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Offline NancyM

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Re: Nest 22 - Helliwell - 2012-2013 season
« Reply #30 on: March 19, 2013, 11:10:38 AM »
Great pictures, wren!  Thank you for posting them (and the explanation of the head position ;)  )

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Re: Nest 22 - Helliwell - 2012-2013 season
« Reply #31 on: March 19, 2013, 09:42:24 PM »
Two little bays further, closer to Nest 22, I found another group of eagles flying around and arguing.

March 16, 12:45  - Click to enlarge.











As I drifted further into that little bay I found out what was attracting all those eagles.
12:46


Here's someone with a nice full crop... Another dozen eagles at this site.
12:48



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Re: Nest 22 - Helliwell - 2012-2013 season
« Reply #32 on: March 19, 2013, 10:01:28 PM »
Wonderful pictures wren, just love to see the youngsters, thank you.

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Re: Nest 22 - Helliwell - 2012-2013 season
« Reply #33 on: March 29, 2013, 10:30:48 AM »
 
Gregg was walking in Helliwell when he noticed an Eagle dangling from a treetop!
He took three videos with his cellphone & i stuck them all together.
It turns out this was TWO Eagles!
They must have done the grab-each-other*s-feet & cartwheel thing, then wouldn*t or couldn*t let go in time & both crashed into the treetops.
So one is face down & the other is hanging from them, upside down.
It looks like the lower one is spinning from one leg/foot from the others*.
Now, the action is quite far away, so i found i had to watch this video quite a few times before i could really see what was going on.
Watch the video as big as you can make it, & turn the sound way up.
The vocalizations are very interesting.
You can see one Eagle flying away in the last clip.
 
Two Eagles entangled in Helliwell - by Gregg
 
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fm4x-eV0RzY" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fm4x-eV0RzY</a>
 
wooohoooo!

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Re: Nest 22 - Helliwell - 2012-2013 season
« Reply #34 on: March 29, 2013, 12:09:45 PM »
Amazing video, Booni - many thanks to Gregg, and to you for posting it here! 

Yes, I saw one of the eagles getting away, but I hope they both came out of this OK?

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Re: Nest 22 - Helliwell - 2012-2013 season
« Reply #35 on: April 23, 2013, 11:10:03 PM »
The day after I took the last series of photos I posted on this thread, I returned to Flora Islet. The weather was much nicer and the light more suitable for photography. There were still many eagles around.

Adult eagle on Flora Islet, March 17,







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Re: Nest 22 - Helliwell - 2012-2013 season
« Reply #36 on: April 23, 2013, 11:21:34 PM »
I paddled around toward the outer islets. On the first one I found this beautiful youngster.

March 17, 10:38









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Re: Nest 22 - Helliwell - 2012-2013 season
« Reply #37 on: April 23, 2013, 11:51:44 PM »
A few minutes earlier I spotted this flock of shore birds.
Click to enlarge the picture: there are at least two kinds of birds here, one much larger than the other.

March 17, 10:32



They were flying low, so I followed them. I saw them landing on one of the outer islets and a few minutes later I found them there.
The smaller birds in the background look like Dunlins, with their curved bills. The larger ones in the foreground were a surprise: Surfbirds! I had been told to look for them, especially in the spring and fall, but this was the first time I saw them. They look a lot like Turnstones from a distance but they have some yellow at the base of the bill and yellow legs. And they are quite a bit larger.
March 17, 10:38



Cropped view of the Surfbirds (who, true to their name, are foraging in the surf).



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Re: Nest 22 - Helliwell - 2012-2013 season
« Reply #38 on: April 24, 2013, 06:47:38 AM »
 :heart :heart Super series of sights and photos Wrennie! The cloud of turnstones must have been a thrill!

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Re: Nest 22 - Helliwell - 2012-2013 season
« Reply #39 on: May 14, 2013, 10:56:59 PM »
On April 24, I took another little trip along the shore of this territory, at the end of a day.

Well what do you know. As I approached Flora Islet, I saw that it was already covered in blossoms, two weeks early!
April 24, 6:07 pm


I paddled past some of the denizens... Here, two handsome Harlequins. At this time of year I often see some male Harlequins in a duller version of the adult plumage; I'm thinking they are probably young males and this is a transitional garb.
Many seabirds have already left for their breeding grounds but there were still a lot of Harlequins around.
6:07 pm


Several Oystercatchers were sitting on gravel bars on Flora and the surrounding islets. Not on eggs yet, though. Maybe just the time of day... This one was on the big gravel beach.
6:09 pm


Oystercatcher shuggle...
6:09 pm


(Click on the picture to see the fuzzy down stuck on that red bill.)



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Re: Nest 22 - Helliwell - 2012-2013 season
« Reply #40 on: May 15, 2013, 11:58:44 AM »
I've really been enjoying this thread and your stories, Wren. Wiah I could be in the Kayak or canoe right along with you, but this is almost that good.

Hey, maybe when we watch Gregg's last video we will understand it better if we point our noses at the ceiling and watch it from the back wall!!  :biggrin3
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Re: Nest 22 - Helliwell - 2012-2013 season
« Reply #41 on: May 16, 2013, 03:33:01 AM »
Yes, Faerie, that would put you right in the atmosphere! Seems to be the best way for an Elephant seal to get binocular vision, anyway...


So on April 24, I beached my kayak on Flora Islet, and was greeted with sights worthy of a Faerie Gardener.

Here, sea blush (Plectritis congesta) in pink, monkey-flower (probably Mimulus guttatus) in yellow, and camas in blue.
April 24, 6:21 pm



Here is the big patch of sea blush we saw from the water, with a camas meadow in front. Click twice on the picture and get lost in blossoms.
6:24 pm







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Re: Nest 22 - Helliwell - 2012-2013 season
« Reply #42 on: May 16, 2013, 03:54:34 AM »
April 24 continued...
The camas are just starting, in bud here, on the far side of the island. The shooting stars are most likely Dodecatheon pulchellum, the Few-flowered shooting star. They are a wild relative of the cyclamen.

Click the picture to enlarge it, and find yourself as I was, on my belly in the path, staring at those beauties, holding my breath lest I wake up and this enchantment vanish.
6:33 pm






So few people pass here... The paths are just about buried in blossoms. Sea blush (pink), camas (blue) and Western Buttercup (yellow).
6:35 pm




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Re: Nest 22 - Helliwell - 2012-2013 season
« Reply #43 on: May 16, 2013, 04:10:03 AM »
April 24...
Red-winged Blackbird on the light tower (a navigational beacon - Flora Islet is at the eastern end of Hornby island)
6:36 pm



6:39



A short while later, I pass by the light tower again and it holds a much larger bird!
7:03 pm



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Re: Nest 22 - Helliwell - 2012-2013 season
« Reply #44 on: May 16, 2013, 09:08:29 AM »
magical photos - thank you so much Wren!