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Title: Nest #20 Whaling Station Bay
Post by: boonibarb on March 26, 2010, 07:03:02 PM
This is the thread for posting fotos, videos & discussion of Nest #20 Whaling Station.

This nest is on Whaling Station Bay.
This is a beautiful bay, & a lovely sandy swimming beach.
The nest is on the western edge of the Bay.
Last year, this nest had two eaglets.

Doug*s eagle nest map


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Title: Re: Nest #20 Whaling Station
Post by: boonibarb on March 26, 2010, 07:06:18 PM
Today i talked to a neighbour of Nest #20.
She follows it quite closely, & has even rescued one of it*s eagles in the past.
Today she said that the eagles of this nest have gone from being in a pair, to one being in the nest, & one being in a perch tree alone.
She said the one on the nest was making sounds such that she was sure the Mum was laying an egg.
But there is no way to tell for sure, except that one eagle is now always on the nest.
So let*s hope this nest has two eggs, like last year!
Title: Re: Nest #20 Whaling Station
Post by: boonibarb on July 02, 2010, 07:39:27 PM
This neighbour reported to me again yesterday.
She is certain, from watching the nest for years, & seeing the behaviour of the parents now, that they are feeding at least one eaglet on the nest.
i*ll have to get there & get some fotos one day.

She said these eagles & their eaglets are hilarious.
When the eaglets first learn to fly, they go crashing into the tree limbs with a huge noise.
They are always trying to be where the parents are.
Once they have left the nest, they try to roost at night in the tree that the parents are using, but the parents won*t let them!
So they get to a tree as close as they can, & are allowed, by the parents!   :mhihi
This neighbour of this nest gets to watch all these fledging antics from their deck!
Title: Re: Nest #20 Whaling Station Bay
Post by: boonibarb on July 07, 2010, 08:30:06 PM

i stopped by Nest # 20 today to see what i could see.
i spotted an eaglet!
So i got my camera.
After watching for a bit, i noticed a second eaglet!
So, two eaglets for nest # 20!!  :biggrin6
Title: Re: Nest #20 Whaling Station Bay
Post by: boonibarb on July 09, 2010, 08:46:46 PM

july 7 2010 13:32 - Nest #20 Whaling Station Bay eaglet

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It was HOT!
You can see them panting here & look at the tongue!

july 7 2010 13:32 - Nest #20 Whaling Station Bay eaglet panting

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Now here is the second eaglet!

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july 7 2010 13:38 - Nest #20 Whaling Station Bay both eaglets

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Title: Re: Nest #20 Whaling Station Bay
Post by: winterwren on July 11, 2010, 09:25:59 PM
Umm... is it the light, or does that first eaglet have orange commissures too, like the eaglets in nest 7?

Wren
Title: Re: Nest #20 Whaling Station Bay
Post by: Tigerlady105 on July 12, 2010, 12:03:45 AM
And the little ones can't even go in the water to cool off!  At least the parents can go in the water if they want to do it.
Title: Re: Nest #20 Whaling Station Bay
Post by: boonibarb on July 12, 2010, 06:18:16 AM


wren, when i was looking over my fotos to choose the best ones, those orange commissures jumped out at me, too!
Kinda like nest #6,7, hey?
Title: Re: Nest #20 Whaling Station Bay
Post by: boonibarb on July 20, 2010, 05:44:40 AM


i stopped by the nest yesterday to check on the eaglets.
i could HEAR them before i even got out of my van!
They were both screeping away at top volume.
Turns out there was an adult on the nest.
Title: Re: Nest #20 Whaling Station Bay
Post by: boonibarb on August 01, 2010, 09:22:04 AM

Friday morning at work i was approached by the neighbour of this Nest.
He reported to me that he thinks the eaglets in the Nest are *lazy* this year, in that they are not flapping around as much, & they haven*t left the Nest yet.

He also reported that a week ago, one of the adults captured a seagull in mid air.
Although i know this is usual eagle behaviour, he said it was unusual behaviour for THESE eagles, who usually eat fish.
i said we are a bit worried about the eaglets getting enough to eat this year.
& to please call me, if he has anything more to report.
Title: Re: Nest #20 Whaling Station Bay
Post by: Tigerlady105 on August 01, 2010, 10:36:31 AM
Booni, that's interesting because I felt for quite a while that Phoenix wasn't flapping as much as Hope had.  Don't know what it means yet, but apparently another person noticed that with the Nest #20, from what you posted. :puzzled2
Title: Re: Nest #20 Whaling Station Bay
Post by: boonibarb on August 04, 2010, 08:33:34 PM
When i got to Nest #20 this afternoon, i could see or hear nothing.
Then i heard calling, & realized there was an adult in a perch tree on the water.
Then i heard the eaglets!
But i could not spot them.
i was walking away when i heard an eaglet again.
i looked up, & there was one in the top of a tree.
Then i saw the other in a waterfront tree.
So both eaglets have left the Nest
At  one point they both started screeping up a storm & the one at the top of the tree flew to the Nest.
The screeping of both continued.
When i changed my view, i could see an adult in the Nest.
Yet the screeping of both continued.
Suddenly the screeping of the one in the Nest stopped, while the one at the waterfront continued to screep.
The eaglet in the Nest was eating.
i could see the body movements of the eaglet pulling at food, then i would see their face, & could see them swallowing the food.
Title: Re: Nest #20 Whaling Station Bay
Post by: Thumper66 on August 04, 2010, 09:04:44 PM
Another happy family in Nest #20.  Thanks for the update, Booni.
Title: Re: Nest #20 Whaling Station Bay
Post by: Tigerlady105 on August 04, 2010, 09:06:57 PM
So Mom and/or Dad on Nest 20 is/are still bringing food to the nest!  Yay for good eagle parents!   :nod2

Thanks for making the rounds, Booni...HEART is on monitoring duty!   :heart
Title: Re: Nest #20 Whaling Station Bay
Post by: lcyjan on August 04, 2010, 11:10:59 PM
 Thank you for sharing the news!  It's great to know the family are still together!  Love it!  Thank you!! :ecsmile[/size][/font]
Title: Re: Nest #20 Whaling Station Bay
Post by: boonibarb on September 17, 2010, 10:15:43 PM


Okay, this is a video from the day i reported on above.
i had discovered one of the eaglets in the very top of a small, flexible tree.
Watch how beautiful this one is!  :hearts2

august 4 2010 14:47 - Nest # 20 eaglet in perch tree near Nest


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RqmG9Gk2Lac
Title: Re: Nest #20 Whaling Station Bay
Post by: Donnae on September 17, 2010, 11:06:36 PM
Nice video booni and your right he/she is beautiful!!!! thanks for posting it.... you never disappoint me!!  :biggrin3
Title: Re: Nest #20 Whaling Station Bay
Post by: Tigerlady105 on September 18, 2010, 03:05:15 AM
Booni, that is a lovely eaglet.  He/she looks very content to perch there and exercise its wings!  Thanks for sharing the video with us!  :ecsmile
Title: Re: Nest #20 Whaling Station Bay
Post by: Maria dB on September 18, 2010, 06:31:03 AM
A truly beautiful juvie. It sounded as if he/she was calling for mum or dad  :ecwink
Title: Re: Nest #20 Whaling Station Bay
Post by: boonibarb on September 18, 2010, 10:29:41 AM

Okay, in this video, you see the same eaglet in their flexible perch tree.
It is my belief that an adult wouldn*t land in such a flimsy tree, when there are sturdy perch branches nearby.
But the young ones seem to start off in the tops of trees like this, til they learn about the more sturdy branches such as their parents use.
Maybe these treetops are more easy to aim for?
Anyway, you can see how this Eaglet behaves when they see the parent land in the Nest.
You can hear the sibling in their waterside perch tree*s reaction as well.
This Eaglet landed on a branch of the Nest Tree, whereas their sibling beat them to the Nest, where the parent had landed with food.

Nest #20 Eaglet in perch tree screeps, then joins screeping sibling in Nest Tree


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3VZfXLvdwyk
Title: Re: Nest #20 Whaling Station Bay
Post by: OpieK on September 18, 2010, 11:26:37 AM
love these videos booni - thank you so much for sharing them
Title: Re: Nest #20 Whaling Station Bay
Post by: boonibarb on September 18, 2010, 01:08:53 PM


Okay, in this video, the Eaglet has flown to the Nest Tree & is perched on a branch screeping & watching the adult who is on the Nest with the other sibling who is eating on the Nest.
The Nest is to the Eaglet*s left.
You can see at one point the adult leaves the Nest, the Eaglet watches them fly by, then eases off on the screeping for food.

Nest #20 Eaglet on perch branch of Nest Tree screeps & watches while sibling eats in Nest


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_86UbU6HnhU
Title: Re: Nest #20 Whaling Station Bay
Post by: sparkie on September 18, 2010, 02:55:38 PM
Wonderful Video  booni  thankyou . LOved listening to this today . I miss soo much seeing  our  nest . This is delightful . Wont be long now counting days . Loved hearing the screeps . HOpe the other one gets to eat soon .



sparkie :ecwink
Title: Re: Nest #20 Whaling Station Bay
Post by: winterwren on September 18, 2010, 05:11:49 PM
Am I dreaming, or do I see a full crop on the eaglet in this last video? Looks like this might be part 2 of the meal!

This is actually an honest question: I'm not sure I'm accurate in this observation and would like feedback, because it's an important thing to observe accurately in the field. I'm learning a lot from these videos... Thank you Booni!  :heart
Title: Re: Nest #20 Whaling Station Bay
Post by: boonibarb on September 18, 2010, 06:04:42 PM


Hi there wren!
You are INDEED seeing a full crop on that Eaglet!
i don*t know what he*s doing, screeping for more food, when he already has a bulging crop.
There are lots of fotos to go with these videos, & i noticed right away the fullness of this one*s crop.
Fotos will be posted one day....
Title: Re: Nest #20 Whaling Station Bay
Post by: Blue on September 19, 2010, 12:40:55 PM
Thanks, booni.

I watch the eaglets here land (and sometimes crash-land) in some precarious places at first. I guess looking for a strong perch that is easily accessible is something they have to learn to judge for themselves.