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Offline NancyM

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Re: Nest #15 - eaglet Decker
« Reply #60 on: September 07, 2010, 08:16:05 PM »
Lovely, booni!  You have HEART for sure  :kiss*

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Re: Nest #15 - eaglet Decker
« Reply #61 on: September 07, 2010, 08:48:38 PM »
Thanks for the 'bedtime story' booni. Nice that the water was so calm for little Decker's first boat trip. He was in loving hands, whether he knew it or not!
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Re: Nest #15 - eaglet Decker
« Reply #62 on: September 07, 2010, 09:02:39 PM »
Thank you for telling us about Decker's first boat ride and sharing the video, Booni.  It was very nice to see how things unfolded and the sky was an extra treat!  You, Wren and Dan, along with Maj, Doug and Sheila, are very special people.   :s*
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Re: Nest #15 - eaglet Decker
« Reply #63 on: September 07, 2010, 09:03:13 PM »
Thank you, Booni.  I was just about to leave the chatroom, when I saw your link.  Nice way to end the evening...good thoughts about Decker, you, Wren, and Dan.  All is well on Hornby!!!  You people are so compassionate and have huge hearts!  :heart :heart :heart

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Re: Nest #15 - eaglet Decker
« Reply #64 on: September 07, 2010, 09:32:48 PM »
Booni, thank you so much for the video.  You all had a very long day, but a rewarding one in that you did get Decker to MARS and the capable hands there.  And a magnificent west coast sunset to end the day.
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Re: Nest #15 - eaglet Decker
« Reply #65 on: September 08, 2010, 06:28:17 AM »
Booni....fantastic video (as usual) and great narrative.  I loved where you patted decker's cage....No doubt where your heart is with these birds.

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Re: Nest #15 - eaglet Decker
« Reply #66 on: September 08, 2010, 07:34:51 AM »
booni - that was a lovely video - so nice to see some more of the surroundings of Hornby Island.  Decker is one lucky guy to have fallen into the hands of H.E.A.R.T. and MARS!
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Re: Nest #15 - eaglet Decker
« Reply #67 on: September 09, 2010, 05:16:40 AM »
Great narrative and super video Booni.  That was some sunset. 'Red sky at night, sailors delight' (I live by the sea or it would be sheperds delight!) Thanks so much for posting it all.  :nod2

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Re: Nest #15 - eaglet Decker
« Reply #68 on: September 11, 2010, 07:19:18 PM »
Okay, these are a bit out of time order with the above video, however, here are some fotos i took of Decker the evening winterwren captured him.
We found him perched on this log on the beach, & were able to get closer & closer to observe him.
i stood with my camera on him while wren got even closer to try to capture him.
Here he is, perched on his tree, with one foot hanging down.
In some of the fotos i took, his foot is clenched.
i believe they do this to relax & stretch the foot.

august 16 2010 5:06pm - Decker as we found him on the beach



In this foto, you can see his enlarged crop.
i took this as a good sign, that he had eaten.
But a full crop isn*t always a good thing.
He had last been observed eating when wren & Doug tossed him the fish head at 11am this day.
So, unless he had eaten again since, which is unlikely, his crop was still full since his last meal, which means the food hadn*t passed into his stomach to be digested, meaning also that the food was sort of stuck there, not getting used.
Also Maj had warned that if the crop is full, during the terror of capture, they may throw up the contents of the crop, then inhale them into the lungs, which is a very serious situation.
Because of the full crop, wren & i agonized over whether we should try to capture Decker.
We did NOT want to cause him harm.
But we both went with our gut feeling, which was that he needed care, thus we needed to capture him.
The crop here is so full that it has pushed aside the larger brown feathers, exposing the down feathers underneath.

august 16 2010 5:23pm - a closer view of Decker



august 16 2010 5:28 pm - another view of Decker



Can i even BEGIN to describe to you the thrill & awe i felt to be so close to such a magnificent being???
wooohoooo!

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Re: Nest #15 - eaglet Decker
« Reply #69 on: September 11, 2010, 07:58:16 PM »
Thanks, booni.

I kept trying to determine if his tail feathers were all there. The first photo has the best view of his tail.
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Re: Nest #15 - eaglet Decker
« Reply #70 on: September 11, 2010, 08:06:34 PM »
Blue, you can see, in the Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society thread, the screencapture i took showing Decker*s tail this evening that we captured him.
His tail feathers were already missing.

Here is the link to the post containing the foto.

You may have noticed, in the video i posted higher in this thread of Decker on the beach, that at one point he did a poopshot.
Once he left the area, wren & i headed to this spot to try to find it, knowing that the poop would have a story to tell.
Here is what we found.

august 16 2010 5:36pm - Decker*s poopshot the way we found it



i *opened up* the poop to show the colour of the green a bit better.
The fact that the poop was green like this, is a definite sign that something is wrong.
The green colour strengthened our resolve to capture Decker, the sooner the better.

august 16 2010 5:37pm - Decker*s poopshot up close & opened up



wooohoooo!

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Re: Nest #15 - eaglet Decker
« Reply #71 on: September 11, 2010, 08:08:49 PM »
Almost heart-shaped, Booni!  What a guy!   :eclol
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Re: Nest #15 - eaglet Decker
« Reply #72 on: September 11, 2010, 08:23:38 PM »
Booni, those are wonderful pictures - and when I click through to the largest versions, there is so much detail in them - like the way Decker's crop revealed his downy feathers.

When I first looked at the poop pictures, I thought the green was some seaweed or leaf the that poop had covered, but if that was the real color of the contents, then it I can understand your alarm.  You and wren did wonderful work that day!  :eclove

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Re: Nest #15 - eaglet Decker
« Reply #73 on: September 11, 2010, 08:27:02 PM »
You are a real detective, booni.

Thanks for being you!  :redheart
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Re: Nest #15 - eaglet Decker
« Reply #74 on: September 11, 2010, 08:29:20 PM »
Yes, I now remember the photo in flight with the feathers missing.  :nod2
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