small flounder in her left foot. Flounders are notoriously feisty for their size.
3:05:25
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7054/6939653623_9c8a915466_z.jpg) (http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7054/6939653623_2facaea422_o.jpg)


3:05:25
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7056/6793541388_37d56ee526_z.jpg) (http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7056/6793541388_9d77a7e980_o.jpg)


3:05:26
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Success!
3:05:26
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3:05:36
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7056/6793545028_c5be0bf3f9_z.jpg) (http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7056/6793545028_02a16dd370_o.jpg)


 :ecsmile





Title: Re: Bald Eagles in Other Places
Post by: paintnut on February 28, 2012, 06:33:12 PM
What a wonderful series of pictures Wren - thank you!!
Title: Re: Bald Eagles in Other Places
Post by: Tigerlady105 on February 28, 2012, 06:37:39 PM
Very nice fishing sequence, Wren.  I'd love to have been out there with you!   :thumbup:
Title: Re: Bald Eagles in Other Places
Post by: BBE on February 28, 2012, 07:18:32 PM
Wren, that was a superb visual experience.  Mom Whaletown was determined and tenacious and she was successful.

Many thanks for your continued photos on the other nests as well.

We are so blessed to see the action on Hornby Island through your eyes and Boonie's.  Mega   :ty and hugs.
Title: Re: Bald Eagles in Other Places
Post by: gmadeb3 on February 28, 2012, 07:41:51 PM
Wren,  to see thru your eyes and lens is just amazing.  Thank you so much.   What a great series of photos to keep us on the edge of our chairs, and to see the time frame that went along with the photos. :ecinnocent
Title: Re: Bald Eagles in Other Places
Post by: Faerie Gardener on March 02, 2012, 07:58:59 PM
This nest is near Fort DeSoto in Pinellas County, Florida. The photo was taken by Rod MacIvor, a professional photographer and avid birder. The park is of course aware of the potential problem but loathe to do anything to disturb Mom and Dad DeSoto and their one eaglet (or maybe two). I told Rod that I would pass long the photos in case someone in our beautiful eagle community had any suggestions of how to safeguard the nest and/or eaglets.


http://www.flickr.com/photos/52863352@N05/6907070203/in/photostream/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/52863352@N05/6907103679/in/photostream/

Oh boy, ekf, what a problem that presents, and one wonders what they were thinking?

Today while I was away from home (on a Sister Trip  :eclove), I received a phone call from Mr. FG who reported that there was an eagle circling our bluff! It has been an unusually warm winter, and we have not seen many eagles yet, so he was so excited! As we were talking, he said that the eagle had landed in one of our trees! He was planning to snap a photo if they stayed, so stay tuned and I may have more to post! I believe I have ensnared Mr. FG in our eagleaddict web!
Title: Re: Bald Eagles in Other Places
Post by: priscillash on March 03, 2012, 09:13:12 PM
http://youtu.be/gbzysuoqB6I   looks like one of the E's trying to self feed:)

can someone please move,I put it in the wrong thread, :eceek sorry
thank you
Title: Re: Bald Eagles in Other Places
Post by: passerine on March 03, 2012, 09:23:47 PM
Hi priscillash it does look that way. :ecsmile In the wildlife cam section we have a topic for Vian & Sequoyah Eagles here http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=1049.0
Title: Re: Bald Eagles in Other Places
Post by: dizzymom70 on March 04, 2012, 10:02:27 AM
Even though this is not about Bald Eagles, it is a very interesting story. The International Centre For Birds Of Prey (ICBP) in England has a real cutie on their hands. Here is a quote from ICBP's Facebook page:

Our Beautiful baby Tawny eagle is now being reared by our African fish eagles, whos own eggs sadly didn't hatch. After some very tense moments for Simon they have taken to it well and are feeding and brooding it successfully. So far so good, still keeping everything crossed for the next few days, but for the moment we're very proud of them!

And here are some pictures:


(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7194/6952823933_3eba174dae_o.jpg)

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7195/6952823959_563d9085e3_o.jpg)


Their website is here:  http://www.icbp.org/ (http://www.icbp.org/)

Photos copyright ICBP
Title: Re: Bald Eagles in Other Places
Post by: Faerie Gardener on March 04, 2012, 01:22:30 PM


Today while I was away from home (on a Sister Trip  :eclove), I received a phone call from Mr. FG who reported that there was an eagle circling our bluff! It has been an unusually warm winter, and we have not seen many eagles yet, so he was so excited! As we were talking, he said that the eagle had landed in one of our trees! He was planning to snap a photo if they stayed, so stay tuned and I may have more to post! I believe I have ensnared Mr. FG in our eagleaddict web!

OK, he did get one picture, but this eagle was shy, so the only pic is from inside, through a window. I think this is a 3 year old, due to the bandit mask ?
Looks kind of scruffy, as it was a very wintry day, just ahead of a major snowstorm.

                (http://i1021.photobucket.com/albums/af334/DarciJ751/March%202012/SubadulteagleMarch22012.jpg)
Title: Re: Bald Eagles in Other Places
Post by: winterwren on March 06, 2012, 10:23:14 AM
Faerie, that is indeed a 3-year-old.

That's quite a sighting, so close to your house! Thanks so much for posting the photo.

And how nice it must be to be able to share your passion with another eagleholic. Watch out! it may be contagious.  :ecsmile
Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: auroradawn on March 08, 2012, 08:28:09 AM
Here is a news clip that was on GlobalTV BC last night.

The Eagle whisperer:

http://www.globaltvbc.com/video/eagle+whisperer/video.html?v=2207422412&p=1&s=dd&searchQuery=ea#video/search/ea

The video will start after a 30sec commercial.
Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: MaggiesMom on March 09, 2012, 10:28:24 AM
I just got an email newsletter from our local Land Conservancy.  They installed an osprey platform at one of their conservation properties earlier this winter - a bit under a mile from my farm.  No ospreys yet but several eagle sightings in the past two or three weeks!  Wonder if the eagles would build on the osprey platform?  There have never been eagles seen this close to me in 40 years!

http://clctrust.org/2012/02/eagles/?utm_source=cc&utm_medium=cc&utm_campaign=cc

I know the guy who took the first pic.  Have been on bird walks with him. Don't know the other man.
Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: Faerie Gardener on March 13, 2012, 08:48:32 PM
Isn't that cool, Maggiesmom??
We visited a nature center where several Osprey nests were built on platforms, and the educator there commented that the eagles are about the only competitor of the Osprey there. He talked about how they have been know to snatch a fish right out of the Osprey's talons. He also said he sometimes feels sorry for the big birds because the smaller birds who are guarding nests nearby will gang up on them and chase them, just because they look like a predator   :ecwink
Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: gzebear on March 14, 2012, 09:25:04 AM
Two Bald Eagles in Wyoming .....  :'( 

 http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/03/14/wyoming-native-american-tribe-gets-rare-permit-to-kill-bald-eagles/
Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: winterwren on April 01, 2012, 10:13:49 PM
Youngster with very white, very shaggy belly at Gravelly Bay, Denman Island.

I think this one would be almost 2 years old.
I've seen some with pale bellies before, but this one takes the prize.
His feathers may look extra shaggy because he's all puffed up, possibly trying to make himself look big; he is an intruder in the Gravelly Bay territory.

He perched on that tree for about an hour with his feathers puffed up the whole time, then he disappeared.
March 24, 4:32 pm
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Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: Cawatcher on April 03, 2012, 07:08:16 PM
 :eclove Beautiful Winteren ... can a Redtail hawk and bald eagle mate??? :eclol
Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: winterwren on April 11, 2012, 01:19:12 AM
Just a quick note to report on the observations I managed to sneak in through my town day in Courtenay...

I checked the Simms nest and despite the loss of the nest tree's twin during the big storm, the eagles are definitely incubating!

On Dyke Road, on the other hand, I could not see any part of the nest that used to be across from Portuguese Joe's. Someone reported that it fell apart during that same storm. I'm seeing no attempts at rebuilding and no eagles in the area. Does anyone know more?

Much further inland, I found another nest (the locals probably know about it) in a very unusual setting, close to the new Island Highway.

I will post photos of this nest and the Simms Nest later on this week.
Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: boonibarb on April 11, 2012, 08:41:17 AM

i walked around the Simms Nest yesterday too!
i neither saw nor heard an Eagle there.
But, i DID see poopshots & pellets under the Nest Tree!
Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: winterwren on April 11, 2012, 03:47:00 PM
Heh heh heh...  :investigate2

Simms nest from Simms Park, April 10, 11:33

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7080/6922909048_7d0c27f45b_z.jpg) (http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7080/6922909048_df1cc6040d_o.jpg)


Cropped view.
11:40
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Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: Rajame on April 11, 2012, 03:51:27 PM
That is an incredible nest! Well, I am sure they all are incredible, but to see it that up close and personal thanks to your photographic genius, is ammmmmmmmmmmmmmmaaaaaaaaaaaazzzzzzzzzzing!

THANK YOU!

:hearts2
Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: winterwren on April 11, 2012, 04:13:40 PM
Simms Nest, later in the day, from City Hall.
Further away, but the light is better now.
April 10, 2:28
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This nest is really enormous.
It is also a feat of engineering. It spans three trunks, probably using smaller secondaries that grew in the right direction. It just looks as if it's suspended there. This is even more obvious since March 12, when the nest tree's twin fell down in a storm, leaving the view more open.

At 2:40 I packed up to leave... then turned around and saw that someone else had arrived!
2:48
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7136/6922911446_4bbe96ba97_z.jpg) (http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7136/6922911446_a13de94027_o.jpg)


They sat there for 5 minutes, then the first adult flew off...
2:49
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... and then the second one flew down to the nest and took over sitting duties.
2:50
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7111/7068994023_49b6a98e9c_z.jpg) (http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7111/7068994023_b527586312_o.jpg)



(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7227/7068996369_6aa1727ded_z.jpg) (http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7227/7068996369_5e43540058_o.jpg)



(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5325/7068995413_15ab846c31_z.jpg) (http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5325/7068995413_77c76e20d0_o.jpg)




Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: Guy on April 13, 2012, 10:23:21 AM
Fantastic series! Is their nest insurance up-to-date it doesn't look like much is holding it up?
Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: winterwren on April 18, 2012, 11:53:24 PM
Guy, I agree! That nest seems to be resting on thin air, and it must be hugely heavy.


Now here is the other nest I photographed that day...
I hardly ever travel on the new highway, but last time I did, at 110 km an hour, I spotted, out the corner of my eye, that clump in a dead tree... A hawk's nest, maybe?

So on this trip to town I made the detour and parked the truck. This is just south of the Cumberland exit.

I soon realised that I had made a major error of scale.
April 10, 9:30 am
(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5071/6946576588_51ae36aff9_z.jpg) (http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5071/6946576588_7598e54aa3_o.jpg)

Click on the picture, then click again for the largest size... There is an eagle in that nest! The tree is much further than I thought, and it is huge!

What a strange place for a nest! We're 6 km from the ocean, and the nearest large body of water, Maple Lake, is 2 km away.
The area looks like an old burn, and a check of the satellite map confirms this: the area of grey dead trees is plume shaped and oriented in the direction of one of the prevailing winds. But there are also wetlands all around, and an abundance of water birds.

Here's a closer view.

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7222/7092648691_924e47758f_z.jpg) (http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7222/7092648691_fc784f1e74_o.jpg)

The snags all around are a great source of large branches, lighter because they are all dead. This contributes to the impression that we're looking at a smaller nest. (Compare the texture of this nest to that of the Simms Nest in my last postings!)

I had been told that eagles don't usually nest in snags... But there are always exceptions.  :ecsmile
Maybe the Comox Valley folks on this chat can tell me more about this nest?

Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: winterwren on April 19, 2012, 12:08:43 AM
Later that day, I stopped at the wildlife viewing area on the estuary of the Puntledge River.

The tide was low and the place was quiet, but after a while I saw two eagles, possibly from the Simms Nest, escorting a third out of their territory.

This third eagle flew past me and I was able to snap a few shots; I usually try, even if the photos don't turn out very well, for the sake of practice... and once in a while I turn up something unusual, something that I might not see until I enlarge the pictures.

This was just such an occasion.

Warning! This eagle is injured. Click to enlarge only if you can cope with that.
April 10, 3:05 pm
(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5442/6946579136_c9c136f652_n.jpg) (http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5442/6946579136_198da586c9_o.jpg)

Looks like an eye and ear injury; the eye may not be functional at all. There is also a fracture of the beak. As is often the case, there was nothing in that eagle's behaviour that indicated that anything was wrong.

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7241/7092649433_3684621923_n.jpg) (http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7241/7092649433_d606cbe8f2_o.jpg)


Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: Tigerlady105 on April 19, 2012, 01:07:23 AM
Wren, the injured eagle photos illustrate the importance of wildlife not letting illness or injury show, for safety's sake.  Thank you for sharing this example with us. It certainly does look as if the eagle is blind in the right eye and has sustained other injuries.

I wonder if these wounds are the result of a territorial fight?
Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: Guy on April 19, 2012, 08:51:45 AM
Great stuff Wren. No more beauty contests for the wounded eagle but everything's healed and he's not ragged looking so he's managing to make a living. He's probably mainly scavenging because without binocular vision I doubt he can catch very much and probably makes some less than graceful landings.
Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: winterwren on April 19, 2012, 10:10:44 AM
I have to check again this year, but Booni and I think that the female of one of the Hornby nests has only one functional eye, or did for a spell anyway. (I'm talking about the Heron Rocks nest; we have only a few photos, none of them crystal-clear, and one of her eyes seems closed - always the same one.) The jury is still out on how well eagles can get along with loss of vision in one eye, so I try to document whatever evidence I can catch.
Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: Blue on April 21, 2012, 09:10:24 PM
Wren,

Thanks for posting the injured eagle. It is an addition to our education.
Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: beans on April 22, 2012, 01:04:01 PM
(http://i52.photobucket.com/albums/g38/jeaniesa_2006/Eagles/baldeagles-LowerCrystalSpringsReservoir.jpg)
SF Chronicle photograph

This morning I opened the newspaper to a sad story.  It looks like the Crystal Spring Bald Eagles who have been incubating eggs have left their nest.  They have been expecting babies since March, when they were spotted building a nest in a large Douglas fir tree in a cove on the northern portion of Lower Crystal Springs Reservoir in San Mateo County.

Both the male and female have recently been seen working the nest in shifts and taking turns hunting, a clear indication they were tending to eggs, which biologists were expecting to hatch any day now.  But no one has seen them since Wednesday.

Although we’ve seen eagles wintering on this California peninsula, no one has seen an eaglet since 1916.  According to the news story, the female eagle still has juvenile plumage on her face, so perhaps she is too young and inexperienced to successfully breed.

I was hoping to take another trip to the reservoir, armed with my old Firebird binoculars and camera, but now I guess I’ll wait.  So discouraging.

The newspaper story is here:   

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2012/04/22/BAND1O5S04.DTL
Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: Blue on April 22, 2012, 03:24:10 PM
Beans,

So sorry about this. Maybe they will show up.  :puzzled2
Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: Blue on April 22, 2012, 09:21:40 PM
Guy has posted some photos of a raven attacking an eagle on Haida Gwaii, here:

http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=1134.msg106053#msg106053


It reminded me of a similar attack in the late evening in my garden. The date probably signifies that the eagle wanted to take its prey back to the nest to feed hatchlings and waited awhile for the ravens to leave.

The eagle nest is on the northern tip of the island beyond our point; the eagle is perched in the top of the Douglas fir on the right.

(http://img403.imageshack.us/img403/5073/mvi19460001nest.jpg) (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/403/mvi19460001nest.jpg/)


5:02min
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_oFONoVRdoI


(http://img521.imageshack.us/img521/649/eagleraven.jpg) (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/521/eagleraven.jpg/)

Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: Guy on April 23, 2012, 07:42:07 AM
Drat not a chance on dial-up, after about five minutes I only had the title.
Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places - Decorah IA Pictures 4/21/2012
Post by: lovewa on April 23, 2012, 10:22:59 AM
Hello everyone,

We decided to take a trip on Saturday 4/21/2012  to Decorah for the eagles there and took some pictures.

Here is a link to those pictures..

http://s1050.photobucket.com/albums/s411/lovewa1/


Enjoy!


Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: Tigerlady105 on April 23, 2012, 10:34:21 AM
TY Lovewa.  Please add the link to our forum Decorah cam thread, also.   :eclove
Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: Rajame on April 23, 2012, 01:19:55 PM
lovewa,

Thank you! That is a real treat.

:hug
Rajame
Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: Faerie Gardener on April 25, 2012, 01:01:11 PM
Lovewa, those pictures really show what a beautiful place those eagles chose to build their nest! No wonder the eaglets are so well fed!  I tried to see the camera, but it must be well hidden.

Loved the sign  -  "Eagle Crossing" !

THANK YOU !
Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: ccfan on April 28, 2012, 12:55:10 PM
My cousin from Philadelphia sent me this article about an injured eagle...

http://www.philly.com/philly/hp/news_update/149330805.html
Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: winterwren on May 11, 2012, 12:11:14 AM
In late April I spent a few days in Cumberland, so I asked the locals about the nest by the highway. None of them knew about it; but they confirmed that the dump is not nearby; it is a few kilometres to the north. So that is not the reason these eagles would nest in such an unlikely spot. One man speculated that the new highway may very well produce enough roadkill to provide that eagle family's mainstay.

Apparently there are several nests on Comox Lake, another 5 or 6 km inland.

On April 29, on my way home, I stopped to watch the nest for a while.
This time I managed a quick photo of one of the water birds before they all took off...
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8026/7174980050_b784304e81_z.jpg) (http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8026/7174980050_ca5f359c4c_o.jpg)

I believe this is a Ring-necked Duck. (I love learning new birds!)
The Tufted Duck is similar, but is rarely seen here according to Sibley.

I spent a while watching the wetland that stretches between the highway and the nest. The place was alive with all kinds of birds; a very rich habitat. So there must be something of interest to the eagles in there.

I saw two kinds of warblers I had never seen before...
A Common Yellowthroat...
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8017/7174980524_9f813c3dd1_z.jpg) (http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8017/7174980524_da950254bf_o.jpg)

...And a Yellow-rumped Warbler, which I had learned about in our "Mystery" thread,  Here. (http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=532.msg104079#msg104079)
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7230/7174981022_e334fd475b_z.jpg) (http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7230/7174981022_62f6030485_o.jpg)


This little guy, according to Blue's posting, would be the 'Myrtle" form; the "Audubon's" has a yellow patch on his throat. (See? I'm learning...)
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7089/7174981316_7f91f375b6_z.jpg) (http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7089/7174981316_0a0d0459b8_o.jpg)

And sure enough, he has a yellow rump!
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7240/7174982052_157de0d910_z.jpg) (http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7240/7174982052_e8dfcae0f9_o.jpg)


I also saw some Violet-green Swallows, Red-winged Blackbirds, a Northern Flicker, a family of starlings... all within a few minutes. Those fire-killed trees look so desolate at first, but they shelter a place that is bursting with life.


Meanwhile, one of the eagles is sitting regally on that strange nest, incubating or brooding... Click on the picture and note the full crop!
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7237/7174982614_08944b30a1_z.jpg) (http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7237/7174982614_fda8b1058d_o.jpg)


As I walked out, I found the mark of a critter who may be responsible for the existence of this wetland...
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7104/7174989726_1c2ed41617_z.jpg) (http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7104/7174989726_365ac977fc_o.jpg)

Yes, a beaver!

(I think that is a fungal stain on the larger stump, not fire scorch. The cut would date from after the fire... otherwise the bark would be marked with black too.)




Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: Tigerlady105 on May 11, 2012, 12:18:03 AM
Wren, we're learning a lot, right along with you!   :thumbup:
Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: blackster1 on May 17, 2012, 08:52:52 PM
I am really enjoying your exploring other birds in your area.  I have been doing so as well and am saving a folder for id help when I get more time.  Some questions have been answered by watching your work.

Question for you.  Do you have horned grebes in summer plumage in your area?  I had three last week and didn't know what they were until I looked them up as they always leave while in their winter clothes. 
Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: auroradawn on May 25, 2012, 03:46:41 PM
I took a drive by the golf course in Comox today, here is what I saw.

(http://i1142.photobucket.com/albums/n613/auroradawn45/090.jpg)
Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: Rajame on May 25, 2012, 04:48:42 PM
Wowza! Nice Dawn! :hearts
Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: winterwren on May 25, 2012, 06:27:37 PM
Wow, Dawn, what a beauty!
That eaglet must have been born ages before any of the Hornby ones! Here, from what I can glimpse, they still have their second down.

Blackster, I have indeed seen some Horned Grebes in summer plumage. Don't they look amazing? So different from the plain winter garb. I haven't yet succeeded in getting a good clear picture of any of them... I'll keep hoping for my luck to turn. My last sighting was on April 20, at Phipps Point.

The grebes already seemed less numerous at that time, and I have not seen one since... So I'm thinking that they must be going somewhere else to nest.


Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: Guy on June 02, 2012, 06:21:26 PM
Wow the little fella's huge, any golfers been reported missing?
Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: mishikeenhquay on June 03, 2012, 06:43:05 AM


Awesome capture Dawn!!!  Miigwetch!!
Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: madrona on June 03, 2012, 12:17:45 PM
Dawn - I meant to comment on this great photo before.  Good news to hear that there is an eaglet in this nest.

Below are some thumbnails (CLICK THEM) of when I visited this nest on April 7th.  There was no eagle visible on the nest, but there was a 'sentry' in the nearby perch tree:

(http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc103/takecare_2007/th_EarlyApril048b.jpg) (http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc103/takecare_2007/EarlyApril048b.jpg)  (http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc103/takecare_2007/th_EarlyApril047b.jpg) (http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc103/takecare_2007/EarlyApril047b.jpg)  (http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc103/takecare_2007/th_EarlyApril045b.jpg) (http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc103/takecare_2007/EarlyApril045b.jpg)

When I visited the nest later in the month, on April 22nd, I took these pics to show how close to the road (and chain link fence) this nest is.  These are very tall trees! It's hard to see, but there is an eagle sitting just above the nest in these pics.  Eaglet (or eaglets) must have been snoozing! 

(http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc103/takecare_2007/th_Comoxgolfcoursenest.jpg) (http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc103/takecare_2007/Comoxgolfcoursenest.jpg)  (http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc103/takecare_2007/th_ComoxgolfcoursenestCU.jpg) (http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc103/takecare_2007/ComoxgolfcoursenestCU.jpg)
Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: Rajame on June 03, 2012, 05:20:25 PM
Interesting day... Mr Raj and I went to the Issaquah, Washington Farmers' Market. There was a new "attraction" at the Market. I am not fond of this, but there were pony rides. Mr. Raj took some plants to the car and we were to meet in the parking lot. I was waiting in the lot for Mr. Raj to arrive and the man running the pony rides made a huge deal for everyone to look up at the "White Tail Hawk."  :eceek :nope

Interesting enough, the "White Tail Hawk" also had a white head and tail and was being bothered by a black bird. Everyone were so enthralled to see the "White Tail Hawk." By now you all know that this was not a hawk, but an eagle!

I am not an expert, but I don't believe White Tail Hawks would like our cooler, wet weather in the Northwest.  :nope

When Mr Raj arrived, he said, "Oh that is a great eagle!"  :mwink

Hoping you are having great views too!
:hearts2
Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: jungleland on June 11, 2012, 06:56:17 PM
Since I started watching Hornby 3 years ago I really wanted to find a real eagle nest near me.  I found one a half hour away.  Over the last two summers we were lucky enough to check it out a few times and see 3 eaglets each year.  I couldn't wait to get out in my kayak to see who was in the nest this year.  A parent was sitting in a tree nearby but nothing was happening on the nest.  I asked the guy who checks for milfoil at the boat ramp if there were any eaglets this year.  He said one of the parents died last fall and the other has a new mate that is probably too young to lay eggs.  They had rebuilt the nest that had blown down in Hurricane Irene that came through our area last fall.  When I got home I googled to see if I could find out more info.  I learned that it was the female and she was the known oldest breeding female in NH.  She had a very interesting start.  So I wanted to share it here:http://www.nhaudubon.org/new-hampshire%E2%80%99s-oldest-known-eagle-dies (http://www.nhaudubon.org/new-hampshire%E2%80%99s-oldest-known-eagle-dies).  I wish I knew what happened to her.  I think the picture is of the dad.  I have one from last year and he had that white feather on his breast. Just wanted to share this story with people who loves eagles like me!

(https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/--wE5b8tSGLw/T9VKd0AvdAI/AAAAAAAAA1M/spPnxPgFMms/s512/DSCN2587-001.JPG)
Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: ccfan on June 11, 2012, 08:05:16 PM
Thank you for sharing...rumor has it that bald eagles have been sighted here on Cape Cod for the first time in ages...I am hoping that I will get to see one.
Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: winterwren on June 12, 2012, 04:08:51 PM
I have some postings to catch up on before I get to the nest survey we did this week with the HIP trippers.
Back, then, to May 31.
I was in Little River, near Comox, and checked on the Wilkinson Road nest.
Last year I reported on this nest in this posting. (http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=118.msg54532#msg54532)

Here is Dad Wilkinson, flying around the nest and alerting. He has a distinctive wing print that allowed me to keep track of him. There were 2 outsiders flying nearby. I could tell that this was Dad, because I heard some low gulling from the nest - a Mom sound; and this eagle was also defending the territory.
Dad Wilkinson, May 31 2012, 1:42 pm
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7089/7350614622_7b292e2d0c_z.jpg) (http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7089/7350614622_2a41b6a8a9_o.jpg)


Here's Mom, in the nest. Click on the picture and look to the right of her, against the trunk. You can see the head of an eaglet!
May 31, 1:43
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8007/7350616078_9d158aa3fc_z.jpg) (http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8007/7350616078_61f0bab309_o.jpg)


Here I'm moving to an angle where I'm not photographing into the sun's glare... So we see Mom more clearly but we lose sight of the eaglet. Click to see the interesting intergrading of dark and light feathers at her collar.
1:44
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7087/7350617530_6fbd45e5db_z.jpg) (http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7087/7350617530_f6a6f6f530_o.jpg)


(Or don't click, and look at the cropped version...)
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8152/7165405415_8956df3da3_z.jpg) (http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8152/7165405415_209f1f6474_o.jpg)

Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: winterwren on June 12, 2012, 04:23:15 PM
More photos of the Wilkinson nest, at Little River, near Comox, BC.

Another view of Mom Wilkinson.
May 31, 1:44
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7101/7165405723_7a5eaa59a3_z.jpg) (http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7101/7165405723_a0c58ee671_o.jpg)


Dad W is alerting again... Mom takes off.
Still 1:44
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7076/7165407653_1ee7756634_z.jpg) (http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7076/7165407653_eac062a421_o.jpg)


Here's the chase! Mom and Dad W and a young intruder; looks like a 3-year-old, with all his baby secondaries moulted out and the beginning of a bandit stripe across his eyes.
1:44
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7226/7165408351_64c8a2ae44_z.jpg) (http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7226/7165408351_6e207950ac_o.jpg)


Here's a good view of Mom W's wing print. She's missing the end of her right third primary, and has recently moulted a pair of secondaries; the replacement feathers have grown in, but are still shorter than the rest.
1:46
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7097/7165408475_4539b386a2_z.jpg) (http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7097/7165408475_a12779b261_o.jpg)


Compare with this view of Dad, with the nicks deep in the secondaries of his left wing.
1:47
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7082/7165408537_59f90a0e29_z.jpg) (http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7082/7165408537_a88dde213f_o.jpg)


Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: winterwren on June 12, 2012, 04:40:27 PM
We are still at the Wilkinson nest, at Little River, near Comox BC.

May 31, 1:47 pm. Mom W returns to a branch just above the nest.
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7232/7350621376_d38724c645_z.jpg) (http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7232/7350621376_840b706787_o.jpg)


Still trilling at the intruder... With nictitating membranes closed.
1:47
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7221/7350621790_e9b13959a0_z.jpg) (http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7221/7350621790_32fb2e4c70_o.jpg)

(Strange: if you click on this last picture, the enlargement comes out sideways... I don't know why.)


Same branch, different angle.
1:5
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7080/7165411227_8390846748_z.jpg) (http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7080/7165411227_08d57dba44_o.jpg)


Here's an overall view of the tree and nest. This tree appears to be dying; I think it's even thinner than last year. I'm not sure what will happen to this nest if the tree dies. I was told that eagles don't nest in dead trees... But then look at This nest! (http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=118.msg105604#msg105604)

2:00 pm
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7244/7350626032_4fbaa66cfd_z.jpg) (http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7244/7350626032_cf5d97f00f_o.jpg)


Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: Cawatcher on June 12, 2012, 04:43:12 PM
 :eceek : wow Winterwren!! what a fantastic series!
Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: auroradawn on June 12, 2012, 05:44:32 PM
Thanks Wren, these photo's are wonderful (I will have to take another trip to the nest soon).
Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: jungleland on June 12, 2012, 07:15:20 PM
Wren capturing those 3 eagles in the air together is amazing!  Great pics!!!

CCfan are you going to find that eagles nest on the cape?  Have you ever been to the Massachusetts Birds of Prey Rehab Center where that NH eagle orginated from?  I thought it was interesting it was hatched from their and placed in a surrogate nest.
Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: Tigerlady105 on June 12, 2012, 08:32:57 PM
Thank you for the photos and comments about these eagles, Wren.  I'm wondering what will happen with the nests in dead trees, too, now that you have raised the question.  It will be interesting to track the eagles there over time.

Jungeland, thank you for posting here, too.  I enjoy learning about eagles wherever we find them, in real life, at rehabs, or in the news.
Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: Blue on June 13, 2012, 08:14:00 AM
Don't forget that the Saanich (Sidney) eagles moved from the oak tree to the dead fir tree. It didn't seem to bother them that the tree was dead when they built the nest there and raised three eaglets every year.

They abandoned the dead fir tree this past season, now nesting in a third location. It is possible that the rescue of the eaglet last year may have caused them to move again.
Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: passerine on June 14, 2012, 09:54:32 PM
Awww Jungleland thats too bad about about the eagle you were observing. Many next season you'll see Dads new family.

Nice wren.
Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: Blue on June 15, 2012, 07:41:53 AM
Drama at a Qualicum Beach golf course:


Bald eagle kills great horned owl at Parksville golf course
By Contributed - Parksville Qualicum Beach News
Published: June 12, 2012 8:00 AM
Updated: June 12, 2012 11:31 AM

(http://img29.imageshack.us/img29/1941/67413parksvilleraptors.jpg) (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/29/67413parksvilleraptors.jpg/)

The people at Morningstar Gold Club Golf had the pleasure for nearly one week of being able to photograph and see first hand one of nature's fabulous birds — the great horned owl.

After continuing to get some amazing photos of this raptor over a four or five- day period, it suddenly came to an abrupt end.

The owl was repositioning itself in a fir tree when out of nowhere a bald eagle swooped in and grabbed it from its perch.

It flew over to the golf course, where it proceeded to do what nature intended, survival of the fittest.

The eagle was last seen flying back to its nest on the eighth green of the course to feed its eaglets.

— Submitted by Wayne Duke

Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: Faerie Gardener on June 26, 2012, 03:40:04 PM
I'm just catching up here - what a fascinating thread this is! Jungleland, that's quite a story about the NH female. Any reports yet on what the Necropsy showed?

Raj, that was a funny story about the "White Tailed Hawk!"  Hahaha!    (Mr. Raj is a good Eagle watcher!)
Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: jungleland on June 26, 2012, 06:36:12 PM
No Faerie I didn't find out what happened in the necropsy.  Not sure how to find that out.  Plan to go back to the lake soon to see what dad and his new mate are up to. 
Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: winterwren on June 26, 2012, 10:25:22 PM
On June 11, I travelled with the HIP group for a visit to MARS. On the way we stopped to check out the highway nest that I mentioned in a previous post (Click here to see it. (http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=118.msg105604#msg105604))

Wildkitten, who was on the trip, called the inhabitants of this nest the Swamp Eagles. I like that name very much.

The nest has an eaglet on it! That eaglet is so big, I thought there were two until I looked at the photos full size.

This one is also much younger than the Hornby eaglets. He or she is still covered in grey down, while the coastal babies already have most of their body feathers. This makes sense, since the winters are noticeably colder and longer even here, just six kilometres inland.

June 11, 10:48
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7250/7451789388_b5a46f987d_z.jpg) (http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7250/7451789388_b1b853f9b3_o.jpg)


Look at the crop on this baby!
10:46
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7133/7451787288_9109a47fe2_z.jpg) (http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7133/7451787288_edc3ec7fd1_o.jpg)


Beak to beak... Looks like we caught the end of the feeding? (I actually took this photo first.)
10:44
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7267/7451786702_468ca7a9af_z.jpg) (http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7267/7451786702_be4decca69_o.jpg)


Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: Tigerlady105 on June 26, 2012, 10:53:07 PM
Wren, TY for the interesting comparison re the timing of feather development between coastal and inland eaglets.  The nest above seems so bare, compared to the evergreen nests that we are familiar with along the coast on Hornby Island. Is that tree dead or a deciduous tree?
Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: winterwren on June 26, 2012, 11:07:30 PM
Tiger, definitely a dead tree, probably a large maple judging by the shape and size. The whole area burned down a few years ago. Then, some of it got flooded by a beaver dam. It is a very strange setting for an eagle's nest.
Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: Rajame on July 01, 2012, 06:34:56 PM
Interesting story. I don't know whether to be amazed or nervous for the eagle.

http://www.thenewstribune.com/2012/07/01/2199284/bald-eagle-snatches-fishermans.html#storylink=misearch (http://www.thenewstribune.com/2012/07/01/2199284/bald-eagle-snatches-fishermans.html#storylink=misearch)

(http://i894.photobucket.com/albums/ac147/poserspotter/Fishermaneagle.jpg)

(http://i894.photobucket.com/albums/ac147/poserspotter/Fishermaneagle2.jpg)

:hearts2

Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: Faerie Gardener on July 01, 2012, 06:42:53 PM
Oh, boy, Raj, that is so amazing. Lucky for the Eagle he didn't get hooked!

(That is such a coincidence, because Mr. FG has been in Bellingham this entire week).  :duck
Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: joyofdogs on July 10, 2012, 03:28:16 PM
Amazing rescue of a charred golden eaglet in Utah.  It is called Phoenix.

Baby golden eagle survives wildfire (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vpIZN7dRGXg#ws)
Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: boonibarb on July 31, 2012, 07:18:05 AM

 
Young eagles taking a bath

Sasse Photo

First Echo takes a bath, then Foxy.

This video reveals it all - their characters, looks and behavior. I am really pleased to be able to show this to you, it is very unique.

I left all original sound as is (lots of wind) as I did not want to edit so it is a real as possible.

Enjoy :-))))))) - Watch HD full-screen

...if you like it, share with the world

Comment: I was going to release this at "High Noon" tomorrow, but then thought it would be a wonderful smile to wake up to
— in White Rock, British Columbia.
 
 
 
http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=129563680518543 (http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=129563680518543)
 
Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: Faerie Gardener on August 05, 2012, 07:02:53 PM
incredible video. Love their reactions to the sounds around them.
Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: beans on October 14, 2012, 10:45:43 PM
Thor, The Steller's Sea Eagle (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=65bhxfIUSiU#)
Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: Rajame on October 15, 2012, 08:08:52 AM
That is a great wake up this morning Booni! Thank you.

Thank you also for the video of the sea eagle Beans!

:hug
Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: dizzymom70 on November 02, 2012, 02:18:13 PM
One of the Alcoa Eagles on the nest today is looking forward to sharing the new season with us. :eclove

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8472/8148758113_b8c11ac404.jpg)

Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: Faerie Gardener on November 03, 2012, 01:41:12 PM
Aww, Dizzy, looks like they found the camera!  :heart
Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: Faerie Gardener on January 08, 2013, 08:38:31 PM
We've been hearing reports of lots of Eagles near my Brother-in-Law's workplace. It sounds like a wonderful Preserve and Nature Center. Here's a link to one of the stories we've seen:

http://www.wbay.com/story/20538136/2013/01/08/eagle-sightings-soar-in-fox-valley#.UOzyzrPcNP8.gmail (http://www.wbay.com/story/20538136/2013/01/08/eagle-sightings-soar-in-fox-valley#.UOzyzrPcNP8.gmail)

 I have my camera and Binoculars, Boots and Blankets, etc. packed and ready to go...Tomorrow!       :investigate2
Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: passerine on January 09, 2013, 08:45:15 PM
Sounds fun Faerie, looking forward to hearing & seeing on it goes.
Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: Faerie Gardener on January 10, 2013, 06:35:51 PM
We went to the preserve with all the Eagles, but it was a warm day, so the Eagles were not confined to that one area. We did see up to 6 or 7 at once soaring above us, and at one point there were 4 or 5 of different ages in one of the trees along the river. I took a nice video, but I guess it was an analog recorder, so I may not get a chance to share it  :ecsad

I did post a few pictures that I took here:
http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?action=post;msg=124913;topic=95.1770;sesc=763d20f132096c7d90e3679f8a9ac8ae (http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?action=post;msg=124913;topic=95.1770;sesc=763d20f132096c7d90e3679f8a9ac8ae)

There were recordings of the activities of the resident eagles here starting with the building of the nest in 1988. They're fun to read - one entry indicates that "There is much squabbling over the positioning of each stick" - sound familiar?
Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: fol-di-rol on March 09, 2013, 03:18:28 PM
Today was a beautiful sunny day, and my sister and I went for a walk in a small park near her home (Southmere Park, South Surrey/White Rock area).  She has been telling me she almost always sees eagles here, so I took my camera along, but we only saw the one eagle (plus lots of Canada geese, ducks, widgeons, etc.)

Southmere Park:
(http://i447.photobucket.com/albums/qq195/pb_swmbo/SouthmerePond_zpsb00bdf44.jpg)

(http://i447.photobucket.com/albums/qq195/pb_swmbo/Southmereeagle2_zps6e2ba691.jpg)

immediately after the next picture the eagle pooped, and I watched the projectile float clear across from this tree to the next - it must have been carried on the wind - I was laughing so hard I couldn't tell my sister what I was watching!
(http://i447.photobucket.com/albums/qq195/pb_swmbo/Southmereeagle5_zps34bae3b7.jpg)
Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: Faerie Gardener on March 09, 2013, 09:20:02 PM
Foldi, it looks like the eagle is watching the projectile! Now that's Follow-through!
Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: mishikeenhquay on March 10, 2013, 06:24:02 AM


Foldi...these pictures are beautiful!!  Miigwetch~
Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: boodle317 on March 11, 2013, 07:14:34 PM
What a lovely plump eagle!
Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: Cawatcher on March 11, 2013, 07:21:17 PM
Gorgeous thank you for sharing Foldi!
Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: madrona on March 17, 2013, 12:16:00 AM
As it is mid-March already, I have been busily checking the three nests that are located near my home.  I first reported on what I found at one of these nests,  here (http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=476.msg128872#msg128872).  

The biggest, closest nest revealed that it is active this season, as I discovered today.  It is in a large maple, less than five minutes from my home.  In fact, the eagles that nest in that tree are the ones that I see regularly from my home as they fly overhead and fish (or hunt ducks) in the Bay.

At first I thought the nest was empty, then an eagle flew over and there was an exchange of calls.  I could see nothing but a bit of a bump at the nest rim, with naked eye.  But when I took a look at these photos, I saw that there is an eagle just peeking its head over the nest rim.   :eclove

(http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc103/takecare_2007/Eagle%20nests/Eagleinnest-March16-022cr_zps93a1594d.jpg) (http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc103/takecare_2007/Eagle%20nests/Eagleinnest-March16-022cr_zps93a1594d.jpg)

(http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc103/takecare_2007/Eagle%20nests/Eagleinnest-March16-019cr_zps3daaae48.jpg) (http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc103/takecare_2007/Eagle%20nests/Eagleinnest-March16-019cr_zps3daaae48.jpg)

(http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc103/takecare_2007/Eagle%20nests/Eagleinnest-March16-019cucr_zps1cc9865e.jpg) (http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc103/takecare_2007/Eagle%20nests/Eagleinnest-March16-019cucr_zps1cc9865e.jpg)

This nest is so huge that getting closer means that the eagle is not visible.  But I will be checking on it regularly and hopefully soon there will be more visible activity to watch and capture.

When I arrived home, less than 5 minutes after taking these photos, I saw four eagles circling over the bay - I am hoping that one was the mate looking for food to take back to the nest.  

I had seen lots of activity all day long - one particularly large and mottled youngster who was enjoying soaring very close overhead.
Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: emc on March 19, 2013, 06:13:24 PM
How cool to have this so close to you and then see them go hunting too. :biggrin3. Looking forward to reports. Beautiful nest from below too, or is that, side.... :eclove
Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: BBE on March 23, 2013, 11:52:24 AM
Madrona, great to see an eagle in that nest.  I have visited Madrona and seeing bald eagles flying around the bay, over the house et. is thrilling and a beautiful sight to behold.  :ecsmile
Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: dusk44 on March 26, 2013, 09:52:29 PM
(http://www.cbc.ca/gfx/images/news/topstories/2013/03/25/li-baby-eagles-8col.jpg) (http://)

http://www.cbc.ca/hamilton/news/story/2013/03/25/hamilton-eaglets-hatch-at-rbg.html (http://www.cbc.ca/hamilton/news/story/2013/03/25/hamilton-eaglets-hatch-at-rbg.html)

This is an article about the first nest to produce babies in my area of Hamilton on Southern Lake Ontario. Very exciting!

(sorry if the link doesnt work , maybe someone can fix it so it does?)

Dusk

Link fixed by madrona!
Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: boodle317 on March 27, 2013, 06:45:13 AM
Beautiful pair Dusk!
Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: amazedbyeagles on March 27, 2013, 10:36:57 AM
I found this interesting link about eagles behaviors as they recover territory after becoming almost extinct.  We've seen some of this behavior here at Hornby as well.  It helps explain the contests we've seen, the intruder problems, etc.  http://phys.org/news/2012-11-eagles-deadbeat-dads-intrusions-wives.html (http://phys.org/news/2012-11-eagles-deadbeat-dads-intrusions-wives.html)
It's fascinating what we are learning as we watch the eagles on their road to recovery!  I hope you enjoy reading about these phenomena as much as I did!
Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: passerine on March 27, 2013, 06:39:59 PM
Interesting article amazed, thanks for posting it. :ecsmile
Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: Snookums on March 29, 2013, 06:18:02 PM
Baby eagles a sign that Hamilton environmental rehabilitation working
Eaglets have people talking because the area they were born in has a comeback story of its own

http://www.cbc.ca/hamilton/news/story/2013/03/27/hamilton-baby-eagles-show-environmental-rehabilitation-working.html (http://www.cbc.ca/hamilton/news/story/2013/03/27/hamilton-baby-eagles-show-environmental-rehabilitation-working.html)

edited by pass with explanation of link.
Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: madrona on May 25, 2013, 04:23:06 PM
As it is mid-March already, I have been busily checking the three nests that are located near my home.  <snip>

The biggest, closest nest revealed that it is active this season, as I discovered today.  It is in a large maple, less than five minutes from my home.  In fact, the eagles that nest in that tree are the ones that I see regularly from my home as they fly overhead and fish (or hunt ducks) in the Bay.

At first I thought the nest was empty, then an eagle flew over and there was an exchange of calls.  I could see nothing but a bit of a bump at the nest rim, with naked eye.  But when I took a look at these photos, I saw that there is an eagle just peeking its head over the nest rim.   :eclove

(http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc103/takecare_2007/Eagle%20nests/Eagleinnest-March16-022cr_zps93a1594d.jpg) (http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc103/takecare_2007/Eagle%20nests/Eagleinnest-March16-022cr_zps93a1594d.jpg)

(http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc103/takecare_2007/Eagle%20nests/Eagleinnest-March16-019cr_zps3daaae48.jpg) (http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc103/takecare_2007/Eagle%20nests/Eagleinnest-March16-019cr_zps3daaae48.jpg)

(http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc103/takecare_2007/Eagle%20nests/Eagleinnest-March16-019cucr_zps1cc9865e.jpg) (http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc103/takecare_2007/Eagle%20nests/Eagleinnest-March16-019cucr_zps1cc9865e.jpg)

This nest is so huge that getting closer means that the eagle is not visible.  But I will be checking on it regularly and hopefully soon there will be more visible activity to watch and capture.

I have posted about this closest eagle nest  HERE. (http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=476.msg133001#msg133001)   I know that there at least two eaglets as I observed them in the nest today - even flappercising!
Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: madrona on May 25, 2013, 04:37:37 PM
I visited another nest close by today that I had recently heard had two eaglets in it.  This nest was last active 3 years ago, and fledged three eaglets in 2010.  Accounts and pictures of the nest and three eaglets from back then are found  HERE (http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=95.msg16583#msg16583) and  HERE. (http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=118.msg16711#msg16711)

Here is what I saw today (CLICK pics twice for zoomed view):

(http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc103/takecare_2007/Eagle%20nests/CraigBayeaglet-012-May2513_zps3dcda134.jpg) (http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc103/takecare_2007/Eagle%20nests/CraigBayeaglet-012-May2513_zps3dcda134.jpg)

There were two eaglets, but I was unable to get pics of both of them as only had a short time to spend at the nest.

I was interested to see both parents perched in trees close by, keeping an eye on the eaglets.

(http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc103/takecare_2007/Eagle%20nests/CraigBayParent-020-May2513_zps52c25665.jpg) (http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc103/takecare_2007/Eagle%20nests/CraigBayParent-020-May2513_zps52c25665.jpg)

And I especially loved this photo:

(http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc103/takecare_2007/Eagle%20nests/Craigbayeagleandhummer2-May2513_zpsc694c412.jpg) (http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc103/takecare_2007/Eagle%20nests/Craigbayeagleandhummer2-May2513_zpsc694c412.jpg)

Yes - the hummingbird on the wire is as big as the distant parent, sitting on top of a cedar tree!  (I believe that is the same cedar that I saw the first of the 2010 'triplets' fledge to!)
Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: passerine on May 25, 2013, 06:03:09 PM
They came out pretty good Madrona, mine are about the same. The other nest I have one of them both flapping, will post later. :ecsmile
Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: auroradawn on May 25, 2013, 06:43:12 PM
They are great photo's Madrona, so exciting to see little ones.  Hopefully I'll be able to see the one(s) in the nest here soon.  I saw a fish delivered yesterday & today a large crib rail was delivered  :thumbup:
Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: madrona on June 22, 2013, 07:48:05 PM
There was a very low tide this morning and our bay almost emptied!   :eceek

If you click the photo below you will see a dot along the waterline to the right.

(http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc103/takecare_2007/Wildlife/June018-Youngeagleforagingatverylowtide_zpsa34b2fc1.jpg) (http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc103/takecare_2007/Wildlife/June018-Youngeagleforagingatverylowtide_zpsa34b2fc1.jpg)

I couldn't be sure that it was an eagle, by looking with naked eye, but my camera soon showed me that it was, when I zoomed in - a fairly young one!

(http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc103/takecare_2007/Wildlife/June010-youngeagle_zps2a3be463.jpg) (http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc103/takecare_2007/Wildlife/June010-youngeagle_zps2a3be463.jpg)

I am so glad that this youngster has learned how to scavenge and fish.  In the short video I made you can see that s/he has a big fish!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hPWOhbkQ9B8
Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: passerine on June 23, 2013, 08:11:27 AM
How nice the handsome youngster is finding food.  :ecsmile
Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: BBE on June 23, 2013, 09:31:26 AM
Madrona, great photos and video. Your new camera is great.
 :ecsmile
Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: Snookums on July 04, 2013, 02:28:24 PM
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Bald-Eagles-in-Western-Pennsylvania-Audubon-Society-of-Western-PA/128337160680295?fref=ts (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Bald-Eagles-in-Western-Pennsylvania-Audubon-Society-of-Western-PA/128337160680295?fref=ts)

Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: madrona on July 09, 2013, 04:38:50 PM
I re-visited the eagle nest across the bay from me, which I posted about on May 25 (above) and saw that these two eaglets have not yet fledged.  (CLICK pics!)

(http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc103/takecare_2007/Eagle%20nests/June-July057_zps0ee74e28.jpg) (http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc103/takecare_2007/Eagle%20nests/June-July057_zps0ee74e28.jpg)

(http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc103/takecare_2007/Eagle%20nests/June-July060_zps3553b35d.jpg) (http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc103/takecare_2007/Eagle%20nests/June-July060_zps3553b35d.jpg)

(http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc103/takecare_2007/Eagle%20nests/June-July059_zps814f7541.jpg) (http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc103/takecare_2007/Eagle%20nests/June-July059_zps814f7541.jpg)

Judging by all the downy feathers on the edge of that nest I'd guess that a bird was plucked there and fed to them fairly recently.   There are lots of geese and gulls around in the bay.   :ecsad
Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: madrona on July 09, 2013, 05:11:04 PM
Meanwhile, a frequent visitor to our side of the bay, often perching on one of our fir trees or the neighbour's fir tree, is this fierce/handsome eagle, intently looking down into the water.

(http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc103/takecare_2007/Wildlife/Eaglenextdoor-July2013-042_zpsdb053ec0.jpg) (http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc103/takecare_2007/Wildlife/Eaglenextdoor-July2013-042_zpsdb053ec0.jpg)

Wind riffling his/her neck feathers - it was pretty breezy that day last week!

(http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc103/takecare_2007/Wildlife/Eaglenextdoor-July1013-043_zps3514143f.jpg) (http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc103/takecare_2007/Wildlife/Eaglenextdoor-July1013-043_zps3514143f.jpg)

I believe that this is one of the adults from the closest nest to where I live  which I posted about HERE a while ago! (http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=118.msg129044#msg129044) I checked it yesterday, but saw no sign of the eaglets that were there last time I visited.  They may have fledged already, so I will be looking out for them.  
Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: SHBotsis on July 30, 2013, 10:34:08 AM
Wonderful pics Madrona!
There were 2 successful Fledglings from the Simms Nest this year!  :thumbup: (no pics sorry) 
CVgal
Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: auroradawn on July 30, 2013, 10:47:11 AM
CVgal, thank you for letting us know about the Simms, that is wonderful news.
Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: madrona on July 30, 2013, 01:07:52 PM
So happy to hear that the Simms pair produced eaglets this year, and that they fledged successfully.  That is a nest I have visited many times in the past - but not this year.  This pair is persistent, even with the number of trees that have gone from their little spot, they still return to the nest tree, which fortunately is still standing. 

Thanks for letting us know CVgal!   :eclove
Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: boodle317 on August 04, 2013, 06:50:28 AM
That tree is simply perfectly shaped for an eagle nest!
Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: winterwren on August 06, 2013, 03:49:19 AM
Look at that, Madrona's got a new camera! Beauuuutiful photos! Isn't that fun?
Madrona, I believe that the down fluffies we see on your nest photos are from the eaglets themselves. There comes a time, after their body feathers have already grown, when they let go of a layer of down. I'm not sure exactly how it works, but a few weeks before fledging there is a lot of fluffy down clinging to the downwind branches of the nests, and sometimes even on the ground nearby.
When the eagles catch seabirds, we see feathers of all sizes littering the edges of the nest. Small feathers will cling to the branches with the down, even if the big feathers get blown away.
Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: winterwren on August 06, 2013, 04:07:09 AM
On July 28, I was in town with a couple of hours to kill and my kayak on top of my truck... The tide was in... the sun shone... Forget about that shopping list! I put my boat in the water and fulfilled a long-standing dream: a paddle on the Puntledge River estuary!


(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3727/9448546797_eb9572075b_z.jpg) (http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3727/9448546797_c752611a8e_o.jpg)


As soon as I got in my boat, I heard screeps from the other side of the river! At first I thought it was a Simms eaglet, but from what I saw later, I realise that I was too far down river for that. It must have been an eaglet from Portuguese Joe's nest, unless there is another territory in between.

I headed across, searching the trees for the source of the sound, hastily getting my camera out of its waterproof bag, and with all that haste I completely missed the adult eagle sitting on the bank right under my nose until he or she flew off. Will I ever learn?  :nope

I never saw that eaglet, but he or she sure was loud. The current took me down the river... I decided to keep going out the estuary for a little while, then return and head up the river before the ebbing tide, added to the river's current, made it difficult to return.

It's soooo beautiful out there...

(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3772/9451357630_df61649746_z.jpg) (http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3772/9451357630_e7030037f5_o.jpg)

The tall poles on both pictures are range markers that indicate the deeper part of the channel. Fish boats and pleasure boats dock at two sites up the river. If you click on the pictures you can see the red and white stripes on the markers. If you follow a course that lines up the pair of markers one above the other, you are in the channel. Easier said than done. Of course in my little kayak I can go anywhere I please.

Further down river... Yes, that's Hornby Island in the background! There's a post with a little platform right in the middle of the picture; I'm wondering if someone put it there for the ospreys? The wildlife viewing area is right behind me in the photo. (Does anyone from the area know about this?)
As it is, there is only a gull perched on it.
Geese on the sandy islet and in the water to the side of it.

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5478/9451357742_1bee8a888b_z.jpg) (http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5478/9451357742_aea3d637bd_o.jpg)
Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: winterwren on August 06, 2013, 04:27:00 AM
Across from the wildlife viewing platform are small sandy islets that dry up at low tide. On one of them, on a big hummock, stood a Great Blue Heron.

As I approached, he took this strange posture.
Puntledge River estuary, July 28, 11:40
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7438/9451476500_bbded9f6d0_z.jpg) (http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7438/9451476500_d6c1ba8f8d_o.jpg)

I expected a poop-shot and/or a quick fly-off, but neither happened. Neither was he close enough to water to be spying on a fish. He stood like that for half a minute, then resumed a more restful pose.
I'm thinking that this is a young one, since he does not have a white stripe on top of his head.

(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3816/9451476588_ae2fde0c91_z.jpg) (http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3816/9451476588_2b2bbaeae5_o.jpg)

To be continued...
Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: Cawatcher on August 06, 2013, 06:01:26 AM
qhat a neat stance lol
Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: Cawatcher on August 06, 2013, 06:03:01 AM
 :eceek Madrona and Dusk, your eagle pics are outstanding! Thank you for posting
Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: auroradawn on August 06, 2013, 06:32:56 AM
Wren, love the pictures from the river & estuary, I only see it from the shore (not a kayaker) so great to see it from a different perspective.  I have no knowledge about the platform, but will let you know if I find out anything.  The heron photo is fantastic.
Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: OpieK on August 06, 2013, 10:01:41 AM
wow, beautiful photos Wren - thank you - will look forward to more...
Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: winterwren on August 07, 2013, 05:00:36 AM
Continuing my paddling trip on the Puntledge River estuary (maybe I should have posted this under Eagle Rivers, but bear with me, I'll be getting to the Simms Nest eventually so I wanted it with CVGal's posting).

So I started back up river before the current got too strong. I hugged the bank, looking for calm areas and back eddies, reading the current by the direction of the grasses.
In one big bend I found this lovely family!

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5518/9458466056_e57420b02f_z.jpg) (http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5518/9458466056_7b39da9c13_o.jpg)


Here's a closer view of Mom... A Common Merganser? Her bill looks too thick for Red-breasted, but I'll have to double check in my field guides.
11:59
(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5448/9458466122_fa95a90355_z.jpg) (http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5448/9458466122_d0a8f61c72_o.jpg)

And here are some of her babies, almost grown up but still looking somewhat unfinished...

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5514/9458466168_33653e1e01_z.jpg) (http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5514/9458466168_9f7211cf2d_o.jpg)
Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: Cawatcher on August 07, 2013, 05:17:15 AM
lovely common meganser wren.. the youngsters are quite large  :eclove
Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: boodle317 on August 07, 2013, 07:02:00 AM
great pics wren.  TY!
Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: SHBotsis on August 10, 2013, 09:09:48 PM
Wonderful pics Wren thank you! It is so beautiful there. Did you say that you had pics of the Simms nest?

Madrona and Dawn, I was at the Simms nest today, and one of the eaglets was in the nest. I didn't spot the other one today. In the past few days, I was lucky enough to see the oldest one fly in and out of the nest, and a few days ago, I watched a parent fly in to nest with what looked like a midshipman. Now I am wondering if the second one hasn't quite fledged yet, or is it just hanging close to nest waiting for food? It is so hard to tell.  :hmmm I will keep an eye on it and let you know...  :nod2 
CVgal
Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: winterwren on August 11, 2013, 09:30:51 AM
I do indeed have pictures, CVGal! Not super-amazing ones, but the best I could do from a moving boat.  :ecsmile

So I worked my way up river, hugging the banks to find calmer waters and back eddies. As I approached the Simms nest I saw an adult fly off...
July 28, 12:23
(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3702/9488159704_bc665f9b71_z.jpg) (http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3702/9488159704_090a2e238d_o.jpg)


Then I found a little window to the nest. Drifting on the current, I snapped away, looking for the best angle... and found an eaglet on a branch! The nest is on the bottom right.

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7398/9488159814_0d96579e8e_z.jpg) (http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7398/9488159814_c849eb4cb1_o.jpg)


Then I saw someone else peeking over the edge of the nest... A second eaglet!

(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3674/9488160002_d477180b1a_z.jpg) (http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3674/9488160002_2961a3935c_o.jpg)

This was my only sighting of that second eaglet. Try as I might, I was not able to find him again. He must have ducked below the rim after peeking at me and finding out that I was not edible.

My time was up, and I let the current take me back down river.
Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: Cawatcher on August 11, 2013, 09:33:21 AM
what fun wren! glad that they have 2!
Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: auroradawn on August 11, 2013, 09:38:26 AM
Fantastic wren, I did hear that they had 2, so it is wonderful to see the photo's of them.
Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: SHBotsis on August 12, 2013, 11:09:43 AM
Thank you Wren! Wonderful pics of the Esturary and of the 2013 Eaglets in the Simms nest! They are beauties! I get to see them through binoculars, and it is so nice to see pics of them too!  :nod2
CVgal
Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: SHBotsis on October 09, 2013, 01:59:36 PM
I am sorry to report that the Simms Nest was pretty much decimated in the last big wind storm that we had almost 2 weeks ago  :ohno  On a happier note, they are busy rebuilding. I was there today for about an hour, and while I was there, both Eagles were busy bringing in sticks every 5 or 10 minutes or so. They have much work to do, but much like Mom and Dad Hornby, they are Pro's, and I am confident that they will be ready for eggs in the spring!  :pray
CVgal
Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: SHBotsis on October 09, 2013, 02:02:33 PM
Re the Simms Nest...the tree appears to be fine, but the nest is/was pretty much gone.
Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: passerine on October 09, 2013, 06:52:39 PM
They sure do have the problems with the wind there. Confident they will build a great nest. Thanks so much on the update SH/CV.
Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: fol-di-rol on October 24, 2013, 04:56:16 PM
In today's White Rock local paper (Peace Arch News) there was an article about a video filmed in Port Hardy by Christian Sasse:

Port Hardy, BC / Eagle Nova Films' "Outdoor Treasures" Series (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7jyLxD7_xBA#)
Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: NancyM on October 24, 2013, 08:45:00 PM
Very wonderful video, Foildi - many thanks for that link   :ty
Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: Faerie Gardener on November 03, 2013, 07:22:09 PM
Today I was gardening and suddenly I heard Trilling! I looked up and saw a pair of Bald Eagles circling the yard and the beach beyond, talking to each other - very excited. After awhile they circled right over me, and for a minute I feared that I (in my tan garden hat and black and white jacket) might look like a downed creature in the yard ripe for picking! I spoke to them and they flew off over the lake. I realized that they were more interested in what was going on in the sky. Another pair of adult eagles had flown into the area and then quite a battle ensued! It was starting to rain, so the photos are blurry and many times I lost sight of them in the mist and clouds, but my trusty cell phone caught a bit of footage. I have never before seen more than 2 adults over our yard!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VSs2hxwbmYQ
Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: Faerie Gardener on November 03, 2013, 07:28:32 PM
I took a few other videos.

                                     http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nb4aESVC6zM

                                     http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XXdeckEnfyo
Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: madrona on November 05, 2013, 05:44:55 PM
Oh Faerie!  Thank you so much for posting these videos here.  (I viewed them full screen and they are wonderful).  It must have been so exciting for you.  And what a great job you did of videoing them circling above.  I know only too well how difficult it is to follow their flight - and if you have to zoom very much it becomes an even greater challenge to just find them.

On Saturday we saw an unusual sight here, but it was impossible to get a decent video.  I have never seen such a large group of eagles spiraling and soaring high in the sky - there were maybe a dozen of them, in fairly close formation - but they were so high up that with the camera zoomed it was almost impossible to find them and follow them.

-o~0~o-

The other day I saw a sad sight as I drove into the nearby town.  This is what I saw as I drove along a road skirting the town, in a growing residential area.  

Can you see what's wrong with this picture?

(http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc103/takecare_2007/Eagle%20nests/EaglenestParksville-Nov413-043_zps04a970b3.jpg) (http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc103/takecare_2007/Eagle%20nests/EaglenestParksville-Nov413-043_zps04a970b3.jpg)

Yes - there is an eagle nest in the trees that are still standing after a thickly wooded few acres were being flattened.  :ecsad

I have always been aware of this nest, although it is virtually invisible before the leaves fall.  It is in a large cottonwood tree.  I don't actually know if it is an active nest, but I imagine it is protected and will have a plaque on it designating it as an eagle tree.

(http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc103/takecare_2007/Eagle%20nests/EaglenestParksville-Nov413-045_zpse224e970.jpg) (http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc103/takecare_2007/Eagle%20nests/EaglenestParksville-Nov413-045_zpse224e970.jpg)

(http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc103/takecare_2007/Eagle%20nests/EaglenestParksville-Nov413-048_zpsdb594e14.jpg) (http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc103/takecare_2007/Eagle%20nests/EaglenestParksville-Nov413-048_zpsdb594e14.jpg)

I hope no more trees are going to be felled - there do appear to be perch trees there.  I will be keeping an eye on this nest, although I don't go that way very often.
Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: passerine on November 06, 2013, 01:54:57 PM
That is so terribly sad. That pair have been using that nest for probably 15 years that i know of. They were there last year. There's trailer park for older people to the backside of that nest, the residents love having them there. Devastating. About 10 years or more ago there was a huge uprising to the owner of the trailer park, the protest was won and he couldn't go further. I guess that side they're raping is owned by someone else. I heard today they also took trees down on the opposite side. :ecsad I sure hope the nest is still there, whether they'll use it is another story. I'll go look tomorrow.

That treed area was also used by many birds, woodpeckers, California Quail etal. :eccry
Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: madrona on November 06, 2013, 04:42:54 PM
Passerine - thank you for adding to the info about this nest.  I knew that this was a nest that you had been aware of for a few years.  It is very sad when you think of just how large a wooded area this was before.

Here is another photo I took which kind of sums it all up.  I believe that is the trailer park in the distance, behind the backhoe.  It looks as though the site is being prepared for residential lots.

(http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc103/takecare_2007/Eagle%20nests/EaglenestParksville-Nov413-047_zps51195761.jpg) (http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc103/takecare_2007/Eagle%20nests/EaglenestParksville-Nov413-047_zps51195761.jpg)

Today I was saddened to see the closest eagle nest to where I live now has a house being built right next to it.  :(   I was so sad that I couldn't bring myself to stop and take a picture.  And I saw an eagle flying over as I drove by ...
Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: emc on November 07, 2013, 11:39:45 AM
How terribly sad. How can people think they can leave just a few trees ( three or four trees) and the wildlife can use those ?

Or worse,  that people move in and then complain that there is wildlife there  :eceek .

My neighbor, after living here 50 years changed in her senior years and trapped every single raccoon there was here and managed to talk the Animal Regulation Dept. into removing them as they "were destroying her yard". (she thinks they tore up an area of her grass, isn't that terrible  :eceek) I'll step down now :soap

Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: Faerie Gardener on November 07, 2013, 06:33:12 PM
 :sigh   Just don't get it.
Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: winterwren on November 07, 2013, 07:31:11 PM
Some positive news meanwhile...
On Tuesday I took a trip into Courtenay, and while I didn't have time to stop and photograph the Simms nest, I did get a quick peek at it from across the river, and it looks very much like its old self. So much so, that I found it hard to believe that it had been damaged! Those eagles sure have been quick in repairing their home. From what I can read above, the damage occurred only a month ago.

I wish I had been around to witness the intensive rebuilding that CVGal described for us.  :heart
Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: passerine on November 08, 2013, 10:04:58 AM
Went to the nest with all the construction going on yesterday.

The front side of nest from trailer park, parent and I'm assuming kids from past years.

(http://i835.photobucket.com/albums/zz274/ldnal/river/IMG_11_06_2013_0041_zps28d2512c.jpg) (http://s835.photobucket.com/user/ldnal/media/river/IMG_11_06_2013_0041_zps28d2512c.jpg.html)

The backside of nest tree which wasn't visible before.

(http://i835.photobucket.com/albums/zz274/ldnal/river/IMG_11_06_2013_0045_zpsce685ef5.jpg) (http://s835.photobucket.com/user/ldnal/media/river/IMG_11_06_2013_0045_zpsce685ef5.jpg.html)

Owners of nest.

(http://i835.photobucket.com/albums/zz274/ldnal/river/IMG_11_06_2013_0047_zpsfb9f48de.jpg) (http://s835.photobucket.com/user/ldnal/media/river/IMG_11_06_2013_0047_zpsfb9f48de.jpg.html)

Lots of noise, many machines operating, they won't be cutting anymore trees. These two are used to some noise with trailer park, elementary school and neighborhood. There will be lots more noise as the building starts, remains to be seen if they'll hang around. With all the development not really any other place for them to go. I'll keep an eye on their progress.

Example of some of the equipment and happenings, but they are watching so maybe all will be fine.

(http://i835.photobucket.com/albums/zz274/ldnal/river/IMG_11_06_2013_0048_zpsc336fe64.jpg) (http://s835.photobucket.com/user/ldnal/media/river/IMG_11_06_2013_0048_zpsc336fe64.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: parksvillebarbie on November 08, 2013, 11:00:45 AM
I have not posted in sometime here, but follow the site almost everyday and when I saw Madronas posting and pictures of the construction around the eagles nest in Parksville, I knew I had to say something..  have been watching this unfold for over two years, finally with a development sign going up last year..  they gutted the whole corner except for a few trees and of course the nest tree..  I was so angry, so did a little research on our vague wildlife act on the internet..  found out some interesting info such as no construction to be done during January to September (makes sense), tree and buffer zone to be protected with fencing and signage to explain the importance to both workers and public of this protected (supposedly) area..  did not see that yet.. also the nest to be protected from winds and storms and removal of nearby trees may affect nest tree stability, also feeding and perch areas to be protected and bald eagle nests are to be preserved whether active or not.. oh yes, the buffer zone around the nest is 1.5 tree lengths (must have used seedlings to measure that I think) and 328 feet during nesting season..  pass by this nest everyday to go to work and saw one of the eagles the other day..  must be devastating to him with all the logging and machinery on site now..  cannot understand how this was given a permit to proceed, but will be watching to see how Mom and Dad Despard react to the disruption, and see if all the habitat destroyed is actually replanted with native species as stated in our wildlife act.
Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: passerine on November 08, 2013, 11:09:52 AM
Good to see you Barbie. Thanks for extra info.
Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: madrona on November 08, 2013, 11:35:51 AM
parksvillebarbie - thank you so much for posting about this eagle nest.  The information you posted is indeed very disturbing, in light of what we are seeing happening at that site.  I gather that the lot clearing happened quickly and took people by surprise.  I guess the sign on the property had been there for so long that nobody expected such a huge change overnight.

As I said in my first posts about this, I do not pass this nest very often, and wasn't sure that it had been active recently. 

passerine
- your photos are so moving.  :eccry  I hope you don't mind but I took the liberty of cropping the one photo of Mom and Dad Despard (the name of the street the nest is on).  It brings a lump to my throat seeing them huddled there, shoulder to shoulder, like Mom and Dad Hornby often do.

(http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc103/takecare_2007/Eagle%20nests/momanddaddespardcr_zps52347295.jpg)
Photo by passerine of Mom and Dad Despard surveying the destruction of their habitat.
Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: Faerie Gardener on November 08, 2013, 04:12:39 PM
That photo is so dear. Maybe if it is passed around it will hit home in the hearts of good people...
Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: linused on November 10, 2013, 11:20:34 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nA3LtXnNIto

Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: winterwren on December 02, 2013, 07:11:45 PM
On November 29 I had the chance to recheck the Simms nest and take a few photos.

I found one of the adults perched near the nest...
November 29, 10:12 am
(http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2888/11144587323_d14064e094_z.jpg) (http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2888/11144587323_65e54d00d3_o.jpg)


Then a head appeared over the nest's rim... The other eagle was inside, doing some intensive nestorations.
10:14
(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5485/11144461016_6779b10b22_z.jpg) (http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5485/11144461016_a51363779c_o.jpg)


I took another photo that shows both eagles and a more general view of the nest but for some reason flickr staunchly refuses to upload it. But even now, the second photo shows a long horizontal branch that serves as a good landmark to compare the reconstructed nest from its previous version before the storm damaged it.

Click here (http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=118.msg104685#msg104685) to compare this view with pictures taken from the same angle in April 2012.
Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: boonibarb on January 23, 2014, 10:29:45 AM
 
Another day, another view of the Simms Park Nest!
There is even an adult perched in there.
What a huge Nest!

january 3 2014 14:34 - adult Eagle perched on Simms Nest

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7439/12105736624_e898ac0ea2_b.jpg) (http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7439/12105736624_3d54e8f58d_o.jpg)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/12105736624/# (http://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/12105736624/#)


 
Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: linused on January 23, 2014, 10:43:18 AM
Booni,  Thanks for posting this great photo of the Simm's nest. I love this couple as I often see them sitting in a tree, overlooking the busy road full of rushing traffic. I can only imagine them shaking their heads at all the crazy people.   :heart
Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: Snookums on February 21, 2014, 04:52:09 PM

this is a link to a new article about Bald eagles nesting in Pittsburgh





http://www.wtae.com/news/local/allegheny/bald-eagle-lays-egg-in-pittsburgh-nest/24577302#at_pco=smlwn-1.0&at_tot=1&at_ab=per-1&at_pos=0 (http://www.wtae.com/news/local/allegheny/bald-eagle-lays-egg-in-pittsburgh-nest/24577302#at_pco=smlwn-1.0&at_tot=1&at_ab=per-1&at_pos=0)
Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: Snookums on February 27, 2014, 02:35:50 PM
Nesting bald eagle attacked by raccoon in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RWJfTaO-Wz0

***video link fixed by booni***
Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: madrona on February 28, 2014, 01:56:53 PM
That is amazing!  Thanks for posting this, Snookums.   It looked as though the raccoon was grabbing for an egg - it certainly seemed to rummage around right in the nest bowl.  But the video also appeared to show the three eggs were still there after the raccoon was forced to scurry off.

I am unable to view the cam when I click on the link to it, but the write up that accompanied this video said (of the raccoon incident):

Quote
Bald eagle fends off raccoon from nest
Feb 28, 2014

PITTSBURGH — A female bald eagle defended her nest and the three eggs inside it from an intruding raccoon late Wednesday night.

<snip>

The video showed the eagle being startled by the raccoon before she sprung up and spread her wings. After only a few seconds, the raccoon fled the nest and the mother settled back down.

It's not believed any of the three eggs inside were harmed.

The 5 1/2-year-old female laid the first egg a week ago. All of the eggs are expected to hatch in late March.

The nest is about 100 yards away from an earlier nest that collapsed after the two eagles arrived in the area last spring and raised a chick.

Read more: http://www.wtae.com/news/bald-eagle-fends-off-raccoon-from-nest/24719334#ixzz2uej9XXGj (http://www.wtae.com/news/bald-eagle-fends-off-raccoon-from-nest/24719334#ixzz2uej9XXGj)

ETA:  This appears to be a link to this nest:  Pittsburgh Bald Eagles on USTREAM: . Wild Animals (http://www.ustream.tv/channel/pittsburgh-bald-eagles#)
Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: Sandor3 on March 05, 2014, 02:24:55 PM
This was on the noon news today (March 5)...posted on youtube in January 2013.  These fellows did a great job of getting this fellow on his way.  Looks like they used it to advertise their flasher!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6N1Go6T8tsk
Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: Faerie Gardener on March 14, 2014, 05:00:53 PM
There's a tree in our yard where a pair of eagles likes to perch, often on very cold days when there probably isn't any open water in any of the surrounding streams. It is right on the edge of the bluff overlooking Lake Michigan. We see two eagles together at times and at other times there will only be one, but they usually stay there for an hour or two. About a week ago I wanted to get some pictures of them in flight, so I camped out near a window where I could sit for awhile. There was a little bit of movement, so I believed that soon there would be some "Action." Here's what happened (I am very sorry about the clarity here, but it has been too cold to wash the windows)   :blush

This should be a slideshow
http://s1021.photobucket.com/user/DarciJ751/slideshow/The%20Eagle%20Tree%20March%202014 (http://s1021.photobucket.com/user/DarciJ751/slideshow/The%20Eagle%20Tree%20March%202014)
Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: madrona on March 14, 2014, 05:21:51 PM
What a great capture, Faerie.  You must have been very excited to witness this first hand.  Guess spring has arrived and that eagle pair is in the planning stages for a productive year!  Do they have a nest nearby, that you're aware of?  It would be interesting to see whether they lay eggs and raise young.
Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: Faerie Gardener on March 14, 2014, 05:49:19 PM
Madrona, We have seen a nest 2 miles south of us, but we are truly certain that there is a nest nearer, especially since we saw a very young eagle just out of the nest here last summer. We're surrounded by dense woods, so it might be difficult to find it, but we are on the lookout! (also, last summer we had a real battle overhead, with 2 adults fighting off another pair who flew off to the North, so we are looking South). I don't think their nest is right next door, though, because we don't see them around as much once Spring turns to Summer. Eggciting!!
Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: gzebear on April 02, 2014, 02:40:54 AM

Faerie, you were in the right place at the right time! I hope you discover the whereabouts of their nest and are able to enjoy some of the other activities of their nesting season! :ecsmile
Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: madrona on April 13, 2014, 09:06:45 AM
This time of year, when eagles are nesting and incubating eggs in our area on Vancouver Island, close to Hornby, it is never easy to tell if there actually are eggs in a nest.  From the ground very little shows over the edge of a deep nest, so unless you're able to witness an exchange, sometimes a nest appears to be empty.

This was the case yesterday when I was in the Courtenay area and checked out the Simms nest.  While eating at a nearby restaurant I saw no sign of activity around the nest, but before leaving I thought I'd take a couple of pictures of the nest, zoomed in.  From the restaurant parking area we were some considerable distance from the nest, but even with the camera on full zoom I still could see no sign of an eagle on the nest.

(http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc103/takecare_2007/Wildlife/SimmsEagle-rs043_zpsad0762dd.jpg)

Then, when I got home and downloaded the photos and examined them closely I saw what was definitely not visible to the naked eye.

(http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc103/takecare_2007/Wildlife/SimmsEagle-cr043_zpse4a04b48.jpg)

These two grainy full zoom cropped shots show that the incubating eagle was alert and watchful.  I can even see her eye.  (No doubt she had seen me clearly!)

(http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc103/takecare_2007/Wildlife/SimmsEagle-cr046_zps9d396fa0.jpg)

(http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc103/takecare_2007/Wildlife/SimmsEagle-cr047_zps1682132d.jpg)
Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: Rajame on April 21, 2014, 01:35:25 PM
Oh Madrona! Isn't that wonderful! I am so glad you examined your photos. So so exciting!
:hug
Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: typoscount2 on April 21, 2014, 05:15:00 PM
mad ,that momma was watching you watch her lol
Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: linused on April 21, 2014, 08:01:11 PM
Funny Mad.   When I visit that nest I have the same problem.  Sometimes I see a food delivery or one of the parents sitting close by. But usually I don't see anyone. They are very clever indeed.    :eceek
Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: madrona on May 13, 2014, 02:02:42 PM
These past few days we have noticed a lot of eagle activity along our shoreline.  This wide shallow bay that I live beside is a magnet at low tide for eagle foraging.  This year we have noticed more sub-adults in our area also, especially since the huge herring run.  I think some of them might have decided to stick around.   :eclove

Today, as I have noted for the past few days, there has been quite a lot of eagle trilling and I was surprised to also witness chasing.  An adult seems to not want to share his feeding territory with some of the youngsters?  I am really not sure, of course.  All I can report is what I have seen happening a few times - an adult 'shepherding' sometimes one, sometimes several sub-adults from the beach.  They fly right over, or in front of my home, so it's hard to miss them!

Of course, I am never able to get the camera ready in time to capture these activities.  In fact, by the time I have it turned on and focused I either cannot find them in the viewfinder, or they are long gone.

So ... with my new camera and its amazing zoom I am able to sometimes find the many foraging eagles at low tide.  Today, in a few short minutes, between 10:57 AM and 11:13 AM, I captured the following scenes - all separate groups of eagles that could barely be seen with the naked eye.  (Sorry about the fuzzy quality, but these were on a high zoom setting).  I wanted to give some idea of just what the eagles are doing around here (Vancouver Island) and Hornby at low tide - I am thinking Midshipmen must be around!  :ecsmile

(http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc103/takecare_2007/Wildlife/Lowtidebay-May1314-107_zpsc017daa4.jpg) (http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc103/takecare_2007/Wildlife/Lowtidebay-May1314-107_zpsc017daa4.jpg)

This is what I see before I zoom in!
Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: madrona on May 13, 2014, 02:05:24 PM
Below is what I spotted when I zoomed in on some of those specks.  (All separate groups).

(http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc103/takecare_2007/Wildlife/Eaglesforagingatlowtide-May1314-104_zps7066d861.jpg)

(http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc103/takecare_2007/Wildlife/Eaglesforagingatlowtide-May1314-109_zps166494d8.jpg)

(http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc103/takecare_2007/Wildlife/Eagleforagingatlowtide-May1314-110_zpse554ead3.jpg)

(http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc103/takecare_2007/Wildlife/Eaglesforagingatlowtide-May1314-111_zps87299daa.jpg)

(http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc103/takecare_2007/Wildlife/Eaglesforagingatlowtide-May1314-117_zps4a0f5265.jpg)
Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: madrona on May 13, 2014, 02:25:08 PM
Shortly after I took the above photos, the tide was coming in a bit, and I noticed these two at the little creek where it empties into the bay.  I was hoping I'd see them splash around in the fresh water, but that didn't happen while I watched.

(http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc103/takecare_2007/Wildlife/Eaglesforagingatlowtide-May1314-124_zpsbf38623b.jpg) (http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc103/takecare_2007/Wildlife/Eaglesforagingatlowtide-May1314-124_zpsbf38623b.jpg)

(http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc103/takecare_2007/Wildlife/Eaglesforagingatlowtide-May1314-140_zpsd0dbfe25.jpg) (http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc103/takecare_2007/Wildlife/Eaglesforagingatlowtide-May1314-140_zpsd0dbfe25.jpg)

Meanwhile - a little way off, a heron was catching lunch!

(http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc103/takecare_2007/Wildlife/Heronforagingatlowtide-May1314-135_zpsd96e19f9.jpg) (http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc103/takecare_2007/Wildlife/Heronforagingatlowtide-May1314-135_zpsd96e19f9.jpg)

(http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc103/takecare_2007/Wildlife/Heronforagingatlowtide-May1314-126_zpsa1da2968.jpg) (http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc103/takecare_2007/Wildlife/Heronforagingatlowtide-May1314-126_zpsa1da2968.jpg)
Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: BBE on May 14, 2014, 10:34:49 PM
Madrona, lucky you with such great sightings. Many thanks for the awesome photos.  I do remember trying to focus my point and shoot camera at two herons in a tree near where you live.  Ready, set, aim and they're gone!

 :eclove
Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: violet312s on May 17, 2014, 04:04:19 PM
For those following the plight of the Jordan Lake eaglet who fell out of the nest during a storm. It is now at the Carolina Raptor Center near Charlotte.  They keep all the case records online.  Even has x-rays!  Latest diagnosis is some type of fracture to the right foot.  Will be updated as care continues.

http://raptormed.carolinaraptorcenter.org/cgi-bin/RaptorMedCGI.exe?patient=17934-2014-0324 (http://raptormed.carolinaraptorcenter.org/cgi-bin/RaptorMedCGI.exe?patient=17934-2014-0324)

Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: madrona on May 18, 2014, 11:51:33 PM
This afternoon on our way to pick up some halibut from a fishing boat at Comox dock, I met up with auroradawn and we witnessed an amazing sight at the Comox estuary.  

There were at least forty eagles - maybe as many as fifty, circling around overhead and gathering on the low tide flats, to feast along the shoreline.  As you can see in the videos and photos below, someone had left some fish carcasses and the eagles were milling around to scavenge and feast on them.

We saw many large pieces of fish carried away from the main area where many eagles were concentrated - some flew short distances away to consume their prizes!  A rough count of the several groups, including the more distant scattered groups, and those eagles in the air and flying overhead, indicated that there were over forty eagles in the area, and interestingly there was little aggression being displayed.  There were good numbers of both adult and sub-adult eagles, and even the odd turkey vulture could be seen in the air - along with the inevitable crows dodging in and out of the feasting eagles.

(http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc103/takecare_2007/Wildlife/EaglesscavengingatComoxEstuary-18g_zps5ceb1519.jpg) (http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc103/takecare_2007/Wildlife/EaglesscavengingatComoxEstuary-18g_zps5ceb1519.jpg)

(http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc103/takecare_2007/Wildlife/EaglesscavengingatComoxEstuary-18e_zps4ada82ea.jpg) (http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc103/takecare_2007/Wildlife/EaglesscavengingatComoxEstuary-18e_zps4ada82ea.jpg)

(http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc103/takecare_2007/Wildlife/EaglesscavengingatComoxEstuary-18d_zpscce25907.jpg) (http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc103/takecare_2007/Wildlife/EaglesscavengingatComoxEstuary-18d_zpscce25907.jpg)

(http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc103/takecare_2007/Wildlife/EaglesscavengingatComoxEstuary-18c_zps082ffb47.jpg) (http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc103/takecare_2007/Wildlife/EaglesscavengingatComoxEstuary-18c_zps082ffb47.jpg)

(http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc103/takecare_2007/Wildlife/EaglesscavengingComox-21b_zps7de063a0.jpg) (http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc103/takecare_2007/Wildlife/EaglesscavengingComox-21b_zps7de063a0.jpg)

The above were taken in the main area of the carcass dump, so they show only a few of the eagles.  The videos in the next post give more of an idea of the scene.

Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: madrona on May 18, 2014, 11:53:24 PM
In the videos you get a better idea of the numbers and activity, although much was going on to the right (off camera) and further towards the water.  It was also rather noisy from the wind noise (there was a cool, stiff breeze) and from the many people who had stopped to witness this amazing sight.  (View videos f/s and hd)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nPW_C70lfvo

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oGuLJAa0ywk
Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: boodle317 on May 19, 2014, 05:09:10 AM
Wow Mad! :eceek  What a sight!

Glad to see those youngsters getting right in there and making grabs as well!
Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: auroradawn on May 19, 2014, 07:53:46 AM
Madrona, the photo's & vid's came out just great!!! What a great time we had witnessing, thank you for sharing.
Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: Rajame on May 19, 2014, 10:15:26 AM
FANTASTIC!! Thank you for sharing. I would have been bawling too hard to take pics and think of us!!
:hug
Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: MaggiesMom on May 21, 2014, 08:18:35 PM
this is a little different - I found an eagle in Ipswich, Massachusetts this evening when I tuned into the Service Dog Project on Explore.com - found a tiny two+ week old black great dane pup flying on the shoulders of Dad Hornby or one of his cousins

(http://a.disquscdn.com/uploads/mediaembed/images/1039/3406/original.jpg)


(edited to show picture ~NancyM)
Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: madrona on May 27, 2014, 02:08:19 PM
I am still seeing eagles regularly scavenging here, at low tide.  Loved the reflection of this local adult on the shore in front of my home.

(http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc103/takecare_2007/Wildlife/LateMay-Eagleatlowtide-056_zps9e07e5fb.jpg)

I wonder if it's the same one who dropped in for supper last night?

(http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc103/takecare_2007/Wildlife/Eagleondeckrailing-2_zpsa9bfaa57.jpg)

I glanced out of the window late in the day and saw this handsome eagle finishing off something on the railing of our lower deck.

(http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc103/takecare_2007/Wildlife/Eagleondeckrailing-1_zps626637bb.jpg)

I wondered how long s/he had been there, as it looked as though the meal was almost over.  In the above shot I could see the anticipation of leaving ...

(http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc103/takecare_2007/Wildlife/Eagleondeckrailing-5_zps50c2043e.jpg)

Which s/he does.

See next post for a short video.  The above photos are stills from it.  No time to take pics and a video.  
:mhihi

A quick descent down the steps to this deck showed that the tide was right up to the rocks below.
 
(http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc103/takecare_2007/Wildlife/LateMay-Belowdeck-061_zps4b405c1c.jpg)

So the tide was still pretty high - I am guessing that the platform railing was a handy place to eat!
Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: madrona on May 27, 2014, 02:08:58 PM
Eagle finishing a snack on railing of our deck.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x5-0So5TbLc
Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: Cawatcher on May 27, 2014, 05:06:52 PM
 :eceek Great series Madrona! not everyday one has eagle guests!  :eclove !!
Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: Tigerlady105 on May 27, 2014, 08:35:58 PM
Very nice to have eagle visitors, Madrona!    :thumbup:
Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: Rajame on May 30, 2014, 08:27:14 AM
Interesting rescue of an eagle in Oregon:

http://www.kgw.com/news/Bald-eagle-rescued-from-Columbia-River--261173241.html?gallery=y&img=3&c=y#/news/Bald-eagle-rescued-from-Columbia-River--261173241.html?gallery=y&img=4&c=y&c=y (http://www.kgw.com/news/Bald-eagle-rescued-from-Columbia-River--261173241.html?gallery=y&img=3&c=y#/news/Bald-eagle-rescued-from-Columbia-River--261173241.html?gallery=y&img=4&c=y&c=y)

Blessings to those that care and act.

:hearts
Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: madrona on May 30, 2014, 08:34:46 AM
Thanks, Rajame.  What a lovely story - I just loved this photo!

(http://media.kgw.com/images/eagle+photo+box+head+web.jpg)
Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: winterwren on June 12, 2014, 12:44:30 AM
Simms Nest, Courtenay, May 26.
One eaglet being fed, both parents in attendance.
Notice how grown this one is already, with dark feathers all over, while Dawn's eaglets and Scootch are still covered in grey down.
May 26, 6:41 pm
(https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5072/14400429471_eafd244e49_z.jpg) (https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5072/14400429471_810dbe763e_o.jpg)



(https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5581/14400429601_02edf3a485_z.jpg) (https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5581/14400429601_eb4c169c07_o.jpg)


I took these photos from the City Hall parking lot.
Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: Rajame on June 12, 2014, 11:44:06 AM
 :thumbup:
Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: emc on October 11, 2014, 04:07:38 PM
an adult bald eagle was seen in Oxnard, Ca with a blue wing bling # 67.  This is a first for this area since DDT, The Channel Islands is very near. And there is a pair ( not from the Channel Islands) that has raised eaglets in Ojai, CA near the Lake for 2 years now :)

These reports come from the local audubon group sightings. :). A picture was posted.
Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: Rajame on October 11, 2014, 09:54:14 PM
Nice emc!
:hug
Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: gzebear on October 24, 2014, 07:53:09 AM
I caught this webpage posted on Facebook this morning. It's a Bald Eagle population count from the Center for Biological Diversity in Tuscon, Arizona. A little dated (2007) and only covers the lower 48 States, but still interesting:

http://www.biologicaldiversity.org/species/birds/bald_eagle/report/#AL (http://www.biologicaldiversity.org/species/birds/bald_eagle/report/#AL)




Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: winterwren on January 29, 2015, 01:17:52 AM
AuroraDawn found a new nest in Courtenay, very close to the Simms nest. We discussed it with Maj from MARS on the chat, and Maj told us that there has been an eagle pair nesting on the lower part of the Tsolum River for a while. They move often. I think Maj said that they had lost some nests.

This new one is certainly unconventional. It is built on the populated side of the river, close to its confluence to the Puntledge. Indeed, the nest tree is about 30 feet from the changing rooms of the outdoor swimming pool that is part of a large and busy sports centre. The eagles apparently did not read the rule book about setbacks between human activity and nest trees.

This morning I was on my way to MARS and I could see from afar that the eagles were home! So I made a small detour to grab a few quick photos.

Here's an overall view of the tree and its denizens. Click to enlarge.
Lewis Park, January 28, 10:25
(https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8581/16207811989_3e84f2655a_z.jpg) (https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8581/16207811989_6f39bec103_k.jpg)


Home sweet home.

(https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8672/15771589364_56f05cb371_z.jpg) (https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8672/15771589364_9648898ee7_k.jpg)


Female below, male above? Nice full crops.

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7430/16206640140_3bd4eaa7a7_z.jpg) (https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7430/16206640140_57993809ff_k.jpg)



(https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8681/16207814229_bef09c86ed_z.jpg) (https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8681/16207814229_d8113fac4f_k.jpg)


Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: winterwren on January 29, 2015, 01:31:06 AM
On my return in the afternoon, the light was still good and this time there was room in the parking lot. So I got a few more photos of that new nest In Lewis Park.  One of the eagles flew off before I could get my camera set up.

From closer, the nest looks even more precarious and unfinished. But it has withstood three gales so far this winter.
January 28, 3:40 pm
(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7339/16394198835_fc4bae8df3_z.jpg) (https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7339/16394198835_73c65d3cd1_k.jpg)


One beautiful eagle still perches above.

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7374/15774174603_0830cb0874_z.jpg) (https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7374/15774174603_2bc76dbb36_k.jpg)
Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: Cawatcher on January 29, 2015, 06:51:29 AM
They need to attend nest building 1A :ohno
Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: Cawatcher on February 03, 2015, 08:38:45 AM
Pardee Eagles: This is a sequence of 34 photos of interplay, between the female on the branch and Male Bald Eagle still in nest. Leading to mating. Taken March 28th 2009 off of Sandretto Rd Calaveras County California



https://www.flickr.com/photos/41767286@N06/sets/72157650174023728/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/41767286@N06/sets/72157650174023728/)

Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: Rajame on February 03, 2015, 10:24:30 AM
Thank you Wren and Cali! :hug
Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: auroradawn on February 04, 2015, 03:34:11 PM
I just love it when I see lots of eagles of all different ages perched together.  Here's a couple of photo's from yesterday, by the estuary in Comox, B.C. (Click on the photo to enlarge).

February 3rd

(http://i1142.photobucket.com/albums/n613/auroradawn45/IMG_1506_zpsquvsl8wa.jpg) (http://s1142.photobucket.com/user/auroradawn45/media/IMG_1506_zpsquvsl8wa.jpg.html)

(http://i1142.photobucket.com/albums/n613/auroradawn45/IMG_1508_zpscnllggm2.jpg) (http://s1142.photobucket.com/user/auroradawn45/media/IMG_1508_zpscnllggm2.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: Cawatcher on February 04, 2015, 03:45:56 PM
Just an amazing shot, they fill the trees like starlings
Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: Rajame on February 04, 2015, 04:40:54 PM
Oh my stars! That is so fantastic. Thank you thank you thank you!

Only once did I see a lot of eagles in a tree. It was in Neah Bay, WA. I told Mr. Raj that I could die happy that moment - especially when I could hear and see a Mom on the nest across the street!

Thank you for sharing your sighting!

Hugs,
Rajame
:hug
Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: Tigerlady105 on February 04, 2015, 07:28:10 PM
Woo Hoo, Dawn!  What a marvelous sight!     :hooray
Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: boodle317 on February 05, 2015, 04:21:59 AM
squinting to see Scootch and Camper!
Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: Faerie Gardener on February 13, 2015, 03:55:42 PM
I am doing my best Booni imitation here:
I was filling some bird feeders on our deck yesterday and my hubby hollered up to say there was an eagle in our tree. Between all the noise I made running to get the camera and Mr. FG's hollering, the eagle became a bit curious. She looked right at me here!  I noticed that there were still lots of small songbirds around, who didn't seem to feel threatened by the Eagle, but the Doves and Squirrels were no where to be seen.

(http://i1021.photobucket.com/albums/af334/DarciJ751/Eagle%20from%20the%20Deck%20Feb%2012%2015/DSC_0167_zps9ab0d6d2.jpg) (http://s1021.photobucket.com/user/DarciJ751/media/Eagle%20from%20the%20Deck%20Feb%2012%2015/DSC_0167_zps9ab0d6d2.jpg.html)

(http://i1021.photobucket.com/albums/af334/DarciJ751/Eagle%20from%20the%20Deck%20Feb%2012%2015/1dcc3d9d-73c8-4718-aabe-a90c7cfb9df3_zps60598fe3.jpg) (http://s1021.photobucket.com/user/DarciJ751/media/Eagle%20from%20the%20Deck%20Feb%2012%2015/1dcc3d9d-73c8-4718-aabe-a90c7cfb9df3_zps60598fe3.jpg.html)

(http://i1021.photobucket.com/albums/af334/DarciJ751/Eagle%20from%20the%20Deck%20Feb%2012%2015/DSC_01952_zpsd46831d0.jpg) (http://s1021.photobucket.com/user/DarciJ751/media/Eagle%20from%20the%20Deck%20Feb%2012%2015/DSC_01952_zpsd46831d0.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: linused on February 13, 2015, 04:53:44 PM
Fairie,  you are getting a bit of eagle action lately, very exciting.  I love the splash of red from the cardinal in your last photo,  looking forward to seeing more eagle photos
Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: Sandor3 on March 05, 2015, 12:55:37 PM
We were having our lunch in the park in Parksville, when an eagle dive-bombed the beach with a crow in hot pursuit.

(https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8582/16726934955_fd8aa9c47a_k_d.jpg) (https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8582/16726934955_5b9b8f5371_o_d.jpg)

I had to go have a look...took this photo, but couldn't tell what it was through the viewfinder.

(https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8660/16540842949_6fe72839c8_k_d.jpg) (https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8660/16540842949_45cfed2352_o_d.jpg)

Three frozen solid salmon heads!  Tried to break them apart so they could share the wealth, but were too solid.  Bon appetit anyway!

(https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8638/16725707591_1ae41ef8b7_k_d.jpg) (https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8638/16725707591_abb41e9532_o_d.jpg)

The eagle flew around for a few minutes more, then flew off.

https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8611/16519685307_d39976b4d2_o_d.jpg(https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8611/16519685307_35822f8448_k_d.jpg) (http://)
Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: Sandor3 on March 31, 2015, 12:04:43 PM
Here's an item from North Vancouver.  It appears this young eagle wanted to join the soccer team!  Booni says this is a one year old turning two.  Even with their macho talk, I think these boys were impressed with this beautiful youngster....let's hope it's a lasting one.

http://www.nsnews.com/community/the-eagle-has-landed-1.1808858 (http://www.nsnews.com/community/the-eagle-has-landed-1.1808858)
Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: madrona on April 07, 2015, 12:13:01 PM
The closest eagle nest to where I live is one that I have posted about before HERE (http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=118.msg129044#msg129044) in 2013 when it was clear an eagle was sitting on eggs.  They nested last year, but I don't think I posted any pics.  I drove by yesterday to see what was going on, and although I could see nothing with the naked eye, I was pleased to see when I zoomed in that there was an eagle sitting on the nest.  These photos are taken from a considerable distance, so not very sharp, I'm afraid.

(http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc103/takecare_2007/Wildlife/Local%20nest2a%20-%20April%206%2015%20-%20051_zpsrn2hu8ia.jpg) (http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc103/takecare_2007/Wildlife/Local%20nest2a%20-%20April%206%2015%20-%20051_zpsrn2hu8ia.jpg)

(http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc103/takecare_2007/Wildlife/Local%20nest1%20-%20April%206%2015%20-%20050_zpsokovicso.jpg) (http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc103/takecare_2007/Wildlife/Local%20nest1%20-%20April%206%2015%20-%20050_zpsokovicso.jpg)

This area is being developed and there are a few houses now quite close to the nest.  It is a huge nest - the largest I know of locally, so I am guessing that these eagles have used it for a long time.  I only discovered it a few years ago, when I was curious about where the local pair of eagles I saw flying by regularly went to.
Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: Faerie Gardener on April 07, 2015, 03:52:38 PM
What a find, Madrona!  It will be fun if you see a bobblehead in the future! It looks like those are dead limbs at the top.
Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: madrona on April 21, 2015, 06:19:29 PM
We are finally seeing quite low tides during the day (they are in the middle of the night in winter).  Most days when the tide is out I am seeing small groups of eagles foraging on the shore in front of where I live.  I notice that they are very close to the edge of the water and appear to be finding something to eat.  It seems very early for midshipman fish, so I am really not sure what it is they are finding.

(http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc103/takecare_2007/Wildlife/Mid%20April%20003b_zpszx1ewokp.jpg) (http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc103/takecare_2007/Wildlife/Mid%20April%20003b_zpszx1ewokp.jpg)
I took this photo from my deck, but had to zoom quite a bit - there were three when I started zooming - but I lost one as it took off and flew towards me.  I find when zoomed in it is really hard to even find, let alone follow something!

Today when the tide was pretty low I braved bitingly cold drizzle to venture to the edge of the deck and capture this handsome eagle obviously looking for lunch.  Again, it is not very sharp as it was some distance away.

(http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc103/takecare_2007/Wildlife/Mid%20April%20005b_zpsvklcyary.jpg) (http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc103/takecare_2007/Wildlife/Mid%20April%20005b_zpsvklcyary.jpg)

I even attempted a short video, just to see if I could make out what it found and was eating (my apologies for bouncing around, but it was hard without a tripod to stay steady while zoomed).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ePMEEseF4gA   

Shortly after this I saw a huge youngster circling around.  I think it must have been this one (below) who was joined by an adult when the tide had come in quite a bit more. 

(http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc103/takecare_2007/Wildlife/Mid%20April%20010b_zpso3xubvqa.jpg) (http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc103/takecare_2007/Wildlife/Mid%20April%20010b_zpso3xubvqa.jpg)

(http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc103/takecare_2007/Wildlife/Mid%20April%20008c_zpsm7t1iwkw.jpg) (http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc103/takecare_2007/Wildlife/Mid%20April%20008c_zpsm7t1iwkw.jpg)
Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: Tigerlady105 on April 22, 2015, 12:28:08 AM
Hope these eagles found plenty to eat, Madrona.  Nice to be able to see them from your deck!   :thumbup:
Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: Faerie Gardener on April 22, 2015, 03:54:39 PM
Wow, I wonder what they were eating!  It looks kind of large. (I have experienced that bouncing videotaping in the zoom mode...you did a super good job!)
Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: amazedbyeagles on April 22, 2015, 04:55:21 PM
Thank You, Madrona, for those wonderful photos!  How neat to see eagles foraging from your deck!   :eclove
Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: gmadeb3 on April 22, 2015, 07:21:38 PM
Those are just wonderful pictures Madrona ♥  Really neat they are out there enjoying the beach.  Would be hard to get anything done in a day if I had those kind of visitors around  :ecsmile
Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: dusk44 on April 24, 2015, 08:18:35 PM
Here is an article about Dad Norfolk. He has partnered up with his daughter from 2009 to finally start a family after 3 years..interesting (If it doesnt open up right away you can cutn paster it to your ***bar

http://www.ccbbirds.org/2015/03/13/rare-father-daughter-pairing-in-eagles-from-norfolk-botanical-garden/ (http://www.ccbbirds.org/2015/03/13/rare-father-daughter-pairing-in-eagles-from-norfolk-botanical-garden/)
Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: madrona on May 05, 2015, 08:17:11 PM
I still see eagles almost daily circling and landing on the shore to forage.  It's impressive to see them sweep by, legs outstretched to land on the beach below, although their landings are usually obscured from my view when I look out of the windows.

Today I went down to a little deck we have halfway down to the rocky shore below.  The tide was going out, and the rocks at the edges were barely covered.  My attention was drawn first to a strange disturbance on the water surface where the water was a little deeper.  It looked like a crab barely below the surface, swimming and spiraling in the water.  Then when I looked down into the shallower water I noticed many quite large crabs slowly moving along the bottom.  In fact, they were wherever I looked.  I could easily pick out at least a dozen when I looked closely.  This is unusual - larger crabs don't frequent the shoreline.  They are usually in deeper water.  So my guess is that they were spawning, maybe.  Below is a photo I took.

(http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc103/takecare_2007/Wildlife/014_zpsmg4fpilr.jpg) (http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc103/takecare_2007/Wildlife/014_zpsmg4fpilr.jpg)

It looks like a dungeness crab and is probably about 5 or 6 inches across.  All the crabs I saw were around this size.

What has this to do with eagles?  Well, I have seen eagles flying by with a crab in the past.  Maybe the eagles I've been seeing are checking out the crabs, as well as midshipman fish.  I don't have a photo (yet) of an eagle with a crab, but I did find this one on line.   :ecsmile

(http://www.coastalraptors.org/images/fieldnotes357.jpg)
Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: winterwren on May 07, 2015, 02:38:21 AM
When I lived further north we used to see Dungeness Crab in the shallows at this time of year. They came in to mate, but they do not spawn in the sand or mud: the females brood the fertilized eggs on the wide shelter of their tail, which is curved tight against their ventral surface.
How wonderful that you get to see this in your front yard, Madrona! I wouldn't have expected that eagles liked to fish for crabs... I learn new things al the time over here.

While looking up the natural history of crabs in my field guides, I found this inspiring quote in Gregory Jensen's Pacific Coast Crabs and Shrimps (p. 6):
"Some species [of crabs] tend to aggregate during mating season, and having large numbers of females releasing pheromones in an area can cause confusion and may account for occasional cases of misguided affection. During the height of the mating season male Dungeness crabs are sometimes found trying to embrace female (and even male) red rock crabs, and one particularly disoriented male was spotted clutching an empty can of Dr. Pepper!"
Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: madrona on May 23, 2015, 12:39:42 PM
Thanks for that info, wren.  I especially loved the Dr. Pepper reference.   :mhihi  I looked around, but couldn't find a can, so was unable to test the "misguided affection" theory.   :eceek

They were still congregating a couple of days later, and occasionally I would see one spiralling, upside down at the surface.  Not sure what that was about.

(All photos can be clicked to larger size)

(http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc103/takecare_2007/Wildlife/DSCN0751_zpslh0npveh.jpg) (http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc103/takecare_2007/Wildlife/DSCN0751_zpslh0npveh.jpg)
I can see at least 4 crabs here, but there were many more in the vicinity.  They rarely approached each other.

(http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc103/takecare_2007/Wildlife/DSCN0755_zpskammx7nv.jpg) (http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc103/takecare_2007/Wildlife/DSCN0755_zpskammx7nv.jpg)
This was about as close as I saw them get to each other.

Meanwhile, eagles were stationed at strategic points keeping an eye on things.  This appears to be our local pair on the tree next door - windswept as they gaze down, planning their next meal!

(http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc103/takecare_2007/Wildlife/DSCN0740%202_zpsoquimw5b.jpg) (http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc103/takecare_2007/Wildlife/DSCN0740%202_zpsoquimw5b.jpg)

Occasionally one would glance my way.  They are always very aware of human presence.

(http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc103/takecare_2007/Wildlife/DSCN0745%202_zps250q6hmv.jpg) (http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc103/takecare_2007/Wildlife/DSCN0745%202_zps250q6hmv.jpg)

(http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc103/takecare_2007/Wildlife/DSCN0744%202_zpsyuisj1un.jpg) (http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc103/takecare_2007/Wildlife/DSCN0744%202_zpsyuisj1un.jpg)

(http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc103/takecare_2007/Wildlife/DSCN0747%202_zpscqquivkx.jpg) (http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc103/takecare_2007/Wildlife/DSCN0747%202_zpscqquivkx.jpg)

Such a handsome pair.   :heart

Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: madrona on May 23, 2015, 02:17:32 PM
For the past week or so I have been seeing lots of 'extra' eagles around our bay.  There have been many fly-bys and in spite of more people around on the beach during low tides, the bay seems to be sufficiently wide enough for the eagles and visitors to find places to wait and forage.  I am pretty sure there must be midshipman fish around based on the numbers of eagles I see daily on the shore, but I have also witnessed an eagle swooping down and fishing something (small) from the water.  I don't know whether it's because I have the windows and doors open now that the weather is warmer, but at low tides especially, I am hearing lots of eagle calls.

Below must be one of our resident pairs - athough if this is the case, they can't be 'babysitting' too, and I know the nearest nest did have an eagle sitting on eggs earlier.

(http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc103/takecare_2007/Wildlife/DSCN5270%202_zpsbo648hid.jpg) (http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc103/takecare_2007/Wildlife/DSCN5270%202_zpsbo648hid.jpg)

(http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc103/takecare_2007/Wildlife/DSCN5269%202_zpsyxrg3pky.jpg) (http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc103/takecare_2007/Wildlife/DSCN5269%202_zpsyxrg3pky.jpg)

I have seen several young eagles too, and often the adults are pursued by these youngsters, or accompanied by them on the shore.

(http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc103/takecare_2007/Wildlife/DSCN0760%202_zpszlv9n3zb.jpg) (http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc103/takecare_2007/Wildlife/DSCN0760%202_zpszlv9n3zb.jpg)

(http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc103/takecare_2007/Wildlife/DSCN5268%202_zpsdx8isz0b.jpg) (http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc103/takecare_2007/Wildlife/DSCN5268%202_zpsdx8isz0b.jpg)

(http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc103/takecare_2007/Wildlife/DSCN0766%202_zpsm64oq6eo.jpg) (http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc103/takecare_2007/Wildlife/DSCN0766%202_zpsm64oq6eo.jpg)

I get the impression that food is quite plentiful this year.

Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: madrona on May 24, 2015, 11:54:15 AM
PS:  Re those dungeness crabs:  I am finding crab parts all around the yard.  Some might be dropped by birds, but I think that maybe the claws and shell I found in the bird bath might have been from raccoons, though why they'd bring them up the steps to 'wash' them prior to eating, beats me.  :really  I might have to re-think that one!  And oh yes - I find fish parts too.  Food in the bay must be abundant.
Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: linused on May 24, 2015, 08:14:14 PM
Hi Madrona,    do you have Ravens around?  They like to dunk food in fresh water too.
Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: Tigerlady105 on June 01, 2015, 03:59:40 PM
Very nice photos, Madrona.  Great for puzzles, too!   :nod2
Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: Snookums on June 04, 2015, 01:01:00 PM

http://wishtv.com/2015/06/01/photos-rare-27-year-old-bald-eagle-spotted-on-monroe-lake/ (http://wishtv.com/2015/06/01/photos-rare-27-year-old-bald-eagle-spotted-on-monroe-lake/)
Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: Cawatcher on June 05, 2015, 06:00:04 PM
wow thanks for that artical Snookums wonderful news
Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: linused on June 05, 2015, 06:09:22 PM
Thanks for the article Snooks.  Interesting to read about the pro of banding these birds.
Title: Re: Bald Eagles in Other Places
Post by: Snookums on June 13, 2015, 09:06:45 AM
http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/man-charged-intentionally-killing-bald-eagles-his-truck-alaska-n374116 (http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/man-charged-intentionally-killing-bald-eagles-his-truck-alaska-n374116)
Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: Rajame on June 14, 2015, 11:00:42 PM
 :eccry
Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: linused on July 04, 2015, 04:17:33 PM
      This is a link to photos of the Simm's nest.  I have not been able to visit them as often as I hoped. But this Eaglet is getting close to fledging.  hope this link works       https://flic.kr/s/aHskay6vnj
Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: winterwren on July 04, 2015, 10:05:45 PM
Linus, it works perfectly. Thank you so much for posting that beautiful collection of photos of the Simms nest and its eaglet.
Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: amazedbyeagles on July 05, 2015, 08:57:18 AM
What a wonderful thread this is!  I love all the crab photos and info on crabs gathering to mate, and spiraling and hugging Dr. Pepper cans!!! :-)   To see this wonderful panoplay of wildlife in your front "yard" is amazing to me, Madrona!  Thanks so much for sharing this spectacular ongoing drama!!!! :eclove


Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: Snookums on July 13, 2015, 08:30:09 PM

FledgeFest 2015 – Harrison Mills

http://www.hancockwildlife.org/forum/viewtopic.php?showtopic=775044&mode=&show=20 (http://www.hancockwildlife.org/forum/viewtopic.php?showtopic=775044&mode=&show=20)
Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: Snookums on July 15, 2015, 09:18:43 AM
http://www.vancouversun.com/technology/Outlook+positive+urban+eaglets+raised+single/11211396/story.html (http://www.vancouversun.com/technology/Outlook+positive+urban+eaglets+raised+single/11211396/story.html)
Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: linused on July 15, 2015, 10:14:41 AM
Thank you  Snooks    two really interesting articles
Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: Snookums on August 16, 2015, 07:39:46 PM
(Slow-Mo) 2m Wedge-Tailed Eagle takes down Drone - Australia (Eagle is Fine)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UU8sJ8aeyC4


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UU8sJ8aeyC4 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UU8sJ8aeyC4)
Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: Tigerlady105 on August 17, 2015, 08:32:53 AM
Moral of the Story:  Don't mess with eagles!    :nope
Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: amazedbyeagles on August 18, 2015, 04:05:53 PM
Love it!  Eagle rules the skies!!! :-)
 :eclove
Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: madrona on October 14, 2015, 04:24:31 PM
I met up with another HEG member for lunch today in Parksville (central Vancouver Island).  As we left the restaurant we saw this pair of eagles in a fir 'snag' overlooking Parksville Bay.

(http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc103/takecare_2007/Wildlife/Basyside%20Eagles%20-%20October%2014%20-%202015_zpsmooznisq.jpg)

(http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc103/takecare_2007/Wildlife/Basyside%20Eagles2%20-%20October%2014%20-%202015_zpscxcnzi18.jpg)

It is lovely to see 'our' eagles all returning.   :eclove
Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: Faerie Gardener on October 14, 2015, 04:30:05 PM
Beautiful!
Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: Cawatcher on October 14, 2015, 04:33:55 PM
they sure look content ♥
Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: gmadeb3 on February 02, 2016, 10:16:10 AM
Eagles in the state of Nebraska don't leave.  They find places like this that has open water and lots of fish to stay at during the winter.  This place is a hydro plant which keeps the canal from freezing over and as the fish go through it they are easily caught by the eagles.  A good place for the young ones to learn and practice. 

(https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1586/24117042883_db3479c402_b.jpg) (http://)

Was so fun to watch them all swooping in for the fish, sometimes many all at once

(https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1585/24717725476_30a169e85c_b.jpg) (http://)

The trees were full on each side of the canal

(https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1552/24682655061_b3cce512f3_b.jpg) (http://)

(https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1488/24749896626_559eb9be92_b.jpg) (http://)

The only thing missing was a little sunshine. I think they were all getting their fill because we were expecting a blizzard snow storm in a few days. They are pretty good weather forecasters cause today (Tuesday we are getting a nasty blizzard)
Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: boonibarb on February 02, 2016, 10:20:49 AM

Fabulous sighting Gma!
Thanks for taking us with you.
i never knew there were Eagles other than here that didn*t really migrate away with the seasons.
Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: auroradawn on February 02, 2016, 10:26:13 AM
Fantastic Gma, thanks for posting them here for us all to see what goes on in your area.
Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: Faerie Gardener on February 02, 2016, 11:08:22 AM
What a sight! Good Fishing, I think!
Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: Tigerlady105 on February 02, 2016, 11:41:53 AM
Hard to count then all!   :nod2
Title: Midshipmen are here!
Post by: madrona on May 04, 2016, 04:04:18 PM
For over a week I have seen eagles congregating on the shore here - not too far from Hornby.  There have been many immatures in the area.

This morning I counted 16 on the shore!  Here are a few of them.

(http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc103/takecare_2007/Wildlife/Eagles%20on%20beach%20May%204%2016%20-%20%20068_zpsc7z3ygza.jpg)

(http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc103/takecare_2007/Wildlife/Eagles%20on%20beach%20May%204%2016%20-%20%20065_zpszpjohfie.jpg)

As I zeroed in on a small group I saw one fly up and over to the water's edge, as though it had spotted something.

(http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc103/takecare_2007/Wildlife/Eagles%20on%20beach%20May%204%2016%20-%20%20069_zpsfkzwjqku.jpg)

(http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc103/takecare_2007/Wildlife/Eagles%20on%20beach%20May%204%2016%20-%20%20071_zpsecemeyd2.jpg)

By the time I re-focused and started to video, it had already picked up the fish and flew with it a short distance.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4geL1PWII84

In this still from the video you can see that it did have a fish in its talons!

(http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc103/takecare_2007/Wildlife/072%20youngster%20lands%20a%20fish_zpscgpf7wmr.jpg)

The adult seemed to be quite content to watch the youngster eat its capture.   :ecsmile

Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: amazedbyeagles on May 04, 2016, 08:11:05 PM
Wow!!!! Thank you for these amazing photos of eagles together!!!  Thanks for sharing your amazing view!!! :eclove
Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: winterwren on May 10, 2016, 10:02:43 PM
On April 17 I was invited on a boat trip to the Finnerty Islands. This group of islets is just north of Lasqueti Island; nobody lives there, it is a conservation area.

The geology is very different from Hornby's; no sandstone, lots of craggy rocks contribute to the windswept character. All the trees are small and weather beaten. The place was full of wildflowers!

April 17
(https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1632/26118848553_5d742c9738_z.jpg) (https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1632/26118848553_26c0b942d9_k.jpg)



(https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1581/26656345541_dcdc86002e_z.jpg) (https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1581/26656345541_bfbe452e4c_k.jpg)



(https://c2.staticflickr.com/8/7434/26219468704_ab08f89bb8_z.jpg) (https://c2.staticflickr.com/8/7434/26219468704_326e62a5fa_k.jpg)


I was exploring near where we anchored, and could hear an eagle making upset huckhuck calls.
It soon became apparent that I was the one she was upset about.
I heard her take off in a great clack of talons and feathers on branches.

(https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1485/26468595260_67bd262e71_z.jpg) (https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1485/26468595260_f2364a1983_k.jpg)



(https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1455/26715709606_de6d7a8d49_z.jpg) (https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1455/26715709606_a932d4ad6c_k.jpg)


That's when I realised that the tree right by the trail I was on held a nest!
The eagle started circling around, buzzing above me on each circle. Click on the picture to get some idea of how close she passed.

(https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1625/26468586420_b2c7a394ee_z.jpg) (https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1625/26468586420_975e55e8cc_k.jpg)


I didn't let her do that for long. I got the hell out of there.
Each time one of our party passed by, though, she would take off again and I heard her huck-hucking in the distance. But soon people were walking on different areas of the island and all was peaceful again.

Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: winterwren on May 10, 2016, 10:09:24 PM
Later I spotted what must be her mate, perched on a tree on a different islet.

Finnerty Islands, April 17
(https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1533/26135636544_d2b15803da_z.jpg) (https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1533/26135636544_6dd48f5cb3_k.jpg)


Meanwhile here's Mom Finnerty, returning to her nest. The nest itself is not visible from this angle but it is where she is looking to. She completely disappeared into the nest bowl.

(https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1558/26137878153_cf1dab03f4_z.jpg) (https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1558/26137878153_f607f5338e_k.jpg)



(https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1497/26468956680_0a11b421d1_z.jpg) (https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1497/26468956680_9a35a9a0f0_k.jpg)


Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: jeavverhey on May 11, 2016, 06:04:15 AM
Wow Wrennie you are sure one brave woman taking pics before taking a powder!  :eceek
I would have been long gone for sure.
Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: madrona on May 27, 2016, 03:43:14 PM
I am still seeing lots of eagle activity here, after I reported earlier this month that there were many eagles in our bay, maybe looking for Midshipmen fish.

On the morning of May 20 I was startled when I looked out of a window and saw a large figure perched on the railing of our small deck over the water.  The tide was on its way down, and I quickly grabbed a camera to get some pics of this huge juvenile eagle scanning the area for lunch!

(http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc103/takecare_2007/Wildlife/Eagle%20on%20railing%201%20May%2020%202016_zpsu9uycixg.jpg)

Although the eagle was some distance away (maybe 40 feet or so) and sitting at a low angle for me, I managed to stand on tiptoe and zoom in a bit, through the window, as to go outside would have caused it to fly off.

(http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc103/takecare_2007/Wildlife/Eagle%20on%20railing%202%20%20May%2020%202016_zpsvvmrzjmb.jpg)

(http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc103/takecare_2007/Wildlife/Eagle%20and%20Thrush%202%20-%20May%2020%2016_zpsstbbwclm.jpg)

Then I spotted something else - that Varied Thrush female looked so small, but alert and was probably watching the eagle too.

(http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc103/takecare_2007/Wildlife/Eagle%20and%20Thrush%203%20-%20May%2020%2016_zpsejflfneu.jpg)

(http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc103/takecare_2007/Wildlife/Varied%20Thrush%201%20-%20May%2020%202016_zpsonrznjm3.jpg)

(http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc103/takecare_2007/Wildlife/Varied%20Thrush%202%20-%20May%2020%202016_zpsow8bfjdo.jpg)

She remained there for as long as I was watching - for well over five minutes!





Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: madrona on May 27, 2016, 03:49:01 PM
Within half an hour, the tide was sufficiently low for eagles to start gathering and I went out to grab a few photos.  These two were close in front of my place.

(http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc103/takecare_2007/Wildlife/Eagles%20at%20low%20tide%20-%202%20May%2020%2016_zpstn8942zk.jpg)

And this one:

(http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc103/takecare_2007/Wildlife/Eagle%20at%20low%20tide%20-%201%20May%2020%2016_zps0nhkjd6a.jpg)

I think it might just have been the earlier one I saw on our railing - the feathers look familiar!

(http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc103/takecare_2007/Wildlife/Eagle%20on%20railing%205%20%20May%2020%202016_zpsjbyf1t99.jpg)
Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: madrona on May 27, 2016, 04:02:31 PM
A couple of days ago I saw and heard adult bald eagles flying around, so I went out to investigate, with camera ready.  Of course, I missed all the best shots.  When I got to the little platform an eagle flew overhead so close I could hear the whir of its wings, I almost ducked as it appeared to be heading straight towards me, and was quite low.  Of course, I didn't manage a photo ...

Then I looked off to the side and saw some movement on a large rock.

(http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc103/takecare_2007/Wildlife/Eagle%20rock%201%20-%20May%2024%202016_zpshn1gpjwp.jpg)

I missed seeing this eagle land with its catch, but it obviously had something, and I caught a glimpse of something bulky as it readjusted its position, but was too slow to focus and see what it was exactly.

(http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc103/takecare_2007/Wildlife/Eagle%20rock%202%20-%20May%2024%202016_zpsskcchsxd.jpg)

(http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc103/takecare_2007/Wildlife/Eagle%20rock%203%20-%20May%2024%202016_zpskzms0g0d.jpg)

It lifted the object when it readjusted its position again, and I had the impression that it might have been a large crab.  That morning our driveway had been littered with the remnants of a large crab, which I think an eagle may well have been feeding on in one of our trees. 

The eagle continued to change positions, and in the photo below I could see that I had been spotted, but he didn't take off.

(http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc103/takecare_2007/Wildlife/Eagle%20rock%204%20-%20May%2024%202016_zps4rptewv8.jpg)

I was finally able to get a well-focused zoom shot of him feasting, but I missed any glimpse of the prey.

(http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc103/takecare_2007/Wildlife/Eagle%20rock%207%20-%20May%2024%202016_zpsa2c9ux64.jpg)

I managed to get a short video before he finally flew off into one of our trees.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6NVnS5oDP1A

Maybe it wasn't a crab - I can see on the video that there were some 'stringy' bits!
Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: madrona on May 27, 2016, 04:06:16 PM
The eagle circled around before flying into a tree close by.  I was very fortunate to see where he landed and get these pics of him with the remnants of lunch (I think) on his beak!

(http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc103/takecare_2007/Wildlife/Eagle%20tree%201%20-%20May%2024%202016_zpsj2y0fc2t.jpg)

(http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc103/takecare_2007/Wildlife/Eagle%20tree%202%20-%20May%2024%202016_zpsyuh1cplc.jpg)

(http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc103/takecare_2007/Wildlife/Eagle%20tree%203%20-%20May%2024%202016_zpsc1am2xlt.jpg)
Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: Cawatcher on May 27, 2016, 08:39:19 PM
 :eceek Super Madrona!! how neat!!
Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: auroradawn on May 27, 2016, 08:55:55 PM
Wonderful to see what you see, Madrona.  The photo's you took are fantastic!  Love the plumage of young eagles as they transition through their years to adulthood.
Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: boodle317 on May 28, 2016, 05:02:12 AM
what a lovely sight in your backyard.....very lucky.
Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: jeavverhey on May 28, 2016, 05:09:15 AM
Fabulous photos and video Madrona - thank you for sharing. How wonderful to have such things unfolding at your doorstep.
Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: gmadeb3 on May 28, 2016, 05:58:55 AM
Amazing photos-  how special to see them just being eagles and I love your beautiful view
Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: Tigerlady105 on May 28, 2016, 09:54:30 PM
Beautiful classic eagle captures, Madrona.   :eclove
Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: ivani on May 29, 2016, 04:44:43 PM
Beautiful photos and video. Thank you Madrona. :eclove
Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: linused on July 03, 2016, 09:21:16 PM
https://flic.kr/s/aHskDBoipZ

An update on the Simm's nest in Courtenay BC.  I haven't visited this nest often enough to know if there is more than the one eaglet. I have only seen one. She was busy eating something while a parent stood watch.
   The tree suffered winter damage and got quite a pruning. But the nest stayed intact. It is a large nest.
Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: Tigerlady105 on July 03, 2016, 09:58:33 PM
Linused, thank you for letting us know that the Simms nest and tree are still there and that you saw an eaglet eating while a parent watched.  Good News!

 :eclove
Title: Re: Bald Eagles in Other Places
Post by: Snookums on August 21, 2016, 07:41:37 AM
http://www.audubon.org/news/this-rare-video-bald-eagle-attacking-osprey-nest-incredible-display-speed-and?s_src=20160819-wingspan&utm_source=engagement&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=20160819-wingspan (http://www.audubon.org/news/this-rare-video-bald-eagle-attacking-osprey-nest-incredible-display-speed-and?s_src=20160819-wingspan&utm_source=engagement&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=20160819-wingspan)
Title: Re: Bald Eagles in Other Places
Post by: Snookums on October 10, 2016, 04:12:48 PM
http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/other/emergency-crews-remove-eagle-from-car-grill/vi-BBxgq3I?ocid=spartandhp (http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/other/emergency-crews-remove-eagle-from-car-grill/vi-BBxgq3I?ocid=spartandhp)
Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: Cawatcher on October 10, 2016, 09:03:21 PM
 :eceek Wow amazing it live ty Snookums!!
Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: madrona on November 12, 2016, 02:39:36 PM
One of our chat room and forum members, slavelakedonna - released an eagle the other day!  Below are links to a video and account of that release.

https://www.facebook.com/cbcedmonton/videos/1256639574377884/ (https://www.facebook.com/cbcedmonton/videos/1256639574377884/)

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/bald-eagle-from-slave-lake-soars-after-months-of-rehab-in-edmonton-1.3846383 (http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/bald-eagle-from-slave-lake-soars-after-months-of-rehab-in-edmonton-1.3846383)

Bald eagle from Slave Lake soars after months of rehab in Edmonton

(http://i.imgur.com/zGLRN9P.png)
(http://i.imgur.com/605kzyP.png)
(http://i.imgur.com/Q3O3BXS.png)
(http://i.imgur.com/hyw70SX.png)
Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: Cawatcher on November 12, 2016, 02:42:57 PM
 :thumbup: Wonderful work Slavelake Donna!  :eclove
Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: jeavverhey on November 12, 2016, 06:04:46 PM
What a wonderful story and beautiful experience for you Donna!  You must be thrilled to bits and I am so happy for both you and the eagle.
Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: Snookums on November 15, 2016, 03:40:09 PM
What a wonderful story and beautiful experience for you Donna!  You must be thrilled to bits and I am so happy for both you and the eagle.

 :thumbup:
Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: Tigerlady105 on November 15, 2016, 09:25:29 PM
It's so nice to read about our eagle fans and what they are doing.   :eclove
Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: Snookums on February 23, 2017, 03:56:08 PM

Golden Eagle Rescued After Being Caught In A Hunter’s Trap Is Being Treated Like Royalty

http://honesttopaws.com/eagle-trap-foot/?as=799&bdk=b799 (http://honesttopaws.com/eagle-trap-foot/?as=799&bdk=b799)
Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: winterwren on February 26, 2017, 08:14:53 PM
I took a little break along the Courtenay River on my last town trip.

Two years ago there was a precariously perched nest near where the Tsolum and Puntledge Rivers merge into the Courtenay River. Dawn was the one who first found that nest. I did 2 postings about it in this thread, starting here (http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=118.msg160601#msg160601)

On the day of my visit last week, all traces of that nest were gone but there was a very wet eagle perched on that tree. I love the way the wings are held half open and the feathers are sticking out every which way. The tree - a Cottonwood, I think - echoes that disorganized organization.
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February 22, 11 am
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There was a lot of preening going on!
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Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: winterwren on February 26, 2017, 08:31:22 PM
Down the river is the Simms Nest, which I last photographed here. (http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=118.msg153028#msg153028)


That was a shocker... I know that last year it lost a couple of upper branches, but this winter's been rough on that nest! All the remaining upper canopy has snapped off under the weight of multiple snowfalls or during last December's wind storms.

February 22, 11:15
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Another angle... doesn't look quite so precarious from here.
11:25
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I didn't see any eagles nearby but I couldn't stay long. I wonder what this pair will do!
Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: winterwren on February 26, 2017, 08:39:41 PM
Later in the day... Near where i saw the eagle, a pair of Trumpeter Swans, sunning themselves and preening.

One of them has his or her eyes closed in the first photo.
Courtenay River, February 22, 12:45
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The nearest one has a stain or a worn area or something stuck on his or her bill.

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Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: winterwren on March 21, 2017, 09:30:01 AM
In early March 2015,  the herring came to spawn on the east coast of Denman Island, facing Hornby Island, two days before the fishermen found them. Carol Hunter spent those two days sitting on the beach in Fillongley Park, and put together this beautiful video footage. Well worth watching in its entirety, it translates the whole sequence, from the herring's arrival to a sated ecosystem full of fish and roe.
When she slowed down the sea lion footage, Carol was able to show why eagles and gulls so often follow the big beasts around. Each time the sea lions surface from inside a fish school, a few fish are driven up to the surface above them. These make an easier catch for the flyers. You can see this in the video.

https://vimeo.com/121960894 (https://vimeo.com/121960894)
Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: Tigerlady105 on March 21, 2017, 09:04:09 PM
Thank you for the video link, wren.
Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: winterwren on May 15, 2017, 07:44:59 PM
Here's another story from Denman Island, the island next to Hornby.
I went on a guided walk to Morning Beach and Komas Bluffs, the northeast shore that faces Hornby's own Collishaw Point.
There is a long narrow staircase descending to the beach, and from the top we could see eagles scattered all along the shore, as far as the eye could scan in both directions. The tide was very low. The eagles calmly sat along the water's edge, or on rocks near tide pools.

Morning Beach, Denman Island, May 10
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This one was in the middle of the sand, but most were nearer the water.

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What had brought them all here? Earlier in the day, from further south, I could see eagles flying in from Hornby toward that shore every few minutes.

We walked south toward Komas Bluffs, keeping to the top of the beach so as not to disturb them. Still, there was a group of humans here, and the eagles normally might have paid attention, but fortunately they all stayed put.

More eagles were perched in trees overlooking the bluffs. We walked directly below this beautiful youngster.

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Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: winterwren on May 15, 2017, 07:57:42 PM
I had formulated a theory in my mind about what might be taking place... But I didn't expect to find confirmation so soon.

An eagle flew by with a fish! And not just any kind of fish. The shape is familiar to the watchers of eagle nest in our area...
Sure looks like a Midshipman!

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Here's another eagle flying by with prey, less visible this time:

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This is the time of year when the Plainfin Midshipmen return to spawn. Their return roughly coincides with the hatching of most of the island's eaglets. The Midshipmen lay their eggs in the lower intertidal zone. They remain in the area for most the the eagles' nesting period. The mated male Midshipmen guard the egg masses. I'm told other Midshipmen just remain floating around the area.
There must have been so many eagles here, maybe because the Midshipmen had arrived here and nowhere else yet?

Click here (http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=236.msg8808#msg8808) to see the article about the Plainfin Midshipman in our Reference Centre.
Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: winterwren on May 15, 2017, 08:26:20 PM
There is a lot of life around the fragile sandy cliffs of Komas Bluffs.

Here, a cavity that seems the right size and shape for a Kingfisher nest!
Komas Bluffs, Denman Island, May 10
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Rough-winged Swallows also nest in cavities on the bluffs. Several of them were flitting around.

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At the far end of the bluffs, in a big tree halfway up, we saw an eagle nest but couldn't tell if it was occupied.


Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: winterwren on May 15, 2017, 08:32:16 PM
Back up the stairs to the top of the cliff at Morning Beach...
An eagle sat at eye level while we ate lunch.

Morning Beach, Denman Island, May 10
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After a while, other hikers started down the stairs, and I knew they would have no choice but to walk right below that eagle, so I watched for the inevitable takeoff and caught it on photos.

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Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: gmadeb3 on August 16, 2017, 08:20:45 PM
I help as a transporter for our Raptor Rehab Center.  There was a bald eagle that came in a while back with a really strange wound on the top of its head.  They determined the eagle had an electrocution wound.  The eagle was seen by a plastic surgeon and treatment was to do a skin graft from the inner thigh to the top of its head.
  This means the feathers will be dark when they grow in.  Today they released an update on how it was doing.  Seems it looks like all is going well so far and that there is a good outlook for release back to the wild.  I have included a link to the news  article.  


http://www.omaha.com/outdoors/injured-bald-eagle-that-underwent-skin-graft-at-the-zoo/article_775adca0-8204-11e7-a218-d35f67537f32.html (http://www.omaha.com/outdoors/injured-bald-eagle-that-underwent-skin-graft-at-the-zoo/article_775adca0-8204-11e7-a218-d35f67537f32.html)
Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: Tigerlady105 on August 17, 2017, 12:40:46 AM
Ouch! Hope healing goes well, Deb.   :heart
Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: gmadeb3 on August 29, 2017, 06:11:46 AM
Here is the latest update on the Eagle that had a skin graft to the top of its head.  It is going to our Raptor Center for flight rehab and hopeful release soon.

http://www.omaha.com/living/zoo/injured-eagle-that-underwent-skin-graft-has-become-drastically-stronger/article_dbe9d879-c5b0-531a-a028-6a0caa99f409.html (http://www.omaha.com/living/zoo/injured-eagle-that-underwent-skin-graft-has-become-drastically-stronger/article_dbe9d879-c5b0-531a-a028-6a0caa99f409.html)
Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: birdvoyer on August 29, 2017, 08:33:54 AM
Wow! How cool that they are exhausting every avenue to get these lovely birds back to their environment. Thanks for the update deb. :heart
Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: gmadeb3 on August 29, 2017, 06:16:12 PM
Another follow up on the bald eagle.  He was transfered from the zoo's hospital to the Raptor Rehab center to continue his recovery.  He was found on Memorial Day in a very poor condition with the wound on his head.  So he has not flown for a while which is now the reason he is being transfered to the Rehab center to start building up his strength for release and to see  how he manages catching his food.  Wishing him the best as he gets closer to getting his freedom back.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O248BkMG5NI
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O248BkMG5NI

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Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: Tigerlady105 on August 29, 2017, 10:48:52 PM
The eagle video is very interesting, Deb.  I hope the next phase works out well!    :nod2
Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: boonibarb on October 09, 2017, 10:43:45 AM
 
i was forced to leave Hornby for the first time since april by an eye appointment that seemed a long way off when it was made but unfortunately approached very quickly!
While waiting in the parking lot drinking water & eating a hand made doughnut i remembered that i used to be able to see the Simms Park Nest from here!
Here is the best foto from that day.
 
september 29 2017 14:45 - Simms Park Nest
 
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The Tree has sure taken a beating from when i last photographed it!
This foto even has an Eagle in the Nest.

january 3 2014 14:34 - adult Eagle perched on Simms Nest
 
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link to my fotos page - 
 
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Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: jeavverhey on October 10, 2017, 03:41:33 AM
it appears that the nest also took a beating -  sides drooping -  was there a big storm? at least the nest is still in the tree!
Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: winterwren on February 16, 2018, 07:25:15 PM
This is how the Simms Nest looked this week.
Dawn told me she'd had a quick look on her way through town and there seemed to be a second pile of branches below the nest, in the next crook of branches below.

I took these photos from the walkway along the river, almost directly under the nest. We can see that the upper pile no longer bridges the whole width of its former support branches. Those support branches are also all broken off just above the level of the old nest. This happened over the last 2 winters.
Part of the nest fell and stayed stuck at the next level down, but this new pile seems interestingly compact and tidied up. Dawn was wondering if the eagles are rebuilding a new nest from that lower pile. From my human eyes it seems like a safer spot, but I'm not a nest engineer like the eagles are.

Simms Park, February 14, 11:15 am
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Another angle.
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Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: winterwren on February 16, 2018, 07:34:43 PM
On my way to check the nest, I spotted this beautiful little duck: a female Common Goldeneye, swimming on the river just below the Simms nest.

February 14, 11:15 am
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Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: Cawatcher on February 16, 2018, 08:37:34 PM
Lovely  photos and clearest of days too! The Simms nest remind me of the haphazard nest making of the egrets and herons
Title: Re: Eagles in Other Places
Post by: jeavverhey on February 17, 2018, 03:11:51 AM
Wow Wren those golden eyes almost look like neon lights - great photos  :ecsmile