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Around Hornby Island => Around Hornby Island ~ 2014-2015 => Topic started by: boonibarb on October 20, 2014, 08:18:06 PM

Title: Belcarra Nest #16, 17, 18, 19 - 2014-2015 season
Post by: boonibarb on October 20, 2014, 08:18:06 PM
This territory is about five territories to the right of Mum & Dad Hornby*s webcammed Nest, also on the North side of the Island.
There seems to be one pair that uses more than one Nest in the territory.
Last year they perched on the Belcarra Nest Tree, but did not use it for eggs.
They may have built up one of their inland Nests, but they didn*t produce any fledglings last year.
They have a nice stretch of waterfront, & a good few perch Trees.
To read about last season in this territory, to find the links to previous seasons & to see the fabulous map wren has put together marking all the Hornby Nests that we are aware of, click here. (http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=1402.msg141193#msg141193)
Title: Re: Belcarra Nest #16, 17, 18, 19 - 2014 - 2015 season
Post by: boonibarb on October 20, 2014, 08:41:15 PM
 
A week ago, the neighbours of the Nest reported that one Eagle had come back ten days ago, then two were around a few days later.
Today, walking in the neighbourhood was eerily quiet.
Then my ear picked up the sound of trilling nearby!
On one of our walks, i definitely heard two separate trills, so two Eagles around.
In a Tree near the Nest, i spotted this Eagle.
 
october 20 2014 12:24 - Eagle in Belcarra territory
 
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Here is the back of that same Eagle.
 
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Later in the day, it is getting dark, when a bit of sun hits the Tree tops & i manage to catch this same Eagle again, still in the same perch Tree, only facing the other direction now.
i really like the lighting, so i didn*t try to fix it at all.

october 20 2014 17:08 - Eagle in Belcarra territory
 
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https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/15402315359/in/photostream/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/15402315359/in/photostream/)
Title: Re: Belcarra Nest #16, 17, 18, 19 - 2014 - 2015 season
Post by: boonibarb on October 29, 2014, 08:34:07 PM
 
The old Belcarra Nest Tree has lost it*s beautiful top with all the perch branches!
Supposedly this happened two nights ago, so monday night sometime.
This is about thirty feet of Treetop, & it is lying across the road about thirty feet from the base of the Tree!
 
october 29 2014 10:47 - old Belcarra Nest Tree
 
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This is what the Treetop used to look like.
The Eagle to the right is perched on the one dead perch branch that is left, while everything to the left of them is  now gone!

december 2 2013 11:26 - Belcarra Eagles
 
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Both Eagles are perched on the branch that remains, in this old foto.
Everything to the left of them is gone now!
It doesn*t look like much, but wait til you see the pile on the road now!

june 10 2013 17:08 - Belcarras on their Nest Tree
 
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Here*s what the pile across the street from the Tree looks like.
Good thing all this fell here & not on the house which is in the other direction!

october 29 2014 10:58 - old Belcarra Nest Tree top
 
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This foto shows you the girth of the piece that broke off!
& this chunk is quite long, too.
A lot of good green stuff came down with the dead top.
You can see where the red open stub matches the top of the Tree where it broke off.
 
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Title: Re: Belcarra Nest #16, 17, 18, 19 - 2014 - 2015 season
Post by: boonibarb on October 29, 2014, 08:41:41 PM
 
The old top, later in the day.
 
october 29 2014 16:15 - old Belcarra Nest Tree top
 
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The top of the Tree now, later in the day.
There is a Flicker in there, feasting on bugs!
 
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A closeup of the remaining top & the Flicker.
You can see that it is quite rotten inside there.

october 29 2014 16:16 - old Belcarra Nest Tree
 
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https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/15477071659/in/photostream/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/15477071659/in/photostream/)
Title: Re: Belcarra Nest #16, 17, 18, 19 - 2014 - 2015 season
Post by: Tigerlady105 on October 30, 2014, 03:34:30 PM
Wow!  That wind was so strong!  Thanks for sharing the photos and your comments, Booni.
Title: Re: Belcarra Nest #16, 17, 18, 19 - 2014 - 2015 season
Post by: boonibarb on February 19, 2015, 09:08:40 PM
 
It was a lovely day, & where i was spending it, there seemed to be lots of visitor Eagle activity!
This young Eagle was perched here for hours.

february 18 2015 15:50 - young Eagle in Belcarra territory

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https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/16399968018/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/16399968018/)

Title: Re: Belcarra Nest #16, 17, 18, 19 - 2014 - 2015 season
Post by: boonibarb on March 17, 2015, 10:39:14 AM

Hopefully later today i*ll post fotos & a video, but yesterday before noon, there were huge groups of Eagles of all ages soaring lazy circles over the yard i was in.
At one point, i counted three dozen!
This went on & on, for a few hours.
Title: Re: Belcarra Nest #16, 17, 18, 19 - 2014 - 2015 season
Post by: boonibarb on March 21, 2015, 09:08:13 PM
 
Spotted all these Eagles out over the water in the Belcarra territory on this day.
 
march 18 2015 11:57 - Eagles grabbing Herring
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=moLpPosY2KY
 
Title: Re: Belcarra Nest #16, 17, 18, 19 - 2014 - 2015 season
Post by: boonibarb on March 21, 2015, 09:12:23 PM
 
i couldn*t believe my eyes when i looked skyward in the Belcarra territory on this day!
i thought they were Gnats or something!
 

march 16 2015 11:43 - Eagles soaring
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QGUGXqoiiqc
 
Title: Re: Belcarra Nest #16, 17, 18, 19 - 2014 - 2015 season
Post by: boonibarb on March 23, 2015, 08:18:38 PM
 
There had been another one of those Eagle feeding frenzies today, in the same spot as reported above!
Spotted these two air drying in the old Belcarra Nest Tree a bit later in the day.  :heart  :heart

march 23 2015 17:16 - Eagles on old Belcarra Nest Tree air drying

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Title: Re: Belcarra Nest #16, 17, 18, 19 - 2014 - 2015 season
Post by: winterwren on March 23, 2015, 10:27:47 PM
Thanks Booni! This explains all the sea lions and Mew Gulls I could hear from closer to Whaling Station this afternoon!
There were a number of sea lions in Whaling Station Bay but they were just resting. I suppose they must have parked themselves there to digest their meal in peace.
Title: Re: Belcarra Nest #16, 17, 18, 19 - 2014 - 2015 season
Post by: boonibarb on March 24, 2015, 08:46:20 AM
 
Here is video of the fishing frenzy.
Be sure to turn up your sound & listen for all the Eagles calling from the Tree next to where we were!

march 23 2015 15:46 -  Eagles diving at the water for Herring
 
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7V1O2S5jJCs
 
Title: Re: Belcarra Nest #16, 17, 18, 19 - 2014 - 2015 season
Post by: boonibarb on March 24, 2015, 08:47:53 AM
 
and a video of the two Eagles air-drying.
i LOVE spotting scenes like this!
 
march 23 2015 17:17 -  two Eagles air drying
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=07bXGp5cFPo
 
Title: Re: Belcarra Nest #16, 17, 18, 19 - 2014 - 2015 season
Post by: boonibarb on March 24, 2015, 09:43:46 AM
 
Here are two sweeties who were hanging out in the sunshine in the Belcarra nesting territory a week ago.
 
march 16 2015 11:36 - immature Eagle in Belcarra territory
 
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Title: Re: Belcarra Nest #16, 17, 18, 19 - 2014 - 2015 season
Post by: Donnae on March 24, 2015, 12:51:34 PM
Great videos and photos Booni ... wow... love the faces on the young ones!!!!
Title: Re: Belcarra Nest #16, 17, 18, 19 - 2014 - 2015 season
Post by: boonibarb on April 02, 2015, 08:22:14 AM
 
There was a huge mass of black Birds we saw on the cam tuesday morning.
i*d heard they were Scoters, & sure enough, there they all were at Belcarra yesterday!

april 1 2015 17:15 - Surf Scoters, Black Scoters, Pintail Ducks, Greater Scaups
 
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kOKNylPz62U

 


Title: Re: Belcarra Nest #16, 17, 18, 19 - 2014 - 2015 season
Post by: amazedbyeagles on April 02, 2015, 08:32:15 AM
My goodness! What a frenzy of ducks!  Is that a murmuration of scoters, etc?  Thanks for the video, close up!!!   :eclove
Title: Re: Belcarra Nest #16, 17, 18, 19 - 2014 - 2015 season
Post by: auroradawn on April 02, 2015, 08:56:04 AM
Amazing, I was totally mesmerized, thanks booni!  :duck
Title: Re: Belcarra Nest #16, 17, 18, 19 - 2014 - 2015 season
Post by: Stokes on April 02, 2015, 10:35:32 AM
Very interesting. Thank you! Love seeing the differences in overall appearance, as well as in the eyes and facial
characteristics/coloring. Each eagle is unique! Also interesting to see overall activity. Wow. Thank you so much
for taking the time to take these photos and videos, then comment and help us learn.

Flood
Title: Re: Belcarra Nest #16, 17, 18, 19 - 2014 - 2015 season
Post by: Donnae on April 02, 2015, 11:18:21 AM
What an amazing video.... thank you Booni!!!!  Wish I could have been there to witness it in person.
Title: Re: Belcarra Nest #16, 17, 18, 19 - 2014 - 2015 season
Post by: linused on April 02, 2015, 02:38:34 PM
Amazing Booni    thank you