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Offline boonibarb

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Re: Ground Observations - 2011-2012 Season
« Reply #1470 on: September 26, 2012, 08:41:05 AM »

Gotta look around & make sure nothing*s going on right after a preen.
Notice her feathers are all ruffled up just after preening, before she settles them in again.
Cool how they just KNOW what to do already.
 
july 22 2012 13:08 - Hali on the wide angle cam - 003-648
 

 
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Re: Ground Observations - 2011-2012 Season
« Reply #1471 on: September 26, 2012, 08:45:57 AM »

Here you can see the sweet white tips of her head feathers again.
She is looking towards the water, or the Peters* Tree, or both.
Her belly feathers are all ruffled up again as she tucks her right clenched/relaxed foot up to a comfortable perching pose.
 
july 22 2012 13:09 - Hali on the wide angle cam - 003-649
 

 
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Re: Ground Observations - 2011-2012 Season
« Reply #1472 on: September 26, 2012, 08:43:32 PM »
So, here are some of the critters you might see and some ways to tell them apart.

Many thanks, wren ... what about otters?



Booni - terrific pictures of Hali! :ty

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Re: Ground Observations - 2011-2012 Season
« Reply #1473 on: September 26, 2012, 10:14:52 PM »
Nancy, I don't know if you would be able to spot otters from the cam. When they are ashore, they blend perfectly with the rocks, and when they swim they usually stay pretty close to shore. Only their head shows up above the water. I guess if you see something that looks like a seal but is way too small and too close to shore to be a seal, it's an otter. Otters often hang out in small groups of up to 6 individuals.

I went paddling around the territory this afternoon, and the biggest surprise was the number of Red-necked Grebes around. They're not super-abundant, but there seems to be a pair outside of each little bay, in territories roughly the size of a loon's. Also at one point a loon was vocalizing very near me. What a wonderful feeling that was! It reminds me again that I'd like to get a sound recorder. There were big flocks of Black Turnstones and several groups of Harlequins, and they too were making interesting sounds.

There's one thing I should add about grebes in general: like the loons, they are built for swimming, with the feet set far back on the body. So you're not likely to see them on shore or in the shallows. They keep to open water.

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Re: Ground Observations - 2011-2012 Season
« Reply #1474 on: September 26, 2012, 11:21:37 PM »
Booni, I've fallen in love all over again with Hali.  She has Mom's 'do and Dad's gaze.  Thank you so much for these wonderful photos.

Wren, thank you for the "critter" insight.  It will make the viewing so much more enjoyable.

You are both a blessing!

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Re: Ground Observations - 2011-2012 Season
« Reply #1475 on: September 27, 2012, 09:11:52 AM »

wren, one of our drivers spotted Otters with the cam june 20!

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Re: Ground Observations - 2011-2012 Season
« Reply #1476 on: September 27, 2012, 09:43:02 AM »
Thank you, wren. As booni pointed out, I was sure we had spotted otters from the cam (and perhaps will see them better with the new view).


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Re: Ground Observations - 2011-2012 Season
« Reply #1477 on: September 27, 2012, 01:04:19 PM »
In this video, starting at 3:10 are these otters, the three in the water? Lower right side of view.

Fog and  cam off air may have oblitterated 2 ships viewing

Two Flickers on top of stump and WA Cam

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Re: Ground Observations - 2011-2012 Season
« Reply #1478 on: September 27, 2012, 01:09:19 PM »
I thought ducks emc but watched 2 more times .. maybe?? :puzzled2

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Re: Ground Observations - 2011-2012 Season
« Reply #1479 on: September 27, 2012, 03:23:33 PM »
wren, one of our drivers spotted Otters with the cam june 20!

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Impressive! I never thought we'd be able to identify them. The best giveaway was in the first video; one of them stretched his or her neck way out of the water, 'spyhopping'.

The general pattern of movement matched what otters do, also.

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Re: Ground Observations - 2011-2012 Season
« Reply #1480 on: September 27, 2012, 03:27:53 PM »
In this video, starting at 3:10 are these otters, the three in the water? Lower right side of view.



Ducks. I see someone shaking wings on the very first emergence from the water, and I see a pattern of white and black - white body and dark head? So possibly mergansers, given the date.

BEAUTIFUL view of the flickers, earlier in the video.  :heart

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Re: Ground Observations - 2011-2012 Season
« Reply #1481 on: September 27, 2012, 06:58:06 PM »

Time for another scratch!
Nictitating membrane visible.
 
july 22 2012 13:12 - Hali on the wide angle cam - 003-654
 

 
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Re: Ground Observations - 2011-2012 Season
« Reply #1482 on: September 27, 2012, 07:18:54 PM »

In this Slide Show we see Hali on the wide angle camera spotting her parent flying in with food!
She screeps as they arrive, then flies down into the Nest to enjoy her food.
After that, she makes an attempt to climb the Stump, but doesn*t succeed.
So she tries again.
This time she is successful!
 
Slide Show - july 22 2012 13:36 - Hali on the wide angle cam - 003-658-685
 

 
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Re: Ground Observations - 2011-2012 Season
« Reply #1483 on: September 27, 2012, 07:24:11 PM »

Here*s Hali about to leave the cam to fly down into the Nest to get her food.
 
july 22 2012 13:13 - Hali on the wide angle cam - 003-662
 

 
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Re: Ground Observations - 2011-2012 Season
« Reply #1484 on: September 27, 2012, 07:30:51 PM »

i LOVE all the ruffled covert feathers as she descends!
Also, look at her right foot & you can see her beak open & poking out from the bottom of her right wing!
 
july 22 2012 13:13 - Hali on the wide angle cam - 003-664
 

 
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