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Re: Ground Observations 2018-2019
« Reply #105 on: January 08, 2019, 12:00:25 PM »
 
january 3 2018 12:41 - Em in Fosters* Fir
 

 

 

 
 
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Re: Ground Observations 2018-2019
« Reply #106 on: January 08, 2019, 12:21:42 PM »
 
Next time i found the Eagles, it was a sunny day!
THIS Eagle in The Fork Tree was the first i spotted .
Hard to believe this is the same Eagle, from this first foto to the next three.
 
january 6 2018 13:45 - Eagle in The Fork Tree
 

 


i could hear another Eagle calling nearby, but i*m not sure where they were.
 

 

 

 
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Re: Ground Observations 2018-2019
« Reply #107 on: January 08, 2019, 12:25:16 PM »
 
The next Eagle i found with this one.
 
january 6 2018 13:53 - Em at the top of The Babysitting Tree
 

 

 

 

 

 
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Re: Ground Observations 2018-2019
« Reply #108 on: January 09, 2019, 03:22:30 AM »
Em sure looked bedragglged   :ohno- poor thing - I don't recognize the other eagle  :nope

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Re: Ground Observations 2018-2019
« Reply #109 on: January 23, 2019, 09:39:55 AM »
 
i was out in the yard when i realized there was someone on the other side of my gate talking to me!
Took me a bit to register who he was.
He was telling me that an Orca was beached down at Grassy Point & that there were Sea Lions there that seemed to be harassing them.
He had called 911 & 411, but they weren*t able to help him.
Then he called our local Fire Department.
He was told by the fella in the Gas Bar to talk to me.
i also got a call from the Fire Department about this fella & the Orca.
i said i*d go take a look.
When i got down there, i saw two men looking at something in the water to the right of the point, one of the fellas was the one who came by my place.
i was imagining all sorts of scenarios.
If you remember, this was the day there were all sorts of extra Eagles in our nesting territory!
Was there a beached Orca & the Eagles were feeding, is that why there were so many.
i made sure to bring Marielle*s phone number, to call her to get advice.
Was i ever relieved to see this when i got closer to where the men were watching.
The fella was SURE this was an Orca dorsal fin.
What i see is a Sea Lion, lying on their right side with their left flipper up in the air.
This is what they do, often many of them in one spot.
Over to the left you see the snoozing snout coming out of the water for a breath of air, & there also is indeed the head of a second Sea Lion right in the middle there, too.
 
january 21 2018 12:39 - snoozing Sea Lion
 


Here you see the left flipper again, & the tail to the right.
 


Here are two fotos of the snout coming up for air while snoozing.
 


In this one you can actually see the open nostrils, two of them, open & taking in air.
You can also see the water still on the snout & head, before it rushes off.
 


Here is a video of the action.
The fella was NOT happy with my assessment.
He was still sure he was seeing an Orca fin, & if the Sea Lion was snoozing, why weren*t they drifting with the tide?
& why was the Sea Lion sleeping for so long, was that normal?
i answered as best i could, but he went away unsatisfied, i felt.
i later got a message from the Fire Department.
The original fella who reported this had gone in there & shown him fotos of what he was convinced was an Orca dorsal fin.
The fella at the Fire Department was convinced too.
So i sent him a few videos of snoozing Sea Lions, which he found amazing.
He thanked us for helping the Birds & Animals of Hornby Island.
i thanked him for what HE does!
It was also suggested that this Sea Lion was entangled, which would explain why they weren*t drifting at all.
So we stayed for a while & watched the Sea Lion, not thrashing or panicking as though entangled, but drifting to the left & snoozing, & finally disappearing under the water after their snooze was complete.

january 21 2019 12:27 - snoozing Sea Lion
 
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o5jSaGBHx28" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o5jSaGBHx28</a>
 
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Re: Ground Observations 2018-2019
« Reply #110 on: January 23, 2019, 09:53:58 AM »
 
While we were watching the Sea Lion, to make sure they were okay, i spotted this Bird out on the water & was trying to get decent fotos of him.
From my fotos it seemed that he had some kind of Fish in his bill!
So i did a video to watch.
 
january 21 2019 12:58 - Red-breasted Merganser with Fish
 
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wLQpigv7avw" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wLQpigv7avw</a>

Here*s the best foto i got of him.
 

 

 
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Re: Ground Observations 2018-2019
« Reply #111 on: January 23, 2019, 12:54:38 PM »
This is very interesting. Thanks for tvideos. :heart
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Re: Ground Observations 2018-2019
« Reply #112 on: January 23, 2019, 07:12:49 PM »
Glad it turned out well booni.. what a hoot

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Re: Ground Observations 2018-2019
« Reply #113 on: January 23, 2019, 09:49:39 PM »
What a relief, booni!  You lead such an interesting and varied life.   :thumbup:
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Re: Ground Observations 2018-2019
« Reply #114 on: January 24, 2019, 06:04:10 PM »
 
Report from a neighbour who lives near Grassy Point to the left on the water!

Eagle Feeding frenzy at Grassy Point .  One eagle got a Sea gull.  0ver 10 eagles have arrived  and are fighting  over it.
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Re: Ground Observations 2018-2019
« Reply #115 on: January 24, 2019, 07:09:14 PM »
That must have been something to see!
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Re: Ground Observations 2018-2019
« Reply #116 on: January 24, 2019, 08:51:08 PM »
That doesn't sound like a lot of food available.. hard to see the fighting

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Re: Ground Observations 2018-2019
« Reply #117 on: January 25, 2019, 02:03:02 AM »
 :scared I agree with Cawatcher  :ohno

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Re: Ground Observations 2018-2019
« Reply #118 on: January 25, 2019, 10:35:08 AM »
You can't assume that there is lack of food, eagles are opportunistic, if other eagles see an eagle with food, they all want it.  I am sure we have all witnessed this (at some point or other) watching wildlife cams.

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Re: Ground Observations 2018-2019
« Reply #119 on: January 25, 2019, 01:23:46 PM »
Good point