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Mom & Dad Hornby's Nest & Territory => 2014-2015 ~ (no eggs, Mom left in March) => Topic started by: boonibarb on October 08, 2014, 10:21:49 AM

Title: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on October 08, 2014, 10:21:49 AM

Another exciting season begins for the beloved Eagle pair, Mum & Dad Hornby!
This is where we will post fotos, videos & stories of observations from the ground.
Feel free to comment & ask questions.

The past season*s topic, & links to previous seasons* topics, can be found here. (http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=1385.msg139473#msg139473)
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on October 08, 2014, 10:43:11 AM

From the archives, this video was posted.

october 6 2014 - a young adult Eagle in the His & Hers Tree

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YuACtsCR9-w

Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on October 08, 2014, 10:48:52 AM

Okay, now these are all fotos taken by ekf, that i have permission to post here.

First, a beautiful perspective of Mum & Dad*s Nest Tree.

(http://scontent-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/t31.0-8/10659044_10152407125613857_1888964058645535268_o.jpg) (http://scontent-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/t31.0-8/10659044_10152407125613857_1888964058645535268_o.jpg)

Now, here it is from another angle.
This is from the water side.

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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on October 08, 2014, 10:52:03 AM
 
It was nightfall, the light was fading, when this lovely foto of an Eagle in the His & Hers Tree was captured by mishi!
Fotos taken by Donnae, who was lucky enough to be sitting on Grassy Point when this Eagle flew over her head, showed that this Eagle is not quite adult.
i am looking forward to seeing Donnae*s fotos!
 
(http://scontent-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xaf1/t31.0-8/1900539_10204832834085949_3658960299970521920_o.jpg) (http://scontent-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xaf1/t31.0-8/1900539_10204832834085949_3658960299970521920_o.jpg)
 
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on October 08, 2014, 11:00:15 AM
 
Back to more fotos by ekf now.
i believe this is the same young adult Eagle that was spotted the evening before.
These fotos are now the next day, in early morning dull light.

She says -

Quote
Those who would know are pretty sure that this is Hope Hornby, the eagle of her daddy's eye who suddenly appeared Sunday evening in her parents' 'his and hers' perch tree at the edge of Grassy Point. Only months from earning the pure whites of a mature five-year-old adult, she's a healthy and vital eagle. With no sign yet of Mom or Dad Hornby, Hope is the one who brings a wistful smile.

Looking at her fotos, i believe i agree with her!
This could well be Hope!
Hope turned five this year, next spring she will be six.
This Eagle still has the vestiges of a young Eagle.
Notice the brown in the tail tips, & the smears & spatterings of brown on the head.
The beak is not totally yellow yet.
Eye is looking pretty yellow.
Look at the head feathering, & the facial features, this Eagle looks so much like Mum.
Nice bulky size, too.
 
(http://fbcdn-sphotos-e-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xpf1/t31.0-8/10712616_10152412597428857_7859944949532088556_o.jpg) (http://fbcdn-sphotos-e-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xpf1/t31.0-8/10712616_10152412597428857_7859944949532088556_o.jpg)

Lovely orange feet & a fluffy stuck to her beak!
She takes after Dad!  :heart
 
(http://fbcdn-sphotos-d-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xap1/t31.0-8/10010214_10152412635093857_6791198574669108036_o.jpg) (http://fbcdn-sphotos-d-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xap1/t31.0-8/10010214_10152412635093857_6791198574669108036_o.jpg)

These fotos were taken at first light, but still show well the distinctive head feathering.
 
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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: OpieK on October 08, 2014, 11:40:48 AM
oh, so wonderful to see her - thank you, thank you
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: amazedbyeagles on October 08, 2014, 12:29:35 PM
Wonderful!!!! Thanks so much for posting!  And the poetry of your words adds feeling and meaning to the photos of MaybeHope!  :-) :eclove
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: Rajame on October 08, 2014, 09:31:05 PM
Thank you for showing us and bringing us with you!

Loving you and Hope,
Rajame
:hearts2
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on October 09, 2014, 09:10:08 AM
 
tuesday, around 1:40 pm, an Eagle was seen on cam, flying into the short stubby branch on the right side of The Babysitting Tree!
Thanks to Dawn for giving me the heads up!
These four fotos were taken by ekf.
Of course i have a bunch too, but hers are already up, so i will start with them.
Look at the lovely white feathering of the tail & head.
Here is the Eagle mid-trill.
 
(http://fbcdn-sphotos-c-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xpf1/t31.0-8/10571976_10152414812513857_7895791948487270036_o.jpg) (http://fbcdn-sphotos-c-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xpf1/t31.0-8/10571976_10152414812513857_7895791948487270036_o.jpg)
 
(http://fbcdn-sphotos-a-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xaf1/t31.0-8/10708582_10152414825503857_2231624486368447442_o.jpg) (http://fbcdn-sphotos-a-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xaf1/t31.0-8/10708582_10152414825503857_2231624486368447442_o.jpg)
 
(http://fbcdn-sphotos-g-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xpa1/t31.0-8/1781185_10152414838718857_8421056970170918129_o.jpg) (http://fbcdn-sphotos-g-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xpa1/t31.0-8/1781185_10152414838718857_8421056970170918129_o.jpg)
 
(http://scontent-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xpf1/t31.0-8/1966078_10152414864743857_2592978113691324184_o.jpg) (http://scontent-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xpf1/t31.0-8/1966078_10152414864743857_2592978113691324184_o.jpg)

Everyone is excited that Dad is back, but i keep looking at these fotos, & my own fotos, & there is just something that is not quite Dad, to me.
This Eagle flew right in & landed on that short stubby branch.
That seems very Dad.
An Eagle was also seen the next morning, in the His & Hers Tree, in a typical Mum & Dad perch branch.
But now they haven*t been seen since.
The Eagle in The Babysitting Tree was totally comfortable with four of us watching & taking fotos, barely noticing us the whole time.
i find visitor Eagles aren*t so comfortable, & fly off very quickly when they see us photographing them.
Something about the face & the shape of the body of this Eagle doesn*t seem quite Dad to me.
& one thing really jumps out.
Look at this Eagle*s crossed talons!
That is something Mum often does, but i am not sure i have ever seen Dad do this.
So me, i am not saying this is not Dad, but i am also not saying this is Dad, either.
Let*s just keep watching.
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on October 09, 2014, 09:37:26 AM
 
So today, around 8am, the ground crew visitors walked down to Grassy Point.
There was an Eagle perched just below the top perch branch on the right side of the His & Hers Tree.
The Eagle flew off towards the water, then banked right in the direction of The Peters* Tree.
The Eagle was then observed on the Peters* Tree, in what mishi considers to be Dad*s usual spot.
The Eagle then took off & flew right, towards Hidden Beach.
When the ground observers arrived at Hidden Beach, they found an Eagle perched on the rocks at Sandstone Point.
A second Eagle was perched in what mishi considers to be Dad*s perch branch in one of the Hidden Beach Trees.
This Eagle then flew off left in the direction of the Babysitting Tree, banked to the right & landed in the top of the Wiigs* perch Tree, where they still are perched, as of 9:24am.
This perch Tree is not the one we see from the cam, it is behind it, perhaps the one that is visible from Brigantine Rd.
mishi says to say they are continuing to observe these Eagles, but she is so far not convinced that Dad is back.
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on October 09, 2014, 10:14:08 AM
 
Alright, now i have access to the fotos mishi took of that Eagle in The Babysitting Tree tuesday!
i forgot to mention that it was a lovely sunny warm day, & this Eagle was HOT!
They were panting, & their wings were open to help them cool off.
 
(http://i756.photobucket.com/albums/xx207/mishikeenhquay/Hornby%202014/Hornby2014Day7073_zpse907fd2d.jpg) (http://i756.photobucket.com/albums/xx207/mishikeenhquay/Hornby%202014/Hornby2014Day7073_zpse907fd2d.jpg)

Notice the big bug to the right & lower down from this Eagle.
Also notice the crossed talons!
i love being able to see the pantaloon leg feathering of an Eagle like this.
 
(http://i756.photobucket.com/albums/xx207/mishikeenhquay/Hornby%202014/Hornby2014Day7106_zps04d978da.jpg) (http://i756.photobucket.com/albums/xx207/mishikeenhquay/Hornby%202014/Hornby2014Day7106_zps04d978da.jpg)

Here we have the Eagle in the middle of a head scratch!
i love seeing this, too.
Nictitating membrane is drawn across the eye in this foto.

(http://i756.photobucket.com/albums/xx207/mishikeenhquay/Hornby%202014/Hornby2014Day7111_zpse1b62087.jpg) (http://i756.photobucket.com/albums/xx207/mishikeenhquay/Hornby%202014/Hornby2014Day7111_zpse1b62087.jpg)

Gorgeous Eagle!
Thanks mishi.

(http://i756.photobucket.com/albums/xx207/mishikeenhquay/Hornby%202014/Hornby2014Day7053_zps16f80fa7.jpg) (http://i756.photobucket.com/albums/xx207/mishikeenhquay/Hornby%202014/Hornby2014Day7053_zps16f80fa7.jpg)
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on October 09, 2014, 10:27:17 AM

Okay, now, 10:25am, there is an Eagle in mishi*s Tree!
Fotos to come.
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on October 09, 2014, 11:18:36 AM
 
Okay, here are a few of my fotos of the Eagle we saw tuesday.
It was a warm sunny day & the Eagle was panting & had their wings open.
i was trying to get fotos when they weren*t, wanting to see Dad.
Was it the angle of the sun? the shadows? that were making this not seem like Dad.
This is a very Dad pose, to me, but still, to me, this is not Dad.

october 7 2014 14:09 - Eagle in the Babysitting Tree

(https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2947/15302228060_8eaf803dfb_b.jpg) (https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2947/15302228060_af130d02d3_o.jpg)

It seems the crop is a little full.

(https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5608/15302288128_2bbfe262d8_b.jpg) (https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5608/15302288128_61da2193c1_o.jpg)

Full crop pushing out the white underfeathering.

(https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5615/15302038199_8a375fa464_b.jpg) (https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5615/15302038199_9ea7f5121a_o.jpg)

Looking for the freckle Dad has sometimes on the top of his head.

(https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3950/15485789461_a368bf55dc_b.jpg) (https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3950/15485789461_f22f93956c_o.jpg)

This Eagle just does not seem like Dad to me!

(https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3928/15302221010_142ff3fff2_b.jpg) (https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3928/15302221010_c26c7712a1_o.jpg)
 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/15302228060/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/15302228060/)
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: NancyM on October 09, 2014, 12:16:17 PM
booni, thank you for taking and posting all the photos of the Eagle in the Babysitting tree, and for including ekf's too.

The grayish feathers beside his eye (first photo in your last post) do not seem Dad-like, but many other features are so much like other photos that we have seen of Dad.  I guess we will have to wait and see if this eagle goes to the nest.  

I noticed the crossed talons, too, but something rang a bell, so I went looking.
Look at your photos of Dad in the BST the last day that he and Mom were seen after Hali fledged in 2012.  Crossed talons!


Picking up from where i left off here a month ago...
 
august 12 19:03 2012 - Dad in the Babysitting Tree - 003-954
 
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8483/8209407419_fa742cf51f_b.jpg) (http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8483/8209407419_1d87c804fd_o.jpg)


(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8342/8209407279_4716dc6e2a_b.jpg) (http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8342/8209407279_570a09f527_o.jpg)


(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8210/8209407173_88400c15ac_b.jpg) (http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8210/8209407173_2240d4b802_o.jpg)


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http://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/8209407419/# (http://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/8209407419/#)

Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: Faerie Gardener on October 09, 2014, 12:57:48 PM
The Plot thickens! Thank you so much for the Hope pictures and story!  :heart
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: dusk44 on October 09, 2014, 08:59:44 PM
TY Boonie for your wonderful pics..I wa s thinking the eagle, thought to be dad, is  a little too white on head and tail to be dad
All the best with your hunting   :ecsmile
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on October 10, 2014, 08:48:26 AM

Nancy, thanks for looking through my fotos & finding those of Dad with talons crossed!
i won*t forget now that this is not just a Mum trait.
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: winterwren on October 10, 2014, 11:11:04 AM
When Mom came back last year, she had moulted her head feathers. It made her look different, less tired and grey.
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on October 13, 2014, 09:53:04 AM
 
Another foto of the gorgeous Eagle spotted from the ground last tuesday.

october 7 2014 14:33 - Eagle in the Babysitting Tree

(https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5608/15341225359_51f02396ba_b.jpg) (https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5608/15341225359_ed75c0378b_o.jpg)

Here they are, scratching their head with those terribly sharp talons!
Not quite sure how they manage this without gashing themselves to pieces.
i love being able to see the sole of the foot & toes like this.

(https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3948/15341514457_54c19c8924_b.jpg) (https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3948/15341514457_b06c2b4f87_o.jpg)

Another view of the topside of the head of this Eagle.
Sometimes Dad has a bit of a dark freckle up there.
Look how the breast feathers are all fluffed out here.

(https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5604/15341374020_75118275f9_b.jpg) (https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5604/15341374020_c5f4467a59_o.jpg)

The Eagle is still hot, opening their wings to cool off, & panting for the same reason.

(https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3946/15341509347_f163a81554_b.jpg) (https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3946/15341509347_70a2e7d841_o.jpg)

i want to see Dad in this pose, but i just cannot.

(https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3955/15527719772_a9762ff79d_b.jpg) (https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3955/15527719772_9c1d18db89_o.jpg)
 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/15527719772/in/photostream/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/15527719772/in/photostream/)
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on October 13, 2014, 11:03:07 AM
 
Here the Eagle is hanging down their right leg & foot.

october 7 2014 15:21 - Eagle in the Babysitting Tree

(https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5614/15528753385_cd0836fe6a_b.jpg) (https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5614/15528753385_38ac383557_o.jpg)

Here the Eagle has brought their foot back up to their belly.

(https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3935/15525581871_0ffd254d56_b.jpg) (https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3935/15525581871_1df6d2db99_o.jpg)

This is a gorgeous Eagle.
i love the shaggy head feathers & the shaggy white long neckline.
Dad seems to have a shorter neck than this Eagle.
Look at the lovely leggings!

(https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5616/15505575386_e0889876eb_b.jpg) (https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5616/15505575386_86ebfb1884_o.jpg)

(https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3950/15528743165_b6b98bfa66_b.jpg) (https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3950/15528743165_a0f6528fa7_o.jpg)

https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/15505575386/in/photostream/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/15505575386/in/photostream/)
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: Cawatcher on October 13, 2014, 12:07:53 PM
:ecsmile Fabulous series!!
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: NancyM on October 13, 2014, 12:21:33 PM
I was sure the Tuesday eagle was Dad, but if he is not, then it has to be one of their offspring - he is so much like Dad. The neck feathers are different tho, as seen in your excellent photos.  Thanks!
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: winterwren on October 16, 2014, 06:57:15 PM
Sub-adult eagle on the nest, October 16.

4:25 pm
(https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3942/15366771927_68a77ffb1a_z.jpg) (https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3942/15366771927_881bc0354d_o.jpg)


Here's the other side of the head. An almost-closed nictitating membrane as a bonus.
4:37
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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: winterwren on October 16, 2014, 07:04:25 PM
Meanwhile another eagle on the BST. It only took Eagle-eye Imp one second to spot the feather with a large dark spot on this one's tail.
These two eagles were keeping an eye on each other.
October 16, 4:26 pm
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4:29 pm
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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: Rajame on October 16, 2014, 10:50:18 PM
 :puzzled2
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: winterwren on October 17, 2014, 01:39:04 AM
Indeed, Rajame.

Here's another photo of the eagle who perched in the BST. It's the best view of the dark bit under the tail.

Looks to me like maybe a single feather, still shorter than the rest, newly emerged after a moult. And just a freak colouring, like Dad's dark 'freckle'?
I'll let the experts figure it out.
I think these two eagles are quite beautiful.
October 16, 4:29 pm
(https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5613/15531054126_2e04069517_z.jpg) (https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5613/15531054126_aaf2f7897e_o.jpg)


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: winterwren on October 17, 2014, 01:48:14 AM
Here is the younger one visiting the nest again.

The first photo is a bit blurry but shows some light spots under the right wing. They are visible in several photos but this is the best view.
October 16, 4:02 pm
(https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3930/14934586663_a09f6051a8_z.jpg) (https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3930/14934586663_7e54df5488_o.jpg)


I like how the lighter feathers make a starburst pattern on the forehead here.
4:32 pm
(https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5608/15368631368_14e9f21ab8_z.jpg) (https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5608/15368631368_c53cda0114_o.jpg)


At 4:35, the other eagle flew from the BST toward Hidden Beach. This one is watching the other one go. Shortly after and from time to time for the rest of my visit, I heard trills coming from the Hidden Beach area.

(https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3928/15368630798_08a07c17bc_z.jpg) (https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3928/15368630798_2d573f350a_o.jpg)
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: winterwren on October 17, 2014, 01:57:10 AM
Here's a view of the back of the visitor's head.

October 16, 4:40 pm
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Today was the first time I stood for so long watching the nest on a day of strong southeasterly winds. It has made me realise that the stump is a beautiful shelter. This eagle is standing in the lee most of the time, tucked away from that wind.
4:41 pm
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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: ivani on October 17, 2014, 11:43:35 AM
Wren
Wonderful photos!
Thanks

 :heart
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: jeavverhey on October 17, 2014, 12:08:44 PM
Thanks for those wonderful photos accompanied by your keen observations Booni and Wrennie.  I'm still holding out hope for sighting :binocs our dear Mom & Dad, but suspect we may be seeing some of their offspring here. :pray Would be cool if their home stayed in the family though.
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: NancyM on October 17, 2014, 01:15:05 PM
Indeed, Rajame.

Here's another photo of the eagle who perched in the BST. It's the best view of the dark bit under the tail.

Looks to me like maybe a single feather, still shorter than the rest, newly emerged after a moult. And just a freak colouring, like Dad's dark 'freckle'?
I'll let the experts figure it out.
I think these two eagles are quite beautiful.
October 16, 4:29 pm
(https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5613/15531054126_2e04069517_z.jpg) (https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5613/15531054126_aaf2f7897e_o.jpg)


I took the liberty of cropping and fiddling with the lighting of one wren's wonderful photos.  This does look like an oddly colored feather on the eagle that was in the BST yesterday.

(http://i179.photobucket.com/albums/w298/Aurospio/hornby/closeup_two-color-feather_wren.jpg)

Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: Gasp62 on October 17, 2014, 04:56:14 PM
love Nancy's post of the talons crossed!  and i love Booni's pics, and I love wrens pics of the sub-adult on the nest, and the adult eagle on the scootch-branch :thumbup:
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: winterwren on October 17, 2014, 07:56:04 PM
Three more views of yesterday's nest visitor...

Here, moving food from crop.
October 16, 4:45 pm
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Here, the only time I saw him or her taking interest in nest materials. Didn't move the stick, just grabbed it between preening, as I recall.
4:47
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And a stare-down-the-beak view (for some reason I always find them difficult to catch clearly, but this is my best effort).

4:50
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The light was starting to fade, so I left shortly after this, close to 5 pm.
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: Cawatcher on October 17, 2014, 08:00:06 PM
 :eclove What a beauty! Great shots wren!!
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on October 17, 2014, 08:18:33 PM
 
i*ve got a few, ahem, cough cough, fotos to post from that exciting Nest visit too!
But since wren has filled you in already, i am going to force myself to stick to my plan of posting fotos in the order that they happened.
So, here we are, back to october 9.
We were visiting in a yard in the Nest neighbourhood when we heard trilling!
There was an Eagle on the very top of Gregg*s Tree!
i took this foto from where we were, then we all went crashing through the bush to try to get closer.
i believe mishi & maybe ekf got better fotos of this Eagle, who is definitely not Mum or Dad!
My foto gives you no idea what the head feathers or eye or beak looked like, but look at that tail!
A sub-adult perhaps?

october 9 2014 13:37 - Eagle in Gregg*s Tree

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https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/15561278482/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/15561278482/)
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on October 17, 2014, 09:07:45 PM
 
Okay, carrying on in order of appearance, i believe somebody called us? to tell us there was an Eagle in the Babysitting Tree!
Is this Dad?
It is definitely not Mum!
A Crow is perched not too far away.

october 10 2014 17:27 - Eagle in the Babysitting Tree

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This time the Eagle has a Starling for company.
Can you spot them?
The nictitating membrane is across the eye here.
Notice this Eagle has a thin band of dark on one of their left tail feather edges.

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This Eagle looks a lot like Dad, but still, something is not quite him.

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By preening under their left wing, they are showing us their lovely white head & tail feathers!
You can see that thin dark stripe on their second from the left tail feather here.

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To me, this Eagle is not Dad.

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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boodle317 on October 18, 2014, 07:38:45 AM
Beautiful bird booni.  I think I have to agree, there is just something about the eye that isn't Dad.  Darnit.
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on October 19, 2014, 11:07:19 AM
 
Okay!
So four of us photographed this Eagle from the ground, & all were convinced that this was Dad.
But i have looked & looked & looked at my fotos, & i just can*t say for sure that this is Dad.

october 11 2014 11:07 - Eagle in the Peters* Tree

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i am trying to see if the neck feathers have Dad*s distinctive part.

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Looking here for the freckle Dad might have on the top of his head.
Does that tail feather on his left have that same fine band of dark on it that last night*s Eagle in the Babysitting Tree had?

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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on October 19, 2014, 11:17:46 AM
 
A few more of this Eagle in lovely lighting.

october 11 2014 11:10:11 - Eagle in the Peters* Tree

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Top of head view again.

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october 11 2014 11:20 - Eagle in the Peters* Tree

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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: NancyM on October 19, 2014, 12:19:54 PM
booni, this is a gorgeous eagle but I think you are right that it is not Dad.  
In the very last photo, I think I can see a dark area on a tail feather, could be the same as the eagle we saw on the bst while the visitor was in the nest a couple of days ago.  :puzzled2

eta: booni's photos posted after the ones above show a much more obvious dark tail feather - must be a different eagle in these pictures.
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on October 19, 2014, 12:39:39 PM
 
Here we are, a couple hours later, the Eagle is still in the Peters* Tree.
i believe this one stayed there for four hours that day.
Here, i am much closer to the Tree, & looking at the Eagle from the left rather than the right.

october 11 2014 13:57 - Eagle in the Peters* Tree

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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: winterwren on October 19, 2014, 12:41:03 PM
If he's moulted a bunch of head feathers, would the neck line stay the same?
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on October 19, 2014, 01:07:17 PM
 
Now here we are, four days later, & ANOTHER Eagle is in the Peters* Tree.
& i am thinking it is Dad because i see a part in the left side of his neck feathers.
It is absolutely bucketing rain & i should NOT be out with my camera, but i am with ekf, & she is crazy, & it is her last day here so we are out there getting soaked chasing Eagles around with Otto.

october 15 2014 10:28 - Eagle in the Peters* Tree

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This one is looking a lot like Dad!

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Once again, when i finally get to look at these fotos on my computer, this cannot be Dad!
This Eagle has one bizarre young-adult tail feather, & skinny toes!
Also notice there is a big nick in one of the left primaries, that makes this Eagle quite distinguishable from others.

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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on October 19, 2014, 01:38:19 PM
 
This Eagle even has Dad*s muttonchops!
Look how wet his breast feathers are.
You can see the rain pelting down in all these fotos.
Here the Eagle is calling out.

october 15 2014 10:53 - Eagle in the Peters* Tree

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This Eagle kept looking up, like he could see someone else flying above.
Soon after this foto, he took off!

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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on October 19, 2014, 02:41:01 PM
 
We were hearing calls from Hidden Beach now!
So down there we went.
Did i tell you it was pouring rain?
From the little park by the road, you could spot the Eagle who was at the top of the Hidden Beach perch Tree.
i believe this was her.
There were two Eagles in this Tree, & the one lower down was making sort of plaintive crying calls, while checking out the Eagle who was perched higher in the Tree.
At the time i thought it was Dad, being solicited by another female, who was making the cries.
Now i am not even sure if this is the same Eagle who had just been in the Peters* Tree.
What makes it harder, is that my camera is fogging up!
This foto, if i remember correctly, is the female Eagle, who was in the top of the Tree.

october 15 2014 11:18 - Eagle in Hidden Beach Tree

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This looks like her again, only from the beach this time, but i am not positive now.
Both of these last two fotos have that dark eyeline going behind the eye.

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This one*s head feathers almost look like Mum!

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Urrgh, i think these are all the same Eagle, the lower down one.
i don*t think we had a good view of the one at the top, except maybe the first one, from the road side.

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The Wiigs had seemed to be checking out Mum & Dad*s territory, then flying back to their own, so i wondered if maybe these two in the Hidden Beach perch Tree were maybe them.
But, no, both Wiigs were in their own territory.
Here is one of them.

october 15 2014 11:28 - Wiig on Sandstone Point Tree

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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on October 19, 2014, 02:52:57 PM
 
Okay, having really bad camera fog issues now.

october 15 2014 11:45 - Eagle in Hidden Beach Tree

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One Wiig has joined the other, & i thought they were cheering Dad on when they trilled, saying *you tell her Dad Hornby! She is just NOT Mum!*

october 15 2014 11:47 - Wiigs on Sandstone Point Tree

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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on October 19, 2014, 02:56:50 PM
 
From the beach, with the crashing waves, it is hard to hear, but in this video, you can hear the lower down male? Eagle crying, while scoping out the female? perched higher in the Tree.

october 15 2014 11:47 - two Eagles in Hidden Beach Tree


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZXWOyiGw50o
 
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: Cawatcher on October 19, 2014, 05:01:47 PM
Astounding captures, what a series
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: birdvoyer on October 19, 2014, 05:07:50 PM
Gorgeous photos, boonib, thank you! But how puzzling this all is.  :puzzled2
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on October 19, 2014, 06:42:20 PM

Okay, here are these two again, this time from the road side, which is a little quieter.
i believe the female is at the top of the Tree, the male is lower down.
Look at him eying her & listen to his lovely plaintive calls!

october 15 2014 12:01 - two Eagles in Hidden Beach Tree


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DT285hF18C0
 
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on October 19, 2014, 07:27:28 PM
 
These are the last fotos of these two Eagles at Hidden Beach.
i believe one or both flew off after this.
Both of these fotos are of the female? in the top of the Tree.

october 15 2014 11:56 - Eagle in Hidden Beach Tree

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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on October 19, 2014, 07:39:17 PM
 
wren, i believe they start moulting head feathers back in the spring while they are on the Nest?
The head feathers & neck line get shaggier, but pretty much keep their same line & shape?
Then everything tidies up as the new feathers grow in.

Okay, after those two in Hidden Beach took off, we discovered one had landed in Fosters* Fir!
i believe the other had gone to the Peters* Tree.
My camera is now toast.
There is so much fog in the lens that i can barely see what i am doing & the fotos themselves are fogged.
So i had to darken these considerably.

october 15 2014 12:14 - Eagle in Fosters* Fir

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Darn, forgot to crop this one.

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Oops, i*m being investigated!

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The details are a bit lost due to the fog in the lens.

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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on October 19, 2014, 07:47:47 PM
 
october 15 2014 12:21 - Eagle in Fosters* Fir


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ngrNSpFvKEY
 
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on October 19, 2014, 08:16:07 PM
 
Later this same day, just as i was about to climb into my hidey-hole for the night, i got a call that there were TWO Eagles in the His & Hers Tree.
One was lower down & to the right & was slim, the other was in the top on the left, & looked large.
It was getting dark, but my curiosity was piqued.
This first Eagle was in the upper left of the Tree.
He looks like Dad!
Didn*t see much of him, just his head.
So i am not saying this IS Dad.

october 15 2014 18:02 - Eagle the His & Hers Tree

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He kept looking down & to the right, at the Eagle lower down in the Tree.

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Ooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!
& look who was lower down in the Tree!
A young adult, perhaps 5 & 1/2 years old!
There is still some dark smudging in the yellow beak.
The tail feathers are growing in white, but still have some dark tipping.
The head feathers close to the beak are white, but the ones further away are still tipped in dark, giving her a dusky head appearance.
This could be Hope!  :heart

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She was looking up at the Eagle in the top left of the Tree, just like he was looking down at her.

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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: gzebear on October 20, 2014, 04:06:49 AM
Wonderful photos! Thank you, booni! I would love to think that is Hope, but don't you think she would be fully white by now? She's going on six years old. All these photos are just gorgeous - it's been interesting studying these eagle faces, seeing familiarity and then lack of certain features. Makes me think they're all related somehow! So grateful for your and wren's photos from the ground. :eclove
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on October 21, 2014, 03:39:29 PM
 
gze, there seems to be a lot of variety in how Eagles* feathers change colour as they age.
Yes, Hope is five & a half now, so she should be well on her way to white.
But i think having vestiges of brown in the tail & head feather tips does not preclude this Eagle from being her.
(How*s that for big words, do i get points for that?? Huh? huh?)
Remember those fotos were in evening light, making everything darker too.
i believe these fotos coming up are of Hope too!
& they are in better light.
See what you think.

i got a call that there was an Eagle in the Babysitting Tree, & one in the Nest.
So i hurried down there.
First i spotted this guy in the Babysitting Tree.
i never got excellent fotos of him as he is behind that cool branch.
He looks like Dad!

october 16 2014 13:27 - Eagle in the Babysitting Tree

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This is the Eagle who has that bizarre tail feather just growing in.
i have circled it here.

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Now, here is who is on the Nest!
My lower jaw is on top of my sandals.
She is looking up at whoever it is in the Babysitting Tree.

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Here*s Mr. Strangefeather again.

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Back of head of Eagle on the Nest.
Hmmmmmm..........

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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on October 21, 2014, 04:03:50 PM
 
Back of head again.
i*ve never seen those white specks in the brown on the back of the neck before.

october 16 2014 13:33 - Eagle on the Nest

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Here she is!
Look how the feathers closest to the beak are white, while further back towards the back of the head, the feathers are mixed with more brown.
Also, look how the cere, where the nares are, is lovely bright yellow, as well as the lower beak, whereas the point of the beak has a shade of brown smeared into the yellow.
Interesting!

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Craning her neck to look up at the Babysitting Tree again.
There are some dark feathers in the forehead area too.

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A bit of a blurry foto, but i like how it shows where the white white head feathering changes to a bit more brown white.
Notice her eye colouring too.
It is at that phase of changing to adult yellow, where, to me, it is almost blue.

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Back of head again.

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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on October 21, 2014, 04:28:07 PM
 
She was really alert on the Nest.
She kept snaking her neck like this, to see better.
She is looking up at the guy in the Babysitting Tree again.

october 16 2014 13:45 - Eagle on the Nest

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Mr. Strangefeather again.

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So, these two seemed in no rush to leave!
i decided i might as well set up my good camera!

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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on October 21, 2014, 04:39:10 PM
 
Oops, but first, this video, showing the two Eagles that day, one on the Nest & the other in the Babysitting Tree.
It was a SUPER WINDY day!
But at least it wasn*t raining.


october 16 2014 13:35 - young adult Eagle on the Nest


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ddzS54xhwFI
 
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: Cawatcher on October 21, 2014, 08:17:34 PM
 :heart Never cease to amaze us with your stories and photography booni, I hope hope hoe this is HOPE! :eclove
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on October 22, 2014, 09:01:41 PM
 
Hard to photograph these two, it was pouring & dark, but these two were the best i got.
 
october 22 2014 17:34 - two Eagles in the Peters* Tree
 
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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: Cawatcher on October 22, 2014, 10:22:37 PM
Thank you booni!
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: jeavverhey on October 23, 2014, 06:55:30 AM
Boy oh boy! now my hopes are soaring
 :thumbup:
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: amazedbyeagles on October 23, 2014, 08:28:43 AM
Thank you huge bunches for getting these photos amid the rain and wet!!!  We see just a glimmer and a hope from the cam, and seeing your photos gets us way up close!!!!  Thank You!  Thank You!  Now the questions begin......  hee hee..... who are these two??  :-) :eclove
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: MarylandWatcher on October 23, 2014, 08:35:52 AM
 :eclove I just tuned in at work - I can't see the chat - I see two eagles on the Peter's tree, just like Booni's pics from above. Can it be? Is the Peter's tree the cuddle tree again this year? I sure hope so!
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: amazedbyeagles on October 23, 2014, 09:19:13 AM
FAbulous photos, Booni!!!!   Love the detail!!!  Thank you so much!!!! :eclove :eclove
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: Faerie Gardener on October 23, 2014, 01:58:31 PM
certainly looks like a waterlogged version of a familiar couple   :heart   Many Thanks, Booni!
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on October 23, 2014, 02:22:50 PM
 
Okay, just like i went out on a limb & said that that was Hope in the Nest, i am going to go out on a limb after just one sighting & say Mum is back!  :eclove
Just as i was focusing in on her head & thinking i was seeing the dark part in the back of her head feathers, she took off!
Looks like she*s got some new tail feathers growing in.
Look at the short ones.
 
october 23 2014 11:02 - Mum leaves the Babysitting Tree
 
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While i wasn*t looking, she came back to the same spot at the tippy-top of the Babysitting Tree.
i DO believe this is a familiar face that i know & love.
 
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This was the best i got of the back of her head.
 
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i*d recognize that grouchy face anywhere!  :heart
 
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There*ve been too many interlopers around for Mum*s liking, & they are no longer going to get away with it!
Mum is back, & she is large & in charge.
 
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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: Faerie Gardener on October 23, 2014, 02:25:15 PM
Ahhh, such wonderful news. And I see that Mom is at the ready: Talons are NOT crossed!
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: nan2945 on October 23, 2014, 02:26:29 PM
absolutely fabulous photos, Booni - keep 'em coming
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on October 23, 2014, 02:39:15 PM
 
Mum was on high alert the whole time, like she was seeing intruders everywhere she looked, & look out!
 
october 23 2014 11:10:54 - Mum in the Babysitting Tree
 
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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: amazedbyeagles on October 23, 2014, 03:04:49 PM
WooooHooo is right!  Thank You Booni!!!!   Our hearts are singing!!!!!  :eclove
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on October 23, 2014, 03:10:54 PM
 
There she goes again, cleaning up the neighbourhood.
 
october 23 2014 11:12:13 - Mum leaves the Babysitting Tree
 
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With her eyes on her target & look out whoever you are!
 
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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: linused on October 23, 2014, 03:25:14 PM
Ahhh Booni   what a relief,  she who must be obeyed.   Thank you for keeping the vigil and us up to date on who has been around.  Welcome home Mom and Dad
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on October 23, 2014, 03:46:07 PM
 
i was ready for her to return & land again this time!
Clickety click click.
But i didn*t focus first, so all are a blur....

october 23 2014 11:15 - Mum lands in the Babysitting Tree

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& don*t you dare come back again!
You hear?

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i can SEE you over there in that corner!

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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on October 23, 2014, 03:58:54 PM
 
You can just see some of the dark feathers on the back of Mum*s head here.

october 23 2014 11:16 - Mum in the Babysitting Tree

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Mum is still on guard, but i am losing light & it is beginning to rain again.
My lens is fogged.
Time to go.
But then Mum calls out a warning.

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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on October 23, 2014, 04:00:49 PM
 
Dad is calling from the Peters* Tree, & Mum is joining in.

october 23 2014 11:17 - Mum in the Babysitting Tree, Mum & Dad are calling

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E7jAzxCnN-M
 
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: mishikeenhquay on October 23, 2014, 06:22:20 PM

booni, gitchi miigwetch for going out in the rain to confirm that MOM IS BACK!!  Your photos are fantastic, and I am so happy to see her "doing her thing" protecting her territory!   :heart  :heart  :heart
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: OpieK on October 23, 2014, 06:23:19 PM
such wonderful news - thank you so much, Booni!
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: Rajame on October 23, 2014, 09:23:24 PM
My heart is full. Thank you Booni and all the observers!!!

 :hooray :biggrin6 :biggergrin2 :s* :ty

Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: Tigerlady105 on October 23, 2014, 09:43:34 PM
Wonderful to see they're back!  Thank you, Booni!   :heart
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boodle317 on October 24, 2014, 05:19:28 AM
Thank you booni!  What a lovely sight and sound!   :heart
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: gzebear on October 24, 2014, 07:54:27 AM
 :heart Mom and Dad  :heart
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on October 26, 2014, 09:56:36 AM
 
i was eager for Donna, mishi & ekf to post their fotos, because they documented a lot of ground observations that i missed!
i got to sit in my nightgown & have coffee while they did all my work for me!  :heart  :heart  :heart
A few that they have uploaded, i have already posted.
Now mishi has posted PAGES of the wonderful fotos from her visit.
Click here (http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=1407.msg157199#msg157199) to enjoy her visit & see some other ground observations that fill out the season nicely!
Thank you mishi!
That was a lot of work.

 
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: Tigerlady105 on October 26, 2014, 03:51:19 PM
Lovely, Mishi, Donna and Ekf.   :eclove
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on October 31, 2014, 08:16:23 PM

Today at about 12:30 i was driving past the water side of the Nest.
One Eagle, Mum?, was at the top of the Babysitting Tree.
Another Eagle, Dad?, was in The Peters* Tree.
Then i spotted a THIRD Eagle!
This one was in the Woodpecker Tree.
They were long & slim & dark, a youngster!
i pulled over to take a foto of them just as they took off from their perch branch & flew towards the Nest, with the Eagle from The Peters* Tree following in a gentle pursuit.
Could this have possibly been Scootch?
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: fol-di-rol on October 31, 2014, 08:48:53 PM

Thanks Booni - we saw what looked like a chase - but it was all over very quickly. 

Scootch  :heart

Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on November 01, 2014, 07:40:14 PM
 
Oh, yes, & replaying this event in my mind*s eye, i realized that i forgot to tell you a very important part!
When the young Eagle took off, she headed towards the Nest area, with Dad flying casually after her.
But maybe it wasn*t that casual, as, just as they got near the Nest Tree, the young Eagle flipped herself upside down & presented feet & talons to Dad who was above her.
So she must have felt threatened, & went into a defensive position.
i lost sight of them both after this.
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: Cawatcher on November 02, 2014, 05:55:49 AM
 :eceek What a cool sighting!!
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boodle317 on November 02, 2014, 06:10:53 AM
Oh gosh!  I wonder if Scootch would feel that way already (about Dad)?  What a mystery!
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: amazedbyeagles on November 02, 2014, 08:26:43 AM
Always fascinating!  I love seeing encounters, and love love love having ground observation of same encounter, with closer inspection!!!  The wonders of these amazing birds never wears out!!!!  Thank you, Booni! :eclove
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: auroradawn on November 02, 2014, 08:29:49 AM
Really interesting booni, I saw something similar here this week, I happened to go to the patio door & saw 2 young eagles flying very close to the nest tree.  An adult appeared out of nowhere & the youngster turned with talons out at the adult.  At the same time the other youngster went straight into the nest, only to be followed by another adult who blasted in and chased it off.  It was a heart pounder to watch.
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on November 02, 2014, 10:34:01 AM
 
It has been so rainy lately that it has been almost impossible to get ground obs fotos.
i was determined on this sunny day to get fotos of Mum & Dad.
i arrived at the back side of the Nest to a flurry of calls from both Mum & Dad.
Dad had just flown in & landed next to Mum in the Babysitting Tree in the lovely evening sun.
Perfect!
Here they are, just after all the trilling.

november 1 2014 17:03 - Mum & Dad in the Babysitting Tree

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z_IoRjNwtwQ
 
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on November 02, 2014, 10:58:03 AM
 
Here they are, in gorgeous light, perched on the long bare branch of the Babysitting Tree.
Notice that Mum has her talons crossed, & Dad is perched on one foot, his right, a relaxed position.

november 1 2014 17:04 - Mum & Dad in the Babysitting Tree

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Mum & Dad each showing off their totally different head feathers.

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Mum has her right foot bunched up & resting on top of her left.

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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on November 02, 2014, 11:32:53 AM
 
So often in unison, these two.

november 1 2014 17:11 - Mum & Dad in the Babysitting Tree

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A flock of Starlings had been above them in the BST, & suddenly flew in front of Mum & Dad & i was able to catch them watching like this.

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Mum checking me out.

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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on November 02, 2014, 11:48:28 AM
 
Mum doing a left wing tail & foot stretch.

november 1 2014 17:16 - Mum & Dad in the Babysitting Tree

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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on November 02, 2014, 11:59:28 AM
 
A view of Mum*s back of head feathering when she preens.

november 1 2014 17:25 - Mum & Dad in the Babysitting Tree

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https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/15509018170/in/photostream/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/15509018170/in/photostream/)
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boodle317 on November 02, 2014, 01:18:06 PM
My gosh booni...the lighting in these are incredible!  I am noticing so much dark feathering around Mom's neck area in the front.  It almost looks dirty there

I especially love the one of them both looking down. They are all just wonderful though!  Thank you!
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on November 02, 2014, 03:13:10 PM
 
i was driving past Grassy Point & an Eagle was hanging on in the wind & rain in the His & Hers Tree.
So i went to see who it was.
But then i spotted a youngster soaring overhead!

november 2 2014 14:07 - youngster at Grassy Point

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k8cLA9PTrvM
 
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on November 02, 2014, 03:17:33 PM
 
Stills taken from the video.

november 2 2014 14:07 - youngster at Grassy Point

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https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/15075601644/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/15075601644/)
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: NancyM on November 02, 2014, 03:48:13 PM
Gorgeous  (and dramatic!) photos, booni!

Mom looks fierce at times, esp with the shadowy area that Boodle mentioned.  Dad looks alternately sweet and determined. Love them both!

I tried to see, but could not tell, if that youngster had a lot of white on the tip of her tail ...what did you think?

:ty
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on November 02, 2014, 05:36:19 PM
 
Nancy, i couldn*t see either, with the back lighting & all.

i spotted this lovely flock of floaters when i was down at Hidden Beach with Otto & Rufus at high tide.

november 1 2014 14:14 - American Wigeons & Common Mergansers

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dE353Z0DL9E
 
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on November 02, 2014, 05:40:24 PM
 
There were these gorgeous specimens of Seaweed, too!

november 1 2014 14:16 - Seaweeds

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i picked some like this up at first, thinking it was one of those rubber squiddy fishing lures!

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https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/15672105736/in/photostream/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/15672105736/in/photostream/)
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: Tigerlady105 on November 02, 2014, 09:49:29 PM
The colors and shapes of the different kinds of seaweed are very interesting, Booni.  Two of the three are not like any I have seen before.

Your photos of Mom and Dad on the BST are beautiful, especially in the late afternoon light.  Several of the photos of the two of them on the level part of the branch clearly show the difference in their sizes.   :nod2

Have you considered posting one of the pictures in our forum thread that mentions male and female Bald Eagle size differences?  
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: Cawatcher on November 03, 2014, 05:55:31 AM
Fabulous photos booni, I agree with Tigerlady about using the photo as ID of Mom and Dad. Tha was the first thing that entered my mind when I saw how clear and the light is perfect
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on November 03, 2014, 07:58:11 PM

Which fotos & where do you want them posted?
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: Tigerlady105 on November 03, 2014, 11:13:48 PM
Which fotos & where do you want them posted?

This photo and caption (edit if desired):  

Notice how much bigger Mom Hornby (left) is compared to Dad Hornby (right).  This is normal for Bald Eagles:

http://tinyurl.com/kgv7zdh (http://tinyurl.com/kgv7zdh)

How about here, Booni?

http://tinyurl.com/ohhc2pp (http://tinyurl.com/ohhc2pp)

Thanks!   :eclove

Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on November 04, 2014, 09:48:57 AM
 
Tiger, this whole series of Mum & Dad, to me, in them, Dad looks bigger.
So i*m not sure it is a good example of their size difference?
But i will post that foto to the topic, along with another one that shows the differences in their head feathering.
Thanks cali & Tiger.
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on November 04, 2014, 10:18:07 AM

 
Okay!
i am finally getting around to posting some of the fotos i got of the Eagle who spent so much time in Mum & Dad*s Nest back in october!
Now, if this were Hope, she is 5 & 1/2 now.
In the Spring, she will turn six.
She is a full adult now, & is ready to breed, even though her head & tail aren*t fully white yet, & she still has some dark smudging on her beak.
These last things could point to an Eagle who is actually a year younger than Hope is.
So maybe this wasn*t Hope.
But for some reason, i believe it is.
Now, there can be a LOT of variation in the dark markings vs. the white of feathering, of Eagles of the same age.
Plus Eagles molt different feathering at different times of the year, which can also make it confusing.
i saw this foto on facebook, taken by Danny Chan, who*s facebook page can be found here. (https://www.facebook.com/birchbaynw?fref=nf)
Now look at THIS Eagle!
This foto was posted november 2 by him.
You can see that the head is not totally white yet, there are still specks of brown.
But look at the tail!
i would age this Eagle by the head as being four going on five or even five going on six, like Hope.
But the tail?
The tail looks more like a two or three year old!
So i have no idea how old this Eagle is.
But i am just posting to show how much difference there can be between Eagles as they change their feathering from a young Eagle to an adult Eagle.

(http://fbcdn-sphotos-f-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xpa1/v/t1.0-9/544939_726919560719161_4951368168889185275_n.jpg?oh=05f12e1c49c34c08f360e4c58e67dce2&oe=54DC3153&__gda__=1423701713_1891b829125ac49b75e80c901e3e08b3) (http://fbcdn-sphotos-f-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xpa1/v/t1.0-9/544939_726919560719161_4951368168889185275_n.jpg?oh=05f12e1c49c34c08f360e4c58e67dce2&oe=54DC3153&__gda__=1423701713_1891b829125ac49b75e80c901e3e08b3)
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on November 04, 2014, 11:01:12 AM
 
So on this day, watching the webcam, an Eagle was in the Babysitting Tree & another had landed in the Nest!
Who the heck WERE these two?
i parked my tripod & set up my good camera to focus on the one in the Babysitting Tree.
Unfortunately, he was blocked by the branch that was between me & him, so i had to wait til he peeked at me from behind it, like here.
This guy looks to be full adult, & i am saying guy, because i am thinking this may be Hope*s boyfriend.
An Eagle who looked like Hope showed up last year with another Eagle, maybe these are the same two?

october 16 2014 14:05 - Eagle in the Babysitting Tree

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Now it doesn*t show in my fotos, but after i left, wren came & got fotos of him & he has a very interesting tail feather!
Notice the one with all the dark in it, in the right side of his tail.
This feather marking for a tail feather is very unusual, & it is bizarre that the rest of him looks so adult!

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Because i had a hard time photographing this guy, i quickly moved to the one on the Nest.

october 16 2014 14:09 - Hope on the Nest

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She perched in pretty much this same spot for the whole two hours i was there.
She was very calm & relaxed, yet she was also on watch the whole time.
She kept doing this *snaking* motion with her head, every time something caught her eye, which was quite often.

october 16 2014 14:11 - Hope on the Nest

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Here*s where she stood in the Nest the whole time, with the gorgeous backdrop of the gradually rotting stump of the Nest Tree behind her.

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https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/15524513439/in/photostream/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/15524513439/in/photostream/)
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on November 06, 2014, 10:06:21 AM
 
Here she is again, & something has caught her attention!

october 16 2014 14:14 - Hope on the Nest

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To me this Eagle looks like Mum & Dad at the same time!

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https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/15711960642/in/photostream/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/15711960642/in/photostream/)
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on November 06, 2014, 10:15:02 AM
 
Here she is scratching her head with her right foot, & her nictitating membrane is closed over her right eye.

october 16 2014 14:18 - Hope on the Nest

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Again, something is catching her attention.
Here, she is looking towards mishi*s Tree.

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A view of her top of head feathering, which has a lot more brown in it than the feathering closer to her beak.

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https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/15711948912/in/photostream/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/15711948912/in/photostream/)
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: Donnae on November 06, 2014, 10:21:23 AM
Thanks booni... fantastic photos of Hope... biggest thrill for me is when she flew over my head and landed in H & H tree while sitting on bench at Grassy... she was and is my first love... eaglet love... so I really enjoy these great photos on her.

Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on November 06, 2014, 10:24:25 AM
 
i just love the stump in all these fotos.
The lighting for it was perfect.

october 16 2014 14:29:34 - Hope on the Nest

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Looking towards Grassy Point.

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Back of head feathering.

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Something up there catches her attention.

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Back of head & neck, & those interesting white spots in with the brown of her neck feathers.

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https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/15686654386/in/photostream/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/15686654386/in/photostream/)
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on November 06, 2014, 10:37:09 AM
 
Whoever this Eagle is, she is some kinda gorgeous!

october 16 2014 14:32 - Hope on the Nest

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She was completely unfazed by my being there, watching her all this time.
So an Eagle who is used to people being nearby, which often isn*t the case with a visitor.

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This pose shows all the lovely white feathering she has now, closer to the beak & under the chin.

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Snaking her neck again.
& her right eye is covered by her nictitating membrane.

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Look how she snakes her neck from the last foto to this one!

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https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/15708482671/in/photostream/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/15708482671/in/photostream/)
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on November 06, 2014, 10:49:16 AM
 
Look how strikingly gorgeous she is!  :heart
Look at her long neck in these fotos.

october 16 2014 14:32:32 - Hope on the Nest

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The nictitating membrane is blinking here.

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Looking inland.

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i*ve never seen an Eagle rubber-necking the way this one was.

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https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/15090439704/in/photostream/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/15090439704/in/photostream/)
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on November 06, 2014, 10:54:29 AM
 
october 16 2014 14:33:07 - Hope on the Nest

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It looks like the cere part of the beak, where the nares are, plus the lower beak, are fully yellow.
It is just the large end of the upper beak that still has some brown mixed in with the yellow.
Interesting!

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Interesting neck moves again.

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https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/15711942612/in/photostream/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/15711942612/in/photostream/)
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boodle317 on November 06, 2014, 02:10:37 PM
Wow....gorgeous shots.  Maybe being back in the old nest got her rubberneckin!  LOL  Made me think of David the day Alexandra fledged!

I also love the closeup of the stump.  Does everyone see the prop engine blade??
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: Donnae on November 06, 2014, 03:18:01 PM
Fantastic photos Booni... thank you... Hope & Echo were my first eaglets.... poor Echo died, but Hope grew up to be quite the girl... I just love her. I was
so excited when she flew over my head and landed in the H & H tree as I was sitting on a bench at Grassy. Of course at the time we didn't know it was her, but what a beautiful adult she has turned out to be... yes, to me too, she looks like both Mom and Dad..... and I am sure, if that is her boyfriend, he is lovely too, they will have great eaglets in the future....
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: Tigerlady105 on November 06, 2014, 06:29:07 PM
Beautiful series, Booni.  If that is Hope, she certainly would know you!    :nod2   :eclove
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: Cawatcher on November 07, 2014, 05:33:10 AM
 :eclove Great Photos booni, I bet she had you laughing at those contortions  :eclol was definately watchful
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on November 09, 2014, 09:11:33 AM
 
october 16 2014 14:37 - Hope on the Nest

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Spotting something over by mishi*s Tree.

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Top & back of head feathering.

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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on November 09, 2014, 09:20:48 AM
 
october 16 2014 14:41 - Hope on the Nest

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This Eagle was not one bit perturbed by my presence.

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Snaking to look at something again!

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https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/15090449904/in/photostream/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/15090449904/in/photostream/)
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on November 09, 2014, 09:32:39 AM
 
october 16 2014 14:48 - Hope on the Nest

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This Eagle is a lovely combination of both Mum & Dad at once!

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Look how the white feathering sweeps away from the beak area & the line where it changes from white to more brown in the white.

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https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/15710384855/in/photostream/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/15710384855/in/photostream/)
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on November 09, 2014, 09:37:18 AM
 
Something in the sky is catching her eye.
At one point, an adult-looking Eagle flew overhead, but that was the only time i saw what she was looking at all these times.

october 16 2014 15:00 - Hope on the Nest

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Doing the snake again, looking over towards mishi*s Tree.

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https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/15525196577/in/photostream/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/15525196577/in/photostream/)
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on November 09, 2014, 09:49:33 AM
 
Look how long she makes her neck!

october 16 2014 15:04:34 - Hope on the Nest

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Neck made even longer here.

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Oh, boy, it got a little lighter all of a sudden & what a difference that makes!

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A little light reflection in the eye & off the beak!

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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on November 09, 2014, 10:17:50 AM
 
Well, darnit, with this nice light finally arriving, Hope has decided to Scootch down into the Nest where i can*t see her so well!
She has a sparkle in her eye, & she seems to be resting her chin on a Nest stick!
She doesn*t look near as dark on the head & in the beak, when the lighting improves.

october 16 2014 15:35 - Hope on the Nest

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Dreaming of having her own Nest one day?
Keeping it warm til Mum & Dad return?

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What a fascinating Eagle, & a fascinating event to have observed!
i intended to wait til she left or did something, but she outlasted me!
wren showed up after i left & got more fotos.
i think she was in the Nest another two hours!

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Here (http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=1385.msg139944#msg139944) is a post from a year ago, almost exact to the day, of another Eagle who looked a whole lot like Hope!

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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: Cawatcher on November 09, 2014, 10:48:07 AM
So glad you were able to get these Photos booni! You just havve to wonder
 :eclove
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: Rajame on November 09, 2014, 11:35:21 AM
Thank you Booni! I was mesmerized!
:hug
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on November 10, 2014, 09:09:44 AM
 
Yesterday afternoon the wind started roaring & i could hear the waves crashing at Grassy Point, all the way from inside my house!
So i took Otto down to have a look.
This is the rocky part of the Point to the right, & to the left is the deep pebbly bay.

november 9 2014 16:26 - big wind & waves at Grassy Point
 
 
 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vU0k51-aVzI

Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: mishikeenhquay on November 10, 2014, 05:57:03 PM


booni
your photos of Hope are just spectacular!!  I love the video of the waves crashing on the rocks and shore line.  Gitchi Miigwetch for taking the photos, videos, and for sharing.
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: OpieK on November 10, 2014, 06:00:25 PM
Booni these are wonderful photos and videos.  I'm just back from a long trip, and they are medicine to soothe the soul.  Thank you!
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on November 18, 2014, 10:45:21 AM
 
cali called me on this beautiful sunny day to tell me that Mum was in the short bare stubby branch below the long bare branch of the Babysitting Tree.
The day before, Mum was there & Dad joined her!
Look how short that branch is & imagine two of them side by side in it.
The view from the cam of them on this branch is spectacular, close & clear, but from the ground that other stubby branch is right in the way darnit.
Notice Mum is standing on her left foot with her right foot tucked up against her belly for warmth & rest.
 
november 14 2014 15:02 - Mum in The Babysitting Tree
 
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i took a whole pile of unsatisfying fotos of Mum blocked by that branch.
She was alert & looking around the whole time, as usual, but then she got REALLY alert, looking towards Grassy Point!

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She*s on the move!
First she gets rid of the poop load.
Notice she is on both feet now, & her belly feathers are fluffed out.

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Then she turns to face the water.
 
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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on November 18, 2014, 10:56:42 AM
 
There she goes towards the water!
Tail is up for take off, back toes/talons are letting go of the branch.
 
november 14 2014 15:06:41 - Mum in The Babysitting Tree
 
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Feet have let go of the branch!
 
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i took this foto to see what this interesting red patch was on the trunk of the Tree.
Looks like a big branch has broken right away from the trunk, on the same level of the Tree that the long bare branch is coming from.
That is the long bare branch going off to the right.
 
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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on November 18, 2014, 11:29:03 AM
 
Ah!
i went back to august in my fotos of the Babysitting Tree & here is one of Scootch on the long bare branch.
If you follow it to its base, you can see where there used to be a large curved branch on the back side of the Tree that must have come off since then.

august 14 2014 18:37 - Scootch on the long bare branch of the Babysitting Tree
 
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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boodle317 on November 18, 2014, 03:02:19 PM
Gosh...that branch that broke sure looked healthy!  all kinds of green growth, it looked far more alive than the actual bare branch!  Wow.

Great capture of her feets on release booni!
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: Cawatcher on November 18, 2014, 06:06:56 PM
 :eceek Wow booni, these are super, love Mom's expressions  :ecsmile and the branch that brok, wonder if that was from that ferocious storm?? So good to see Scootch  :heart
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on November 18, 2014, 06:39:16 PM
 
Okay, so this video goes with this post, here. (http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=1540.msg157730#msg157730)

This is *Hope*s boyfriend* in the Babysitting Tree, keeping an eye on her to his left, down in the Nest, & also keeping an eye on me!
 
october 16 2014 14:05 Eagle in the Babysitting Tree
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WQfkL6F66sU
 
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on November 18, 2014, 06:44:11 PM
 
This video goes with that post too.
It shows you *Hope* on the Nest, doing that snaking motion with her head & neck.
She was sure looking intently at something, i thought maybe someone was going to fly in & attack her.
 
october 16 2014 14:08 - Hope on the Nest
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=17NnI4sD18Q
 
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on November 18, 2014, 07:09:01 PM
 
This is a loooooooonnng video.
i had to walk away so i left the camera videoing so i wouldn*t miss anything.
She sure was comfy up there, she even yawns in this one.
It was a VERY windy day, & you can just see the Nest Tree moving a bit in the wind.
It is very solid.
Her body language is interesting to watch.
She is very alert, but at the same time, very relaxed about being in someone else*s Nest!
She watches me come back & turn off the video.

 
october 16 2014 14:22 - Hope on the Nest
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MNnoVwBjZMo
 
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on November 18, 2014, 07:38:39 PM
 
It is still cloudy & windy, but the light picks up a bit in this video.
Nothing too exciting happens when i walk away again, but this is pretty much how she behaved the whole time i was there, just calm & looking intently at something.
In this video she actually moves!
She turns to her left, then back again to her original position.
The wind really picks up at the end, & she is looking really intently as something again.


october 16 2014 15:10 - Hope on the Nest
 
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q8XrQM4pc6o
 
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: Rajame on November 18, 2014, 10:10:47 PM
:hug
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on November 20, 2014, 11:11:44 AM
 
The fotos from this day started here. (http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=1540.msg158564#msg158564)
After Mum took off from the BST, i found her on Grassy Point in the His & Hers Tree!
Sometimes when they perch here, they are further down in the greenery & i can*t see them well, but fortunately Mum perched where i had a good view of her head!
 
november 14 2014 15:19 - Mum in The His & Hers Tree
 
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The light was fabulous, on the cold frosty day.
 
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i definitely did not escape her notice.
 
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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on November 20, 2014, 11:19:32 AM
 
Looking towards the Niner area.
 
november 14 2014 15:20 - Mum in The His & Hers Tree
 
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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on November 20, 2014, 11:24:25 AM
 
november 14 2014 15:25 - Mum in The His & Hers Tree
 
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The nictitating membrane is in use here.
 
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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on November 20, 2014, 11:28:52 AM
 
november 14 2014 15:28 - Mum in The His & Hers Tree
 
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A cool view of her back of head feathering & the inside tip of her upper beak!
 
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What a magnificent presence she has.
 
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https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/15833651941/in/photostream/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/15833651941/in/photostream/)
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on November 20, 2014, 11:34:16 AM
 
& there she goes!
 
november 14 2014 15:30 - Mum in The His & Hers Tree
 
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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: fol-di-rol on November 20, 2014, 11:56:19 AM
Booni!   thank you so much for those wonderful pictures of Mom - she is grizzled and gorgeous!  And you are so right about her presence - truly a regal matriarch! 
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: linused on November 20, 2014, 12:37:08 PM
Booni    Thank you for these lovely portraits of Mom.    :heart
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: NancyM on November 20, 2014, 01:24:16 PM
Fabulous pictures of Mom, booni!!  (Shall I update the forum banner?)
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: auroradawn on November 20, 2014, 02:03:00 PM
Fantastic photo's !!!!
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: Rajame on November 20, 2014, 02:46:09 PM
I love these series of photos Booni! I know that Mom is the Matriarch and she wears that well. Today my mind called her something else, QUEEN.

What a privilege and opportunity we have to see Eagles in their territory through your lens. :hearts2
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: Stokes on November 21, 2014, 02:42:16 PM
I logged on to get an update on how our territory was doing and was so
pleased to see all these photos of Mom and Miss Hope. Thank you so much
for keeping us on track, so delighted to see these photos and comments.

Warmly,
Flood
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: Faerie Gardener on November 21, 2014, 07:39:39 PM
These pictures of Mom and Hope are so lovely, and I must say that there is one photo where Mom's eyeliner is quite dramatic!
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on November 30, 2014, 05:45:22 PM
 
Okay, picking up from where we left off on this day, Mum has now joined Dad in the Babysitting Tree!

november 14 2014 15:40 - Mum in The Babysitting Tree

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Mum*s typical *grizzled* head feathering.

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i like to take fotos of her looking down like this, as we often get a good view of that interesting marking she has on the back of her head.
This is about the best foto i*ve ever gotten of this marking.

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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on November 30, 2014, 05:54:58 PM
 
Here, Mum is just coming up after preening under her left wing.

november 14 2014 15:51:08 - Mum in The Babysitting Tree

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Here*s Dad in the Babysitting Tree.
He is on the long bare branch, & he is checking me out.

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Nictitating membrane halfway across the eye.

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Mum is ever vigilant.
The Starlings have joined her, lower down in the branches.
Look at their lovely colouring.

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Lovely light turning Mum*s head feathers yellow.

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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on November 30, 2014, 05:57:54 PM
 
november 14 15:54 - Mum & the Starlings in The Babysitting Tree

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dpe8r5LjheA
 
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on November 30, 2014, 06:03:56 PM
 
november 14 2014 15:58:15 - Mum in The Babysitting Tree

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Changing her position, or maybe i missed a poopshot.

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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on November 30, 2014, 06:10:29 PM
 
november 14 2014 15:58:24 - Mum in The Babysitting Tree

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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: Cawatcher on November 30, 2014, 06:28:32 PM
 :eclove Thank you booni! Mom looks ready for another year  :eclove
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: Donnae on November 30, 2014, 09:58:31 PM
Wow Booni... your photos are fantastic... really love the ones of Mom... but they are all great  :eclove
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: mishikeenhquay on December 02, 2014, 05:32:46 AM


Wow booni...just wow!  I love the photo you got of the back of moms head!!  That is spectacular!  Dang I wish I was there, taking photos, and just standing in awe!

Gitchi miigwetch!!
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: auroradawn on December 02, 2014, 07:29:17 AM
So beautiful!
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: linused on December 02, 2014, 05:12:06 PM
Thank you Booni,    I just can't get enough of your photos of Mom and Dad    :heart
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: Tigerlady105 on December 02, 2014, 06:28:03 PM
Booni, super good details on your photos.  I'm always amazed to see Mom perched on the top of the BST and for long periods of time.  You even caught the wrinkles/markings on her feet!   :nod2
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: gzebear on December 03, 2014, 06:06:14 AM
As have most of you, I have seen a lot of photos of a lot of eagles, and they are all gorgeous to my eye. But none of them stand out like Mom and Dad Hornby - their stance, their eyes, their aura, they are truly the most beautiful eagles I have ever seen. Booni, those photos of Mom are a treasure. It felt to me like she put her head down so you could get a good shot of her unique markings. Dad probably tells her all the time how much he loves the back of her head, so I'm sure she knows how cool it is. :ecsmile
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: winterwren on December 15, 2014, 02:56:45 PM
Late this morning I checked the cam and there was a third eagle on top of the babysitting tree. Paintnut said that there had been a pair besides Mom and Dad. The light wasn't too good for photos, but I decided to go check it out.

About the time I walked out the door, the third eagle flew off from the top of the BST.

So I only found Mom and Dad, sitting close together.

December 15, 12:09
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Look at Mom's crop...
12:13
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Dad's isn't looking bad either.
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: winterwren on December 15, 2014, 03:01:47 PM
Mom and Dad call out toward the Wiig territory or Hidden Beach.

December 15, 12:13
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Mom's got some interestingly disorderly feathers sticking out from her left side.

A minute later their attention is on Grassy Point.
12:14
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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: NancyM on December 15, 2014, 03:34:51 PM
Thanks, Wren!

Mom and Dad have enormous crops - the fishing was good somewhere!

At least one of those feathers on Mom's left side looks white - I wonder what that is all about?
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: auroradawn on December 15, 2014, 03:46:06 PM
Fabulous photo's, wren.  They both look so good & Mum looks HUGE!!!  wow.
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: Cawatcher on December 15, 2014, 04:10:35 PM
Thank you for running out there and trying to catch the visitors wren! these are super of Mom and dad ♥
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: winterwren on December 15, 2014, 05:51:09 PM
Continuing my tour of the nest neighbourhood, I went to check Grassy Point and saw an eagle flying way at the other end of the road, inland from Hidden beach. Then I went to Hidden Beach and saw an eagle diving for the water way out there past Grassy Point.
Sigh.
Meanwhile Mom and Dad stayed put on the babysitting tree, so there were definitely other eagles about.
But eventually on my way from one end of the territory to the other, I had a better look at the bird who was perched on Foster's Fir, the one I had dismissed as a crow.
Sure seemed to have a funny posture for a crow.

December 15, 12:36
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It was actually a Peregrine Falcon.

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I sure wished for better light. Then it started to rain. But here he is anyway, chest feathers all puffed out.
Seems like rather brownish markings on the chest, so a young one?
12:44
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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: winterwren on December 15, 2014, 07:18:00 PM
At Hidden Beach, no eagles, but then I saw a big brown bird flying in from Sandstone Point.
I couldn't believe it.
A Red-tailed Hawk, minutes after I'd seen the Peregrine.
I only got one blurry photo but it's enough for a positive identification.

December 15, 12:52 pm
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Shortly after, I saw a young eagle, crossing the territory from Grassy Point to Sandstone. Nobody called out to this one.
The light hadn't improved a bit but here's at least a record shot.
12:53
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Later on from Grassy Point, another eagle passes by in the opposite direction; this time Mom and Dad give alarm. But they stay perched.
1:06 pm
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Definitely there has been some food around, and definitely there are visitors about. Yesterday the person who did the bird count at Collishaw reported a huge feed ball offshore; thousands of birds. So there is fish around and there are eagles who followed the food. Still, that doesn't tell us what an extra pair of eagles was doing on the Babysitting tree.
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: Cawatcher on December 16, 2014, 04:25:06 AM
Fantastic report wren! Red tailed Hawk, Peregrine falcon! So glad to hear of the fish ball. Helps explain the presence of the other eagles too.. sure wish they had their name tags on  :heart
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on December 25, 2014, 11:27:58 AM
 
There had been a youngster in the tippy-top of The Babysitting Tree, but by the time i got there, Mum had replaced them!
 
december 16 11:58 2014 - Mum at the tippy top of The Babysitting Tree
 
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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on December 26, 2014, 11:19:57 AM
 
It was a stormy, windy, rainy day & i thought i*d go check it out at Grassy Point but the wind was driving the rain so hard i could feel the drops hitting my skin through my sweater!
Otto said, let*s go back in the car!
i was trying to photograph Dad here, hiding in the van to protect the camera, & the wind was blowing the car door closed.
 
december 20 13:27 2014 - Dad lower down in The His & Hers Tree
 
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The next day was much nicer, calm & sunny!
Mum was in one of the upper branches of the His & Hers Tree.

december 21 14:12 2014 - Mum in The His & Hers Tree
 
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Giving me the hairy eyeball.
 
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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: Rajame on December 26, 2014, 11:34:53 AM
Thanks Booni! :hearts

Harry eyeball =  :eclol
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: Cawatcher on December 27, 2014, 06:31:55 AM
Lol thank you for braving the elements booni, Dad saying boy, are you nuts!!  :nod2
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: winterwren on February 05, 2015, 08:19:48 PM
Seems like a lot of what Booni and I do in this territory: we see all this action on cam, visiting eagles left right and centre, calls, pursuits; and by the time we get down to the nest neighbourhood Mom and Dad are napping on the Babysitting Tree as if nothing ever happened.

January 27 was that kind of a day.

But I was promptly distracted from wondering where all those eagles had gotten to when I spotted hundreds of shore birds scattered between Grassy Point and Big Rock. I like shore birds.  :ecsmile

They were mostly Dunlins, in sub-flocks of a hundred or so, with a few Surfbirds and Black Turnstones on the margins.

Here is part of a flock, with some Dunlins feeding and bathing from a small tide pool. The larger birds to the right are Surfbirds, and most of the ones on the left are Turnstones.
Click here to see the video (https://www.flickr.com/photos/30093534@N02/16452555271/)

Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: winterwren on February 05, 2015, 08:40:02 PM
Here's a photo I took just before that video clip. Click on it to get a closer view.
January 27, 12:24
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A little later... a little closer... Fluffy Dunlins napping. (But many still cracking an eye open to keep track of me.)
12:35
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12:36
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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: winterwren on February 05, 2015, 09:07:52 PM
The dunlins take off, in a beautifully disorderly way, before flying to and fro as if they were one mind.
Grassy Point, January 27, 12:37
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Nearby was an unusual sight at this time of year: about a dozen Black-bellied Plovers. They usually gather into small flock near migration time, but at this time of year I had only ever seen them singly or in pairs. Here is one of them. Unlike the Turnstones and Surfbirds, they kept just a little aside from the Dunlins.
12:39
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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: Cawatcher on February 05, 2015, 09:11:05 PM
Thank you Wren these are lovely catches!
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: linused on February 05, 2015, 09:58:06 PM
Wren   I just love your photos of the Dunlins and thank you for the identification of the Black bellied Plover  it's a bird I see but just didn't know what it was
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: winterwren on February 06, 2015, 07:36:01 PM
YW Cali and Linus!
Aside from the Killdeers, Black-bellied Plovers are the ones we most often see here. Only in the last few days before spring migration do they start to have black bellies, but they retain black "armpits" all year round, so they are easy to identify in flight.

They are pretty large compared to other shorebirds, as you'll see later in this series.

For now, we have Surfbirds and Turnstones in flight. The Turnstones look striking on the wing, a high-contrast pattern of lights and darks. The Surfbirds are just a little bit larger.
Grassy Point, January 27, 12:40
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And here we have a Turnstone (and a part of another, cut off at the frame), some Surfbirds and a Dunlin! Look how tiny the Dunlin looks in comparison!

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I used to think it was necessarily "my fault" if the shore birds I was watching took off... I would turn around and leave the area to avoid bothering them any more. But in the past year I've learned to stay quietly where I was. Often, after a minute or two, they come back, sometimes even closer to me than they were before! It does happen, of course, that they take off because my approach is clumsy, but sometimes it seems they take off because they take off.

So here are those Dunlins, coming back to land twenty feet closer than they were. The Plovers hadn't bothered taking off.
I'm counting at least 5 Turnstones in the photo as well.
Grassy Point, January 27, 12:42
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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: gmadeb3 on February 06, 2015, 07:41:37 PM
How wonderful to see these pictures
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: OpieK on February 06, 2015, 07:56:27 PM
thank you for these wonderful photos, Wren
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: winterwren on February 06, 2015, 08:02:56 PM
Thanks, Deb and Opie!

So, much closer now... And the sun is coming out, too!
Black Turnstone...
January 27, 2:45
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And some more Dunlin close-ups.

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I did whole series where I was trying to coordinate my shots with the nicest-looking waves in the background,

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Occasionally just a few Dunlins relocate to a different part of the flock.
12:48
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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: winterwren on February 06, 2015, 08:11:30 PM
Here are some more of those Black-bellied Plovers for you, Linus!
(With a wave making bubbles, as a bonus.)

We're closer to Big Rock now.
January 27, 12:52
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12:53
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Here's the best one where I could get the Dunlins and a plover in the same frame... Check out the size difference!

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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: linused on February 06, 2015, 08:48:28 PM
Thank you Wren,  lovely photos     :heart
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: winterwren on February 06, 2015, 08:49:25 PM
All this time, Mom and Dad are snoozing on the Babysitting Tree. I want to go check on them but on my way out, just because I now know how to do it, I sneak up on the American Wigeons who are in the upper intertidal near Grassy Point. I stay under cover from the higher rocks and approach the spot where I remember seeing them on my way in.

Here they are... But with a special guest!
Grassy Point, January 27, 1:16 pm
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Hello, Mr. Eurasian Wigeon! How nice you look with your American cousin!
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I think it was Maggiesmom who told us on chat that Eurasian Wigeons come to us here from north-eastern Asia, by way of Alaska. I saw my first ones on the estuary of the Courtenay River a year ago; there were tens of thousands of wigeons there, and for every few thousand Americans there might be one or two Eurasian males visible. The females and immatures would have been very difficult to find in that multitude.
So they are not a big-time rarity, but they're nice to encounter, and handsome like their cousins but in a different way.
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: Donnae on February 06, 2015, 09:00:02 PM
Beautiful photos Wren, thank you so much.... I love them all but do really like the turnstones!
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: winterwren on February 06, 2015, 11:24:47 PM
Thanks Donna!

Well, I finally made it to the good-light side of the Babysitting Tree. When I left the beach both eagles were on it, but once I came around the corner Dad had vanished.
Here's Mom, though.

January 27, 1:30
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1:32
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Click on this last one to enlarge all the way. See that white skim on the edge of the beak, as if she'd been drinking a glass of milk? I've seen that on a few eagles of late. I wonder what food does that.
1:33
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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: Cawatcher on February 07, 2015, 07:07:53 AM
Thank you! very interesting Wren  :eclove
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: winterwren on February 07, 2015, 06:52:21 PM
I'm still on January 27...

As I left to try to find Dad, little birds caught my attention. I spent a while trying to catch a Golden-crowned Kinglet in the open, but he was too quick for me. Then I spotted his cousin, the Ruby-crowned Kinglet, who was foraging a tiny bit more in the open.
1:46
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I was kept happily distracted for a while, but never did catch anything more of a blur from the Golden-crowned.
 :eclol Hey, you send me on an eagle chase, that's what you get!


Fear not.
I did eventually make it to where Dad was perching... On the Peters' Tree.

That tree is not nearly as tall as the giant BST, so the pictures are better. Also the sun was cooperating.
He's got that whitish coating on parts of his beak too.
1:56
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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: winterwren on February 07, 2015, 06:57:43 PM
More photos of Dad... Trying to find different angles.

January 27, 1:57
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1:58
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1:59
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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: winterwren on February 07, 2015, 08:30:30 PM
Now we move on to yesterday...

I took a little walk to Grassy Point, catching a short break in the rain. Usually I pull out my camera and adjust it just before coming into view of His-and-Hers Tree. I was doing just that when I saw through the trees the silhouette of an eagle landing!

I managed a few shots, tiptoeing slowly closer. At first I thought this was Mom... That was before I saw the tail feathers.

Even with the poor light you can see the whitish stain on the beak!
February 6, 4:27
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4:28
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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: winterwren on February 07, 2015, 08:44:30 PM
February 6 continued...
Usually I can tiptoe my way past Mom or Dad without disturbing them, but there was no going past this one!

Look at the beautiful bicoloured tail feathers! (You can also see that it's starting to rain again.)
4:28 pm
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No calls at all from Mom or Dad as that one disappeared along the shore toward the nest!
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: Cawatcher on February 07, 2015, 08:45:18 PM
 :eceek Wow!!
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: winterwren on February 07, 2015, 09:42:47 PM
I made my way along shore to try to find that beautiful eagle again!

There was someone on the Peters' Tree... Same one?

Nope. I think that's Dad.
February 6, 4:39
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Dad's still got some white staining on his beak.
4:40
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By then it was raining steady and that's all I managed to see that day.


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: winterwren on February 07, 2015, 10:06:48 PM
This was on my way to Grassy Point yesterday... A Northern Flicker, soaking wet, at the top of a power pole.

February 6, 4:18 pm
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Click on the picture: he's still got his eye on me.

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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on February 08, 2015, 12:43:15 PM
 
Thanks to cali for phoning me to give me the heads up that there were a whole pile of visiting Eagles in the Nest neighbourhood!  :heart
In this photography & wildlife rescue business, luck & timing are everything.
Often you need to drop everything you*re doing & run out there, which i am not very good at.
If there have been Eagle extras around since 10:00am, surely they will wait while i have something to eat first?
WRONG!
i did a tour of the Nest neighbourhood &, though i heard Eagles calling, i spotted no one in Gregg*s, Constables*, the Babysitting, The Peters* or His & Hers Tree!
i ran into wren on my way home again, & she was going for a look & spotted Eagles where i had just seen none.
Hah!
One place i DID spot Eagles was mishi*s Tree.
So i went back there.

february 7 2015 13:20 - young Eagle in mishi*s Tree

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This youngster is looking towards the Nest area.
She seems to me to be a two year old who will begin her third year this spring.
Notice the dark head feathering, getting whiter, causing the stripe of the three year old to remain over the eye.
The beak is quite yellow, but still some dark smearing in there.
Eye is more yellow than brown, but not full yellow yet.
& then the gorgeous tail colouring!
i am trying to catch her different poses, showing her lovely colouring.

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Here*s the other Eagle who was there, an adult, but they still have a bit of brown tipping in their tail feathering!

february 7 2015 13:21 - adult Eagle in mishi*s Tree

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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: Cawatcher on February 08, 2015, 01:01:00 PM
Thank you Wren and Booni what treats! in your own neighborhood... timing sheesh yes booni... unless you dont do anything else in your life ha!  :eclove

 Love the various ages shown
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on February 08, 2015, 01:03:10 PM
 
i did a little video of the youngster.
i was sitting in my car with the window down, so that i didn*t scare them away by parking & getting out.
My camera is giving me grief.
The exposure keeps changing.
i am trying to keep the focal point centered on the Eagle, to keep the exposure from going up & down.
My camera has been misbehaving like t his since summer & it is driving me nuts.
i have sent it in for repair twice & they keep telling me it is fine.
Grrrr.......

february 7 2015 13:23 -  young Eagle in mishi*s Tree

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L5t-lZ5DNvo
 

Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on February 08, 2015, 01:14:15 PM
 
february 7 2015 13:22:14 - young Eagle in mishi*s Tree

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i*ve gone around to the other side of the Tree now, wanting the light to be behind me instead of in front of me.
i am in the woods at the back of a property, trying to poke my camera through branches.
My camera is not happy about focusing through the intervening branches, & that i understand.

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Look at the lovely green Moss growing on that dead perch branch.

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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on February 08, 2015, 01:23:22 PM
 
february 7 2015 13:42:44 - young Eagle in mishi*s Tree

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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: NancyM on February 08, 2015, 01:52:30 PM
Wonderful photos, booni ~ Thanks!

The young eagle is really a beauty, still very dark. I wonder if this is the same  visitor that was on the Peter's Tree on Feb 4?  that one seemed to me to have a very dark cap, but the sides of his/her neck looked lighter.
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: winterwren on February 08, 2015, 07:15:35 PM
Well, I missed seeing the eagles on Mishi's Tree... But when I passed by Foster's Fir there were two eagles perched on it, presumably Mom and Dad since the cam had them in view on that tree when I left home.

Check out the crop!
February 7, 1:16
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Booni figured that the visitors had been headed into the Wiig's territory, so I headed there next, leaving my bike at Hidden Beach and walking the shore across the Wiig's area and into Brigantine territory, which is where I found about half a dozen visitors of all ages. The light was adverse and they weren't going to let me anywhere close, but I got a few record shots. I'll be posting them shortly on the Brigantine thread. (http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=1550.msg160977#msg160977)
 
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on February 10, 2015, 07:31:02 PM
 
Today i found Mum in Constables* Fir!
It was a beautiful sunny day, & good luck to find her here.

february 10 2015 12:04 - Mum in Constables* Fir

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She was preening away, & i was having a hard time catching a nice pose.
i posted this one to show you her crop, or lack thereof.

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When i passed by later in the day, Mum was STILL in Constables* Fir.
Turns out it was not still, but again.

february 10 2015 15:04 - Mum in Constables* Fir

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i sure wouldn*t want to be whoever Mum is giving THIS look to.

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She almost has mutton chops here, more like a Dad thing, usually.

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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on February 10, 2015, 07:39:07 PM
 
Notice Mum*s crop in the fotos from later in the day!
She*d been in the Nest, eating, i found out later.
Looking towards the Niners Nest Tree area here.

february 10 2015 15:07 - Mum in Constables* Fir

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i left Mum, & drove around the Nest neighbourhood, & look who i found in the Woodpecker Tree!
i don*t think i*ve ever photographed Mum & Dad here.
Dad*s all floofed up.

february 10 2015 15:15 - Dad in the Woodpecker Tree

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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on February 10, 2015, 07:51:39 PM
 
Dad is blinking his nictitating membrane here.

february 10 2015 15:16 - Dad in the Woodpecker Tree

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i needed a faster shutter speed for this next series, but, oh well!

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i could hear the fwack of his wings or the scrape of his talons as he left the perch branch.

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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on February 10, 2015, 07:56:10 PM
 
i forgot to mention, that the Eagle in the fotos i posted here (http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=1540.msg160947#msg160947) the young Eagle is looking towards the Nest Tree area, & i believe she is the right colouring to be the same age as Hali would be right now!
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: Donnae on February 10, 2015, 10:58:18 PM
Wonderful photos!!!! Love the youngsters... Thanks so much!!!
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: Rajame on February 11, 2015, 09:30:02 AM
Thank you Booni and Wren! These are great! Loving the hope that maybe the young one is Hali! Hugs, Rajame
:hug
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: linused on February 11, 2015, 11:12:32 AM
Love your photos Booni, especially the photos of Dad's tail feathers as he leaves his perch  :heart
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on February 12, 2015, 07:23:43 PM
 
We walked down to the Nest Tree area because there seemed to be all sorts of racket coming from there, trilling, screeching, calling.
No one was in Gregg*s Tree, or Constables* Fir, that i noticed, but there was an Eagle in the tippy top of the Babysitting Tree.
When i peeked through the Trees at the Nest Tree, i saw Dad on top of the wide angle camera, while Mum was down in the Nest.
So this Eagle on the tippy top of the BST was a visitor!
i wonder what that shreddy looking stuff in the Nest with Mum is?  :puzzled2

february 12 2015 12:41 - Mum in the Nest

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february 12 2015 12:42 - Mum in the Nest Dad on the wide angle camera

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Mum & Dad were making all manner of *visitor calls*.

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Here is the visitor.
They have a bit of food stuck to the right side of their beak.
There was a steady spray of rain, so everyone was soaking wet.

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The visitor is looking towards mishi*s Tree, & it turned out there was an Eagle there, too.

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https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/16489338136/in/photostream/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/16489338136/in/photostream/)
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on February 12, 2015, 07:28:56 PM
 
As the exposure fades in & out, you can see the wet patches of this Eagle*s feathers, & see the rain spraying past them.

february 12 2015 12:49 - visiting Eagle on the tippy top of the Babysitting Tree


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T7asTEwRvNs
 
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on February 12, 2015, 07:39:41 PM
 
This Eagle opened their wings a bit, as though to take off or to *shower* them a bit more in the rain.
The wing feathers are quite tattered at the ends.

february 12 2015 12:46 - visiting Eagle on the tippy top of the Babysitting Tree

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Looking towards mishi*s Tree again.

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Perhaps a four year old turning five this Spring?

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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on February 12, 2015, 07:42:10 PM
 
february 12 2015 12:51 - visiting Eagle on the tippy top of the Babysitting Tree


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EliMplF-etQ
 
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on February 12, 2015, 08:13:18 PM
 
The Eagle who took off from the tippy top of the Babysitting Tree landed back there again, or someone else did.
Here is Dad eyeballing them & calling.

february 12 2015 12:52 - Dad on the wide angle camera

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& again here.

february 12 2015 12:53 - Dad on the wide angle camera

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Here*s a peek at the Eagle in mishi*s Tree.

february 12 2015 12:53 - visiting Eagle in mishi*s Tree

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This one looks to be full adult, so not the same one who was at the tippy top of the BST.

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https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/16489642046/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/16489642046/)
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on February 12, 2015, 08:18:11 PM
 
february 12 2015 12:55 - visiting Eagle in the upper left branch of the Babysitting Tree


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OVPhT8XsdXo
 
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on February 12, 2015, 08:30:03 PM
 
Mum has moved to the close up cam box.

february 12 2015 13:00 - Mum on the close up cam box Dad on the wide angle camera

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february 12 2015 13:03 - Vistor Eagle in mishi*s Tree

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A different Eagle now.

february 12 2015 13:07 - Vistor Eagle in the tippy top of the Babysitting Tree

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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on February 12, 2015, 08:44:57 PM
 
We then walked down to Grassy Point to see if anything was going on down there.
We didn*t get far!
There were SIX Eagles in the His & Hers Tree!

february 12 2015 13:09 - young vistor Eagle in the His & Hers Tree

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https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/15895664873/in/photostream/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/15895664873/in/photostream/)
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on February 12, 2015, 09:03:24 PM
 
february 12 2015 13:13 - vistor Eagle in the His & Hers Tree

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https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/16514188251/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/16514188251/)
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: fol-di-rol on February 12, 2015, 09:17:41 PM
Booni!  :  Thank you for the photos of all those bedraggled birds!  Eagles, eagles everywhere - all ages and stages.  What a wonderful crazy day!

Mom and Dad sure were on the alert tho - love their expressions when they are watching so intently.

Wish I could have seen six eagles in the His 'n Hers tree - we will be lucky to see just Mom and Dad by the time we get there in June.  Looking forward to another HIP Trip this year - YAY!

Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on February 12, 2015, 09:23:06 PM
 
february 12 2015 13:24 - vistor Eagle in the His & Hers Tree

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february 12 2015 13:34 - six vistor Eagles in the His & Hers Tree

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https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/16489990676/in/photostream/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/16489990676/in/photostream/)
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on February 12, 2015, 09:34:14 PM
 
On the way home, the Eagle was still in mishi*s Tree.
Looks like bits of food stuck to the beak here, too.

february 12 2015 13:57 - vistor Eagle in mishi*s Tree

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You can see how soaking wet they are.

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Changing perch branches.

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Someone stopped to yippy-yap & i missed the Eagle leaving the Tree, sigh...

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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: Donnae on February 12, 2015, 09:49:08 PM
Wow oh wow, Booni... thank you so much... amazing to see all those eagles of all ages... that shot of all six in the BST is amazing...
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on February 12, 2015, 10:26:30 PM
 
february 12 2015 13:26 - young visitor Eagle in the His & Hers Tree


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d1wnBYfDXrE
 
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: linused on February 12, 2015, 11:41:53 PM
Thank you Booni for getting us so much closer   :heart
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boodle317 on February 13, 2015, 05:01:42 AM
wow...thanx booni.  H & H turned into a B & B that day!  What a sight!


Especially liked the pic of both mom and dad on the old cam boxes!
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: Cawatcher on February 13, 2015, 06:12:05 AM
 :heart What a great day for you booni!! Thank you for sharing with us  :eclove
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: paintnut on February 13, 2015, 06:14:11 AM
WOW is all I can say to yesterday.  Thank you for the ground obs, booni.  We did see 5 eagles on His and Hers and you captured it when there were 6!!  The Cam Op was having a time deciding where to look as there were eagles all over fosters fir, on the bst, at one point 3 on peters, on His and Hers and, of course, mom and dad on the nest tree.  And there were eagles here and there on other trees between Grassy and fosters.  It was a day to remember for sure.
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: MaggiesMom on February 13, 2015, 06:44:18 AM
What a fabulous set of photos!  since I missed watching cam almost all day I am so grateful for your shots and all the video HEGPS posts.  There must have been some major food supply to bring them all here - fish schooling? or a sea lion carcass nearby?
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: OpieK on February 13, 2015, 12:05:22 PM
So exciting!  Thanks, Booni
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: Faerie Gardener on February 13, 2015, 03:15:31 PM
Thank You, Thank You, Booni!
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: winterwren on February 15, 2015, 07:06:37 PM
This evening, coming back from work, I did a little detour through the nest neighbourhood...
...And found an eagle perched on Foster's Fir!

Mom or Dad? I just got busy taking pictures, but as I was parking the truck, through the trees I glimpsed two other eagles on the BST!
Eagle on Foster's Fir... February 15, 5:01 pm
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I was looking for a better angle when another eagle flew by!
This was the best photo I was able to get. The tail tip has a lot of black distal to the dirty-looking feathers we see on the photo.

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Another photo of the first eagle...

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I was also looking for a view of the BST...
Here's what sure looks like Mom... Dad was just below her but came out all blurry because of the branches.
5:02
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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: winterwren on February 15, 2015, 07:42:18 PM
More photos of the visitor on Foster's Fir.

5:03
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Ok, this time I got both Mom and Dad on the BST.
5:04
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Mom and Dad had been sitting peacefully through all this. A few seconds later, Dad launched from his branch, circled kind of lazily to Foster's Fir, whereupon the visitor took off. Meanwhile Mom confirmed her identity with a few cachunks. Dad returned to perch on the BST.  And that was the end of that.
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: winterwren on February 15, 2015, 08:21:20 PM
After this, I quickly checked Grassy Point and His-and-hers Tree but found no eagles there.

Then I moved to where I could see the BST in better light.

Mom showing her part, Dad behind the trunk.
February 15, 5:12
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Watch the starlings in this sequence... I don't think I've ever seen them so brave!

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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: winterwren on February 15, 2015, 08:37:44 PM
Sometime in there, while I was moving from one spot to the other, a youngster circled really close to the BST! I think both Mom and Dad sounded off at that point. This would have been visible on cam for sure. All I saw was a pair of wide-open wings with a fair amount of white feathering, catching the low light, banking close.

Then I also missed Dad's departure. I heard him call from the direction of Hidden Beach. Mom gulled and called out a few times. Here she is, still with two fearless starlings right at her feet.

February 15, 5:17 pm
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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: Faerie Gardener on February 16, 2015, 01:00:50 PM
That's really wonderful, Wren! Maybe the Starlings thought they were helping Mom and Dad scan the neighborhood! I noticed how calm they were even when Mom and Dad were obviously alert and vocalizing.

Does the visitor on Foster's still have some dark head feathers? Maybe not quite 5?
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on February 19, 2015, 07:17:15 PM
 
i seem to remember NancyM asking winterwren for a list of the typical types of Birds spotted on Hornby Island?
So when i saw this article in our last First Edition, which comes out once a month, i took a foto of it!

december 14 2014 - Christmas Audubon Bird Count Hornby Island

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https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/15966689433/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/15966689433/)

Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: NancyM on February 19, 2015, 08:09:25 PM
thanks, booni!
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: Rajame on February 19, 2015, 09:07:55 PM
What a great and insightful list! Loving Hornby Island!

 :thumbup:
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: Tigerlady105 on February 20, 2015, 11:04:37 PM
Thank you for the list, Booni.  Very nice to have it to refer to when we want to do it.   :nod2
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on February 22, 2015, 09:42:26 AM
 
To me, this is still a rather shocking video!
Thank you NancyM, for doing the archive video of this moment.
Mum is perched in the Peters*s Tree, then watch as she sees Dad flying in & landing.
She cachunks.
Dad does a lovely, gentle landing, but then the branch breaks & both of them fall!


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Zbm37q4hmg

Yesterday i did a bit of a recon. to see what the top of the Tree looks like now.
Here is what the perch branch looked like in its glory days.
This was my favourite perch branch EVER.

december 28 2010 15:28 - Mum leaves the Peters*s Tree - 164-276

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Here it is from another angle.

april 13 2010 17:14 - Dad in the Peters*s Tree

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Then a branch broke off, & it looked like this.

april 1 2014 15:59 - Mum in the Peters*s Tree

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So, i am going to post fotos of before & after, from the same angle.
Before.

june 5 2010 17:15:27 - Mum in the Peters*s Tree

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Now, this same angle, taken yesterday.

february 21 2015 12:27 - The new The Peters*s Tree top

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https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/5302201802 (https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/5302201802)
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on February 22, 2015, 10:38:46 AM
 
Okay, here is the fabulous close up view i had of them before.

october 11 2011 14:05 - Dad in the Peters*s Tree - 191-129

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october 11 2011 14:05 - Dad in the Peters*s Tree - 191-132

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october 11 2011 14:06 - Dad in the Peters*s Tree - 191-137

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june 21 2011 10:11 - Mum & Dad in the Peters*s Tree - 180-19

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october 11 2011 14:06 - Dad in the Peters*s Tree - 191-142

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Now, what it looks like from that same spot as of yesterday.

february 21 2015 12:29 - The new The Peters*s Tree top

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https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/6242675130 (https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/6242675130)
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on February 22, 2015, 10:49:57 AM
 
A closer up view from the same angle.

february 21 2015 12:37 - The new The Peters*s Tree top

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february 21 2015 12:38 - Mum in The Babysitting Tree

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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: NancyM on February 22, 2015, 12:41:11 PM
Gosh.  :eceek

Thank you, booni for the comparison pictures and for showing us what the tree looks like now.   I was thinking that Dad landed  "hard"  (not gently) but clearly that branch was ready to go. I wonder where they will perch now as a replacement for that tree.
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: winterwren on February 23, 2015, 08:01:34 PM
Today around 2 pm I was working in the yard of the B&B where the HIP people stayed last spring.

I saw a youngster fly by and heard Dad give chase...

Then saw Dad land in the area of the Peters' Tree!

I was barely able to see him through the branches but it looked like he was perched on one of the green branches of the Peters' Tree, a little below the stub, facing the water.

I wasn't able to take photos from where I was; and anyway he took off soon after. I quickly finished that job and moved to another work site.
But at the end of the day, I drove through the nest neighbourhood just in case.

This time I approached from another direction and found both Mom and Dad on the Peters' tree!
Dad was at the top of the stub, Mom on the lower branch where Dad had perched earlier.

I got some photos that time, and will be posting them soon.


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: winterwren on February 23, 2015, 09:22:16 PM
Here's Dad on top of the Peters' tree, on the stub. From that angle Mom was barely visible.
I am in someone's yard, and the ocean is on my left. A side view of the tree, compared to the angle of the cam.  So on this first photo he is looking toward the nest.

February 23, 4:54 pm
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Now here's Mom, perched with one foot balled in front of her. Dad's tail is partly visible to the right of the trunk above her.
4:55
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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: winterwren on February 23, 2015, 09:37:08 PM
Now I've moved a little closer to the water and I can see both of them better.

Mom's still difficult to catch a photo of.
February 23, 4:55
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Here's Mom, in the shade.

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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: winterwren on February 23, 2015, 09:43:54 PM
More photos of Mom and Dad in the newly-reconfigured Peters' Tree.

Try as I might to increase the depth of field, I wasn't able to get them both in focus.

February 23, 4:57
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I'm back near where I started, with Mom nearly out of view.

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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: winterwren on February 23, 2015, 09:49:34 PM
I heard more news this afternoon...

Yesterday at sunset, coming home, I drove along the east coast of Denman Island and was wondering what was going on with all the sea lions cruising around near shore and the gulls lined up on every rock. Today I learned that indeed, there was a herring spawn on the east side of Denman Island yesterday, and a second patchy spawn in the same area this morning. It was too dark  for me to see the colour when I drove by.

The person who told me this also said that for market reasons (an oversupply from last year's roe fishery) there will be no herring fishery this year. I sure hope this is true!
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: Sandor3 on February 23, 2015, 10:17:01 PM
Me, too, wren! That would help out all the living things who need this fish to survive!  We did see a boat towing a herring skiff heading south this afternoon.
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: paintnut on February 24, 2015, 05:32:13 AM
Thanks for all the pictures Booni and Wren.  It is great to see Mom and Dad and the before and after pics of Peters.  Sure will miss that view.  Great news about the spawn and the fishery ban on herring ( if it holds true).  Guess we start looking for spawn but it seems a bit early.
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: OpieK on February 24, 2015, 11:32:17 AM
Thanks for these photos Wren - what a difference, but glad to see they are still using this tree!
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: amazedbyeagles on February 24, 2015, 05:09:49 PM
Love Love Love the Ground Crew!!!  Thank you, Wren!  Thank you, Booni!  Photos of Peter's before and after.... and then wonderful photos of MOm and Dad on New Peter's!!  The eagles will make do!  We are the ones who have romantic feelings about the Old Peter's Tree!   :eclove :eclove
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: winterwren on February 24, 2015, 09:16:29 PM
Quick check through the territory at lunch time today.

I found Mom on His-and-Hers Tree.

I like this first photo because there are all sorts of reflections in her eyes. Including a reddish tone that must be a reflection because it doesn't show up in any of the other pictures.
February 24, 11:55
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The back of Mom's head, showing her part and confirming her identity.
11:58
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12:01
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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: winterwren on February 24, 2015, 09:33:55 PM
Meanwhile, two Northern Flickers are also getting my attention. They are flying about and vocalizing a whole lot. One, who looks like a male, is showing a lot of interest in a cavity in a snag.

Investigating a nest site???

The other one is below, but blurry in this photo.

February 24, 11:59
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Now he has moved to the top of the snag and is vocalizing again, after doing some good loud drumming. 
12:00
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And now he has flown to His-and-Hers Tree, where he perches proudly below Mom.
12:02
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This is where I left them both.
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: Cawatcher on February 25, 2015, 06:09:08 AM
Thank you wren! I wonder if this is the same fellow or is this a gal? It was on the WA cam box, vocalizing and tapping on the box. the other day. Mom and Dad are going to have a noisy neighbor!  :ecwink

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yFcIt5a9Tao
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: winterwren on February 25, 2015, 09:11:25 AM
A fellow indeed, I think. I'm getting glimpses of a malar stripe on your video. But I doubt it's the same one; they have pretty small territories, judging by the regulars I encounter on my walk between home and Grassy Point - I'd say at least 4 territories in 500 metres.

He's sure found a good resonant drumming surface!
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: winterwren on February 28, 2015, 02:57:39 AM
I heard more news this afternoon...

Yesterday at sunset, coming home, I drove along the east coast of Denman Island and was wondering what was going on with all the sea lions cruising around near shore and the gulls lined up on every rock. Today I learned that indeed, there was a herring spawn on the east side of Denman Island yesterday, and a second patchy spawn in the same area this morning. It was too dark  for me to see the colour when I drove by.

The person who told me this also said that for market reasons (an oversupply from last year's roe fishery) there will be no herring fishery this year. I sure hope this is true!


Unfortunately, as I heard this evening, that last bit of news is not accurate. Today there was a widespread herring spawn in Baynes Sound, between Denman Island and Vancouver Island, and reportedly the place was full of fishing boats.

 :shrug
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: MaggiesMom on February 28, 2015, 07:43:55 AM
That first photo in the set where the male might be investigating a nest site - that's one of the best examples I have ever seen of the way they use their tails as a stabilizer while drumming on a tree.  Great shot, Wren!
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: winterwren on February 28, 2015, 06:14:28 PM
Muchas gracias, Maggies!
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on March 03, 2015, 07:09:00 PM
 
i got a call from AJL, asking me to try to take a look at Mum, so i did, even though it was getting a bit too late.
Caught the tail end of the sun for the day.
i took one foto & was shocked by what i saw.
This video pretty much shows it all.

 march 2 2015 17:49 - Mum & Dad in the Babysitting Tree

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zg-pzMUtZes


Spent the day today watching Mum.
Here is a video from the afternoon.

march 3 2015 13:32 - Mum on the close up cam box

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AKcUPopSPBs
 
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on March 03, 2015, 07:41:57 PM
 
march 3 2015 10:57 - Mum in the Babysitting Tree

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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on March 03, 2015, 08:33:00 PM
 
march 3 2015 11:05 - Mum in the Babysitting Tree

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march 3 2015 11:29 - Mum in the Babysitting Tree

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march 3 2015 13:19 - Mum in the Nest

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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on March 03, 2015, 09:03:47 PM
 
Mum is still on the job though!

march 3 2015 13:28 - Mum in the Nest

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Feathered eyelid is closed.
Seems to be hard work for her to keep her eyes open.

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Dad had been in a scootch on the Nest, it looked to me, but he has left.
Eyes closed.

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Okay, Mum later was in His & Hers.
This was my wish, as i figured i could get some good closeups of her there.
But she took off before i could get her in good focus.
Now she is back on the close up, & Dad is in the Nest.
Maybe that is a Fish scale glinting on the point of her beak?
Dad brought her a Fish.
Yay Dad.

march 3 2015 15:50 - Mum in the Nest

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https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/16503754587/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/16503754587/)
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on March 03, 2015, 09:24:43 PM
 
There is something going on at the left back of Mum*s head, too.

march 3 2015 15:51 - Mum in the Nest

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Mum can open her eye, but it seems to be a bit of a struggle.

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Look how the head feathers sort of cinch in, where that black mark was on the back of her head.

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Dad is in the Nest, trilling too.

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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on March 03, 2015, 09:38:48 PM
 
Another view of the left back of head.

march 3 2015 16:15 - Mum in the Nest

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Hello lovely Mum.
What is going on with you?

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& then Mum left the Nest.
When i drove by, she was at the tippy top of Fosters* Fir, & Dad was at the tippy top of the Peters* Tree.
 
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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: Rajame on March 03, 2015, 11:24:18 PM
Thank you Booni. I read back on the chat today to catch up and appreciate your obs.

:hug
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boodle317 on March 04, 2015, 01:37:56 AM
 Thanx for all these close ups booni. 
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: Donnae on March 04, 2015, 07:49:09 AM
Thanks so much Booni!
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: crazy lady 38 on March 04, 2015, 08:34:38 AM
Thank you so much for your Closeups of our "Mom" Booni
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: MaggiesMom on March 05, 2015, 07:54:14 AM
great work Booni - thanks so much - looking forward to the next installment when Mom hopefully has some of the goop washed off her head!
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on March 05, 2015, 05:57:07 PM
 
march 5 2015 11:41 - Mum on the Nest


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jHn8xA1-HAE
 
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on March 05, 2015, 06:40:36 PM
 
march 5 2015 11:44 - Mum on the Nest

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march 5 2015 14:31 - Mum on the tippy top of the Babysitting Tree

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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: linused on March 05, 2015, 07:47:42 PM
Thank you Booni, 
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: sparkie on March 06, 2015, 05:31:55 AM
Thank you booni  for the close ups.
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: amazedbyeagles on March 06, 2015, 08:49:11 AM
Thanks so much, Booni!  What an amazing series....  each day should look better and better..... unless she goes back to that carcass!   :eclove
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on March 06, 2015, 07:03:53 PM
 
march 6 2015 15:20 - Mum in The Babysitting Tree
 
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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on March 06, 2015, 07:09:07 PM
 
march 6 2015 15:22 - Mum in The Babysitting Tree


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AeCybzXUt9k

Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on March 06, 2015, 07:30:41 PM
 
march 6 2015 15:27 - Mum in The Babysitting Tree

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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on March 06, 2015, 08:06:51 PM
 
march 6 2015 15:29 - Mum in The Babysitting Tree

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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on March 06, 2015, 08:50:25 PM
 
Dad flew off, & while he was gone, a youngster landed at the tippy top of the BST!
He returned, & surprisingly, landed a bit lower down, leaving the youngster there.
Then a SECOND youngster flew in, & squeezed in with the other three!
This one didn*t stay long & was younger than the first youngster.

march 6 2015 15:37 - Mum in The Babysitting Tree

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Mum had been cachunking like crazy, t hen she took off.
They youngster seemed to realize it was time to skeedaddle.
Here is Mum landing where the youngster was.
i*ll post fotos of the youngsters another time.

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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on March 06, 2015, 09:11:10 PM
 
march 6 2015 15:42:33 - Mum in The Babysitting Tree

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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on March 06, 2015, 09:28:06 PM
 
march 6 2015 15:42:35 - Mum in The Babysitting Tree

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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on March 06, 2015, 09:55:24 PM
 
A bit of a full crop perhaps?

march 6 2015 15:43 - Mum in The Babysitting Tree

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Mum flew off & i thought i saw her, through the Trees, landing at the tippy top of Hope*s Tree.
Perhaps she was shuffling another Eagle off of there.
Then she flew back & landed lower down in the BST.

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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on March 06, 2015, 10:19:29 PM
 
march 6 2015 15:53:19 - Mum in The Babysitting Tree

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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on March 06, 2015, 10:30:07 PM
 
Poop!
Notice her talons peeking out from the underside of the branch.

march 6 2015 15:56 - Mum in The Babysitting Tree

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Follow where the poop went.
There it is!
Dumbell.

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Handsome Dad.

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Whatever that is marking the back of her head.

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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: Cawatcher on March 07, 2015, 12:23:42 AM
Thank you booni for this series
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: MaggiesMom on March 07, 2015, 05:06:53 AM
I got quite a start from the third photo down in the second group on this page - until I looked more closely I thought there was something wrong with Mom's left wing - then I realized I was seeing the feathers edge on - sort of an unusual shot.  Thanks for all this , Booni!
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: sparkie on March 07, 2015, 05:12:35 AM
Thank you booni  for the pictures  :heart
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: lovedove on March 07, 2015, 08:09:27 AM
Thank you for all the wonderful and beautiful pictures  :thumbup:  :ecsmile :ecsmile
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: ekf on March 07, 2015, 06:44:35 PM
Boonibarb Hornby,

Your photographs are so consistently amazing that I am guilty of appearing to take them for granted. But I don't take them at all for granted. Each time I see one I think, my goodness Booni (and you too, precious Wren). I must write a response and send a hearty THANK YOU! Then I go on to the next one and say the very same thing. You are simply the best. We are SO lucky to have your invaluable input. I adore you both. AND I BLANKET-THANK YOU! XOXO 
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on March 07, 2015, 07:13:49 PM
 
march 7 2015 13:37 - Mum in the His & Hers Tree
 
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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: passerine on March 07, 2015, 07:55:59 PM
Thanks Booni, appreciate you getting these photos for us. Poor Mom, sure hope it's just blood and will wash off.
The top of her beak has seen better days.
With any luck some diving for herring may help so we can see better without the dried goop.
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: luvthebirds on March 07, 2015, 09:17:46 PM
Thank you boon, for sharing your photos of dear Mom Hornby.  :heart 

I hope Mom continues to heal and thrive.  :pray
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: amazedbyeagles on March 08, 2015, 09:04:04 AM
Thank You for the terrific photos!  What a treasure you are, to take such wonderful close-ups of these precious eagles, even though the sight of Mom's "injuries" is hard to see.  Poor Mom, soldiering on, being stalwart, and hopefully improving every day!  Thank you for your dedication, Booni!   :eclove
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on March 08, 2015, 07:43:19 PM
 
march 8 2015 17:07 - Mum on the old close up cam box

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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: violet312s on March 08, 2015, 07:53:11 PM
Thanks Booni for all your photos!  Really helps everyone see how she is doing! :)

Wish she looked better. 
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on March 08, 2015, 08:21:04 PM
 
march 8 2015 17:13:57 - Mum on the old close up cam box

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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on March 08, 2015, 08:31:03 PM
 
march 8 2015 17:29 - Mum on the old close up cam box

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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on March 08, 2015, 09:09:20 PM
 
march 8 2015 17:34 - Mum on the old close up cam box

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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: linused on March 08, 2015, 11:21:53 PM
Lots of hugs for you Booni     Thank you
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: jeavverhey on March 09, 2015, 01:59:35 AM
great detail Booni - I can see she is looking better (?) cleaner each day - but she is still a mess lol. I'm still recommending a spa day.  Thanks for the great pics.
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: amazedbyeagles on March 09, 2015, 09:06:08 AM
OH dear!  Thanks so much for the photos, Booni!  Poor mom's eye looks worse!  Darn Darn Darn!  Finger's crossed for Mom!  :ecwink
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on March 09, 2015, 09:10:43 AM
 
Here is the visitor who was in mishi*s Tree for quite a while yesterday!
 
march 8 2015 15:56 - almost adult Eagle in mishi*s Tree
 
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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: Stokes on March 09, 2015, 11:20:44 AM
Thank you Booni for your observations and photos. Just getting caught up here. So is that
young adult coloring on the visitor's head? Thank you for keeping an extra eye on Mom
for us.

Love how this nest has such a great team of ground observations/photographers, cam operators,
cam watchers, experts, etc. It all seems to mean just one thing...Heart.

Flood
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on March 09, 2015, 08:24:47 PM
 
Stokes, from what i can see in my foto, that looks like a four year old sub-adult, who is turning five this Spring!
Beak is almost fully yellow, though some dark is still in there, eye is quite yellow, & just a bit of dark feathering left on the head, across the forehead & eye.

Okay, now here are fotos from earlier this evening.

march 9 2015 17:27 - Mum in The Peters* Tree

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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on March 09, 2015, 08:49:58 PM
 
march 9 2015 17:32 - Mum in The Peters* Tree

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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on March 09, 2015, 09:29:17 PM
 
march 9 2015 17:35 - Mum & Dad in The Peters* Tree

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Dad was just taking off to chase one of the visitors here.
There were quite a few around!
Think he chased the two off Fosters* Fir here.

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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on March 09, 2015, 10:09:31 PM
 
march 9 2015 17:43 - Mum in The Peters* Tree

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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on March 09, 2015, 10:23:34 PM
 
march 9 2015 17:51 - Mum in The Peters* Tree

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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on March 09, 2015, 10:31:04 PM
 
march 9 2015 17:52:12 - Mum in The Peters* Tree

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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: crazy lady 38 on March 10, 2015, 07:19:00 AM
Thank you for those beautiful closeup photos of our dear Mom, Booni, Hoping for the best for her and Dad.
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: amazedbyeagles on March 10, 2015, 08:49:04 AM
Thanks again and again for the wonderful photos of Mom, Booni!  Her eye actually looks a bit better yesterday, not as closed....   Hoping for the best!!!! :eclove
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: Stokes on March 10, 2015, 01:08:53 PM
Thank you for your answer to my question Booni...it makes me wonder if it is one of theirs!

Great new photos, thank you for your time and energy.


Flood

ps I'm coming to Hornby this summer and hope to see you.
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: winterwren on March 10, 2015, 09:58:56 PM
Yesterday in the late afternoon, an hour or so before Booni took that latest set of photos, I went to check Grassy Point for signs of herring spawn, as I do every day.

I saw several eagles flying out to sea from all directions.
It was a lot like the scene I had watched at sunset the day before... Which I described at the very end of my post here. (http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=1542.msg162171#msg162171)


So I'm starting to learn what it means. It didn't take me long to find the feed ball, about half a mile out at the edge of the fog.
Click the picture to enlarge it. There are at least 12 eagles visible within the frame.
March 9, 4:20 pm
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Soon eagles were returning also. This one headed for the area of the nest; I kept hoping to see Mom, but maybe this is Dad? Whoever it is, he's already got a full crop and he's carrying a fish!

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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: winterwren on March 10, 2015, 10:05:14 PM

Eagles were flying to and from shore nonstop, probably eating and catching their breath in a tree before returning to the fray.

Here's another one, with a dark stain on top of the beak... Also carrying a fish.

Grassy Point, March 9, 4:25
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That fish doesn't look very herring-like. But it's hard to tell at that distance.

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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: winterwren on March 10, 2015, 10:10:51 PM
Yet another eagle, flying back to the feed ball. I think I see a faint dark crescent on this one's cheek, plus a few dark feather tips.
Grassy Point, March 9, 4:25 pm
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And another flyer in the distance, again headed for the nest area. Dad with his second fish? Huge crop now. Not sure it's him because of the pale feather bases on the left wing in this photo.
Still 4:25 pm
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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: OpieK on March 11, 2015, 12:23:30 AM
wonderful photos, Wren, thank you
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boodle317 on March 11, 2015, 08:09:58 AM
wow....so cool to see!
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: amazedbyeagles on March 11, 2015, 08:34:44 AM
Wonderful photos!!!! Thank you so much, Wren, for sharing!!! :eclove
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: Stokes on March 11, 2015, 10:09:00 AM
Wow, at least 12 eagles feasting! Great photography Wren. Thank you for these and
for checking for herring spawn each day.

Flood
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: winterwren on March 11, 2015, 10:26:30 AM
Flood, there were at least two dozen eagles feeding at any given time. The area was 3 or 4 times as wide as what I captured within the photo frame. I aimed for the middle of the action.  :ecsmile
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on March 12, 2015, 07:33:05 PM
 
march 12 2015 14:42 - Dad in the tippy top of the Babysitting Tree, Mum flying in

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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on March 12, 2015, 07:46:57 PM
 
march 12 2015 14:42 - Dad in the tippy top of the Babysitting Tree, Mum flying in

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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on March 12, 2015, 08:16:55 PM
 
march 12 2015 14:04 - Mum in The Babysitting Tree

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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: Stokes on March 12, 2015, 08:43:23 PM
Wow Wren!

Thank you Booni. Your photos sure show a lot. Thank you for taking the time to observe Mom
and share these photos.

Flood
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on March 12, 2015, 08:50:12 PM
 
march 12 2015 14:21:50 - Mum in The Babysitting Tree

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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: Stokes on March 12, 2015, 09:57:38 PM
Booni, I mentioned this in chat this evening but thought I would share it here as well. You photos of Mom
landing reminded me of an eagle in Snoqualmie I observed who was injured and would land in the crooks of
branches, or a branch and the trunk of a tree. It would land by wedging its body, like a semi-controlled
landing. I watched it do it a number of times. In my photos later saw both legs/feet were down as it
flew (regular flight not landing), and feet clenched closed. It had a bare spot on the leading edge of
one wing but was not sure if that was a old or new injury, or if it had worn off feathers from the wedge-landings.

It survived and the pair raised a fledgling that year. A neighbor said he saw one eagle fall from a high tree straight
down to the ground that year. Not sure if that was after it was injured, or the cause of the injury. Anyway,
was interesting to see Mom's right closed foot as she was attempting to land in the tree. Thank you again
for your amazing photographs.

Flood
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: jeavverhey on March 13, 2015, 05:56:08 AM
(((((Booni))))) you are certainly deserving of a halo  :thumbup: for you patience and  caring of eagles and eagleholics! The detail in those photos is great and we can now understand the seriousness of her injuries.  :eceek.  I am so thankful you and Wren are there and that mom is clearly on the mend. :v
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: jeavverhey on March 13, 2015, 06:07:49 AM
Yet another eagle, flying back to the feed ball. I think I see a faint dark crescent on this one's cheek, plus a few dark feather tips.
Grassy Point, March 9, 4:25 pm
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And another flyer in the distance, again headed for the nest area. Dad with his second fish? Huge crop now. Not sure it's him because of the pale feather bases on the left wing in this photo.
Still 4:25 pm
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Wrennie it would appear that we now have a good omen for fertility this season!  :nod2 Full crops = viable eggs. :thumbup: Thanks for those great pics   :hooray
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: amazedbyeagles on March 13, 2015, 09:09:42 AM
Thank you so much, Booni, for the photos!  It really helps to see!  (((((Booni)))))   (((((Mom)))))   :eclove
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on March 13, 2015, 07:00:24 PM
 
march 12 2015 14:12 - Mum in The Babysitting Tree

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march 13 2015 09:53 - visitor in The Babysitting Tree with Mum & Dad

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march 13 2015 16:43 - Mum on the tippy top of The Babysitting Tree

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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on March 13, 2015, 07:03:41 PM
 
march 13 2015 16:49 - Mum on the tippy top of The Babysitting Tree

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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on March 13, 2015, 07:46:51 PM
 
march 12 2015 13:39 - Mum in The Babysitting Tree

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march 12 2015 13:54 - Dad in The Babysitting Tree

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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: OpieK on March 13, 2015, 08:01:56 PM
thank you for keeping us up to date, Booni ♥
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on March 13, 2015, 08:37:32 PM
 
march 12 2015 13:42 - Dad looks up to Mum in The Babysitting Tree

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march 12 2015 13:59 - Dad in The Babysitting Tree

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march 12 2015 14:42 - Dad lands in The Babysitting Tree

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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: shurld on March 14, 2015, 10:14:45 AM
Hi is mom ok or is there infection in her wounds she looks in rough shape poor mom ....

 :heart
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on March 14, 2015, 07:01:47 PM
 
Hi shurld, we don*t really know yet, we are all watching & waiting.

march 14 2015 15:52 - Mum in the Babysitting Tree

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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on March 14, 2015, 07:16:42 PM
 
Dad is eating a chunk of something, probably Herring, out of his feet as this video opens.
He picks at the remainders in his feet, then feaks.
He*s got his wings open a bit, as though he is about to blast off again.

march 14 2015 15:36 - Mum & Dad in The Babysitting Tree



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=42sULN4Juws
 
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on March 14, 2015, 07:29:32 PM
 
There were tons of flypasts & flyovers around the time of these videos.
Later there was an adult-looking Eagle on top of The Peters* Tree, & there were at least half a dozen Eagles perched in the Niners* water side perch Trees.

march 14 2015 15:46 - Mum & Dad in The Babysitting Tree



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OIPR9uU-iU0
 
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on March 14, 2015, 07:39:17 PM
 
i was expecting some of the flypasts to land in the Tree with Mum & Dad, & then this one DID!

march 14 2015 16:03 - Mum & Dad & visitor in The Babysitting Tree



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=stAeFBaW2sA
 
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on March 14, 2015, 08:04:50 PM
 
march 14 2015 16:07 - Mum in the Babysitting Tree

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march 14 2015 16:15 - Mum in the Babysitting Tree

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march 14 2015 16:15:54 - Mum in the Babysitting Tree

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march 14 2015 16:03 - Mum in the Babysitting Tree

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march 14 2015 15:56 - Mum in the Babysitting Tree

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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: gmadeb3 on March 14, 2015, 08:35:56 PM
Thank You Booni for your time and efforts so we can follow mom and her injury.  You are so special and the photos are wonderful  :heart
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on March 14, 2015, 09:03:22 PM
 
march 14 2015 15:48 - Mum in the Babysitting Tree

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march 14 2015 15:43 - Mum in the Babysitting Tree

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march 14 2015 15:42 - Mum in the Babysitting Tree

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march 14 2015 15:35 - Mum & in the Babysitting Tree

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march 14 2015 15:35:49 - Mum & Dad in the Babysitting Tree

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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on March 14, 2015, 09:43:44 PM
 
march 14 2015 15:35:44 - Mum & Dad in the Babysitting Tree

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march 14 2015 15:30 - Mum in the Babysitting Tree

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march 14 2015 1520 - Mum in the Babysitting Tree

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march 14 2015 15:03 - Mum in the Babysitting Tree

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march 14 2015 15:02 - Mum in the Babysitting Tree

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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: passerine on March 14, 2015, 10:19:00 PM
Thank-you Booni.

I'm by far an expert but she does seem to be improving, her poop looks good to me.
The salt water will hopefully keep infections at bay, she has some perk. You go Mom, you can do it.  :ecsmile
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on March 14, 2015, 10:43:37 PM
 
march 14 2015 15:02:09 - Mum in the Babysitting Tree

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march 14 2015 14:40 - Mum in the Babysitting Tree

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march 14 2015 14:37 - Mum in the Babysitting Tree

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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: OpieK on March 15, 2015, 12:25:36 AM
Thank you so much, Booni, for these photos, and for your dedication to keep us included in this saga.
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: lovedove on March 15, 2015, 07:24:14 AM
Thank you so much for the pictures and your dedication. Mum seems to be looking better  :pray
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: Stokes on March 15, 2015, 07:27:07 AM
What an amazing change. Can't get over the changes since she was first injured to these recent ones.
Thank you Booni for all these angles and views. I am sure AJL and MARS have been examining these
closely. Can't get over the changes. Mom is one strong eagle!
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: jeavverhey on March 15, 2015, 08:56:12 AM
Mom clearly sees you, and knows you Booni.  She is looking straight into the camera in several of these pics, and is not at all bothered by your presence. Thank goodness. Every day I look   :binocs and see an improvement. :hooray
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: amazedbyeagles on March 15, 2015, 09:06:41 AM
Booni... I can't begin to thank you for your dedication to Mom and Dad!!  All your time, your persistence, your dedication, your love of this pair, it all shows in this amazing collection of photos!  Thank you so much!!!   :eclove :hearts2
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: gzebear on March 15, 2015, 09:18:55 AM
Thank you, Booni.  :heart Mom :heart
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: dotwad on March 15, 2015, 09:56:01 AM
 :heart thank you so much boonie. She is looking much better now the blood is coming off.
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: 2chuckit on March 15, 2015, 01:22:11 PM
Sorry to hear about Mom - Glad shes doing Better  :thumbup: (http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/800x600q90/661/m9gapv.jpg)
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: zuzcat on March 15, 2015, 02:57:23 PM
Thank you, Booni (and Wren), for all of the wonderful photos of Mom. It seems that she will overcome this.  Sad that she had to endure it at all, but good to see her overall progress.
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: mamalion on March 15, 2015, 03:08:34 PM
Thank you Boonie and (Wren) for you dedication in keeping us appraised of mom's situation with your wonderful photos
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: eagle63 on March 15, 2015, 04:10:29 PM
Dear Booni, my name is eagle632000 from the chat room. I want to thank-you for all the hard work you have put in since Mom got injured. As a photographer myself, I know how hard that must have been for you to hold the camera steady to take pictures of Mom at her worst when all you probably wanted to do was climb the tree and take care of Mom yourself.  I am and I am sure the others in the chat room, truly appreciate what you have done in helping us and AJL and Maj and Mars see what Mom has been facing since the beginning of the month.   THANK-YOU !!!!!!!! (((((Big Winged Hug))))))) from one eagle lover to another !!!
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: dusk44 on March 15, 2015, 04:17:26 PM
Dear Booni
Thank you so much for your dedication on getting these pictures of mom up on the forum. We are all very worried about her..having your eyes almost everyday helps. It must have been ha rd for you too looking at mom's condition thru your camera lens. TY for all your help;..believing the best for mom

TC
Dusk44
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: peppy7 on March 15, 2015, 04:51:56 PM
:ty
Booni, a big big thank you from me also. It must have taken you  hours to get all those superb photos, and I, like everyone else really appreciate everything you do for our dear Hornby pair.
Peppy
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: Faerie Gardener on March 15, 2015, 06:21:04 PM
Booni, I would like to add my voice to all of the above voices and say that you are so Priceless to all of us. Thank you so very much for all your hard work. Your photos are so helpful. Thumbs up Mom!
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: winterwren on March 15, 2015, 09:12:38 PM
This afternoon on my way home from work, I did my usual detour through the nest neighbourhood.

I spotted a young eagle on Foster's fir, so that made me stop the truck and get my camera out.
If not for that eagle, I might have driven through and gone home.

By the time I got a decent angle, this one had had enough.
March 15, 5:07 pm
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I then realised that there were a lot of eagles flying about!
I got one in focus... Nice full crop, AND a herring - maybe even two!

5:08
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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: winterwren on March 15, 2015, 09:20:54 PM
Looking from Foster's fir inland toward the BST, I first spotted an eagle perched on a low branch of a tree. Not the kind of tree eagles would use as a perch normally. Then another eagle came screeching at it and dislodged it!

While trying (and failing) to get a shot at that action, I spotted the Babysitting tree through the forest. Two eagles were perched on it. So the screeching one wasn't Dad then? I assumed this was Mom and Dad on the BST... In their usual spot... Waiting for the commotion to calm down.

Look for yourselves. I don't know if it's Dad at the bottom, but I know who it isn't at the top.
March 15, 5:08 pm
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So now I'm all confused.

Shortly after, a youngster came to perch atop the BST. Three eagles in it now. We see the upper two in this picture.
5:09 pm
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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: Cawatcher on March 15, 2015, 09:40:22 PM
Wren thank you for all the uploads we were all awed and confused!!!
 :heart
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: passerine on March 15, 2015, 09:50:09 PM
Hmmm whom could they be.  :hmmm
Thank-you Wren for all your great shots too.
At least no one going hungry with all the herring.
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: gmadeb3 on March 15, 2015, 10:06:39 PM
what a day Wren,  Thanks for the photos and info  :ecsmile
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: winterwren on March 15, 2015, 10:11:05 PM
Two more youngsters on the Woodpecker Tree...
March 15, 5:12
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From there I had a better view of the BST. Is this Dad? He's trilling in a Dad-ish manner.
That's not Mom above him. It's still the same eagle as earlier I think.
5:13
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Right after this another eagle lands atop the BST, making three again.
5:13
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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: marjy2u on March 15, 2015, 10:28:32 PM
Just another thank-you to both of you, Booni and Wren, for keeping the rest of us up-to-speed with the latest information and crucial photos. It was a crazy day around the nest today and all of us watching were confused with so many flying around. :couch2

Continuing to send my best wishes to Mom for a full recovery and hoping things will be more peaceful in her area soon. Big hugs to you both!   :grouphug
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: winterwren on March 15, 2015, 11:16:33 PM
Eagles all over the place. This is a little nothing tree between the BST and the house where ekf was staying. Nobody ever perches there.
March 15, 5:13
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And here's a second eagle who just landed on that same scraggly little tree!
5:14
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(All crops are full... All beaks have herring scales clinging to them.)
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: winterwren on March 15, 2015, 11:26:57 PM
In the same line of sight is the Babysitting Tree... Now with four eagles on it.

March 15, 5:15
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And now with five.
5:15
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5:16
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Now two flew away and three are left.
5:16
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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: MarylandWatcher on March 16, 2015, 08:28:16 AM
Thank you for the close ups of yesterday afternoon/evenings activities. There were eagles everywhere and we in the chat were all on the confusion couch.
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: Stokes on March 16, 2015, 09:32:09 AM
Wow...so many eagles. Thank you!

Flood
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: Cawatcher on March 16, 2015, 10:09:32 AM
 :thumbup: Loving all the input booni and wren. what a great time of year to witness!
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: MaggiesMom on March 16, 2015, 01:30:40 PM
Booni and Wren - amazing stuff you have been sharing with us.   Thanks so much for your dedication.
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: winterwren on March 16, 2015, 05:28:05 PM
I'm going to interrupt the story of yesterday for a while.
I want to report on what I saw this morning.

The times of the events are taken from my camera, so should match with cam times within a few minutes.
I have some photos, but not of the main event. I will post these photos later on.

In the late morning I stopped near the nest on my way to work. I found a youngster, second year maybe, on the BST. I took a photo. It was 10:39.

I looked at the nest. An eagle was in it. It did not look like Mom or Dad at all. I took pics of that eagle also.

I left, and on my way to my truck I had a chat with a neighbour. In the middle of my chat I looked at the BST again. An eagle was perched at the very top. To me he looked like Dad, but others can decide that from the photos. The time stamp on those photos is 10:49.

At 10:55 I checked the area again before leaving. The lone eagle was still on the BST.
Then it happened.
I saw just a glimpse of an eagle flying into the nest. Bright yellow beak and white head. Not Mom.

I approached toward where I could see the nest to get photos of that eagle and find out if it was the same one as earlier.
Before I could go more than a few steps, the eagle bolted out of the nest. She flew like she meant business.
Another eagle appeared flying just as fast. They streaked low in the gap between the nest and Mishi's Tree.
It all happened so fast. Suddenly they were locked together, whirling around while still carrying all that momentum forward. They disappeared that way.

I ran to my truck and drove a block to where I thought they might have landed. I saw one eagle flying across the road.
On the next corner I met the same neighbour again. He said, "Go look back there, there were two huge eagles on the side of the road, there must be some food they're interested in?"
I turned around and drove back. I saw a second eagle take off from a low branch on a tree across from Mishi's Tree.

I returned to the neighbour to ask exactly what he had seen. He said the eagles were not touching when he saw them. They were both in movement: one taking off, the second one going to perch on a low branch nearby. They did not look injured.

I'm pretty sure these were the two eagles I saw flying off.

After that I was already way late for work, so to work I went.
That is all I know so far.



Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: winterwren on March 16, 2015, 06:14:17 PM
Two things I should add to my story:
One, Dad (or an adult eagle who looked similar to him) sat atop the BST for the whole event, not intervening.
Two, there were no vocalizations. The pursuit and clash were silent.

The video most closely matching these events is the first one on this link (http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=1589.msg162490#msg162490), the one from 10:46. Which means that there was another pursuit shortly after; it is shown in the second video in that posting.
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: Stokes on March 16, 2015, 06:48:41 PM
Thank you Wren. Holy cow is all I can say!

Flood
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: dusk44 on March 16, 2015, 07:57:03 PM
The tree with 5 adult eagles on it remind me of pictures I've seen of eagles in Alaska. I just hope Mom and Dad can handle all the  vistors
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: winterwren on March 16, 2015, 08:07:56 PM
Here are the pictures from this morning to start with.

This youngster was on the BST when I arrived.
March 16, 10:39
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At the same time this eagle was on the nest. I see a thickness to her gapes on both sides.
10:39
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She stands with her wings slightly open.

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Back of her head.

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This is not necessarily the same eagle who got chased. She left, then later she or another eagle returned to the nest and then got chased out.


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: winterwren on March 16, 2015, 08:13:33 PM
Two more photos from this morning.

I spotted this eagle on the top of the BST just before the chase happened. He was still there five minutes later when I checked again. He remained silent.

Is this Dad?
March 16, 10:49
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10:55
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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: winterwren on March 16, 2015, 08:39:24 PM
This evening there was so much going on in the territory again...
Around 7 pm the light, so flat earlier, was golden in the treetops.

I couldn't contain myself. Supper? what supper? I biked over to the nest neighbourhood and parked myself where I could see the Babysitting Tree, the nest, Gregg's tree and a small chunk of sky.

At first nobody. Just my luck... All was going to be quiet now.

But then... I heard the first rustle of wings and got ready for action.
March 16, 7:03 pm 
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Broken feather in the middle of the tail...
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All secondaries are the same length... Shiny black beak... Brown eyes... A first-year youngster.
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He settled himself there, with his wings hanging down much of the time.
7:04
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 :heart
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: linused on March 16, 2015, 08:41:46 PM
Booni and Wren   thank you for sharing these photos and observations. Awesome.      Wren  when I look at your photos of the stranger in the nest  she reminds me of the eagle who visited the nest awhile back, not (Banana). But I can't recall when we saw her. In the fall or early winter?  She looks familiar to me because the white neck feathers start higher up her neck.  Do you remember the strange visitor?
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: linused on March 16, 2015, 08:56:04 PM

Wren I found your photos of the youngster in the nest October 16 and 17.  That youngster is a sub adult so not who I thought todays stranger was.        Thank you so much for your valuable photos and stories
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on March 16, 2015, 08:59:49 PM
 
Early evening, i stopped by the backside of the Nest, looking for Mum, & this Eagle was on the long bare branch.
This looks like Dad, to me.
Looks like he has Fish scales all down his front.

march 16 2015 17:33 - Dad in The Babysitting Tree

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This visitor flew in & landed on the upper left side of the Babysitting Tree.

march 16 2015 17:40 - visitor in The Babysitting Tree

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i believe there was a third Eagle flew in & landed, too, & there was lots of trilling.
One adult flew past the water side of the BST, then looped around & flew behind the BST, seeming to scan what was happening, then flying inland from Hidden Beach.
Perhaps this was Mum, checking out the situation & going back into hiding?
 
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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on March 16, 2015, 09:11:53 PM
 
The visitor from BST landed on top of Gregg*s after a skuffle with another Eagle where i could hear their feathers clashing, kind of like what wren described happened this morning.
One Eagle landed somewhere near mishi*s Tree, i heard the chuffing, but could not spot them.
The original visitor landed on top of Gregg*s Tree.

march 16 2015 17:49 - visitor in Gregg*s Tree

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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: winterwren on March 16, 2015, 09:17:05 PM
Thanks Linus!
Wow, Booni just posted parts of the earlier story while I was working on this!
So we'll have two parts of the story in parallel...
Works for me!  :ecsmile
So, only two minutes elapsed between the youngster's landing and the start of the real commotion - multiple calls and...

March 16, 7:05 pm
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Look at that crop!
The youngster is still there with wings hanging down.
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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on March 16, 2015, 09:19:58 PM
 
i found this Eagle in the Tree across the road from me, when i got home.
She is very interested in what is going on in Mum & Dad*s territory, & she is looking at the Niners, too.
i can hear the Niners making unhappy visitor calls from near their Nest.
i think it likely that this is the second Eagle visitor, that i heard scuffling in the air with the Eagle who was in the BST & on top of Gregg*s.

march 16 2015 18:01 - visitor in the Tree across the road from me

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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: winterwren on March 16, 2015, 09:20:40 PM
The first adult eagle landed on a branch on the far side, and three seconds later...

March 16, 7:05 pm
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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on March 16, 2015, 09:42:32 PM
 
While i was looking for Mum, this little sweetie-pie flew in & landed high up on Grassy Point hill!
The branch is bent over with the weight of her.
Not a branch an older Eagle would land on, but she is doing just fine.
Notice the Fir cone is sideways, so i suspect this is the upright tip of the Tree she landed on!  :heart
i suspect this is the same youngster whom wren saw landing at the top of the Babysitting Tree.
Could this be Scootch?

march 16 2015 17:26 - visitor youngster at Grassy Point

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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: winterwren on March 16, 2015, 10:00:15 PM
So in this other story, we now have a youngster atop the BST and two trilling adults! There may also be some trilling from elsewhere. There was a lot of noise.
(This reminds me of the chat, where we're lost if there aren't at least two conversations going on at once.)

March 16, 7:06
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Meanwhile that youngster is still atop the tree with wings hanging down...
7:07
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My best view of the first adult who came in.
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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: winterwren on March 16, 2015, 10:08:38 PM
The first adult to come in was the first one to leave.

March 19, 7:09 pm
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The other one followed two seconds later.
That beautiful sunlight is fading already.
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Wingprint of this last eagle. Notice reddish stains under the tail.

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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: winterwren on March 16, 2015, 10:52:22 PM
At 7:10, an adult eagle lands in the BST again.

I'll leave it up to you to decide if you've ever seen this one...
March 16, 7:10 pm
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7:11
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This does seem to be her favourite posture...
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Four seconds after this photo, another eagle streaks by below, headed toward Foster's Fir.

One last photo, where it's hard to dismiss the reddish under the tail for an artifact of the photo despite increasing ISO settings as the light fades.
7:12 pm
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More tomorrow...  :offtobed


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: winterwren on March 16, 2015, 11:27:23 PM
I just looked though the videos of that time zone and it looks like my camera is off by a few minutes from the cam times.

The video that matches the observations I posted tonight is the second one in this posting. (http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=1589.msg162520#msg162520) The video starts at 19:12. My camera registered that as something like 19:04. 
The video misses the arrival of the youngster on the top of the BST but shows him (at about 28 seconds in) doing a funny wiggle with his tail. I saw that.

The two eagles arriving next look surprisingly far apart on the video. From the ground with the foreshortening, they seemed side by side. But the whole sequence fits, including the calls.

More about all this tomorrow.
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boodle317 on March 17, 2015, 04:11:06 AM
Thanks so much booni and wren.  These are fantastic photos!  Booni....that "possible" Scootch picture is one gorgeous younster!!
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on March 17, 2015, 10:25:27 AM
 
With all this visitor action going on with all the spare adults, i thought i*d better post the fotos of this adult i saw on the Peters* Tree last saturday, after spending two hours photographing Mum!

march 14 2015 16:25 - visitor adult on the tippy top of The Peters Tree

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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on March 17, 2015, 10:28:10 AM

This morning i got a call from a friend on her way to work.
Two Eagles were fighting in the ditch beside Sollan*s Rd.!
Even when she drove closer, they didn*t stop.
She said they were rolling around in the ditch.
She went home & got her camera, & they were still there when she returned.
Hopefully i*ll be able to get ahold of that video somehow later.
i did a driveby a bit later, but found not a feather of evidence of where they*d been.
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: nan2945 on March 17, 2015, 05:36:18 PM
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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: amazedbyeagles on March 17, 2015, 05:39:44 PM
Wowee Wow!  These photos here are fabulous!  Love the Maybe Scootch photos, Booni!  What a glorious bird!  and the adults are all gorgeous too!  (Missing Mom)  Thank you both, Booni and Wren, for your ground observations!  So wonderful!!!!
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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on March 17, 2015, 07:41:04 PM
 
From the cam there was an Eagle in the His & Hers Tree who had markings that made them look to be Mum!
So i headed down there with my camera (in my nightgown, don*t tell anyone)

march 17 2015 10:50 - visitor sub-adult on the His & Hers Tree

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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on March 17, 2015, 08:08:09 PM
 
This young sweetie was up on the hill at Grassy Point, near the His & Hers.

march 17 2015 10:53 - visitor immature Eagle on one of the Glass House Trees

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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on March 17, 2015, 08:35:34 PM
 
All day there were Eagles in mishi*s Tree.
i finally had a chance & hopped on my bike to catch who these two might have been.

march 17 2015 16:03 - visitor adult on mishi*s Tree

Looks like they have chunks of Fish on their beak, as well as blood, & blood on their feet.

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This one was up higher on the tippy top, & was panting.
i think i saw this one again today.
This one is also wet, & it was pointed out that they have Herring in their feet!
i missed that.
At least two, by the look of it.

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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on March 17, 2015, 09:06:07 PM
 
Okay, an Eagle sounding like Mum was close to the mic, maybe in Gregg*s Tree, so i went down there, hoping to see Mum!
What i did see was two cozy Eagles, right next to each other in Constables* Fir, so i was hoping they*d be Mum & Dad.
i saw no one in Gregg*s Tree when i arrived, & only one Eagle was left in Constables*.
Is this Dad?
Kinda looks like him!
So who was beside him?

march 17 2015 17:54 -  adult Eagle on Constables* Fir

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A bit later, Constables* Eagle is gone, now i believe this is Dad again, in the upper left branch of the Babysitting Tree.

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& now someone has landed right next to him!
& that*s not Mum!

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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on March 17, 2015, 09:30:32 PM
 
The Babysitting Tree had other Eagles in it again today.

march 17 2015 17:55 - sweet immature Eagle The Babysitting Tree on the long bare branch

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march 17 2015 17:58 - sweet immature Eagle The Babysitting Tree on the long bare branch

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march 17 2015 18:16:17 - sweet immature Eagle The Babysitting Tree on the long bare branch

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march 17 2015 18:16:28 - Eagle lands with Dad in the upper left branch of The Babysitting Tree

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march 17 2015 18:17 - sweet immature Eagle The Babysitting Tree on the long bare branch

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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: winterwren on March 17, 2015, 09:52:02 PM
I’m going to continue my story of yesterday evening.
Again I will refer to the second video in this posting. (http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=1589.msg162520#msg162520)

At 7 minutes 30 seconds in that video, a youngster landed on the BST beside the adult eagle I showed in my last posting. I believe this is the same youngster who was at the top of the tree. All my shots of him are blurry but I caught a glimpse of a tail with a gap in the middle.

By then there were eagles chasing each other all over the place.

One chase I saw through the trees: an eagle pursued another one along Harwood Road, maybe 20 feet above the pavement.

AJL asked if there were fights. I did not see any. It was more like a game of football where they dispensed with the ball. Everyone trying to tackle whoever is perched on a tree.

I was surprised to see a youngster do some of the tackling! This is not the one-year-old I saw earlier; this one is a year older, and has only 4 long primaries remaining.

He dislodged another eagle from Constable’s Fir; this was below the cam’s field of vision.
I was only able to catch one reasonably clear shot of this youngster.
(The times are from my camera and differ from cam time by a few minutes.)
March 16, 7:14 pm
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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on March 17, 2015, 09:55:00 PM

march 17 2015 18:19 - The Babysitting Tree full of Eagles

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If this is Dad, he is at the tippy top of the Babysitting Tree now.

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march 17 2015 18:26 - sub-adult Eagle in Hope*s Tree

Poop!
Look at the Fish scales clinging to them, & their feathers look wet.

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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: winterwren on March 17, 2015, 10:01:53 PM

Weaving stories again...  :ecsmile
At 9 minutes 35 second in the above-quoted video, another adult eagle landed in the BST. Another? Maybe not. She's starting to look very familiar.

March 16, 7:14 pm
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She calls out loud and clear, and this time it is obvious to me that she is the one doing the calling. That chuffchuff call we have been hearing. That is her voice!

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Soon after that she took off again.
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on March 17, 2015, 10:05:05 PM
 
march 17 2015 18:28 - two youngsters on top of The Peters* Tree

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march 17 2015 18:29 - two Eagles on Hope*s Tree

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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: winterwren on March 17, 2015, 10:10:27 PM
Three minutes later another fly-by, pursuer or pursuee? I forget.

I believe this is the same eagle, the one who does the chuffchuff calls. The prominent gape and neck pattern look familiar.
If that is so, then we have her wing print.

March 16, 7:17 pm
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Earlier that afternoon, worried about the talon-lock I had witnessed that morning, I had cruised the area; it was completely empty at the time save for one eagle who was soaring back and forth over the territory, way up high. Curious, I had taken a photo of this eagle.
Looks familiar?
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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: winterwren on March 17, 2015, 10:32:33 PM
Of the chase off the top of Gregg's Tree I have only two partial views. The light is fading and fading.

March 16, 7:17. She landed just a few seconds ago.
Nice pose.

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One second later she's diving off the top, steeply to avoid her pursuer.
Nice little gap on the left wing.

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Three more minutes and someone lands on a low branch of Gregg's Tree.
Have we seen her before?
She's panting, her tongue right out.

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She keeps looking behind her every so often.

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She lasts about a minute on that branch, then off she goes again. The light is so low now that I can't take any more photos, but the game seems to continue.
And that's the end of my story of that night.
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: jeavverhey on March 18, 2015, 06:00:37 AM
Thank you for those wonderful detailed photos Booni and Wrennie, and for the stories. :thumbup:  It makes what we were seeing so much more understandable. :ty The photo of Mom looks like she is getting better quickly, and is a huge relief to me.  :nod2 Whew!
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: MarylandWatcher on March 18, 2015, 06:02:36 AM
That is a 'National Geographic' quality photo of the eagle looking back and holding the herring even as perched. Great job, Booni!
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: amazedbyeagles on March 18, 2015, 09:16:03 AM
Amazing and wonderful photos and tales, Wren, Booni!  Love your commentary, Wren.... and the capture of chuff-chuff's wing pattern!  Your photos, Booni, of the youngsters are remarkable!! Such a fantastic collection from this amazing eagle gathering!!!  THANK YOU!!!! :eclove :eclove
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: jungleland on March 18, 2015, 06:38:24 PM
Thank-you Wren and Booni for all the fantastic photos and narrations.  It almost feels like we are there.
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: winterwren on March 20, 2015, 10:03:20 PM
Now that it's raining, I at last have time to go back to March 15, the day that brought the largest eagle crowd to the neighbourhood.

The first part of this story starts a few pages up this same thread, here. (http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=1540.msg162444#msg162444)


So I'm walking down the road, toward where I can cross over to the beach, and eagles keep flying overhead. I didn't see it until I got the photos on the computer but all of them were carrying fish!
This youngster has at least three of them.
March 15, 5:19
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I'm approaching the shore now, and through the trees I can see this one... Impossible not to see what's going on now!
Eagles generally carry their prey with their feet so this is an unusual sight.

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Another one with feet full and a beak spangled with fish scales.
5:20
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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: winterwren on March 20, 2015, 10:16:37 PM
I had no idea an eagle's crop could carry so much.

March 15, 5:21 pm
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I'm hearing tussles in the trees behind me so I look back inland. I am in the yard of a house whose owner kindly gave me permission to pass through. Two young eagles are landing on a tree almost right above me - landing pretty much on top of each other - and I hear something falling to the ground - Splat!

One of the eagles retreats to another perch and I have time for a quick photo...
March 15, 5:21 pm
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...After which I attend to whatever has fallen near my feet. I suspect it's not about to run away.
Here it is... On the step to the wood shed.
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Nobody will be able to retrieve that poor herring here, so I pick it up and move it to an open spot on the shore.

Before I do, though, I attend to the rustle of wings on Hope's Tree next door...

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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: winterwren on March 20, 2015, 10:36:47 PM
Finally I'm in view of the feeding area.

I'll use later photos that I took from the tip of Grassy Point, as close to the action as I could get, because they are much clearer.

Lots is happening in this first picture. Click on it, then click again to see the full size.
In the foreground, some cormorants flying low over the water.
Right in the middle of the photo, there are four eagles in a group. One of them is almost submerged, wings partway underwater. It always amazes me that they can fly off, with a load of fish, from that situation. Above the swimmer, another eagle is lifting off with what looks like three fish, two in one foot and one, sharply curved, in the other. The other two eagles sort of blend together but I think one, the youngster, is much closer to us than the other.
Above them are two adults close to each other, and above them are two youngsters who look to be in a tussle - the lower one's feet are pointing up in the air.

There are more eagles outside the frame, and many are flying to or from shore.

Other birds identifiable... Mostly because I know the probability is high that they would be present... Cormorants, Pacific Loons, possibly some Common Loons, I think some Common Murres as well, and a collection of gulls.

In the background is the quarry on Texada Island.

March 15, 5:32
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In this next one, up on the right, even with the top of Texada, a youngster looks to be moving a fish from foot to beak, eating on the wing.
They do that, but once in a while they come to shore, maybe when they have a big load or when they need to catch their breath.

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A cropped view of the middle of the action.
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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: winterwren on March 20, 2015, 10:37:21 PM
Another beautiful flyer... Sigh. They're so gorgeous.
This one doesn't have any fish but he's spangled with scales.

March 15, 5:30
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Eagles are landing all over the trees of Grassy Point, even on treetops that seem way too skinny to hold an eagle.
They rest for a bit, then they fly back over the water.
5:31
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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: winterwren on March 20, 2015, 10:37:35 PM
I can't get tired of photographing all these eagles flying back and forth all over the sky. Plus, I'm looking for Mom.

Here's an adult eagle with very beat-up flight feathers... And three fish.
March 15, 5:34
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And here's a youngster with three of his primary tips missing on the left side... And the rest not much better.
5:35
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Another youngster with a really good-sized fish (and a smaller one in the other foot).
5:36
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Yet another youngster... Three fish.

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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: winterwren on March 20, 2015, 10:46:24 PM
Fish can fall from the sky in several manners... Here's one of them.
March 15, 5:38 pm
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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boodle317 on March 21, 2015, 05:52:37 AM
Gosh....when you double click on these, the detail is really something.  Thank Wren.  Great shots!
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: Gasp62 on March 21, 2015, 07:10:10 AM
Great pics, wren!  Thank you
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: marjy2u on March 21, 2015, 10:07:35 AM
Wow!! Stunning photos, Wren!! thank you!
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: fol-di-rol on March 21, 2015, 12:25:47 PM
Thank you, Wrennie - great photos and narrative - I was with you all the way!  Look out for flying fish :ecsmile
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: OpieK on March 21, 2015, 03:42:56 PM
amazing - thanks, Wren!
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on March 21, 2015, 09:03:38 PM
 
Last tuesday early, my friend was heaading to work up Sollans Rd. when she spotted these two Eagles rolling around in the ditch fighting!
They appear to be talon-locked.
She ran home & got her camera, & they ignored her, until she spoke.
There was worry that one of them was Mum, but i don*t believe either of these two are her.
The second Eagle is under the splayed tail of the Eagle on top.
 
march 17 2015 07:02 - two talon-locked Eagles
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-OlWAMcXdJI
 
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: winterwren on March 22, 2015, 06:49:56 PM
More photos from Sunday a week ago, the day we saw the most eagles in the territory.

I've been here 40 minutes, and the fishing is still going strong.

March 15, 5:40 pm
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This youngster has just one long secondary left on each side... But does she ever need to moult her primaries!

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(Actually, there are some lovely new primaries in the set.)

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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: winterwren on March 22, 2015, 07:02:55 PM
I'm again looking at the fish ball... Not quite as many eagles at a time, but still busy.
This photo somehow caught the seabirds more clearly. I'm amazed that I can actually pick out some Red-breasted Mergansers in the lot. I wouldn't have expected to see them so far out to sea. And to pick out their fluffy dark head, skinny bill, and contrasting pale bodies.
There are three eagles in a clump in the middle of the picture. Between them and the next water-skimming eagle to the left, I see at least 3 males and one female merganser.
(Click, click!)
March 15, 5:41 pm
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The eagles are still lifting fistfuls of fish from the water. In the background is a herring seiner... Not fishing at the moment. (Herring skiff is aboard on the stern, so they are travelling a ways.)

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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: winterwren on March 22, 2015, 07:18:15 PM
A little closer to shore (but not much so it's blurry), an altercation. One youngster decided that it was easier to let someone else catch the fish.
March 15, 5:42 pm
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Hard to tell the outcome.

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Nine seconds later... Another altercation, different players. I wonder how often that ploy is successful.

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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on March 22, 2015, 07:56:22 PM
 
Okay, so i went out today to try to figure out what is going on & if any of these Eagles are Mum & Dad.

march 22 2015 13:46 - Eagle on upper left waterside branch of The Babysitting Tree

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i*m posting this foto because we have seen this Eagle before, with the little white patch lower down on their left back area.

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i was thinking from what i could see that this might be Mum, but it is not.

march 22 2015 13:48 - Eagle on Constables* Fir

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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on March 22, 2015, 08:16:12 PM
 
They both took off, one at a time, & when i drove around, i found an Eagle in the His & Hers Tree at Grassy Point.

march 22 2015 13:57 - Eagle on upper left side of the His & Hers Tree

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i walked around to get them from different angles.
They weren*t spooked by my presence there!

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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on March 22, 2015, 08:19:38 PM
 
march 22 2015 14:03:55 - Eagle on upper left side of the His & Hers Tree

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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on March 22, 2015, 08:39:54 PM
 
A little later in the day, there was an Eagle on the old close up cam box, so i headed down there with Otto.
By the time i got there, whoever it was had left.
So we headed down to Grassy Point & found two Eagles there.
It is raining now, unfortunately.

march 22 2015 17:24 - Eagle on upper left side of the His & Hers Tree

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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: winterwren on March 22, 2015, 09:13:24 PM
An hour after it all started, things start to taper down and the trees of Grassy Point fill up even more.

It's amazing how peacefully most of these eagles, who are well able to talon each other to oblivion, can perch together on a skinny branch. I'm sure there's a whole body language involved, because the difference between "I'm coming to take your perch" and "I'm coming to perch with you" always seems clear to all concerned. It's the same with humans, really. Watch strangers choosing a seat in a busy waiting room...

March 15, 5:57 pm
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This one looks familiar... But no missing secondary on the left wing.
5:58
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All coming to rest in trees big and small on the east side of Grassy Point.

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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: winterwren on March 22, 2015, 09:14:03 PM
This one has a tiny little crop. :eclol

Grassy Point, March 15, 5:58
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6:00 pm
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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: winterwren on March 22, 2015, 09:14:25 PM
This young eagle really caught my eye and my lens.
He was among the multitude perched all over the trees on the east side of Grassy Point, in the fading light.
March 15, 6:06 pm
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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on March 22, 2015, 09:27:56 PM
 
Fotos from today from my good camera now.

march 22 2015 12:39 - Eagle on upper left water side branch of The Babysitting Tree

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This Eagle has two little dark tail tip marks.
& Fish scales stuck to the beak.

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This is a different Eagle.

march 22 2015 12:47 - Eagle Constables* Fir

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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on March 22, 2015, 09:33:48 PM
 
& off!

march 22 2015 12:59 - Eagle leaves Constables* Fir

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march 22 2015 13:01 - Eagle on upper left branch of The Babysitting Tree

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march 22 2015 13:32 - Eagle Constables* Fir

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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boodle317 on March 23, 2015, 05:31:45 AM
Thanks booni and wren.  wonderful pictures....

I was fooled by a couple of booni's that surely looked like dad to me...on H & H and Constable's.
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: amazedbyeagles on March 23, 2015, 09:11:37 AM
Wonderful photos!  Thank you both, Booni and Wren, for keeping us updated on what these birds look like close-up!  We'll need id's when things settle down, if Mom and Dad stay MIA!  The eagles are gorgeous!   :eclove
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: winterwren on March 23, 2015, 07:56:19 PM
Eagle on the Peters' Tree late this morning.

March 23, 11:04
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Looking back toward the water. Looks like one foot tucked into the belly feathers? Also there is a small dark tip visible on the tail. Too bad the whole tail isn't visible.
11:05
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Preening.
11:06
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Full crop hides an accurate view of the neck line.
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The bit of black on the tail shows on this one too.
11:07
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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: winterwren on March 23, 2015, 07:56:53 PM
Later in the day...
As I drove down Sollan Road I saw an eagle chase another down the road, near where Booni's friend found and filmed the two eagles on the ground.

In the territory, a few visitors. One youngster flew from Constable's Fir before I could get a good look.
This one was on Foster's Fir.
March 23, 4:46 pm
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I think some of the white flecks are some dirt or rain that got on my lens. They are suspiciously independent of the context.

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4:47
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Someone on Hope's Tree also.
4:49
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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: winterwren on March 23, 2015, 07:57:05 PM
There are also two eagles on the Babysitting Tree at that time.

I never got a very clear shot of the one at the top.
Here are my best efforts.
March 23, 4:53
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This one, being lower in the tree, was a little closer.
There seems to be two tiny black marks on the leftmost tail feather.
Need I mention that she kept her wings cocked open this way the whole time I was there?

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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on March 23, 2015, 08:37:59 PM
 
Something told me to drive through the Nest neighbourhood on the way home, hoping to spot Mum, i think.
There were a good few Eagles around!
THREE in the tippy top of the Babysitting Tree, one in Fosters* Fir, one in Hope*s Tree, & two on the His & Hers Tree.
Then i counted nine i could see in the Niners* water side perch Trees.
There was a youngster at the tippy top of the Babysitting Tree, who flew off when i got out of the car.
These two remained, & look like two i photographed yesterday.

march 23 2015 17:37 - Eagles on The Babysitting Tree

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march 23 2015 17:38 - Eagle on Hope*s Tree

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march 23 2015 17:40 - Eagle on Fosters* Fir

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march 23 2015 17:41 - Eagle on Hopes* Tree

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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on March 23, 2015, 09:05:35 PM
 
Here are the pair in the Babysitting Tree from Grassy Point.
Looks like the one with the small dark tail tips that we have seen before.

march 23 2015 17:48 - Eagles on The Babysitting Tree

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march 23 2015 17:47 - Eagles on The His & Hers Tree

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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: OpieK on March 24, 2015, 08:21:09 PM
Thank you Wren and Booni for keeping us up to date.  Still hoping to see Mom and Dad soon.
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on March 24, 2015, 08:55:35 PM
 
On my way down the road, i saw a dark Bird fly away from down on the road.
i*d heard there had been Eagles feeding at a dead Deer near the medical clinic, so i got out to look.
The dark Bird was feaking on the branch, & i figured they must be a Turkey Vulture.
But they were a juvenile Eagle!
This one still has tassels coming from some of her feathers!
 
march 24 2015 12:18 - juvenile near Medical Clinic
 
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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: winterwren on March 24, 2015, 09:28:46 PM
These photos are from Tuesday March 17. There was again a feed ball, this time way offshore, and the territory was full.

This eagle was sitting on one of the small trees at Grassy Point.
March 17, 4:58 pm
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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on March 25, 2015, 09:18:32 PM
 
i did a drive past the Nest area on my way home & spotted no Eagles but for this one in The Peters* Tree.
 
march 25 2015 17:21 - Eagle in The Peters* Tree
 
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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on March 26, 2015, 07:59:06 PM
 
So, i was on the left side of The Babysitting Tree today, as we look out from the cam.
There were two calm quiet Eagles perched there quietly the whole time, barely doing anything.
i was thinking, where did all those screetching, fighting, displacing Eagles go?
& who are these two perched here, like they own the place?
This has all been very puzzling.
i was so excited to see this first Eagle!
i thought i was finally seeing Mum again!
 
march 26 2015 15:13 - Eagle in The Babysitting Tree
 
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Doing a shuggle here.
Notice the dark bits on the tail feathers.
This is not Mum.
Also notice the black black talons.
Mums are very pale, almost white in places.
 
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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on March 26, 2015, 08:15:52 PM
 
That first Eagle was lower down in The BST, on the inland side more.
This one was higher up & on the water side of the Tree, harder to get a foto of.
 
march 26 2015 15:22 - Eagle in The Babysitting Tree
 
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Here is the female again, looking inland.
She was alert, but not the i*ve-got-my-eye-on-every-one-of-you-&-i*m-gonna-get-you-if-you-come-any-closer! alert that Mum is.
 
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Here is the male on the water side.
 
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& here is that narrow white bar on the lower left back that was noted on march 17 & 22 in other fotos.
 
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What a gorgeous Eagle she is!
 
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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on March 26, 2015, 08:28:01 PM
 
Here she is again.
 
march 26 2015 15:30:16 - Eagle in The Babysitting Tree
 
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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on March 26, 2015, 08:53:08 PM
 
march 26 2015 15:43 - Eagle in The Babysitting Tree
 
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Having a good scratch now.
 
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Amazing how they do this, without lopping their heads off!
 
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Belly feathers all fluffed out, to tuck the foot in now, against the belly under the feathering.
 
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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on March 26, 2015, 09:08:05 PM
 
i turned my camera on the male on the water side of the Tree, & without my noticing, the female flew off darnit!
This male looks a whole awful lot like Dad to me.
 
march 26 2015 16:06 - Eagle in The Babysitting Tree
 
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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on March 26, 2015, 09:15:14 PM
 
Here are four fotos showing that male with the narrow white bar on their lower left back.
Has this been Dad all along?
 
march 22 2015 13:47 - Eagle on upper left waterside branch of The Babysitting Tree
 
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march 17 2015 18:20:51 - Dad at the top of The Babysitting Tree
 
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march 17 2015 17:57 -  adult Eagle on Constables Fir
 
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march 17 2015 17:54 -  adult Eagle on Constables* Fir

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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: MarylandWatcher on March 27, 2015, 08:44:12 AM
WoW! Thank you so much for the pictures and the commentary. Those tiny details that allow you to determine that these eagles are or are not Mom or Dad are so helpful. I really had no understanding that the feather design was reporoducible in that the markings are not feather specific and could change with a moult but are bird specific. Thanks again, Kathleen.
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: amazedbyeagles on March 27, 2015, 08:53:47 AM
Oh my goodness!  What attention to detail!  Fabulous!  Thanks so much for sharing your photos and your passion for knowing who is who in the eagle kingdom!   :eclove
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on March 28, 2015, 08:20:14 PM
 
i drove through the Nest neighbourhood today, & spotted two Eagles down lower than the tippy top of the Peters* Tree.

Oh, good, i hadn*t realized i*d gotten a good foto of this Eagle!
i was only able to see this one clearly, from this angle.
You see the other a bit higher & to the left, behind the greenery.
 
march 28 2015 12:38 - Eagles in The Peters* Tree
 
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i think that last foto was from the road, now i have moved to the water side of the Tree.
Now you can see the other Eagle, & the first is hidden by the greenery.
 
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i was looking out at the bay at Hidden Beach, & spotted a strange large thing floating in the water, like a Seal head, only way huger.
i took two fotos of it then carried on with the Eagles.

march 28 2015 12:40 - Elephant Seal!!
 
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An Elephant Seal poking his head out of the water!

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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: fol-di-rol on March 28, 2015, 08:34:38 PM
thanks Booni for all the photos of the different eagles - and what a surprise to see the elephant seal in the water - thought it was a rock when I first looked at it!
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on March 28, 2015, 08:38:09 PM
 
march 28 2015 12:42 - Eagles in The Peters* Tree
 
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The first Eagle takes off!
i believe they flew to the Babysitting Tree.
 
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Second & remaining Eagle.
 
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Moving around to get a better angle on the remaining Eagle.
 
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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: jeavverhey on March 30, 2015, 09:53:15 AM
(((((Booni))))
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: amazedbyeagles on March 30, 2015, 05:08:54 PM
Love your photos, Booni!!!!  Thank YOU!!! Hilarious photo of elephant seal!  Bit Schnozz!!!!  LOL :eclove
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on March 30, 2015, 09:00:00 PM
 
i did a drive through the Nest neighbourhood & spotted two Eagles in The Peters* Tree.
It looked like Dad was on the tippy-top, & another HUGE Eagle was lower down, amongst the greenery.
i had a hard time finding a clear view of her.
Dad took off doing that whistling/screeching call when there is another Eagle, & a bit later, so did this female Eagle.
Then i saw one Eagle in the Babysitting Tree, & found two out in the Glass House Trees.

march 30 2015 17:45 - Eagle in The Peters* Tree

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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on March 30, 2015, 09:22:34 PM
 
i thought this was the female Eagle, but i believe this is Dad.
He was at Grassy Point.

march 30 2015 17:53 - Dad in one of the Glass House Trees

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Here was the other Eagle who was in a Tree near where Dad was.

march 30 2015 17:58 - Eagle in one of the Glass House Trees

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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on March 30, 2015, 09:42:15 PM
 
My camera was driving me crazy.
It didn*t want to focus in the rain.

march 30 2015 18:17 - Eagle in one of the Glass House Trees

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march 30 2015 17:48 - Eagle in The Babysitting Tree

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march 30 2015 17:39 - Dad in The Peters* Tree

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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on March 30, 2015, 10:31:15 PM
 
march 29 2015 16:30 - Eagle & Dad in The Babysitting Tree

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march 29 2015 16:49 - Eagle with Dad in The Babysitting Tree

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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boodle317 on March 31, 2015, 05:05:28 AM
wonderful photo's booni.  Seems we have one that is quite young?  So much dark still left on her head.

I am so curious about the "wood planks" that are nailed into the BST so high up.  what in the world are those?
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: jeavverhey on March 31, 2015, 06:27:39 AM
Looks like young female is guarding dad  :eceek while he is guarding his territory   :really Maybe somebody building him a treehouse retreat there too :biggrin3.
Prize winning photos (((Booni)))  :thumbup:
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: Sandor3 on March 31, 2015, 08:26:33 AM
I was fortunate to spend some time on Hornby on Sunday, March 29, AND be with Booni on a tour of the various trees.  It is SO amazing to be there and see in person what we all watch on the camera.  Here is a VERY shaky, short video of the two eagles we saw in the babysitting tree...KUDOS to Booni for her clear, unobstructed photos of Mom and Dad and other eagles over the years...it is such a challenge to focus between branches and twigs, and then contend with the wind, too!  Thanks, Booni!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ujA2QMLMlrE 
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: Snookums on March 31, 2015, 09:08:53 AM
 :ecsmile
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on March 31, 2015, 09:11:26 AM
 
& thank YOU Sandor, for dragging me out to see Alexandra Morton!
A chance of a lifetime, i probably would have missed, if not for you.
i like to stay home in the evening, but that was sure worth it.
& thanks for feeding me & the Birds & bringing Otto another toy!
 
boodle, that is the old wide angle cam box!
i thought that was a cool perspective, with that in the foreground & the Eagles perched in the BST just above it!

Here is the video i got, of the same time that Sandor posted about.
Dad was perched in the Babysitting Tree with another Eagle, & they were trilling.

march 29 2015 16:55 - Dad & visitor in the Babysitting Tree

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dNQIrh-YPEI

Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: Cawatcher on March 31, 2015, 09:17:21 AM
great job Sandor, for dragging her out and your video..  :ecwink super photos booni!
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on March 31, 2015, 10:48:42 AM
 
Sandor & i spotted an Eagle on the beach to the left of Grassy Point, while we were walking along, heading to The Stairs in Niner territory!
This is who had been on the beach.
We figured we*d find food where she*d been, but never spotted anything there.

march 29 2015 15:09 - Eagle on the beach to the left of Grassy Point

She has interesting *flaps* over her brow!
Very sweet.
 
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Four year old, just turning five?
Almost yellow beak, blue-yellow eye, still lovely dark tail tips.
 
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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on March 31, 2015, 11:13:09 AM
 
That lovely Eagle flew off, & then there were these two a bit farther down the beach, still in Mum & Dad*s territory.

march 29 2015 15:19 - youngster Eagle on the beach to the left of Grassy Point

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march 29 2015 15:19 - sub-adult Eagle on the beach to the left of Grassy Point

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The older Eagle flew off, but this youngster let us get deliciously close!

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Looks like a one year old just about to turn two!
Golden cap of head feathers, beak still quite black, eye lovely warm brown, tail still lots of brown, & breast is turning beautiful white!

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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on March 31, 2015, 11:16:25 AM
 
march 29 2015 15:33 - youngster Eagle on the beach to the left of Grassy Point

Scorrrrrrrre!

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Off they go!
Feet still connected to branch.

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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: ivani on March 31, 2015, 12:19:32 PM
Thank you Booni. Suas fotos são maravilhosas!  :heart
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: OpieK on March 31, 2015, 12:31:53 PM
amazing photos and videos Booni and Sandor - thank you!
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boodle317 on March 31, 2015, 01:59:27 PM

 
 
boodle, that is the old wide angle cam box!
i thought that was a cool perspective, with that in the foreground & the Eagles perched in the BST just above it!

 
 

Oh my gosh...i never would have put together that it was the old wa....or even that is was a different tree!   Yes...very cool perspective.
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: MaggiesMom on March 31, 2015, 04:48:55 PM
amazing series of photos, Booni and Sandor - thank you so much for everything!
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on March 31, 2015, 09:03:50 PM
 
i walked the high tide line from almost Sandstone Point, along Hidden Beach to Grassy Point today with Otto.
As we passed The Peters* Tree, i heard tittering & trilling, & two Eagles flew in from inland & Dad landed at the tippy top of the Tree.
The other circled around, i figured to land lower down in the greenery, but no!, she displaced Dad, who landed lower down, & SHE landed in the tippy top of the Tree.
When we got to Grassy Point, there was a gorgeous sub-adult in The His & Hers Tree.
i*ll post fotos of her in a bit.
i came back a bit later & there were SIX EAGLES in the His & Hers Tree.
Then i found these two in Constables* Fir.

march 31 2015 17:37 - Dad & Eagle in Constables* Fir

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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on March 31, 2015, 09:09:24 PM
 
march 31 2015 17:44 - Dad & Eagle in Constables* Fir

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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on March 31, 2015, 09:21:43 PM
 
march 31 2015 17:44 Dad & Eagle on Constables* Fir


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kqwGnJVHGUU
 
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on March 31, 2015, 09:37:31 PM
 
Here is the Eagle that was in The His & Hers Tree earlier in the day.

march 31 2015 15:37 - sub-adult in The His & Hers Tree

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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on March 31, 2015, 09:51:43 PM
 
Oh, yeah, i forgot.
Two Eagles came trilling & twittering from the BST area & way out over the water.
i watched this Eagle watching them, then i watched them, to see where they were going.
When my back was turned, this Eagle flew out after them, & kept going, long after the other two returned.

Nictitating membrane closed here.

march 31 2015 15:39 - sub-adult in The His & Hers Tree

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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: jeavverhey on April 01, 2015, 06:20:21 AM
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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: gillie on April 03, 2015, 03:17:47 AM
Thanks so much for posting all the beautiful pics and videos. Also big thank you to Nancy for updating me about Ma and Pa. Feeling sad wondering what's become of her, they had been together for so many years. Please come back Ma Hornby.
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: wildkitten on April 03, 2015, 06:39:40 AM
Thank you for the beautiful pictures and updates, Booni and Sandor!  The students and I enjoyed comparing the eagles to see the age progression!  SO glad the forum is here!!    :heart Wildkitten
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on April 03, 2015, 09:49:54 AM
 
i don*t know how we got so lucky, but we had THE Alexandra Morton come to Hornby to give a talk about the evils of Salmon feedlots in our wild Salmon migration routes.
What a fabulous woman.

march 29 2015 20:38 - Alexandra Morton on Hornby!

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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on April 03, 2015, 10:30:29 AM
 
On this day, driving around the Nest neighbourhood, looking for Eagles, i was amazed to spot SIX Eagles in The His & Hers Tree!
One is low down, to the right, out of the foto.

march 31 2015 16:53 - six Eagles in The His & Hers Tree

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Here are a couple of the youngsters who were in the top of the Tree.

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This sub-adult was lower down, on the left side of the Tree.

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This little cutie-pie was the one lower down that i missed in the foto of six Eagles.

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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on April 03, 2015, 10:36:31 AM
 
march 31 2015 16:59 - juvenile Eagle in The His & Hers Tree

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Perched on one foot!

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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on April 03, 2015, 08:21:11 PM
 
On the right side of the Tree.

march 31 2015 17:04 - sub-adult Eagle in The His & Hers Tree

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i got a little distractapated by this youngster!

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Don*t let me keep you awake there youngster!

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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on April 03, 2015, 08:26:08 PM
 
march 31 2015 17:17 - sub-adult Eagle in The His & Hers Tree

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This Eagle flew in & landed & started trilling.
i was wondering if this was Dad?

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Little dark bits on the tail tips, so not Dad!

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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on April 03, 2015, 08:38:57 PM
 
i took Otto for a quick walk down to Grassy Point & there was an Eagle in mishi*s Tree.
From what i could see with my eye, they were a sub-adult, but the light was poor, so we kept walking.
Down at Grassy Point, two Eagles came from the Nest area & flew out over the water, then returned without diving down to the water to catch something.
i thought they were going to land in The His & Hers Tree, but they carried on past Grassy Point.
i believe one landed back in the Babysitting Tree, maybe both.
As we went uphill back home, i heard Eagles cries, the ones they make when there is a visitor Eagle around.
i walked back downhill & an adult Eagle flew overhead & kept going to our right.
The Eagles in the BST quit making those calls.
When i could see mishi*s Tree, i noticed that Eagle was still there, & the light was better, so i was able to get some fotos of them.

april 3 2015 18:10 - sub-adult in mishi*s Tree

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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: Donnae on April 03, 2015, 11:09:51 PM
Great photos Booni... love the capture of the youngster yawning!!!!.... thank you... your photos always make my day.
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: linused on April 04, 2015, 12:03:07 AM
I agree with Donnae
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: jeavverhey on April 04, 2015, 02:02:47 AM
ditto - they all look pretty relaxed! but yawning at you lol  - too cute
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: Faerie Gardener on April 04, 2015, 06:37:16 AM
 :ecwink Thanks, Booni - I get Distractapated by Eagles, too!!
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on April 04, 2015, 07:40:14 PM
 
We*d heard an Eagle on Gregg*s Tree on the cam, & they were still there when i drove by!
 
april 4 2015 09:43 - Eagle on the top of Gregg*s Tree
 
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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on April 04, 2015, 08:00:55 PM
 
Later in the day, i found this Eagle in The Peters* Tree.
 
april 4 2015 17:16 - Eagle on the top of The Peters* Tree
 
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april 4 2015 17:23 - Eagle on the top of The His & Hers Tree
 
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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on April 05, 2015, 08:20:25 PM
 
i found two Eagles in The Babysitting Tree when i stopped by this evening.
The female was in the upper left of the Tree, on the branch that hangs out towards the road.
She has a full crop!
 
april 5 2015 17:11 - Eagle in The Babysitting Tree
 
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There are all sorts of branches & Trees between her & i, but of course i am spotted anyway.
 
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Changing position on the branch.
 
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The yellow eye colour of this Eagle is the stage where it is almost blue.
 
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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on April 05, 2015, 08:28:44 PM
 
This is a bit of a Dad look, somehow.
 
april 5 2015 17:21:32 - Eagle in The Babysitting Tree
 
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That crop is pretty full!
 
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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on April 05, 2015, 08:35:51 PM
 
& here*s Dad!
He was lower down, next to the trunk, on a short stubby branch.
There is a poopshot on the branch above his head.
You can also see the covert on his lower back, part of his wing, that has the distinctive white markings that tell us this is him.
 
april 5 2015 17:28 - Dad in The Babysitting Tree
 
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Here*s the female, upper left again.
She had flown off, but only did a small loop & came back & landed again.
 
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Look at how her tail feathers stack like roofing shingles.
 
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Almost blue eye here.
 
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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on April 05, 2015, 08:41:35 PM
 
Dad & his special feather again.
 
april 5 2015 17:35 - Dad in The Babysitting Tree
 
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Looking up at the female.
 
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i*m so happy that Dad is here.
 
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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: linused on April 05, 2015, 11:33:14 PM
I'm so Happy Dad is there too,  Thank you Booni
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: Faerie Gardener on April 06, 2015, 07:27:26 AM
 :heart (((Dad)))  What a gorgeous Eagle you are. Thank you, Booni

Booni, what great tail shots with a perfect view of the shingle stacking of her tail feathers!One question:  Where would a Brood Patch be in relation to this large crop...just below it ?
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on April 06, 2015, 08:24:04 AM

Faerie, here is a foto taken by Shelly Fowler that shows it best.

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Today March 5 2011 at Norfolk Botanical Garden photographer Shelly Fowler captured an outstanding image of the incubation patch – also known as the brood patch – on the female bald eagle.

(http://eaglenest.blogs.wm.edu/files/2011/03/Eagle-Brood-Patch-Shelly-Fowler-030511.jpg) (http://eaglenest.blogs.wm.edu/files/2011/03/Eagle-Brood-Patch-Shelly-Fowler-030511.jpg)

Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: Faerie Gardener on April 06, 2015, 08:27:38 AM
Ohhh!  Thank You!! :thumbup:
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: crazy lady 38 on April 06, 2015, 11:29:34 AM
Booni, a big thank you for these wonderful photos, and for the id of Dad, and the brood patch photo also.  I am also soooo happy to see our Dad
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: ivani on April 06, 2015, 12:33:40 PM
 :eclove
Thank you Booni. Wonderful pics!!!
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: luvthebirds on April 06, 2015, 04:05:38 PM
Thank you booni and winterwren for your wonderful photos and observations!  Dad looks as handsome as can be.
Holding out hope that he will be able to be with Mom again.  :heart
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: OpieK on April 07, 2015, 05:08:10 PM
love seeing Dad ♥  thank you!
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on April 07, 2015, 08:21:33 PM
 
i call this one Big Bruiser.
 
april 7 2015 17:11 - Eagle on upper left branch of The Babysitting Tree
 
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Here, she is alert to something that she sees.
 
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Look how erect her under-chin feathers are!
 
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https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/17073399185/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/17073399185/)
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on April 07, 2015, 09:01:58 PM
 
She turned when i was checking my fotos on my camera, darnit.
Facing the water now.

april 7 2015 17:18 - Eagle on upper left branch of The Babysitting Tree

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An hour later.
Back of head, & some interesting worn out feathers mid-back that might help i.d. her for a while?

april 7 2015 18:34 - Eagle on upper left branch of The Babysitting Tree

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https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/16886293680/in/photostream/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/16886293680/in/photostream/)
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on April 07, 2015, 09:04:28 PM
 
april 7 2015 17:19 - Eagle in the upper left branch of The Babysitting Tree


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GALqyimXSnA
 
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on April 07, 2015, 09:35:20 PM
 
april 7 2015 18:36 - Dad in The Babysitting Tree

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He, of course, has a full crop.

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april 7 2015 18:48 - Eagle in the upper left branch of The Babysitting Tree

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She has a bit of a full crop too, i*d say.

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7636/16887830409_e679a0a6f1_b.jpg) (http://)
 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/16886283768/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/16886283768/)
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on April 07, 2015, 09:50:34 PM
 
april 7 2015 18:50 - Eagle in the upper left branch of The Babysitting Tree

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https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/16886429658/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/16886429658/)
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on April 09, 2015, 08:54:10 PM
 
april 8 2015 17:26 - female Eagle calls from The Babysitting Tree
 
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eNTPCgE4YnA
 
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on April 10, 2015, 08:47:31 PM
 
i*d been by the Nest area earlier in the day on this day, & got fotos of this Eagle that i am not sure we have seen before?
 
april 7 2015  13:31 - Eagle in The Babysitting Tree
 
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https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/17079004716/in/photostream/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/17079004716/in/photostream/)
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on April 10, 2015, 09:06:24 PM
 
i had spotted this Eagle, & was having a hard time getting good fotos of them.
Then i lightened one of the fotos & realized it was Dad!
There is his distinctive covert feather.
 
april 9 2015 12:39 - Dad in the upper left water side branch of The Babysitting Tree
 
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https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/17105099935/in/photostream/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/17105099935/in/photostream/)
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on April 10, 2015, 09:29:43 PM
 
Then there was this Eagle.
i wasn*t getting that this was Dad.
But look, there is that feather again!
 
april 9 2015 14:27 - Dad in the Glass House Trees
 
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https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/17079283756/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/17079283756/)
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on April 10, 2015, 09:42:14 PM
 
Now this Eagle i found this evening.
Might be Dad?
 
april 10 2015 15:55 - Eagle in The Peters* Tree
 
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https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/17104678551/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/17104678551/)
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on April 10, 2015, 10:11:57 PM
 
While that Eagle was in The Peters* Tree, this one was blowing in the wind, air-drying, at the tippy-top of The Babysitting Tree.
 
april 10 2015 16:00 - Eagle in The Babysitting Tree
 
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(https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8740/16917957910_e172f03426_b.jpg) (https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8740/16917957910_6c4f076987_o.jpg)
 
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https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/16919320089/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/16919320089/)
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on April 10, 2015, 10:16:40 PM
 
This is the tail end of her calling in the foto above.
 
april 10 2015 16:05 - Eagle calls the flies off from the top of The Babysitting Tree 
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iCjJ37wT6-E
 
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on April 10, 2015, 10:38:37 PM
 
i believe the Eagle who was air-drying at the top of The BST is this Eagle who is now at the top of the P Tree.
The Eagle that i photographed earlier, is still in the branch lower & to her left.
 
april 10 2015 16:12 - Eagle in The Peters* Tree
 
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https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/16485512473/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/16485512473/)
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: amazedbyeagles on April 11, 2015, 08:48:51 AM
Wonderful, wonderful photos!!! Thanks so much, Booni!  The eagles are gorgeous, and I love how the feathers fluff up when they're wet!   :eclove
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on April 11, 2015, 07:46:14 PM
 
april 10 2015 16:22 - Eagle in The Peters* Tree

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The lower down to the left Eagle was making soft peeping sounds up at the Eagle at the top of the Tree, that sounded like the sounds Dad makes when there is a visitor with him in The Babysitting Tree, or on the Nest, when he is on the eggs, & Mum comes in & is ready to take over.
Here he is in the middle of a peep, & looking up at the other Eagle.

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Here*s who he is peeping at.

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The uppermost Eagle took off, & landed in the Nest.
By the time i got there, she was on the stump.

april 10 2015 16:41 - Eagle on the stump

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https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/16929781589/in/photostream/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/16929781589/in/photostream/)
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on April 11, 2015, 07:52:22 PM
 
april 10 2015 16:42 - Eagle on the stump

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& there she goes!

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i lost sight of her, so i went back to the Eagle in The Peters* Tree.
Is this Dad?

april 10 2015 16:44 - Eagle in The Peters* Tree

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i think it might just be him.
Feels weird that i can*t be sure.
i couldn*t see him from the back, to see that distinctive tail feather of his.

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Is this him, with his left neck part?

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https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/17114420752/in/photostream/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/17114420752/in/photostream/)
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on April 11, 2015, 08:40:21 PM
 
mishi told me that on the cam they could see an Eagle on the old close up cam box, so i took Otto for a walk to see if we could see them.
Look at the buggie flying right in front of the Eagle*s beak.

april 11 2015 17:59 - Eagle on the old close up cam box

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https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/17090531996/in/photostream/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/17090531996/in/photostream/)
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on April 11, 2015, 08:59:41 PM
 
Next we walked to Grassy Point & found this Eagle there.
At one point, i heard the one in the Nest calling, & this one called back.

april 11 2015 18:07 - Eagle on The His & Hers Tree

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https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/16496480503/in/photostream/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/16496480503/in/photostream/)
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on April 12, 2015, 08:31:28 PM
 
cali told me there were Eagles out over the water so i went down to Grassy Point to take a look.
Found, instead, two Eagles in The His & Hers Tree!
One was on the other side of lots of branches, but looked adult?
Here is the one that was closest & easiest to get fotos of, so i spent a lot of time with them!

april 12 2015 16:40 - sub-adult Eagle in The His & Hers Tree

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https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/17128935181/in/photostream/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/17128935181/in/photostream/)
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on April 12, 2015, 08:48:57 PM
 
april 12 2015 16:42 - sub-adult Eagle in The His & Hers Tree

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https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/16942002118/in/photostream/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/16942002118/in/photostream/)
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on April 12, 2015, 09:11:10 PM
 
april 12 2015 16:47:58 - sub-adult Eagle in The His & Hers Tree

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Poop!

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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on April 12, 2015, 09:30:21 PM
 
april 12 2015 16:49:05 - sub-adult Eagle in The His & Hers Tree

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Another Eagle was flying in to land, who turned out to be Dad!
Here is the sub-adult tracking him as he comes in to land right above.

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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on April 12, 2015, 09:38:02 PM
 
april 12 2015 16:49 - sub-adult Eagle & Dad in The His & Hers Tree


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fRax4MX6E-Y
 
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: OpieK on April 12, 2015, 10:09:05 PM
the sub adult photos are great - ty booni!
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: amazedbyeagles on April 13, 2015, 08:55:14 AM
Wonderful photos!  Love how that sub adult peers at you, glares at you, keeps you and your camera in his gaze!  And the film with Dad is frosting on the cake!  Thank you for all you do to enrich our experience with these amazing and fascinating eagles! :eclove
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on April 14, 2015, 08:53:29 AM
 
So, the video shows us Dad trilling, after he landed with the sub-adult & the adult? in the His & Hers Tree.
The sub-adult wondered if it was time to go, but Dad is letting them stay.
They are perched not far apart.
The adult farther in is staying, too.
Here is Dad, in all his glory.
His crop is full, which is pushing out the white underfeathering like a tie.

april 12 2015 16:50 - Dad in The His & Hers Tree

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This sub-adult also has a full crop, & you can see Fish scales on that area, which seems to be wet for both Dad & the sub-adult.
i place this Eagle at three just entering their fourth year.
Their three year old eye stripe is starting to fade, their beak is almost completely yellow, eye is pretty yellow, & you will see the gorgeous tail feathers with their lovely dark markings in another foto.
So, this could be David or Alexandra!
They have their head feathers a bit fluffed out here.

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Okay, so i got a bit distractapated by this Eagle...

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She turned on the branch to face away from me, but is still keeping her eye on me.
Now we can see her gorgeous tail!
i just love these young Eagles.

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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on April 14, 2015, 09:09:27 AM
 
So, the female Eagle is now arriving to join Dad, & somehow the sub-adult knows it is time to skeedaddle!

april 12 2015 16:54 - sub-adult Eagle in The His & Hers Tree

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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on April 14, 2015, 09:14:45 AM
 
That lovely sub-adult flew over my head Hidden Beachwards, & now the female Eagle has joined Dad.
Here they are, both calling out.
& if you look, you will see Dad*s distinctive feather here.
So we know we have Dad still with us.

april 12 2015 16:54 - Eagle & Dad in The His & Hers Tree


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b6WBCnRNBrg
 
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on April 14, 2015, 09:31:52 AM
 
Here are fotos of the other Eagle who landed with Dad.

april 12 2015 16:56 - Dad & Eagle in The His & Hers Tree

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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on April 14, 2015, 09:50:56 AM
 
So, i have no idea why Dad is calling & calling like this.
i am tired from walking around with Otto for 2 & 1/2 hours, & am very happy to be lying on the grass on my belly, using my arms as a tripod to steady the camera, & if i move my head to look around, i lose my subjects, so i just keep taking fotos & now here is a video.

april 12 2015 16:57 - Eagle & Dad in The His & Hers Tree


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WgqWwxmNR-U
 
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: jeavverhey on April 14, 2015, 10:07:30 AM
Another wonderful series ((((Booni)))). :thumbup:  I think Dad keeps calling because he wants her to go away so that his bride can come home. :really  He doesnt dare chase off these pushy females :eceek - they are younger and stronger than him!  :ohno  I love the thought that the subadults might be on of their offspring. :binocs :s*
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: crazy lady 38 on April 14, 2015, 10:09:58 AM
Booni, Thank so much for all the work you do, beautiful photos of Dad and a Female, and also a "maybe of David or Alexandra" lol,
We are so lucky to have you as our eyes and ears on the ground.
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on April 14, 2015, 08:11:24 PM
 
april 12 2015 16:58 - Dad & Eagle in The His & Hers Tree

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Dad*s head feathers are all fluffed up here.

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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on April 14, 2015, 08:17:55 PM
 
april 12 2015 17:00:46 - Dad in The His & Hers Tree

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This is the other Eagle who was there all along, deeper into the Tree from where i was.
When the sub-adult flew off, this one stayed.

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Dad showing us that it is him, his unique feather.

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If i recall correctly, Dad & the other Eagle both left the Tree & chased off the other two Eagles who were still in the Tree.
As they were chased, both went upside down & presented talons, but there was no contact.
Now the female Eagle is perched on top of the Tree.

april 12 2015 17:11 - Eagle on The His & Hers Tree

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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on April 14, 2015, 08:22:49 PM
 
april 12 2015 17:11:49 - Eagle on The His & Hers Tree

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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: fol-di-rol on April 14, 2015, 08:39:25 PM
Booni - thank you - love those pictures!  This last female is one we have seen before - a long flat head, and a little bump on the lower side of her beak, up near the commisure! 
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: linused on April 14, 2015, 10:13:57 PM
Fantastic photos Booni. Thank you.     I wonder what Dad thinks about all of this?
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: OpieK on April 14, 2015, 11:39:15 PM
I'm with you, Linus, I wonder, I wonder...
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: amazedbyeagles on April 15, 2015, 08:22:35 AM
Love the photos!  Great close-ups!  Thanks so much for sharing!!  Wish I could read eagle minds!  Stare into those eyes and figure out what's happening!!!   :eclove
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on April 16, 2015, 10:34:49 AM
 
We know Dad is here, but the Eagles accompanying him don*t always seem to be the same one.
So i am a bit confused about who is who.
This female has little dark spots on her left tail feather tip.

april 14 2015 16:49 - Dad & Eagle in The Babysitting Tree

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Darnit, i missed the female turning on the branch!
That can make for some interesting fotos.
Look at those legs!

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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on April 16, 2015, 10:43:45 AM
 
i think the female was just yawning here.

april 14 2015 16:56 - Dad & Eagle in The Babysitting Tree

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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on April 16, 2015, 08:20:32 PM
 
i did a quick flyby & found this Eagle, who i believe is Dad.

april 16 2015 13:21 - Eagle in The Babysitting Tree

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Now here he is a bit later, with a full crop!

april 16 2015 18:24 - Dad in The Babysitting Tree

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This is the other Eagle.

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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on April 16, 2015, 09:19:47 PM
 
april 16 2015 18:35 - Dad in The Babysitting Tree

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This Eagle was sleepy!  :yawn

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Here*s Dad in a cloak of Fir cones & branches.

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She is so sleepy her feathered eyelid is closed!
You don*t see this very often!
Maybe on a hot day in august after raising two nestlings you*d see Mum drowsing like this.

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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on April 16, 2015, 09:39:07 PM
 
From a different angle now.
She *s still sleepy. :sleeping
You can see Dad*s white bar feather identifier in these.
& you can see little dark marks on the left tail feather of the female.

april 16 2015 18:51 - Eagle & Dad in The Babysitting Tree

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She on the left, looks a lot like Dad here.

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Here she is, from the backside of The Tree again.
Look at that cool rectangle hole someone has pecked in The Tree!
For Insects, or is that someone*s home?

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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: winterwren on April 17, 2015, 04:48:31 PM
For weeks I've been hoping to go find the Merlins when we hear them on the cam, but work gets in the way. Finally this morning I was up early enough and heard them clearly, so off I went shortly after sunrise.

I found one of them perched on the Woodpecker Tree,  calling.
I thought maybe this was the male and that the female was sitting on eggs somewhere. I kept hoping to hear an answering call.

I watched a long time and eventually the sun came up high enough to light this bird up. In the meantime I walked around, looking for views between the trees.
April 17, 7:22 am 
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Between the calls, a little preening and a good scratch.
7:24
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Twice while I watched, there was a little bit of mobbing from some starlings who seem to have a nest near the top of this tree! The little Merlin just ducked, the way eagles do when crows mob them. The starlings did not persist, they just did a little dive-bombing on their way in to the nest.
And the Merlin kept calling, louder and louder.
7:29
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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: winterwren on April 17, 2015, 04:48:46 PM
After a while the Merlin, still perched on the Woodpecker Tree, opened her wings, as if to fly away.
I'm getting the second counter on these pictures... Just because.

April 17, 7:29:12
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But she didn't take off. She froze, then started pivoting, with her wings still half open, and calling the whole time.
7:29:13
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7:29:16
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"She"? She indeed.
And here he is, materializing out of nowhere. Don't blink.
7:29:20
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7:29:20
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7:29:21 He's off already, half hidden by the greenery below her.
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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: winterwren on April 17, 2015, 04:49:00 PM
After the male's lightning visit, the female Merlin stayed on her perch on the Woodpecker Tree and soon started calling out again.

April 17, 7:30 am
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7:33
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There were three crows coming and going from a tree right by me. Suddenly one of them decided that this Merlin was a problem, and did a single dive bomb, making the merlin jump...
7:42:36
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...After which the merlin landed right back on her branch and the crow landed at the very top of the Woodpecker tree, hidden from us by those branches at the right.
There ensued a standoff...
Still 7:42:36... 
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Funny, from the ground it seemed to last a long time as they stared at each other...
But looking at the times on the photos... Four seconds. And then!
7:42:40
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The crow is just a blur to the left on this one...
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The crow chased the merlin across the road and then let go. The male merlin was there too and I heard them both call, his call higher than hers because of his smaller size, just as with the eagles. But as they moved among the trees, they also made a soft little tick-tick-tick call that I had never heard before, a location call maybe? It sure helped me figure out their route...

They both landed in a tall fir on the other side of the road, between the cam and Grassy Point. The treetop is rounded and it was difficult to spot them on there. So that is where I left them.
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: gillie on April 17, 2015, 11:52:00 PM
Thanks for sharing these beautiful pics. Has dad joined up with another female? I do miss mum Hornby  :ecsad
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on April 18, 2015, 08:26:29 AM

gillie, just watching & waiting at this point.
Still hoping for Mum to return.
It may be a while before we know what is going on here, so me, i*m not forming any conclusions about anything yet.
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: amazedbyeagles on April 18, 2015, 08:36:04 AM
Wow!  An amazing series of photos of the merlins!  Thanks so much, wren, for sharing!  Gosh, that male sure works fast!!! LOL  :eclove
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on April 18, 2015, 08:38:02 PM

april 18 2015 17:19 - female Eagle on The Peters* Tree


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L9vl0Yiqj70
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: Faerie Gardener on April 19, 2015, 05:29:31 AM
I love that series on the Merlins - Thank you, Wren!  Pretty bird, and now we know where those calls are coming from - sometimes!

Booni, that sleepy female must be working very hard, being on watch in the neighborhood.
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: CanadianRaptorman on April 19, 2015, 09:01:23 AM
Nice series of those Merlins. It might be a bit early yet for eggs (I'm in a different region of B.C. and ours are later. THey will likely be using a crow or raven nest which will be well hidden often in a clump of coniferous trees. Very hard to spot from the ground but if you continue to watch you will see her go from nest to meet the male for food transfers. He will usually call to her or both if she sees him perched or coming with prey. Rarely will he go to the nest and never once eggs are laid or hatched.
The Starlings will mobb but generally with a level of caution as they can become prey. The crows are bolder because they are not common prey. Though merlins are very bold and often take pigeons crows are a different matter.
They are very secretive about their nest yet very vocal about food.
When the young fledge it will get very noisy and some folks don't like them because they prey upon many feeder birds though rarely at the feeder like the accipiters will.
Enjoy them they are awesome flyers and hunters.

Bill (Ostrich gave me the heads up about your find).
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on April 19, 2015, 09:27:03 AM
 
There was an Eagle with what looked a lot like Mum*s back of head markings in the His & Hers Tree this morning, so when Eagles were heard in mishi*s Tree, i went down there in my nightie & my cloak of invisibility.
This Eagle is a gigantrix, next to Dad!

april 19 2015 08:32 - Dad & Eagle in mishi*s Tree

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Lovely Dad look.
i don*t remember ever seeing him with a dirty tail like this.

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Look at their size difference in this one!  :eceek

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You can see dark marking on her tail feathers in this one.

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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: nubchai on April 19, 2015, 10:52:03 AM
Beautiful photos. I hope Ma Hornby returns  :pray
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: winterwren on April 19, 2015, 09:33:50 PM
Bill/CanadianRaptorman, thank you for your post about Merlin behaviour. It's the first time I had the opportunity to photograph them, and I sure hope it isn't the last. Your post helps me understand what to look for.
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: amazedbyeagles on April 20, 2015, 08:38:12 AM
I love this thread, all the details, the wonderful behavior photos of the merlins, the conversation to go with the photos!  The close ups of Dad and New MaybeMrs, to assure me it isn't Mom, as much as I keep thinking it could be...  Thank You Booni and Wren!  And thanks for the comments from the Pro who Knows about merlin behavior!  Fascinating!!  ♥♥ :eclove
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: violet312s on April 20, 2015, 04:08:38 PM
Thanks Booni!  I cannot believe how HUGE she is compared to Dad! 
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on April 21, 2015, 10:39:14 AM
 
This Eagle was doing a LOT of calling.
i tried to catch her in the video above, but missed the giggle intro to her call.
Here she is, in the middle of a call.

april 18 2015 17:19 -  Eagle in The Peters* Tree

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Preening a lot.

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Look at all the buggies around her!
Now you know what life is like for me on the ground.
i am covered in itchy lumps from these tiny bug-ers.

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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on April 21, 2015, 10:41:30 AM
 
Here she is preening, & when she fans her tail, notice the dark spots which hopefully are helping us to identify this individual.

april 18 2015 17:34 - Eagle preening on The Peters* Tree


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nvqa6cmLARQ
 
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on April 21, 2015, 10:46:03 AM
 
This could be Dad!

april 18 2015 17:34:51 -  Eagle in The Peters* Tree

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& here is THE MAN himself!

april 18 2015 17:36 -  Dad in The Peters* Tree

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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: nubchai on April 21, 2015, 12:08:59 PM
Beautiful photos! She looks so much like Dad, you'd think they were related.
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: Cawatcher on April 21, 2015, 05:56:00 PM
Agree Nubchai so many simularities wonderful photos!
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: gillie on April 22, 2015, 08:57:59 PM
Thanx for all the pics, I wouldn't know who was who when they are apart, can only tell difference when together. She sure looks a fine eagle. I wonder if Dad Hornby will allow her to stay. I'm sure he's hoping Mum will return as am I :pray. Doesn't look like there will be any eaglets in the nest this year. Any further thoughts Boonibarb after all you are the expert :ecwink
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on April 23, 2015, 08:34:32 AM

i*m definitely no expert gillie.
Me, i*m just watching & waiting here.
i haven*t given up on Mum.
Eagle eggs on Hornby are hatching now, so too late for eggs & Eaglets at Mum & Dad Hornby*s Nest.
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on April 23, 2015, 09:01:16 PM
 
It had poured all morning & i was having a day in, but then the Sun came out!
Later in the afternoon i took Otto for a walk to Grassy Point.
i had to stop at the top of the hill, because waaayyy out on the point of the Point, there were Eagles!
First i spotted a pair, & then one alone & then another & another!
There were also Eagles flying overhead.
The tide was far out, & there was an island exposed that had Eagles on it way out there.
The more i looked, the more i saw!
i didn*t want to scare them all away, so i just watched from a long ways away, then slowly started walking down the hill closer.
There was this fluffy-headed individual.
 
april 23 2015 16:49 - Eagle on the point of Grassy Point
 
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Then these two.
 
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Then a third one joined those two.
 
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This one, to me, looks really different.
Reminds me of when people shape their hand/fingers into an Eagle head & paint them & the fingers are the beak.
 
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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on April 23, 2015, 09:07:01 PM
 
i was too far away to get good fotos of these Eagles, but it was just kinda cool how many there were.
Are the Midshipman in?
 
april 23 2015 16:56:57 - Eagle on the point of Grassy Point
 
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There was THIS shaggy beauty!
 
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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on April 23, 2015, 09:09:27 PM
 
& a shaky video, from too far away, but still, kinda cool.
Behind me is the His & Hers Tree.
There are three Crows harassing one Raven.
The Merlin is harassing them ALL!
He even chases away an Eagle who tries to land there.
Then when one tries to fly by, he dive bombs the Eagle*s back.
i hear the *shook* of feathers being contacted.
 
april 23 2015 16:52 - Eagles way out on the shoreline of Grassy Point
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HT5az1BpTOU
 
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on April 23, 2015, 09:55:34 PM
 
i could hear cries coming from the Nest & Babysitting Tree area, so we walked there next.
There was this Eagle in the Nest, eating.
 
april 23 2015 17:21 - Eagle in the Nest
 
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It seemed to me there were extra Eagles around, Eagles landing, Eagles displacing other Eagles, Eagles flying overhead.
 
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Wet Eagles with full crops, watching other Eagles flying overhead.
 
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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on April 23, 2015, 09:59:37 PM
 
& poopshots!
Ya gotta have poopshots.
 
april 23 2015 17:32:56 - Eagles in the Babysitting Tree
 
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i*m *pretty* sure this is Dad.
 
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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: nubchai on April 24, 2015, 05:58:54 AM
Beautiful photos Booni. They all look pretty well-fed.  On the cam yesterday there was an eagle pair on the nest. One was in the nest bowl organizing. I wonder if it was this one? Dad was still in the area on alert though :) He's such a handsome fellow.  Thanks for these great shots!
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: amazedbyeagles on April 24, 2015, 08:59:30 AM
Thanks for the wonderful photos!  Love the pump action poop shots!!  These eagles are beautiful, no mistaking that!   :eclove
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: nan2945 on April 24, 2015, 05:35:20 PM
Booni - what fabulous photos - thanks for all you do and share with us ----just glorious
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: gillie on April 25, 2015, 02:46:09 AM
Fantastic pics as always Booni. Love the shaggy eagle and dad looks as though he is keeping a watchful eye out for mum. I'm glad you haven't given up on her, neither will I. Maybe she has gone salmon fishing early this season? I won't give up on her unless she doesn't return next season and I don't think dad will either. Thanx for all the info and pics, I love them. :thumbup:
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: nubchai on April 25, 2015, 10:14:08 AM
Hi Gillie. There are a lot of people who haven't given up on Mom. You're not alone  :ecsmile  I'm also waiting until the eagles return from the salmon run in the Fall.  My theory is that the fight she had in early March and the large influx of aggressive eagles really spooked her. So she decided to leave the nesting area.  Her wounds were also still healing. So I think she's getting fish on her own and mending.  I looked at a lot of the March videos. She looked strong and alert and was doing all of her normal eagle stuff (eating, flying, pooping, mating). So I think she's still out there. Mom Hornby is a very smart eagle  :ecsmile

Sandy


Fantastic pics as always Booni. Love the shaggy eagle and dad looks as though he is keeping a watchful eye out for mum. I'm glad you haven't given up on her, neither will I. Maybe she has gone salmon fishing early this season? I won't give up on her unless she doesn't return next season and I don't think dad will either. Thanx for all the info and pics, I love them. :thumbup:
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on April 25, 2015, 07:16:14 PM
 
As i drove through the Nest territory, i spotted one Eagle at the tippy-top of The Babysitting Tree.
So i pulled over & parked & got out there with my camera.
Just as i was focusing on her, she took off!
So much for THAT foto session.
 
april 25 2015 16:10 - Eagle leaves the tippy top of The Babysitting Tree
 
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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on April 28, 2015, 08:51:20 PM
 
i got all excited today, for the i don*t know how manyeth time, thinking i was finally seeing Mum again.
This Eagle had a shaggy head!
& the cere & under-chin area looked dark, like Mum*s injuries!
My first clue about who it was should have been the goofy feather-stuck-to-the-upper-beak pose.

april 28 2015 15:34 - Dad in The Peters* Tree

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See the dark under the chin?

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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on April 28, 2015, 09:11:12 PM
 
april 28 2015 15:37 - Dad in The Peters* Tree

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Dad seemed to be losing a lot of down feathering today!

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Look at all the down feathers coming loose here!

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You can see his distinctive feather well here.

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https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/16687387453/in/photostream/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/16687387453/in/photostream/)
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on April 28, 2015, 09:18:58 PM
 
Here is Dad doing a shuggle.
Look at all the down feathers flying!
& look at those legs!

april 28 2015 15:46 - Dad in The Peters* Tree

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His tail feathers are still quite stained.

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april 28 2015 15:42 - Dad in The Peters* Tree

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april 28 2015 15:46 - Dad in The Peters* Tree

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https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/16687028223/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/16687028223/)
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: Rajame on April 28, 2015, 11:19:59 PM
Thank you Booni! :hearts
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boodle317 on April 29, 2015, 05:49:24 AM
wonderful!   Dad  :heart
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: nubchai on April 29, 2015, 07:51:29 PM
Thanks Booni. I could see where you'd think it was Mum at first. Dad really is a fine-looking eagle isn't he?
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on May 06, 2015, 07:43:36 PM
 
april 29 2015 17:24 - Dad & Eagle in The His & Hers Tree

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https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/17395304602/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/17395304602/)
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on May 06, 2015, 07:50:53 PM
 
Look at her glow-in-the-dark eyes!

may 1 2015 09:48 - Eagle in The Babysitting Tree

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https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/17395433222/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/17395433222/)
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on May 06, 2015, 08:10:12 PM
 
Look how she has her right foot bunched up & resting on top of her left!

may 3 2015 09:48 - Eagle in The Babysitting Tree

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https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/17190118347/in/photostream/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/17190118347/in/photostream/)
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on May 06, 2015, 08:17:43 PM
 
may 4 2015 17:25 - Dad in The Peters* Tree

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Dad sure is stained around his face & tail feathers.

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https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/17210082990/in/photostream/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/17210082990/in/photostream/)
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on May 06, 2015, 08:29:57 PM
 
Notice in those last fotos, Dad*s distinctively marked feather.

While Dan was putting the cam back in Gregg*s Tree, this Eagle flew from the water side to inland & landed in mishi*s Tree.
A bit later, they flew back towards the water again.

may 5 2015 11:51 - Eagle in mishi*s Tree

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https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/17209994148/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/17209994148/)
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on May 06, 2015, 09:08:28 PM
 
On my way home i spotted an Eagle in the His & Hers Tree!

may 6 2015 17:22 - Eagle in The His & Hers Tree

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Turns out there was also an Eagle in one of the Glass House Trees.
Here she is, looking his way.

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She flew off after this, & i heard two sets of calls & went looking for them.
There they were, side by side.

may 6 2015 17:24 - Dad & Eagle in a Glass House Tree

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SOMEone has been eating Fish, & has scales stuck to her beak.

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Someone ELSE has swallowed a basketball & is losing a down feather.

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https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/17211853969/in/photostream/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/17211853969/in/photostream/)
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on May 06, 2015, 09:12:25 PM
 
may 6 2015 17:25:13 - Dad & Eagle in a Glass House Tree

(https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8711/16775541824_97114ff21f_b.jpg) (https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8711/16775541824_5d81111591_o.jpg)

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Dad is in the middle of a shuggle here.

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https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/16777777083/in/photostream/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/16777777083/in/photostream/)
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: Cawatcher on May 06, 2015, 09:38:33 PM
He sure has .. what happened to our dapper Dad??  :eclove
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: linused on May 06, 2015, 09:53:26 PM
Sweet Dad is looking like the Marlboro Man with his 5 o'clock shadow
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: OpieK on May 06, 2015, 10:04:06 PM
♥ ty Booni
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: nubchai on May 07, 2015, 06:08:30 AM
Thanks Booni - wonderful photos!
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on May 09, 2015, 08:41:30 PM
 
We*ve been seeing an Elephant Seal on Sandstone Point from the cam, so today i took Otto to the beach to see if i could spot him.
If i wasn*t looking, i never would have seen him.
i was peeking into all the bays, as we went out towards the Point, & suddenly there he was!
We didn*t even get as far as the Point, he was in the bay of Hidden Beach.
i tied up Otto while i took a video from a ways away.
It was interesting to see & HEAR him breathing!
He breathes through these nostrils, but he also breathes through an opening in the top of his head.
 
may 9 2015 16:50 - snoozing male Elephant Seal
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bXNUkzGMz5M
 
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: gmadeb3 on May 09, 2015, 08:59:17 PM
Great Booni,  thanks for taking the time to get this and share,   :heart
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on May 09, 2015, 09:09:40 PM
 
i was wondering about the sort of beat up areas around his mouth & nostrils, so took some close-ups.
i think he is moulting in this area!
Look at the pieces of fur peeling away, leaving pink skin behind!
No WONDER he is so tired.
i took a foto of this interesting-looking black blob on his lower belly.
i was looking at diagrams of their anatomy

may 9 2015 16:51 - snoozing male Elephant Seal

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This is where i realized that this Elephant Seal is moulting!
i wanted to see what all that sore looking pink skin was.
You can see pieces of his fur coming off!

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From back at Hidden Beach you can see the pink areas of his head where the fur is coming away in pieces.

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https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/17474214125/in/photostream/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/17474214125/in/photostream/)
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: Cawatcher on May 09, 2015, 09:40:17 PM
Thank you so much booni, These are fantastic close-ups! I didnt realize  that Elephant seals or any seals for that matter moulted.. poor thing must itch something terrrible
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: CanadianRaptorman on May 11, 2015, 05:36:39 PM
Winterwren: I posted the following weeks ago when Ostrich told me you were attempting to find that Merlin pair's nest:

Ostrich told me today that you saw the Merlins again and observed a copulation. He also mentioned you attempted to follow the male but you couldn't see him carrying any nesting material. Falcons don't build nests, they are a secondary nest user and that's why I suggested to watch the female after a food transfer as she may then go to the nest. Nor do they add anything to a nest except prey once the eyasses hatch.

I apologize because the cyper gods posted it somewhere other than this thread and I couldn't find it again. So now the only help in finding them is food transfers. Both genders (especially the female) are very vocal. The male announces he is bringing prey and the female as she sees him coming to what is commonly thought of as the butchering tree. (In Goshawks it's the butchering block). Those locations are for the depluming of prey more than anything else, although the male may consume some of the item. The male rarely, if ever goes to the nest, does any incubating or brooding. His role is provider and defender.
You chances of finding the nest (though possibly not actually see it) increases greatly after hatch when more food transfers occur and there numbers increase with the growth of the eyasses. They will fledge at approx. 6 weeks and become very vocal as you might imagine prior to that stage because they can see the female meet the male and have learned what that routine means. Branching further increases the vocalizations and post fledging increases it another notch as they vocalize to siblings and food beg from adults. In residential communities people often get angrey at the amount of vocalizing and with the adults taking prey causing the passerine numbers to dip greatly as a means of survival.

Good luck with your search.  

Bill
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: parker on May 12, 2015, 08:27:55 AM
I finally tuned in this season to read some bad news.  Can someone update me on the status of Mom and Dad Hornby?  I haven't seen anything since April and it seems as though Mom hasn't been seen since March?  Heartbreaking if true.  Sorry for being so out of the loop. 
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: paintnut on May 12, 2015, 08:47:49 AM
Hi Parker - Mom did disappear.  She was last seen on March 15.  Dad is still holding the territory and there is one female who has remained from the several suitors that were around right after Mom's disappearance.  A fuller explanation can be found here   http://www.hornbyeagles.com/. (http://www.hornbyeagles.com/.)

For now it is observe the happenings and wait and see what might happen next.
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on May 16, 2015, 09:20:32 AM
 
Adding a few more fotos to the series that began here (http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=1540.msg164673#msg164673)
This is the continuation of the fly off from the His & Hers Tree.
i didn*t post them because they weren*t sharp, but today i say, what the heck.
 
may 6 2015 17:23 - Eagle leaves His & Hers Tree
 
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https://flic.kr/p/t1P649 (https://flic.kr/p/t1P649)
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: Cawatcher on May 16, 2015, 09:29:33 AM
Cool!! :thumbup:
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on May 26, 2015, 07:06:22 PM
 
i was on my way home when i spotted these two in mishi*s Tree.
It was a hot day, & Em has her wings flared, to cool off.
Dad seems to have down feathers clinging to his tail tips!  :puzzled2

may 17 2015  13:51 - Em & Dad in mishi*s Tree

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Here*s Em.

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https://flic.kr/p/tDocuT

 
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on May 26, 2015, 07:47:15 PM
 
Three days later, & they are in mishi*s Tree again.

may 20 2015  09:32 - Dad in mishi*s Tree

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They were side by side, on the same branch.
You can just see a bit of Dad on the far left here.
i thought Em was leaving, but she was just fleaping up to a higher perch branch.

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https://flic.kr/p/tmTJza

 
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on May 26, 2015, 07:49:21 PM
 
They were doing a lot of calling, & here is a video of them doing that.

may 20 2015 09:32 - Em & Dad calling in mishi*s Tree


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aB34tPhOKWc
 

 
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on May 26, 2015, 07:55:26 PM
 
This time, she really IS leaving.

may 20 2015  09:33 - Em leaves mishi*s Tree

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Dad remained.
Poor Dad.
He just does not seem his usual, proud, perky self any more.
He*s got his talons crossed, which i*d thought was a Mum thing, & there is a down feather stuck to one of them.

(https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8802/18144283235_e358c01980_b.jpg) (https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8802/18144283235_44a62bd47a_o.jpg)

(https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8761/17958013329_ec6212cf47_b.jpg) (https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8761/17958013329_6730441cd0_o.jpg)

https://flic.kr/p/tDm9Wz

 
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on May 26, 2015, 08:11:25 PM
 
i drive through the Nest neighbourhood pretty much every time i am coming home from somewhere.
Most of the time, i don*t spot an Eagle.
Seems strange, to me.
But sometimes i spot them somewhere!
Another hot day, & here is Em.

may 21 2015 15:57 - Em in The His & Hers Tree

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Nictitating membrane deployed.

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https://flic.kr/p/sGAFzi

 
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: Cawatcher on May 26, 2015, 09:56:13 PM
My hear breaks for Dad I hope if Mom is gone that he accepts this strong female... fantastic clear photos booni  :heart
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boodle317 on May 27, 2015, 05:53:54 AM
 :ecsad ((Dad))
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: paintnut on May 27, 2015, 06:45:19 AM
Thanks Booni - my heart is hurting for both of them.  Dad because he seems so forlorn these days when he is seen on cam and Em because she is trying so hard to show him she would be a great mate and he just doesn't seem to care at all. 
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: amazedbyeagles on May 27, 2015, 08:23:11 AM
 :ecsad  Wonderful photos!  Thanks for sharing!
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: ivani on May 27, 2015, 03:20:28 PM
Thank you Booni. Wonderful photos. :heart
I miss Mom... :sigh
 I hope Dad to be happy
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: OpieK on May 29, 2015, 01:43:47 PM
♥ ty Booni
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: nubchai on May 30, 2015, 08:15:59 AM
Beautiful photos Booni. I feel sorry for Dad too. He does seem different. I'm holding out hope that Mom will return by instinct after the salmon run. Hard not knowing where she is or what happened.
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: gillie on May 31, 2015, 12:52:03 AM
I think all will be revealed in October. Unfortunately a long stressful wait. But just imagine how dad is feeling, he is at a loss at what he should do. There sits Em wondering too. The pics and videos are amazing, thanks Booni:>)
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on June 02, 2015, 11:10:20 AM
 
Yay!
A Dad sighting on my way through the Nest neighbourhood.

may 25 2015 17:29 - Dad in The Peters* Tree

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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on June 02, 2015, 11:16:18 AM
 
may 25 2015 17:30:58 - Dad in The Peters* Tree

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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: gillie on June 03, 2015, 10:40:49 PM
Such handsome pics of Dad, thanx so much :ecsmile
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on June 07, 2015, 07:07:03 PM
 
i got a call that the Eagles had been eating something on the beach out front of the Nest for hours, so i went to look for what it could be.
Well, i never spotted it, but i did find two Eagles in The Glass House Trees.
They were vocalizing!

june 4 2015 16:25 - Em vocalizes, Dad beside her

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dqIYyvKy_hU
 
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on June 07, 2015, 07:17:41 PM
 
june 4 2015 16:26 - Em & Dad on Glass House Tree

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A skinny youngster flew past & Dad & Em were calling again!
The youngster flew past & looked like they were to land in The Peters* Tree, but they didn*t, they landed someplace close by!
i got this one foto of them.
Nope, not Scootch.
Looks to be a three year old Eagle, with the dark bandit eye stripe.

june 4 2015 16:52 - Eagle on Hope*s Tree

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No one gave chase.

june 4 2015 16:56 - Dad & Em on Glass House Tree

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i took that one last foto then high-tailed it over to Hope*s Tree to get fotos of the youngster!
But when i arrived, the Tree was empty.
Dad & Em were in The Peters* Tree, so she must have been chased off.
i*m posting this foto of Dad, so you can see his distinctive feather.

june 4 2015 17:01 - Dad on The Peters* Tree

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Here*s a better foto of him.

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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on June 07, 2015, 07:23:25 PM
 
june 4 2015 17:02 - Dad on The Peters* Tree

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june 4 2015 17:03 - Em & Dad on The Peters* Tree

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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on June 07, 2015, 07:30:37 PM
 
june 4 2015 17:07 - Em & Dad on The Peters* Tree

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Em yawns!

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Dad is snoozing.
It WAS pretty hot that day.

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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: Donnae on June 07, 2015, 09:35:47 PM
Great photos, as usual, thank you Booni....love seeing things through your eyes!!!!
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: eagle63 on June 08, 2015, 08:24:37 AM
Beautiful Photos Booni !!!
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boodle317 on June 08, 2015, 08:27:59 AM
what great lighting....wonderful shots booni
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: amazedbyeagles on June 08, 2015, 08:51:03 AM
Wonderful, wonderful photos!!!  Thank you so much for your efforts, all the searching and rushing about and finding great shots!   :eclove
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: nan2945 on June 08, 2015, 02:30:16 PM
it has been said already but --- wonderful pictures, Boonie - just fabulous --- THANK YOU
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: winterwren on June 16, 2015, 05:46:22 PM
About a week ago, one morning, I heard a big commotion outside. Two eagles landed in the tall firs right outside my back door! They were trilling like crazy and it sounded like Em's strange trills and some high Dad-like trills.

The ravens have been holding this area for a couple of years, having booted the crows out. I think what was new, though, is that a nestful of ravens had just fledged nearby and they were in my trees, calling in the raucous way ravenlets do.

Adult and young ravens flapped and dived at the eagles... and eventually dislodged them!

Yesterday morning... June 15... At 5:20 in the morning, I was having coffee and minding my own business when I hear a great big commotion of trills and caws again!
This time... Dad and Em seemed to hold the area! The ravens retreated and the eagle stayed on top of the perch. I couldn't see them from the ground, they were too close. I didn't hear them leave.

Now THIS morning... June 16... At 5:25 in the morning, coffee time... Here they come again!
This time I didn't see the ravens dive-bombing the eagles. The ravens were calling and raising hell, but from across the street!

Again I had to get busy so I didn't see Dad and Em leave.

Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: nubchai on June 16, 2015, 05:53:29 PM
Hi Winterwren,

Wow that had to be amazing. But why would Dad and Em be taking control of a new area? They weren't protecting a nest or anything. Is that normal eagle behavior?  Super interesting!
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: winterwren on June 18, 2015, 12:29:20 PM
Nubchai, it's not a new area. This has been near the back boundary of our eagles' territory all along, and Mom and Dad used to visit briefly once in a while. They mated in those trees once or twice a year, and they've been seen grabbing talonsfuls of grasses from the field next door. For some reason the ravens' behaviour crossed a line; or else the ravens are now making a different use of this area - nesting? teaching young? - and were the ones trying to chase the eagles off. 
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: gillie on June 19, 2015, 07:49:14 PM
Beautiful photos Booni and interesting notes Winterwren, thanx so much. Even being the other side of the world I always feel that I am on Hornby Island when I come here:>) I guess Dad and Em will soon leave to feed up on salmon and come October we will know if mum is still about. I do hope she comes back with dad. Em is beautiful though:>)
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: nubchai on June 19, 2015, 08:53:24 PM
Thanks Winterwren. I wasn't clear on the geography.  :ecsmile
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on June 23, 2015, 09:38:31 AM
 
It was low tide & there were Eagles far out on the shoreline of the rocks at Grassy Point.
Not sure who they were, though, but definitely not Mum.
i take fotos of every Eagle i see, just in case...

june 11 2015 11:19 - Eagle on Grassy Point rocks

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A little bit later, i spotted Dad!

june 11 2015 11:25 - Dad in The Babysitting Tree

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link to my fotos page - 

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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: Rajame on June 23, 2015, 10:34:57 AM
Thank you Booni! I so appreciate you taking pictures of all eagles. I am holding out hope for Mom's return. I believe in her strength and true grit. Thank you for keeping up the vigil and keeping tabs on Dad too. It touches my heart deeply.
:hug
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on June 23, 2015, 11:09:56 AM
 
The HIP Trippers treated me very well!
i was fed dinner pretty much every night!
On this night, we were out on the deck, when someone heard Orcas spouting!
Photographing Orcas is sure different than photographing Birds.
We saw this pod for over half an hour, & i only managed to get five decent fotos.
& i missed a lot of the action, focusing on focusing the camera, rather than seeing the fleeting action.
Grassy Point was full of people this night, & they were ooohing & ahhhing like there were fireworks going on.

june 13 2015 19:11 - Orca

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There was breaching & spy-hopping & tail-slapping!

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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boodle317 on June 23, 2015, 02:17:23 PM
wow!  what a thing to witness!
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: Cawatcher on June 23, 2015, 04:01:33 PM
 :eceek Fantastc catches booni!
:thumbup:
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: Donnae on June 23, 2015, 05:09:32 PM
Fantastic Booni.... oh yes... they are hard to photograph... I had a awful time the year I saw them there.  Mishi got a few good ones.. no breaching though... lucky you.  Seeing them that year really made my day!!!! 
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: Tigerlady105 on June 23, 2015, 07:45:45 PM
Wonderful shots, Booni!   :eclove
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: ivani on June 24, 2015, 10:41:30 AM
Wonderful!!!
Thank you Booni!
 :heart :eclove :heart
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: winterwren on June 24, 2015, 06:54:26 PM
For once, I was able to catch the Merlin.

That bird has been hassling the eagles for days!
Usually when I go to look, the action is over by the time I get there.

But not today... Despite the flat light I was able to get a few photos.

I still don't know if this is Dad or Em perched on the BST. This is a wet eagle, napping with one foot tucked up, belly feathers fluffed out.
June 24, 4:38 pm
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4:39:18 Merlin is calling and Eagle starts to vocalize too.
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4:39:19 That right foot comes out of the belly feathers!
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4:39:21 Full alert.
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4:39:22 Merlin is inside the branch canopy, right in front of the eagle. Click to enlarge.
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Merlin completes the swoop and escapes.
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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: winterwren on June 24, 2015, 07:06:24 PM
June 24, 4:40. Eagle is still watching that Merlin.
On this one we can clearly see the eagle's wet petticoat feathers.

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4:41 Another dive-bombing run from the Merlin.
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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: amazedbyeagles on June 24, 2015, 07:12:26 PM
Fabulous captures, Wren!  I love that there's drama here at what might be thought a "quiet" time on this nest!  Thank You for these photos!  Amazing and Exciting!  :eclove
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: winterwren on June 24, 2015, 07:27:04 PM
After that, I moved around the corner to where I've seen the Merlin perch.
There he or she was, on a tree that I suspect might hold the nest. This is very near the top of Grassy Point and within sight of the BST and eagle nest.

There seemed to be no provocation that I could sense. The merlin sat for a while, then moved to a perch across the road. Then started calling and launched to the BST again. The eagle could sense that the merlin was headed that way right from the outset and would get in defensive mode and make those calls.

Here are a few shots of the merlin, coming back to one of his or her perches, then moving on to somewhere else. All pictures were within a one-second burst.
June 24, 4:48
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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: Cawatcher on June 24, 2015, 07:28:44 PM
WOW!!! so close what was it thinking???  :eclol Thank you wren!!
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: winterwren on June 24, 2015, 11:05:04 PM
I'm reading a little more about Merlins. It seems that the bird I photographed is the female, based on her overall brown colour. From what I'm reading in BNA Online, the female would leave the nest and participate in its defence once the nestlings are grown enough not to need constant brooding.

Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boodle317 on June 25, 2015, 05:20:39 AM
Wow....would love to know where her nest is......the stress of fighting off eagles that aren't really paying attention to you anyway, must be taxing.
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: NancyM on June 25, 2015, 06:28:36 AM
great series, wren!
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: Tigerlady105 on June 25, 2015, 10:34:56 AM
Thank you, Wren, for adding your photos and 'color' commentary to what we see on the cam.   :nod2
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: ivani on June 25, 2015, 03:03:34 PM
 :eclove wonderful!!! thanks Wren!  :heart
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: winterwren on July 06, 2015, 05:54:15 PM
More merlin antics, this time from June 29.

Em's sitting on a short branch on the right side of the Babysitting Tree, and getting dive bombed every few minutes.
It strikes me that she has a protected perch here, with an umbrella branch above, and small branches in front and back.

June 29, 4:16 pm
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Here comes that merlin again. I caught some aerial acrobatics... She (I'm pretty sure it's the female again) is almost flipping upside down as she reaches the apex of her climb, but she keeps her eye on Em the whole time.
4:19
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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: Cawatcher on July 06, 2015, 06:11:47 PM
Great coverage Winterwren!!
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: winterwren on July 06, 2015, 08:28:58 PM
Thanks Cali!  :ecsmile

After that, I went around the block toward Grassy Point, hoping to find the merlin closer to home.
No such thing happened. After a few minutes, the merlin came back from the direction of the ocean, carrying prey!
There was a kerfluffle and Em Eagle took off, but I didn't catch exactly how it happened. By the time I managed to get a view of the BST, the merlin was on a branch, eating.
June 29, 4:27
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I raced back around the corner to a better view of the BST, but by then Mrs Merlin had finished her meal and was grooming herself.
4:29
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Tucking one foot up, just as the eagles do.
4:31
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4:44
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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: winterwren on July 06, 2015, 08:54:52 PM
Merlin seemed to be settled for a long snooze on the BST, so I went looking for Dad and Em.

I followed Paint's advice and went to check the Peters' Tree.

June 29, 5:07 pm
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I circled around to get more of a back view... Sure enough this is Dad, with his special feather. Em isn't anywhere to be seen.
5:10
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5:11
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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boodle317 on July 07, 2015, 05:15:04 AM
great shots!!   thank you!
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on July 11, 2015, 02:58:20 PM
 
Okay, another day when i was lucky to actually spot an Eagle on my drive through the Nest neighbourhood!
SOMEbody has an obscenely swollen crop!  :eceek

july 4 2015 13:23 - Dad in The Peters* Tree

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& this shows how i know it*s Dad.

(https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3794/18991602064_4836e51cfc_b.jpg) (https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3794/18991602064_2915bb38b4_o.jpg)

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/503/19426239220_ed1c8fcc53_b.jpg) (https://farm1.staticflickr.com/503/19426239220_9854942fa2_o.jpg)

link to my fotos page - 
 
https://flic.kr/p/uWmPiT
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on July 11, 2015, 03:12:52 PM
 
i woke up on this day to strange orange light where there should have been sunlight.
The smoke from all the wild fires near us had arrived.
There was no smell of smoke til late in the day & early the next morning, & there was ash that came through my window screens.
The light was strange all day, & for a few more days after.
This rain today may help.
i was trying to capture the strange colour of the Sun through the smoke, but the camera wasn*t showing me what i was seeing with my eye.

july 5 2015 10:04 - smokey Sun

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/271/18992185064_afd8eeb56b_b.jpg) (https://farm1.staticflickr.com/271/18992185064_818b8d4b14_o.jpg)

link to my fotos page - 
 
https://flic.kr/p/uWgUWC
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: paintnut on July 11, 2015, 05:48:13 PM
Almost otherworldly looking with the orange sky and pink sun.  We got pink sun reflections on the water for a couple of days also. Very unusual looking.
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: nubchai on July 15, 2015, 06:59:03 AM
It looks like a painting!  What causes a pink sun like that? It's beautiful. Thanks for posting it here.
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on July 15, 2015, 08:45:40 AM

nubchai, in my post of the foto of the Sun, i talk about all the wildfires that were causing the sky & Sun to look so strange on this day.
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on July 24, 2015, 10:54:17 AM
 
On this day, we had been hearing Eagle gulling calls on the cam.
This is a call that Mum makes!
There was speculation that there were three Eagles around in the Nest territory.
Who was making this call?
So when there were two Eagles spotted in the His & Hers Tree, i went down to investigate.

july 21 2015 17:46 - Dad & Em in The His & Hers Tree

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/332/19787854879_480e20fc25_b.jpg) (https://farm1.staticflickr.com/332/19787854879_9a25853184_o.jpg)

(https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3733/19786490028_779e31faba_b.jpg) (https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3733/19786490028_64626476ff_o.jpg)

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/460/19351891604_2aabeb53c9_b.jpg) (https://farm1.staticflickr.com/460/19351891604_6e2ac2c8e6_o.jpg)

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/524/19353536543_e21c4d4407_b.jpg) (https://farm1.staticflickr.com/524/19353536543_215055ec51_o.jpg)

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/354/19966849062_e7714bd0d0_b.jpg) (https://farm1.staticflickr.com/354/19966849062_29a72ec0e6_o.jpg)

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/560/19787793799_51a2a3644f_b.jpg) (https://farm1.staticflickr.com/560/19787793799_15437b1390_o.jpg)

link to my fotos page - 
 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/)
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on July 24, 2015, 11:43:54 AM
 
While i was crashing through the bush trying to get a good look at the Eagle on the right side of The His & Hers Tree, a flock of Crows were making a racket at anyone who passed by, including me!
i heard the begging sounds of youngsters, & wanted to try to get fotos of them in the hot sun.
Here is a sweet fledgling that is making begging sounds to the adult beside them.
The fledgling has a red rubbery corner of the mouth/beak

july 21 2015 17:53 - Crow fledgling & adult

(https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3833/19949039866_ae311dc182_b.jpg) (https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3833/19949039866_e894fb445b_o.jpg)

The fledgling is blinking the nictitating membrane here.

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/278/19354306483_5abfedc198_b.jpg) (https://farm1.staticflickr.com/278/19354306483_231ecda082_o.jpg)

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/399/19975268405_d3dd2fac82_b.jpg) (https://farm1.staticflickr.com/399/19975268405_48d712786d_o.jpg)

link to my fotos page -  
 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/)
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on July 24, 2015, 11:49:29 AM
 
Later we were debating who landed in the Peters* Tree & who landed in The Babysitting Tree.
Here you can see that it is Dad.
He took off first & Em left shortly after he did.

july 21 2015 18:01 - Dad in The Babysitting Tree

(https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3814/19787275340_9ee7e90c7f_b.jpg) (https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3814/19787275340_b433b7838d_o.jpg)

From the cam, there is an area on the left side of The Babysitting Tree that is all red, indicating the branch is not alive any more.
i finally took a foto of this area.
Not sure if it is a large broken branch caught up in there or what?
There WAS a large branch that broke off from the trunk right beside where the long bare branch joins the trunk.
Not sure if this is it.

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/378/19980454431_d13e2af905_b.jpg) (https://farm1.staticflickr.com/378/19980454431_2de75ccd9d_o.jpg)

link to my fotos page - 
 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/)
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on July 24, 2015, 12:20:17 PM
 
Here*s a jiggly zoomed-in video of the Crow fledgling & the adult.
i was trying to capture the begging vocalization.
You can hear a sibling or another fledgling also making the begging sound in the background.

july 21 2015 17:53 - Crow fledgling & adult

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L6yRniMWt4M

Here they are again from a different angle.
i am using my car to steady the camera.

july 21 2015 17:56 - Crow fledgling & adult


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aIT9P88y5zE

& here is one of the adults, panting in the hot sun.

july 21 2015 17:57 - Crow adult


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=INV22eV1GFY

link to my fotos page - 
 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/)
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: Rajame on July 24, 2015, 08:35:39 PM
Thank you Booni! I feel like I am there with you! :hug
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: nubchai on July 26, 2015, 06:31:01 PM
Thanks Booni!  It's amazing!




nubchai, in my post of the foto of the Sun, i talk about all the wildfires that were causing the sky & Sun to look so strange on this day.
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: gillie on July 31, 2015, 02:47:52 AM
Amazing pics, thanx Booni :ecsmile
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on August 04, 2015, 06:54:04 PM
 
cali called & told me that she thought there was an Eaglet on mishi*s Tree.
The video via the cam for this event is here. (http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=1602.msg166641#msg166641)
Sure enough, there was!
Here is a shaky zoomed in video of them.
This shows you what it is like taking fotos with my P900 on full zoom.
i hold my breath & hold the camera as still as i can, but it is very difficult to keep the subject in the frame.
& the click of the shutter is just enough to push the subject out of the frame.
It is a bit frustrating sometimes!

august 4 2015 09:39 - perhaps the Ninelet in mishi*s Tree
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NPltkiv7n_k
 
link to my fotos page -  
 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/)
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on August 04, 2015, 07:15:05 PM
 
Here are the fotos i managed to snag.

august 4 2015 09:38 - Eaglet in mishi*s Tree
 
(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/319/20114936870_852a28edfe_b.jpg) (https://farm1.staticflickr.com/319/20114936870_a6869b9dff_o.jpg)
 
(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/270/19680315254_38f78a1d08_b.jpg) (https://farm1.staticflickr.com/270/19680315254_c5ba3702c4_o.jpg)
 
(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/514/20308943101_b29ff1b1ee_b.jpg) (https://farm1.staticflickr.com/514/20308943101_602f14480e_o.jpg)
 
(https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3764/20116319519_da48d2785c_b.jpg) (https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3764/20116319519_2597182c8b_o.jpg)

There they go!
 
(https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3789/20294585582_50b0f46e2c_b.jpg) (https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3789/20294585582_417b7dee5e_o.jpg)
 
(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/361/20302937745_ab670549cd_b.jpg) (https://farm1.staticflickr.com/361/20302937745_b751b8c0d8_o.jpg)

The Eaglet soared straight over into Niner territory, then came back & circled over mishi*s Tree a few times, then i lost sight of them.
So, likely this is the Ninelet!
Two days ago, what was likely an Eaglet was spotted in Gregg*s Tree by the cam operator.
Was this the same Eaglet here? (http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=1602.msg166612#msg166612)
They wouldn*t have been tolerated in either of these Trees, if Mum & Dad were around.
They would have gently escorted the young one away, back to their own territory.
 
link to my fotos page - 
 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/)
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boodle317 on August 05, 2015, 05:59:57 AM
awwww what a beauty!
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on August 05, 2015, 08:58:38 PM
 
Another Eagle spotted on mishi*s Tree from the cam!
Was it the Eaglet again?
 
august 5 2015 09:34 - Eagle on mishi*s Tree
 
(https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3762/19710819934_022a071d74_b.jpg) (https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3762/19710819934_81ee64bf4c_o.jpg)

Nope!
Maybe a four year old Eagle?
Yellow yellow beak & eye, lovely tail feathers with lots of brown still in there, head feathers turning white with lots of brown still in there too.
If so, this could be Alexandra or David!
 
(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/522/19710803694_8cc5be7475_b.jpg) (https://farm1.staticflickr.com/522/19710803694_e1575c39c2_o.jpg)
 
(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/377/20145374030_e39806bea6_b.jpg) (https://farm1.staticflickr.com/377/20145374030_bb1d8d77a6_o.jpg)

Top of head still has quite a bit of dark in there.
 
(https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3797/20307214646_449af44ebd_b.jpg) (https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3797/20307214646_60fbac4221_o.jpg)

Standing on one foot, relaxed.
 
(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/471/20333464115_e619dd572a_b.jpg) (https://farm1.staticflickr.com/471/20333464115_1a4ffaa1ed_o.jpg)

It had rained this morning a bit, which probably felt pretty good after all our dry & hot, & this Eagle was preening & preening.
i had to wait for them to bring their head up from their preening.

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/517/19710808454_c39f8d1eea_b.jpg) (https://farm1.staticflickr.com/517/19710808454_3d7b020b26_o.jpg)
 
link to my fotos page - 
 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/)
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: winterwren on August 11, 2015, 11:14:19 AM
Around 4 pm yesterday, I went to Grassy Point to launch my canoe.
There was a helicopter on the point! Norm Snihur was just taking off. I asked bystanders what had happened. As I expected, Norm had come to pick up a baby seal.
I was glad to see that the people who found the seal figured out what to do without calling us.
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: jeavverhey on August 11, 2015, 12:39:57 PM
WTG Hornbyites :thumbup: and thanks to HEART for teaching by example :heart
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: gillie on August 23, 2015, 03:52:53 AM
Great pics. Has anyone seen Dad Hornby and Em lately?
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: winterwren on August 23, 2015, 09:08:54 AM
Gillie, Em and Dad seem to be really gone now, as are most of the eagles of Hornby Island. Only a few families with later-fledging offspring remain, until the eaglets are strong enough for distance flights; and we see travelling eagles stopping over from time to time.
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: gillie on August 24, 2015, 09:47:00 PM
Thanx Winterwren. Wonder what will happy come October........... Guess we have to wait and see. It is so worrying wondering about Mum Hornby. Thanx so much everyone for the amazing pics and videos, I almost feel as though I am there with you. :ecsmile
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: nubchai on August 27, 2015, 07:56:35 AM
I hope we get good news about Mom Hornby.  When do the eagles return from the salmon run up north? For some reason I thought it was October.  Thanks.
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on August 27, 2015, 08:44:48 AM

Early october the adult nesting pairs seem to return, nubchai.
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: nubchai on August 28, 2015, 11:51:42 AM
Thanks Booni. My fingers are crossed.
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on August 29, 2015, 12:35:31 PM

Mine are too, nubchai.  :nod2

Okay.
So, often unfortunately, some of my best fotos never get uploaded.
i get distracted by current fotos, & never get back to the older gooder ones.
That is the case with this album of fotos.
i spent two hours with Mum & Dad this day, taking assessment fotos of Mum.
& it was an interesting day!
i seem to remember a youngster or two dropping in & visiting & it was a bit funny.
& then Mum disappeared, & i wondered whether i should even post these fotos now.
But it is a nice rainy day today, & i am all caught up on current fotos, so i am returning to this album.
i took almost 800 fotos that day!
So that makes it a daunting process to go through them.
Here is the continuation of the assessment fotos of Mum.
i first started posting these here (http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=1540.msg162369#msg162369)
 
march 14 2015 14:37:44 - Mum in the Babysitting Tree
 
(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/722/20795775180_bb366964c7_b.jpg) (https://farm1.staticflickr.com/722/20795775180_de3d3b7ae1_o.jpg)
 
(https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5783/20974006892_1293334d02_b.jpg) (https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5783/20974006892_1309e28a83_o.jpg)
 
(https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5636/20957613756_89ea73f03a_b.jpg) (https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5636/20957613756_d7b37fd2f7_o.jpg)

Some close-ups now.
You can see that Mum is opening that left eye now, but also still resting it.
 
(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/599/20983846475_9dd5f85808_o.jpg) (https://farm1.staticflickr.com/599/20983846475_9dd5f85808_o.jpg)
 
(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/683/20797044949_037b81d24a_o.jpg) (https://farm1.staticflickr.com/683/20797044949_037b81d24a_o.jpg)

& she is well aware that i am there photographing.

(https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5780/20362786003_e8732ac512_b.jpg) (https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5780/20362786003_c100a5925c_o.jpg)

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/598/20991340791_e17d29a4bd_o.jpg) (https://farm1.staticflickr.com/598/20991340791_e17d29a4bd_o.jpg)

Yes, i love you, too, Mum.  :heart
She is looking at me from her bad eye.

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/752/20795768100_614fcd342c_o.jpg) (https://farm1.staticflickr.com/752/20795768100_614fcd342c_o.jpg)
 
link to my fotos page - 
 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/)
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on August 29, 2015, 01:03:25 PM
 
Ohhhhhh!
Yipppeeeeeeeeeeeee!
& then Dad flies in & joins her after 415 fotos of just Mum!
& he is MAGNIFICENT!
& so is Mum!
It is SO NICE to see them again!
 
march 14 2015 15:35 - Dad flies in, Mum in the Babysitting Tree
 
(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/634/20362784643_4e75017b94_b.jpg) (https://farm1.staticflickr.com/634/20362784643_70db4769a2_o.jpg)
 
(https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5741/20983844945_0b238a477a_b.jpg) (https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5741/20983844945_8106bd59fb_o.jpg)

Look how vital Dad is, when Mum is around!
 
(https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5642/20362719013_e25fe57ef1_b.jpg) (https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5642/20362719013_b2b858e14f_o.jpg)
 
(https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5836/20983787415_11eb5b5f7c_b.jpg) (https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5836/20983787415_584d2bc3d8_o.jpg)
 
(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/726/20795761300_9dff3c0992_b.jpg) (https://farm1.staticflickr.com/726/20795761300_1aa2cb2854_o.jpg)
 
link to my fotos page -  
 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/)
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on August 29, 2015, 01:11:20 PM
 
march 14 2015 15:35:42:20 - Dad flies in, Mum in the Babysitting Tree

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/719/20796977959_d279d93acb_b.jpg) (https://farm1.staticflickr.com/719/20796977959_f37d9b0fde_o.jpg)

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/634/20796971139_fac8c7b3ab_b.jpg) (https://farm1.staticflickr.com/634/20796971139_aa517e6d0d_o.jpg)

(https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5650/20361154124_b53fd36200_b.jpg) (https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5650/20361154124_f1ed31e42a_o.jpg)

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/564/20991245121_504bceebb6_b.jpg) (https://farm1.staticflickr.com/564/20991245121_b480168496_o.jpg)

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/588/20361216404_a4e87f9891_b.jpg) (https://farm1.staticflickr.com/588/20361216404_4bcb547acf_o.jpg)

link to my fotos page - 
 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/)

 
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on August 29, 2015, 01:36:21 PM
 
i think Dad has jiggled Mum on her perch, or maybe she is just stretching, but i seem to remember Dad jouncing that perch branch they are both on.

march 14 2015 15:35:44 - Dad & Mum in the Babysitting Tree

(https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5803/20973987642_d5ac80b4eb_b.jpg) (https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5803/20973987642_ff2433644b_o.jpg)

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/709/20362684243_67ed30778e_b.jpg) (https://farm1.staticflickr.com/709/20362684243_45cc10fc1e_o.jpg)

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/596/20983756275_ee6d0ba6ab_b.jpg) (https://farm1.staticflickr.com/596/20983756275_bc3b004944_o.jpg)

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/723/20991305331_da6ac992f3_b.jpg) (https://farm1.staticflickr.com/723/20991305331_23f288527b_o.jpg)

(https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5778/20991302551_6097dba8ec_b.jpg) (https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5778/20991302551_621582d6ec_o.jpg)

link to my fotos page - 
 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/)

 
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on August 29, 2015, 01:43:56 PM
 
march 14 2015 15:35:46:40 - Dad & Mum in the Babysitting Tree

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/593/20795676010_828445a41c_b.jpg) (https://farm1.staticflickr.com/593/20795676010_b493cf3079_o.jpg)

(https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5819/20362673033_4d253e2128_b.jpg) (https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5819/20362673033_89cd8c9326_o.jpg)

Even injured, look how magnificent Mum is!

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/757/20362741283_585764a515_b.jpg) (https://farm1.staticflickr.com/757/20362741283_e1ec2081f5_o.jpg)

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/598/20361129164_e3026450e2_b.jpg) (https://farm1.staticflickr.com/598/20361129164_26b3d21ee2_o.jpg)

(https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5738/20957489286_5844105942_b.jpg) (https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5738/20957489286_42bfc16e83_o.jpg)

(https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5736/20957560736_a4febc29e3_b.jpg) (https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5736/20957560736_5998e3492d_o.jpg)

link to my fotos page -  
 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/)

 
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on August 29, 2015, 01:57:33 PM
 
march 14 2015 15:35:48:40 - Dad & Mum in the Babysitting Tree

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/765/20991216781_e0a4fdae28_b.jpg) (https://farm1.staticflickr.com/765/20991216781_57c0c2eefc_o.jpg)

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link to my fotos page - 
 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/)

 
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on August 29, 2015, 02:11:27 PM
 
march 14 2015 15:35:51 - Dad & Mum in the Babysitting Tree

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link to my fotos page - 
 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/)

 
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on August 29, 2015, 03:24:23 PM
 
cali said Dad had Fish scales stuck to his beak.
i had thought they were down feathers.
But i do believe cali is right!
In this video, Dad feaks his beak on the branch & also picks Fish scales from his toes.
Dad looks ready to spring off any second.
He has his wings slightly open.
& this video shows you how bouncy that branch is.
Mum has to hang on!
Dad spots me, in this video.
You can see they are both on high alert!
i remember there were other Eagles around, on this day.
i guess because there was Herring available.

march 14 2015 15:36 - Dad feaking with Mum in the Babysitting Tree

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=42sULN4Juws

link to my fotos page - 
 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/)

 
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on August 29, 2015, 03:27:56 PM
 
Here*s Dad feaking his beak, & if you look at the large size closely, you can see a Fish scale falling below his beak!

march 14 2015 15:36 - Dad & Mum in the Babysitting Tree

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march 14 2015 15:39 - Dad in the Babysitting Tree

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There goes Dad again!

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Mum is hanging onto that bouncy branch.

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link to my fotos page -  
 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/)

 
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on August 29, 2015, 03:35:01 PM
 
Mum having to re-arrange her perch again.

march 14 2015 15:40:43 - Mum in the Babysitting Tree

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& a pretty good view of her left eye open here.

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link to my fotos page - 
 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/)

 
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on August 29, 2015, 03:37:23 PM
 
So nice to hear them both again!

march 14 2015 15:46 - Mum & Dad in The Babysitting Tree

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OIPR9uU-iU0

link to my fotos page - 
 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/)

 
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: Cawatcher on August 29, 2015, 04:43:08 PM
 :heart :heart :heart Thank you for this treat booni Dad does look friskie and mom although beat up, vibrant and telling all this is her domain
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on August 29, 2015, 06:52:18 PM
 
march 14 2015 15:41 - Mum in the Babysitting Tree

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Ahhhh, THAT*S why she is trilling.
Here comes Dad again!
He is landing in a different branch this time.

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link to my fotos page -  
 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/)

 
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on August 29, 2015, 06:55:07 PM
 
Mum is definitely on alert.
Look at her focus here.

march 14 2015 15:41:57 - Mum in the Babysitting Tree

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link to my fotos page - 
 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/)

 
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on August 29, 2015, 07:15:56 PM
 
Dad is trilling, Mum is doing a bit of a display, likely because of another Eagle in the territory.

march 14 2015 15:52 - Mum in the Babysitting Tree

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Look at her left foot & talons!

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link to my fotos page - 
 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/)

 
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: Donnae on August 29, 2015, 07:56:30 PM
Thanks Booni for posting these photos of Mom and Dad...... I so miss Mom.... so it is great to see her again even if it is photos and videos... xoxo
 :heart  :heart  :heart
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on August 29, 2015, 08:04:16 PM
 
Mum & Dad are hooting & hollering again.
Can you see why?

march 14 2015 16:03 - Mum & Dad in the Babysitting Tree, a visitor arrives

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What a beautiful Eagle!

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link to my fotos page -  
 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/)

 
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on August 29, 2015, 08:07:47 PM
 
march 14 2015 16:03:17 - Mum & Dad in the Babysitting Tree, a visitor arrives

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link to my fotos page - 
 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/)

 
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on August 29, 2015, 08:21:04 PM
 
march 14 2015 16:03 - Mum & Dad & visitor in The Babysitting Tree

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=stAeFBaW2sA

link to my fotos page - 
 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/)

 
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on August 29, 2015, 08:32:12 PM
 
march 14 2015 16:09 - visiting Eagle leaves the Babysitting Tree

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There they go!

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Beautiful beautiful tail feathers.

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march 14 2015 16:11 - Mum shuggles in the Babysitting Tree

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The light was fading, so i had to leave...

link to my fotos page -  
 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/)

 
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: NancyM on August 30, 2015, 03:17:07 PM
(((Mom)))

Thanks, booni, for the awesome photos.
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boodle317 on August 30, 2015, 06:23:28 PM
(((Mom)))

Thanks, booni, for the awesome photos.


ditto this ^^^

wonderful to see her again...even though injured.   :eccry
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: ivani on August 31, 2015, 04:03:32 PM
Booni thank you for these pictures as wonderful and the amazing videos!
I looked long each picture and when I reached the end I started to cry.
Missing Mom. I hope she's well and go back to Dad and to us.
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: Faerie Gardener on August 31, 2015, 06:19:14 PM
(((Mom))).  She does seem to favor that right foot in these videos and pictures. Thanks so much, Booni. So nice to hear them.
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: jeavverhey on September 01, 2015, 06:04:11 AM
The young eagle must have been a relative? Alerts but no chase off. I am holding breath until October, - :ecrolleyes  also fingers and toes crossed. :pray
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on September 01, 2015, 11:23:59 AM
 
i started posting fotos from this day here. (http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=1540.msg162050#msg162050)
There was a lot of action that day, but i focused on posting assessment fotos of Mum.
Then i never got back to these fotos til today.
So here is what else happened that day.
Mum had been trilling & trilling, all by herself in The Babysitting Tree.
Then the reason for the trilling flew in!
 
march 6 2015 15:35 - Mum in The Babysitting Tree, visitor flies in
 
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Look at that beautiful tail!
 
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Mum continues to call out, but does nothing to stop the youngster from landing.
 
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Here*s the young beauty.
Perhaps a three year old with the distinctive eye stripe of that age, eye getting lighter brown, beak turning very yellow.
 
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link to my fotos page -  
 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/)
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on September 01, 2015, 11:29:38 AM
 
march 6 2015 15:35:48 - visitor in the tippy top of The Babysitting Tree
 
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This youngster is Hali*s age!
 
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link to my fotos page - 
 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/)
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on September 01, 2015, 11:33:08 AM
 
march 6 2015 15:36:31 - visitor in The Babysitting Tree
 
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Mum is still trilling & cachunking away.
 
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The youngster is thinking, *Uh, oh, do i need to skeedaddle??*

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link to my fotos page - 
 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/)
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: amazedbyeagles on September 01, 2015, 07:09:16 PM
Thanks for the photos, Booni!  Seems forever since we've seen eagles!!!   :eclove
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boodle317 on September 01, 2015, 07:13:32 PM
what a beauty!  :heart
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: Donnae on September 01, 2015, 11:05:22 PM
Great photos Booni... thanks.
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: jeavverhey on September 02, 2015, 04:34:10 PM
If that was our Hali/Elizabeth she is one fine looking eagle!  :nod2 :thumbup:
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on September 04, 2015, 11:10:58 AM
 
Okay!
Here is the reason the youngster was thinking it was time to leave!
Here comes Dad!
& somehow, there has been communication between Dad & the visitor, so that the visitor feels safe to stay put.
Amazing.
 
march 6 2015 15:37 - Mum & visitor in The Babysitting Tree Dad flies in
 
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Mum is trilling & cachunking in the lower left corner.
 
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link to my fotos page - 
 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/)
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on September 04, 2015, 11:17:04 AM
 
march 6 2015 15:37:09 - Mum & visitor in The Babysitting Tree Dad flies in
 
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Mum & Dad continue to trill.
Here is why.
Like it isn*t crowded enough in there already, another Eagle flies in & lands!
& this one, by their markings, might well be Scootch!
Dad gets himself a bit off balance when the youngster lands.
 
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Still landing, close in to the trunk there.
Notice there is a huge cavity in the trunk.
We might be losing the top of the Tree at some point soon.
 
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Magnificent Dad up close.
 
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link to my fotos page - 
 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/)
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on September 04, 2015, 11:22:40 AM
 
march 6 2015 15:37:36:70 - Dad in The Babysitting Tree another visitor flies in
 
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See Scootch change perch branches.
That stubby one isn*t enough for her.
 
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(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/698/20955991649_62b236a545_b.jpg) (https://farm1.staticflickr.com/698/20955991649_3cc1d4fc94_o.jpg)

Are those Scootch*s white tail tips?

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link to my fotos page -  
 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/)
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: Cawatcher on September 04, 2015, 01:52:13 PM
 :thumbup: :eceek What a series!!!
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: paintnut on September 04, 2015, 01:56:19 PM
What a great series of photos - thank you Booni
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on September 06, 2015, 10:48:56 AM
 
& there*s more!
i am SO GLAD to be able to get back to posting the fotos from this day!

Okay, so here is our youngster, still gorgeous, at the tippy top of The Babysitting Tree.

march 6 2015 15:39 - visitor in The Babysitting Tree

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This foto shows the gash injury on the back of Mum*s head.
All three are looking at the same something.

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& there goes Mum! off to chase whatever it is, likely another Eagle, not welcome in the territory.

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& the youngster is watching Mum go with great attention!

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link to my fotos page - 
 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/)
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on September 06, 2015, 10:54:25 AM
 
march 6 2015 15:42:13:60 - Mum leaves The Babysitting Tree

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Once again, there is some kind of wonderful communication going on, because now the youngster is convinced it*s time to go!

march 6 2015 15:42:13 - visitor leaves The Babysitting Tree

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link to my fotos page - 
 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/)
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on September 06, 2015, 11:02:51 AM
 
march 6 2015 15:42:29 - visitor leaves The Babysitting Tree

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& here*s why!

march 6 2015 15:42:32:80 - Mum returns to The Babysitting Tree

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You can really see well, the warbles in Mum*s primaries here, a sign of poor nutrition when those feathers were growing.

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link to my fotos page - 
 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/)
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on September 06, 2015, 11:18:06 AM
 
march 6 2015 15:42:33:50 - Mum returns to The Babysitting Tree

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(okay, some photography talk now, for those who might be interested.
i pretty much post my fotos as they are taken by the camera.
i don*t have any fancy Photoshop program or anything, & i don*t want to.
i almost always crop my fotos, & sometimes i brighten or darken them, but that is about it.
It is always the best to have your camera settings set correctly when you take the foto, rather than fudging with it afterwards in a foto editing program.
Unfortunately, this whole day of fotos was shot a bit dark.
It is hard with Eagles, because you have to balance your exposure between the bright white head & tail feathers, & the dark body feathering.
& then there is light to take into consideration.
The head might be well-lit, but the body be in shadow.
The underside of the wings & tail are often in shadow.
i should have upped my ISO setting on this day, to expose the fotos more than i did.
They are all quite dark.
i tried brightening the fotos, in my foto editing software program, but it just looked crummy.
Left alone, they were all a bit disappointingly dark.
Then i discovered something called D-Lighting HS in the foto editing software.
i slid the dial over & suddenly underexposed areas came out of the shadows!
So these fotos have almost all been adjusted,using this feature.
To me, i can see it.
If you don*t expose the foto properly at the time you are taking it, you can*t just make details in your negative/foto file, that are just not there
So, this fudging kind of shows.
Dad looks a bit overblown, & there is something about the overall colouring that is a bit like lovely sunset light, which it wasn*t, at the time.
But, i am quite pleased with how this feature has rescued a lot of the details that were lost in shadow, in the originals.
Always better to take the foto properly in the first place though!
Your camera & mine actually have a D-Lighting setting, to make bright areas not too bright, & dark areas not too dark.
i am playing with these setting from now on, & paying better attention to my ISO settings too.
So, now here is the foto with the D-Lighting adjusted.
Look how Dad*s head is way too bright, but we can see nice features on Mum*s shadowed underside.

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Now here is the same foto with the D-Lighting NOT adjusted.
Look how much better Dad comes out, but how dark Mum now is.
You have decide what is important in the foto, that you want to show.)

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link to my fotos page - 
 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/)
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on September 06, 2015, 11:26:28 AM
 
i didn*t adjust D-Lighting in this one.

You can see the wet wound on Mum*s left thigh really well in this foto.

march 6 2015 15:42:34:90 - Mum returns to The Babysitting Tree

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This one i did.

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This one i didn*t.

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This one i did.

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Still another 100 fotos to go through, from the 400 i took that day...

link to my fotos page -  
 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/)
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: Cawatcher on September 08, 2015, 08:37:46 AM
Mom sure endured a lot of strikes, I hope infection didnt set in  :ecsad
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on September 08, 2015, 10:19:32 AM
 
There goes Mum again!
Still on duty.

march 6 2015 15:52 - Mum leaves the tippy top of The Babysitting Tree

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i lightened this one, to show Mum*s underside better.
You can see her leg wound again here.

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link to my fotos page - 
 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/)
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on September 10, 2015, 10:03:29 AM
 
Mum came back right away & landed lower down in The Babysitting Tree.
Dad remained where he was.
i am posting these last three fotos, as there is good lighting to document Mum*s head injuries.
 
march 6 2015 15:54 - Mum in The Babysitting Tree
 
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link to my fotos page - 
 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/)
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: Donnae on September 10, 2015, 10:31:48 AM
Awww Mom sure got hurt badly.... I am still hoping.. silly as it maybe to some.  I really miss her.
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: Rajame on September 10, 2015, 10:48:32 AM
I feel the same way Donnae. I am thankful to Booni for posting these very detailed photos. Perhaps we should all be asking what we would truly want for Mom?

Anyway, I continue to hope for the best for Mom, but know that the ultimate healing for her may be flying over the Rainbow bridge.

When October comes, we will know more.

My love for Mom and Dad can be felt throughout my heart, soul and body. I literally ache for her and Dad too. I know I am not alone.

:hearts
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: Tigerlady105 on September 10, 2015, 10:52:55 AM
I feel sad when looking at her injuries...sure hope she was able to heal.   :heart
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: jeavverhey on September 11, 2015, 05:57:12 AM
I'm with yo Raj - stubbornly clinging to hope - but only if it includes quality of life for her - even for a short old age. :eclove
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on September 11, 2015, 09:08:44 AM
 
These were severe injuries indeed!
What has me keeping up the hope, is that Mum hung in there for two weeks, was eating & looking stronger & healing in those last fotos of her.
My little fantasy is that she went off to follow the food, there were too many other Eagles around for her to defend the territory in the condition she was in.
So, she is eating & healing up, & i hope to see her in october.

Now, going back to another album of fotos that i never got a chance to finish.
i posted some assessment fotos of Mum here, (http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=1540.msg161918#msg161918) but MUCH more happened that day!
This was the day after we first noticed on the cam that something looked wrong with Mum.
i had gone down there after work & caught that video.
i remember being terribly shocked by what i saw, when i looked at the fotos on my camera as i took them.
So, the next day, i went down there a few times & spent time with Mum with my good camera.

While i was photographing Mum on the Nest, this gorgeous youngster landed in Gregg*s Tree low down & handy for me to photograph!
It seemed to me that this Eagle was there for a long time, but now that i check the time stamps of the fotos, it was actually only two minutes!
Notice all the blood red Fish scales stuck to this Eagle*s beak, & there is blood on a tail feather.

march 3 2015 10:49 - visitor Eagle in Gregg*s Tree

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Perhaps a two year old, just beginning their third year?
Developing the eye stripe of a three year old, beak getting a lot more yellow, eye still brown, but more of a yellow brown now, & lovely tail feathers becoming more white!

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This could be Hali!

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i took a couple of videos.
The colouring of this Eagle looks more like it really was, in the video.
In the fotos, the Eagle looks a lighter, more reddy brown.

march 3 2015 10:50 - visitor Eagle in Gregg*s Tree

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B3bcCa5haac

link to my fotos page - 
 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/)
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on September 11, 2015, 09:20:23 AM
 
While i was focused on the youngster, Mum flew from the Nest to The Babysitting Tree, where Dad was already perched.
Perhaps this was why they youngster left.
At one point, Dad suddenly took off.
Mum looked like she was going to too, but then changed her mind.
i like this view of her lovely fanned tail & petticoat feathers!
She looked about to take off, but then didn*t.
& then she did.

march 3 2015 10:55 - Mum in the Babysitting Tree

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Here is Dad returning.
His beak looks like he*s been eating, too.

march 3 2015 10:55 - Dad in the Babysitting Tree

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Now, here*s Mum returning too.
Look how well she is doing, considering her grievous injuries!

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link to my fotos page - 
 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/)
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on September 11, 2015, 09:28:06 AM
 
& then another visitor arrives!
Could this be Scootch again?

march 3 2015 11:04 - Dad & Mum in the Babysitting Tree visitor arrives

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Oops, same foto, only this one i used the D-Lighting to lighten it up a bit.

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Ha ha, sweet youngster, landing right in there with Mum & Dad!
Look at all those lovely white feathers with brown tipping.

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Dad seems to be checking the youngster out.

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i love all the white tipping on the head feathers!
Eaglets have those.

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link to my fotos page - 
 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/)
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on September 11, 2015, 09:35:17 AM
 
march 3 2015 11:04 - Dad & Mum in the Babysitting Tree with a visitor

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=14YEoQoLgR4

Dad has spotted something.
& so  has the youngster.

march 3 2015 11:05:21 - Dad & visitor in the Babysitting Tree

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There goes Dad!
& the youngster is startled, maybe thinking Dad is coming for her.

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Dad wants the youngster*s perch branch.

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The youngster*s feet & legs are all over the place as they get the heck out of there!

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& there she goes, as Dad lands where she was.

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link to my fotos page - 
 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/)
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on September 11, 2015, 10:26:09 AM
 
& you*re not gonna believe where the youngster landed!
This was the very same branch that Scootch re-appeared in, that early monday morning she returned, after falling from a branch in this same Tree, lower down.
We looked all over for her, & never found her anywhere, for over two days, then suddenly, there she was!
What a joy it was to see her again!
Here, she is changing to the feathering of a two year old Eagle.
The top of the head is lightening, & the breast feathers are very white, especially against the line where the breast turns to the very dark brown head feathering.

march 3 2015 11:05 - visitor in Gregg*s Tree

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Looking towards Mum & Dad in The Babysitting Tree.
Are they gonna come chase me away from here, too?
Looks like her leg feathers are wet.

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Turning on the branch.
Look at the wet leg feathers here, & the lovely yellow feet!

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Goofy youngster, still learning how to do things.

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Getting her footing on the branch.

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link to my fotos page - 
 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/)
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on September 11, 2015, 10:33:25 AM
 
march 3 2015 11:06:16:50 - visitor in Gregg*s Tree

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Turning to face me again, yay!
Look how black the beak still is, with a bit of yellow starting to creep in.
You can see the lightening crown feathers well here.

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Keeping an eye on Mum & Dad in The Babysitting Tree.

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Lovely crown feathers visible as she preens her breast a bit.

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Taking a look at the camera & the photographer.  :heart
Lovely brown eye already changing from the dark brown of the Eaglet.

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link to my fotos page - 
 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/)
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: Tigerlady105 on September 11, 2015, 11:37:26 AM
Thank you for these wonderful photos and your comments, booni!  Sigh... many memories...

 :heart
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on September 11, 2015, 07:37:15 PM
 
Thanks to cali & Dawn who called me, i went down & got to take fotos of who i believe is the finally-fledged Ninelet on The Babysitting Tree of all places!
 
september 11 2015 13:59 - Ninelet on the tippy top of The Babysitting Tree
 
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https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/)
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: Cawatcher on September 11, 2015, 08:08:07 PM
 :eclove Thanks for going to look booni!! what an awesome bird!  :eceek
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: Donnae on September 11, 2015, 08:48:06 PM
Great photos Booni.... fine looking eaglet... do hope parent and eaglet make it for some of the salmon run.
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boodle317 on September 12, 2015, 05:24:50 AM
what a beauty!  Wow  middle of September!  I bet his parents are beyond ready to get to salmon!
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: boonibarb on September 12, 2015, 06:57:27 PM
 
Looking towards Mum & Dad, who are still perched in The Babysitting Tree, Scootch decides it*s time to skeedaddle!

march 3 2015 11:14 - visitor leaves Gregg*s Tree

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link to my fotos page - 
 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/)

 
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: Cawatcher on September 12, 2015, 07:11:32 PM
Fantastic!!!  :thumbup:
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: jeavverhey on September 13, 2015, 02:01:08 AM
beautiful eagle - so glad you are there and willing to get the pics (((((Booni))))))
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: amazedbyeagles on September 14, 2015, 09:21:47 AM
Wonderful Wonderful photos, Booni!!  Thank you so much!  Though it hurts to see Mom's injuries, it's as though we're looking at her still alive and strengthening!  Gives me a pang of sorrow and a spark of hope!  Thank You!  And the photos of Scootch are fabulous, too!  Must be Scootch!  Landing on her branch above the cam,where she appeared after her "lost weekend"!  Thank you! :eclove :eclove
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: NancyM on September 23, 2015, 10:49:02 AM
Eagles showed up earlier than expected in September 2015.  :eceek

The posts about those eagles, with booni's and wren's photos, have been moved to a new topic: here (http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=1604.0)
http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=1604.0 (http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=1604.0)
Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
Post by: nubchai on September 26, 2015, 08:15:59 PM
Booni thanks for the photos. Mum did take a beating.  When I found out she had gone missing I went back to look at the videos of her, including the last day she was seen. From the time she was injured to the time she left, she was eating, flying and really looked very strong.  On the last video she was in the nest by herself. There had been an influx of more eagles due to some sort of feeding frenzy going on in the water.  What I remember is that she was looking strong, but nervous as other eagles flew overhead. Then she started jumping up and down in the nest and calling out, it seemed angrily.  I still think she left because she was weakened by the fight where she was injured, felt intimidated by all of the aggressive eagles, and went off to follow the food as Booni said. I really hope we see her again in October.