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Around Hornby Island => Around Hornby Island ~ 2009-2010 => Topic started by: boonibarb on March 07, 2010, 09:21:27 AM

Title: Nest #21 Whaling Station
Post by: boonibarb on March 07, 2010, 09:21:27 AM
This thread is for discussion, videos & fotos of nest #21

This nest is very old.
The neighbours have watched it for over 20 years!
It is a beautiful tree that it is in.
The nest tree is in the Whaling Station Bay area of the island, & near Helliwell Provincial Park.

(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2777/4099308643_8dde5755ec.jpg) (http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2777/4099308643_8dde5755ec_b.jpg)

Click here for my album from the 2009 season containing fotos & videos to do with this nest. (http://www.hancockwildlife.org/mediagallery/album.php?aid=646&page=1)
Title: Re: Nest #21
Post by: boonibarb on March 07, 2010, 09:23:44 AM
This is a foto i took in the 2009 season, once this nest*s two eaglets had fledged.
i think this tree is one of their feeding platforms, away from the nest, but close to it, & looking out at the water, where maybe their Mum & Dad may be getting them something to eat!

(http://i565.photobucket.com/albums/ss97/boonibarb/nest%2021/Nest21eagletsvideo.jpg) (http://i565.photobucket.com/albums/ss97/boonibarb/nest%2021/Nest21eagletsvideo.jpg)

Title: Re: Nest #21
Post by: boonibarb on March 16, 2010, 11:58:01 AM
So, i work once a week in the nest #21 neighbourhood.
Yesterday i heard a lot of eagle trilling.
As soon as i had the chance, i scanned the trees for eagles, & spotted the familiar shape in a tree nearby right away!
i got out the binocs, & had a look.
Turns out there were THREE eagles in this one tree.
Lowest down in the tree was a gigantic adult.
A bit higher than her, i*m saying her because of her size, but i don*t know for sure, was what i thought was another adult.
But as i watched more, i realized this wasn*t yet a full adult, so a sub adult.
The white of their head had brown patches, like their head was dirty.
The patches were around the eye area & on top of the head.
It looked to me as though the tips of the tail feathers were still brown, while the rest was white.
Near to the dead top of the tree, there was an immature eagle!!
They weren*t a juvenile i think, as i could see areas of the head & tail that were turning whiter.
There was almost a band of lighter colour that went from the beak across the eye area to the back of the head, like a stripe.
As i watched, this eagle flew away & it looked HUGE in the binoculars!!
The other two perched for quite a while, then i noticed the adult had left.
When i left work, hours later, the sub adult was still perched in the same spot in the rain.
Title: Re: Nest #21
Post by: boonibarb on May 19, 2010, 05:07:27 PM

On monday may 17, i was again working near nest #21, so i took a peek at it with my binoculars!  :binocs
At first i didn*t see anything, but then i saw a fuzzy looking head pop up!
i believe there is at least one eaglet in the nest!
Next time i go there i will bring my camera & try to catch them walking around again!
Title: Re: Nest #21
Post by: Cawatcher on May 19, 2010, 08:07:31 PM
 :biggrin3 Way to go eagle eye booni!
Title: Re: Nest #21
Post by: boonibarb on June 08, 2010, 10:07:11 PM
Well, i brought my camera with me yesterday, & i can confirm that there is an eaglet in nest #21!!
Looks to me like there is only one, but i shall continue to observe.
Fotos to follow soon.
Title: Re: Nest #21
Post by: boonibarb on July 02, 2010, 07:32:31 PM

Today i saw one of the neighbours of nest #21.
She says she can hear the eaglet from the ground now!
She is thinking that there is only one.
i have fotos of this eaglet & nest somewhere, just gotta get time to post them.
Title: Re: Nest #21 Whaling Station
Post by: boonibarb on July 20, 2010, 05:43:13 AM

i haven*t been able to spot the eaglet for the past few weeks!
Then both neighbours of the nest said they haven*t seen or heard them either.
So i began to worry...
Sunday i heard from both neighbours that they were both seeing & hearing the eaglet again, & that they are branching now!
i was able to confirm this yesterday as well.
Good news!
Title: Re: Nest #21 Whaling Station
Post by: boonibarb on July 29, 2010, 01:58:11 PM

Okay, monday july 26th i worked near Nest #21 again, & the people i worked for left me a pair of binoculars so i could check on the nest!
i could see the eaglet branching.
i also heard sounds twice that sounded like food coming in, & observed them afterwards in that head down, pulling at something motion that indicated to me self feeding was taking place.
i also saw an adult flying off after one of these.
So, hopefully we have a well fed eaglet in this nest.
Title: Re: Nest #21 Whaling Station
Post by: boonibarb on August 04, 2010, 08:28:43 PM

The neighbour of Nest #21 e-mailed me yesterday evening & said this -

The eaglet was sitting on top of the tree yesterday, very visible.  Today he was making a lot of noise.