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Around Hornby Island => Around Hornby Island ~ 2014-2015 => Topic started by: boonibarb on October 14, 2014, 10:03:18 AM

Title: Shingle Spit Nest - 2014-2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on October 14, 2014, 10:03:18 AM

Here will be posted fotos, videos & observations noted in the Shingle Spit Eagle Nest territory!
This territory is next to the ferry that takes you off Hornby Island.
It is a most lovely spot, with lots of different wildlife to observe.
Last year*s topic, the links to previous years* topics, & a fabulous map of Hornby tracking all the Eagle Nests of Hornby Island, worked on by wren, can be found here. (http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=1395.msg140844#msg140844)
Title: Re: Shingle Spit Nest - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on October 14, 2014, 11:26:50 AM
 
We went for a walk on this lovely sunny warm day on The Bench which is a trail along the water, high up the side of Mt. Geoffrey overlooking the ferry, Denman, Lambert Channel & with a view of Vancouver Island beyond.
This is a magnificent place, with lovely blonde grasses & lots of Arbutus Trees.
We were walking back to join the rest of the group when ekf spotted this Bird atop a snag.
i had just been telling them how wren often sees Peregrine Falcons in this area, & that perhaps they Nest in the shallow caves in the rock just below our feet.
i couldn*t believe that with us stomping around & talking, & with Otto nearby, this lovely Bird didn*t just fly off & we never would have spotted her!
She gave us 17 minutes to get a sharp foto of her before she took off.
Thank you so much!  :heart
 
october 8 2014 15:13 - Peregrine Falcon
 
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Look at her lovely yellow feet & her curious eye.
i couldn*t believe she didn*t take off at the sight of us, so close by!
 
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Such a sweet face!
With they curiosity & gentleness of the face, we figured this must be a youngster.
 
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i knew from looking it up the only other time i*d see a Peregrine Falcon in the Nest #16-19 territory here (http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=930.msg117608#msg117608) , that the markings of the youngster set them apart from the adults.
i knew that my first sighting had been a juvenile.
But i couldn*t remember what about the markings made them different.

Look at the crossed talons & the fluffed out belly feathers!
 
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Here she has her left foot tucked up against her belly, resting, she is not in a hurry to leave & our arms are getting shaky from holding our cameras up for so long!
 
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We were loathe to leave such an opportunity, but we were getting tired!
Who would leave first?
Us or her?
We looked away for a moment & both of us missed her blasting off at high speed.
We were sad to miss the fly-off, but relieved to be able to stop taking fotos!

A close up of her talons crossed, just like an Eagle!

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When i got home i looked up the markings of adults vs. juvenile Peregrine Falcons.
Turns out the youngsters are very noticeable!
Their breast stripes are heavy & dark & VERTICAL!
Whereas the adults have more white, & finer, horizontal stripes.
So this curious & patient Peregrine was an adult.
Look now at the link i posted above to compare the breast feathering of an adult vs. a juvenile.
The difference is quite noticeable.
 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/14916322283/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/14916322283/)
Title: Re: Shingle Spit Nest - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: mishikeenhquay on October 14, 2014, 02:57:42 PM
 :heart
Title: Re: Shingle Spit Nest - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: Cawatcher on October 14, 2014, 03:04:39 PM
Awesome
 :eclove
Title: Re: Shingle Spit Nest - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boodle317 on October 15, 2014, 06:33:07 AM
what a treat to find such a lovely!  thanx booni
Title: Re: Shingle Spit Nest - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: winterwren on October 24, 2014, 05:20:27 PM
I had not yet seen or heard any eagles in this territory, but when I arrived in the area at dusk yesterday (October 23), an eagle was trilling high and long from a tree near the nest! Dad Shingle Spit? So more eagles seem to have come in on the tail of the storm.

I had a further treat around 11 pm: a Barred Owl, narrowly missing the ship and landing on a dock railing, where I was able to watch him or her for a few minutes with binoculars.
Title: Re: Shingle Spit Nest - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: Cawatcher on October 24, 2014, 07:15:35 PM
 :eceek Nice!! Thank you for the updates Wrinterwren  :eclove
Title: Re: Shingle Spit Nest - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: winterwren on October 29, 2014, 11:47:04 PM
I had some great news from the ship's daytime crew today. There has been a lot of fish in the channel! The Chum Salmon are running, and the crew have seen big feed balls with dozens of eagles in attendance, taking away full-sized herring. During the storm, two Humpback Whales showed up; a family of Orcas the day before.

Meanwhile at night I'm getting more visits from that Barred Owl.  :ecsmile
Title: Re: Shingle Spit Nest - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: Rajame on October 30, 2014, 08:37:03 AM
Thanks for the message Wren! That is great!
Title: Re: Shingle Spit Nest - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: Faerie Gardener on October 30, 2014, 10:48:32 AM
Wonderful News, Thank you Wren!
Title: Re: Shingle Spit Nest - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: Tigerlady105 on October 30, 2014, 03:29:32 PM
Very nice to know about the fish, eagles and the owl, Wren.   Thank you.   :eclove
Title: Re: Shingle Spit Nest - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: amazedbyeagles on October 30, 2014, 05:33:46 PM
Thanks so much for news of healthy ecosystem activities on H, Wren!!!  :eclove
Title: Re: Shingle Spit Nest - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: winterwren on January 12, 2015, 06:50:45 PM
In late December, 2 days working on the water in nice sunshine near this nest!

I could see an adult perched near the nest from time to time, but they never did come close enough for a photo.

Meanwhile, though, some of my favourite seabirds showed up!
We see Common Murres in this area through the winter but they are difficult to approach.
These are my best shots to date. I had never seen the thin eye ring and the buff-yellow colour at the gape.

December 29, 2:30
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Wings partway open, tipping forward for a dive. The legs are partly visible. Another split second and he was gone.

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Title: Re: Shingle Spit Nest - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: winterwren on January 12, 2015, 06:57:43 PM
Just a little later, close to shore, a juvenile Red-necked Grebe in the shade, with just a little bit of sun on his back.

December 29, 2:45
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Lifting those amazing feet with the lobed toes out of the water for a good scratch!

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Title: Re: Shingle Spit Nest - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: jeavverhey on January 13, 2015, 02:09:10 AM
really cool details - what a cam and what an eye you have  :ecsmile
Title: Re: Shingle Spit Nest - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: winterwren on January 14, 2015, 12:01:46 AM
Here's the same grebe again.
The back view tells us that for sure it's a Red-necked Grebe.
A Western Grebe would have a dark line extending all the way down the neck.

I've been noticing this because from afar the juvenile Red-necked Grebes look quite a bit like Westerns and I want to make sure I have this one right.
December 29, 2:45
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Here's the same grebe again, looking very different, mantle feathers all puffed up.
I once saw a Horned Grebe do that at the end of an altercation with another grebe. I don't know what prompted this one to do it. Maybe this one simply wants to stay warm?
2:47
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Title: Re: Shingle Spit Nest - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: winterwren on January 14, 2015, 12:07:18 AM
Soon after, I was able to sneak up on some more beautiful sea birds.

These were on the sunny side of the dock, too!

Red-breasted Merganser... An adult male.
December 29, 2:51
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Title: Re: Shingle Spit Nest - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: winterwren on January 14, 2015, 12:15:12 AM
...And a Common Loon, in winter colours.
Click to enlarge!

December 29, 2:51
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Title: Re: Shingle Spit Nest - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: winterwren on January 14, 2015, 07:42:47 PM
One more loon photo I forgot I had...
The dive.

Feet visible, but very distorted by the water.

Here he goes!
December 29, 2:51
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Title: Re: Shingle Spit Nest - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: winterwren on January 14, 2015, 08:05:42 PM
Still the same afternoon.
Lots of beautiful birds by the Shingle Spit dock.

A Horned Grebe. Much smaller than the Red-necked, shorter neck, red eyes. All grebes seem to smile because of the shape of their bill and the position of the eyes in relation to it.
December 29, 2:56
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Here's the same young Red-necked Grebe I saw earlier.
2:57
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Back in the shade now, but interesting light and colours...
2:58
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Title: Re: Shingle Spit Nest - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: winterwren on January 14, 2015, 10:20:58 PM
At mid-day, we saw Orcas way to the south, too far for photos. The interesting thing was that a cloud of gulls were following them, together with four or five eagles. One of my coworkers thought that the orcas' behaviour was consistent with a transient pod preying on one of the hundreds of sea lions in that area. If that is so, the gulls and eagles would have been after any remnants that would have floated to the surface.

We glimpsed the orcas on and off through the afternoon, always in the area between Heron Rocks and the southern tip of Denman Island.

Then finally, at sunset, they cruised by us!
The sun was behind the mountains but the orcas came close enough that I was able to get a more detailed view of their markings. The shape of the dorsal fins and saddle patch is used for identification. I had never been close enough to see the more subtle grey markings at the base of the fins.

This first one has a scalloped line at the base of the fin. At first I thought it might be a reflection, but it shows up in a number of shots. Click the pictures for a better view of the individual markings.
December 29, 4 pm
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This one has a very distinctive white marking at the base of the fin.

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Here's the same orca again, a little closer.

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Title: Re: Shingle Spit Nest - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: winterwren on January 14, 2015, 11:09:36 PM
Here's the one with the scalloped pattern again, and another with a very curved, smaller fin.
I was able to get a few face shots this time.

December 29, 4 pm
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Here's the big male of the pod, with his tall straight dorsal fin, together with a smaller orca. A third one is just disappearing ahead of them.
There is a nick near the base of the bull's fin, at the rear and (right side in this photo). I think I've seen this guy before. I described him to one of our local marine biologists, though, and he said there are two different males who have this marking.
Here we see more, though: again a pattern of dark grey on the fin itself, and also some crisscrossing scratch marks on the lighter saddle patch.

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Here's another shot of the bull. We don't see the same grey-on-black pattern on the fin itself, so that one was, at least in part, reflected light. We have a better view of the nick and the scratch marks, however.

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Title: Re: Shingle Spit Nest - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: winterwren on January 14, 2015, 11:28:28 PM
More orcas...

The rear one is the one with the scalloped marking on her fin.
December 29, 4 pm
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There is still one eagle following the pod!
Looks like a sub-adult.
4:03
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A Pacific Loon hastily gets out of the way.

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Title: Re: Shingle Spit Nest - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: Sandor3 on January 15, 2015, 08:24:58 AM
Winterwren, if you forward your photos to Jackie Hildering at Marine Education Research Society, she and/or Jared Towers will ID these orca for you.  Jackie is more than happy to share information and is so pleased that so many of us are interested/concerned about these beautiful animals.  Great photos as always, Wren....keep them coming....like we could stop you, hey?  hahaha

Title: Re: Shingle Spit Nest - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: winterwren on January 15, 2015, 05:20:20 PM
Heeheehee, Sandor!

I'm sending the photos to a local marine biologist who is keeping track of the orcas on behalf of the Vancouver Aquarium, so I'm hoping to have some confirmation from that.

Meanwhile, I'm also in contact with an orca enthusiast who lives in Europe and uses the published catalogue of orca fins (which is getting a bit old by now, in the opinion of my local contact) and various people's postings to keep track of the pods.

Click here (https://www.flickr.com/photos/30093534@N02/15661275694/in/set-72157639341414274/) to get to my photo collection on flickr. In this version the newer photos are on the right. Below some of the photos are some comments by Havannah on specific IDs. I don't know how accurate these are, but she obviously knows a lot more than I do!

Title: Re: Shingle Spit Nest - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: nan2945 on January 15, 2015, 05:29:57 PM
what a fabulous series!!
Title: Re: Shingle Spit Nest - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: Cawatcher on January 15, 2015, 05:36:36 PM
 :eceek Woweee!! And the Red breasted Merganser male is astounding
Title: Re: Shingle Spit Nest - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: winterwren on January 17, 2015, 04:05:14 AM
Next day... Sunrise.

December 30, 7:58 am
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Later in the day, I spot what I first took for a female Red-breasted Merganser... But they don't usually wear makeup. :eclol
2:45 pm
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So I think this has to be a young male, just starting to get his dark head feathers. There was another one nearby who had some dark around his eyes also but in a less tidy pattern. (That photo turned out blurry unfortunately.) Then on the bird identification group a few days later, someone posted a Red-breasted Merganser from the Atlantic coast with the same plumage pattern. The kids are growing up!
Title: Re: Shingle Spit Nest - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: winterwren on January 22, 2015, 11:45:14 PM
Here we have the opposite: a male Red-breasted Merganser mostly in breeding plumage but with some brown feathers remaining in his crest.

He has caught a fish, probably a blenny. But catching your meal is one problem, and getting it down the hatch is another.


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Looks like an easy swallow now...

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Oops, not so easy.

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I think he's had to let the fish go right here, but it's too stunned to go far. He's giving his head a good shake, scattering water droplets.

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Picking up the fish again.

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GULP!!!!

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Title: Re: Shingle Spit Nest - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: winterwren on February 28, 2015, 03:17:19 AM
Today (February 27) the ferry crew reported an extended visit by the Transient pod of Orcas!

They watched the same type of behaviour that Booni posted about here (http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=1537.msg161580#msg161580).

This time, there was apparently no eating. The adult orcas would jump on top of the unfortunate sea lion, as if to stun him, then let the youngsters have a turn at chasing him. It seemed to be all about teaching the little ones how to hunt.

It's not necessarily very pretty watching a top predator at work. Predators are important, though. Everyone who saw this seemed deeply marked by the visit.
Title: Re: Shingle Spit Nest - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: winterwren on April 01, 2015, 07:26:43 AM
I've been watching this nest for short periods at a time this week, mostly seeing just one eagle perched at a time. Once I saw both eagles perched, but one took off and I'm pretty sure I saw him or her circle low and then fly up to the nest from the far side. Hard to tell, watching a silhouette behind the trees at dusk.'

Yesterday evening was clearer, though. Both eagles trilled and one shot out from the nest. They flew around, trilling, close like fantasy ice skaters. Then landed on a perch together, still trilling. Then... mated! and then Mom Shingle Spit flew off... And into the nest she flew, and stayed there.
Title: Re: Shingle Spit Nest - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: winterwren on April 03, 2015, 10:53:48 PM
Sunset and moonrise at the same time at Shingle Spit on April 1.
A dozen eagles flew out of nowhere and parked themselves all over the southern half of the Shingle Spit territory, on the escarpment.

A loon on the sunset side...

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...And the moon rising over the mountain on the other side...

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...And an eagle perched above the moon. (Thank you Gmadeb for the inspiration).

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Title: Re: Shingle Spit Nest - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: linused on April 04, 2015, 12:02:12 AM
just gorgeous
Title: Re: Shingle Spit Nest - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: winterwren on May 27, 2015, 10:26:32 PM
Shortly before the Horned Grebes leave the area for their nesting grounds, they moult from their classic-grey winter garb to their crazily colourful breeding plumage. They become more vocal, more gregarious, and more difficult to approach. On April 24 I got lucky and found one near the Shingle Spit dock!

April 24, 6:58 pm
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Title: Re: Shingle Spit Nest - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: winterwren on May 27, 2015, 10:31:04 PM
The day before, April 23, I caught this photo of what I presume is one of the Shingle Spit eagles.

There is a distinctive broken feather on the left wing, an inner primary (or an outer secondary, I'm not sure).
April 23, 7:28 pm
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Title: Re: Shingle Spit Nest - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: OpieK on May 29, 2015, 01:55:54 PM
sunset and moonrise - wow, wonderful photos wren!
Title: Re: Shingle Spit Nest - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: winterwren on June 26, 2015, 02:49:18 PM
June 6... Leaving work early in the morning, I went to check on this nest. I had been hearing an eaglet screeping from across the bay and watching food being flown to the nest daily.

Here's someone watching the water from a low tree nearby...
June 6, 5:56 am
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And here's the nest! It's still kind of dark but we can see one lovely eaglet, plus lots of white poopshots and lots of down clinging to the branches.
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Title: Re: Shingle Spit Nest - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on July 18, 2015, 07:18:53 PM

i took Otto for a walk to the tip of The Spit at low tide, & the Shingle Spits kept me company!
There was one Eaglet branching on the Nest Tree & also hanging out in the Nest, & a second Eaglet was fledged!
i saw that one change Trees a few times, following the adult & screeping at them.
Title: Re: Shingle Spit Nest - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: Cawatcher on July 18, 2015, 09:58:10 PM
Great news!
Title: Re: Shingle Spit Nest - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on July 19, 2015, 10:19:12 AM
 
Okay, not the best time for taking fotos, with the Sun straight up there blasting away, but for documentation, here they are.
This is the one that was branching near the Nest.
At first they were both hanging out on the Nest Tree.
 
july 18 2015 13:11 - branching Shingle Spitlet
 
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This one took off from the Nest Tree & landed in a perch Tree nearby.
 
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They have their head feathers raised, possibly at me, & are large & in charge, perched on one foot with the other foot clenched & hanging down, relaxed.
 
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Looking in the direction of the Nest Tree.
 
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link to my fotos page - 
 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/)
Title: Re: Shingle Spit Nest - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on July 19, 2015, 10:24:37 AM
 
The fledged youngster then flew over to where the adult was perched, & was pestering them.

july 18 2015 13:50 - fledged Single Spitlet & adult



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0otQEhXJrlw

link to my fotos page - 
 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/)
Title: Re: Shingle Spit Nest - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: winterwren on July 19, 2015, 10:31:07 AM
Sweet!
This nest has had pairs of eaglets before, and each one-eaglet year I wonder if I'm missing a second one. Thanks for finding out!
Title: Re: Shingle Spit Nest - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: winterwren on July 31, 2015, 09:57:36 PM
I went by this nest yesterday in the early evening and heard lots of screeps... And saw one of the eaglets perched on the edge of the nest with an adult nearby. The other screeps came from somewhere off the nest.
Title: Re: Shingle Spit Nest - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: Cawatcher on July 31, 2015, 10:25:57 PM
 :thumbup: