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Heron Rocks nest - 2018-2109 season
« on: December 04, 2018, 08:15:01 PM »
This topic is about the Heron Rocks nest and its territory.
This territory includes the Heron Rocks Cooperative Campground, the western part of Olsen Farm, Toby Islet, the collection of reefs that the territory and campground are named after, and Norris Rocks, a series of larger reefs further away offshore.

A few years ago, the eagles built a new nest on the Olsen Farm part of their territory, so that confused the issue somewhat.
In the winters I often see a pair of eagles perched above the campground, near where the nest used to be, in addition to the pair perching near the new nest or on the reefs, and this further confuses me. I have not been able to locate another nest, so far.

Last year, the known nesting pair had 2 eaglets.
They are often among the last to fledge among the island eagles.

Click here to find last year's postings about this nest, and a link to the previous year.
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Re: Heron Rocks nest - 2018-2109 season
« Reply #1 on: December 04, 2018, 09:06:29 PM »
December 2. Kayaking from Ford Cove, which is full of krill, to check if that is the case elsewhere. There are a few large flocks of gulls feeding out in the channel but by now they have moved west of here and are starting to drift north.

As often, a pair of eagles is perched near where the last campground nest sat for a couple of years.
Heron Rocks camground, December 2, 12:09


Around the corner, behind Toby Islet, no krill; the usual seabirds are here, including this female Bufflehead who let me drift close enough for a portrait.
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Re: Heron Rocks nest - 2018-2109 season
« Reply #2 on: December 04, 2018, 09:20:39 PM »
It's high tide but there is still just enough room for another pair of eagles on the largest Heron Rock. The other pair are still in their tree above the campground.

The background is changing because i'm paddling my way around the rock, slowly so they don't fly away.

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Re: Heron Rocks nest - 2018-2109 season
« Reply #3 on: December 06, 2018, 03:26:51 AM »
wonderful photos!  :puzzled2 this will be a very l o n g seson -  almost 11 years?  :whistle

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Re: Heron Rocks nest - 2018-2109 season
« Reply #4 on: April 12, 2019, 08:54:57 AM »
 
We went for a walk in the Sun shine at Heron Rocks.
As we came down the driveway towards the water, an Eagle was in the usual perch Tree to our right.
Suddenly another Eagle appeared to our right & the first Eagle chased them!
You could hear feathers clashing with feathers & branches as one flipped upside down right at Tree top level, & they both spun to the ground at high speed.
Just before they hit they let go & soared off.
Wow!

i believe these are the Heron Rocks pair.
 
march 28 2019 14:13 - Eagle pair
 

 

 


Here*s the male, nearby over our heads.
 


i was trying to get a foto of both of them perched side by side when they blasted off before i could.
 

 
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Re: Heron Rocks nest - 2018-2109 season
« Reply #5 on: April 27, 2019, 09:24:33 AM »
 
We went to check out the Wildflowers at Heron Rocks & my buddy spotted these invisible little Birds in the rotting seaweed next to the beached logs.
They were so hard to spot!
They seemed to be noodling something out of the seaweed.
 
april 26 2019 13:34 - Sanderlings
 

 

 

 

 

 
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Re: Heron Rocks nest - 2018-2109 season
« Reply #6 on: April 27, 2019, 10:25:34 PM »
Maybe little crabs and other tasty critters, booni?    :puzzled2
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Re: Heron Rocks nest - 2018-2109 season
« Reply #7 on: May 13, 2019, 10:25:10 AM »
 
i went to Herons Rocks yesterday morning for four hours to help them prepare for their annual Plant Sale!
i was busy doing something with Tomatoes & my pal kept telling me to look at the Eagle pair behind me but i was busy & kept forgetting to look.
Fortunately they waited for me.
The fotos didn*t come out all that sharp, darnit, but what the heck.
 
may 12 2019 12:06 - Heron Rocks Eagle pair
 

 


Female to the right, larger, & as usual she is the one who is stained on the face & tail from Seal or Sea Lion fat eating, i wonder why this is?
 

 

 

 
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Re: Heron Rocks nest - 2018-2109 season
« Reply #8 on: May 13, 2019, 10:29:06 AM »
 
This one*s about the best of them all.
 
may 12 2019 12:07 - Heron Rocks Eagle pair


 

 

 
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Re: Heron Rocks nest - 2018-2109 season
« Reply #9 on: May 14, 2019, 02:20:34 AM »
Nice! :whistle

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Re: Heron Rocks nest - 2018-2109 season
« Reply #10 on: May 20, 2019, 10:50:41 AM »
 
Yesterday was the annual Heron Rocks Plant Sale, which i LOVE!
Got there early & got a good parking spot & unloaded all my cardboard boxes to put plants in, then had a peek at what i could see on the roped off tables.
i don*t need any more plants, but, hey, it is for a good cause, ahem.
We were all interrupting this lovely Woodpecker who kept poking holes for sap into this little Tree!
You can see the fabulous tomato plants for sale on the table in the background.
We have some fabulous gardeners on Hornby.
 
may 19 2019 10:29 - Red-breasted Sapsucker
 

 


 
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Re: Heron Rocks nest - 2018-2109 season
« Reply #11 on: May 20, 2019, 10:56:19 AM »
Wow a double treat!!

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Re: Heron Rocks nest - 2018-2109 season
« Reply #12 on: May 20, 2019, 08:44:56 PM »
Really neat,  and the bird also  :thumbup:
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Re: Heron Rocks nest - 2018-2109 season
« Reply #13 on: August 17, 2019, 09:01:36 PM »
A walk on the beach alongside the Heron Rocks territory.

From the trail I can catch a peek at the nest and nobody seemed to be in it.

From the beach I heard screeps and soon found the screeper:

August 12, 7 pm



7:05. Same eaglet, same branch, different angle. Also I hear another eaglet somewhere to the right and further away.




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Re: Heron Rocks nest - 2018-2109 season
« Reply #14 on: August 17, 2019, 09:12:23 PM »
A bit further along... Looking for that second eaglet... I start hearing two-note calls from an adult. Really close! But can't see anything.

Finally in a tangle of branches I see the adult. Whose calls coincide with each time I take a few steps, so those are probably warning calls.
August 12, 7 pm



This eagle is sometimes calling and sometimes just moving food from his or her crop.