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Title: Nest #15 - eaglet Decker
Post by: boonibarb on August 14, 2010, 09:21:43 PM
There are many eagle nests on Hornby Island other than the eagle cam nest. Doug has done an excellent map of the ones he knew of when he wrote his book "The Eagles of Hornby Island" published in 2008. Not all of the nests on the map were used this year, & there are some nests that are active that aren*t displayed on the map. Doug*s eagle nest map

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

Nest #15 was in a huge tree at the end of a road, on a point near the water.
i don*t know when, but before 2009, a storm broke the tree at below Nest level.
i thought Nest #15 no longer exhisted.
But i am learning that when a Nest doesn*t get used, the eagles who used to use it have often just moved somewhere else.
Last year i heard nothing about eagles in this Nest area.
So i just assumed there was no longer a Nest.

Title: Re: Nest #15
Post by: boonibarb on August 14, 2010, 09:31:49 PM


Thursday evening Doug got a call that there was an eaglet hanging out on the beach to the right of where Nest #15 used to be.
The eaglet tended to come to the deck of the people staying there, & hang out in the morning & evening, & then disappear for the day.
The man*s son was feeding the eaglet fishing bait anchovies.
The man was worried about the eaglet, & called Doug.
Doug went to check it out the next day, but the eaglet was nowhere to be seen when he arrived.
The man also called me & left a message, so i called him back.
He had called MARS, & described the eaglet, & MARS had told him to capture the eaglet & bring him in.
The man was quite concerned.
So i asked if i could come over & try to capture the eaglet.
The man agreed that i could.
i think he was relieved.
With my heart in my throat, beating way too fast, i headed over there with the capture gear.
The home is right on the water, on a small bank, & there is a deck all around.
i searched the deck first.
No eaglet.
i went down to the beach to look for him.
No sign of him.
An adult eagle flew from my right to my left & landed in the top of a tree.
A-ha!
Now the eaglet will announce himself.
But he didn*t.
i started to walk that way, down the beach.
Then i heard an eaglet calling.
i kept walking, & finally spotted him, standing on a stump on the beach right in front of the bank.
i made my way towards him.
He was watching me, but otherwise did not react to my approach.
i would go closer, with my head down & eyes averted, then i would stop & slowly look up.
If the eaglet was not reacting, then i would do that again.
i got to within three feet of the eaglet!
He didn*t seem to mind at all!
He was looking at me, then looking around.
He*d look at me with one eye, then the other, then with both eyes.
At one point a parent landed in the tree above his head, & he started calling out a storm.
It was as though i wasn*t even there.
i got a good look at him.
He looked in good shape, bright eyes, feathers in good condition, he even had a full crop.
i saw no parasites moving on his feathers.
i walked back up the beach to get the capture gear.
i was terrified of not doing it right, & kept practicing it in my head.
My mouth was dry with fear.
i decided to go back empty handed & observe some more.
i approached using the same method.
The eaglet was gone!
The i realized he had somehow changed position to the upturned root of a stump.
i got to within three feet of him & sat down.
He looked at me, & me at him.
At this point i realized that in my terror, i had forgotten to bring my camera!
i could*ve gotten such a nice video of him sitting there, only feet away.
i observed him again for five or ten minutes.
i decided i wasn*t convinced that he needed to be captured, so went back to my van & drove to a friend*s to borrow their phone & call Maj at MARS.
i learned that having a full crop is not necessarily a good sign.
There can be problems that make a crop full, or because the crop is full, & cannot empty.
i also learned that in capture, an eaglet may throw up what is in their crop & breathe it in.
Not good.
So Maj said to give it two hours, then go back & observe again.
In the meantime, she would make her way to Hornby & observe the eaglet herself.
Yay!
The big guns!
i am off the hook.
So, i went back to my work.
Two hours later, i got a call from the man who had captured Niner.
He was on the island, & had offered to save Maj a trip.
He & i would observe the eaglet again, & he would decide whether the eaglet needed capturing or not.
If so, he would bring the eaglet in to MARS, as he has done before.
So, off we went to look for the eaglet.
Well, no sign of the eaglet on the deck, so we went to the beach.
No sign of the eaglet on the beach, where he was before, either.
The adult was still in that same tree.
i looked everywhere around where the eaglet had been.
i even found fresh poop.
But no eaglet.
i heard eaglet calls!
They were coming from back on the land, & higher up.
i wasn*t sure i was hearing what i thought i was hearing.
But then i heard it again.
So i headed towards the sound.
The sound took me back to the house, & then down the driveway we came in on.
The sound got louder, the further down the driveway i walked.
i finally got to where the sound was the loudest.
In the forest, with a solid floor of ferns & stinging nettle, was where the sound was coming from.
i found Mike & said bring the car.
Then we headed into the forest.
The eaglet calling was getting louder & closer.
i was sure we would find him on the ground amoungst the huge ferns, or perched in a short tree.
Sometimes the calling seemed to come from higher in the air.
At one point the sound was coming from right between where Mike & i were standing.
We were sure we found the eaglet.
But then the calling stopped, & we could not find him or hear him again.
But there was a big fir tree there, & there were many poop shots on the greenery at it*s base.
Had we found the Nest Tree?
It seemed we had.
Was the eaglet back in the Nest?
Or was this a second eaglet?
At this point, i do not know.
i am hoping that the people who are staying at the house now will call us if they see the eaglet again.


Title: Re: Nest #15
Post by: Rajame on August 14, 2010, 09:42:04 PM
Mr. Raj and I are rivited to your experience Booni. The eaglet is lucky to be on Hornby Island where the HEART team resides.  :heart
Title: Re: Nest #15
Post by: madrona on August 14, 2010, 11:40:11 PM
Oh what an interesting account booni.  I was with you every step of the way (except for the stinging nettles on my bare legs!)  Sounds like this eaglet could be doing OK - I sure hope so.  I am glad that people are becoming more aware of you and Doug and Winterwren - you guys have been kept pretty busy!  :eclove
Title: Re: Nest #15
Post by: emc on August 14, 2010, 11:59:12 PM
Really appreciate the step-by-step update of "decker".
 We'll all be rooting for the eaglet. :)
Title: Re: Nest #15
Post by: Rajame on August 15, 2010, 01:58:04 AM
So, not eagle related (but story related) do you know the benefits of Stinging Nettle? I would suggest that it is a great plant for health.  :heart
Title: Re: Nest #15
Post by: Tigerlady105 on August 15, 2010, 01:58:43 AM
Fascinating, Booni!  I enjoyed reading your detailed account and hope that Decker's moving around indicates that he has been eating and has energy, is not dehydrated, and may fly soon.  If the adult eagle is one of his parents, at least the adult is keeping an eye on him.  I also hope that the bait fish is okay and that he's getting enough food.   I guess we'll have to wait and see.   :ecsmile

Thank you for taking the time to keep us up-to-date!!!   :heart
Title: Re: Nest #15
Post by: NancyM on August 15, 2010, 07:08:41 AM
Great account, booni - thank you!   :eclove

Rumor has it that Doug left a salmon head for the eaglet and that he claimed it and dragged it away and that Doug has video.

This is not the first time I have heard Mike mentioned - is this the fellow that Maj calls "Environ-Mike" ? He is the one who carried our Phoenix's body over to her? And also captured Niner? And now helping with Decker? A member of HEART for sure.
Title: Re: Nest #15
Post by: Tigerlady105 on August 15, 2010, 07:20:26 AM
Doug just showed a video of Decker and the salmon head and also the Elephant Seal lazying around.  He'll show it again at 5 PM nest time today (Sunday).   :eclove
Title: Re: Nest #15
Post by: Thumper66 on August 15, 2010, 08:12:34 AM
Booni, you have such a gift for telling stories.  Have you ever thought of writing a book about your adventures on Hornby Island?  Your readers would be captivated with the mystery, comedy, drama and of course, romance (with the wildlife) about your many encounters.  :binocs

Thank you for sharing your life in the wild with us.  You are truly a guardian angel for the critters on the island.  If I were in trouble, I sure would want you on my team.  Thanks for your updates and entertainment.

PS: Once again, when I retire, my hubby and I would love to move to Hornby Island so I could become your apprentice.  And yes, I'll even carry your rescue gear and camera.   :really

Title: Re: Nest #15
Post by: NancyM on August 15, 2010, 08:17:39 AM
If you can't wait to see Doug's video, there are several hotspots of this morning's showing, made by boonibarb and californiawatcher:

Links to hotspots:

Decker, Part 1 (short).  (http://www.wildearth.tv/web/dch-hornby-01?streamId=dch-hornby-01%2F2010%2F08%2F15%2F2010-08-15-06-48_dch-hornby-01.flv&bspId=103206&start=563)

Decker, Part 2. Also includes beautiful scenery. (http://www.wildearth.tv/web/dch-hornby-01?streamId=dch-hornby-01%2F2010%2F08%2F15%2F2010-08-15-06-58_dch-hornby-01.flv&bspId=103210&start=2)

Elephant Seal !! (http://www.wildearth.tv/web/dch-hornby-01?streamId=dch-hornby-01%2F2010%2F08%2F15%2F2010-08-15-07-08_dch-hornby-01.flv&bspId=103213&start=3)
Title: Re: Nest #15
Post by: birdvoyer on August 15, 2010, 08:25:51 AM
Yes, boonib, you would be the author and  the illustrator.  :biggrin3  I would buy it!

Thanks for the hotspots Nancy.


 :heart
Title: Re: Nest #15
Post by: baysis on August 15, 2010, 09:42:46 AM
Thank you NancyM, Boonibarb & Caliwatcher for the 'history' & hotspots.  With the time difference, it is not always easy for us to see Doug's videos at 5 pm. nest time (about 1 am our time?), so this is muchly appreciated.

Super videos, Doug.  Do hope Decker continues well - he certainly knew what a salmon head was for  :biggrin6   The elephant seal is one cool gal/guy.....blowing bubbles, nonchantly scratching and generally looking as though s/he thinks Hornby is the place to be!
Title: Re: Nest #15
Post by: Donnae on August 15, 2010, 10:16:02 AM
Oh I would sure buy that book too.... want to hear all the gossip of Booni's romances.. lol.... with critters!!!!!! at least  :biggrin3 

Here is hoping that you get a chance to observe Decker again and that s/he is alright!!!! Still I worry about Decker till I know that he is okay, but know s/he is in good hands with the HEART team looking out!! :binocs :investigate2

Thanks for the updates and looking forward to the next one!!!  In the meantime I will get in the long line to buy Booni's book!!!!! :nod2 :nod2
Title: Re: Nest #15
Post by: suziq-41 on August 15, 2010, 10:51:46 AM
I'm sure glad you tell about it too as I never can get to see the videos. I'm on Wild Blue and ran my bill up an extra $ 20.00 one month thinking I didn't leave it down load long enough and still got nothing for my money :sad 
Title: Re: Nest #15
Post by: Blue on August 15, 2010, 11:17:58 AM
That is too bad, suziq.  Welcome to the forum! 

Title: Re: Nest #15
Post by: BBE on August 15, 2010, 11:27:55 AM
Booni, I am in line for a book with all your stories about sightings, and rescues on Hornby Island.  I was with you every step of the way in your post about Decker.  HEART is doing a wonderful job.  The folks on Hornby Island have realized there is a team of dedicated eagle watchers and helpers.

Nancy, thank you for the links to the hotspots of Decker 1 and 2.  I am going to post them now in   Doug's Videos from Around Hornby Island.  (http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=311.0) If the 5 pm showing by Doug is any different I will add it too.

Jan. 12, 2012 - these videos no longer play.
Title: Re: Nest #15
Post by: BBE on August 15, 2010, 11:31:00 AM
suziq, welcome to the forum. When you may be able to watch the videos we have them all listed on one thread.  Link is provided in my post above.
Title: Re: Nest #15
Post by: emc on August 15, 2010, 12:38:16 PM
I'm sure glad you tell about it too as I never can get to see the videos. I'm on Wild Blue and ran my bill up an extra $ 20.00 one month thinking I didn't leave it down load long enough and still got nothing for my money :sad  
suziq, are you not able to see the videos which are hotspots, and take you to the wildearth?
Are you able to watch ones that are are YouTube ?  
I recorded the dolphin one , close up on YouTube.
Let us know if you can see it.  It is listed with the others .  If you can, perhaps we can make a designation as to which are hotspots and which are not?

And maybe record more on YouTube....
Title: Re: Nest #15
Post by: boonibarb on August 15, 2010, 05:23:53 PM


Yes, Rajame, Stinging Nettle indeed has many medicinal benefits.
i think it is full of goodies if you eat it steamed like spinach, or make a tea from it.
i think it is good for piles of other things that i don*t know about.

Yes, NancyM, this is Enviro Mike.
He is in one of the videos i posted a link to on the forum, rescuing an eagle that had a broken wing, who ended up in the water.
He*s embarassed about how that capture went.
He is also the one who captured Niner, & the one who delivered Phoenix from Dan Hamilton to MARS.
He*s willing to capture Decker, if need be, on monday.
Maj trusts him to assess the condition of the eaglet for her.
i think he has captured 8 eagles now.

So, i was just talking with the man who first reported the eaglet to us.
He says there is a second eaglet!
i think this was who Mike & i heard at the Nest Tree that day when we couldn*t find Decker.

Title: Re: Nest #15
Post by: winterwren on August 15, 2010, 08:21:55 PM
I'm watching Doug's videos of Decker; as usual with this camera, everything is a bit stretched on the vertical, but still, it doesn't look like the eaglet had a full crop before Doug gave him the salmon head... does that put to rest the worries that Decker's full crop was about something else than normal feeding?

Wren
Title: Re: Nest #15
Post by: Blue on August 15, 2010, 09:19:30 PM
Good thinking, winterwren.   :thumbsup

I am inclined to agree with you that the eaglet either emptied its crop or ejected a pellet.

Title: Re: Nest #15
Post by: winterwren on August 16, 2010, 02:31:57 PM
I went to check on Decker this morning, at about 10:30. I wasn't sure about the site... Couldn't see any adults... but as I walked the beach I recognised the log that was in Doug's video, with the bit of bark dangling from above and waving in the breeze. I poked around, looking for pellets or poop shots, but found nothing. So I sat on the log, clearing my mind of expectations, taking in the eaglet's point of view... and that's when I spotted Decker, sitting on a log a hundred feet further down the beach.

I approached slowly, head down. Decker was looking at me from time to time, but mostly he was looking up at something in the woods, up high and past the deck house. I looked in that direction and could see nothing but I heard some faraway screeps! So I think Decker may have been looking towards the nest, and definitely there are 2 eaglets!

Then I heard a sound behind me. I turned around and there was Doug! he was carrying his tripod and a bag with a salmon head in it.

Doug set up the camera, and I approached the eaglet, closer, closer... until I was about 30 feet away. I put the fish head down on a rock and backed up just a little bit. Decker didn't wait long. Straight towards me he fleaped.

Decker! clickable photo.

(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4099/4898446615_58ab17c2d2.jpg) (http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4099/4898446615_58ab17c2d2_b.jpg)

He grabbed the fish head in his talons and fleaped clumsily away. At that point he was using his right wing  more than his left, but the earlier video shows that this is not always so. He's capable of using both wings.

I edged closer and closer while Decker ate, mantling protectively over his food. He certainly has enough appetite. : :eclol

That's when my camera batteries quit.
I still went closer, to try and make sense of the spots I was seeing on his wing coverts. I ended up sitting on a log, 3 feet away!

Unfortunately, my guess was right: the spots on his feathers were parasites. I went back and changed the batteries of my camera, and he let me approach again. I have a video clip and a few photos, but I guess this is the important one for now...

Decker's parasite load...  :ecsad

(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4096/4898446627_b63092a248.jpg) (http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4096/4898446627_b63092a248_b.jpg)

Booni had asked me to check a few things. I saw that his eyes looked huge and liquid, not sunken. He was very aware of my presence, and screeped and mantled when I got too close. His definition of "too close" seems to be awfully small, on the other hand. (<2 feet!)
I could not see his keel (I'd have to palpate to get an accurate idea, anyway). His feet looked plump and brightly coloured (Phoenix's foot pads, when we recovered him, looked wrinkled and dried up in comparison).

When Doug and I left the beach, we walked around the house, then heard a loud screep! Then we spotted an eaglet in flight! I ran back to the beach with binoculars to make sure... No, it wasn't Decker. He was still sitting with the remnants of his fish head. So the second eaglet is already flying, and looking strong and healthy.


Title: Re: Nest #15
Post by: Blue on August 16, 2010, 02:43:01 PM
Good work, winterwren and Doug!   :nod2

I would think that Decker would fly when you approached so close but maybe his hunger was greater than his fear - or maybe he doesn't know to fly and hold the salmon at the same time.   :puzzled2
Title: Re: Nest #15
Post by: Tigerlady105 on August 16, 2010, 03:51:45 PM
I sure hope that he'll "find his flying wings" soon and that they'll be strong enough so he can join his family and soar!   :eclove

Doug and Winterwren, it's wonderful that you were able to find Decker and give him the fish heads.  Now, maybe he needs to go swimming and wash off some of those creepy crawlies!   :nod2  Thank you for the comments about his physical condition, Wren.  Clear eyes and feet that look good are encouraging.

It concerns me that he lets people get so close.  That isn't what Ajl has said is normal for an eaglet.   :puzzled2
Title: Re: Nest #15
Post by: watermaid on August 16, 2010, 07:35:02 PM
Thank you to everyone for posting about Decker.  I am so
glad to be able to find out what is happening.  I think hearing about about the rescued and watched over eagles has helped  me
with my grief over Phoenix.

watermaid (Joan)
Title: Re: Nest #15
Post by: emc on August 16, 2010, 07:38:59 PM
Me too Joan. It has helped a lot!  I like happy endings.  :ecsmile :biggrin3
Title: Re: Nest #15
Post by: Doug on August 16, 2010, 08:49:55 PM
I phoned Boonibarb earlier this evening.  On advice from Maj, she and winterwren captured Decker and have it in a dog box, ready for transportation to Denman Island and on to Mountainaire Avian Rescue.  Our ferries to Denman stop at 6 pm while Denman ferries to Buckley Bay (Vancouver Island) keep going until 10 pm.  I suggested hiring a water taxi to Denman in order to get Decker over earlier, but haven't yet heard the result. 

We are learning more and more about grounded eaglets.  It is interesting that each of the three eaglets taken to Mounmtainaire had siblings who are fledged very successfully.  This is not fact but just something to consider -  perhaps there was only sufficient food for one eaglet in each case.  The first eaglet, generally the more aggressive one gets first grabs on food brought to the nest, leaving the second one undernourished.  But this is just something to ponder, not scientific truth.

It seems that the demise of Phoenix was not malnutrition but simply that it picked up the fungal disease, such that it could no longer benefit from nourishment which was available,  At least that is how I see it, but will readily back off if if corrected.
Title: Re: Nest #15
Post by: BBE on August 16, 2010, 09:10:05 PM
winterwren and Doug, thank you both for your updates about 'Decker'. I was amazed to read that s/he would let winterwren so close.

So who has the eaglet overnight ?  Is Dooki 'chief watcher' ?

Doug your comments in your second paragraph re the eaglets having siblings who have fledged, and whether enough food to fully nourish two eaglets, does generate some thoughts to ponder.

Again to our HEART - well done and keep us posted.  Maj, Hornby Island is keeping you busy.  :heart
Title: Re: Nest #15
Post by: winterwren on August 16, 2010, 10:54:54 PM
At about 6:00 this evening, Booni and I captured Decker.

Booni had phoned MARS and, on the basis of the parasite load and the history, the person there (Maj was absent) told us the eaglet needed to be brought in for care.

We spent about an hour gradually getting closer to Decker, trying to get him used to us, and also trying to make up our minds. He again seemed to have a full crop, and we had been told that if he regurgitated with the stress of the capture, it could compromise his airway. And at a certain point, he flew horizontally for about 30 feet - first time I had seen him get airborne. On the other hand, we saw a poopshot, which we were able to check up close, and it had some dark-green, shiny feces in it, and Booni knew this to be one of the signs of severe malnutrition. The fish-head meal was hours gone. So we finally committed to the catch.

I tried the gentle way, and missed... so now Decker was on to us. He fleaped away each time we tried to get near. So in the end we had to corner him between us. As soon as I put my hand on his back and pinned him down as I had been instructed, I knew that the hard part was over. I worked my hands around his body and gently grabbed one leg, then the other. I was wearing goggles in case he tried to beak me, but he didn't.  Booni helped me by covering his head with a towel and tucking his wings in.

On our first approach, there was an adult watching us from a nearby perch tree. We heard the other parent in the distance. I was surprised that there were no warning calls as we approached Decker; after a while, the parent left!

It was now past the time of the last ferry. A MARS volunteer - Mike from Denman Island - recommended that we find someone to take Decker by boat across the channel, after which he would drive him to Buckley Bay, where someone else would pick him up for the final leg of the trip. After several phone calls, we found a ride: the same Dan who climbed the nest tree to recover Phoenix. He offered us to come along for the ride! So we ended this busy day with a beautiful sunset cruise. Decker was expected to get to MARS at about 10:30 tonight.
Title: Re: Nest #15
Post by: Rajame on August 16, 2010, 11:23:29 PM
Words cannot express fully my thoughts and thank you Booni, Wren and Doug. Your HEART gift is living, breathing, flying eagles. !!!!  :heart
Title: Re: Nest #15
Post by: Donnae on August 16, 2010, 11:48:14 PM
Gosh I love you gals..... thank you from the bottom of my heart...... when I seen those bugs, he looked thin also and the fact that you could get so close to him..... well I was so glad that you rescued him.... it was time.  I am so thankful for what you are doing. He is in good hands now along with Niner and Brig.... one day you will reap the rewards by seeing them release on Hornby.... free and soaring like eagle should.  It will make you so proud and us too!!!!

Can't thank you enough... :heart, you are such a great team!!!!!!
Title: Re: Nest #15
Post by: Tigerlady105 on August 17, 2010, 12:13:22 AM
The Eagle Ladies of the HEART Team!  Boots on the ground do it again.  This is a memorable year for you, the eagles of Hornby and Doug and Sheila.  The challenges are many, but you all seem ready to tackle them and do it VERY well!   :eclove

This story is so different from the last one...and it isn't over yet!   :eceek

Thank you from the bottom of my  :heart
Title: Re: Nest #15
Post by: emc on August 17, 2010, 02:24:44 AM
The play-by-play is sooooo appreciated.  It's like we are there with you, cheering you on, ready to lend a hand.
Great job team!
You all are to be commended too for observing, to make sure a rescue is really needed, or not.
Title: Re: Nest #15
Post by: sparkie on August 17, 2010, 06:01:58 AM
Great Job . To the  Hornby  HEART team . Thank you  for  your  caring . :heart What  a Year.... NOw  we have three eaglets  that  are  going to  get their second  chance  thanks  to  your  observations .I  am  glad the rescue  operation  was a success. :nod2 
Title: Re: Nest #15
Post by: MaggiesMom on August 17, 2010, 06:19:34 AM
What a story, winterwren!  You and Booni  have done such a wonderful job with these young'uns!  Can't wait to watch their release on Hornby sometime this fall.   :eclove
Title: Re: Nest #15
Post by: watermaid on August 17, 2010, 07:01:02 AM
I am so very thankful to find that Decker has gone for
treatment.  All of you are wonderful people.  I cannot
applaud you enough.

watermaid (Joan)
Title: Re: Nest #15
Post by: Blue on August 17, 2010, 08:35:46 AM
If Decker was healthy and strong and ready to be on his own, you would not have been able to catch him. 

Perhaps he fledged prematurely and the ground is not the easiest place to learn to get elevation on first flights.

You make a great team!
Title: Re: Nest #15
Post by: EagleSpirit on August 17, 2010, 08:39:49 AM
This is wonderful Booni and Winterwren. you truly are angels..
So glad that Decker will get the treatment he/she needs and food..
Lita
Title: Re: Nest #15
Post by: passerine on August 17, 2010, 08:42:47 AM
It does the heart good to know their are wonderful people in this world helping our critters, thanks HEART
Title: Re: Nest #15
Post by: nan2945 on August 17, 2010, 11:10:21 AM
thank you all for what you do - and for the very visual report ----this is  wonderful news about Decker's rescue

nan
Title: Re: Nest #15
Post by: BBE on August 17, 2010, 11:39:30 AM
winterwren, many thanks for telling us how you and Booni were able to rescue 'Decker' for transport.  I am so pleased you were able to get him off the island last evening. And Dan went along for the ride. What a wonderful team of caring people.

I just found this video Doug took last evening (Aug. 16 about 5:40 pm) of winterwren Feeding Fishead to Decker. (http://www.wildearth.tv/web/dch-hornby-01?streamId=dch-hornby-01%2F2010%2F08%2F16%2F2010-08-16-17-38_dch-hornby-01.flv&bspId=103438&start=9) Shortened broadcast so not all of the video is recorded.

Title: Re: Nest #15
Post by: Rajame on August 17, 2010, 11:46:56 AM
Oh my gosh!!! I am bawling! That baby is so hungry! Thank you all. Those are some amazing talons huh? He's so thin. I am hoping to hear good things about his survival.  :heart
Title: Re: Nest #15
Post by: winterwren on August 17, 2010, 11:54:25 AM
Again a reminder... the camera that Doug has been using elongates everything, stretches the image vertically. The eaglet is not THAT thin... I'll be posting some more photos and maybe a video clip as soon as I can catch my breath. Booni took some nice shots last night, too.
 :heart
Wren

Title: Re: Nest #15
Post by: luvthebirds on August 17, 2010, 12:15:08 PM
WOW.  Winterwren, Booni, Doug... you guys rock!  The eaglets of Hornby are lucky to have such caring folks to live among.  :eclove

I do have a question.  I am not sure if there are 2 fledged eaglets plus Decker or if the "2 eaglets" included Decker.  If there were three eaglets, perhaps lack of food may have been an issue with Decker?
Title: Re: Nest #15
Post by: amazedbyeagles on August 17, 2010, 02:54:01 PM
The dramatic story of Decker's rescue is awesome to read!  What a wonderful team the eaglets have in HEART!  Winterwren and Booni work wonderfully together, and with such success!  Thank you so much for your efforts and your devotion to these suffering eaglets, Decker now one with a second chance at life! :eclove
Title: Re: Nest #15
Post by: emc on August 17, 2010, 03:01:14 PM
luvthebirds, if I understand the postings, there were 2 eaglets at this nest. Which made it difficult for them to figure out where Decker was at least one time.
When they found an eaglet in a tree, they thought it was Decker, but it wasn't.

This quote  from Aug 15, reply 19

booni
Quote
So, i was just talking with the man who first reported the eaglet to us.
He says there is a second eaglet!
i think this was who Mike & i heard at the Nest Tree that day when we couldn*t find Decker.
Title: Re: Nest #15
Post by: Tosia on August 17, 2010, 06:19:48 PM
I just can't get over how much of the good you are doing for these eaglets.  With out you Booni, Winterwren, Doug and all the team those poor and so beautiful birds would have no chance in life.  I am sure that your good hearts attract the once in need of help, that's why Decker let you rescued him.  He knew he can trust you with all his life.  Let's hope he is going to make it, as I think he is.   Good bless you all for all you do.  I wish there was more people like you around the world.
Title: Re: Nest #15
Post by: Laurie_lh on August 17, 2010, 06:34:27 PM
Look it's a plane, no it's a train...NO IT'S THE SUPER HEART TEAM!!!!!!! :heart :heart :heart
Title: Re: Nest #15
Post by: Circle of Life on August 17, 2010, 08:24:53 PM
You are such an amazing group of people.  And for Phoenix's rescuer Dan to come to the rescue once again to transport Decker just warms my heart.  The eagles of Hornby Island are so lucky to have you all.  As are we.  Thank you for everything you do.  Even though we don't live on Hornby Island,  the HEART team has brought these beautiful birds into our homes and our hearts.  Thank you from the bottom of mine.  :heart
Title: Re: Nest #15
Post by: luvthebirds on August 17, 2010, 08:50:52 PM
EMC, thank you.  Two eaglets. I got confused by the wording on one of the posts.  Perhaps my old worn out brain is on the fritz again.  :eceek
Title: Re: Nest #15
Post by: boonibarb on August 17, 2010, 10:41:10 PM

This is video i took of Decker as we found him on the beach the evening we captured him.
When we first got there, he was perched on a log near the bank with one foot hanging down.
i took this to be a relaxed position for him.
He did not change that position as we slowly crept closer to him.

At one point we see winterwren sitting down near Decker with her protective eyewear on & her blanket ready for capture.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QUzQXVpQfhw
Title: Re: Nest #15
Post by: emc on August 17, 2010, 10:58:54 PM
Very special to be able to see Decker and how he was that day.  I think he was wanting another fish head. lol
Title: Re: Nest #15
Post by: winterwren on August 17, 2010, 10:59:19 PM
Here are 2 more photos of Decker that i took yesterday.

The first one is of the moment just before Decker started eating his salmon head. He's mantling and showing us how fierce and ferocious and drop-dead handsome he is. :eclove
Decker, August 17, around 11:00 (Clickable pics)

(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4082/4903214183_0eb38c73d4.jpg) (http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4082/4903214183_0eb38c73d4_b.jpg)

The other one I took in the late afternoon, as I approached Decker to capture him. Note the bulging crop; it pushes out his chest feathers.
Decker, August 17, around 5:30 pm

(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4117/4903215449_58e4280eb6.jpg) (http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4117/4903215449_58e4280eb6_b.jpg)
Title: Re: Nest #15
Post by: emc on August 17, 2010, 11:04:46 PM
About 6 hours after the fish head, his crop is still bulging. Wonder if he had something else afterwards?
Title: Re: Nest #15
Post by: BBE on August 17, 2010, 11:12:56 PM
Booni and 'wren' thank you for taking the time to record everything as it 'went down with Decker'.  He certainly has a large wing span.   I am so glad you were there to help him get the treatment from Maj and crew, that he needs.

 :heart
Title: Re: Nest #15 - eaglet Decker
Post by: emc on August 25, 2010, 01:52:42 PM
I'm looking forward to hearing an update on Decker. Sure hope he is recovering well.  :ecsmile
Title: Re: Nest #15 - eaglet Decker
Post by: emc on August 25, 2010, 01:55:12 PM
There is an update on Decker on the MARS topic:
http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=248.msg24665#msg24665

He's doing well!!
Title: Re: Nest #15 - eaglet Decker
Post by: boonibarb on September 07, 2010, 07:50:26 PM
Okay, this is the rest of the video i took the evening winterwren captured Decker.
Dan the Tree Climber had agreed to take Decker in his large dog kennel to Gravelly Bay on Denman for us in his boat.
He offered to take us along.
i just wanted to go home...

 :offtobed

But then i thought about it.
It had been a lovely weather day, & the evening was just as lovely & warm.
i can sleep when i*m dead.
Let*s go along for the boat ride with Decker.

So, Dan*s boat was at Ford Cove.
We drove there in winterwren*s truck, with Decker in the kennel in the back of the truck, covered in wren*s grey blanket.
We had to carry him down the long dock to Dan*s boat, & then load him in the back of the boat.
i sat in the back, wren & Dan took the front.
The video opens with us leaving Ford Cove & heading across the channel to Denman.
It was a gorgeous evening, with the most fabulous sunset.
& it was warm.
Decker is to our right, under the grey blanket in the kennel.
Poor guy, what must he have thought of the noisy boat ride???
i recalled when he was outside in the back of the truck while wren & i made arrangements.
i had to peek at him, to make sure he was okay, & hadn*t thrown up the contents of his full crop.
Poor sweet fella was lying down in the dark covered kennel, on his belly like a young eaglet.
He must*ve been exhausted & weak.

The next part of the video shows us arriving on Denman, at the Gravelly Bay ferry terminal.
You can see the dock & all the rusty looking pilings as we pull in along side the terminal.
Gravelly Bay is on the Hornby side of Denman, as opposed to the Vancouver Island side of the island.
It was a very quick boat trip, less than ten minutes.

We waited for a good while for Mike to show up!
It was getting dark & i was worried something had gone wrong.
i heard Decker rattling in his kennel.
He kept it up.
i went & sat at the door end & looked to see what he was doing.
He was rattling again.
Ah!
He was running his beak against the metal grid of the kennel where it wasn*t covered by the blanket.
i suspect he was trying to figure out why he couldn*t go through the grill, when he could SEE through the grill.
So i covered the grill with the blanket & he stopped rattling & settled down again.

Mike showed up!
What a relief.
They quickly loaded the kennel into the back of his car & off he went.
i forgot to take video, it all happened so quickly.

There had been a man & his gear & bicycle standing at the ferry terminal.
i suspected he was waiting for the next ferry.
He was going to have a long wait as there was no ferry til the next morning!
As we were getting ready to go, he asked us for a ride over to Hornby.
Dan agreed.
What a lucky guy!
So the next scene shows you the gorgeous sunset colour on the water as we take the guy to the Hornby ferry terminal so he could bike to where his friends were waiting for him with cold beer.
Then you see us arriving at the Hornby terminal, with the moon in the distance.
In the next scene we are leaving the terminal & heading back to Ford Cove.
You can see the out of focus lights in the distance.
Next i pan from the ferry terminal, across *The Bench*(the Mount Geoffrey Park cliffs), towards Ford Cove, & again you see the lights in the distance.
It is getting quite dark & Dan has turned on his running lights.
Finally, we are pulling into Ford Cove in the dark, with all the lovely boats that we pass on the way in.
i was really glad i pushed myself & went with Decker on that trip.
i got to bed way too late, but i was probably in bed before Decker even got to MARS.
Maj had just returned from being away for a few days & had just been unpacking when i called her about Decker.
She was there to meet him when he arrived, & went straight to examining him & giving him treatment, while i was already asleep.
She is an angel.   :nod2


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eXFxO_LholE
Title: Re: Nest #15 - eaglet Decker
Post by: madrona on September 07, 2010, 08:08:42 PM
Great video, booni - thanks for posting it and the narrative.  What a lovely evening it was.  And ... you're all heroes - Maj, you, Winterwren and Dan!   :grouphug2
Title: Re: Nest #15 - eaglet Decker
Post by: NancyM on September 07, 2010, 08:16:05 PM
Lovely, booni!  You have HEART for sure  :kiss*
Title: Re: Nest #15 - eaglet Decker
Post by: Blue on September 07, 2010, 08:48:38 PM
Thanks for the 'bedtime story' booni. Nice that the water was so calm for little Decker's first boat trip. He was in loving hands, whether he knew it or not!
Title: Re: Nest #15 - eaglet Decker
Post by: Tigerlady105 on September 07, 2010, 09:02:39 PM
Thank you for telling us about Decker's first boat ride and sharing the video, Booni.  It was very nice to see how things unfolded and the sky was an extra treat!  You, Wren and Dan, along with Maj, Doug and Sheila, are very special people.   :s*
Title: Re: Nest #15 - eaglet Decker
Post by: Thumper66 on September 07, 2010, 09:03:13 PM
Thank you, Booni.  I was just about to leave the chatroom, when I saw your link.  Nice way to end the evening...good thoughts about Decker, you, Wren, and Dan.  All is well on Hornby!!!  You people are so compassionate and have huge hearts!  :heart :heart :heart
Title: Re: Nest #15 - eaglet Decker
Post by: BBE on September 07, 2010, 09:32:48 PM
Booni, thank you so much for the video.  You all had a very long day, but a rewarding one in that you did get Decker to MARS and the capable hands there.  And a magnificent west coast sunset to end the day.
 HEART =  :hearts2
Title: Re: Nest #15 - eaglet Decker
Post by: boodle317 on September 08, 2010, 06:28:17 AM
Booni....fantastic video (as usual) and great narrative.  I loved where you patted decker's cage....No doubt where your heart is with these birds.

Boodle.
Title: Re: Nest #15 - eaglet Decker
Post by: MaggiesMom on September 08, 2010, 07:34:51 AM
booni - that was a lovely video - so nice to see some more of the surroundings of Hornby Island.  Decker is one lucky guy to have fallen into the hands of H.E.A.R.T. and MARS!
Title: Re: Nest #15 - eaglet Decker
Post by: Maria dB on September 09, 2010, 05:16:40 AM
Great narrative and super video Booni.  That was some sunset. 'Red sky at night, sailors delight' (I live by the sea or it would be sheperds delight!) Thanks so much for posting it all.  :nod2
Title: Re: Nest #15 - eaglet Decker
Post by: boonibarb on September 11, 2010, 07:19:18 PM
Okay, these are a bit out of time order with the above video, however, here are some fotos i took of Decker the evening winterwren captured him.
We found him perched on this log on the beach, & were able to get closer & closer to observe him.
i stood with my camera on him while wren got even closer to try to capture him.
Here he is, perched on his tree, with one foot hanging down.
In some of the fotos i took, his foot is clenched.
i believe they do this to relax & stretch the foot.

august 16 2010 5:06pm - Decker as we found him on the beach

(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4148/4981448292_c2b6ccbda9_b.jpg) (http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4148/4981448292_1b1f0a0ff8_o.jpg)

In this foto, you can see his enlarged crop.
i took this as a good sign, that he had eaten.
But a full crop isn*t always a good thing.
He had last been observed eating when wren & Doug tossed him the fish head at 11am this day.
So, unless he had eaten again since, which is unlikely, his crop was still full since his last meal, which means the food hadn*t passed into his stomach to be digested, meaning also that the food was sort of stuck there, not getting used.
Also Maj had warned that if the crop is full, during the terror of capture, they may throw up the contents of the crop, then inhale them into the lungs, which is a very serious situation.
Because of the full crop, wren & i agonized over whether we should try to capture Decker.
We did NOT want to cause him harm.
But we both went with our gut feeling, which was that he needed care, thus we needed to capture him.
The crop here is so full that it has pushed aside the larger brown feathers, exposing the down feathers underneath.

august 16 2010 5:23pm - a closer view of Decker

(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4108/4980841535_f9c4052657_z.jpg) (http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4108/4980841535_bebf28e34f_o.jpg)

august 16 2010 5:28 pm - another view of Decker

(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4127/4981545420_515bec210e_b.jpg) (http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4127/4981545420_13c755f1ef_o.jpg)

Can i even BEGIN to describe to you the thrill & awe i felt to be so close to such a magnificent being???
Title: Re: Nest #15 - eaglet Decker
Post by: Blue on September 11, 2010, 07:58:16 PM
Thanks, booni.

I kept trying to determine if his tail feathers were all there. The first photo has the best view of his tail.
Title: Re: Nest #15 - eaglet Decker
Post by: boonibarb on September 11, 2010, 08:06:34 PM
Blue, you can see, in the Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society thread, the screencapture i took showing Decker*s tail this evening that we captured him.
His tail feathers were already missing.

Here is the link to the post containing the foto. (http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=248.msg25100#msg25100)

You may have noticed, in the video i posted higher in this thread of Decker on the beach, that at one point he did a poopshot.
Once he left the area, wren & i headed to this spot to try to find it, knowing that the poop would have a story to tell.
Here is what we found.

august 16 2010 5:36pm - Decker*s poopshot the way we found it

(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4128/4980962107_7cfff3e8bb_o.jpg) (http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4128/4980962107_7cfff3e8bb_o.jpg)

i *opened up* the poop to show the colour of the green a bit better.
The fact that the poop was green like this, is a definite sign that something is wrong.
The green colour strengthened our resolve to capture Decker, the sooner the better.

august 16 2010 5:37pm - Decker*s poopshot up close & opened up

(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4151/4981569962_82ab662a98_o.jpg) (http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4151/4981569962_82ab662a98_o.jpg)

Title: Re: Nest #15 - eaglet Decker
Post by: Tigerlady105 on September 11, 2010, 08:08:49 PM
Almost heart-shaped, Booni!  What a guy!   :eclol
Title: Re: Nest #15 - eaglet Decker
Post by: NancyM on September 11, 2010, 08:23:38 PM
Booni, those are wonderful pictures - and when I click through to the largest versions, there is so much detail in them - like the way Decker's crop revealed his downy feathers.

When I first looked at the poop pictures, I thought the green was some seaweed or leaf the that poop had covered, but if that was the real color of the contents, then it I can understand your alarm.  You and wren did wonderful work that day!  :eclove
Title: Re: Nest #15 - eaglet Decker
Post by: Blue on September 11, 2010, 08:27:02 PM
You are a real detective, booni.

Thanks for being you!  :redheart
Title: Re: Nest #15 - eaglet Decker
Post by: Blue on September 11, 2010, 08:29:20 PM
Yes, I now remember the photo in flight with the feathers missing.  :nod2
Title: Re: Nest #15 - eaglet Decker
Post by: Sunny on September 11, 2010, 08:38:25 PM
Boonie
Thank you for your continued work with the Hornby Eaglets. I am so concerned
about all of them, but mostly Decker. Your time working on them is so appreciative.
Keep up the good work and information.....
Sunny
Title: Re: Nest #15 - eaglet Decker
Post by: winterwren on September 11, 2010, 10:26:31 PM
Click here (http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=248.msg25201#msg25201) to find a close-up view of Decker's tail the morning before he was caught (the discussion about Decker's missing tail feathers is posted it the MARS thread in the section on Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation).

ps: Booni is posting again! Yayyy! 

 :ecsmile Wren
Title: Re: Nest #15 - eaglet Decker
Post by: Rajame on September 11, 2010, 11:07:03 PM
Wren,

You and Booni are gracing us with your eagle eyes and talents!

Thank you!!!!

 :heart
Rajame  
Title: Re: Nest #15 - eaglet Decker
Post by: emc on September 12, 2010, 03:18:51 PM


Can i even BEGIN to describe to you the thrill & awe i felt to be so close to such a magnificent being???

Can you imagine how you'll feel when you see him all well and being released?  Oh , you and wren and Doug and Sheila and Dan will have to be there for each of these releases. But maybe most of all this one..  :s*
Title: Re: Nest #15 - eaglet Decker
Post by: Tigerlady105 on September 12, 2010, 03:47:25 PM
What a day that will be!   Wren the photo should be titled "This salmon is MINE!  Stay away."   :eclol
Title: Re: Nest #15 - eaglet Decker
Post by: lbnorthrup on September 12, 2010, 06:48:50 PM
When you say the poop contents were green and that is not good, can you explain why - does that mean infection?  Chances for Decker to get healthy and strong and released feasible given his tail feather situation?   What a magnificent bird.....so quiet and never calling out to parent.   Thanks for the closeups and we look forward to the updates :eclove
Title: Re: Nest #15 - eaglet Decker
Post by: winterwren on September 12, 2010, 10:33:33 PM
ibnorthrup. AJL explained to us that the glossy green poop is an indicator of advanced starvation. It's also seen in eagles that have lead poisoning or something else that causes their liver to shut down. Either way, it indicates that there is not much time and that we have to intervene right away.

Does anyone have more details or clarifications about this?

Wren
Title: Re: Nest #15 - eaglet Decker
Post by: AJL on September 12, 2010, 11:34:59 PM
You're right Wren; his droppings indicated to me that he was starving, and that was borne out when he was examined.

He was treated for internal and external parasites (the first as a precaution). There was no other infection evident but clearly something happened that caused him issues with his tail feathers.

Most of the feathers are partly grown now, but two in the centre are delayed. He is doing some flying and gaining strength and weight. At his last weighing, he'd gained 1.3 pounds; that is very encouraging.

Doug, booni and Wren did things just right for Decker: the salmon test, careful evaluation, and quick action. Without their help and the excellent care he received and continues to receive, it is unlikely he'd have survived.
Title: Re: Nest #15 - eaglet Decker
Post by: Tigerlady105 on September 12, 2010, 11:54:02 PM
That was too close for comfort.  It looks as if it was only a matter of hours and then it would have been too late.  Booni and Wren, you are REAL eagle angels!  Yay for H.E.A.R.T.!!!!  :heart

:grouphug2
Title: Re: Nest #15 - eaglet Decker
Post by: winterwren on September 13, 2010, 12:28:48 PM
Ajl, thank you for your answer.

Your comments also start to clarify the question of Decker's tail feathers - I did not know if they had failed to grow, or if by some accident they had been pulled off - your comments seem to indicate the former? Any thoughts about the cause?

I have seen an adult (at nest #4) with a gap of a couple of feathers, slightly off-centre in his or her tail (probably in the middle of a partial molt...) He or she didn't seem incapacitated... I guess I'm saying that a small gap in tail feathers is better than a big gap, and that I'm glad that *some* of Decker's tail feathers have grown in at least.
Title: Re: Nest #15 - eaglet Decker
Post by: Maria dB on September 13, 2010, 01:06:51 PM
Wren and Booni ... I am not worthy  :bow
Title: Re: Nest #15 - eaglet Decker
Post by: Maria dB on September 13, 2010, 01:08:54 PM
Hello Guest  :biggrin3
Title: Re: Nest #15 - eaglet Decker
Post by: lbnorthrup on September 13, 2010, 06:17:17 PM
Wow......so glad you were able to rescue him in time........how sad.  It seems like many of the eaglets on Hornby Island have had mishaps.   Did you say you are testing the salmon to see if there is some sort of toxicity in them or if the water is perhaps tainted.......would be a sad situation given how much these beautiful creatures rely on fish.  I have always been against lead pellets from guns as well but I know the suggestion of using something else brings out loud protestors since lead allows for better accuracy.  There has to be some sort of compromise somewhere on "lead-based" anything. :sigh
Title: Re: Nest #15 - eaglet Decker
Post by: Tigerlady105 on September 13, 2010, 06:59:02 PM
Wow......so glad you were able to rescue him in time........how sad.  It seems like many of the eaglets on Hornby Island have had mishaps.   Did you say you are testing the salmon to see if there is some sort of toxicity in them or if the water is perhaps tainted.......would be a sad situation given how much these beautiful creatures rely on fish.  I have always been against lead pellets from guns as well but I know the suggestion of using something else brings out loud protestors since lead allows for better accuracy.  There has to be some sort of compromise somewhere on "lead-based" anything. :sigh

Some states in the U.S. have banned lead bullets because of the danger to wildlife.  Several of the re-introduced endangered condors in California have fed on deer or other animals that were shot with lead bullets and the birds died as a result.   :sad
Title: Re: Nest #15 - eaglet Decker
Post by: winterwren on September 13, 2010, 08:05:00 PM
Lead poisoning or toxicity are NOT at issue here. All 3 eaglets who were sent for care were malnourished, and otherwise uninjured. They all came from nests with twin eaglets. There was a lot of fish initially, but later on the supply became less reliable - at least from what we could see on the cam nest. On a nest with twins,  consistent food supply is even more critical.

Still, some of the island's twin eaglets did okay. These three did not.

So if there is an overarching cause, overfishing by humans would be it.

Wren
Title: Re: Nest #15 - eaglet Decker
Post by: Tigerlady105 on September 13, 2010, 08:47:49 PM
Yes, Wren.  We're seeing up close and personal what few people have seen before, the results of over-fishing and other factors that directly affect the eagles and other wildlife.  

It also happens in the wild as part of the usual way that some other animals deal with the demands on their time and available food.  Giant Panda mothers in the wild frequently have twins and usually pick the stronger cub and neglect the weaker cub, who doesn't survive because of lack of food and care.  Bamboo is low in nutrients and requires a lot of the panda mother's time to find it, eat, and sleep the rest of the time to save energy.

If they are lucky, thank goodness, eagles usually find food that is much more nutritious than what Giant Pandas eat.  
Title: Re: Nest #15 - eaglet Decker
Post by: lbnorthrup on September 14, 2010, 05:42:26 AM
I suppose the fishing industries then take precidence over the wildlife as it pertains to food source.  Quite sad that there isn't a way for everyone to have their fair share.  Has this been brought out publicly through the media to find a way to have constructive conversations on protecting wildlife as well especially given this year's affect on the eaglets.   It makes sense that eagles would hopefully hatch two chicks so that at least one would survive to adulthood.  This creature is a symbol for numerous countries for freedom, strength, agility......I would think we would want to do everything possible to ensure the survivalhood of God's wonderful creation here......my two cents! :eclove
Title: Re: Nest #15 - eaglet Decker
Post by: Blue on September 14, 2010, 07:45:02 AM
My opinion is that the fishing industries have nothing to do with the availability of midshipman fish or other shallow water fish that the eagles depend on during nesting.

I am also of the opinion that the fishing industry is blamed for the damage that foreign-owned fishfarms are doing to the Pacific coast salmon.

You can read here about 2010 being a record year for sockeye salmon:

http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=67.msg24099#msg24099
Title: Re: Nest #15 - eaglet Decker
Post by: birdvoyer on September 14, 2010, 09:12:00 AM
I would, also, think that these sorts of things have and will go on always. We have just been able to have so many eyes on the Hornby eagles (thank you HEART and Doug) Our level of awareness and importance has sky rocketed by what we are learning and doing on this site. And thanks to rehab facilities, more and more are able to be saved. "This is a good thing"  :heart as that annoying tv celeb says.
Title: Re: Nest #15 - eaglet Decker
Post by: birdvoyer on September 25, 2010, 11:15:48 PM
Received an update from Maj on our eaglet Decker a day ago.

Quote
Decker should be sent to Robin at NIWRA - he is crashing about and is doing some damage to already fragile feathers so the move is imminent. I suspect he will need to remain in rehab for some time. I will try to get some video of this and the transfer down to NIWRA to post on the youtube for your viewers.  Hope to get pics of the others Niner, Brig and Rebecca while there.  discuss the chances of release and the timing of the event.  

Hopefully, the larger flight area will minumize the damage being done to Decker's tail feather. He is in the best hands he could be.  :nod2

 :heart :heart :heart
Title: Re: Nest #15 - eaglet Decker
Post by: dizzymom70 on September 25, 2010, 11:32:27 PM
Poor little Decker. I just want to cuddle him, but I know that would not be the right thing to do. :sad
Title: Re: Nest #15 - eaglet Decker
Post by: AJL on September 26, 2010, 12:26:56 AM
Ajl, thank you for your answer.

Your comments also start to clarify the question of Decker's tail feathers - I did not know if they had failed to grow, or if by some accident they had been pulled off - your comments seem to indicate the former? Any thoughts about the cause?

I have seen an adult (at nest #4) with a gap of a couple of feathers, slightly off-centre in his or her tail (probably in the middle of a partial molt...) He or she didn't seem incapacitated... I guess I'm saying that a small gap in tail feathers is better than a big gap, and that I'm glad that *some* of Decker's tail feathers have grown in at least.


Wren, we can't know what caused the problem; I would have to see the feathers (all of them) myself to even hazard a guess.

The Number Four eagle would have been moulting; the birds are not incapacitated because the moult is gradual, with two old feathers moulting out and their replacements coming in, then another pair, and so on. All of Decker's tail feathers with the exception of the two central retrices are in. Maj suspects these may not come in until next spring, but like the Number Four bird, this should not present much of a problem (if any). When he is at the North Island facility, Robin will better be able to evaluate his abilities.
Title: Re: Nest #15 - eaglet Decker
Post by: winterwren on October 25, 2010, 09:43:38 PM
For the people new to this forum and wondering about some of the gaps in Decker's story...
A lot more information about Decker has been posted in the Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation section of this forum, in the thread about the Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society.

From the day of Decker's arrival at MARS, his story became interwoven with that of two other Hornby eaglets, Niner and Li'l Brig, and Rebecca, and eaglet from Rebecca Spit on Quadra Island.

Click  here  (http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=248.msg23349#msg23349) to view the first post about Decker on the MARS thread... and read on.

The day we released Niner, Brig and Rebecca, Decker was transferred to the larger aviary at the North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre. So future updates will probably be posted on that thread, also found in the Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation section of this forum.
 :ecsmile
Wren