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Title: Nest # 16, 17, 18, 19 - Belcarra - 2011-2012 season
Post by: boonibarb on September 29, 2011, 09:25:10 AM
This is the thread for posting fotos, videos & discussion of Nest # 16, 17, 18, 19.

The nest is on the north side of the island.
In the 2009 season i went around the island with Doug*s map & tried to find all the nests that i could to document them with my camera.
i went looking for the four nests in this area, & couldn*t find them.
Then i talked to Doug, & the neighbours of this nest, & i learned that this is actually just one pair of eagles that have built multiple nests.
i can hear this nest from the yard of a place i work every week, but i can*t see it from there.
i DO however hear them & spot them in the neighbourhood.
Years ago, this neighbour had the Nest right in their back yard, in full view, & they very much enjoyed watching the goings on of the Eagles nesting.
There are some big trees now missing tops, broken off in the wind.
Perhaps this is what happened to the original Nest Tree.

Last year, 2011, this nest had one eaglet.

Click here to read last year*s Ground Observations for this Nest. (http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=520.msg30236#msg30236)


Here is winterwren*s map of the Hornby nests, so that you can see where it is.


Here is the second edition of my nest map.

This map sums up our observations of the nests of Hornby Island for the summer of 2011. The information was collected from direct observation by Booni and myself, and from conversations with the nests' neighbours.
Click on the map to see the larger size, and click again to explore details.

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6214/6244377809_3edf35dd1f_z.jpg) (http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6214/6244377809_b76628d802_o.jpg)
Title: Re: Nest # 16, 17, 18, 19 - 2012 season
Post by: boonibarb on September 29, 2011, 09:37:09 AM

Yesterday i saw my first Eagle of the 2012 season!
We were sitting inside when a big pair of wings caught my eye, flying over the yard & away into the trees.
There have been lots of Turkey Vultures here lately, but this pair of wings seemed different to me.
i didn*t have my glasses on, so i didn*t spot the white head & tail.
i thought, too early, couldn*t be an Eagle.
Later in the day, we walked to the beach & sat down in the sun.
There were Gulls calling, & a Loon.
Off in the distance over the water i spotted a huge pair of wings, & i watched them fly along, parallel to the shore, way out there.
Then the sun caught what i thought was a white tail.
No, couldn*t be.
But then the light caught the white head, too.
An Eagle!
There seemed to be some sort of action out there in the far water.
There were Gulls flying around, lots of them, & some on the water, too.
Was there some sort of fish boil going on there?
The Eagle took a few dives at the water, then flew back towards us & landed in the top of a spindly green tree.
While i looked away, they again flew out to the grouping of other birds, & this time they circled & dove at the water for a lot longer.
i am not sure if they ever caught anything, but i did see them fly in again & land in a tree closer to the Nest #20 territory.

 :thumbup:
Title: Re: Nest # 16, 17, 18, 19 - 2012 season
Post by: NancyM on September 29, 2011, 10:25:37 AM
ooooh, Booni!  A new season is beginning.  :thumbup:
Title: Re: Nest # 16, 17, 18, 19 - 2012 season
Post by: hoquiam on September 29, 2011, 01:16:13 PM
Booni what a wonderful day you had,thank you for sharing it with us... hopefully Mum and Dad are not far behind?? maybe lucky enough to spot Alexandra and David as well. Can't wait... :nod2
Title: Re: Nest # 16, 17, 18, 19 - 2012 season
Post by: amazedbyeagles on September 29, 2011, 04:07:50 PM
Hurray!! Hurrah!!!   Thank you so much, booni, for posting the first eagle event of the new season!!  I can almost smell the fresh salt air!!!    :eclove
Title: Re: Nest # 16, 17, 18, 19 - 2012 season
Post by: Tigerlady105 on September 29, 2011, 05:48:53 PM
Booni, excellent news!  Thank you for letting us know!   :thumbup:   :heart
Title: Re: Nest # 16, 17, 18, 19 - 2012 season
Post by: Donnae on September 29, 2011, 09:48:29 PM
Thanks Booni... great news... so glad we have your eyes on Hornby  :biggrin6
Title: Re: Nest # 16, 17, 18, 19 - 2012 season
Post by: jefferyb on September 30, 2011, 06:05:46 AM
OK, here we go folks. Fasten your seatbelts, let the new season begin! :)
Title: Re: Nest # 16, 17, 18, 19 - 2012 season
Post by: amyam on October 01, 2011, 02:18:59 AM
Booni
Thank you for wonderful news.  Thank you also for the photos and videos and observations these past few weeks.  Considering the absence of lovely eagles, your and Wren's stories were food for starving nestors, over and over.  You make such a difference and touch so many hearts with your descriptive and moving observations.  You truly make a difference in our lives.   That must've been a thrilling sight!!!
Aloha,
Amy
Title: Re: Nest # 16, 17, 18, 19 - 2012 season
Post by: Rajame on October 01, 2011, 08:06:59 AM
Ditto to Amy's comment!

Thank you Booni and Wren!

:hearts2
Title: Re: Nest # 16, 17, 18, 19 - 2012 season
Post by: birdsofprey on October 03, 2011, 01:51:58 PM
(http://i1234.photobucket.com/albums/ff406/birdsofprey5/woohoo.gif) that is great news booni thanks (http://i1234.photobucket.com/albums/ff406/birdsofprey5/valentine203.gif)
Title: Re: Nest # 16, 17, 18, 19 - 2011-2012 season
Post by: boonibarb on October 18, 2011, 10:25:58 AM

Yesterday on my way to work i saw two Eagles, each perched in a separate tree close to each other.
i believe these were the Nest #16-19 pair.
They were both way up the hill from the water, closer to where their Nest was located last season.
Title: Re: Nest # 16, 17, 18, 19 - 2011-2012 season
Post by: Tigerlady105 on October 19, 2011, 03:06:05 PM
 :thumbup:
Title: Re: Nest # 16, 17, 18, 19 - 2011-2012 season
Post by: boonibarb on November 10, 2011, 06:57:15 PM

Well!
Some interesting news to report about Nest #16-19!
We heard reports that the pair here were bringing lots of sticks to a new tree!
This is a tree right on the corner of two roads, in which i*ve photographed the pair.
We heard this from Dan & Nick, who were working on trees in the area.
They said they*d seen an Eagle flying with a huge branch into that tree!
When Mishi & i looked up, there was a definite darkening area of sticks forming near the trunk way up there.
Then we heard from the neighbours that the Eagles are whisking away all the sticks in their yard!
While Mishi & i watched one day, an adult flew in with a long fragile stick.
It was cold & windy, & they had to keep trying to land in the new Nest with the stick.
The stick broke in midair & most of it fell.
But the adult eventually succeeded in landing it into the Nest.
Mishi got some great fotos which i*m hoping she*ll post here one day!
Title: Re: Nest # 16, 17, 18, 19 - 2011-2012 season
Post by: Tigerlady105 on November 10, 2011, 07:35:21 PM
Hope we'll see those Mishi photos after she gets home and has a chance to sleep (at least a little).   :thumbup:
Title: Re: Nest # 16, 17, 18, 19 - 2011-2012 season
Post by: winterwren on November 12, 2011, 09:27:59 PM
Here are links to two of Mishi's postings that show some photos of the new nest and the eagles carrying sticks to it.

Click here (http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=1002.msg83205#msg83205)

and here (http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=1002.msg83207#msg83207)

The first two photos of the first posting are of Dad Hornby, but the rest are of the new Belcarra Nest.

Title: Re: Nest # 16, 17, 18, 19 - 2011-2012 season
Post by: winterwren on November 13, 2011, 07:22:00 PM
...So on November 11 I went to the site Mishi and Booni had described, and tried to find the new nest tree.

I think this is it here. The pile of sticks is in the third (and largest) tier of branches from the top. If you click on the picture, and look just to the left of the trunk at that level, you'll see that it's a bit darker and opaque than it should be.

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6054/6342935662_03f664092c_z.jpg) (http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6054/6342935662_5b7743a703_o.jpg)


Here's a view of the pile of sticks... There seem to be more than on Mishi's picture.

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While I was there, I heard two eagles trilling from a distance away. A few minutes later, this youngster floated by above me... Hardly moving at all, just drifting on the leftover wind from the hail storm. He's looking back to where the trills came from.
I'm seeing long and short primaries here, so a 1 1/2 year old? Also, his third primaries look chopped up...

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6110/6342935850_abfbcbf731_z.jpg) (http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6110/6342935850_ff333e29bc_o.jpg)


Yet later... Another youngster flew above. I only glimpsed that one briefly. At first I thought it was the same one circling back, but now that I look at the full-sized photo this one looks very different! An eaglet from last summer? And there were no trills to advertise this one's arrival.

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6101/6342185665_08d68dd6dc_z.jpg) (http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6101/6342185665_b2d2a076e5_o.jpg)


Title: Re: Nest # 16, 17, 18, 19 - 2011-2012 season
Post by: winterwren on November 14, 2011, 09:50:05 PM
I went to check the new nest again today. I'm taking a series of photos from a reference point on the ground and will post them when I have more of a progression.

Meanwhile I saw an adult cross the sky above the nest. There was something strange about it. The underside of the tail looked dark. This is not a great photo but it's all I had time to get, and it shows what I mean; I don't think it is shadow we are seeing:

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6057/6346027085_8a67eb66e8_z.jpg) (http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6057/6346027085_dfdd0739aa_o.jpg)

A few minutes later, a youngster flew by! that one I was able to catch. But not the second young one that joined this one after a bit. The second one looked similar to the one I photographed on my last outing here, with more white on the breast.

This one has only very small flecks of white on the breast, and primaries and secondaries of even length, so I'm guessing that this is a juvenile, and eaglet from last summer!
Look also at the worn tail tips: nest feathers?

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Title: Re: Nest # 16, 17, 18, 19 - 2011-2012 season
Post by: winterwren on November 17, 2011, 09:24:14 AM
Special for Tigerlady...  :ecsmile

The coastline near Belcarra Nest on November 11.
Strong northwest winds churned up a good surf.
We're looking back toward the west, with the neighbouring Lunar Rock territory in the middle ground, Grassy Point next back, Denman Island and Tree Island beyond that, and Mount Washington on Vancouver Island in the background.

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6051/6353917995_45a11c7dc4_z.jpg) (http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6051/6353917995_a81a59b8bc_o.jpg)

Click on the picture, then click again for the full size... That's when you start seeing things as an eagle does. I can pick out some of the perch trees near Grassy Point! His-and-Hers Tree for sure, the last tall double tree on the point; to the left of it, I think the Peters' tree is right in line with another big tree and hard to distinguish - I bet Booni could point it out. One of the tall ones has to be the Babysitting Tree. It sticks way out over everything.
On the first point we see, the tall trees with the bare tops are almost certainly perches too. If Mom and Dad Lunar Rock were around, we would see them.
So think of it: eagles, from their perch trees, can see the other eagles' perch trees, two, three, four territories up and down the coast.

Title: Re: Nest # 16, 17, 18, 19 - 2011-2012 season
Post by: Tigerlady105 on November 17, 2011, 11:23:02 AM
Wren, now I'm speechless.  That is one of the most beautiful pictures I've ever seen.   Thank you from the bottom of my :heart
Title: Re: Nest # 16, 17, 18, 19 - 2011-2012 season
Post by: luvthebirds on November 17, 2011, 11:47:34 AM
Wonderful image and information, Wren!  I feel as if I am cruising along the coastline as an eagle! 

Wren, is it possible to mark the trees you mentioned in another copy of your photo?  Maybe it would help me as, while I feel like I am looking as an eagle might, I sure don't have eagle eyes!  :eclol
Title: Re: Nest # 16, 17, 18, 19 - 2011-2012 season
Post by: ccfan on November 17, 2011, 06:38:11 PM
Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous!
Title: Re: Nest # 16, 17, 18, 19 - 2011-2012 season
Post by: jp1933 on November 18, 2011, 07:33:30 AM
This picture is beautiful. Oh I just scanned down and saw the rest of the photos.  How beautiful they are.  It doesn't seem many people are staying with this site.  Did everyone go to the other site to share information?  The pictures in October just before the camera went down of the eagles were absolutely beautiful.  I used those pictures as an introduction to my study of the Eagles from Hornby, which I have done the past 2 years.  I was so excited to see Ma & Pa back- my class was very interested and excited too.  I still have my website for our classroom to go to. It just isn't going to be the same.  I can maybe get information as I did last year...the kids would ask questions and a response from someone would be placed within 24 hours.  How exciting to bring into the classroom.  I am on medical leave right now and I promised the kids I would find a nest or two for us to watch.  I don't know if there is any out there that offers what this site did for my students.  I am still feeling bad.  Is Doug able to access this site anymore?

I haven't been keeping up since my surgery but someone out there might have some info for me.

Jackie from Wisconsin         :sad :ecrolleyes
Title: Re: Nest # 16, 17, 18, 19 - 2011-2012 season
Post by: joyofdogs on November 18, 2011, 08:30:41 AM
Hi JP - This is the original site for Hornby Eagles and there are plenty of us still here including AJL who is our expert / go to person to answer any wildlife questions, boonibarb and winterwren (and mishi when she was on Hornby) who are our eyes and ears on Hornby, and many more. 

We will find a nest to link to this space soon so stay with us and I'm sure something can be worked out to continue to answer your class' questions. 

Hope you feel better soon.

Joyofdogs
Title: Re: Nest # 16, 17, 18, 19 - 2011-2012 season
Post by: Tigerlady105 on November 18, 2011, 11:26:57 AM
JP, I hope you are feeling okay now, even if you're out on medical leave.

We're working on getting a cam on a different nest and want to have one in place to watch together.  I hope you'll stay with us here on the forum and in the chat room.  We want to continue to have our education and scientific emphasis, so students will enjoy and learn from what we see, along with adults.   :thumbup:   It takes time to work out arrangements, but we are moving forward.   :nod2
Title: Re: Nest # 16, 17, 18, 19 - 2011-2012 season
Post by: winterwren on November 24, 2011, 12:05:22 AM
There was a big storm on Hornby 2 days ago, so today I was anxious to see if the new nest had held on. It must be an important test on a new structure!

That nest tree sure stands out, head and shoulders above the surrounding trees. I now notice it from a distance as I drive or bike toward it.

This time I heard trills before I reached the new nest. The trills sounded on the low side... Mom-ish. So it's probably Mom Belcarra in this perch tree.

First, the tree itself, so Booni can look for it next time she is there... Mom Belcarra is almost at the top.
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7029/6393401365_67dec1a084_z.jpg) (http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7029/6393401365_63ef51d652_o.jpg)


Now for the view from closer up... but against the light unfortunately. Still, if you click on the picture you can tell she's spotted me.

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She's nodding forward... Then sure enough she takes flight.

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Title: Re: Nest # 16, 17, 18, 19 - 2011-2012 season
Post by: winterwren on November 24, 2011, 12:21:57 AM
So Mom Belcarra flew toward the area of this pair's many nests.

At the new nest, everything was like before. The pile of sticks doesn't seem to have grown much since my last visit, but neither did it blow away in the storm.

Mom was nowhere to be seen.
Then I heard her, further east.
After a while I hear her sound moving again toward the ocean. I just got a glimpse of her, flying low, so I wandered that way.
She was not at the perch tree where I had first seen her.

Then I went to check the shore. And there she was! In good light too!
I love this picture, because, although she's barely glancing back, if you look at the large size you can see where her eyeball is aimed. Yes, of course she knows I'm here!

(http://farm7.staticflickr.com/6118/6393414077_e5dd92d714_z.jpg) (http://farm7.staticflickr.com/6118/6393414077_4c23d843f9_o.jpg)


After a while she deigns to turn her head my way.

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Sigh.  :heart  Her royal highness. Lady Belcarra.

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Title: Re: Nest # 16, 17, 18, 19 - 2011-2012 season
Post by: churchlady on November 24, 2011, 01:45:00 PM
Wren! Thank you so much! I love love your pictures! The one of the rough surf is awesome!! thank you ♥
Title: Re: Nest # 16, 17, 18, 19 - 2011-2012 season
Post by: watermaid on November 24, 2011, 02:40:55 PM
I am almost recovered from my surgery and am just getting back to watching Hornby Island.  What a beautiful greeting I have received from Winterwren.  The pictures are stunning.  I  love the one of the wild ocean where you describe what we are seeing all the way to the mountain on Vancouver Island.  Thank you ever so much.  I was happy to read that all of you are working on getting us a nest to watch.  That will just add to all of the wonderful pictures and stories that Booni, Wren, and others provide for those of us who are avid followers.  Love to you all.  :heart
Title: Re: Nest # 16, 17, 18, 19 - 2011-2012 season
Post by: winterwren on November 24, 2011, 05:18:29 PM
Watermaid, it's so good to see you back with us!

Here's wishing an amazingly swift recovery for you.

love
Wren
Title: Re: Nest # 16, 17, 18, 19 - 2011-2012 season
Post by: watermaid on November 24, 2011, 07:53:38 PM
Thank you for your well wishes, Wren.   :heart
Title: Re: Nest # 16, 17, 18, 19 - 2011-2012 season
Post by: Cawatcher on November 24, 2011, 08:50:26 PM
beautiful!! in awe of you and Booni! You both give us horizons to strive for!!  :heart
Title: Re: Nest # 16, 17, 18, 19 - 2011-2012 season
Post by: ajfe on November 24, 2011, 09:33:19 PM
Wren,
Your pictures are just amazing. I love the ones of Lady Belcarra. Also the one of the rough seas is amazing. Thank you for keeping us up to date with what is happening on Hornby.

AJFE :heart
Title: Re: Nest # 16, 17, 18, 19 - 2011-2012 season
Post by: emc on November 24, 2011, 09:56:57 PM
A speedy recovery for you, Watermaid.

Lady Belcarra is stunningly beautiful. I love the view of her tail in these last shots. The dark wings meeting on her white tail feathers.  :eclove

And of course she saw you,  :ecwink. Not much gets past an eagle!  :eceek
How fun tho, to see her watch you watching her.  :biggrin6
Title: Re: Nest # 16, 17, 18, 19 - 2011-2012 season
Post by: mishikeenhquay on November 25, 2011, 06:15:56 AM
Wren
The Pictures are amazing!!  How fortunate I am to have seen this wonderful pair, and observed their efforts with their new nest!  I look forward to "watching the nest grow" through yours and Booni's eyes!!
Title: Re: Nest # 16, 17, 18, 19 - 2011-2012 season
Post by: watermaid on November 25, 2011, 04:17:37 PM
Thank you, EMC.  I do think that I am going to live now.  :biggrin3  I am so very thankful not to have had it turn out to be cancer.  It is only called pre cancer which means, no chemo only a check up at the UWMC in Seattle every 6 months.  :heart
Title: Re: Nest # 16, 17, 18, 19 - 2011-2012 season
Post by: emc on November 25, 2011, 06:14:37 PM
Whew! Good news watermaid.  :ecsmile
Title: Re: Nest # 16, 17, 18, 19 - 2011-2012 season
Post by: Tigerlady105 on November 25, 2011, 08:12:10 PM
(((((Watermaid)))))  Wonderful news! :heart
Title: Re: Nest # 16, 17, 18, 19 - 2011-2012 season
Post by: watermaid on November 25, 2011, 08:44:31 PM
Indeed, Tiger.  Thank you.   :heart
Title: Re: Nest # 16, 17, 18, 19 - 2011-2012 season
Post by: BBE on November 30, 2011, 12:43:23 PM
Wow, wren such beautiful photos of the Belcarra eagles.  And the photo of the surf near Belcarra nests blew me away.  :ty
Title: Re: Nest # 16, 17, 18, 19 - 2011-2012 season
Post by: BBE on November 30, 2011, 12:45:03 PM
Best wishes to both 'jp1933' and 'Watermaid' for continued good news and recovery.
Title: Re: Nest # 16, 17, 18, 19 - 2011-2012 season
Post by: PamNY on December 02, 2011, 10:17:16 AM
Wren, wonderful photos. It is lovely to see the Hornby eagles and surrounding area, thanks to you and Booni.
Title: Re: Nest # 16, 17, 18, 19 - 2011-2012 season
Post by: boonibarb on December 19, 2011, 07:39:52 PM

Today from at least 10:30am to noon, it looked like Mum Belcarra was sitting near the top of the possible Nest Tree.
Title: Re: Nest # 16, 17, 18, 19 - 2011-2012 season
Post by: Tigerlady105 on December 19, 2011, 11:06:50 PM
Guarding the territory perhaps?   :eclove
Title: Re: Nest # 16, 17, 18, 19 - 2011-2012 season
Post by: boonibarb on March 10, 2012, 05:40:56 PM

i was on my way to work when i spotted this pair in their perch Tree which also now contains a small Nest.
They seemed to be working on this Nest full steam ahead last november, but i haven*t seen them working on it in a long time.
They still perch here regularly, however.

february 13 2011 10:13 - Mum & Dad Nest #16-19 - 204-43


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http://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/6971063835/
Title: Re: Nest # 16, 17, 18, 19 - 2011-2012 season
Post by: winterwren on March 18, 2012, 10:12:46 PM
:biggrin3

I found myself in this territory just before sunset today. I watched the water, with small schools of herring surfacing, and four eagles fishing. One of them headed back toward this territory and I followed.

I found Dad on top of the favourite perch tree, the same that Booni photographed in her last posting. The one with the nest start that doesn't seem to be going anywhere.
March 18, 6:52pm
(http://farm7.staticflickr.com/6056/6849543140_bee5b98fcd_z.jpg) (http://farm7.staticflickr.com/6056/6849543140_3ffb8ff851_o.jpg)

Note the interesting dark spot on the underside of his tail. Stain, or a big freckle? Good identifier if it's permanent.
How do I know it's Dad?
 :ecwink I'll tell you later.

He's spotted me, of course...
6:53
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Title: Re: Nest # 16, 17, 18, 19 - 2011-2012 season
Post by: winterwren on March 18, 2012, 10:27:43 PM
Dad Belcarra took off soon after this.

I took photos of the nest start, to compare them with the ones I had. It looks a little more dense in the middle, maybe, but not convincingly bigger.
March 18, 6:55 pm
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7227/6849546922_c1e399fd9a_z.jpg) (http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7227/6849546922_b47080c64b_o.jpg)

Here's a wider angle. Dad was perched right on top.

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After I took those photos, I walked on to try to find Dad. I heard him to the west... So I followed.
But then... I thought I heard a faint sound from back at the tree. Nope, nobody.
Again. Gulling. Is there a perch tree I didn't know about?

Again.
Unless...
I ran further west to the other view of the nest...
What's that white thing? Reflection?

Click on the picture and see for yourself!

6:58
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We have eggs!  :biggrin3 AND on the NEW NEST!

Title: Re: Nest # 16, 17, 18, 19 - 2011-2012 season
Post by: Cawatcher on March 18, 2012, 10:50:53 PM
OMG wow!! love the sparkle in the eye and the shine of the beak lovely Wren! wow and what a stroke of determination to find the nest!  :eclove
Title: Re: Nest # 16, 17, 18, 19 - 2011-2012 season
Post by: Tigerlady105 on March 18, 2012, 11:06:16 PM
Wowee!  What a nice surprise!  More bald eagle eggs on Hornby Island!  Thank you for the sleuthing and great photos, Wren!
Title: Re: Nest # 16, 17, 18, 19 - 2011-2012 season
Post by: jeavverhey on March 19, 2012, 05:34:35 AM
This year I will be a whole week on Hornby - hpe to visit most (or all) of the nests  This one seems to be a young pair and eggs early?
Title: Re: Nest # 16, 17, 18, 19 - 2011-2012 season
Post by: winterwren on March 19, 2012, 06:23:52 AM
Eggs early, yes, but well into the range of dates on Hornby. I expect Nest #4 and Nest #6-7 to have eggs already. I think Mom and Dad Hornby are in the middle of the range.

This is not a new pair. Their claim to fame is that they have built several nests within the same territory - at least four, and probably five before this one. They move every few years within this small neighbourhood. As Tiger noted on the chat, a sign that there is a good supply of suitable trees in the area.
Title: Re: Nest # 16, 17, 18, 19 - 2011-2012 season
Post by: jeavverhey on March 19, 2012, 07:51:30 AM
good to know - ty wren
Title: Re: Nest # 16, 17, 18, 19 - 2011-2012 season
Post by: Rajame on March 19, 2012, 10:29:45 AM
Oh Wren! This is so eggsiting! Thank you for being our eyes and taking our hearts with you! :hearts
Title: Re: Nest # 16, 17, 18, 19 - 2011-2012 season
Post by: winterwren on March 21, 2012, 08:00:56 PM
Another shot of Monsieur de Belcarra, taken the same day.

March 18, 6:35 pm
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Title: Re: Nest # 16, 17, 18, 19 - 2011-2012 season
Post by: winterwren on March 21, 2012, 08:07:44 PM
After the previous shot, Dad Belcarra took off, and that's when I went looking for him and found his Lady on the nest instead!

Soon, I heard trills, and saw 2 eagles tearing around the neighbourhood at top speed!
They circled around and around the nest area.
i managed to capture a shot of the one who was chased.
March 18, 7:03 pm
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I'm assuming that the one doing the chasing was Dad Belcarra.
The visitor seemed amazingly persistent, but after four or five circuits around the neighbourhood, he finally left the area.
Title: Re: Nest # 16, 17, 18, 19 - 2011-2012 season
Post by: Tigerlady105 on March 21, 2012, 08:11:35 PM
They are very protective of their territory, with good reason!   :eclove
Title: Re: Nest # 16, 17, 18, 19 - 2011-2012 season
Post by: winterwren on March 21, 2012, 08:28:35 PM
Yes and no, Tigerlady...
Soon after, I went to check the sea-side perch trees... At first I thought I had found Dad again.

But it wasn't him! See for yourself!
This beautiful sub-adult is sitting in plain view of the nest tree, and yet nobody is bothering her!
Click on the picture and you'll see that she has just had some food, too.
March 18m, 7:05 pm
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The neighbours tell me that there have been dozens of eagles in this area all week. Earlier, I saw some balls of herring surfacing, with four eagles fishing among the gulls. The blood on this eagle's beak makes me wonder if there isn't also some other food around. So Dad has to be selective on who he chases away, just like Dad Hornby when there was a seal carcass on his beach. My guess is that only the visitors who act aggressively or approach too close to the nest get chased off. Otherwise, it would be a losing battle for the home eagles.

Look at those beautiful dark-rimmed eyes.
7:06 pm
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She takes off... Look at that almost-white tail!
7:06
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Title: Re: Nest # 16, 17, 18, 19 - 2011-2012 season
Post by: Cawatcher on March 21, 2012, 09:03:41 PM
 :eceek  wonderful wonderful!!  Thank you ♥
Title: Re: Nest # 16, 17, 18, 19 - 2011-2012 season
Post by: Tigerlady105 on March 21, 2012, 10:04:08 PM
Very interesting explanation, Wren.  Apparently adjustments are made to suit the situation.   :ecsmile
Title: Re: Nest # 16, 17, 18, 19 - 2011-2012 season
Post by: boonibarb on March 25, 2012, 07:03:47 PM

On this day i went looking for where the Herring Spawn had happened.
i started at Whaling Station Bay & the milky blue colour of the water was very noticeable.
i then travelled west along the north shore of the Island & checked the views from all the beach access points.
i got out near Nest #16-19 to go down to look at the water.
It was the same gorgeous blue.
The tide was out & there was a conglomerate rock shelf exposed.
i realized i was looking at a HUGE Sea Lion lying there.
They weren*t moving & i started to worry.
The tide had gone out & this Sea Lion was alone kind of beached on rock away from the water which had receded & dropped in level.
Something didn*t seem right.
i got my camera & tiptoed closer.
There was something around the eyes that i wasn*t sure looked normal.
But then what do i know?
i figure documenting with fotos would be a good idea.
i don*t know my Sea Lions.
Is this a California male Sea Lion?
Note the lovely milky blue Herring Spawn colouring in the water.

march 23 2012 12:40 - Sea Lion - 206-74


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Title: Re: Nest # 16, 17, 18, 19 - 2011-2012 season
Post by: boonibarb on March 25, 2012, 07:12:13 PM

The Sea Lion didn*t move at all as i tiptoed closer with my camera.
i thought they were dead.
But then they opened their eye & closed it again.
They didn*t seem at all disturbed by my presence.
It just seemed something was wrong.
Something about the eye bothers me.

i never thought of Sea Lions as having fur!
Look at the beautiful soft coat, dry from them lying in the sun.
& their little folded ear behind their eye.
i have never been so close to a Sea Lion before.

i watched the nostrils.
They were closed, then they would open for a breath & close again.
Wow.

march 23 2012 12:40 - Sea Lion - 206-77


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http://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/6870086350/
Title: Re: Nest # 16, 17, 18, 19 - 2011-2012 season
Post by: boonibarb on March 25, 2012, 07:18:41 PM

i decided to tiptoe a bit closer & to the left of him while i left the camera running.
i was really wondering if he was okay!
Well, i don*t know if he was okay, but suddenly he was up & out of there & i felt like heck for disturbing him.
Was he just sleeping there on his own far from the water?

march 23 2012 12:42 - Sea Lion - 206-81


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0XCIkqXz6p8

Title: Re: Nest # 16, 17, 18, 19 - 2011-2012 season
Post by: boonibarb on March 25, 2012, 07:27:24 PM

i watched the Sea Lion swim away, watching me the whole time.
When they were out of sight, i noticed this Seal, bobbing in the lovely blue waves.

march 23 2012 12:54 - Seal - 206-82


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d2CwTxz3uEg

Title: Re: Nest # 16, 17, 18, 19 - 2011-2012 season
Post by: mishikeenhquay on March 25, 2012, 08:15:13 PM

wow...what a beautiful creature!!  Love the fur and the hairdo!  Amazing to watch the video...and see what you saw that day.  Miigwetch!
Title: Re: Nest # 16, 17, 18, 19 - 2011-2012 season
Post by: winterwren on March 25, 2012, 08:23:34 PM
Booni, I'm guessing it's a California Sea Lion. They are darker and more slender than the Stellers. My Audubon Nature Guide to the Pacific Coast says that their head becomes paler with age, and that the males have that high forehead. So an older male, then.

Looks to me like he has had an injury between his right eye and ear, but I can't tell how fresh it is. In your video I'm seeing both of his eyes open equally.

Here's hoping he was just having a good nap after a long night of feasting.
Title: Re: Nest # 16, 17, 18, 19 - 2011-2012 season
Post by: Tigerlady105 on March 25, 2012, 10:07:39 PM
 I just got a new book, Wildlife of the Pacific Northwest, and will look at what it says about Sea Lions.  I'll also look to see if I can find my California wildlife books.  (They may be packed away.)
Title: Re: Nest # 16, 17, 18, 19 - 2011-2012 season
Post by: Tigerlady105 on March 26, 2012, 12:39:43 AM
Here is some information about California Sea Lions, from Wikipedia:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/California_sea_lion
Title: Re: Nest # 16, 17, 18, 19 - 2011-2012 season
Post by: winterwren on April 06, 2012, 07:24:41 PM
I have been by this nest twice in the past 2 days and each time I see someone sitting in the same position. The pictures look exactly the same as the one I've already posted... So just scroll up to see.  :mhihi
Title: Re: Nest # 16, 17, 18, 19 - 2011-2012 season
Post by: boonibarb on April 21, 2012, 08:07:45 PM

Well, i am hearing from two different sources that the Eagles have abandoned the Belcarra Nest & are nesting in the same Tree that they used in 2009!  :puzzled2
Title: Re: Nest # 16, 17, 18, 19 - 2011-2012 season
Post by: winterwren on April 22, 2012, 06:16:20 PM
:biggrin3

I'm so sorry to contradict your sources, Booni, but...

Belcarra nest, April 21, 3 pm
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Click on the picture and look carefully near the trunk.
Title: Re: Nest # 16, 17, 18, 19 - 2011-2012 season
Post by: boonibarb on April 25, 2012, 10:34:25 PM

Well wren, the next day, i pointed my camera at the Nest & found i had gotten a foto a lot like yours of a big yellow honker in the Nest!
So i am trying to find out why the observers thought the Eagles were using their old Nest.

Today we were inside, as it was pouring rain & blowing outside.
My eye was caught by a huge Eagle flying down low into the yard!
i had heard that the Eagles here had been grabbing huge clumps of grass out of the field in this yard.
Well, the Eagle landed in a Fir Tree out there.
i grabbed my camera & just managed to get this one foto through the window of them taking off from the tree.
You can see that they are trailing a long Fir branch that they have just harvested from the tree!

april 25 2012 - Eagle harvesting a branch


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http://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/7114850921/
Title: Re: Nest # 16, 17, 18, 19 - 2011-2012 season
Post by: boonibarb on April 25, 2012, 10:50:38 PM

Okay, this foto i got today of the Nest is better than the one i got monday.
You have to click the foto & click it again, then look for the eye in the Nest!

april 25 2012 11:53 - Eagle on Nest #16-19


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http://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/7114869185/
Title: Re: Nest # 16, 17, 18, 19 - 2011-2012 season
Post by: winterwren on April 25, 2012, 11:55:12 PM
Booni, when you saw that eagle flying off with a branch... could you tell where they were going?

I think it's extremely unlikely that two of the nests in this territory are in use, given especially that there isn't a very big intertidal zone in that area... But, like you, I'm still wondering why two different people thought that the eagles had abandoned the Belcarra nest in favour of another.

Thanks for the awesome Eye photo!
Title: Re: Nest # 16, 17, 18, 19 - 2011-2012 season
Post by: Rajame on April 26, 2012, 07:12:10 AM
Thank you Booni! Great catch for sure! :hearts2
Title: Re: Nest # 16, 17, 18, 19 - 2011-2012 season
Post by: boonibarb on April 26, 2012, 10:08:57 AM

To me, wren, they were heading for the Belcarra Nest.
Title: Re: Nest # 16, 17, 18, 19 - 2011-2012 season
Post by: Faerie Gardener on April 26, 2012, 08:10:49 PM
I saw the eye! Lookin right at us!  Thanks, Booni!
Title: Re: Nest # 16, 17, 18, 19 - 2011-2012 season
Post by: boonibarb on May 02, 2012, 09:15:28 PM

i spotted this immature Eagle in a tree top on my way to work one morning.
What a beauty!
A two year old, going on three, i*d say.
Note all the white breast feathers!
& the golden whitening of the top of the head feathers.
Eye is still quite dark brown, but lightening.
The beak still has a lot of dark to it.

april 4 2012 10:06 - Young Eagle - 208-5


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Title: Re: Nest # 16, 17, 18, 19 - 2011-2012 season
Post by: boonibarb on May 14, 2012, 08:21:13 PM

Well, today i heard another story by the people who*s yard the Eagle was harvesting the stick from in the story higher up on this page
He described seeing an Eagle at almost eye level landing in their straw/composte pile.
They grasped a clump of the stuff in their feet & tried twice to take off from the ground with it.
Having no success, they flew away.
Title: Re: Nest # 16, 17, 18, 19 - 2011-2012 season
Post by: boonibarb on May 17, 2012, 08:38:40 AM

i spent a lot of time near this Nest yesterday.
The adults did a LOT of calling!
There were some strange calls that i wish i could have recorded.
In this video, both Mum & Dad are in the Nest Tree.
Turn up the sound, you can hear the Eaglet screeping!

may 16 2012 13:23 - Nest #16-19 Mum, listen for the Eaglet!


may 16 2012 13:23 - Nest #16-19 Mum, listen for the Eaglet! (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PImX_olh0sI#ws)
Title: Re: Nest # 16, 17, 18, 19 - 2011-2012 season
Post by: boonibarb on May 23, 2012, 09:38:34 PM

Today we were walking for my work & we ran into someone who told us there was something dead washed up on the beach!
As we were walking, there were all sorts of Eagles talking to each other, of all different ages.
There was lots of swooping & soaring, & we saw many altercations where one Eagle flew after the other, then one went upside down & presented their feet in defensive position!
You could hear the swooshing of the wings, they were so close.
Well, we got down to the beach & sure enough, something HUGE was washed up on the beach.
i would say this is a big Sea Lion.
i hope it is not the one i was worried about that i saw beached near here during the Herring Spawn.
The Sea Lion has lost most of their hair.
There is still some remaining, if you look closely.
We found this youngster feeding on the carcass, with a Vulture waiting his turn to the left.
Perhaps this is a one year old, going into their second year.
Their eye is still quite dark, & there is a lot of dark on the beak.
i LOVE all the white colouring, mixed in with the brown on this one!

may 23 2012 1411 - Young Eagle feeding on dead Sea Lion - 210-10


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Title: Re: Nest # 16, 17, 18, 19 - 2011-2012 season
Post by: boonibarb on May 23, 2012, 09:42:29 PM

The Sea Lion was still pretty intact.
The entrails had been accessed, but the skin was still covering the body.
The flippers & tail & snout were worse for wear, maybe from the rocks, coming in.
It is tough eating, for the Eagles.
Watch this one tugging & tugging to get a little piece.

may 25 2012 14:12 - Young Eagle feeding on dead Sea Lion - 210-13


may 25 2012 14:12 - Young Eagle feeding on dead Sea Lion - 210-13 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zkwdaU30P4c#)
Title: Re: Nest # 16, 17, 18, 19 - 2011-2012 season
Post by: boonibarb on May 23, 2012, 09:51:35 PM

This one looked to be taking a drink, having a bath, or admiring himself in the water!

may 23 2012 1414 - Young Eagle near dead Sea Lion - 210-14


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Title: Re: Nest # 16, 17, 18, 19 - 2011-2012 season
Post by: boonibarb on May 23, 2012, 10:03:17 PM

There he goes to join his buddy on the log!
Look at the reflection of his yellow feet in the water!

may 23 2012 1415 - Young Eagle near dead Sea Lion - 210-16


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Title: Re: Nest # 16, 17, 18, 19 - 2011-2012 season
Post by: boonibarb on May 23, 2012, 10:36:47 PM

His buddy on the log.

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may 23 2012 1415 - Young Eagle near dead Sea Lion - 210-18


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Title: Re: Nest # 16, 17, 18, 19 - 2011-2012 season
Post by: mishikeenhquay on May 24, 2012, 06:07:12 AM


These are great!!!  I really love the vulture in the video....watching and waiting....Miigwetch!!
Title: Re: Nest # 16, 17, 18, 19 - 2011-2012 season
Post by: boonibarb on May 24, 2012, 08:22:03 AM

may 23 12:17 - Eagles feeding on dead washed up Sea Lion


may 23 12:17 - Eagles feeding on dead washed up Sea Lion (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ExnYa4AaTCE#ws)
Title: Re: Nest # 16, 17, 18, 19 - 2011-2012 season
Post by: boonibarb on May 24, 2012, 07:16:37 PM

Slide Show - may 23 2012 - Eagles of all ages eating a dead Sea Lion

Click on Slide Show to open it up big.


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Title: Re: Nest # 16, 17, 18, 19 - 2011-2012 season
Post by: Cawatcher on May 24, 2012, 07:20:34 PM
 :ecinnocent fantastic series booni!!
Title: Re: Nest # 16, 17, 18, 19 - 2011-2012 season
Post by: boonibarb on May 25, 2012, 07:36:03 AM

i forgot to say, in the Slide Show, look for the adult Eagle in the center of the Sea Lion, on their right leg is a silver band!

This one still has a dark eye & beak.
Maybe going into their second year?
Love the scowly eyebrow on this one!

may 23 2012 1416 - Young Eagle feeding on dead Sea Lion - 210-21


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Title: Re: Nest # 16, 17, 18, 19 - 2011-2012 season
Post by: NancyM on May 25, 2012, 07:53:19 AM
Booni, the banded adult seems to still have a few dark head feathers - maybe a 5-year old?  I wonder if this one is from Alaska, as the banded/transmitted one was.

Great pictures!
Title: Re: Nest # 16, 17, 18, 19 - 2011-2012 season
Post by: boonibarb on May 25, 2012, 07:59:46 AM

i believe this is a Turkey Vulture landing.
You can see why it took me at least a year to tell the difference between them & an immature Eagle!
Vultures often have tattered & missing tail feathers.
You can see their feathers, on the top side, are all brown, no patches of white like a young Eagle, the tail especially.
From the underside, their feathers are silvery.
More to show you about Vultures.

may 23 2012 1418 - Young Eagle feeding on dead Sea Lion - 210-23


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Title: Re: Nest # 16, 17, 18, 19 - 2011-2012 season
Post by: boonibarb on May 25, 2012, 08:27:42 AM

Is that woman with the big shiny eye GONE yet?
Looks like someone who*s just completed their first year.

may 23 2012 1419 - Young Eagle near dead Sea Lion - 210-25


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Title: Re: Nest # 16, 17, 18, 19 - 2011-2012 season
Post by: boonibarb on May 25, 2012, 08:53:47 AM

i never knew Turkey Vultures had red legs & feet, as well as heads!
They seem to have a smaller body size than the Eagles.
The Eagle on the left is losing a nice big wing feather!
Going into their second year, i*d say, eye getting lighter brown, beak still quite dark.
Notice not all Eagles have the scowly eyebrow!
The young Eagle on the right is starting their third year, i*d say.
Notice the light cap of head feathers, the lighter brown eye, & the full crop!

may 23 2012 1722 - Young Eagles feeding on dead Sea Lion - 210-26


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Title: Re: Nest # 16, 17, 18, 19 - 2011-2012 season
Post by: boonibarb on May 25, 2012, 09:06:51 AM

Every so often, someone new would arrive, or there*d be some re-settling of who was eating where.
There*d be a flurry of wings & feet!
You can see the silvery undersides of the Vultures* wing feathers in this foto, catching the light.
Notice the gorgeous young Eagle*s tail feathers colouring.

may 23 2012 1722 - Young Eagles & Turkey Vultures feeding on dead Sea Lion - 210-29


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Title: Re: Nest # 16, 17, 18, 19 - 2011-2012 season
Post by: boonibarb on May 25, 2012, 09:23:31 AM

(Hey! Where*d everybody go?)
Scowly-faced one year old.

MINE! All MINE!

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Title: Re: Nest # 16, 17, 18, 19 - 2011-2012 season
Post by: boonibarb on May 25, 2012, 10:23:10 AM

A sub adult has now arrived at the scene!

may 23 2012 17:29 - Sub Adult Eagle & Sea Lion & Vultures & Crow - 210-65



may 23 2012 17:29 - Sub Adult Eagle & Sea Lion & Vultures & Crow - 210-65 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C5tqgOZobYY#)
Title: Re: Nest # 16, 17, 18, 19 - 2011-2012 season
Post by: cinnemon on May 25, 2012, 11:38:59 AM
Booni these shots are great!  Now I know what a sub-adult looks like. I kept hearing on the chat about sub adults and now I see the difference between adolescents and sub adults. I am always learning from you and others. Thanks :heart
Title: Re: Nest # 16, 17, 18, 19 - 2011-2012 season
Post by: boonibarb on May 26, 2012, 09:29:07 AM

This one was standing off to the side of the feeding scene, & now decides to fly further away.
Look at all the light feathers on the top of the head, trailing down all the way to the back!
Lovely!
Notice the stained footpads.
i LOVE looking at the footpads.

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Title: Re: Nest # 16, 17, 18, 19 - 2011-2012 season
Post by: boonibarb on May 26, 2012, 09:46:11 AM

The three year old, i*d say.

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Title: Re: Nest # 16, 17, 18, 19 - 2011-2012 season
Post by: boonibarb on May 26, 2012, 09:59:11 AM

A Sub Adult lands at the scene & the Vultures fly up & re-settle.
Notice the feet of the Vulture flying off to the left look grey, rather than red, as the legs & head are, & their beaks are kinda creamy white!

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Title: Re: Nest # 16, 17, 18, 19 - 2011-2012 season
Post by: boonibarb on May 26, 2012, 12:51:28 PM

Notice the almost yellow eye colour.
To me, the colour is just this side of yellow, almost a blue tone.
The beak is yellow, but for just a hint of dark underneath the yellow.
Head feathers going white, but still lots of brown, giving a *dirty* appearance to them.
There are not a lot of white patches in the body feathers, such as a youngster has.
Scowly eye to this one, a family trait?

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Title: Re: Nest # 16, 17, 18, 19 - 2011-2012 season
Post by: boonibarb on May 26, 2012, 01:12:25 PM

i could hear wings rustling in the trees nearby.
Vultures & Eagles were everywhere, even though i could not spot them from where i was, i could hear them.
i had seen altercations where one individual would go upside down & present feet.
There was lots of roaring of wings.
The Sub Adult may be looking at someone else who is flying over.
See all the white appearing in the tail feathers, but there is still lots of brown.
Head looks maturer than tail.

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Title: Re: Nest # 16, 17, 18, 19 - 2011-2012 season
Post by: boonibarb on May 26, 2012, 01:17:22 PM

Blood on beak now, from Sea Lion.
i think this wash up is very fresh.
LOVE the leggings!

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Title: Re: Nest # 16, 17, 18, 19 - 2011-2012 season
Post by: boonibarb on May 26, 2012, 01:28:03 PM

Five Vultures, one Eagle & two Crows!

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Title: Re: Nest # 16, 17, 18, 19 - 2011-2012 season
Post by: boonibarb on May 26, 2012, 01:42:22 PM

Tongue & nictitating membrane visible.

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Title: Re: Nest # 16, 17, 18, 19 - 2011-2012 season
Post by: boonibarb on May 26, 2012, 01:54:30 PM

Cutie pie, scowly eye just became two year old still hasn*t
lost his loose feather.
See the fluffy on the back of the neck?
Eye is no longer dark brown, but light brown now.
Beak is still dark, but closer to face area is becoming more yellow.

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Title: Re: Nest # 16, 17, 18, 19 - 2011-2012 season
Post by: boonibarb on May 26, 2012, 02:02:04 PM

Good looking just-turned-three year old has a FULL crop!
This one will be developing the bandit eye stripe pattern on the head this year.

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Title: Re: Nest # 16, 17, 18, 19 - 2011-2012 season
Post by: OpieK on May 26, 2012, 02:09:44 PM
Booni thank you so much for educating us on the differences as the eagles become adults.  Fascinating photos!
Title: Re: Nest # 16, 17, 18, 19 - 2011-2012 season
Post by: boonibarb on May 26, 2012, 09:20:47 PM

This youngster was in a tree behind me on the road the whole time i was watching the beach.
He is even facing away from the beach.
He has a lot of white in his feathers!
Has he just finished his first or his second year?
He seems a bit thin & haggard, to me.

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Title: Re: Nest # 16, 17, 18, 19 - 2011-2012 season
Post by: boonibarb on May 26, 2012, 09:35:33 PM

This young Eagle was in the same tree, behind me with the other young Eagle.
He seems very thin & raggedy as well.
Amount of yellow/dark in beak & light cap of head feathers suggest to me this one hatched two years ago.
Look at the large liquid eye...

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Title: Re: Nest # 16, 17, 18, 19 - 2011-2012 season
Post by: boonibarb on May 26, 2012, 09:43:26 PM

i think something startled him & he prepared to take off.
Notice the nictitating membrance protecting the eye.
LOVE the white *underarm* feathers.

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Title: Re: Nest # 16, 17, 18, 19 - 2011-2012 season
Post by: boonibarb on May 26, 2012, 09:52:12 PM

i think he was craning to see the other young fella.

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Title: Re: Nest # 16, 17, 18, 19 - 2011-2012 season
Post by: boonibarb on May 26, 2012, 09:56:15 PM

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Title: Re: Nest # 16, 17, 18, 19 - 2011-2012 season
Post by: boonibarb on May 26, 2012, 10:04:42 PM

Guess he*s had a meal recently, at least.

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Title: Re: Nest # 16, 17, 18, 19 - 2011-2012 season
Post by: mishikeenhquay on May 27, 2012, 05:46:07 AM


Wow...so much to see and photograph...so little time
Title: Re: Nest # 16, 17, 18, 19 - 2011-2012 season
Post by: Cawatcher on May 27, 2012, 07:33:28 AM
 :eceek Om what a SHOT! lol pun * :mhihi intended*
Title: Re: Nest # 16, 17, 18, 19 - 2011-2012 season
Post by: boonibarb on May 27, 2012, 08:10:05 AM

Lovely liquid eye...

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Title: Re: Nest # 16, 17, 18, 19 - 2011-2012 season
Post by: boonibarb on May 27, 2012, 08:37:56 AM

This youngster, just entering his second year, kept looking down at something.
You can see him looking in this video.
Nothing but brush below, & i forgot to go check what it could have been.
At 0:50 into video, you can hear the rusty hinge vocalization of a youngster!

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Title: Re: Nest # 16, 17, 18, 19 - 2011-2012 season
Post by: boonibarb on May 27, 2012, 08:46:46 AM

From the beginning of the video, you can hear Mum #16-19 calling food into the Nest as Dad flies in with it!

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Title: Re: Nest # 16, 17, 18, 19 - 2011-2012 season
Post by: boonibarb on May 27, 2012, 09:25:13 AM

Close up, looking for a band on the left leg.

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Title: Re: Nest # 16, 17, 18, 19 - 2011-2012 season
Post by: boonibarb on May 27, 2012, 09:42:55 AM

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Title: Re: Nest # 16, 17, 18, 19 - 2011-2012 season
Post by: boonibarb on May 27, 2012, 09:55:27 AM

No sign of silver band on left leg.
Or right.

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Title: Re: Nest # 16, 17, 18, 19 - 2011-2012 season
Post by: boonibarb on May 27, 2012, 10:17:22 AM

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Title: Re: Nest # 16, 17, 18, 19 - 2011-2012 season
Post by: boonibarb on May 27, 2012, 10:21:24 AM

Looking towards Nest #16-19.
This Eaglet is David & Alexandra*s age.

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Title: Re: Nest # 16, 17, 18, 19 - 2011-2012 season
Post by: boonibarb on May 27, 2012, 10:25:51 AM

Nictitating membrane visible.

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Title: Re: Nest # 16, 17, 18, 19 - 2011-2012 season
Post by: boonibarb on May 27, 2012, 10:38:20 AM

Twice he does a left wing tail & foot stretch in this slide show.

Click on Slide Show to have it open up in a larger size.

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Title: Re: Nest # 16, 17, 18, 19 - 2011-2012 season
Post by: boonibarb on May 27, 2012, 10:18:32 PM

The first time we went to the beach was when there were the most Eagles there.
There was a variety of Eagle ages!

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Title: Re: Nest # 16, 17, 18, 19 - 2011-2012 season
Post by: boonibarb on May 27, 2012, 10:41:24 PM

A Sub Adult lands at the scene & causes a re-settling!
Look at the young Eagle in the middle mantling, like when Mum or Dad brings food to the Eaglet.

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Title: Re: Nest # 16, 17, 18, 19 - 2011-2012 season
Post by: boonibarb on May 28, 2012, 07:29:59 AM

The Sub Adult arrived with attitude!

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The poor fella on the right seems unsure how to proceed in this situation.
He may be the young Eagle i got close ups of in the tree behind me, higher on this page.
The Sub Adult has that colour of eye stage that to me has blue in it.
i LOVE all the white from the head down the back of the middle, three year old Eagle!
Have never seen this view before.

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Title: Re: Nest # 16, 17, 18, 19 - 2011-2012 season
Post by: boonibarb on May 28, 2012, 07:37:34 AM



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Title: Re: Nest # 16, 17, 18, 19 - 2011-2012 season
Post by: boonibarb on May 28, 2012, 07:48:48 AM

i don*t know how it happened, but the Sub Adult Eagle now has a silver band on their right leg!

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Title: Re: Nest # 16, 17, 18, 19 - 2011-2012 season
Post by: Tigerlady105 on May 28, 2012, 02:22:53 PM
boonibarb, that's an eagle buffet!  So many different eagles' ages in your sea lion on the beach photos!  It really helps us to compare their development...thank you!   :ecsmile
Title: Re: Nest # 16, 17, 18, 19 - 2011-2012 season
Post by: boonibarb on May 29, 2012, 07:58:02 AM

i went to this site again early yesterday morning.
There were still piles of Eagles of all ages & lots of calling.
There looked to be a lot of Sea Lion left, even so.

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Title: Re: Nest # 16, 17, 18, 19 - 2011-2012 season
Post by: boonibarb on May 29, 2012, 08:26:34 AM

Seven Eagles & Texada lime mine.

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Title: Re: Nest # 16, 17, 18, 19 - 2011-2012 season
Post by: boonibarb on May 29, 2012, 08:44:21 AM

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Title: Re: Nest # 16, 17, 18, 19 - 2011-2012 season
Post by: boonibarb on May 29, 2012, 09:02:48 AM

How many Eagles can you see?
i see six!

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Title: Re: Nest # 16, 17, 18, 19 - 2011-2012 season
Post by: boonibarb on May 29, 2012, 09:08:01 AM

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Title: Re: Nest # 16, 17, 18, 19 - 2011-2012 season
Post by: Cawatcher on May 29, 2012, 09:18:35 AM
Ha!! booni!! had to go to full size to see 6th! great series  :heart
Title: Re: Nest # 16, 17, 18, 19 - 2011-2012 season
Post by: boonibarb on May 29, 2012, 09:22:42 AM

We returned later in the afternoon & all the Eagles were in the trees & the Turkey Vultures were getting their turns!
There is something about the eyes of the Vultures that is very sensitive & wise & gentle.

may 23 2012 14:22 - Turkey Vulture feeding on Sea Lion


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Title: Re: Nest # 16, 17, 18, 19 - 2011-2012 season
Post by: boonibarb on May 29, 2012, 05:36:42 PM

This Sea Lion is HUGE!
i put my size 7 boot next to the flipper to show you just the size of THAT.

may 23 2012 14:24 - Sea Lion flipper


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Title: Re: Nest # 16, 17, 18, 19 - 2011-2012 season
Post by: boonibarb on May 29, 2012, 05:41:45 PM

may 23 2012 14:24 - Sea Lion tail flippers

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Title: Re: Nest # 16, 17, 18, 19 - 2011-2012 season
Post by: boonibarb on May 29, 2012, 05:53:57 PM

The Sea Lion is on his back.
This is his jaw.
Look at the size of those two teeth!

may 23 2012 14:24 - Sea Lion jaw & teeth


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Title: Re: Nest # 16, 17, 18, 19 - 2011-2012 season
Post by: boonibarb on May 29, 2012, 05:58:31 PM

may 23 2012 14:25 - Sea Lion

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Title: Re: Nest # 16, 17, 18, 19 - 2011-2012 season
Post by: boonibarb on May 30, 2012, 08:34:24 PM

Today we went for a walk in this neighbourhood & the Sea Lion was still there being fed on by lots of Eagles & Vultures.
There were lots of Eagles & Vultures flying around & perched in the trees, & lots of rusty hinge calls of the youngsters.
On the way home, we passed the Nest, & Mum or Dad had landed in the top of the Nest Tree & we could hear screeping.
Then the other adult landed, as there was a youngster flying right over the Nest.
The adults made really interesting calls!
i also notice there are TWO different screeps coming from this Nest.
So, TWO Eaglets here!
Title: Re: Nest # 16, 17, 18, 19 - 2011-2012 season
Post by: blackster1 on May 30, 2012, 08:41:11 PM
I have really been enjoying your photographs of the sea lion and the vulture.  I looked on the enlarged screen of the vultures eyes and really saw a patient and wonderful bird.  oh, too mushy here! lol  It is just a surprise to me as their  reputation is not one of patience.  I saw this with the vultures in South Georgia and saw they were always sharing their food like the fish they gave the Jonny Rooks only to wait for any leftovers.(
Title: Re: Nest # 16, 17, 18, 19 - 2011-2012 season
Post by: mishikeenhquay on May 31, 2012, 03:41:01 PM


WOW...it is so exciting to hear that there are more eaglets growing up on the wonderful Hornby Island!!  Miigwetch for the information!!
Title: Re: Nest # 16, 17, 18, 19 - 2011-2012 season
Post by: boonibarb on June 01, 2012, 07:26:03 AM

There is still lots of Sea Lion left, a week later, & lots of action in the area.

may 28 15:27 - three year old Eagle, Turkey Vulture, Sea Lion



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zBwn5KgajVA
Title: Re: Nest # 16, 17, 18, 19 - 2011-2012 season
Post by: boonibarb on June 01, 2012, 08:10:22 AM

i found this individual low down in a tree with a good view of the washed up Sea Lion.
To me they seem very thin.
Also, look at their wing covert feathers i think you call them, the smaller feathers, covering the wing.
Most of them have a dark tip, indicating good food amount at the time they were growing (thanks AJL!), then there is a wide bar of white, indicating lack of food at the time that part of the feather was growing.
Then, next to the body, a not as dark as the tip patch of brown, indicating a better, but not consistent or enough food source.

may 28 2012 09:30 - Immature Eagle

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http://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/7314660592/# (http://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/7314660592/#)



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Title: Re: Nest # 16, 17, 18, 19 - 2011-2012 season
Post by: winterwren on June 01, 2012, 11:01:32 AM
Oooh what a handsome one! Make sure to click twice on each photo to see the details.

I notice that the less-pigmented parts of the feathers are wearing out faster. According to Scott and McFarland (Bird Feathers: a Guide to North American Species, p. 35) this is the case in normally pigmented feathers also.

It also seems to me that what makes this youngster so striking is that his beak is still dark, even as his eyes are starting to go pale. There is so much variation on the sequence of colour changes as an eagle matures! That is part of why it is so difficult to tell their ages sometimes.
Title: Re: Nest # 16, 17, 18, 19 - 2011-2012 season
Post by: watermaid on June 01, 2012, 08:09:41 PM
Thanks for the great pictures of the sea lion and the young eagle.  They are great.  It does not look  as though they are getting rid of the sea lion very fast and his size is just amazing.  Thank you for showing the comparison of your boot with his flipper.  WOW!  Red Riding Hood would really be shocked at those teeth if she were to find the sea lion in her grandmother's bed.  :eclol

Joan
Title: Re: Nest # 16, 17, 18, 19 - 2011-2012 season
Post by: Rajame on June 02, 2012, 12:11:58 PM
Ok, I am posting a lot today. Sorry to all the readers, but I am quite engaged in these pics and posts. So, here's my next question, if there is abundance of food, when the eagles molt does the marbling pattern change? Thank you! :hug
Title: Re: Nest # 16, 17, 18, 19 - 2011-2012 season
Post by: boonibarb on June 03, 2012, 11:36:14 AM

Rajame, the marbling pattern on the youngsters is totally normal.
What ISN*T normal is the wide white bands going across the feather, through the shaft, from side to side.
Look again at the three fotos that i posted.
You see a dark tip = good food, a wide white middle band = poor food, & darker brown areas close to the body = better food, but not good enough.
These white bands are on the small body & wing feathers.
They wouldn*t be there, had the young Eagle had a good food supply while that part of the feather was emerging.
Title: Re: Nest # 16, 17, 18, 19 - 2011-2012 season
Post by: boonibarb on June 03, 2012, 11:52:06 AM

Okay, these are videos i got from near the base of Nest #16-19.
My video wasn*t behaving when it came to focusing, & you can hear the lens churning away, trying to focus.
i need to fix a setting, i think.
But.
i was trying to capture the sounds coming from the Nest & Tree.


may 31 14:41 - Nest #16-19 Eaglets making happy churbles as they are fed


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dRPEZQbMAqk

In this video, both adults have flown to the top of the Nest Tree.
The Eaglets are calling to them from the Nest.
Do you have food up there?
The adults are concerned with visitors getting too close to the Nest.
The Sea Lion down the road from them must have them on high alert all day.

may 30 12:41 - Nest #16-19 Eaglets & adult calls


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nJadGWEoHwA


In this video, you need to crank up your sound, & ignore the churning sounds of the camera.
You will hear the happy churbling sounds of two Eaglets being fed!

may 31 14:36 - Nest #16-19 Eaglets being fed - sounds


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vm6bUWqdReQ


In this next video, we hear the Eaglets again, & then either a parent or a young Eagle*s rusty hinge trill.

may 31 14:40 - Nest #16-19 Eaglets & adult or visitor calls


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nwL6d9oIDW8
Title: Re: Nest # 16, 17, 18, 19 - 2011-2012 season
Post by: Tigerlady105 on June 03, 2012, 05:01:25 PM
Thank you, Booni. Those poor food situation markings on some eaglets' feathers seem a little like tree rings, in that they provide a visible record. They differ because the tree rings vary with conditions and provide a permanent record, but the eagles' feathers moult eventually.  Interesting patterns in nature that we can learn to read as clues.  It's nice to see examples, along with your explanations.   :thumbup:
Title: Re: Nest # 16, 17, 18, 19 - 2011-2012 season
Post by: boonibarb on June 03, 2012, 06:22:58 PM

Slide Show - may 28, 30, 31 2012 - Eagles of all ages near a dead Sea Lion

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Title: Re: Nest # 16, 17, 18, 19 - 2011-2012 season
Post by: boonibarb on June 03, 2012, 08:12:45 PM

may 16 2012 13:19 - Nest #16-19 Mum

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http://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/7332621486/# (http://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/7332621486/#)


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Hornby has headless Eagles!

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i believe the opening in the belly feathers is the brood patch.

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Title: Re: Nest # 16, 17, 18, 19 - 2011-2012 season
Post by: Rajame on June 03, 2012, 11:15:15 PM
Thank you Booni! I often look deeply at the pattern on the feathers. That helps! :hug
Title: Re: Nest # 16, 17, 18, 19 - 2011-2012 season
Post by: boonibarb on June 04, 2012, 09:41:14 PM

This morning i got a call from Reg at MARS!
Did i want to catch an Eagle who was down?
Someone had reported an injured looking Eagle near the Sea Lion.
So i called the woman who had reported this.
She had seen an adult Eagle, hanging about on & near the ground, trying to fly up to the top of a fence, but then falling back to the ground.
The Eagle seemed to be dragging a wing, & not flying very well.
Turns out just after i left home, the Eagle had flown down to the beach & disappeared.
i went looking for them with my camera.
i made my way down the beach towards the Sea Lion, looking everywhere i could think of an Eagle hiding.
There is still a lot of Sea Lion left, & lots of young Eagles & Vultures flying around & perched in the trees at the site.
i saw quite a few families of Canada Geese with Goslings of all different sizes & ages, all hanging out eating the beach grass together.
All the Eagles i saw were flying & perching.
i had pointed out an immature Eagle.
Like that i asked?
She said, no, white head & tail, so an adult.
Most of the Eagles i was seeing were youngsters.
i made my way back to where i*d started, this time walking all the properties along the beach.
i saw a man & asked him to keep an eye out for me, & call me if he saw any injured Eagles.
He said he*d seen lots of fighting since the Sea Lion washed up.
i was looking under porches, in piles of logs, on fences, low down in trees, nobody.
i got to the house next to the one reported from & searched there.
i thought maybe the Eagle turned out to be fine & had flown away.
i got into the back yard & saw a pile of Salal brush.
There was a white head with yellow eyes looking at me from the brush...
A HUGE Eagle, with gorgeous dark feathers that looked oily or wet.
i couldn*t believe how huge she was.
She seemed to be covered with blood.
Her blood?
Or blood from eating the Sea Lion.
Her lower head feathers & around her beak were stained with red.
& her body feathers too.
i took some fotos for observation.

june 4 2012 10:01 - down Eagle

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Title: Re: Nest # 16, 17, 18, 19 - 2011-2012 season
Post by: dizzymom70 on June 04, 2012, 09:55:46 PM
Oh dear, Booni. That spot on her back doesn't look normal. Could it be an injury? How long will she be observed before a decision is made on some kind of rescue, if necessary? Poor girl. :ecsad
Title: Re: Nest # 16, 17, 18, 19 - 2011-2012 season
Post by: boonibarb on June 04, 2012, 10:00:38 PM

june 4 2012 10:02 - down Eagle


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LLzoSirdby0
Title: Re: Nest # 16, 17, 18, 19 - 2011-2012 season
Post by: boonibarb on June 04, 2012, 10:01:57 PM

You can see in the close ups that her head feathers are erect, as are her mantle feathers.
She is puffed up from not being well.
i think they also puff up in defense, from my being so close.
i went back next door & got the kennel & gloves we*d been donated.
The people were going to be leaving on the next ferry & would take her to Buckley Bay in their truck to meet MARS!
Angels!
i carried the carrier & gloves right next to where the Eagle was, opened the door, & left it so that the mouth was pointed up & as handy as possible.
She was in the Salal, looking over her shoulder at me, & right beside her was a cliff that dropped into the yard next door.
i was afraid that when i approached, she*d jump over the cliff.
i looked down & away from her & walked towards the cliff.
She started to move towards me & away from the cliff!
So i got behind her with my big white towel, gloves & eye protectors on.
She did a couple of short hops flaps away from me, but she was trapped by the Salal.
i said to myself, barb, you gotta just go for it.
You*re not gonna tiptoe up to her & catch her this way.
So i went for her, using the towel between us.
She flopped away again, caught in the Salal, wings outspread.
i put the towel side to side over her body & head.
& she just stopped.
i made sure there was enough towel to hang over her head when i picked her up.
i used the towel to bring her left wing down from the Salal & folded it to her side.
Using the towel over her, i picked her up.
i tried to roll her to her side so that i could grab her left leg, but i couldn*t find it.
So i just picked her up, using the towel & my hands to hold her wings to her body & hang onto her.
Then i made a dash to the carrier & put her in with the towel over top of her.
She went in & didn*t move.
i was in a rush to close the door, but her tail was sticking out.
So i had to pick her up & tuck her in further in order to close the door.
She wasn*t moving.
i had her!
i ran next door & they had made room in the back of the truck for the carrier.
i called Reg & he said to take out the towel that i had over top of her & just cover the kennel.
So i had to open the door & do this.
The Eagle wasn*t moving, i thought she had died from fright.
i removed the towel & she was quite alive.
One of the women met me back at the kennel & we carried it back to the truck next door.
They had spread out the tarp i brought, & we wrapped the kennel in it to keep it dark & quiet in there for the Eagle.
i tied it all down as best i could, so it wouldn*t flap in the wind while driving & scare the Eagle further.
The four wonderful people headed off for the next ferry & were going to meet someone to pick up the Eagle almost near MARS on their way to Campbell River!
This Eagle was rescued thanks to these wonderful people who called a vet when they saw that something was wrong!
Title: Re: Nest # 16, 17, 18, 19 - 2011-2012 season
Post by: boonibarb on June 04, 2012, 10:13:17 PM

All the time i*ve spent photographing Eagles, & yet i was totally surprised by how huge this Eagle was on the ground.

Here is an Eagle that i saw within the territory of Nest #16-19.
Is this the tired looking Mum or Dad?
There is worry that the injured Eagle is one of them, & they have two Eaglets to feed!
i never checked the Eagle for a brood patch.
i just got her in the kennel as quickly as i could & off to MARS to people who know better what to do.

june 4 2012 13:36 - Adult Eagle


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Title: Re: Nest # 16, 17, 18, 19 - 2011-2012 season
Post by: idahowa on June 04, 2012, 10:15:37 PM
 :thumbup:  Great job Booni!  I'll bet your adrenaline was flowing.  Fingers crossed here that there's just one eagle in danger.  H.E.A.R.T. leaps into action!
Title: Re: Nest # 16, 17, 18, 19 - 2011-2012 season
Post by: dizzymom70 on June 04, 2012, 10:47:44 PM
Great job Booni, thanks. If this eagle is a parent with little ones in the nest, she didn't look like she was going to be able to care for them very well right now. I'm sure Joy will let you know about a brood patch. Hopefully, she is not badly injured and can come home very soon. :pray
Title: Re: Nest # 16, 17, 18, 19 - 2011-2012 season
Post by: beans on June 04, 2012, 11:07:15 PM
Barb, that is quite a story!  Good for you!  I'll bet the adrenaline was pumping through you, head to toe.  So many things to think about in a split second.  How best to approach her?  Will I catch her?  If I catch her, will I make her injury worse?  Can I get her into the kennel?  Oh God, what if I kill her? 

And then you do it.  You just do it!  And you did.   :heart
Title: Re: Nest # 16, 17, 18, 19 - 2011-2012 season
Post by: nan2945 on June 05, 2012, 10:59:04 AM
wow - great story --and fabulous work - I hope this eagle is okay - I guess we'll meet her monday
Title: Re: Nest # 16, 17, 18, 19 - 2011-2012 season
Post by: Lucia on June 05, 2012, 11:36:43 AM
 :eclove
What a wonderful story, Booni! I was breathless reading events ... wow Great work! :heart
Title: Re: Nest # 16, 17, 18, 19 - 2011-2012 season
Post by: Rajame on June 05, 2012, 09:45:55 PM
Booni!!!!!!!!!

I am so thankful for you and all people who are willing to reach deep within themselves to save wildlife. I was crying part way through the story and just praying you were able to get her.

Thank you for you!!
Rajame
:hug
Title: Re: Nest # 16, 17, 18, 19 - 2011-2012 season
Post by: boonibarb on June 05, 2012, 09:59:55 PM

This is the report sent to me by the woman who first spotted the down Eagle.

Hi Barb, here are my photos, some are not that great, but you can pick from them. Here is what happened yesterday morning. While pouring coffee I looked out the window & noticed a disturbance in the bush beside the fence that borders the two properties. After a minute or so our eagle came walking out. My friend & I were wondering about this strange behavior, but thought she was looking for something. She kept looking up at the top of the fence. I grabbed my camera & went out & took some pictures. It wasn’t until she climbed up on the wood pile & attempted to fly up to the fence that I realized that there was something wrong. Her wings seemed to span out okay, but she didn’t get up very high. That is when I went inside to try & call some one to come & help. It took awhile as I couldn’t find any number that made sense, I even called information & that was not at all helpful. Anyways I finally thought to call a vet in Courtenay & they gave me some numbers which eventually got me to Reg from MARS, who told me he’d call you. Then of course you called me to say you would be over as soon as you could. We then watched the eagle fly (sort of) off the bank towards the water. When I went out to see where she was, I couldn’t find her, but while I was looking a hawk flew about 6 feet in front of me & another eagle came out of the trees & forced the hawk to veer off. I was amazed at all the hawks & eagles that were nearby. I searched in the area that it looked like the hawk was heading but still didn’t see our eagle. I then went back up to the cottage & got there as you were arriving. I showed you the pictures I had taken & explained what had happened, plus showed you where I thought the eagle had gotten over the mesh fence. You then went off in search of the eagle & I have to say good for you as by then I thought that she had flown away. It took you about 30 minutes but you came back to say you had found her. You loaded her into the crate & I went over to help you carry the crate back to my truck. My friend helped you cover her while I ran through the cottage to make sure we’d left everything in good shape. We then drove the eagle to Merville & met Reg at the Merville store to transfer her over to him. When Reg pulled the tarp back I was very relieved to see our eagle standing up in the cage & looking out at us, as on both ferries when I checked on her she was not even moving a little bit, & I had fears that she had died. Reg said that judging by the size of the eagle it was a she & that it looked like she’d been in a fight with another bird as she had puncture wounds on the chest. The blood had congealed so he didn’t think it was from feeding from the inside of the sea lion.His main worry is that she has some babies that need feeding & hoped to get her patched up & back to Hornby Island as soon as possible. Thank you for coming to the rescue, as we really didn’t know what to do & we were pleased to help out by transporting her to MARS. I hope this is helpful to you & thanks again. If you hear anything could you please keep me updated. Thanks again.
Title: Re: Nest # 16, 17, 18, 19 - 2011-2012 season
Post by: emc on June 05, 2012, 10:15:33 PM
It is wonderful to get a full report like this for us! Thank you booni and the people who noticed the eagle in trouble. They persevered until they were able to reach help!  :thumbup:   Sooo glad you and wren are there to help the wild life.  :heart
Title: Re: Nest # 16, 17, 18, 19 - 2011-2012 season
Post by: boonibarb on June 05, 2012, 10:27:31 PM

Okay, these are all the fotos taken by the woman who spotted & reported the down Eagle.
i*ve put them in an album, & they can be viewed individually, or as a Slideshow.
Click here for album.


Click here for album. (http://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/sets/72157630063321762/)

Click here for Slideshow (http://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/sets/72157630063321762/show/)
Title: Re: Nest # 16, 17, 18, 19 - 2011-2012 season
Post by: boonibarb on June 05, 2012, 10:39:22 PM

Well, today i got a phonecall from Reg, & an e-mail from Maj.
This poor Eagle was in a sad state.
He was terribly emaciated, Reg said he probably hadn*t eaten in weeks.
He had a bad gash at the neck that had removed or severed his crop!
So he was unable to get food from his beak into his stomach.
Reg said the gash was crammed full of Sea Lion blubber, which he removed most of.
The gash was so bad that rain water probably went into his stomach through it, & this may be all he*s had for weeks.
They were hoping to sew the gash shut, & the Eagle was taken to a veterinarian, but the tissue was in such poor state that stitches would not even be held.
& without a crop, the Eagle could not live.
It is thought that this Eagle got in a battle over the Sea Lion, when it first washed up, & has been injured since then, perhaps for weeks.
Reg thought he was either a large male, or a small female.
He had no brood patch.
Due to all these things put together, this Eagle was euthanized.
Reg said we saved the poor fella from another week of suffering.
Darn.
Such a beauty, too...
Title: Re: Nest # 16, 17, 18, 19 - 2011-2012 season
Post by: Rajame on June 05, 2012, 11:13:15 PM
Thank you Booni. There is no question in my mind that if the Eagle could have been saved, his rescue from you and the care from MARS would have cured him right up. But, that was not to be. It is so sad that he was in that condition. Blessings to you all and may the Eagle fly free forever. :hearts
Title: Re: Nest # 16, 17, 18, 19 - 2011-2012 season
Post by: madrona on June 05, 2012, 11:32:55 PM
Booni, thank you for doing all that you could to help this poor eagle.  I am so overcome with sadness reading this, and I know that learning this news will have been very hard for you too.  I am glad that this eagle is no longer suffering, and this would not have been the case had you not had the courage to capture him and send him to MARS. Thanks to you and the other "angels of mercy" in our midst, all that could be done was done.
Title: Re: Nest # 16, 17, 18, 19 - 2011-2012 season
Post by: boodle317 on June 06, 2012, 04:36:18 AM
Oh Booni.  so so sad.   :eccry

Thank you so much for doing what had to be done to try to save him.  Which in fact, you did. You saved him from a long lingering death. You showed him courage and MARS showed him Mercy. 

 

Title: Re: Nest # 16, 17, 18, 19 - 2011-2012 season
Post by: RMB on June 06, 2012, 07:09:08 AM
Well said, Boodle, about the Courage and Mercy. Booni, thank you for being YOU.
Title: Re: Nest # 16, 17, 18, 19 - 2011-2012 season
Post by: gzebear on June 06, 2012, 08:52:20 AM
Catching up and just read the whole story of your rescue Booni. Wonderful work - thank you for rescuing that beautiful eagle. I know the feelings around rescuing a large bird, though I have never captured an eagle (yet). Each time we do it, we learn so much and gain confidence.

I'm sad to hear the eagle did not make it, but I know he was at least able to experience the warmth and kindness of MARS before he went Home. Thank you Booni, for all that you do.  :heart :heart :heart

Title: Re: Nest # 16, 17, 18, 19 - 2011-2012 season
Post by: MaggiesMom on June 06, 2012, 10:18:04 AM
Oh Booni - such a sad ending to an inspirational story.  I feel so badly for the nice people who alerted MARS to the eagle's plight and then took her to MARS after you rescued her. I only wish all the rescue stories could have happy endings.  :ty
Title: Re: Nest # 16, 17, 18, 19 - 2011-2012 season
Post by: idahowa on June 06, 2012, 10:22:38 AM
Thank you for your efforts Booni and all who were involved.  Everyone did all they could and sometimes that just isn't enough.  :eccry
You've had an incredible learning experience.  Hugs to you.
Title: Re: Nest # 16, 17, 18, 19 - 2011-2012 season
Post by: emc on June 06, 2012, 12:27:42 PM
So terribly sad. You all did fabulously! Sometimes they are just too far gone, but your efforts were not in vain. She will no longer be miserable, frustrated, scared, and in pain.
Title: Re: Nest # 16, 17, 18, 19 - 2011-2012 season
Post by: ccfan on June 06, 2012, 05:02:21 PM
 :grouphug Booni,  As usual you went above and beyond...it is so sad the eagle did not make it but you did everything possible to save him.  It is reassuring to know there was not a brood patch.  You are an eagle's angel.
Title: Re: Nest # 16, 17, 18, 19 - 2011-2012 season
Post by: Donnae on June 06, 2012, 11:28:16 PM
Booni... thank you so much for doing what you did to try to save that poor eagle... it is sad to know he couldn't be saved, but really you did save him from a slow lingering death... this was much more mercyful for him... if MARS couldn't do anything for him... this was the best solution even though we all had hope for a recovery... thank you to all involved in helping him... what a bunch of caring people you all are. :heart
Title: Re: Nest # 16, 17, 18, 19 - 2011-2012 season
Post by: beans on June 06, 2012, 11:57:22 PM
We always try.  We want them all to live!

In this case, humane euthanization was certainly the only choice.  Birds hide their injuries.  He must have been in a great deal of pain.  Had you not rescued him, he could have faced a horrible, terrifying death.  You saved him from that. 
Title: Re: Nest # 16, 17, 18, 19 - 2011-2012 season
Post by: Tigerlady105 on June 07, 2012, 02:28:20 AM
Booni, you and our friends at MARS did everything possible for the eagle you rescued.  Thank you for being the loving person you are, who goes out to help whenever you're needed.  It wasn't easy to do, but as others have said, thank goodness the eagle didn't have to linger any longer.  You really are an angel for wildlife who come under your care.   :heart
Title: Re: Nest # 16, 17, 18, 19 - 2011-2012 season
Post by: boonibarb on June 08, 2012, 10:42:42 AM

Yesterday we went looking for the Sea Lion, but though the trees were full of Eagles & Turkey Vultures, we couldn*t see the Sea Lion in the spot where he was.
So we walked up & looked, & sure enough he was gone, not a trace of him left, nothing but some big pooshots.
We looked down the beach & saw wings!
The Sea Lion had been moved by the tide.
We saw mostly young Eagles & Vultures, lots of them, & a few Ravens still working on the carcass.
This is all that was left a few days ago.

june 4 2012 09:49 - Sea Lion


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Title: Re: Nest # 16, 17, 18, 19 - 2011-2012 season
Post by: boonibarb on June 08, 2012, 10:49:22 AM

These were some of the young Eagles hanging out in the Trees near the Sea Lion.

Slide Show -  june 4 2012  0945 - youngsters near Sea Lion


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Title: Re: Nest # 16, 17, 18, 19 - 2011-2012 season
Post by: boonibarb on June 08, 2012, 11:06:27 AM

When i went looking for the down Eagle, the first thing i spotted was a whole herd of Canada Geese!
Many were adults, but a lot of them were Goslings, or all different ages & sizes!
i skirted them carefully, so they could all head off, not in a panic, knowing i wasn*t after them.

Slide Show -  june 4 2012  0946 - all ages of Canada Geese near Lion


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Title: Re: Nest # 16, 17, 18, 19 - 2011-2012 season
Post by: boonibarb on June 08, 2012, 11:12:34 AM

These lovely Goslings sure have full crops!
i didn*t know they would all hang out together in a group like this.

june 4 09:46 - Geese & Goslings near Sea Lion


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Title: Re: Nest # 16, 17, 18, 19 - 2011-2012 season
Post by: boonibarb on June 17, 2012, 09:50:29 PM

Mishi & i found this fella near the Sea Lion, who was becoming slim pickings & had floated down the beach a ways from where he*d been.
He seems thin to me.
Maybe a two year old?
Notice the nice dark brown eye, & mostly dark beak.
Nice white patches on the tail.

june 13 2012 11:42 - young Eagle


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Title: Re: Nest # 16, 17, 18, 19 - 2011-2012 season
Post by: boonibarb on June 17, 2012, 10:00:33 PM


Slide Show - june 13 2012 11:42 - young Eagle

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Title: Re: Nest # 16, 17, 18, 19 - 2011-2012 season
Post by: boonibarb on June 24, 2012, 08:01:08 PM

On this day, Mishi & i were just heading home from work.
We both looked up at the Nest Tree.
Is that an Eaglet up there? we both said.
i*ve been looking & looking at this Nest for WEEKS, & suddenly, clear as day, there is an Eaglet standing there.
You can*t believe how big they look, til you see one standing way up there.
So we stopped & got out our cameras.

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june 13 2012 1722 - Nest #16-19 Eaglets - 112- 28 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/7437264954/#) by boonibarb (http://www.flickr.com/people/43214021@N08/), on Flickr

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Title: Re: Nest # 16, 17, 18, 19 - 2011-2012 season
Post by: Cawatcher on June 24, 2012, 09:54:14 PM
the top one looks like a Migizi- Makwa (Eagle Bear)
Title: Re: Nest # 16, 17, 18, 19 - 2011-2012 season
Post by: winterwren on June 25, 2012, 10:26:16 AM
Awright, you scooped me, Booni! :eclol

I saw that eaglet three days earlier, on a walk with some of the visitors... but the light was not as good; these are much better photos! Thank you for taking them and posting them.
Title: Re: Nest # 16, 17, 18, 19 - 2011-2012 season
Post by: Faerie Gardener on June 25, 2012, 10:50:00 AM
I am just catching up after being gone awhile so forgive me for posting so late - Booni thank you so much for all you did for the injured Eagle. Your actions and your accounting of this sad but heroic story probably will help some other eagle in the future. We learn so much here. I am so thankful that you are there for the Hornby eagles.
Title: Re: Nest # 16, 17, 18, 19 - 2011-2012 season
Post by: boonibarb on July 09, 2012, 08:48:11 PM
 
Today on my way to work i looked up at the Nest & spotted an Eaglet branching!
On my way home from work, i saw TWO Eaglets flapping away in branches!
Notice the *interesting* feet positioning of this one.  :mhihi
 
 july 9 2012 17:37 - branching Eaglet
 
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Title: Re: Nest # 16, 17, 18, 19 - 2011-2012 season
Post by: boonibarb on July 09, 2012, 09:09:22 PM
 
Here is the second Eaglet.
He has the same splayed toe positioning on HIS branches too.
 
 july 9 2012 17:38 - branching Eaglet
 
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Title: Re: Nest # 16, 17, 18, 19 - 2011-2012 season
Post by: winterwren on July 10, 2012, 08:24:46 PM
Booni, these are gorgeous photos of the Belcarra eaglets.

The splayed feet walking on twigs are very special - it's almost as if I can feel from inside how it would be, to be a beginner at walking on branches. I would never have understood that without these beautiful clear photos.  Thank you so much.
Title: Re: Nest # 16, 17, 18, 19 - 2011-2012 season
Post by: Tigerlady105 on July 11, 2012, 02:10:52 AM
Booni, thank you for pointing out details like the eaglets' splayed feet in the photos you take.    :thumbup:    So much to learn about stages of growth and development. It takes close observation and I appreciate the comments that you and Wren add to your posted photos.   :eclove
Title: Re: Nest # 16, 17, 18, 19 - 2011-2012 season
Post by: boonibarb on July 16, 2012, 08:24:21 PM
 
Today i was at the water & there were calls coming from a gorgeous huge perch Tree there.
They were the sounds of an adult & an Eaglet!
The Eaglet would screep, then the parent would call.
So it seems at least one of the Belcarra Nest Eaglets has fledged!
Title: Re: Nest # 16, 17, 18, 19 - 2011-2012 season
Post by: boonibarb on July 27, 2012, 08:29:33 AM
 
Well, as of last wednesday, BOTH Belcarra Nest Eaglets have fledged, & are using their wings very proficiently!
i watched a floppy flying Eaglet go from the new Tralee Nest area along the beach & land in the Belcarra water side perch Tree!
Guess he was over there for a visit.
Not long after, the other Eaglet made a similar trip from the same area.
Title: Re: Nest # 16, 17, 18, 19 - 2011-2012 season
Post by: boonibarb on August 20, 2012, 07:30:02 PM

Well, the last few visits to this neighbourhood have been devoid of Eagle sounds.
i was sure the Eagles of this Nest had all left.
Today we were outside & for some reason i looked up & right into the eyes of THIS Eagle!
 
august 20 2012 11:10 - adult Eagle
 
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To me, they seem female.
Look how long their wingtips are compared to their tail.
Her breast feathers seem sort of frazzled at all their edges.
i haven*t seen this before.
She has a fluffy coming loose on her breast, & her left foot is clenched & held resting against her belly.
Wonder who she is?

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Title: Re: Nest # 16, 17, 18, 19 - 2011-2012 season
Post by: passerine on August 21, 2012, 09:06:07 AM
I suppose Eagles may take a stop over to rest on Hornby from elsewhere on their way to salmon runs?
Title: Re: Nest # 16, 17, 18, 19 - 2011-2012 season
Post by: boonibarb on September 04, 2012, 09:23:44 PM
 
i had gotten called out to rescue a Flicker that was trapped in a greenhouse.
Poor young fella wasn*t looking too good.
He was dragging his right leg & flapping to get away but not moving well.
i had put him in a box to rest, then came back to check him.
He was still looking poorly.
Maj suggested giving him fluid, so i called wren to bring the Ringers Lactate that she keeps for us.
We tried hydrating him, then left him for a bit again.
He still wasn*t looking good, so Maj said to send him in.
wren had brought the carrier, & offered to take him home & continue to give him fluids.
When i went out to join her, she was watching a Bird way up in the top of a tree.
The Bird looked like a Robin to me.
But wren said they were a Peregrine Falcon!
i would never have even noticed them.
i got out my little camera & took a foto & sure enough!
i have never seen one of these.
wren had to carry on home with the Bird, so i stayed to get some fotos of this rare occasion.

july 13 2012 19:40 - Peregrine Falcon - 046-382
 
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Title: Re: Nest # 16, 17, 18, 19 - 2011-2012 season
Post by: boonibarb on September 04, 2012, 09:52:59 PM
 
i believe this is a juvenile Peregrine Falcon.
The adults have a white broad collar at the neck.
The juvenile*s breast hashes go all the way to the head.
He*s having a good scratch now!
 
july 13 2012 19:41 - Peregrine Falcon - 046-391
 
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Title: Re: Nest # 16, 17, 18, 19 - 2011-2012 season
Post by: boonibarb on September 04, 2012, 10:05:00 PM

Look how he*s resting his foot by scrunching it up.
 
july 13 2012 19:41 - Peregrine Falcon - 046-395
 
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Title: Re: Nest # 16, 17, 18, 19 - 2011-2012 season
Post by: Donnae on September 04, 2012, 10:16:21 PM
Wow booni... great shots... neat to see...ty
Title: Re: Nest # 16, 17, 18, 19 - 2011-2012 season
Post by: winterwren on September 04, 2012, 10:37:49 PM
Oh wow Booni, thank you thank you! They're beauuuuuutiful!


Don't the foot pads look strange? More lumpy than an eagle's and a strange colour too.

It also seems to me that the feet are really large in relation to the head. We wouldn't be able to see that if you hadn't caught this one scratching!

The sunset light makes him all golden.

Love the huge eye in the first photo.
Title: Re: Nest # 16, 17, 18, 19 - 2011-2012 season
Post by: Cawatcher on September 04, 2012, 10:54:55 PM
I cant believe you held onto this Jewel for so long!! what a rare sight yes, but a closeup as well the markings are so different than what normally seen in photos! The foot is so relaxed as though you were not  a threat at all... :eceek Ty booni!
Title: Re: Nest # 16, 17, 18, 19 - 2011-2012 season
Post by: winterwren on September 04, 2012, 11:41:47 PM
I looked it up after I read what Cali wrote about the markings...

It's a juvenile, a new fledgling from this year!

The adults have more white on the neck and upper chest.

Also, I just remembered how I knew this was a Peregrine: i heard the sound first! Unmistakable.

Then I spotted him, way way up in a tree. That football-player silhouette, all shoulders.
Title: Re: Nest # 16, 17, 18, 19 - 2011-2012 season
Post by: boonibarb on September 05, 2012, 08:28:15 AM
 
wren, in my first post, i suggested this was a juvenile, because of the markings.
Thanks for concurring.
i noticed those large kind of knobs on the bottoms of the toes.
Different from an Eagle.
i agree that the feet are comparatively larger than Eagles*, plus they seem long & thin.
The big black eye is amazing indeed.
Reminds me of Egyptian hieroglyphs!

Horus -

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Eye of Horus -

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i had no idea what a Peregrine would sound like, so i googled them, & found this video.
 
 
 
Peregrine Falcon Makes Sounds (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vNO6acbF7n0#ws)
 
Title: Re: Nest # 16, 17, 18, 19 - 2011-2012 season
Post by: winterwren on September 05, 2012, 09:49:35 AM
Sorry, Booni, I was so transfixed by the photos, I missed your identification of the bird as a juvenile.

Stunning, I tell you.   :ecsmile
Title: Re: Nest # 16, 17, 18, 19 - 2011-2012 season
Post by: boonibarb on September 09, 2012, 01:12:27 PM

Okay, back again.
So, this had been a hot hot sunny day.
Evening by this time of the evening, it was still hot.
The Peregrine was pretty much dozing the whole time i watched.
Here, you can see the eyelid, different from the nictitating membrane, partly closed, which is kinda cool.
 
july 13 2012 19:42 - Peregrine Falcon - 046-403
 
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Title: Re: Nest # 16, 17, 18, 19 - 2011-2012 season
Post by: boonibarb on September 09, 2012, 01:37:56 PM

Here*s the Peregrine, dozing again.
The eyelid is totally closed this time.
It was hard to leave, i didn*t want to miss anything, but since he was mostly sleeping anyway, & i was late for my pizza dinner!, i figured it was time to go.
i wonder if i*ll ever see a Peregrine again?
That was a rare sighting, for me.
 
july 13 2012 19:42 - Peregrine Falcon - 046-410
 
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Title: Re: Nest # 16, 17, 18, 19 - 2011-2012 season
Post by: boonibarb on September 09, 2012, 04:25:35 PM

This is the best foto i got of the juvenile Peregrine Falcon with my little camera.
Kinda sweet expression.

july 13 2012 19:37 - juvenile Peregrine Falcon

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Title: Re: Nest # 16, 17, 18, 19 - 2011-2012 season
Post by: boonibarb on September 09, 2012, 07:01:21 PM

We were walking on the beach & heard the Nest #16-19 Eaglets loud & clear.
Suddenly the adult landed in the tree with them & listen to them screeping!

july 16 2012 14:22 - Nest #16-19 adult & Eaglets



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vENiSD0DIuI
Title: Re: Nest # 16, 17, 18, 19 - 2011-2012 season
Post by: boonibarb on September 09, 2012, 07:22:26 PM

Here is the parent of the screeping Eaglets.
Notice their crop is so full that their tie is showing like Dad*s does!
 
july 16 2012 14:24 - Nest #16-19 adult
 
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Title: Re: Nest # 16, 17, 18, 19 - 2011-2012 season
Post by: boonibarb on September 09, 2012, 07:38:33 PM

Where i work near Nest #16-19 has a safe yard for Deer to come browse, lie down, & even sleep!
There have been some sweet Fawns there.
This one didn*t seem to have a Mum.
 
july 18 2012 12:58 - Fawn
 
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Title: Re: Nest # 16, 17, 18, 19 - 2011-2012 season
Post by: boonibarb on September 09, 2012, 10:26:48 PM
 
july 18 2012 17:20 - Nest #16-19 Eaglet in water side perch tree
 
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Title: Re: Nest # 16, 17, 18, 19 - 2011-2012 season
Post by: mishikeenhquay on September 10, 2012, 05:01:59 AM


love Love LOVE the little fawn picture Booni!  Reminds me of the one we saw near the mailboxes!
Title: Re: Nest # 16, 17, 18, 19 - 2011-2012 season
Post by: emc on September 12, 2012, 10:48:28 PM
If you look closely at Wren's map of Hornby Island Nest's ( post 1 page 1 ) there is a Burgundy Red pin left of Helliwell Park and of Nest 22,that is labeled Peregrine Falcon Nest, I believe. If I am reading this correctly, near there, would be the place to be on the look out for the peregrine falcons. Which puts this nest in the right area???  I just realized there was a Peregrine Falcon nest on Hornby a few months ago while looking over Wren's map.


How cool is that? Bald Eagles, Osprey and Peregrin Falcon nests all on Hornby Island  :biggrin3
Title: Re: Nest # 16, 17, 18, 19 - 2011-2012 season
Post by: winterwren on September 14, 2012, 10:48:37 AM
You're right, emc! The Peregrine nest on the High Salal escarpment is just across a narrow peninsula from where we sighted the young falcon. It would make sense that he is from there.

The Shingle Spit Peregrine nest was not in use this year. But Peregrines have been sighted around Olsen's farm in the past few years, and there is a good escarpment in that area, so I suspect we have another nest there.

I'll keep mapping whatever information I have about other raptors, along with the eagle nests.

Title: Re: Nest # 16, 17, 18, 19 - 2011-2012 season
Post by: jeavverhey on September 19, 2012, 02:00:11 AM
I'm glad of that Wrennie as I have trouble picturing things until I check your maps!  I would be so lost without you girls and all of your verbal and digital observations.  Thank you again and again! :nod2
Title: Re: Nest # 16, 17, 18, 19 - 2011-2012 season
Post by: boonibarb on November 27, 2012, 05:20:26 PM

i spied this Belcarra Eaglet one morning in their waterside perch Tree.
 
july 23 2012 09:47 - Belcarralet
 
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Title: Re: Nest # 16, 17, 18, 19 - 2011-2012 season
Post by: boonibarb on November 27, 2012, 05:24:55 PM

Here they are doing a right wing tail & foot stretch!
 
july 23 2012 09:50 - Belcarralet
 
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Check out the cute chubby toes.


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The adult was not far away.
This looks like they could be Mum.


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Title: Re: Nest # 16, 17, 18, 19 - 2011-2012 season
Post by: boonibarb on November 27, 2012, 05:42:54 PM

Here*s another sighting of the sweet Fawn who seemed to be motherless.
 
july 23 2012 11:19 - Fawn
 
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Title: Re: Nest # 16, 17, 18, 19 - 2011-2012 season
Post by: boonibarb on November 27, 2012, 05:45:01 PM

On our walk we spotted this Woodpecker working away at a hydro pole.
 
july 23 2012 15:32 - Downy Woodpecker
 
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Title: Re: Nest # 16, 17, 18, 19 - Belcarra - 2011-2012 season
Post by: boonibarb on November 27, 2012, 05:54:07 PM

The two Belcarralets in their waterside perch Tree.
The water is straight ahead.
One of them is calling out.
 
july 23 2012 15:37 - Belcarralets
 
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Title: Re: Nest # 16, 17, 18, 19 - Belcarra - 2011-2012 season
Post by: Cawatcher on November 27, 2012, 06:19:47 PM
 :eclove Awwwwww omgosh such darling photos thank you for making so many peoples day!
Title: Re: Nest # 16, 17, 18, 19 - Belcarra - 2011-2012 season
Post by: boonibarb on January 06, 2013, 01:28:11 PM

i saw this Bird in the dry grass in the sun & was a bit worried.
Then i realized they are having a sun-bath!
Probably good for getting rid of some external parasites.
 
july 25 2012 10:47 - Robin sun-bathing
 
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Title: Re: Nest # 16, 17, 18, 19 - Belcarra - 2011-2012 season
Post by: boonibarb on January 06, 2013, 01:35:20 PM

Here*s the Shrimp boat, the Pacific Rancher, which we see out in the waters in front of the Nests pretty much every day, no matter the weather.
There are almost always a cloud of Gulls following them!
 
july 25 2012 14:25 - the Pacific Rancher
 
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This one you can see the Texada lime mine in the background quite clearly.


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Title: Re: Nest # 16, 17, 18, 19 - Belcarra - 2011-2012 season
Post by: boonibarb on January 06, 2013, 01:44:43 PM

Found these two sweeties on our sunny summer walk one day!
 
july 25 2012 14:36 - Song Sparrow fledgling & adult
 
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Just the fledgling now.
Look how they change the appearance of their feathers from one foto to the next!


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