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Re: Ground Observations 2018-2019
« Reply #390 on: August 31, 2019, 08:43:37 PM »
August 26, 7:58 pm
Suddenly Churbles makes up her mind.




And takes off directly toward the photographer, then angles right, toward Constable's Fir.












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Re: Ground Observations 2018-2019
« Reply #391 on: August 31, 2019, 08:43:51 PM »
Churbles has landed on Constable's Fir, and all I can see is a lot of confused flapping.

By the time I get a better view, she's still at it... Way beyond a beginning flier's awkward landing.
She's landed on the very tip of a skinny broken branch, and seems determined to balance on it.

From my viewpoint that branch seems vertical, but a more distant viewpoint will reveal it as being at about a 45 degree angle.
The decaying top of the tree is just behind her. By the time I took these photos, she had been at this for just over a minute.

August 26, 8pm











We were talking about the size and shape of her beak... From this point of view, closer to the ground, it looks very different, compared to the views near the top of the Babysitting Tree.





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Re: Ground Observations 2018-2019
« Reply #392 on: August 31, 2019, 08:44:11 PM »
Churbles is still trying to balance at the end of her branch atop Constable's Fir. She has now been at this strange project for nearly two minutes. For the second or third time she puts her beak to work as well as her feet.

Even from the ground I can hear the dry scraping sounds of talons and beak!

August 26, 8 pm



All this in beautiful evening light... Lucky photographer.
We can see the little tassels at the end of Churbles's secondaries here.







8:01 pm




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Re: Ground Observations 2018-2019
« Reply #393 on: September 05, 2019, 04:40:05 PM »
Wonderful photos Wren! :heart Thanks
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Re: Ground Observations 2018-2019
« Reply #394 on: September 06, 2019, 12:46:28 AM »
Thank you to everyone that kept us up on the adventure of this season's nest. Love and miss you all. :hearts2
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Re: Ground Observations 2018-2019
« Reply #395 on: September 08, 2019, 02:25:29 AM »
that golden light makes  the photos look like paintings - just gorgeous! Very lovely series, and great detail of a  beautiful bird. :thumbup:

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Re: Ground Observations 2018-2019
« Reply #396 on: September 09, 2019, 07:59:18 AM »
 
This was posted on a Bird sighting page i follow.
Almost could be Churbles!
& Qualicum is not far away at all.
 
september 8 2019 - Eaglet post
 


september 8 2019 - Eaglet by Sharon Pilkey
 

 

 
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Re: Ground Observations 2018-2019
« Reply #397 on: September 09, 2019, 11:48:18 AM »
That would be amazing.  Wishing the very best to Churbles
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Re: Ground Observations 2018-2019
« Reply #398 on: September 09, 2019, 01:09:07 PM »
A beauty or twin! maybe contact her see if she has a front aspect??

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Re: Ground Observations 2018-2019
« Reply #399 on: September 09, 2019, 05:57:09 PM »
Beautiful !! I hope Churbles is well.
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Re: Ground Observations 2018-2019
« Reply #400 on: September 09, 2019, 06:15:13 PM »
Thank you Winterwren and Booni for the fabulous photos of beautiful Churbles!  :heart
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Re: Ground Observations 2018-2019
« Reply #401 on: September 12, 2019, 07:37:05 PM »
More photos from August 26!

Churbles, still on Constable's Fir, finally gives up on standing right at the tip of the branch and pauses a little further down.

August 26, 8:01 pm  - click photos to enlarge.








After this, she shuffled her way down the branch to the trunk. Then started pecking at the rotting wood...

8:03


Meanwhile, down below, I'm swatting away the flying termites that are everywhere this time of year... And that's when the question occured to me... Do eagles eat insects? Might Churbles be picking some juicy termites up there too? To which AJL answered yes, eagles do eat insects, she's seen Mom Hornby do it several times.

Who knows...



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Re: Ground Observations 2018-2019
« Reply #402 on: September 12, 2019, 07:50:12 PM »
Two more minutes, and wouldn't you know it -- Churbles decides to climb to the very end of that branch yet again!

Here she goes!
August 26, 8:05 pm



Beak again. I can hear it from below, clack, clack, talons and beak.



Ta-dah!


But again this is just a few seconds of balance... And then after playing with that project a little longer, Churbles shuffles sideways down the branch again.
8:06



This is actually where she settled for the night, from what we could see later on the cam.




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Re: Ground Observations 2018-2019
« Reply #403 on: September 13, 2019, 05:32:01 AM »
Super!

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Re: Ground Observations 2018-2019
« Reply #404 on: September 16, 2019, 09:09:55 AM »
 
Yesterday in the lovely sunshine i did some assessment fotos of the stump & wide angle camera from the back side of the Nest.
 
september 15 2019 13:08 - the stump
 

 


There was, i believe, black electrical tape flapping back in august that now seems to be gone.
 

 

 

 
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