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Title: Nest #24 Tribune Bay Campsite - 2012-2013 Season
Post by: boonibarb on November 03, 2012, 01:25:01 PM

This topic is for discussion, fotos & videos of Nest#24.

Last season, we observed one Eaglet in this nest.

Click here to read about the 2012 season on this Nest. (http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=1024.msg86009#msg86009)

Click here to read about the 2011 season on this Nest. (http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=705.msg44365#msg44365)

Click here to read about the 2009 season on this Nest. (http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=122.msg4228#msg4228)

Here is winterwren*s map of the Hornby nests, so that you can see where it is.



Here is the second edition of my nest map.

This map sums up our observations of the nests of Hornby Island for the summer of 2011. The information was collected from direct observation by Booni and myself, and from conversations with the nests' neighbours.
Click on the map to see the larger size, and click again to explore details.

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Title: Re: Nest #24 Tribune Bay Campsite - 2012-2013 Season
Post by: boonibarb on November 03, 2012, 01:57:36 PM

From the Co Op parking lot i can tell that Mum Nest #24 is back again.
She perches on the Nest Tree top & does a regular output of gulling.
i*ve yet to hear another female go on the way she does.
 
october 27 2012 12:21 - Nest #24 Mum on Nest Tree Top
 
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Title: Re: Nest #24 Tribune Bay Campsite - 2012-2013 Season
Post by: winterwren on April 01, 2013, 08:57:03 PM
'Tis the time of year to play Nest Divination.

Question: is someone incubating eggs on this nest?

April 1, 5:38 pm
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Answer (crop of last picture):
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Title: Re: Nest #24 Tribune Bay Campsite - 2012-2013 Season
Post by: boonibarb on April 13, 2013, 09:30:13 AM
 
i spotted this Eagle air drying or sunning from the Co - Op parking lot!
Notice how the belly feathers are all fluffed out & open.
 
february 13 2013 13:41 - adult Eagle air drying on Nest #24 Tree
 
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http://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/8644967467/# (http://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/8644967467/#)
Title: Re: Nest #24 Tribune Bay Campsite - 2012-2013 Season
Post by: Stokes on April 14, 2013, 03:06:38 AM
Beautiful! Did you remember what you were going to get at the co-op?
Title: Re: Nest #24 Tribune Bay Campsite - 2012-2013 Season
Post by: mishikeenhquay on April 14, 2013, 05:02:02 AM


Nice! 
Title: Re: Nest #24 Tribune Bay Campsite - 2012-2013 Season
Post by: winterwren on July 03, 2013, 12:36:20 AM
I checked this nest today... First I saw an adult perched at the very top of the nest tree. He or she is in a very strange pose, wings half open to cool down. The crop is huge and we see strange bits of the body topography that we don't usually notice with the wings closed. The side lighting highlights the bumps and hollow.

Also, this eagle's tongue is sticking out. It was a hot day.

July 2, 2:24 pm
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I got to within view of the nest and saw movement right away. One eaglet had just moved to a branch! Soon I spotted a second eaglet, who eventually climbed onto the nest rim. The photos are not very clear but you can see the full crop on the eaglet who's sitting on the nest.
2:36  
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Title: Re: Nest #24 Tribune Bay Campsite - 2012-2013 Season
Post by: OpieK on July 03, 2013, 10:03:51 AM
Wow, wonderful Wren - thanks!
Title: Re: Nest #24 Tribune Bay Campsite - 2012-2013 Season
Post by: Cawatcher on July 03, 2013, 11:53:33 PM
 :thumbup: Yay!!!
Title: Re: Nest #24 Tribune Bay Campsite - 2012-2013 Season
Post by: winterwren on July 08, 2013, 09:34:45 PM
The story of this nest took an unforeseen turn today. Booni and I got a phone call for an eaglet down on the ground!

I have posted the rest of the story under the MARS thread... Click here to see it. (http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=248.msg135105#msg135105)

Title: Re: Nest #24 Tribune Bay Campsite - 2012-2013 Season
Post by: boonibarb on July 09, 2013, 11:57:04 AM
 
Yesterday i was away from home & it was lucky lucky lucky that i checked my messages.
i had gotten a call from someone who works at the Co Op not three minutes ago.
She was on a break, & was walking down the road past Nest #24 when an Eaglet came out of the woods & down into the roadside ditch.
She said he was walking towards her!
She said he was BEAUTIFUL, & she recognized that this was a young one, not yet ready to fly.
This is a busy road this time of year, lots of cars & people going by on their way to lovely Tribune Bay beach.
So she & another Co Op employee realized the need to direct people & traffic away from the young one, to protect him.
The youngster was drawing a crowd of curious onlookers.
She had called me from the Co Op, & i lucked out again that she was there when i called back to tell her i was on the way.
Next step was to call MARS & report.
i was in such a flap of fear & worry, i didn*t even recognize Maj on the phone!
She calmly walked me through the capture procedure (again...)
Meanwhile i am trying not to panic.
My hands are shaking.
i tell her i will report back.
i stopped by where the Eaglet had last been spotted on my way home to get the carrier & some covers & a liner for it.
They had left a big gap for me to park in the shade next to where this youngster was.
& people were directing cars & walkers past the area.
wren was there helping.
i said i was just checking in & would be right back.
Then i dashed home to get the rest of my gear.
When i got back there were less people & cars, fortunately.
i was dreading being watched doing something i was not comfortable with, with a crowd watching.
The Eaglet had fleaped out of the ditch & into the woods & brush below his Nest.
So he wasn*t drawing so much attention.
It was hot hot in the ditch, & a bit cooler where he was now, with wren quietly watching him from behind a tree.
You could hear his sibling calling from the Nest.
We decided that wren, since she was better dressed for bushwhacking than i was, would go around & approach him coming towards me from the other side.
She had goggles & capture gloves & a net to help her.
i donned my gloves & goggles & opened up my big capture towel.
The fingers of the gloves seem so clumsy, & i worry my hands won*t work properly & gently enough.
My heart is pounding with worry as i approach him.
He looks about to leap, so i drop my eyes to the ground & turn sideways.
He calms down.
Meanwhile i take some deep shuddering breaths.
In my head i am talking to the youngster, telling him it*s okay, i won*t hurt him, i am only here to help, please let me capture you without hurting you, so that we can get you to help, then you can be returned to your family.
He is distracted by the crashing through the bush approach of wren from his other side.
So when i see the back of his head, i creep closer.
When he looks at me, i drop my eyes & turn sideways.
Suddenly he leaps forward & comes up against a large dead tree lying on the ground.
i am tempted to make a dash for him at this point, as the tree blocking his way would help me to capture him.
Were i doing this myself, i would have gone then.
But i decide to wait for wren to get closer to help me from the other direction.
He has now leaped to the top of this downed tree & is perched there.
i am not noticing any limping or any problems or unbalance in moving his wings, so i am hoping he is uninjured.
He is watching wren & then watching me.
i am only about three or four feet away from him & am examining him for parasites, which i don*t see.
His nictitating membrane keeps blinking, moistening his lovely dark brown eye that i can now see up close.
His lovely orange feet are stupendously bright & clean & soft-looking, & his talons are shiny new black.
What a love!
He looks so little compared to the other three Eaglets i have seen up close, Niner Brig & Decker.
i can*t believe i am so close to him!
What will i do?
Walk up to him & throw the towel over him?
Just capture him standing right there?
He takes the decision away from me by leaping forward & walking & fleaping towards the bush.
Now is the time for action booni, so i go after him with my towel, wren coming in fast too.
i figured he was gone, & we*d be chasing him through the bush now, but in flapping his wings, the poor fella got the bend in the wings hung up on some low bush branch he was heading under, going into the ferns.
So i dove towards him, ignoring the scratching bushes, & quickly covered his head & back with the towel.
i have a final glimpse of his lovely face, turned towards me with the beak wide open as i cover him up.
i ask wren to keep the towel over his head while i untangle the wings from where they have stopped him by becoming hooked in the branches.
i am supposed to get the feet under control first, but he seems calm with the towel over him so i free his wings, first right, then left, & fold them into his body as i reach for his right thigh.
Got it.
Now the left.
Got it.
wren is keeping the towel over him, which is a HUGE help as it keeps my hands free to hold him, & keeps him calm by his being covered.
i am able to pick him up & bring his back towards me against my chest, one leg in each hand, head under towel pointing away from me, tail hanging down towards my legs.
Perfect!
& i didn*t feel like i*d hurt him with my lack of skill, this all went quite smoothly!
We bring him out of the bush & to the waiting open dog kennel in the back of my van, which i had lined with a towel for him to grip with his feet.
i ask wren to pull away the capture towel as i pop him into the kennel & this works well.
We fasten the door.
We have him!
All the adrenalin & rush comes now.
What a relief.
As i take off my capture gloves, i realize i totally forgot how fumbly they were feeling.
They did the job just fine!
i take off my goggles & begin to feel tickling all over my arms.
Oh, so there are parasites after all.
i can feel them all over me, coming from the gloves & the capture towel.
i swipe at them but they don*t come off.
i know they won*t bite, & they also won*t last long without their Eaglet host.
But the tickling drives me nuts, it is everywhere.
wren offers to take him to Buckley Bay to meet the MARS vehicle.
What a relief!
i am supposed to be at work.
So back i go, & i am amazed to see that it was only an hour ago that i first got the message on my answering machine.
Just as i am getting out of the car, the phone rings.
It is Maj calling me back!
She was thinking i had been trying to call her, & they had been using the phone the whole time, so i wouldn*t*ve gotten through to them.
What luck that she called just then.
So i told her we had had luck, & wren was on the way to meet them at Buckley Bay.
She was watching another Eaglet of close to the same age, with a similar accident, getting fed at MARS & doing well.
i can*t wait to hear more about how this youngster is doing!

Title: Re: Nest #24 Tribune Bay Campsite - 2012-2013 Season
Post by: MaggiesMom on July 09, 2013, 12:40:34 PM
Booni - you told this story so well!  I think I was breathing with you - and I know I started scratching at the end!  What a great job you and Wren do!
Title: Re: Nest #24 Tribune Bay Campsite - 2012-2013 Season
Post by: Faerie Gardener on July 09, 2013, 02:52:11 PM
Yay, Booni!    (Staying tuned in  :eclove)
Title: Re: Nest #24 Tribune Bay Campsite - 2012-2013 Season
Post by: boodle317 on July 09, 2013, 03:25:21 PM
Wow...catching my breath too!  icky scratchy parasites!    :sigh  poor boy. 

Booni... what a story!  Thanks a million to you and Wren for being there and being brave enough to attempt and succeed at these rescues! 

Yay  :heart
Title: Re: Nest #24 Tribune Bay Campsite - 2012-2013 Season
Post by: NancyM on July 09, 2013, 08:41:27 PM
Booni and Wren - a team with HEART (and guts!). you two have the right stuff and I am very impressed :thumbup:
Title: Re: Nest #24 Tribune Bay Campsite - 2012-2013 Season
Post by: mishikeenhquay on July 10, 2013, 01:53:56 PM


Miigwetch to both of you for this wonderful rescue!  I look forward to hearing how this little guy makes out!

booni...your story had me walking through the bush with you...and holding my breath each step of the way!!  (also wiping the bugs off my arms!)

wren...miigwetch for the pictures!!

You both ROCK!!
Title: Re: Nest #24 Tribune Bay Campsite - 2012-2013 Season
Post by: Sandor3 on July 11, 2013, 10:38:18 AM
Barb, many thanks for the details of the eaglet rescue!  I itched right along with you!  And thanks also to Wren for the photos.  We are looking forward to info on his condition and future release.  Many more thanks to you both for bringing nature alive to those who aren't as close to it as you both are.
Title: Re: Nest #24 Tribune Bay Campsite - 2012-2013 Season
Post by: amazedbyeagles on July 11, 2013, 03:50:38 PM
What a fabulous telling of this amazing adventure you both had capturing this beautiful eaglet!  And you did it so efficiently!! You are a pro now!!!  And the eaglet looks gorgeous with his new cage-mate at Mars!  Thank you, Booni, for such a wonderful story!  And thank you for your presence of mind!   :eclove
 
Title: Re: Nest #24 Tribune Bay Campsite - 2012-2013 Season
Post by: BBE on July 11, 2013, 09:24:08 PM
Booni and Wren what a great rescue. I was holding my breath while reading Booni's blow by blow report (and subsequent itching  :ecwink).

What a team and now the eaglet will have a story to tell the others at MARS.

Booni I hope you weren't itchy for too long.?

 :thumbup:
Title: Re: Nest #24 Tribune Bay Campsite - 2012-2013 Season
Post by: boonibarb on July 12, 2013, 09:32:04 AM
 
 
BBE, i discovered a trick for the parasites!
When i felt a tickle on my arm, i would brush at it, but the bug would still be there.
Pinching & rolling seemed to work, & having wet hands seemed to work even better.
It seemed they mostly migrated to my hair, where i would be feeling tickling.
i wet my hands at the sink & ran them through my hair which picked them up & they were there, still, on my hands, then i rinsed them down the drain.
i did this every time i felt a tickle on my head, i guess they all headed up there, & eventually the tickling stopped as i*d gotten them all!
i was at work that day, so had a few tickly hours til i could have my shower.
As soon as i touched the capture gear, they were on me again.
The towel & crate covers are hanging on the line til the parasites die & fall off.
Even two nights later, when i hung them out, i had two come running for my arms!
So i*m leaving that stuff to hang for a bit now.
Title: Re: Nest #24 Tribune Bay Campsite - 2012-2013 Season
Post by: Cawatcher on July 12, 2013, 09:45:34 AM
 :eceek :mzipped geeeeshhhh creepy but thank you for continuing  even through this booni  :heart
Title: Re: Nest #24 Tribune Bay Campsite - 2012-2013 Season
Post by: BBE on July 12, 2013, 10:24:34 AM
Booni, you have come up with a great solution - 'pinch, roll and water'. I felt them onme reading how you got rid of them. Many thanks for all you do.
Title: Re: Nest #24 Tribune Bay Campsite - 2012-2013 Season
Post by: boonibarb on July 19, 2013, 08:59:25 AM
 
Whenever i am driving by the Co Op corner, i check out the top of the #24 Nest Tree to see if anyone is perched there.
Today someone was there!
& even from a distance, they did not seem like an adult.
Screeech!
i turned the corner & headed down the road to get closer to see.
Here is who was there!

july 18 2013 11:04 - 24let on Nest Tree top

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Woooohoooooo!
Branching!
There must be a good view of what the parents are up to from there.
Look at them here, stretching & relaxing their shiny new toes & talons!

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The Nest itself is a good ways down from this tippy top perch branch!
This is a confident brancher!
i*m guessing that it was the younger sibling who oopsied from the Nest 10 days ago & is now at MARS.
The loss of the sibling benefits this Eaglet & their parents, as now there is one less mouth to feed.
No question it is always better that they stay in their Nest & be raised with their siblings & parents, but thanks to MARS, both Eaglets will be successful fledgers & be well-fed now.

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Title: Re: Nest #24 Tribune Bay Campsite - 2012-2013 Season
Post by: boonibarb on July 19, 2013, 09:24:31 AM
 
Later in the day i was able to return to Nest #24, & the branching Eaglet was still atop the Tree!
Here they are, keeping an eye on what the adults are up to, & calling to them.
The campsite across the street is very noisy with voices & music!
i was lucky to catch the calls during a quiet moment.

july 18 2013 13:23 - 24let on Nest Tree top

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8FCuGzIZABc

Title: Re: Nest #24 Tribune Bay Campsite - 2012-2013 Season
Post by: OpieK on July 19, 2013, 09:45:51 AM
 :heart ah, thank you for keeping us close to the new generation Booni.
Title: Re: Nest #24 Tribune Bay Campsite - 2012-2013 Season
Post by: boonibarb on July 19, 2013, 10:11:05 AM
 
The branching Eaglet is looking towards Little Tribune Bay, where perhaps at least one of the parents is perched.
Look how the left foot is grasping a small stump of branch.

july 18 2013 13:25 - 24let on Nest Tree top

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It always amazes me that young Birds already know how to care for their feathers!
Working under their tail here.

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i love the white patch of underfeathering being exposed by the wind here.

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Look at all those beautiful feathers, & the lovely black beak!
i love the view of the talons just poking out from the far underside of the branch in all these fotos!

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i*m seeing a bit of agitation, a desire to change the perch on the branch, & a bit of unsureness about how exactly to do this safely!

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Title: Re: Nest #24 Tribune Bay Campsite - 2012-2013 Season
Post by: boonibarb on July 19, 2013, 10:21:14 AM
 
A-HA!
The reason for the agitation!
i*ve never seen a poopshot split into two streams like this.
Notice how the white urates take one direction, while the darker fecal matter has taken it*s own path.
i would call this a small poopshot.

july 18 2013 13:32:53 - 24let on Nest Tree top

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Ahhh, that feels better.
Now where are Mum & Dad??

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Yoooohoooooooo!
Remember ME?
HUNGRY here!

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Title: Re: Nest #24 Tribune Bay Campsite - 2012-2013 Season
Post by: boonibarb on July 19, 2013, 10:32:57 AM
 
Looks like the Eaglet is making an attempt to turn around & face the other way!

july 18 2013 13:34 - 24let on Nest Tree top

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Wooohooooooooo!
MONEY shot!
You could stand there for hours & never catch a foto like this!
Successful turn on the branch, & a large attempt to catch the attention of the parents!
Look at the lovely youthful tassels on the ends of the secondary feathers!

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For some reason, i check the monitor of my camera, despite the fact that i am registering agitation on the part of the Eaglet again.
Mistake!
That was the last foto i got of them perched on the treetop.
When i looked up ready to photograph the Eaglet again, they were gone!
My eyes were drawn to the sound of their calls.
This is not only a branching Eaglet but a fledged one!
Woooohoooooooooooo!
i wait for them to return.
i can hear them calling closer to Little Tribune Bay.
No doubt they are closer to their parent now!

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Title: Re: Nest #24 Tribune Bay Campsite - 2012-2013 Season
Post by: Valleybirds on July 19, 2013, 12:42:28 PM
Great photos and update on the fledging eagle, Booni!
Title: Re: Nest #24 Tribune Bay Campsite - 2012-2013 Season
Post by: Lifegard on July 19, 2013, 03:12:52 PM
:thumbup:   Thank you Booni for the wonderful eaglet shots! 

--Lifegard
Title: Re: Nest #24 Tribune Bay Campsite - 2012-2013 Season
Post by: Faerie Gardener on July 19, 2013, 04:28:49 PM
Thanks, Booni - what a catch! And now we can share it with you!!
Title: Re: Nest #24 Tribune Bay Campsite - 2012-2013 Season
Post by: amazedbyeagles on July 20, 2013, 03:49:04 PM
Love this series of photos and the wonderful story of your discovery, Booni!   Thank you so much for bringing the 1013 Hornby Eaglest to life for us!  Fledge time is so exciting!  :eclove
Title: Re: Nest #24 Tribune Bay Campsite - 2012-2013 Season
Post by: Lucia on July 23, 2013, 11:59:19 AM
Amazing story!!! Booni and Wren what a great team and a great rescue!!! Thank you for this!!!
Title: Re: Nest #24 Tribune Bay Campsite - 2012-2013 Season
Post by: Rajame on July 24, 2013, 09:33:15 AM
Thank you Booni and Wren! Thank you for the work you are willing and ready and able to do! You are amazing and have a lot of HEART! I just am so happy to read this story, but many days later. I am still scratching thinking that those parasites are even on this planet. Bless you both!

:hearts2