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Nest #20 Whaling Station Bay - 2012-2013 season
« on: October 02, 2012, 11:59:51 AM »

This is the thread for posting fotos, videos & discussion of Nest #20 Whaling Station.

This nest is on Whaling Station Bay.
It is a beautiful bay, with a lovely sandy swimming beach.
The nest is on the western edge of the Bay.
Around the corner & to the west from the sandy swimming beach is another rocky bay where the eagles do their fishing.
Last year, the Eagles of this Nest took a break from nesting season after a good part of their Nest got blown down in a storm.
They continued to build the Nest, but did not produce eggs.
 
Click here to read what happened at this Nest last season.


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


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Re: Nest #20 Whaling Station Bay - 2012-2013 season
« Reply #1 on: October 02, 2012, 12:02:29 PM »

Okay, on our walk from the Library to the Credit Union today we ran into one of the neighbours of Nest #20!
He loves to talk about his Eagles.
He says they returned in the last week & have been perched on the point!
There were friends of his staying for a bit, they are birders, & they reported that the pair captured & ate a Snow Goose!
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Re: Nest #20 Whaling Station Bay - 2012-2013 season
« Reply #2 on: February 06, 2013, 03:37:14 PM »
February 6 2013.

Youngster drinking from a rain puddle near the ocean. There is a seal carcass nearby, and 5 or 6 youngsters of various ages are hanging about.

This is west of Nest 20, between it and Belcarra Nest.

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Re: Nest #20 Whaling Station Bay - 2012-2013 season
« Reply #3 on: February 06, 2013, 08:57:14 PM »
sweet pictures, wren ~ thanks for posting!

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Re: Nest #20 Whaling Station Bay - 2012-2013 season
« Reply #4 on: February 07, 2013, 08:17:29 AM »


Wonderful Wren!!!  Gitchi Miigwetch for posting!!
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Re: Nest #20 Whaling Station Bay - 2012-2013 season
« Reply #5 on: March 19, 2013, 08:09:54 PM »
 
Yesterday as i was driving by, i noticed the bay beside Nest #20 had had a huge Herring Spawn.
The water was the lovely milky blue colour, Sea Lions were swimming back & forth in groups, there were three or four Seals where normally you might see one, & there were LOTS of Eagles of all ages.
The air has this lovely fresh smell to it.
It was a fabulous sunny day, & high tide, when i took this video of the lovely colour.
The blue milky colour is caused by the males depositing their milt/sperm in the water where the females have attached their eggs to the seaweed.
 
march 18 2013 11:53 - Herring Spawn & Seals

 
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5j2CIrQaySA" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5j2CIrQaySA</a>
 
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Re: Nest #20 Whaling Station Bay - 2012-2013 season
« Reply #6 on: March 19, 2013, 08:25:20 PM »
 
Later in the day, at the same bay, i spotted one tree that had FIVE Eagles perched there!
There was one of almost every age, all perched together in the same tree.
 
march 18 2013 17:17 - five Eagles to a Tree!
 


This one is a gorgeous three year old about to turn four.
The three year old eye stripe is fading to the more white feathers of the four year old.
The eye is yellow with just a hint of brown still.
The beak is almost totally yellow, with some splotches of black still visible.
Like the head, the tail is growing out whiter, but the tail feather tips are still dark brown



Here we have a one year old turning two on the left.
See the brown eye, getting more yellow, not as dark as an Eaglet*s.
Notice the lovely golden cap of head feathers.
& on the back, the white diamond shape of feathers that indicates a two year old!
Tail feathers are still quite dark, but there will be some white in them higher up.
The beak still has quite a bit of dark, but there is more yellow that a first year Eaglet.

On their right is a four year old turning five.
Most of the head feathers have turned white with just a few patches of brown remaining.
The tail feathers still have dark tips.
The beak & the eyes are pretty much the colour of an adult*s now.
Cool seeing them side by side!


 
http://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/8570046911/#
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Re: Nest #20 Whaling Station Bay - 2012-2013 season
« Reply #7 on: April 01, 2013, 09:02:12 PM »
I was having a chat with one of the neighbours of this nest on the 20th of March and we heard some gulling from this nest, which now looks completely rebuilt. An adult eagle flew off the nest, and seconds later another adult flew in and settled down below the rim. I do believe that what we saw was a switch-over, and that these eagles are incubating.

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Re: Nest #20 Whaling Station Bay - 2012-2013 season
« Reply #8 on: April 02, 2013, 11:21:25 AM »
thanks wren for keeping an eye on the other nests,  wish the happy couple much success
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Re: Nest #20 Whaling Station Bay - 2012-2013 season
« Reply #9 on: April 08, 2013, 08:34:03 PM »
 
The close neighbour of this Nest asked if i thought the Eagles were using this Nest this year?
Last year a good portion of the Nest blew down in a wind storm, & this pair didn*t nest.
So we went by there to take a peek.
The whole time i could hear a female gulling, but i could not spot her.
Then the male flew to a perch tree nearby & trilled, & i heard the female gulling out of sight again.
Could she be incubating in the Nest?
i took fotos of the Nest, hoping to spot her between the sticks.
Looking at these fotos afterwards, all i could see were sticks.
The more i looked, i thought i saw what could be a white head.
Then suddenly the big eye & the yellow beak jumped out at me.
Once you see them, you wonder how you could have missed in the first place.
For one thing, the eye is always WAY bigger than i expect it to be!
 
march 18 2013 15:48 - incubating female on Nest #20
 





 
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Re: Nest #20 Whaling Station Bay - 2012-2013 season
« Reply #10 on: April 08, 2013, 09:20:41 PM »
Booni that is sooooo  coool to see that eye loooking at you.   Great Job!!!!! :ecsmile
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Re: Nest #20 Whaling Station Bay - 2012-2013 season
« Reply #11 on: April 09, 2013, 10:11:59 AM »
 
Deb, the top two fotos, the eye is definitely poised to be able to look at me THROUGH the sticks!
There is NO sneaking up on an Eagle!
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Re: Nest #20 Whaling Station Bay - 2012-2013 season
« Reply #12 on: April 10, 2013, 10:27:53 AM »
I notice she took the time to put her eyeliner on...  :ecwink
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Re: Nest #20 Whaling Station Bay - 2012-2013 season
« Reply #13 on: June 02, 2013, 11:10:59 PM »

This afternoon I biked to the area of this nest... And as soon as I got nearby, I heard some squeeing sounds.... An eaglet! They're starting to be audible from the ground now.

Later I heard both parents in a tree right near the nest. it was warm and sunny for once, so they had left the nest uncovered, it sounds like. So there were lots of calls from the nest.

I couldn't find the adults in the dense trees or see anything over the rim of the nest.

But closer to sunset I went for a walk on the beach past this nest. I saw one adult coming in and the other leave from the nest, and heard lots of squeeing again... This time clearly two sets! In the coming dusk I could see the back side of the adult moving around, possibly in feeding motions, which would explain why the eaglets were so vocal.

So, two eaglets in this nest!
(At least two, I should say.... But have we ever had triplets on Hornby?)

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Re: Nest #20 Whaling Station Bay - 2012-2013 season
« Reply #14 on: June 20, 2013, 08:43:02 AM »
 
On our walks we do a lot of sitting on the beach near where the Periwinkles hang out.
From there it is easy to see the point where Nest #20 & its perch trees are.
i have been hearing Eaglet sounds for weeks, but i keep telling myself that it is adults i am hearing, making their Eaglet-type sounds.
But yesterday, i am convinced that it is now at least one Eaglet that i a hearing, even from so far away.
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