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Mom & Dad Hornby's Nest & Territory => 2015-2016 (no eggs, Dad adjusts to losing Mom) => Topic started by: boonibarb on September 21, 2015, 08:37:45 PM



Title: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: boonibarb on September 21, 2015, 08:37:45 PM
 
Okay, so thanks to Dawn & cali for calling me & letting me know that there was an Eagle in The Babysitting Tree today.
& the Eagle waited til i was free to go down there!
& then stayed some more!
Who IS this Eagle.
 
september 21 2015 17:20 - Eagle & Starling in The Babysitting Tree

Look at the beautiful Starling with the Eagle in these first few!
i almost missed the Starling, because i was focused on the Eagle.
 
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Wanted to see the back of the head, first of all.
Definitely not Mum.
 
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(https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/682/21614634365_72bd0797bb_b.jpg) (https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/682/21614634365_741395911b_o.jpg)

This Eagle has a very sweet face.
 
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Doesn*t look like Dad or Em, to me.
 
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link to my fotos page - 
 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/)


Title: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: boonibarb on September 21, 2015, 08:43:07 PM
 
The Eagle was doing a lot of preening.
Look at the nice Bird house in the trunk just over the head.
 
september 21 2015 17:25 - Eagle in The Babysitting Tree
 
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Beautiful bright yellow beak, & lovely white head & tail feathers on this one.
 
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There seem to be some dark tail tips in there!
 
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(https://c2.staticflickr.com/6/5821/21603165662_1990facbee_b.jpg) (https://c2.staticflickr.com/6/5821/21603165662_cfb8d7ae99_o.jpg)

Something was catching the Eagle*s eye.
 
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link to my fotos page -  
 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/)


Title: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: boonibarb on September 21, 2015, 08:47:39 PM
 
september 21 2015 17:33 - Eagle in The Babysitting Tree
 
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Not sure what was up there.
 
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Another angle on back of head.
 
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link to my fotos page -  
 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/)


Title: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: Donnae on September 21, 2015, 08:52:09 PM
Thanks Booni.... I agree... that is one gorgeous eagle!!!!  So early to be back too.... but who it is .... I sure don't know.


Title: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: Cawatcher on September 21, 2015, 09:13:37 PM
 :thumbup: Fabulous  love the Starling with it too :heart


Title: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: sparkie on September 22, 2015, 05:21:15 AM
So glad  they waited for you  booni . Gorgeous  pictures and great looking eagle  :thumbup:


Title: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: nan2945 on September 22, 2015, 10:21:59 AM
thanks so much, Booni.   fabulous pictures of this beauty.....


Title: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: Faerie Gardener on September 22, 2015, 06:08:51 PM
Just Lovely


Title: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: winterwren on September 22, 2015, 08:53:51 PM
Booni was there for part of the time and she'll have clearer photos, but here are a few shots I took of the eagle on the BST at mid-day today.

The process of editing the photos helped me find some distinguishing marks on this eagle. On the first picture we can see some tiny dark 'freckles' above the left eye. They're easy to dismiss as a trick of the light but they appear on most of my photos.

September 22, 12:09
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12:21 A little preening. Above the left eye are two tiny dark feathers, or parts of feathers. One of them is visible here. Both are visible in some of the photos Booni took yesterday.

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Better view of that one dark line above the eye here.
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And both visible here.
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Title: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: winterwren on September 22, 2015, 08:58:36 PM
A little earlier, at 12:15, Booni was away to reset the cam when the eagle trilled!
I managed to start taking a video while this was going on, so I caught the very end of the call.

Click here to see the video. (https://www.flickr.com/photos/30093534@N02/21454014858/in/dateposted-public/)


Title: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: winterwren on September 22, 2015, 09:11:27 PM
In the late afternoon I checked the cam and found out that an eagle was now on His-and-Hers Tree. My luck held. The eagle was invisible from the road but still present when I showed up a while later.
I was thinking this might be a different bird, but it turned out to be just the angle that made this one seem to have different proportions.

The two little dark pencil lines above the left eye are still there.
September 22, 5:03 pm
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Title: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: winterwren on September 22, 2015, 09:16:42 PM
I'm tiptoeing wide around the tree to see this eagle's back.
The light isn't great, but there seems to be a white neck feather with a dark tip that shows up under certain angles.

September 22, 5:05 pm
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That dark-tipped neck feather sticks right out here. I don't know what's up with the feather sticking out front.
5:08
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Title: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: jeavverhey on September 23, 2015, 02:13:37 AM
Wow thank you Booni and Wrennie or those great photos and videos.  even better with your observations of details - I would not have noticed without them being pointed out for me. I am very much reminded of that young eagle with the huge honker that was hanging around dad early summer before Em . Sure looks right at home doesnt she?


Title: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: boodle317 on September 23, 2015, 05:06:31 AM
great shots booni and wren.  a mystery for sure. 

I love clicking on all your pics to make them large.  What detail!


Title: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: Cawatcher on September 23, 2015, 06:05:07 AM
 :ecsmile wonderful, Thank you Wren these are great! what a exciting beginning


Title: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: ivani on September 23, 2015, 06:32:06 AM
 :eclove wonderful photos!!!!
thank you Booni and Wren!!


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: peppy7 on September 23, 2015, 05:35:11 PM
Lovely pictures Booni and Wren. This looks like a young female to me - but what do I know.


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: boonibarb on September 23, 2015, 08:34:47 PM
 
So, from the cam, this is a lovely perch for seeing the Eagle nice & close in.
But from the ground, there is a huge broken off branch right in the way.
There*s only one spot where we could stand to see the whole Eagle.
& often the head was behind that big branch.
So, i was timing my fotos for when the Eagle*s head would be out from behind that.
You can see one of those pencil lines that wren spotted, in this foto.
 
september 22 2015 11:57 - Eagle in The Babysitting Tree
 
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Here you can see two.
 
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Here comes a poopshot, & i figured it would be a good opportunity to look at those dark tail feathers.
There are two white ones blocking them, but you can see the stained, perhaps older feathers, right through the newer white ones, plus the stained ends of the older ones stick out beyong the ends of the newer white ones.
 
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The poopshot splattoes that broken & in-the-way branch, but not hard enough to snap it off, darnit.
 
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Yellow beak peaking out to the right here.
& some nice artwork!

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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 - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: boonibarb on September 23, 2015, 08:40:16 PM
 
Oops, yes, i admit, i was taking fotos of that & you have caught me red-handed.
 
september 22 2015 12:23 - Eagle in The Babysitting Tree
 
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Having a good head scratch.
 
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& what the heck is THAT sticking out at 5:00?
Took me a few to figure out what that was!
 
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A little later, & another head scratch.
 
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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 - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: Cawatcher on September 23, 2015, 08:52:37 PM
 :thumbup: this last one with the talons spread out with the scratch is awesome!!


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: boonibarb on September 23, 2015, 09:13:25 PM
 
Preening the white back feathers, under the wings, just above the base of tail.
The flecks on the brow can be seen well here.
 
september 22 2015 12:38 - Eagle in The Babysitting Tree
 
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Another head scratch, this time using the left foot to scratch, & standing on the right.
 
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A bit out of focus unfortunately, but a long cool view of the back of the head & look at the left foot*s position after that scratch!
 
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The wind was really ruffling the Eagle*s feathers.
 
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i believe the Eagle had been picking at their toes?
You can see the stained tail feathers, one far left, one far right.
 
(https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/778/21677954161_8e7e611d92_b.jpg) (https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/778/21677954161_5c2a054909_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 - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: boonibarb on September 23, 2015, 09:17:54 PM
 
i was given a thorough visual examination more than once.
 
september 22 2015 12:52 - Eagle in The Babysitting Tree
 
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You would think there were Eagles everywhere, the way this Eagle was looking around.
They looked this way often, which is inland from Wiig*s Nest Tree.
 
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& looking that way is mishi*s Tree, & the  Niner Nest Tree.
i wonder if those Eagles are home?
 
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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 - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: jeavverhey on September 24, 2015, 04:20:53 AM
 :heart :heart (((((Boonie))))) these are fabulous photos :nod2 - thanks  a million  :thumbup:


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: boodle317 on September 24, 2015, 06:15:20 AM
Wow great shots....what a gorgeous eagle!


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: amazedbyeagles on September 24, 2015, 08:55:38 AM
Fabulous photos!!!   Wonderful, Booni and Wren!  Love the little id marks you noticed, Wren!  Thanks so much, both of you, for all you do to bring us into your wonderful neighborhood and learn who this new eagle is!!!  :eclove


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: Faerie Gardener on September 24, 2015, 09:58:48 AM
 :heart   Staying Tuned in!!


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: winterwren on September 26, 2015, 06:29:03 PM
Eagle on the BST, today, September 26, 1:49 pm.


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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: Cawatcher on September 26, 2015, 08:39:44 PM
 :thumbup: Great capture Wren! Looks like the same eagle as the other day???


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: boonibarb on September 27, 2015, 12:42:09 PM
 
cali once asked me what we were looking at on the cam & we finally figured out it was Cormorants standing on a big rock in the water.
Otto & i were out walking from Hidden Beach past Sandstone Point almost to the Brigantine Nest when i spotted these Cormorants on a rock, which is, i believe, what we were seeing from the cam that day.

september 26 2015 14:06 - Cormorants on a rock

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Earlier, i went looking for the Eagle in The Babysitting Tree.

september 26 2015 13:04 - Eagle in The Babysitting Tree
 
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This Eagle has a *grizzled* look, kinda like someone we know & love, which had me looking hard at the fotos as i was taking them.
 
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Stretching right wing tail & foot here.
 
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& a shuggle.
You can see the stained tail feathers here.
 
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A bit of a left neck/head feathers part here, which also had me looking closely.
 
(https://c2.staticflickr.com/6/5808/21139837144_7af9bfe06f_b.jpg) (https://c2.staticflickr.com/6/5808/21139837144_c1e2a8f8b4_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 - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: Cawatcher on September 27, 2015, 12:44:43 PM
Wow booni thank you for the update on the Cormorants and this eagle sure looks youn and a beauty


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: MarylandWatcher on September 27, 2015, 01:38:36 PM
hi Booni:
By Grizzled you mean like Dad was last year at the end when his face got dark looking?


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: boonibarb on September 27, 2015, 09:04:06 PM

MarlylandWatcher, i am looking up grizzled online, but not finding quite what i was thinking of.
Mum is who i was describing as grizzled, with her shaggy head. 


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: MarylandWatcher on September 28, 2015, 02:22:57 AM
Thank you. It definitely looked like a different eagle than the one that arrived on the 21st.


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: jungleland on September 30, 2015, 07:42:27 PM
Happy Eagle New Year!  I was just looking through to see who might have returned from the salmon run.  Looks like we have some visitors.  Great pics Wren and Booni!  I am still hopeful mom will return.  If not looking for dad and Em to carry on. 


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: gzebear on September 30, 2015, 07:55:30 PM

Great photos, Booni and Wren ... and thanks for sharing your acute powers of observation. Details mean a lot! I often think I see a little of Mom or Dad in these eagles - Dad's eyes, Mom's expression. It's quite possible they're related somewhere on down the line ... great great great grandchildren? There must be many.


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: marjy2u on October 02, 2015, 05:35:05 PM
I'm sure I am imagining things or hoping for the impossible, but in Booni's second photo of the eagle in the BST, just below her description of "grizzled," I thought I could see, just above the nare, a slight imperfection, or deformity, which might be consistent with Mum's injury in the Spring (after healing).

Still, after hearing of Ozzie's demise after trying to gain back his SWF nest and being re-injured, I'm not sure I would want to see Mum have to fight off Em or others and become injured again herself. Such conflicting emotions!


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: boonibarb on October 02, 2015, 08:01:19 PM
 
Earlier today.
There are those stained tail feathers.
 
october 2 2015 14:23 - Eagle in The Babysitting Tree
 
(https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/571/21875185876_dc26314049_b.jpg) (https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/571/21875185876_9dc1dfca14_o.jpg)

& then this evening, this Eagle was on the long bare branch.

october 2 2015 18:12 - Eagle in The Babysitting Tree
 
(https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/740/21713494268_60a0f6c6e2_b.jpg) (https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/740/21713494268_afae93b58b_o.jpg)

Their head was in the shade, unfortunately.
 
(https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/769/21713265870_d3a8635255_b.jpg) (https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/769/21713265870_501acec3f0_o.jpg)

This Eagle was perched near the top, in much better light.

october 2 2015 18:23 - Eagle in The Babysitting Tree
 
(https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/570/21911006411_2a7495129e_b.jpg) (https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/570/21911006411_9b3fa1fb31_o.jpg)

Interesting feather there, with two round spots on it.
 
(https://c2.staticflickr.com/6/5735/21910999111_0d9be33e61_b.jpg) (https://c2.staticflickr.com/6/5735/21910999111_604e9c27ef_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 - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: boonibarb on October 02, 2015, 08:05:41 PM
 
She fleaped up a bit higher, to the left side of the Tree.
 
october 2 2015 18:26 - Eagle in The Babysitting Tree
 
(https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/757/21875157316_08640383ba_b.jpg) (https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/757/21875157316_7a24e2e1b6_o.jpg)

Ahhh, the lower down Eagle turns into the light.
 
(https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/585/21713239350_6786cca6f2_b.jpg) (https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/585/21713239350_3729f4732c_o.jpg)
 
(https://c2.staticflickr.com/6/5809/21278549954_a3215ced68_b.jpg) (https://c2.staticflickr.com/6/5809/21278549954_7ba4e2efa9_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 - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: Tigerlady105 on October 03, 2015, 05:17:24 AM
Lovely sight, booni!   :thumbup:


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: amazedbyeagles on October 03, 2015, 08:15:06 AM
The Eagle Season begins!  Wonderful photos!  Love how you point out tiny details!  Thank You soo very much!!!  :eclove


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: boonibarb on October 05, 2015, 08:41:49 PM
 
Last night i wanted so badly to go out & photograph whoever these Eagles are in that lovely light we had, but i just couldn*t get away, & then i had to go out!
i did a quick driveby of Grassy Point & spotted this Eagle, who had flown there from The Babysitting Tree not long before i got there.
Now, who do we know always seems to have a big goofy down feather stuck to his beak?
 
october 4 2015 16:59 - Eagle The His & Hers Tree
 
(https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/661/21993485071_6897e7cc33_b.jpg) (https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/661/21993485071_bb4b953852_o.jpg)

Not sure if that is a white mark we can watch for on the right shoulder?

(https://c2.staticflickr.com/6/5639/21971471092_f3f4ea3a88_b.jpg) (https://c2.staticflickr.com/6/5639/21971471092_69aeba8350_o.jpg)
 
(https://c2.staticflickr.com/6/5707/21993474571_af2db88916_b.jpg) (https://c2.staticflickr.com/6/5707/21993474571_fcfe232ee5_o.jpg)

Now today, we*d lost the light, but this Eagle, looking a lot like the one in The His & Hers Tree last night, is perched on that short stub branch of The Babysitting Tree.
This is that tough spot, where it is hard to see the Eagle*s head, unless you stand in one certain spot.

october 5 2015 17:31 - Eagle The Babysitting Tree
 
(https://c2.staticflickr.com/6/5743/21360879124_f73608f05e_b.jpg) (https://c2.staticflickr.com/6/5743/21360879124_508bc4548c_o.jpg)

& here is the Eagle who was in the left top side of The Babysitting Tree.
 
(https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/677/21983635575_6a7e5e7958_b.jpg) (https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/677/21983635575_7e221dc3cb_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 - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: Cawatcher on October 05, 2015, 08:59:20 PM
 :eclove Thank you booni!


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: boonibarb on October 06, 2015, 08:50:44 PM
 
i*ve been thinking since i took the fotos in this post, (http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=1604.msg167369#msg167369) that Dad is home again.
When i was taking those fotos of the Eagle lower down, i was calling him Dad in my head.
But i had to keep correcting myself that i didn*t know for sure.
i was calling him Dad in my head when i was posting, too.
But i wanted to see Dad*s distinctive white-marked feather, before declaring that Dad is home.
Sometimes the Eagles that pass through, their offspring?, look so much like Mum & Dad, &, of course, i WANT it to be him.
Today i managed to get down there & lucked out to catch the last of the day*s tiny bit of sunlight glowing on Dad*s back & his special feather!  :hearts2

october 6 2015 17:38 - Dad in The Babysitting Tree

(https://c2.staticflickr.com/6/5767/21997934022_789fe8dd8a_b.jpg) (https://c2.staticflickr.com/6/5767/21997934022_499fd4f934_o.jpg)

& then the sun came out, even more.

(https://c2.staticflickr.com/6/5644/21822021490_a258a82953_b.jpg) (https://c2.staticflickr.com/6/5644/21822021490_2efde1f1be_o.jpg)

(https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/683/21983984296_3e3550327f_b.jpg) (https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/683/21983984296_f9ca06cc71_o.jpg)

Here*s a close up of just the feather.
i now see that there are white markings on the right & the left edges of the feather, not just the right, as i*d remembered.

(https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/658/21822024180_26a0d5ed23_o.jpg) (https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/658/21822024180_26a0d5ed23_o.jpg)

(https://c2.staticflickr.com/6/5664/21997935522_2d2e0dc11b_b.jpg) (https://c2.staticflickr.com/6/5664/21997935522_4446043023_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 - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: boonibarb on October 06, 2015, 09:00:55 PM
 
So, that was Dad from the back side of the Nest.
When the light faded, i drove past the water side of the Nest & spotted an Eagle in The Peters* Tree.
Here she is.

october 6 2015 18:07 - Eagle The Peters* Tree

(https://c2.staticflickr.com/6/5829/21998315332_2643e58617_b.jpg) (https://c2.staticflickr.com/6/5829/21998315332_539bfa0ac6_o.jpg)

Didn*t wren point something out about a dark feather on the back of the head at the neckline?
Is this the same thing here?

(https://c2.staticflickr.com/6/5707/21389411383_5edc8b4b4e_b.jpg) (https://c2.staticflickr.com/6/5707/21389411383_c5b4ce9457_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 - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: Rajame on October 06, 2015, 09:26:23 PM
(((((((((Dad)))))))))

Thank you Booni!
:hug


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: jeavverhey on October 07, 2015, 01:50:23 AM
 :heart :heart :heart :heart :heart dear old Dad - and I agree with Marjy - not giving up hope yet


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: luvthebirds on October 07, 2015, 07:23:15 AM
Thank you so much, booni!  So good to see Dad, and as handsome as ever!  :heart

Love to Mom, that she finds her way home to Dad....  :flower


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: paintnut on October 07, 2015, 07:32:57 AM
TY TY - I am so glad that his identity was confirmed!  Now to wait and see what this season will bring. 


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: auroradawn on October 07, 2015, 07:43:40 AM
Excellent news!!!!  Thanks booni


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: amazedbyeagles on October 07, 2015, 09:13:52 AM
Wonderful photos, Booni!  Thanks for your help!  Love knowing who we're looking at!  :eclove


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: Faerie Gardener on October 07, 2015, 01:23:33 PM
 :biggrin3  Welcome Home, Dad!  I sure hope that feather stays put!!  Thanks so much, Booni!


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: madrona on October 07, 2015, 03:25:24 PM
It's great that we have this identifier for Dad!  And thank you for sticking to your hunch and getting those photos, booni! 


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: Gasp62 on October 07, 2015, 03:37:44 PM
 :thumbup:  BOONI, thank you for all the priceless photos, especially capturing DAD's special feather :thumbup:


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: boonibarb on October 07, 2015, 09:31:52 PM
 
This Eagle was in The Peters* Tree tonight when i drove by after it had stopped raining.
i am thinking this is Dad, but i am not at all sure about that.
 
october 7 2015 17:32 - Eagle in The Peters* Tree
 
(https://c2.staticflickr.com/6/5787/22018166762_297b7e9d64_b.jpg) (https://c2.staticflickr.com/6/5787/22018166762_6ce9767e95_o.jpg)
 
(https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/777/22018162872_9b7599808c_b.jpg) (https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/777/22018162872_42a673b0a0_o.jpg)
 
(https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/749/21842631068_3c5112b82c_b.jpg) (https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/749/21842631068_61363ac1c6_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 - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: Rajame on October 07, 2015, 09:33:09 PM
Oh Dad, how I love you! Good to see your handsomeness again! Thank you Booni!
:hearts


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: jeavverhey on October 08, 2015, 05:57:02 AM
Booni - click to enlarge the photo and you can clearly see the signature DAD feather :heart on the left :-)


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: boonibarb on October 10, 2015, 08:34:49 PM
 
jeavverhey, which foto & where?

Okay, today i went down to Grassy Point to walk Otto after all the rain & wind & it was lovely down there.
There was an Eagle in The His & Hers Tree, but they flew off as i was focusing on them & flew towards the Niners* water side perch Tree & i heard upset calls from over that way for at least 15 minutes.
A little later, an Eagle flew in from the water, over my head & over toward the Nest area.
There were fabulous clouds & then a double rainbow.
After, i drove around & found this Eagle on the left side of The Babysitting Tree.
 
october 10 2015 16:58 - Eagle in The Babysitting Tree
 
(https://c2.staticflickr.com/6/5826/22070567022_aaa1e37967_b.jpg) (https://c2.staticflickr.com/6/5826/22070567022_46ea23eee3_o.jpg)

Something is catching her attention over towards the Niners* area.
 
(https://c2.staticflickr.com/6/5691/21461899143_c9bcfa0015_b.jpg) (https://c2.staticflickr.com/6/5691/21461899143_14b36c11fa_o.jpg)

& there she goes.
She flew some lazy circles overhead so i moved on.
Now, i think this was a female Eagle, but look how her tail feathers don*t include those two stained ones i*ve been catching in my fotos.
This one has small dark spots on the far left & right tail feathers as she takes off.
 
(https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/687/22070552272_7dc12dd2a3_b.jpg) (https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/687/22070552272_804666a411_o.jpg)

i drove around & spotted this Eagle in The Peters* Tree.
Dad?
Looks like the wind is catching that feather of his & we are just seeing the white patch on the right side of it.

october 10 2015 17:07 - Eagle in The Peters* Tree
 
(https://c2.staticflickr.com/6/5702/21895157268_18f43cec14_b.jpg) (https://c2.staticflickr.com/6/5702/21895157268_7159aa975f_o.jpg)

This is a very Dad look.
& again you can just see a bit of that feather.
 
(https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/742/21460185484_b9faa67654_b.jpg) (https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/742/21460185484_2bbe7b8d2e_o.jpg)

(https://c2.staticflickr.com/6/5753/21895136558_3dd0967ba0_b.jpg) (https://c2.staticflickr.com/6/5753/21895136558_d4b295078e_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 - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: Cawatcher on October 10, 2015, 08:37:46 PM
 :eclove Thank you booni!


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: boonibarb on October 10, 2015, 08:45:32 PM
 
october 10 2015 17:07:37 - Eagle in The Peters* Tree
 
(https://c2.staticflickr.com/6/5619/22083032605_6e7917f57f_b.jpg) (https://c2.staticflickr.com/6/5619/22083032605_b24c54b338_o.jpg)
 
(https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/776/21461905053_25ebe6351a_b.jpg) (https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/776/21461905053_5b8a2ca362_o.jpg)

i headed home as the light was going, but then i spotted this Eagle.

october 10 2015 17:12 - Eagle in The Babysitting Tree
 
(https://c2.staticflickr.com/6/5832/21895148818_e2873e2a13_b.jpg) (https://c2.staticflickr.com/6/5832/21895148818_21b78b3e36_o.jpg)
 
(https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/753/22056839576_de35b7552f_b.jpg) (https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/753/22056839576_7ca529b291_o.jpg)
 
(https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/679/22083028665_40afc39e02_b.jpg) (https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/679/22083028665_cb56841224_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 - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: boodle317 on October 11, 2015, 05:04:56 AM
great shots booni, thanks!


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: Tigerlady105 on October 11, 2015, 07:54:54 AM
Booni, these lovely photos have amazing details!   :eclove


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: Faerie Gardener on October 11, 2015, 02:34:16 PM
Wow, What a Beauty!


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: boonibarb on October 11, 2015, 07:29:16 PM

You mean here, jeavverhey?

october 7 2015 17:32 - Dad*s feather close up
 
(https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/720/21915320789_008aed314c_b.jpg) (https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/720/21915320789_ff281fb1e2_o.jpg)

Today Dad was in The Babysitting Tree & he had a full crop!

october 11 2015 12:46 - Dad on the long bare branch of The Babysitting Tree
 
(https://c2.staticflickr.com/6/5712/22089911862_d6fd21d081_b.jpg) (https://c2.staticflickr.com/6/5712/22089911862_052a6b3c82_o.jpg)
 
(https://c2.staticflickr.com/6/5732/21914542268_96be22806b_b.jpg) (https://c2.staticflickr.com/6/5732/21914542268_16977d5788_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 - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: Cawatcher on October 11, 2015, 07:58:07 PM
Wow! good IDs crop so  full his zipper is showing  :mhihi


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: ivani on October 12, 2015, 05:00:47 PM
 :heart :heart
Thank you Booni. Wonderful photos!!!


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: linused on October 12, 2015, 09:51:58 PM
Thank you Booni,  it is so good to see Dad looking so good he has to let out his zipper


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: gillie on October 13, 2015, 12:10:26 AM
Fantastic pics Booni, thanks so much. Sadly no sign of Ma Hornby???


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: boonibarb on October 15, 2015, 10:19:25 AM
 
i did a driveby & there were two Eagles in The Babysitting Tree.
 
october 14 2015 17:22 - Eagle in The Babysitting Tree
 
(https://c2.staticflickr.com/6/5744/21574119994_f95d7a1369_b.jpg) (https://c2.staticflickr.com/6/5744/21574119994_056cde72c7_o.jpg)

Notice that dark mark on the female*s left tail feather.
Where did those two stained tail feathers go?
Is this still the same female?
i don*t think the one with the stained tail feathers had these dark marks on the outer tail feather tips?
 
(https://c2.staticflickr.com/6/5770/22008825960_e9ff86c252_b.jpg) (https://c2.staticflickr.com/6/5770/22008825960_96291f5c3c_o.jpg)

october 14 2015 17:27 - Dad in The Babysitting Tree
 
(https://c2.staticflickr.com/6/5688/21574108424_5dcd5cebd7_b.jpg) (https://c2.staticflickr.com/6/5688/21574108424_e16bcfcaf4_o.jpg)
 
(https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/621/22009999379_315557028c_b.jpg) (https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/621/22009999379_f952d0a6d1_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 - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: gillie on October 15, 2015, 11:45:16 PM
Fantastic photos, thanks so much for sharing them. I keep coming here and hoping Mum Hornby will appear. I haven't given up on her yet. Wonder who this new female is?


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: winterwren on October 16, 2015, 12:05:10 AM
For a while last spring, we were seeing a female eagle with a couple of black markings on the tail tips.
See for example this sequence from Booni, (http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=1540.msg164235#msg164235) where that female is perched with Dad. We photographed her many times over the course of a few weeks, if I remember correctly.

Searching for those photos, I saw again some pictures of Em from just before she left, in August. She had very stained tail feathers at the time. Would she have moulted enough of them to leave the tail pattern we were seeing these past two or three weeks? Just wondering.


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: OpieK on October 17, 2015, 05:55:00 PM
Thank you Wren and Booni for being our eyes on the ground!


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: Faerie Gardener on October 18, 2015, 11:06:53 AM
Fantastic photos!  What a mystery!  I especially like the photo of Dad peeking out from behind the fir tree  :heart


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: winterwren on October 19, 2015, 07:09:33 PM
Yesterday there was a lot of noise coming from the eagle territory, so I went to check it out. I was hoping to figure out if the female with the tiny dark spots on her tail tips had stuck around, but I believe this might be Dad I found in the Peters' Tree.

October 18, 3:20 pm
(https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/593/22265244196_59f2b28543_z.jpg) (https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/593/22265244196_46d8ff64e7_o.jpg)



(https://c2.staticflickr.com/6/5642/22291390225_934d779be1_z.jpg) (https://c2.staticflickr.com/6/5642/22291390225_e426191352_o.jpg)

Left wing hanging down, maybe to dry.

(https://c2.staticflickr.com/6/5625/22265385656_01b088859d_z.jpg) (https://c2.staticflickr.com/6/5625/22265385656_56f4a062e3_o.jpg)

Just after this, this eagle took off and there were lots of calls in the Hidden Beach area. I followed but couldn't find the eagles in the tangle of trees, with the sun in my eyes. They had sounded so close! But later saw one fly off from the Wiig side.
I still don't know what was going on.


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: boonibarb on October 22, 2015, 08:30:50 AM
 
No idea what this was all about, but listen to the lovely voices & try to ignore the jiggly video.
Dad looks right at us, towards the end.
Watch their feet as they keep changing their perches on the branches there!
 
october 21 2015 17:11 - Eagle & Dad calling in The Babysitting Tree
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kIHqQx4StCA
 
link to my fotos page - 
 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/)


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: boonibarb on October 23, 2015, 10:33:52 AM
 
Okay, now, on the same day as that last video, i also got some fotos.
Dad is higher & closer to us.

october 21 2015 17:08 - Dad & female in The Babysitting Tree

(https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/754/22386588376_4b2926812a_b.jpg) (https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/754/22386588376_53c5657a13_o.jpg)

(https://c2.staticflickr.com/6/5736/22399337092_3d39756219_b.jpg) (https://c2.staticflickr.com/6/5736/22399337092_0b4a3d062f_o.jpg)

october 21 2015 17:10 - female in The Babysitting Tree

(https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/741/22423424371_ab5f879cd3_b.jpg) (https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/741/22423424371_08a4607506_o.jpg)

Here she is, beginning to call out.
This is where the above video fits in.

(https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/653/22423419221_3af50c24a4_b.jpg) (https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/653/22423419221_ec812a9e40_o.jpg)

i took a couple of scaps of Dad from the video, where he is looking at us, & managed to catch his distinctive feather, so we know it is definitely him.
i have no idea who this female is, compared to who has been around lately & last season.

(https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/746/22224534130_b268d69029_b.jpg) (https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/746/22224534130_9a529a7c47_o.jpg)

(https://c2.staticflickr.com/6/5722/22423345771_754e22376d_b.jpg) (https://c2.staticflickr.com/6/5722/22423345771_e3bec319b9_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 - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: boonibarb on October 23, 2015, 10:40:39 AM
 
Dad left The Babysitting Tree & flew to The Peters* Tree.
The female remained in The Babysitting Tree.

october 21 2015 17:19 - Dad in The Peters* Tree

(https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/647/22399371982_5243438bb8_b.jpg) (https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/647/22399371982_10de46fc82_o.jpg)

(https://c2.staticflickr.com/6/5771/22225747919_2b733b52a4_b.jpg) (https://c2.staticflickr.com/6/5771/22225747919_0057181a1c_o.jpg)

Looking towards the water.

(https://c2.staticflickr.com/6/5660/22399365662_5ba7592b9d_b.jpg) (https://c2.staticflickr.com/6/5660/22399365662_36da7fcb2b_o.jpg)

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He is looking towards where the female is perched.

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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 - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: boonibarb on October 23, 2015, 10:44:11 AM
 
october 21 2015 17:22:24 - Dad in The Peters* Tree

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Lovely lovely, dear Dad.

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Interesting dark markings on the underside of Dad*s white tail feathers.

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Looking back to where the female is.

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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 - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: winterwren on October 24, 2015, 07:45:07 PM
Dad and his Current Friend on Mishi's Tree, 2 days ago.
She has dark tips on two tail feathers.

October 22, 2:47 pm
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Current Friend flies off.
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With the light shining through, it looks like she's recently moulted a number of tail feathers.
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While I followed Current Friend with my camera, Dad took off also. They flew towards my house - hey, can't you tell I'm not home?
There were trills. I heard later that the cam had found them on Mishi's Tree and found other eagles nearby.
I lost sight of them because they circled way up in the air, drifting this way and that but generally away from the nest.


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: MarylandWatcher on October 25, 2015, 03:30:07 AM
Thank you Wren for these wonderful pictures of Dad and Friend.


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: ekf on October 25, 2015, 02:34:47 PM
My heart sings with the sight of Dad. Even as it pines for the sight of Mom. Thank you, Booni and Wren, for letting us 'be' there with you. Deepest respect and gratitude for the work you do, in the name of love. xoxo


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: jeavverhey on October 25, 2015, 05:27:51 PM
Great lpics and details! I love Wrennies term "current friend"  :eclol I do believe he is a lyal sort of guy - once he has made a choice  :puzzled2 or perhaps I should say once he has been chosen  :mhihi


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: boonibarb on October 26, 2015, 10:08:49 AM
 
It was a lovely sunny evening down at Grassy Point.
But a cold wind, when you were in the shade.

october 23 2015 16:30 - Great Blue Heron

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This lovely flock went scooting by in the sunshine, it was hard to focus on them, they were moving so fast & then they*d dive!
Love all the action in this one, & the guy covered in water after his dive in the upper right corner.
wren, have i i*d*ed these correctly?
i don*t see any males here, i don*t know my water Birds very well.

october 23 2015 16:31 - Red-breasted Mergansers

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Little sweetie-pie with a cool hair-do!

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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 - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: Faerie Gardener on October 26, 2015, 01:54:50 PM
Love the cool Hair!


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: amazedbyeagles on October 26, 2015, 04:06:12 PM
Thanks,Booni!  Love seeing the variety of birds you have on Hornby!  Fun to see water birds, and the many kinds you have!!!  :eclove


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: gillie on October 27, 2015, 09:26:22 PM
Wonderful pics Booni and Wren. Thanks so much for sharing. Pleased that Dad has a friend but so wish it was Mum.


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: boonibarb on November 01, 2015, 07:45:08 PM
 
Dad has stretched his head up to look back towards The Babysitting Tree.

october 25 2015 15:48 - Dad in The His & Hers Tree
 
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Looking towards the water now.
 
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october 25 2015 16:03 - Eagle in The His & Hers 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 - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: boonibarb on November 01, 2015, 08:03:57 PM
 
You can just see Dad*s marked feather here, & the dark spots on the other Eagle*s tail feathers.
 
october 25 2015 16:27 - Dad & Eagle in The Babysitting Tree
 
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october 25 2015 16:33 - Dad 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 - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: boonibarb on November 01, 2015, 08:22:43 PM
 
On this day there were two Eagles in The Babysitting Tree, Dad & someone else, & when they trilled together, to me it sounded like the female was someone new!
 
october 26 2015 15:09 - Dad & Eagle in The Babysitting Tree
 
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october 26 2015 15:32 - Dad & Eagle calling in The Babysitting Tree


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xs_SFQbgG-k
 
link to my fotos page - 
 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/)


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: boonibarb on November 01, 2015, 08:35:51 PM
 
october 26 2015 15:36 - Dad in The Babysitting Tree
 
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i*ve been noticing that Hope*s Tree looks different.
She has lost her huge chunk of top!

october 26 2015 15:40 - Hope*s Tree
 
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Look at all the rot in there.
 
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& compare to how she looked only a few months ago!
All this visible trunk is now gone!

march 17 2015 18:29 - two Eagles on Hope*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 - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: winterwren on November 01, 2015, 09:03:46 PM


This lovely flock went scooting by in the sunshine, it was hard to focus on them, they were moving so fast & then they*d dive!
Love all the action in this one, & the guy covered in water after his dive in the upper right corner.
wren, have i i*d*ed these correctly?
i don*t see any males here, i don*t know my water Birds very well.

october 23 2015 16:31 - Red-breasted Mergansers

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Yes indeed, they're Red-breasted Mergansers. I think I may have seen the same flock in the Niners' territory 45 minutes later!
The posting is here. (http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=1610.msg168161#msg168161)



Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: boonibarb on November 01, 2015, 09:50:50 PM
 
Thank you wren!

It was hard to see Dad with this big female, blocking him in.
Her front neck white feathers really protruded out & hung down low.
Her crop is like a basketball.
Dad is to her left, barely visible.
 
october 26 2015 16:18 - female Eagle in The Babysitting Tree with Dad
 
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Watch those neck/crop feathers, how they stick way out & down.
 
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Dad manages to peek out finally.
 
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She was nodding off up there!

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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 - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: boonibarb on November 01, 2015, 09:59:34 PM
 
october 26 2015 16:34 - female Eagle in The Babysitting Tree with Dad
 
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She*s a beauty!
 
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Lovely Dad, doesn*t seem too perturbed, by this new arrival.
 
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We can see Dad better now.
 
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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 - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: boonibarb on November 01, 2015, 10:08:06 PM
 
Listen to the female thumping around on the branch after her poop shot!
 
october 26 2015 16:39 - Dad & Eagle calling in The Babysitting Tree
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vn_1DxVMxoA


october 26 2015 16:42 - Dad & Eagle calling in The Babysitting Tree


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jO6ak_3UQRM

 
link to my fotos page -  
 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/)


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: boonibarb on November 01, 2015, 10:13:36 PM
 
i think on this day there was another pair around?
Here is an Eagle we found in The Fork Tree!
Always hoping it will be Mum...
 
october 26 2015 17:06 - Eagle in The Fork Tree
 
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Back to The Babysitting Tree, & Dad has now flown to Constables* Fir!
& some nice light has come back.

october 26 2015 17:19 - Dad in Constables* Fir
 
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Here*s the female in The Babysitting Tree with her huge crop.

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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 - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: boodle317 on November 02, 2015, 07:49:49 AM
wow...for as big a bass drum as that female is, she sure has a high, lilty voice!


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: boonibarb on November 05, 2015, 10:38:28 AM
 
october 27 2015 14:07 - Dad in The Babysitting Tree
 
Usually they perch down in that tangle of branches & it is hard to see their head!
This is much better.
 
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october 27 2015 14:25 - Eagle in The Peters* Tree

She has a full crop!
 
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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 - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: boonibarb on November 06, 2015, 09:55:51 AM
 
The rise of the full Moon was cloaked in cloud from Grassy Point on this night.
 
october 27 2015 19:16 - Moon rise
 
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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 - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: Tigerlady105 on November 06, 2015, 06:48:27 PM
Beautiful, booni.   :nod2


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: boonibarb on November 07, 2015, 08:01:22 PM
 
october 28 2015 13:00 - Dad & Eagle in The Babysitting Tree

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october 28 2015 13:02 - Dad & Eagle calling in The Babysitting Tree

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BWwGQK1VGyU

october 28 2015 13:03 - Dad & Eagle calling in The Babysitting Tree

Her call at the end is like the rusty-gate sound of a youngster!
Her & Dad sound really nice together.
But notice how, twice, she steps towards him & he steps away!
Not sure if that means anything.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aGbu71Hi0ts

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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 - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: boonibarb on November 07, 2015, 08:08:25 PM
 
october 28 2015 13:07 - Dad in The Babysitting Tree

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october 28 2015 13:09 - Dad & Eagle calling in The Babysitting Tree

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

link to my fotos page - 
 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/)

 


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: boonibarb on November 07, 2015, 08:17:37 PM
 
october 28 2015 13:09:54 - Dad in The Babysitting Tree Eagle leaves

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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 - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: Cawatcher on November 07, 2015, 08:32:32 PM
 :thumbup: super series! booni the voice of the new female sounds so simular to dads! to my untrained ear ereally odd for a female?? but so huge has to be female but sure is odd



Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: boonibarb on November 08, 2015, 11:33:43 AM
 
i believe this was Dad!
 
october 28 2015 13:31 - Dad in The Fork Tree
 
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i made sure not to crop out this lovely perch Tree!
It is up Sollans Road, a ways from Hidden Beach & right on the border of Wiig territory.
Left neck part, like Dad.
 
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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 - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: Snookums on November 08, 2015, 03:40:49 PM

i believe this was Dad!
 
october 28 2015 13:31 - Dad in The Fork Tree
 
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i made sure not to crop out this lovely perch Tree!
It is up Sollans Road, a ways from Hidden Beach & right on the border of Wiig territory.
Left neck part, like Dad.
 
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link to my fotos page - 
 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/)



and I always appreciate your terrific photos!!!!!    :thumbup:    :heart


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: gillie on November 13, 2015, 01:06:27 AM
Wonderful pics and videos Booni.
She sure is a big eagle. They are both very vocal.
Dad stepping back, maybe he is still hoping that mum will return? I'm still hoping but i don't think it is going to happen. I think she is looking after Phoenix. :mconfused :heart


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: boonibarb on November 19, 2015, 09:08:42 PM
 
november 19 2015 14:34 - Eagle 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 - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: Tigerlady105 on November 19, 2015, 10:34:22 PM
Big feet!   :thumbup:


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: Sandor3 on November 20, 2015, 09:52:38 AM
.....and, oh,my!  What a huge beak!


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: Rajame on November 20, 2015, 10:46:20 AM
Regarding the big beak and talons... Both better to "seize" you with my dears!  :eclol


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: boonibarb on November 20, 2015, 08:19:13 PM
 
i found Dad today!
 
november 20 2015 15:27 - Dad in The Peters* Tree
 
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Look how full his crop is!
Pushing out the line of down feathers from underneath.
 
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He kept looking back in exactly this direction, not sure what was there.
 
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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 - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: Faerie Gardener on November 20, 2015, 08:26:49 PM
 :heart  Dad looks Good!


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: boonibarb on November 20, 2015, 08:30:04 PM
 
november 20 2015 15:31 - Dad in The Peters* Tree
 
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This profile really shows how huge his crop is!
 
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Here, Dad was snaking his head & neck, moving food from the crop.
 
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Compare before & after!
 
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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 - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: Rajame on November 21, 2015, 01:19:19 AM
Great photos Booni! Dad is so handsome! :hearts


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: jeavverhey on November 21, 2015, 10:00:54 AM
No wonder the ladies chase him - handsome devil :eclove and obviously good provider if her eats so well  :mhihi


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: nan2945 on November 21, 2015, 03:09:56 PM
I love love love seeing these fabulous photos
thank you
nan


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: gillie on November 26, 2015, 12:00:23 AM
Thanx for all the beautiful pics Booni. Dad is such a handsome fellow and obviously is much admired by the big lady!


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: gzebear on November 26, 2015, 01:49:02 PM

thank you, booni, those are wonderful photos of Dad :heart


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: boonibarb on November 26, 2015, 10:18:03 PM
 
Surprise surpise!
He has a full crop!
Down feathers peeking through from underneath.

november 26 2015 14:03 - Dad in The Babysitting Tree

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When he preens under his wing, his crop looks even BIGGER!

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Perched on one foot all this time, relaxed.

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Having a good head scratch.

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


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: boonibarb on November 26, 2015, 10:22:51 PM
 
november 26 2015 14:06:43 - Dad in The Babysitting Tree

Back on two feet now.
Look how shiny black(& crossed!) his talons are.

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Handsome, handsome fella.

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Shuggle!

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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 - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: jeavverhey on November 27, 2015, 02:10:29 AM
Iam still in love.  :heart dear old Dad H  :eclove


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: Cawatcher on November 27, 2015, 08:53:16 AM
Beautiful captures of Dad booni!


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: winterwren on November 30, 2015, 06:40:35 PM
Dad brought a gift to a prospective mate today,*(see note below) and has begun carrying sticks to the nest. I was curious to see which female would be chosen, so I went out this morning while the sun was still peeking out from time to time.

I found the pair on the Peters' Tree, just as Paintnut had predicted.
This is the only photo of Dad that I was able to get. While I was walking around, looking for a better angle, he flew away.

November 30, 11:51 am
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Dad's Current Flame stayed behind, however, and since she was perched higher on the tree I was able to see her from different angles.
11:59
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This is the best view I got of her neckline. Look at the dark tips on the outer tail feathers too...
12:09
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A better view of the tail here.
12:10
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*Note, added later: Apparently there is more than one interpretation of the video of a fish being brought to the nest. Maybe it wasn't Dad bringing a gift. I can't sort it out right now. There seems no doubt that Dad did bring two sticks in the last two days. What do I know?  :shrug



Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: Cawatcher on November 30, 2015, 07:17:05 PM
Great views! Thank you Winterwren


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: winterwren on November 30, 2015, 07:19:42 PM
Now guess who caught my attention, so that I missed the female eagle's fly-off?

Yes, that's my namesake, though he's now called Pacific Wren.

November 30, 12:04
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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: winterwren on November 30, 2015, 08:05:35 PM
I found the eagles on the Babysitting Tree soon after.

Because of the foreshortening, while I was taking the photos I thought Dad was the one on the right, so when I first looked at the photos I was confused: no dark tip on any tail feathers on that one! Turns out I had them backward. The cam view, without the foreshortening, showed clearly that the largest eagle was the one on the right. Dad is on the left, with his all-white tail, which we don't see in this first photo. On the other hand we can see the brown spot on the female's leftmost tail feather.

November 30, 12:38
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Dad scratches his head and looks as if he's saluting us.
12:39
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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: winterwren on November 30, 2015, 08:16:07 PM
Again, Dad below left and his Current Friend above right.
A shot of the back of their heads.

November 30, 12:41
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Dad has a full crop...
12:43
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Current Friend has pale traces on her tertials on the right side; I don't know if they are stains or permanent marks as on Dad's Special Feather. The pattern is more like something dripped on her.
12:44
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One more picture of Dad.
12:45
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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: boonibarb on December 11, 2015, 09:08:33 PM
 
december 10 2015 15:42 - female on the close up cam box

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i am standing in the woods three lots away, but am still spotted before i can take two fotos!

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i am examined for eight fotos...

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Now i am photographing from the back side of the Nest.
She is standing on the close up cam box, looking inland through Constable*s Fir.
Notice her yellow beak appears to have swirls of dark still in it?

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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 - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: boonibarb on December 11, 2015, 09:13:49 PM
 
december 10 2015 15:58 - female on the close up cam box


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

link to my fotos page - 
 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/)


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: boonibarb on December 11, 2015, 09:44:55 PM
 
Now, these are from the road/water side.
Light is fading, & coming from behind Nest, so not ideal.

december 10 2015 16:11 - female on the close up cam box

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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 - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: boodle317 on December 12, 2015, 06:01:34 AM
thank you booni...great shots of her.  She's really beautiful


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: boonibarb on December 15, 2015, 12:01:01 PM
 
Doing a drive-by, i spotted an Eagle in The Peters* Tree!
Unfortunately, my ISO was still set to 800 from taking pictures of the female in the dark yesterday, so my camera wasn*t ready for what would have been a terrific shot!
So, i rescued it as best i could.
 
december 11 2015 15:09 - Dad on The Peters* Tree
 
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As you can see, & as usual, Dad has a full crop!
 
(https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/696/23690280131_6d3726021f_b.jpg) (https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/696/23690280131_c25dfa6a5d_o.jpg)

This beauty was on Big Rock!

december 11 2015 15:12 - Great Blue Heron on The Big Rock

(https://c2.staticflickr.com/6/5679/23144598384_2493fb0a18_b.jpg) (https://c2.staticflickr.com/6/5679/23144598384_4ca18c90f5_o.jpg)

Those fotos were from the road side of the Tree, these are from the water side.
 
(https://c2.staticflickr.com/6/5819/23664320792_fce2d0c425_b.jpg) (https://c2.staticflickr.com/6/5819/23664320792_cb36ef3946_o.jpg)
 
(https://c2.staticflickr.com/6/5636/23144693584_da311b1a3f_b.jpg) (https://c2.staticflickr.com/6/5636/23144693584_33351e2c2c_o.jpg)

From the road side again.
 
(https://c2.staticflickr.com/6/5684/23146082943_24210ac03b_b.jpg) (https://c2.staticflickr.com/6/5684/23146082943_556dcaaeca_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 - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: jeavverhey on December 15, 2015, 02:11:31 PM
It is thrilling to see him doing so well and filling himself. This seems promising     :thumbup:


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: ivani on December 15, 2015, 02:53:51 PM
 :heart Thank you Booni!!!


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: amazedbyeagles on December 15, 2015, 05:42:08 PM
Thanks, Booni!  :-)  :eclove  Love seeing healthy Dad!!!!


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: boonibarb on December 25, 2015, 11:27:50 AM
 
The Sun came out for a little while before it set, & there was Dad on the bare branch & the female Eagle on the upper left of the Babysitting Tree!
 
december 24 2015 15:42 - Dad in The Babysitting Tree
 
(https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1475/23940807676_59e9d3e13a_b.jpg) (https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1475/23940807676_94f049559b_o.jpg)

Dad was in the shade, with the Sun highlighting patches of him.
 
(https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1539/23340103353_c5775040b8_b.jpg) (https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1539/23340103353_0ffbe8d633_o.jpg)

The female was preening.
Here, she is coming up for air.

december 24 2015 15:45 - female Eagle in The Babysitting Tree
 
(https://c2.staticflickr.com/6/5713/23858631242_53426b9928_b.jpg) (https://c2.staticflickr.com/6/5713/23858631242_bf589fabd9_o.jpg)
 
(https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1675/23671197890_b22cf63170_b.jpg) (https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1675/23671197890_bfacb63bd3_o.jpg)
 
(https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1465/23966894635_be91f02fb0_b.jpg) (https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1465/23966894635_18e6959a0a_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 - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: boonibarb on December 25, 2015, 11:32:42 AM
 
december 24 2015 15:52 - Dad in The Babysitting Tree

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Nothing too exciting going on, eh Dad?

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(https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1660/23858600092_6b1529c2f5_b.jpg) (https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1660/23858600092_8c717c1c28_o.jpg)

(https://c2.staticflickr.com/6/5623/23599009189_5b6c60da00_b.jpg) (https://c2.staticflickr.com/6/5623/23599009189_bdf52ac431_o.jpg)

(https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1680/23598989379_a0f70d4934_b.jpg) (https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1680/23598989379_71bd5690f4_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 - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: Cawatcher on December 25, 2015, 02:02:03 PM
Super Shots love the Yawwwwnnnn :heart :eclol


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: boonibarb on January 01, 2016, 10:57:24 AM
 
december 29 2015 14:50 - Dad on The Peters* Tree
 
(https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1670/23479882564_8483eb1eef_b.jpg) (https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1670/23479882564_7c76b2379f_o.jpg)
 
(https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1491/23812440700_be6e8295ea_b.jpg) (https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1491/23812440700_eedbe7c6e4_o.jpg)
 
(https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1455/23812437090_1dc3acf57e_b.jpg) (https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1455/23812437090_9de30e3466_o.jpg)
 
(https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1527/23479878744_cdc23e86bf_b.jpg) (https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1527/23479878744_56479e7373_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 - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: boonibarb on January 01, 2016, 11:04:44 AM
 
december 29 2015 14:59 - female with Dad on The Peters* Tree
 
(https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1630/23740306779_36d94ef389_b.jpg) (https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1630/23740306779_e81ed345b2_o.jpg)
 
(https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1455/24082011186_b19e02ba51_b.jpg) (https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1455/24082011186_6af18f8d08_o.jpg)

december 29 2015 15:04 - Dad on The Peters* Tree
 
(https://c2.staticflickr.com/6/5744/24082024376_38387b1760_b.jpg) (https://c2.staticflickr.com/6/5744/24082024376_dddc37e0d7_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 - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: Donnae on January 01, 2016, 07:14:40 PM
Great photos Boone!  Dad is just so handsome!


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: boonibarb on January 01, 2016, 07:49:59 PM
 
january 1 2016 12:41 - Eagle on Gregg*s Tree
 
 
 
(https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1510/23488384384_8cd92d5a12_b.jpg) (https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1510/23488384384_7f60b2bd5c_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 - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: gillie on January 03, 2016, 09:10:51 PM
Great pics booni, Dad sure is a handsome fellow. Happy New Year, let's hope Dad has some happiness this year. :thumbup:


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: boonibarb on January 10, 2016, 12:00:20 PM
 
i think this is Dad, but i just can*t be sure of anything any more.
The other Eagle was perched just below, but i had a hard time spotting them through the branches with my camera.
 
january 9 2016 12:29 - Eagle on The Peters* Tree
 
(https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1660/24297883915_3bf1456717_b.jpg) (https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1660/24297883915_0ef8dd8eb9_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 - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: boonibarb on January 22, 2016, 06:24:10 PM
 
A smokey morning on the road uphill of Hidden Beach.
 
november 27 2015 10:53 - smokey sunlight
 
(https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1531/23904049933_5828a1020c_b.jpg) (https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1531/23904049933_2bc10102df_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 - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: boonibarb on January 22, 2016, 06:52:36 PM
 
Spotted this wistful sweetie perched on one foot in the pouring rain in mishi*s Tree.
Notice the eyebrow.
 
january 22 2016 12:13 - young Eagle in mishi*s Tree
 
(https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1651/24181601779_ed3bd6c14e_b.jpg) (https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1651/24181601779_8c05c5673b_o.jpg)
 
(https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1490/24441062022_c911545a56_b.jpg) (https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1490/24441062022_d4906b3af7_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 - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: boonibarb on January 22, 2016, 07:20:09 PM
 
Spotted this Eagle at Grassy Point in the sunshine not much later.
Is this the same youngster?
You can see their nictitating membrane in this one.
Looks like someone who is one year old, about to turn two!
Now who could THAT be?  :eclove
 
january 22 2016 13:07 - young Eagle in The His & Hers Tree
 
(https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1616/24523516976_21e66cc9fa_b.jpg) (https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1616/24523516976_28510be470_o.jpg)
 
(https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1541/24181910869_37966f2570_b.jpg) (https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1541/24181910869_43b2cbb7eb_o.jpg)
 
(https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1600/24254158470_c639d3d50e_b.jpg) (https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1600/24254158470_86f01c35e4_o.jpg)
 
(https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1492/23922893523_961530edaa_b.jpg) (https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1492/23922893523_74e40b8ee2_o.jpg)

Beauty!
 
(https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1523/24254065870_94a8378c43_b.jpg) (https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1523/24254065870_d4fc36eddf_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 - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: boonibarb on January 22, 2016, 07:25:26 PM
 
january 22 2016 13:10:17 - young Eagle in The His & Hers Tree

(https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1581/24549683045_a18e065f60_b.jpg) (https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1581/24549683045_589a9fab00_o.jpg)

(https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1674/24467365731_71ae7aee96_b.jpg) (https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1674/24467365731_4434f5c63e_o.jpg)

While we are here, an adult flies past Grassy Point & lands in a green Fir Tree to the left, not a usual perch spot.
No one seems to mind.

The young one starts to appear agitated, looking towards the Nest territory.
They poop & look about to take off for some reason.

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Look at the alert posture here.
& the nictitating membrane.

(https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1630/24549659365_97989c7e6b_b.jpg) (https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1630/24549659365_ed525c20d2_o.jpg)

(https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1533/24441366762_a3e2d147e9_b.jpg) (https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1533/24441366762_e316b43877_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 - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: boonibarb on January 22, 2016, 07:27:11 PM
 
i figure to catch the action with a video.

january 22 2016 13:13 -  young Eagle takes off from The His & Hers Tree

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

link to my fotos page - 
 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/)


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: boonibarb on January 22, 2016, 08:03:05 PM
 
After the youngster flew off, i walked a few steps to the left to check out the adult.
No idea who this big-eyed Eagle is.
They are perched where i*m not used to seeing Eagles perched.

january 22 2016 13:14 - Eagle to the left of Grassy Point

(https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1574/24441997342_019fd49774_b.jpg) (https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1574/24441997342_3af255a8ba_o.jpg)

Nictitating membrane.

(https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1455/24182521089_2f66c4b158_b.jpg) (https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1455/24182521089_a707b9beb7_o.jpg)

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(https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1527/24441963692_e0e05fd18d_b.jpg) (https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1527/24441963692_90a8cde93d_o.jpg)

(https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1572/24254724840_e5bca52ed2_b.jpg) (https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1572/24254724840_679b56f628_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 - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: boonibarb on January 22, 2016, 08:07:29 PM
 
Looks like bits of Fish left on the beak!
You know, this morning, i thought i smelled the smell of Herring Spawn in the air.
Then someone said the same thing to me this afternoon on the Co-op porch.

january 22 2016 13:16 - Eagle to the left of Grassy Point

(https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1599/24550295385_e241b1b2df_b.jpg) (https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1599/24550295385_cac34eeed1_o.jpg)

(https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1639/24524095976_7f58551bf3_b.jpg) (https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1639/24524095976_eec3407642_o.jpg)

(https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1491/24254717740_579a387430_b.jpg) (https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1491/24254717740_04180d7f1b_o.jpg)

(https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1620/23923454373_5d57cbf933_b.jpg) (https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1620/23923454373_2ae87b4337_o.jpg)

(https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1644/24524054596_fb267cc511_b.jpg) (https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1644/24524054596_0a3f1a9096_o.jpg)

Gorgeous!

(https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1578/23923484363_94c7577453_b.jpg) (https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1578/23923484363_625346daec_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 - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: boonibarb on January 22, 2016, 08:24:09 PM
 
A bit later, i found this Eagle in mishi*s Tree!
Looking towards the Nest Tree area.

january 22 2016 14:39 - Eagle in mishi*s Tree

(https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1658/24442256202_71bf5cb5ee_b.jpg) (https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1658/24442256202_afb27efd8a_o.jpg)

(https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1665/24468248461_08c339cda4_b.jpg) (https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1665/24468248461_17c74171d6_o.jpg)

& off!

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(https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1482/24524384316_c8ebfdbb78_b.jpg) (https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1482/24524384316_c9f37a93dd_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 - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: boonibarb on January 22, 2016, 08:37:27 PM
 
Then i found this Eagle in the Fork Tree!

january 22 2016 14:46 - Eagle in The Fork Tree

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i keep hoping to spot Mum...

(https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1549/23923979733_86fb526c44_b.jpg) (https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1549/23923979733_b7cdd5c0b5_o.jpg)

Not far from this Eagle, & inland, like this perch Tree, i heard two Eagles trilling!
i spotted them through the Trees.
Yet when i drove by The Babysitting Tree, there were two Eagles THERE too!
There was also a youngster on the tippy top of Fosters* Fir who flew off inland.
What a day!



link to my fotos page - 
 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/)


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: jeavverhey on January 23, 2016, 05:34:39 AM
Booni these are amazing beautiful photos.  :nod2.  Photo three in this last series is a prize winner for sure!  :thumbup: Thank you so much for sharing.  :heart


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: LidaRose9 on January 25, 2016, 09:06:45 PM
Hi all. Has there been any indication that Dad has chosen a new mate? Has anyone observed any mating behaviors, nestorating, bring of gifts, etc.? Thanks!


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: jeavverhey on January 26, 2016, 05:58:39 AM
I have seen dad with the female(s)  in the trees and on the nest but I have not observed anything that looks like mating - I don't believe he  has made a choice. I still think it is possible that these ladies are relatives, and that is why he tolerates but does not mate? All this is new to me, and am waiting to see what happens next


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: boonibarb on January 31, 2016, 08:01:53 PM
 
i did a drive t hrough the Nest territory today & spotted two Eagles in The His & Hers Tree!
One was in the top, the other was lower down to the right.
This is the latter.
 
january 31 2016 13:41 - Eagle in The His & Hers Tree
 
(https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1583/24116064273_cd468e3c1a_b.jpg) (https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1583/24116064273_bff766bb2a_o.jpg)
 
(https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1478/24742915645_ece7619605_b.jpg) (https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1478/24742915645_81225b8052_o.jpg)
 
(https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1637/24114731924_e4fd32a591_b.jpg) (https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1637/24114731924_b5cc6562a4_o.jpg)

This is the Eagle who was in the top of the Tree, & they are just leaving!
The one lower down had left, too, but i hadn*t noticed.
 
(https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1650/24447386120_d4f8b36b9e_b.jpg) (https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1650/24447386120_c05b48a1bf_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 - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: boonibarb on January 31, 2016, 08:18:56 PM
 
Next Eagle i spotted was at the tippy top of Gregg*s Tree!
This youngster looks to be three just going on four.
Guess who would be that age that we might know!
The dark stripe across the eye of the three year old is beginning to go more white.
Look at the lovely tail feathers.
Hard to tell eye colour.
Beak is almost fully yellow, but still some dark in there.
It is raining, i am photographing from inside my car, but the camera is still getting wet, & so is she!
 
january 31 2016 13:46 - Eagle in Gregg*s Tree
 
(https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1629/24375529959_8594eacd0e_b.jpg) (https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1629/24375529959_9a04cdde83_o.jpg)

Had to get one of the back of head.
 
(https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1683/24716972366_c03a258e29_b.jpg) (https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1683/24716972366_d5aa81ea1d_o.jpg)

Blinking the nictitating membrane.
 
(https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1449/24447647130_120a9333d3_b.jpg) (https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1449/24447647130_fd9b72503a_o.jpg)

Eye is pretty yellow, but still a titch of dark in there.
 
(https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1548/24716965496_45055799cb_b.jpg) (https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1548/24716965496_5da81a1ff0_o.jpg)

Gorgeous!
 
(https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1682/24375516079_5df39d657f_b.jpg) (https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1682/24375516079_42369e574e_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 - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: boonibarb on January 31, 2016, 08:23:06 PM
 
This Eagle was at the tippy top of The Babysitting Tree.
i had to get out of my car for this one & it was still raining.
i am pretty sure this is Dad.
i think i see his distinctive feather on his back in this foto.
 
january 31 2016 13:51 - Dad on the tippy top of The Babysitting Tree
 
(https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1633/24447790430_e31a68e05a_b.jpg) (https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1633/24447790430_eeafe738fc_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 - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: boonibarb on January 31, 2016, 08:27:46 PM
 
As if that wasn*t enough Eagles for one day in one territory, there was also this Eagle in mishi*s Tree!
i am still in my car, & my camera is still getting wet.
 
january 31 2016 :- Eagle on mishi*s Tree
 
(https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1586/24625626162_a91a13a9d0_b.jpg) (https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1586/24625626162_d84aaef5be_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 - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: boonibarb on January 31, 2016, 08:44:10 PM
 
Now for something completely different!
Look at that blue sky just a bit later in the day!
Now there are only two Eagles, when i drive through the neighbourhood.
This one kinda looks like Mum, & kinda looks like Dad.
i was thinking Dad.
 
january 31 2016 15:48 - Eagle on The Peters* Tree
 
(https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1603/24650143701_1b9cd43fac_b.jpg) (https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1603/24650143701_a5994d4354_o.jpg)

But they can*t be Dad, because look at that patch of dark on the tip of the one tail feather.
 
(https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1533/24650138831_41fb45be28_b.jpg) (https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1533/24650138831_fe1794812b_o.jpg)
 
(https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1714/24115461404_1924e22ff4_b.jpg) (https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1714/24115461404_503c999f99_o.jpg)
 
(https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1605/24116783243_9d41ab15c7_b.jpg) (https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1605/24116783243_fa09d918ff_o.jpg)
 
(https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1508/24625821952_996bae8b2c_b.jpg) (https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1508/24625821952_4158e6a4cb_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 - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: boonibarb on January 31, 2016, 08:48:38 PM
 
Ahhhh, HERE*S Dad!
i can see his feather in some of the other fotos.
He was lower down in the greenery, she was in the tippy top.
 
january 31 2016 15:55 - Dad on The Peters* Tree
 
(https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1623/24625790002_8433c0bf5c_b.jpg) (https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1623/24625790002_0e6b5ed113_o.jpg)

Here she is.
 
(https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1579/24375979159_9cdb7595fd_b.jpg) (https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1579/24375979159_2531a1d3c6_o.jpg)
 
(https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1626/24448087080_5c946715d0_b.jpg) (https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1626/24448087080_3da0c21eec_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 - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: Donnae on January 31, 2016, 10:25:06 PM
Great photos Boone! Gorgeous eagles, every one. Thanks


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: Tigerlady105 on January 31, 2016, 10:28:54 PM
Great photos, boonibarb!  Hope your camera survived the rain.  :eclove


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: Faerie Gardener on February 02, 2016, 12:06:44 PM
What a bunch of Beauties you found!  Thank You  :heart


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: boonibarb on February 06, 2016, 08:53:51 PM
 
i was heading out for a bit & did a driveby through the neighbourhood to see if anyone was around in the sunshine.
i had to pull over when i spotted this Eagle with fabulous head feathers glowing in the sun.
She was in the top of the Tree.
Another Eagle was behind the branches & lower down.

february 6 2016 14:55 - Eagle in The His & Hers Tree

(https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1600/24838555256_884b238bfa_b.jpg) (https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1600/24838555256_dcb5e3fba7_o.jpg)

(https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1521/24838545196_0c6308e088_b.jpg) (https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1521/24838545196_b20a91279d_o.jpg)

(https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1480/24864801415_8fea1d7d5e_b.jpg) (https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1480/24864801415_8a070e6484_o.jpg)

This is the lower down Eagle.

(https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1550/24746924912_e0cdc9bd1c_b.jpg) (https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1550/24746924912_c48c09b36b_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 - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: boonibarb on February 06, 2016, 09:09:13 PM
 
february 6 2016 15:09 - Eagle in The Glass House Trees

(https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1523/24238304383_107bcce533_b.jpg) (https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1523/24238304383_138bc6e4e5_o.jpg)

(https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1586/24238300883_eace12748d_b.jpg) (https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1586/24238300883_fb47311a8f_o.jpg)

(https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1479/24747257172_13207ee681_b.jpg) (https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1479/24747257172_fb0490ea48_o.jpg)



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


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: boonibarb on February 06, 2016, 09:17:41 PM
 
february 6 2016 15:14 - Eagle in The His & Hers Trees

(https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1706/24238496713_ee1d4fa333_b.jpg) (https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1706/24238496713_3d8e08a2cf_o.jpg)

(https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1620/24497746039_d7bf26bbe2_b.jpg) (https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1620/24497746039_7fb9f31f42_o.jpg)

(https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1475/24747450282_26642367aa_b.jpg) (https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1475/24747450282_a731c62217_o.jpg)



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


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: boonibarb on February 06, 2016, 09:27:53 PM
 
A little bit later, driving home, one of the Fork Tree branches had a little bump on it.
i almost kept driving, but it just seemed like there must be someone there, maybe a Hawk or something.
But it was a young Eagle!
They were stretching their right wing & foot as i focused in on them.

february 6 2016 15:59 - Eagle in The Fork Tree

(https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1534/24238626083_f82c073a38_b.jpg) (https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1534/24238626083_73f60cf1de_o.jpg)

(https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1717/24237308254_f1a5cd0673_b.jpg) (https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1717/24237308254_81051f2d96_o.jpg)

Looks like they could be that same Eagle who was in the top of Gregg*s Tree not too long ago.

(https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1556/24237310564_196744e23c_b.jpg) (https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1556/24237310564_e069c8d4ea_o.jpg)

(https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1585/24772044201_487ce20810_b.jpg) (https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1585/24772044201_b07e63c5ec_o.jpg)



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


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: boodle317 on February 07, 2016, 06:55:20 AM
Beautiful pictures!  My gosh, the light on the adults is gorgeous!


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: boonibarb on February 07, 2016, 08:20:00 PM
 
Went by the Nest area this afternoon & there were two Eagles in The Babysitting Tree & this one on top of Gregg*s Tree!
As i was photographing, this one took off & so did the two in The Babysitting Tree.
 
february 7 2016 14:41 - Eagle at the top of Gregg*s Tree
 
(https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1528/24259865543_f172496256_b.jpg) (https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1528/24259865543_3a2a2ea89b_o.jpg)
 
(https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1700/24258574914_917917237f_b.jpg) (https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1700/24258574914_07eaa7cf85_o.jpg)
 
(https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1607/24258570104_3521c31284_b.jpg) (https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1607/24258570104_67d2e84b9c_o.jpg)
 

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


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: boonibarb on February 07, 2016, 09:10:24 PM
 
We walked on, down to Grassy Point, & this Eagle was low down & on the right side.
 
february 7 2016 14:54 - Eagle lower down in The His & Hers Tree
 
(https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1575/24860808236_a9b44b3f41_b.jpg) (https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1575/24860808236_19fddc0b6a_o.jpg)

A little bit of dark feathering left in the head feathers next to the beak.
& dark bits in the tail feathers, too.
 
(https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1679/24887083605_91d7e00d31_b.jpg) (https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1679/24887083605_40034deacc_o.jpg)

This little cutie pie was to the left of Grassy Point, looking from the cam.
Looks like they will shortly enter their second year!
Beak still mostly black, but some yellow in there.
Lovely golden crown of feathers on top of the head.
Eye lightening a bit.
Breast feathers turning mostly white, & a definite border between them & the dark feathering at the neckline.
 
(https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1596/24860803076_12733006c6_b.jpg) (https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1596/24860803076_a9b68bc059_o.jpg)

Here are the older Eagle*s tail feathers, you can see the dark patches.
 
(https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1475/24860797856_e728cf384a_b.jpg) (https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1475/24860797856_8023b24c34_o.jpg)

Nice scowly face, ha ha ha.
Very empty crop.
 
(https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1680/24258918604_f8dbe47aa6_b.jpg) (https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1680/24258918604_6f5572cec4_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 - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: boonibarb on February 07, 2016, 09:17:48 PM
 
february 7 2016 15:00 - Eagle lower down in The His & Hers Tree
 
(https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1650/24260212973_2b4b2732ac_b.jpg) (https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1650/24260212973_66a33498e1_o.jpg)

Earnest cutie-pie again.
This could be Scootch!
Watching the adults over in the Nest area. (there is Dad, where is my Mum?)
i believe there was an Eagle in Foster*s Fir.
 
(https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1460/24519670079_6a6a850663_b.jpg) (https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1460/24519670079_c699b8b8b1_o.jpg)
 
(https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1520/24860969356_855dbaac06_b.jpg) (https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1520/24860969356_0b9a4bcf33_o.jpg)
 
(https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1642/24887266855_80ee3b4d84_b.jpg) (https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1642/24887266855_b8a0180e57_o.jpg)
 
(https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1651/24591784660_8c388cfc0a_b.jpg) (https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1651/24591784660_2b763384f4_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 - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: boonibarb on February 07, 2016, 09:22:11 PM
 
february 7 2016 15:02:20 - youngster Eagle
 
(https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1485/24769339602_e17bc351c2_b.jpg) (https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1485/24769339602_a688c1a046_o.jpg)
 
(https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1654/24769334802_7c022dce41_b.jpg) (https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1654/24769334802_e916e8d847_o.jpg)
 
(https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1449/24769362572_64abc3a1fa_b.jpg) (https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1449/24769362572_c8a82eaaf9_o.jpg)
 
(https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1583/24860979526_6a0c858f15_b.jpg) (https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1583/24860979526_f3003f1d5a_o.jpg)
 
(https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1484/24793866841_fffa22f3af_b.jpg) (https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1484/24793866841_5b4b41cfd2_o.jpg)
 
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https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/)


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: boonibarb on February 07, 2016, 09:24:28 PM
 
february 7 2016 15:12:35 - youngster Eagle
 
(https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1523/24860949596_12caced4ed_b.jpg) (https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1523/24860949596_fc2cb686c8_o.jpg)
 
(https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1637/24769326532_bdc067e19b_b.jpg) (https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1637/24769326532_d58fc39acf_o.jpg)
 
(https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1451/24260360093_42f07d4952_b.jpg) (https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1451/24260360093_86a7336d0c_o.jpg)
 

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


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: jeavverhey on February 08, 2016, 05:32:30 AM
Wonderful series again Booni. Gladdens my heart.  :eclove


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: Cawatcher on February 08, 2016, 09:45:44 AM
Wow booni wouldnt that be great if this was our Scooch???  wonderful series again ♥


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: Faerie Gardener on February 15, 2016, 07:45:22 PM
 :heart  (((Scootch)))  :heart


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: gillie on February 19, 2016, 12:27:05 AM
Fantastic photos Booni, thank you so much for posting them. Wonder what Dad Hornby is thinking? I'll always miss Mum Hornby, bless her  :eccry. Maybe she is with Phoenix.


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: boonibarb on February 19, 2016, 09:04:46 AM
 
february 18 2016 14:07 - Grassy Point rainbow
 
 
 
(https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1595/24834234630_6d2f73de42_b.jpg) (https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1595/24834234630_5b823076b4_o.jpg)
 

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

 


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: Tigerlady105 on February 19, 2016, 11:16:57 AM
Great capture, booni!   :eclove


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: ivani on February 23, 2016, 05:27:58 PM
wonderful photo!! thank you Booni :heart


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: boonibarb on February 23, 2016, 09:02:06 PM
 
Spotted THIS youngster in The Peters* Tree!
 
february 23 2016 15:19 - young Eagle in The Peters* Tree
 
(https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1535/24859079149_6ff3f7d6b1_b.jpg) (https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1535/24859079149_e308380c81_o.jpg)

Looks like a two year old, just turning three, with the eye stripe developing.
The eye is still brown, but turning a lot more yellow, tail is still very dark, but look how yellow the beak is already!
There is so much variation in how they age.
 
(https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1631/24599947143_e73af0079e_b.jpg) (https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1631/24599947143_9f26ce2991_o.jpg)
 
(https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1450/25226747015_1198e296fb_b.jpg) (https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1450/25226747015_1c4bfafff9_o.jpg)
 
(https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1657/25133546841_5c3080d41e_b.jpg) (https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1657/25133546841_f6906f766b_o.jpg)
 
(https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1666/24931138390_0d1b558c68_b.jpg) (https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1666/24931138390_cd945e1db2_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 - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: boonibarb on February 23, 2016, 09:12:53 PM
 
Lastly i spotted THIS Eagle.
 
february 23 2016 15:32 - Eagle on Gregg*s Tree
 
(https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1493/25108683562_bf6b6b1052_b.jpg) (https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1493/25108683562_10a8f6a312_o.jpg)

Looks like a four year old turning five.
Just a bit of dark on the head around the beak & in the tail tips, eye yellow, beak yellow.
This could be David or Alexandra!
 
(https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1586/24859255959_a3ed2b6feb_b.jpg) (https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1586/24859255959_d29907a010_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 - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: Faerie Gardener on February 25, 2016, 03:53:35 PM
What Fun to Dream   :eclove


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: boonibarb on March 07, 2016, 08:25:23 PM
 
The Herring Spawn has arrived again this year!
It started off to the right in Belcarra territory, & spread to Sandstone Point, then across Grassy Point.
Today it was going full blast in front of Grassy Point & has moved to the left around Collishaw Point as well!
 
march 6 2016 13:42 - Herring Spawn near Tralee Point
 
(https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1703/24959369764_92e53a4217_b.jpg) (https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1703/24959369764_dd58c7b15e_o.jpg)

march 6 2016 14:25 - Gull & Herring Spawn
 
(https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1595/25498108311_28316d5695_b.jpg) (https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1595/25498108311_d6ab8b9c5a_o.jpg)

Look at the colour of the water! & the foam from the milt!
 
(https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1660/25565595696_88e5312bcf_b.jpg) (https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1660/25565595696_85858bed16_o.jpg)

The foam piles up on the shore, like this.
 
(https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1489/24965612473_bd97ea150c_b.jpg) (https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1489/24965612473_237c6dd83c_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 - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: boonibarb on March 07, 2016, 09:17:34 PM
 
Look at the regular water in the distance, compared to the milty water closer to the shoreline.
The beaches are covered in Gulls.
 
march 6 2016 13:44 - Herring Spawn around Tralee Point
 
(https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1485/25485255702_71f24f4a2a_b.jpg) (https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1485/25485255702_fcf640b9f9_o.jpg)
 
(https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1680/25236300169_c140d1661d_b.jpg) (https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1680/25236300169_1431e92fde_o.jpg)

Some Sea Lions are full & are snoozing at the surface.
They sleep on their side with their flippers & tails up in the air.
They regularly bring their snout to the surface to take a breath, then submerge again, somehow, still snoozing.
 
(https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1495/24973375334_d0f187e0b5_b.jpg) (https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1495/24973375334_47f96dedd8_o.jpg)

This foto shows a bit of the water colour & then all the foam clumps floating across the surface.

march 6 2016 14:46 - Kildeer & Herring Spawn milt foam water
 
(https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1714/25308243370_6470922c97_b.jpg) (https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1714/25308243370_a88d10fa5b_o.jpg)

Lots of Sea Lions are cruising through the Herring, alone & in groups.
 
(https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1697/25485227262_4e31cc92fe_b.jpg) (https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1697/25485227262_704607fe40_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 - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: boonibarb on March 07, 2016, 09:43:06 PM
 
march 6 2016 15:12 - rainbow near Nest # 21
 
(https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1453/25485931502_08733d2c0c_b.jpg) (https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1453/25485931502_86d2888720_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 - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: boonibarb on March 07, 2016, 10:06:10 PM
 
Snoozing in the sunshine off Grassy Point.
 
march 7 2016 14:22 - snoozing Sea Lions off Grassy Point
 
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Off to my left, i noticed all these tall dark figures in the far distance.
They were all Eagles!
i count 8!
You can see that the water colour has gone along the shore all the way out to there, too.
A fishing boat is motoring by in the far distance.

march 7 2016 14:48 - view towards Collishaw Point from Grassy Point
 
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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: boonibarb on March 07, 2016, 10:36:52 PM
 
i made my way closer to where i had seen all those Eagles!
The first thing i saw was an Eagle eating a Herring!
Look at the lovely water colour with the foam floating on top, & washed up along the rock perch of the Eagle.
Fun reflection in the water, too!

march 7 2016 15:34 - Eagle eating Herring near Collishaw Point
 
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Tear off the head, then gulp the rest down whole!
 
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Blood & scales & flesh on the feet, the rock & the beak.
 
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SOMEbody*s crop is as large as they are!
 
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Another Herring caught in the foot, here.
 
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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: boonibarb on March 07, 2016, 11:10:45 PM
 
While watching all these Eagles & what they were doing to catch & then eat Herring, & then seeing how they reacted with each other, i could have sworn that, out of the corner of my eye, i was seeing Herring leaping up out of the water & onto the rock!
In this video, the Eagle has a Herring in the feet, but watch closely & you see a tail flip in the background, & then another Herring leap up onto the rock & back into the water behind the Eagle, beneath the tail, TWICE!
No WONDER the Eagles were all hanging around here.
You can also hear Otto saying, LET*S GO!

march 7 2016 15:38 - Eagle eating Herring near Collishaw Point
 
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Js3v_SnUqPY

 
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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: Tigerlady105 on March 07, 2016, 11:24:47 PM
Fantastic photos and reports of the day!  Thanks for sharing them. booni!   :eclove


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: jeavverhey on March 08, 2016, 06:44:43 AM
Omg Booni those photos are so amazing. They put us right in the waters edge with you. Be patient Otto please _ this is important coverage of a big event.  :eclove


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: paintnut on March 08, 2016, 08:01:55 AM
just WOW


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: auroradawn on March 08, 2016, 08:48:47 AM
booni, just absolutely fantastic.


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: winterwren on March 08, 2016, 09:02:59 AM
Yes, there were indeed little waves of fish throwing themselves at the rocks every so often. Hard to capture on photos or video because they were all over the place and each tiny wave just lasted a few seconds. Yesterday I also saw some gulls fishing from the shallows like a heron would do, just grabbing the darting fish in front of them; eagles were fishing the same way. No need to fly. I had never observed that way of catching herring before.


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: amazedbyeagles on March 08, 2016, 09:40:52 AM
Amazing!  Fabulous!  How wonderful to see!  Thank you so much for sharing your up close and personal experiences, Booni and Wren! :-) :eclove :eceek


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: boonibarb on March 08, 2016, 11:24:03 AM
 
Still standing on their Herring, foam on the shore & floating by in the background.

march 7 2016 15:39 - Eagle with Herring near Collishaw Point

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Crow waiting for leftovers.

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Beautiful long shaggy neckline on this Eagle.
Island of foam floating past.

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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: boonibarb on March 08, 2016, 11:26:16 AM
 
Ha ha, quick video clip, Crow saying - *Are you done with that yet??*

march 7 2016 15:40 - Eagle with Herring & Crow near Collishaw Point

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nR1JHOoqkvQ

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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: boodle317 on March 08, 2016, 03:55:38 PM
fabulous pictures and videos booni!    Hiya Otto!


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: ivani on March 08, 2016, 04:15:10 PM
wonderful videos and photos! thank you Booni.  :heart


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: boonibarb on March 09, 2016, 09:02:26 AM
 
Some of the assortment of Eagle ages that were at this dinner table.
 
march 7 2016 15:42 - Eagle near Collishaw Point
 
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& then look at that one adult in the center!
You can see straight through their nares!
That*s not usually the case, is it?
i know with Turkey Vultures you do.
Maybe it is just a reflection from something stuck there, like Herring scales?
 
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But blown up, that doesn*t really look like a reflection, does it?
 
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Look at them all, waiting for the Herring to jump.
 
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Love the earnestness of the little sweetie on the left.
 
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Another close up of this one.

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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: boonibarb on March 09, 2016, 09:07:31 AM
 
Yesterday the power was out for some reason, all afternoon, so i went all over the Island to see all the Herring Spawn action!
Seeing this was probably the highlight of the day.
When i got out of the car, even from so far away, i was spotted & they*d fly away.
So i did some from inside with the window rolled down.
Then i found this great spot where i could see them closer, but they didn*t seem to notice me against my front tire!
Wish i could put a blind down there & hang out all day.
 
march 8 2016 16:50 - Eagles in puddles
 
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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: amazedbyeagles on March 09, 2016, 09:22:42 AM
Wonderful photos!!!  Wonderful video!  It's as if you can take us with you on your expedition to see this amazing display of eagles at the dinner table!  Thank you!!! :eclove :heart


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: Faerie Gardener on March 09, 2016, 09:31:27 AM
These are so great!  I love the thought of a blind...or maybe you could dress up as a small tree?   :ecwink


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: peppy7 on March 09, 2016, 09:35:05 AM
Fantastic photos Booni, thank you. I can't believe those see-through nares, it's as if someone fired a gun clean through!


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: fol-di-rol on March 09, 2016, 12:51:51 PM
Absolutely love those eagles in puddles - just like a bunch of little kids playing!  Thank you, Booni, for what must have been a cold and wet day for you - and for taking advantage of the power outage to get your lovely photos.


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: NancyM on March 09, 2016, 01:13:42 PM
Great photos and video, booni!  Woo Hooo!  Love those eagles moving sideways.

My guess is that is a fish scale stuck to the one eagle's beak - I don;t think you are seeing through the nare.

I often use my car as a "hide" -  that was even advised on my trip to Alaska, they said the birds would spook if we got out and walked around but would ignore someone sitting in a car. 


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: winterwren on March 09, 2016, 08:38:25 PM
The first day of the herring spawn, I started off pretty much at the same place as Booni did. There was only one area where the herring had spawned, from Sandstone Point to the territory of the Belcarra eagles.

Tralee Point was right in the middle and easy to get to, so that is where my first photos are from.

My own attempts at landscape shots, with the blue-green water:
March 6, 2 pm
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The birds on the rocks are mostly Harlequins. There were about a hundred in that little bay, more than I had seen ever since migration time last year.


The blue-green colour is still just a little way offshore.

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There was a female Red-breasted Merganser sitting on a rock and preening, and some of the Harlequins and a few American Wigeon swimming. I decided to try going past her without bothering her, to see all the birds that were around the corner.
Fat chance! Mergansers are really shy, and Harlequins only a little less so.

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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: winterwren on March 09, 2016, 08:47:50 PM
10 minutes later...
Lots of cropping on this picture.
She's still preening and doesn't seem concerned.
Of course she knows I'm there.

March 6, 2:10 pm
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2:14 pm
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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: winterwren on March 09, 2016, 08:56:51 PM
2:18 pm

La lalala lalala... I'm not really heeere....
 :duck

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She must be in food coma from the herring, otherwise she'd be long gone.
Once in a while she shakes her wings.

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There's a little flake of something stuck to her cheek on the right side.

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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: winterwren on March 09, 2016, 09:12:01 PM
From where I'm now standing, I've also been watching a female Harlequin, also calmly preening, while her mate floats nearby.

March 6, 2:15 pm
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After a while her mate joins her and starts to preen also.
We can see the way his wing tucks behind his orange flank feathers, like in a pocket.  :eclove
2:16
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And finally I can see around the corner: more Harlequins resting on the rocks with a few American Wigeons.
2:20
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My time is up by then, so I tiptoe back. The merganser calmly gets off her rock and swims off, but at least I didn't make anyone fly in a panic. Success!


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: winterwren on March 09, 2016, 09:28:06 PM
Next stop was the Belcarra territory, which was as far as the turquoise colour went.
I quickly scouted the area and returned as soon as I had some free time, which was shortly before sunset.

The placid scene of the afternoon had changed: the breeze was up, the light was fading, and fish were boiling up to the surface every so often, drawing flocks of gulls.
I had camera problems for a bit and missed the best pictures as this happened right in front of me.
But I was able to catch the sea lions and gulls together. The sea lions sometimes cause the fish to rise to the surface, so the gulls follow them closely, hoping to catch a fish.
Even in the fading light we can see the water's strange colour.

March 6, 5:40 pm
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The immature gull at the right has a fish!

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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: jeavverhey on March 10, 2016, 08:40:15 AM
What a wonderful series of pictures Wren! You certainly make the most of your fantastic environment. Thank you for sharing it with us.  :ecsmile :eclove


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: auroradawn on March 10, 2016, 09:42:30 AM
booni & wren, thank you both so much for all these wonderful pictures, videos & reports, I am so enjoying it all  :eclove


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: winterwren on March 10, 2016, 10:24:57 PM
March 7 was the second day we saw herring spawning on the island.
I was at work all morning, but we finished our chores as fast as we could, and in the early afternoon we took the work boat for a herring cruise!
The turquoise colour started at Shingle Spit and extended north around Collishaw Point and past Grassy Point.
Between Shingle Spit and Phipps Point, there was a band of colour off the shore, just like Booni and I saw at Tralee the day before. But I think it was fresher and still sat as clouds in the water.
The birds in the photo are 3 Mew Gulls and a Pelagic Cormorant. The shore, beyond a darker area that is clear water, is lined with gulls.
March 7, 1:12 pm
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A few years ago, the owners of the boat worked with a Japanese crew that was filming the herring spawn. To get images of the fish, they anchored at the edge of the cloud of milt. Schools of herring dart in and out of the cloud. Any movement on the boat spooks the fish off.
We did that for a while, anchored in the shallows in the lovely sunshine and looked down into the water. I took a lot of photos but my lens was too far from the surface of the water and none of them came out clear. (Two years ago I took pictures from my kayak in much the same way, drifting over clear water near the edge of the milt cloud, and had more success. Click here (http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=1478.msg148868#msg148868) to see the forum posting with those photos.)
The filming crew also had some success with leaving underwater cameras on anchors at the edge of the milt cloud, retrieving them later. Divers in the water usually scare the fish away.
All this, I learned in the following days, works only with the first spawn in a given area. When a second or third wave of fish come in to spawn, the surrounding water is already opaque from the diluted milt of the first wave, making the fish invisible.


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: winterwren on March 10, 2016, 10:42:53 PM
Then we crossed over to the Denman side of Lambert Channel, where all the fishing boats were.
There was a wider band of turquoise along the shore; fish had spawned there for three days running.

Looking north towards Comox, there were boats and gulls everywhere. Birds floated over the whole width of the channel.
March 7, 1:57 pm
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This net full of fish is being lifted out of a herring skiff and into the hold of its mother ship.
There is roe oozing out of the fish at the bottom of the net.
1:59
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Here's the gill net coming aboard one of the herring skiffs. Paddles shake the net to make the fish drop to the bottom of the skiff, but the crew also uses boat hooks to shake off the remaining fish.
Herring scales cling to every surface.

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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: winterwren on March 10, 2016, 10:49:06 PM
A Thayer's Gull passes right by us, swallowing a herring on the fly!

March 7, 2:10:51
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There's still just a tip of tail sticking out, just in time! Here comes the competition. Only one second has elapsed.
2:10:52
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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: Tigerlady105 on March 10, 2016, 11:18:13 PM
Great timing, wren!   :thumbup:


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: Cawatcher on March 11, 2016, 10:28:55 AM
 :heart booni wren fantastic series!! unbelievable captures thank you thank you for sharing


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: winterwren on March 11, 2016, 08:08:50 PM
We cruise southward again, following the coast of Denman Island. By Gravelly Bay and all the way to Eagle Rock, there is some fresh new spawn, the cloud of milt contrasting sharply with the surrounding water.

March 7, 2:36 pm
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In the middle of the milt cloud, the water is so milky, you lose sight of anything below a few inches of depth.
This is a strand of Japanese Driftweed, introduced from Asia via ships' bilge water. I've been wondering about it for years, but lately I heard from various sources that it offers good shelter to sea life; during a presentation about the herring last Tuesday, we were told that "the herring like it". I'm not sure to what degree they choose the substrate where they deposit their eggs, but certainly a few days later I saw areas where the driftweed was just loaded with roe. I suppose the thin, branched structure gives a good support and the upright stems at high tide would allow plenty of water to circulate around the eggs and oxygenate them.

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As we headed for home, I spotted an eagle fishing at the edge of the cloud of milt. I love how the turquoise colour reflects on the white feathers.

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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: boonibarb on March 11, 2016, 08:23:44 PM
 
i ran into wren today & was telling her about two water Birds i saw down at Ford Cove.
One i remember being red & the other all white.
i don*t know my water Birds at all.
Look at the beautiful water colour.
It really was that beautiful.
i tried really hard to capture the real colour, everywhere i went.
These two were in the calm bay to the right of the walkway out to the docks.
 
march 8 2016  16:18 - Grebe
 
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Here*s the one i thought was all white, not so all white at all.
 
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They were both sweeties, but how sweet is this one?
 
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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 - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: winterwren on March 11, 2016, 08:51:01 PM
OMG, Booni, that is a Pied-billed Grebe! They're so adorable and I have never seen one on Hornby; Ford Cove would be the most likely place; they like shallow, calm bays.

The one with the white breast and dark flanks and cap is a Horned Grebe, our most common grebe. They are just a little bit larger and a pair of them are regulars at Ford Cove.
They are worth watching closely these days: some of them are starting to show hints of the russet plumage they get in the spring. I'm also starting to see them gathering in flocks, which so far I have only seen at the times of spring and fall migrations.

Thanks for posting these, Booni!


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: winterwren on March 11, 2016, 08:55:47 PM
Back to March 7, since it is now too dark for me to run to Ford Cove and try to find that Pied-billed Grebe!
So on March 7, as soon as I got home from my boating adventure, I planned to get out again. The weather was beautiful and the forecast was bad, so I loaded my kayak on the truck and headed down to Grassy Point while I still could.

This was shortly after Booni saw the eagles fishing near Collishaw; she would have been there at the end of the flood tide. The tide was ebbing during my outing, starting to drop at 5 pm, which is about when I launched.
As soon as I left Grassy Point, I started seeing fish boiling up and throwing themselves at the shore just as we saw in Booni's first video, where the eagles are nabbing some of the fish.
The little boils last just a few seconds, so they're very hard to photograph. My first two photos show just the splashes and no fish, but I like the light! The action was right beside me.
March 7, 4:54
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Ok, better luck here. Look closely; there are several bits of several fish visible in addition to the one jumping right out of the water. They rolled into the seaweed and back.
4:58
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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: Cawatcher on March 11, 2016, 09:16:19 PM
 :eceek Wonderful wonderful You both true amazed with beautiful shots   :heart


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: boonibarb on March 11, 2016, 09:22:06 PM
 
Oh, wow, thank you wren!
Here, i thought it was the white one who was interesting!
Thanks for the i.d!

Now getting back to where i left off a few days ago...
Here is the Eagle with the holey beak again.
i didn*t see this when i was photographing, only later, when looking at the fotos on the computer.
 
march 7 2016 15:43 - Eagle near Collishaw Point
 
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Here they all still are, waiting for dinner to jump into their laps.
The youngster far right has Herring scales stuck to their beak, making a white patch.
Beautiful water colour.
 
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Crow asking Eagle, *You finished that YET?*
 
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This is what Grassy Point looked like from where i was.
 
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& here you can see that that hole straight through the nares is visible from the left side too!  :eceek
Something strange is going on there.
 
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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 - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: boonibarb on March 11, 2016, 09:32:59 PM
 
Got one!
You can still see the trail of water drops from where the Herring was nabbed.
 
march 7 2016 15:49 - Eagle with Herring near Collishaw Point
 
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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 - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: boonibarb on March 11, 2016, 09:43:01 PM
 
Suddenly, one Eagle would fly off & another land.
Here you can see the holey-beaked Eagle very well.
Watch when the left side of the beak is visible.
There is something like a gouge that runs the whole length of the beak!

march 7 2016 15:50 - Eagles near Collishaw Point
 
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kutd7pJHRxg
 
link to my fotos page -  
 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/)


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: boonibarb on March 11, 2016, 09:51:19 PM
 
Here are three scaps i took of the Eagle in that video.
 
march 7 2016 15:50 - Eagle near Collishaw Point
 
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Look how strange the beak is on that side, like a huge gouge is missing.
 
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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 - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: boonibarb on March 11, 2016, 10:00:08 PM
 
Here is that same Eagle again.
Watch the upper right corner & near the end of the video a Herring jumps out of the water there.

march 7 2016 15:53 - Eagles near Collishaw Point
 
 
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DtXGQ0YcGuk
 
link to my fotos page -  
 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/)


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: boonibarb on March 11, 2016, 11:17:10 PM
 
Here they are, all fishing again.
The holey-beaked Eagle catches one, then a youngster tries to steal it after it has been swallowed!
The holey-beaked Eagle flies off, but lands again at the end.
You can see Herring jumping in the milky blue water.

march 7 2016 15:54 - Eagles  catching Herring near Collishaw Point
 
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=57P_M5R_Fho
 
link to my fotos page - 
 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/)


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: Tigerlady105 on March 12, 2016, 12:24:48 AM
Thank you for taking us with you, booni!   :thumbup:


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: jeavverhey on March 12, 2016, 02:52:39 AM
A Thayer's Gull passes right by us, swallowing a herring on the fly!

March 7, 2:10:51
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Very very interesting Wren. I am relieved that there seems to be an abundance this season. Just wish the fishers were not so greedy. Nature can only compensate for so much.  Thank you for being our eyes and ears.

There's still just a tip of tail sticking out, just in time! Here comes the competition. Only one second has elapsed.
2:10:52
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(Check out the crop...)



Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: jeavverhey on March 12, 2016, 03:02:38 AM
Booni your videos are so very helpful. The Holey beak eagle seems to me to be proof that our beloved Mom H could have healed and gone on to enjoy her old age. That thought comforts me as does Dads reluctance to mate with new girl. Your patience and persistence benefit us all. Thank you.


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: boonibarb on March 12, 2016, 09:05:33 AM
 
The youngster has caught a Herring at the start of this video.
i like how they all keep changing places & challenging each other.
The holey beak Eagle is still there.

march 7 2016 15:57 - Eagles catching Herring near Collishaw Point
 
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-cty4yFtN_M
 
link to my fotos page -  
 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/)


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: boonibarb on March 12, 2016, 09:13:04 AM
 
The holey beak Eagle is still there.

march 7 2016 16:01 - Eagles catching Herring near Collishaw Point
 
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i-YU7FA8DWU
 
link to my fotos page -  
 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/)


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: boonibarb on March 12, 2016, 09:20:52 AM
 
march 7 2016 16:01 - young Eagle with Herring near Collishaw Point

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Watch this youngster spy a Herring in the shallows & make a grab for it!

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See the Herring on the shore there?

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Looks like the Herring in the right foot there?
Adult watching youngster.

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Darn!
Where*d it go?
i HAD it!

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The wait & watch goes on.

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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 - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: boonibarb on March 12, 2016, 09:26:22 AM
 
You can hear Mew Gulls in the background, & see another Herring jump in the water.
At the end, Eagles came out of nowhere & all flew out over the water, i was trying to catch what they were up to.

march 7 2016 16:06 - Eagles catching Herring near Collishaw Point

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dMp3eA4FaVc

link to my fotos page - 
 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/)


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: boonibarb on March 12, 2016, 09:36:23 AM
 
An adult catches a Herring & has to fly off with it or lose it!

march 7 2016 16:09 - Eagles catching Herring near Collishaw Point

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PxR5G4MhxOs

link to my fotos page - 
 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/)


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: boonibarb on March 12, 2016, 09:42:10 AM
 
The sweet youngsters aren*t quite as good at it as the adults.
Watch a youngster catch one then almost lose it to another & the water.
He learns he needs to eat fast!

march 7 2016 16:12 - young Eagle catching a Herring near Collishaw Point

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

link to my fotos page -  
 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/)


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: boonibarb on March 12, 2016, 09:45:38 AM
 
They*re learning!

march 7 2016 16:27 - young Eagle catches a Herring near Collishaw Point

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WBCRA1fYAmw

link to my fotos page - 
 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/)


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: Cawatcher on March 12, 2016, 09:53:53 AM
Terrific posts booni, I just cant get over the interplay it is so neat!


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: Cawatcher on March 12, 2016, 09:55:05 AM
Jeave I agree I still feel hope for Moms' existance
  :heart


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: amazedbyeagles on March 12, 2016, 09:57:35 AM
Wowie!!!!  Fabulous videos, Booni!  And I love the sequence of stills showing the youngster catching the fish..... It's amazing to see how the herring leap and flip right out of the water at the eagles' feet, as if offering themselves up for dinner!  An amazing display of nature's bounty!  Thank you so much for the patience you take to get these wonderful photos and videos, and for sharing!  :eclove :heart


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: amazedbyeagles on March 12, 2016, 10:19:54 AM
wonderful wonderful photos!  I love how you both take us with you on your expeditions, show us what you are seeing, give us such a fabulous close-up of this amazing spawn and all involved!  I love seeing the fish leaping, all the splashing beads of water, the beautiful color of the water.  Interesting holey beak on that one very healthy looking eagle, Booni!  You'll have to name her! Thank you both!!!
 :eclove :heart


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: boonibarb on March 13, 2016, 10:26:42 AM
 
i just can*t get enough of this scene.
Watch at the end, you get to see the stained soles of all their feet as they take off!
i LOVE that!

march 12 2016 13:39 - Eagles in puddles
 
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KeBeJ6dN47M
 
link to my fotos page - 
 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/)


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: winterwren on March 13, 2016, 06:57:39 PM
Omg, Booni, SCORE!


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: boonibarb on March 13, 2016, 07:30:03 PM
 
When i told her where our hike had been, wren asked if the water over that way still had the Herring Spawn blue.
i thought it had, & here is the foto to show that.
 
march 11 2016 11:11 - view from Hornby towards north Denman & Comox
 
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Three days earlier, the power blew out during lunch, so i spent the afternoon in the wind & rain checking out the Herring Spawn all over the Island.
Here we are at Little Tribune Bay.
You can just see the finger of light blue on the horizon, towards Dunlop Point.
The wind was HOWLING, & i was hiding behind a long with a scarf wrapped around my head & ears.
Raindrop on my lens.

march 8 2016 14:12 - Herring Spawn in Little Tribune Bay

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This is looking towards Dunlop Point & in front of Nest #25.
i zoomed in on the lovely water colour.

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i heard Eagles trilling & there they were, one had landed & the other was hovering in to land, they are both trilling the whole time.

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It was such excited trilling, i thought there might be mating!
Listen to the wind!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MDiaiBrayfU
 
link to my fotos page - 
 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/)


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: boonibarb on March 13, 2016, 07:48:58 PM
 
Now i*ve gone to partway between Little Tribune Bay Nest & Nest #25.
This is looking out towards High Salal, Helliwell far right.
That colour is just mesmerizing.

march 8 2016 14:33 - Herring Spawn in Little Tribune Bay

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Now i*ve moved more to the right, towards Dunlop Point, in front of Nest #25

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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 - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: boonibarb on March 13, 2016, 08:15:29 PM
 
Now i am heading towards Ford Cove.
i have to pull over when i see that gorgeous blue colour in the distance.
There is not much room to pull over here!
Then i spot all these Eagles!
i count 12!
Woohooo, this is a dream come true, to see Eagles in water like this.

march 8 2016 15:15 - Eagles bathing in field during Herring Spawn

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Look at that!
What a fabulous sight!

march 8 2016 15:18 - Olsen Farm field & Herring Spawn

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i am trying really hard to capture the true colour of that blue.

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i think the orange ball marks where a Herring fishing net is.

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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 - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: boonibarb on March 13, 2016, 08:56:28 PM
 
Now i head down to Ford Cove!
Wooohooooo!
The Herring Spawn is SO invigorating!

march 8 2016 15:37 - Ford Cove during the Herring Spawn

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The colour of the water is hard to believe.

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Found this Herring on the dock beside a fish boat.
The guy said take it home & cook it for dinner.
i should have at least taken it & frozen it for Otto.
This was a BIG Fish!

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Peeking around the corner towards Heron Rocks.
Fish boat there.

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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 - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: boonibarb on March 13, 2016, 08:57:55 PM
 
march 8 2016 15:35 - Ford Cove during the Herring Spawn


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=82xwhm7gKJo

link to my fotos page - 
 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/)


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: boonibarb on March 13, 2016, 08:58:55 PM

i think this is what is called gill netting?

march 8 2016 15:40 - Herring fishing during the Herring Spawn


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

link to my fotos page -  
 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/)


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: Tigerlady105 on March 13, 2016, 10:30:12 PM
The colors in your photos are beautiful, booni!   :eclove


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: jeavverhey on March 14, 2016, 01:59:18 AM
Booni once again you have done a fabulous job of taking us all with you. Thank you so much.  The colours in the water are fabulous and the videos of the everything  really lets us into your world. Thank you so much.  I admire your patience and persistence.


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: sparkie on March 14, 2016, 05:58:47 AM
Thank you booni wonderful pictures . Hard  to find a name for that color . Is it a Shade of green   Like Aqua Marine? It reminds me of the colors of the South Pacific....


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: boodle317 on March 14, 2016, 06:48:57 AM
Fantastic booni!  thank you


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: boonibarb on March 14, 2016, 08:41:24 AM
 
i have to stop at this field again!

march 8 2016 16:46 - Eagles bathing in field during Herring Spawn

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All the comings & goings, the jostling for spots, the different ages, WOW!

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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 - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: boonibarb on March 14, 2016, 08:46:05 AM
 
Look at them all!
i can watch this all day.
i have discovered that i need to stay in the car to film them.

march 8 2016 16:49 - Eagles bathing in a field during the Herring Spawn

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xnSm6CmyPmE

link to my fotos page - 
 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/)


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: boonibarb on March 14, 2016, 08:49:24 AM
 
i LOVE to see them hunching around, walking.
Watch the youngster challenge the adult for the good bathing spot!

march 8 2016 17:03 - Eagles bathing in a field during the Herring Spawn

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

link to my fotos page - 
 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/)


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: boonibarb on March 14, 2016, 08:51:31 AM
 
& now for something completely different!

march 10 2016 10:54 - Robin bathing in a puddle during the Herring Spawn

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

link to my fotos page -  
 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/)


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: boonibarb on March 14, 2016, 08:55:39 AM
 
i have to go back to the field again!
Today it is brighter, but still raining.
i am sitting in the passenger seat with my camera poked out the window.
Love the glitter on the water.

march 10 2016 11:19 - Eagles bathing in a field during the Herring Spawn

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yqHRwGf8MQw

link to my fotos page - 
 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/)


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: boonibarb on March 14, 2016, 08:56:46 AM
 
Watch this youngster hunching across the field, & the tugging at the grass & watching it blow away in the wind!
What a goofball.

march 10 2016 11:23 - Eagles bathing in a field during the Herring Spawn

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=13QdnFzl1LE


link to my fotos page -  
 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/)


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: boonibarb on March 14, 2016, 09:26:02 AM
 
Ha ha, more hunching around!
Love to see how they drink, & how they seem to enjoy every drop, smacking their beak with satisfaction.
Ha ha, more challenging for spots!
Just for the heck of it!
Then the other youngster is, like, hey, what*s going on here you two?
& then jumping around in the grass, feeling it in your toes, your belly is full & life is good!


march 10 2016 11:29 - Eagles bathing in a field during the Herring Spawn


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FORMPd7pQx4


link to my fotos page - 
 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/)


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: boonibarb on March 14, 2016, 09:29:21 AM
 
Lovely sparkles.

march 10 2016 11:34 - Eagles bathing in a field during the Herring Spawn

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

link to my fotos page - 
 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/)


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: boonibarb on March 14, 2016, 09:31:47 AM
 
Look at this wondrous sight from the air, the immensity of it!

DFO - Herring Spawn - Comox - that*s the airport there.

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LOOK!

DFO - Herring Spawn - Phipps Point

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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 - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: jeavverhey on March 14, 2016, 10:45:40 AM
wow Booni - what an awesome view from up there -  when did you sprout wings?


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: winterwren on March 14, 2016, 08:12:37 PM
Meanwhile I'm still on March 7, paddling towards Collishaw Point in the late-afternoon light.

I'm pretty sure these are the same rocks where Booni photographed the eagles fishing a couple of hours earlier.
They may even be the same eagles!
One of them has just caught another fish.
The herring are still throwing themselves at the rocks in tiny brief waves.

March 7, 5:08 pm
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I was against the light here and took a wide detour around these rocks to try to see the eagles from the other side.
But not wide enough... They flew off when I was almost past them.

Sorry eagles!




Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: winterwren on March 14, 2016, 08:35:15 PM
A little further along, I see a seabird that looks completely unfamiliar.

Until I get a bit closer and realise that it's a Common Goldeneye. I had never seen one on land! What beautiful orange feet they have!
March 7, 5:33
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Not injured, though, as I saw later... Perfectly able to swim. Probably just really full of fish or roe.

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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: winterwren on March 14, 2016, 08:44:14 PM
Now I'm within view of Collishaw Point itself.
It's covered in gulls.

March 7, 5:36 pm
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It's getting kind of dusky but there is so much going on!
I drift to the end of the point where gulls are fishing in the shallows.
5:42 pm
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The gull escapes with the tail of the fish still sticking out of his bill. And a fish-shaped crop.
(His mother taught him NOT to chew.)

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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: Cawatcher on March 15, 2016, 05:37:25 AM
Love having the view from land and water!


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: jeavverhey on March 15, 2016, 06:30:55 AM
Great to see from this perspective Wren. Lovely reflections on the water also. Interesting changes in the light. Thank you for these.


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: boonibarb on March 15, 2016, 10:13:59 AM
 
i went back home & did my have-to(s), then headed back out again.
First stop, Little Tribune Bay.
Lots of Gulls, lots of fishing going on!
The water is still that beautiful blue colour.
 
march 10 2016 15:30 - Herring Spawn in Little Tribune Bay
 
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Some of the fishing action.

march 10 2016 15:32 - Herring fishing in Little Tribune Bay
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yYrIG1v4neM
 
link to my fotos page - 
 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/)


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: boonibarb on March 15, 2016, 10:25:04 AM
 
A tiny clip of that Pied-billed Grebe.
Videos kept going out of focus on this day, weather/lighting i guess.
 
march 8 2016 16:19 -  Pied billed Grebe
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jZAbYY4867o
 
link to my fotos page - 
 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/)


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: ivani on March 15, 2016, 02:52:05 PM
Wonderful!!!
Thank you Wren and Booni
 :heart


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: winterwren on March 15, 2016, 08:11:41 PM
Still on March 7, paddling around Collishaw Point in fading light.

Another gull catching a herring right in front of me!
I have stopped in shallow water, with only inches under my boat. From time to time I can see fish darting past. What a feeling.

March 7, 5:43 pm
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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: winterwren on March 15, 2016, 08:21:49 PM
Another gull catches a herring here.
In this photo we can also see, among the Glaucous-winged (grey wingtips) and Thayer's Gulls (with darker wingtips marked with large white polka dots), one lone gull with a dark-orange bill!

That was the first one I spotted. A California Gull in its spring finery!
Turns out there were several of them around. I had not seen them since November, and at that time they were in duller winter colours.
Collishaw Point, March 7, 5:43 pm
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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: winterwren on March 15, 2016, 08:46:22 PM
Some of the gulls were fishing like herons: none of that flying and throwing yourself in the water, just stand on a rock and nab the passing fish.
As Booni showed us in earlier posts, some of the eagles were doing that also. Two of them are at it in these photos.

Collishaw Point, March 7, 5:45:02 pm
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5:45:12
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5:42:22
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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: Tigerlady105 on March 15, 2016, 08:48:02 PM
Thank you for taking us with you, wren and booni!   :eclove


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: winterwren on March 18, 2016, 06:52:47 PM
Still at Collishaw Point on March 8, herring and birds on all sides.
To the sunset tints in the photos you must mentally add the soft turquoise that shows if you look right down into the water.

Another eagle is fishing heron-style, simply standing on a rock and nabbing passing fish.

March 8, 5:50 pm
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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: winterwren on March 18, 2016, 07:00:21 PM
Here's another of those California Gulls, catching a herring! I can tell by the yellow legs, turned bright-orange this season.
Look at the pattern of black and white on the wingtip also.

Collishaw Point, March 8, 5:50 pm
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We see the orange bill on this next photo as the California Gull swallows his herring whole before the other gull steals it!
The one giving chase it a Thayer's Gull. Note the pink feet, and how there is more black on the outer edge of the primary feathers than on their inner edge. Sometimes this gives the wings a radially-striped look.

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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: Cawatcher on March 18, 2016, 07:05:17 PM
Beautiful Wren, they look like paintings  :heart


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: winterwren on March 18, 2016, 07:59:29 PM
Thanks Cali!
Now here's a scene I watched quite often over the week.
This gull has caught a very nice large herring. And can't keep it. The herring is too strong, and if the gull needs to regrip, another gull jumps on the scene and everyone loses the fish.
Collishaw Point, March 7, 5:54 pm
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I've been reflecting on that a lot.
The Mew Gulls don't seem to be able to keep anything larger than about 6 inches. The larger species, like this Glaucous-winged Gull, can swallow fish up to about 8 or 9 inches long but the full-size beauties escape them. Of course the eagles and sea lions are capable of swallowing the largest fish. But there remains that, in nature in general, a lot of the largest, strongest fish escape to reproduce themselves, unlike with human fisheries where either we take everything (in the seine fishery) or we catch the largest fish and let the smallest go through(in the gillnet fishery).

At a presentation on the herring during the week of the spawn, we were told that the fish, in general, regardless of age, are getting smaller. Well, if we keep filtering out the largest ones, is it so surprising?

One thing I like about these two pictures is that we see a bit of the combination of turquoise and sunset reflections.


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: boonibarb on March 19, 2016, 10:21:11 AM
 
Okay, going backwards in time, to this tour of the Island during the Herring Spawn, we now arrive at Sandpiper beach!
We are looking towards Dunlop Point & High Salal, Tribune Bay & Helliwell in the distance.
Lovely finger of blue Herring Spawn colour around the Point of Dunlop.
wren was down there in the logs, sneaking up on water Birds, til someone came down & scared them all away.

march 10 2016 16:21 - Dunlop Point during the Herring Spawn

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Darn snatch & grab going on in the midst of this wonder of nature.  :nope

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Looking to the right, to Downes Point, where the water is also lovely milky blue.

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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 - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: boonibarb on March 19, 2016, 11:18:31 AM
 
Next day, doing a bit of a tour around the Island to see what there is to be seen, i spot half a dozen Eagles perched on the rocks of Lunar Rock territory!
Here is a gorgeous youngster that was nearby.

march 11 2016  14:33 - young Eagle on Lunar Rock

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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 - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: jeavverhey on March 19, 2016, 11:59:06 AM
Very beautiful photos Booni and Wren. Great that you were available to be there and capture those moments. Thanks for sharing the views and your observations.  :eclove


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: boonibarb on March 19, 2016, 07:06:17 PM
 
Next stop on this day was the Co-op parking lot!
i spotted these two from the four-way stop sign!
i am so close to them, i can*t fit both in the same picture with my camera zoomed all the way in.  :mhihi
i am guessing this is the male, on the right.

march 11 2016 15:15 - Nest # 24 Tribune Bay pair

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This one looks more like the female.

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Male has flown off, & i must have been snoozing!

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NOW look who has arrived!
Hanging out with the female, pretty as you please.
Looks like this is one of their Eaglets from last season!

march 11 2016 15:22 - Nest # 24 Tribune Bay Campsite juvenile

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There goes the youngster, shaking the branch as they take off, making the female have her wings out for balance on the left there.

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Female remains, & she has a full crop!

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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 - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: amazedbyeagles on March 19, 2016, 07:15:53 PM
Very Cool, Booni!!! Thank you for this series!!!!  :eclove


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: Cawatcher on March 19, 2016, 07:19:08 PM
wow go to coop and eagles waiting for you!  :heart :eceek


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: boonibarb on March 19, 2016, 07:32:19 PM
 
Next stop, Hidden Beach!
i was hoping to find some Herring Roe clinging to seaweed there.
i was in luck!
Look at all the gorgeous Roe, clinging to the different types & shapes of Seaweed.
The Roe was really high up on the shore, after the big storm we had.

march 11 2016 15:33 - Herring Roe

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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: Cawatcher on March 19, 2016, 07:34:01 PM
No wonder the sea and avian life is so prevalent!


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: boonibarb on March 19, 2016, 07:35:22 PM
 
march 11 2016 15:36 - Herring Roe

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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: boonibarb on March 19, 2016, 08:30:57 PM
 
Back to the beginning of the Herring Spawn.
This was a sunny beautiful warm day.
This is down at Grassy Point.
Look at the water droplets on the back of the male, towards the tail.

march 7 2016 15:16 - Harlequin Duck male & female

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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: Cawatcher on March 19, 2016, 08:54:58 PM
beautiful capture full color   :eclove


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: Donnae on March 19, 2016, 11:45:20 PM
Beautiful photos Booni, thanks so much!


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: jeavverhey on March 20, 2016, 02:10:59 AM
I had no idea that the roe would cling like that to the seaweeds.  Sort of looks like little  chains of beads stung up. It is very interesting to see that. They appear to be so plentiful  and widespread that every creature should get its fill. Thank you for those marvelous pictures.


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: boonibarb on March 20, 2016, 08:55:39 AM
 
The food fest continues.
We went out for a walk at Little Trib, but the water was up to the shore & the shore was covered in Gulls, so i took a video instead of walking there.
This is what Grassy Point to Sandstone looks like, too.

march 19 2016 14:29 - Gulls on Little Trib

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O0SLAaD8C-s

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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: winterwren on March 20, 2016, 06:46:49 PM
Meanwhile I'm finishing my kayak outing at Collishaw Point, the second day of the spawn on Hornby and the first day we saw some at Grassy Point.

I've stayed too long in the shallows on a falling tide and I'm trying to find an exit. In that process I have to pass right in front of this eagle!
I'm pretty sure he'll take off, but no: he must be so full, although he changes his stance he does stay put!
March 7, 6:00 pm
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6:03
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As I leave I spot another gull that looks different. I know Herring Gulls are really common in a lot of places, but here I rarely identify one for sure.
Some of the Thayer's Gulls have very pale eyes like this, but the pale edge around the eye is unusual, and this gull's bill is too large for it to be a Thayer's. Also the mantle seems paler than that of the surrounding Glaucous-winged Gulls.

Boring in your backyard, maybe, but exciting in mine! A Herring Gull resting from a herring feast while I drag my kayak over the rocks to get out of Collishaw Point.
6:05
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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: winterwren on March 20, 2016, 07:01:27 PM
So now it's the next morning, March 8, the third day of the herring run on our island and the second day we saw spawn at Grassy Point.

I head down to the beach in the morning and the windy sky is full of birds, and the water is a beautiful pale turquoise.
Grassy Point, March 8, 9:04 am
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These are all Dunlins... Now breaking into two flocks, one landing on Grassy Point and the other coalescing into coordinated flight.

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Skimming the water...
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All turning at the same time!
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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: winterwren on March 20, 2016, 07:06:23 PM
Sure enough, it's the roe they're interested in. Nice fuel for their migration!

Dunlins, Grassy Point, March 8, 9:07 am
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9:08
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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: winterwren on March 20, 2016, 07:41:39 PM
More Dunlins feasting on herring roe, with the turquoise water behind...

Grassy Point, March 8, 9:08 am
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And one Greater Yellowlegs also eating roe! Usually they hunt at the water's edge, but not today.

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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: winterwren on March 20, 2016, 07:53:56 PM
I move further west, to the beach that belongs to the Niner territory.

I was hoping to see more of the herring tossing themselves at the shore, like the evening before, but this was not happening.

What I saw was a group of Mew Gulls hunting for something in a strange way.

They hovered by flapping their wings almost vertically into the wind, and paddling their toes in the water at the same time. It looked as if they were walking on the water.
They picked something from the surface from time to time.
March 8, 9:35
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The blue-green of the water reflects under their wings...

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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: winterwren on March 20, 2016, 08:05:06 PM
All the catches large enough for me to see were strands of seaweed with roe on it.
Meanwhile the shore is covered with seaweed and roe.
So why the effort? I wonder.
#9 territory, March 8, 9:40 am
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They even tried to steal the bits of seaweed from each other. Playing?
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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: boonibarb on March 20, 2016, 10:57:55 PM
 
Now, if you want to zone out & relax for a while, watch this 12 minute video of Eagles bathing!
It*s from a bit different perspective.
The Sea Lions are making a racket in the background.
It starts off with a good few Eagles, but watch more arrive & others leave!
i think i counted 30 at one point.
Watch them challenge each other for a spot.
Watch the youngsters spar each other.
Watch them hunch-stomp around.
See them flap-walk.
& watch them splash & bathe.
Just after 5 minutes in, watch the youngster front left dip their right wing side so far that they almost flip over & show us the underside of their tail!
You can see firehose poops happening.
Notice all the different ages & feather markings.
Fabulous!
i could watch this all day!


march 12 2016 12:55 - Eagles bathing in puddles

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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: Cawatcher on March 21, 2016, 12:47:41 AM
my gosh this looks like Pre School, with teachers and guardians watching over them  Fabulous....  :eceek


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: jeavverhey on March 22, 2016, 10:07:04 AM
Booni I was soooo entertained by this video. Who would suspect thar the large number of eagles could frolic in puddles without fighting? Also without accidents? I loved it. Thank you for sharing.  :eclove


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: winterwren on March 23, 2016, 09:22:55 PM
March 8, my second stop was Cape Gurney where there was some new herring spawn.

The weather was windy but the rain held off. Here's a view toward Flora Islet, with that exotic blue-green near shore.
Click on the picture to see the gulls on the shores of Flora and the nearby reefs.

March 8, 11:35 am
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I have a thing for photos of waves. I like blowing them up big and looking at the shapes the water makes.

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Here is a small flock of Black Turnstones flying into the wind, with that beautiful foamy turquoise water in the background.

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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: winterwren on March 23, 2016, 09:51:59 PM
In those waves, I'm again seeing some Mew Gulls doing that funny hover flight while paddling their feet in the water for balance. Makes it look like they're walking on water.

Cape Gurney, March 8, 11:41 am
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These guys aren't catching roe on seaweed, though. They're catching fish!
This is a pretty big fish for a Mew Gull but evidently someone had already taken a bite off it. This fish is not fighting anymore.

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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: boonibarb on March 24, 2016, 10:27:31 AM
 
Butting in on wren, & moving ahead in time 4 days, here we are at Grassy Point, seeing who is hanging around there.

march 12 2016 11:37 - sub-adult Eagle on The His & Hers Tree

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march 12 2016 11:39 - immature Eagle on Grassy Point rocks

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This could be Alexandra!  :heart

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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: Cawatcher on March 24, 2016, 12:03:48 PM
very handsome he or she
 :heart


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: winterwren on March 25, 2016, 08:07:57 PM
I'm now at Wednesday March 9, the third day the herring spawned on Hornby.

That morning I decided to try paddling from Phipps Point, staying in the lee of the island. The winds were still blustery from the southeast, and I soon found that they swooped over the island, or sometimes around, and blew me around in my little kayak, but at least there were no waves. No rain either under that broody sky.
Click on the photo, then click again to see the largest size... The air above the low point, with the Coastal Mountains in the background, is full of gulls!
March 9, 10:00 am
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Fresh snow on the Coastal Mountains; the low land in front is Texada Island. We're around the corner from Grassy Point, and right now looking in roughly the same direction as from the cam.

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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: winterwren on March 25, 2016, 08:24:29 PM
The first point of land is not named on maps but everyone calls it Boulder Point.
There are quite a few eagles around and I manage a photo of one of them, leaning my boat into a rock to stop the drift.

Boulder Point, March 9, 10:09 am
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The eagle flies off and goes on to displace a second eagle perched nearby. The second eagle has a fish!

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The second eagle manages to keep his fish.

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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: winterwren on March 25, 2016, 09:03:10 PM
As I passed Boulder Point I could see a mass of birds in the little bay that separates it from Collishaw.
Thousands of ducks!
Most of them were Common Goldeneyes (with the white cheek patch) and Scaups (with the all-black head).
I'm really bad at telling Greater Scaups from Lessers. I'm told Greater Scaups are the more common ones here. I suppose that's what these are.
Among the multitude were some smaller groups of Horned Grebes; this is an uncommon sight outside of migration seasons; through their winter here, Horned Grebes hang out singly or in pairs. There are seven of them on the right foreground of the first photo. This is just a tiny sub-flock that I was able to get closer to.


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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: jeavverhey on March 26, 2016, 05:09:27 AM
Wow Wren! Fantastic photos :thumbup: I can't imagine manoeuvring kayak and taking such great photos.   :eceek you are amazing intrepid woman.  :eclove thank you for sharing.  :ecwink


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: Faerie Gardener on March 26, 2016, 06:20:55 AM
Spectacular Photos, Wren. Thank You!


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: boonibarb on March 26, 2016, 09:46:14 AM
 
Skipping ahead to march 12, we are checking out Phipps Point.
It is raining, so we are doing so from the car.
Not used to seeing one of these guys on land!
The colour of the feet & bill is stupendous!

march 12 2016 16:22 - male Common Merganser

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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: boonibarb on March 26, 2016, 10:39:40 AM
 
Okay, next day, still raining, i am going back to the puddle Eagles but needed to turn around at the Ford Cove parking lot.
There is an Eagle perch Tree right there, & today, as is often the case, an Eagle was perched there, the female, going by her calls.
i watched her fly out close to the docked boats & grab something off the surface of the water.
i figured this was a Dog Fish, going by the large fin, but when i looked at the fotos later on the computer, looks more like a chicken breast bone there!
Cooked!

march 13 2016 13:17 - Ford Cove Eagle

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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: songsparrow on March 26, 2016, 01:40:17 PM
Is the assumption that the Ma and Pa Hornby nest is vacant this year? Is Pa Hornby still around? My understanding from past seasons is that, if he has re-mated, the female chooses the nesting site.

The Washington, D.C. nest now has two eaglets and seems to be doing well. Thanks.


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: Tigerlady105 on March 26, 2016, 02:21:25 PM
Songsparrow, we call him Dad now.  He's still there and has a new female with him.  She has persistently helped him with guarding the territory and we have seen them mate more than once.

 :nod2


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: winterwren on March 26, 2016, 08:02:41 PM
Let me drag you back to my kayak outing out of Phipps Point on March 9. Herring are jumping all over the place, but they're impossible to see down in the water because it is opaque with milt.
Every flying bird reflects that turquoise colour.
Also, the gillnetters have set up their nets on our side now; I'm paddling between them and the shore, fighting a stiff breeze.
I'm following the small flocks of Horned Grebes, looking for some that show a hint of breeding plumage. In the winter, the grebes prefer to escape by diving; you hardly ever see them in flight. In the spring, as migration approaches, they gather in small flocks, start moulting, get a lot more skittish, and seem to choose flight as a favoured way of escaping inquisitive kayakers with cameras.
Collishaw Point, March 9, 10:47 am
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Running on water with those lovely lobed toes.
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Catching up with a small flock now. They're on to me, and I won't get any closer.
In the background, sea lions taking a nap, and a gillnet float.

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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: winterwren on March 26, 2016, 08:03:19 PM
Surprise, surprise! Nearby I also find one lone Western Grebe! I saw many last fall but I think my last sighting was on the offshore bird survey in early January.

He or she is raising a little bow wave of turquoise.
You can see how close to the fishing boats we are.
Collishaw Point, March 9, 11:05 am
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Here's one of the herring skiffs, hauling net.
11:17
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Meanwhile I've drifted very close to the raft of snoozing sea lions we glimpsed earlier. Some of them briefly wake up to comment, then return to their fishy dreams.
We're just a few feet from the end of a fishing net; the white dots in the background are a line of floats marking another herring net. To hear the old stories, one would have thought it would be war between the fishers and the sea lions but I've only seen peaceful scenes like this so far.

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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: boonibarb on March 26, 2016, 08:12:09 PM
 
After turning around at Ford Cove, we are parked on the hill watching the bathing Eagles again!
It is dark & rainy, but look at them all!
This foto shows you what i have to photograph THROUGH!
As long as i stay in my car with my camera, the Eagles look at me, but they carry on with what they are doing.

march 13 2016 13:36 - Eagles bathing in puddles in the rain

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A bit closer in.
Funny, sometimes it is mostly adults, other times it seems to be mostly youngsters!

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Count how many!

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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: boonibarb on March 26, 2016, 08:42:16 PM
 
Two days later, we are walking around Helliwell.
i think we spent fours hours out there!
It was lovely out, but windy & cold on the bluffs.
i hadn*t been there for a walk in a LONG time.
The Herring hadn*t spawned there yet.
We took the fork to the right, then turned right towards the Oak Grove.
There are often Eagles in this Tree, but we are not sure if they have a Nest nearby.

march 15 2016 13:28 - Helliwell pair

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There was this HUGE flock of sea Birds towards Chrome Island.
i can*t tell what they are, maybe wren can?

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i think these are called Thatch Ants?
They make those huge wriggling mounds.
i have never seen one starting like this.

march 15 2016 14:17 - Thatch Ants

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We are now going left, towards Flora Island.
Spotted this Seal or Sea Lion stained Eagle.
Not sure if this is one of the Helliwell Nest pair.

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The closest beach of Flora Island was COVERED with Sea Lions of all gorgeous warm  reddish colours!

march 15 2016 15:26 - Sea Lions on Flora Island

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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: winterwren on March 26, 2016, 09:04:07 PM


There was this HUGE flock of sea Birds towards Chrome Island.
i can*t tell what they are, maybe wren can?

 

Hard to tell at that distance, but, usually, dense flocks like this, at this kind of distance from shore, contain all three kinds of scoters: Surf Scoters (predominantly), Black Scoters and White-winged Scoters (in lesser numbers). At this time of year Long-tailed Ducks and some Scaups often join the big scoter flocks. Cali found us a link to a biological study (which I just looked for but can't find again) that confirmed what I had heard: the Scoters, and I think the other sea ducks that float around with them, switch from eating shellfish to a diet of herring roe after the spawn.


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: jeavverhey on March 27, 2016, 04:46:27 AM
Amazing how a feast soothes the relationships of many species - including ours. No need for competition.


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: boonibarb on March 27, 2016, 06:18:53 PM
 
On my way home from Helliwell, i went through the Nest neighbourhood & spotted THIS Eagle.

march 15 2016 17:09 - Eagle in The Peters* Tree

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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: boonibarb on March 27, 2016, 07:06:17 PM
 
Some samples of Herring Roe from Heron Rocks.
This first one has been left high & dry, so the Roe is quite dried out.

march 17 2016 13:38 - Sun dried Herring Roe

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Some of these are cloudy.
i don*t know what that means.

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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: nubchai on March 28, 2016, 02:03:01 PM
Hi all. Have been away for a bit.  Is that Dad Hornby I see in the old nest. Did he mate with a new female?  Thank you!


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: Tigerlady105 on March 28, 2016, 06:28:15 PM
Hi Nubchai.  Nice to see you here.  The answer to both questions is 'yes' and 'yes.'  Dad is still there and this is a new female we are calling 'Em' now.  (She has feathers that make an 'M.')

They have mated, after a long time of just sharing the territory,.  She has been a big help to him, to keep the territory as his.   :nod2

We are hoping to see an egg or two, and then, eaglets.


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: winterwren on March 28, 2016, 09:27:37 PM
Last Friday, a birding friend who is a retired marine biologist told me to look for a black dot in each herring egg. Seems like the ones that go cloudy-white are no longer viable, and the ones that remain translucent with a dark dot inside are viable.
This friend was using one side of his binoculars, held upside-down, i.e. looking into the larger end, as a magnifying glass!
The roe that was way up the beach was all full of maggots and gone yellowish and smelly.
But further down there was a mix of viable eggs and non-viable in the loose seaweed that had stayed dampened by the tides.


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: Cawatcher on March 28, 2016, 09:34:22 PM
how neat wren and never knew that abot binoculars either  learn learn learning!


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: winterwren on March 28, 2016, 10:11:07 PM
I'm taking you back to Collishaw Point now; I'm still paddling around, blown about by the breeze every time I try to take a photo, which is often.
I have found that Western Grebe again.
She's been preening and shakes her wings... Surprise!!!!!
March 9, 11:48 am
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She's got about 6 flight feathers.
The rest are all moulted out and new ones are growing in, still in the sheaths; the wings look a lot like those of an eaglet who is growing the first set of flight feathers.
Pretty strange!

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I did some reading to try to figure this out. Grebes moult all their flight feathers at once and are flightless for the duration (a few weeks). (So do Harlequin ducks, scoters, loons, and probably a few more sea birds). BNA Online says that "many" Western Grebes make a stop on their fall migration to moult. "Many", i.e. not all? This gal (probably a female, judging from bill size and shape, but I'm new at this so I'm not so sure) is not part of the 'many', obviously. I'm not sure why she's moulting now, and how common this is.
By the way, in the foreground, blurry, is a Horned Grebe. Gives you some idea of how much larger the Western Grebe is.

Now here's our Western Grebe again, all fluffed up from preening.
The feathers on her back do look a little sparse.

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Oooh, and here's a little Horned Grebe, popping up right beside me!
This one is still in winter plumage.
11:55
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Grebes are fish eaters, so for sure the herring is of interest to them.




Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: winterwren on March 28, 2016, 10:36:54 PM
Heading back towards Phipps Point now.
These boats are just parked there. The fishers work from the smaller herring skiffs and bring back their catch to these boats.
March 9, 12:15
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This Harbour Seal follows me and seems to beg for a photo...
Another surprise!
Click to enlarge the picture...
Those little round things sticking to the seal's head are herring eggs.
He must have been rooting among the seaweed, stuffing his face.
I never knew seals ate roe, but why not?
12:47
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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: jeavverhey on March 29, 2016, 04:19:04 AM
Wowowow!  Those close-up views are so interesting. You are a great teacher Wren- opening my eyes to so many things I never knew. Your lens is good but without your knowledge and observations we would only see nice pictures. With all elements put together we are getting a course in biology. Thank you so much.


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: Faerie Gardener on March 29, 2016, 11:48:37 AM
Wonderful pictures Wren!  I love the little Grebe and the Harbor Seal.


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: winterwren on March 29, 2016, 09:20:59 PM
Passing Boulder Point on the way back: a Great Blue Heron deep in water, also waiting to nab passing herring.
The fishing fleet is in the background.

March 9, 1 pm
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A line of floats marks the top edge of a net, off into the pastel distance.

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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: winterwren on March 29, 2016, 09:34:41 PM
Later on I go check the Ford Cove area, and on the way down the hill, just above the Olsen Farm nest, I see this eagle perched just below the road!
The big water puddles where Booni took her videos of the bathing eagles are just below there.

March 9, 2 pm
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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: Sandor3 on March 30, 2016, 10:39:06 AM
Thank you for all your beautiful photos and sharing your adventures, winterwren...these eagle photos are particularly breathtaking!


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: winterwren on March 30, 2016, 10:55:17 PM
Thanks Sandor! Herring season gifts us with such close encounters sometimes.

Next day the wind turned from southeast to southwest so I thought I could go paddling out of Whaling Station Bay. It turned out even windier than the day before. Very awkward, trying to take photos when the wind is pushing you back the way you came.

The wind had dispersed all the turquoise colour, but the seaweed was all coated in herring roe.

I didn't see these Harlequins feeding on the roe. I suspect they're just resting here. All the little round things on the seaweed at their feet are herring eggs.
Whaling Station Bay, March 10, 11:48
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Around the corner, near the park boundary, an Oystercatcher is also standing ankle deep in roe. I did not witness this one eating the roe either; I'd be curious to know if the oystercatchers like it. The wind did not leave me the leisure to watch for long.
11:56
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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: winterwren on March 30, 2016, 11:02:51 PM
The smaller shorebirds are definitely feeding on roe.
I did several circles, paddling into the wind past this flock and drifting back just as fast, to catch a few photos. The sun picks out the translucent eggs on the seaweed.

The shorebirds with a long, slightly downcurved bill are Dunlins; the others are Surfbirds. There was also one Black-bellied Plover in the flock.

Helliwell Park, March 10, 12:05
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One Surfbird with his head buried in food here.

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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: winterwren on March 30, 2016, 11:17:50 PM
And of course there were eagles everywhere. On that day I had nice luck getting close to some of them.
Eagles, sea lions and gulls were still catching herring.


This youngster I caused to fly off; sorry, eagle! The wind was pushing me right to his perch log!
Helliwell Park, March 10, 12:26
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This adult thought about flying off but then changed his mind.
12:53
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A very young adult, methinks; there seem to be a few grey feather tips remaining on the side of the head.

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Interesting colour pattern at the base of the tail.

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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: boonibarb on March 31, 2016, 07:40:48 PM
 
i did a driveby through the Nest neighbourhood, & even got out & walked around Grassy Point looking for the mystery Bird, but no one was about.
Driving almost to Niner territory, i spotted an Eagle in a Tree on the water.
i figured this would be Em.

march 31 2016 15:08 - Em

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She was doing some preening.
This is the look they have on their face when they come up from preening.

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Preening her neck feathers.

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Then Dad arrived!
i was trying to photograph his distinctive feather, but there was always this shadow over top of it.
But you can just see it here.
He is looking up at Em.

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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: boonibarb on March 31, 2016, 07:47:40 PM
 
When did Dad get those *hairs under his chinny-chin-chin*?
He is stained on the face from eating Seal or Sea Lion.

march 31 2016 15:35 - Dad

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Looking up at Em again.
i was hoping to catch a mating!

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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: boonibarb on March 31, 2016, 07:51:58 PM
 
Here they both are in the Tree they were in.

march 31 2016 15:43 - Em & Dad

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Dad*s nictitating membrane.

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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: boonibarb on March 31, 2016, 07:56:33 PM
 
march 31 2016 16:01 - Em leaves


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C6f4Xd7126I

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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: Cawatcher on March 31, 2016, 07:57:39 PM
Besutiful capture thank you  :eclove


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: winterwren on April 03, 2016, 08:15:03 PM
More photos from all the different aspects of herring season...

Off Helliwell Park, a surprise on wavy seas: a small flock of Long-tailed Ducks appears in front of me. They are usually shy and they stay offshore, but I think they switch their diet to herring roe this time of year. They often gather with the scoter flocks.

March 10, 12:44
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The one with a white head and pink bill-tip is a male and there were three females with him.

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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: winterwren on April 03, 2016, 08:28:14 PM
Another eagle perched on a rock at water level.

Helliwell Park, March 10, 12:56
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There's something about this one's posture that makes her appear flat headed.
This must be a young adult: we can still see a bit of grey on some of the head feathers.

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Higher on the rocks like this, there's no herring roe; it starts lower down.

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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: winterwren on April 03, 2016, 08:56:30 PM
It was really too windy to stay on the water, so I went to check the big pond is Strachan Valley. It has been a favourite place for the eagles to rinse off after their herring feasts in past years.

I found this beauty perched above the valley; several other eagles were perched around the pond but they all took off before I even broke cover. They seem very skittish at their bathing places.

Strachan Valley, March 10, 2:51 pm
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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: winterwren on April 03, 2016, 09:18:46 PM
Next stop was Sandpiper Beach where there was some new spawn.

Booni took photos from the top of the bank around the same time and posted them here (http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=1604.msg171899#msg171899).

Here's how it looked closer to the water.
March 10, 3:28 pm
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Several eagles here too. Some were hiding between the rocks on the higher intertidal zone, maybe rinsing off in some fresh-water puddles and rivulets.
One youngster flying by me here.
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Survey plane... Flying along the coastline, checking the extent of the spawn.
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And here are the birds I was trying to sneak up on, as Booni mentioned, when someone came down the path and scared them away.
I had never seen Harlequins and a Greater Yellowlegs so close together. The spawn brings all these birds cheek by jowl.'

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Greater Yellowlegs can swim; I don't think very many shorebirds do that!
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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: Cawatcher on April 04, 2016, 07:50:54 AM
the Sandstone photos look like an artists painting. Cool series Winterwren!


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: amazedbyeagles on April 04, 2016, 04:57:23 PM
Gorgeous Photos!  Thank You, Booni!!!  Em sure is a beautiful bird, so healthy looking, feathers gleaming, eyes bright and shining!  Thank you for this treat!!  :eclove :eclove


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: winterwren on April 04, 2016, 10:21:31 PM
Ok, this posting is for people who like reading.

Here are some of my notes from the evening of March 10. Conservancy Hornby Island hosted a presentation about the herring spawn, given by Doug Hay, a retired marine biologist from the Department of fisheries.

I was a little disappointed because this was mostly a talk about the roe fishery, and I was hoping for more information about the biology of herring and the exact sequence of the spawn, to make sense of what I saw earlier in the week and posted in this thread.

The speaker acquitted himself well, I do have to say, in a room where a large majority of the listeners were opposed to the fishery.

Here for the record are the arguments he made in favour of the fishery as it runs now.

1. It happens close to where the fish are going (i.e. ‘we’re not catching someone else’s fish’). (I would think this is truer with the gillnet fishery, which captures the fish on the way to their spawning beach; seiners catch the fish in deeper water, before they disperse to their specific spawning areas. Compared to the offshore fisheries, though, this is still considered to be home grounds.)

2. There is no bycatch to speak of. No other species of fish are caught in the nets. (I’ve been wondering how many seabirds get trapped in the nets but did not have a chance to ask).

3. The fishery doesn’t damage the surroundings (unlike dragging, for example, which scrapes the sea bottom.

4. The fishery is considered sustainable, especially in the light of recent history. There have been 3 types of fishery so far. Until 1930 people caught herring to salt them for human consumption and the herring stocks remained stable; then from 1930 to the early sixties there was what’s called a ‘reduction’ fishery: the herring were caught in enormous quantities to make meal for animal feed or fertilizer. The stocks crashed as a result. By 1970 the population had recovered somewhat, and the roe fishery as we know it started around then. The stocks have reportedly been increasing since then, except around Haida Gwaii (nobody seems to know why).

People on the chat were asking about the types and extent of surveys that might show the state of health of the herring stocks, and this presentation gave me some answers.

There have been surveys of the extent of the spawning areas since 1928. The surveys were done from boats initially; now small planes fly over the coast. There have also been egg density surveys in select locations since 1980, initially just in the intertidal zone; nowadays the surveyors include the subtidal zone, using scuba gear.

There are also surveys of juvenile herring in June of every year, at designated sites; one of the sites is near Shingle Spit. The tiny fish are caught in cones that also measure the volume of water that flows through. From multiple sites, one can get an idea of the overall density of juvenile herring per volume of water.
 
The graphs of the survey results for our area held some surprises. I had assumed that last year was the first year ever with almost no spawning on the shores of our island; from the survey results I could see that there is actually a lot of variation in spawn abundance in a given area, year over year. The herring seem to skip our shores for a year or two every 20 to 25 years; also, the south side of the island, which had received no spawn for the past 3 years, gets skipped way more often than the Lambert Channel side. Indeed 3-year gaps seem fairly common in that area.
I thought that historically the herring had spawned over most of the coast, but we were told that this is not the case. The herring have only ever used 20% of the BC coastline for spawning, less than I thought.
 
Herring are creatures of cold water and live on the continental shelf; they do not swim out into the deep blue of the mid-Pacific. The continental shelf is narrower down the coast of the US, so the Canadian west coast is where herring are most abundant.

Atlantic Herring spawn in deep water, so their spawning season does not draw the crazy wildlife feast we see here.

The most abundant near-shore herring spawn, possibly worldwide, seems to be right around here, around Hornby, Denman and Lasqueti islands and up and down the coast of Vancouver Island from Miracle Beach to Nanoose Bay.

Herring spend their entire lives in comparatively shallow waters. The fish disperse over the continental shelf from Alaska to California, returning to the coast to spawn.
The speaker told us that he did not believe in the theory that the herring return to their exact natal beach. He thinks people are projecting the salmon mentality into the herring. Yet he admitted that nobody knows how the herring return to the same general areas of the Salish Sea, or to Barkley Sound out of all the possible inlets of the West Coast, every year. Nobody even knows if the herring enters the Salish Sea from the north or the south or both.
Return they do, however, each spring, and that event is a key element to the survival of many species.
30% of the herring eggs end up in the intertidal zone and 70% in the subtidal, attaching to seaweed down to a depth of 10 metres. The eggs in the intertidal zone get more exposure to oxygen and hatch earlier, about 2 weeks after the spawn. The ones in the subtidal zone may take up to 3 weeks to hatch.

The herring larvae are the size of plankton and soon disperse all over the Salish Sea. The overall densities of larvae vary from year to year. Years of lower densities translate into lower spawning returns three years later.
The juvenile herring remain inside the Salish Sea until they are 12 to 18 months old. Then they move to the open Pacific but remain in the comparatively shallow waters of the continental shelf.  At three years of age the fish are sexually mature and return to our area to spawn. They live up to 8 or 9 years and most of them return to the Pacific Ocean every year but a population remains in the Salish Sea year round.

Water temperatures everywhere in the Salish Sea have been rising slightly. Possibly as a result, the spawn has moved slightly northward over time. The average date has stayed the same but the overall duration of the spawn has shrunk over the years - there are fewer early and late spawns. Surveys of spawned areas are not as widespread as in the past, so there may be some smaller, isolated areas that go unrecorded.
The herring in general are getting smaller, regardless of age. I’m told that this is the case for many species of fish.
Other threats are pollution - particularly of shores used for spawning, and the increasing use of the subtidal zone for aquaculture (unseen to us, large areas are used for geoduck culture and covered in predator nets that may affect the herring). The speaker was quicker to blame the recovering seal population than the roe fishery for damage to the herring stocks. Interesting that he did not include the sea lions among the bad guys.





Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: Tigerlady105 on April 05, 2016, 11:02:53 PM
Very interesting report and photos, wren!  Thank you for taking time to write and share it with us.  You answered some questions I've had for a while.   :nod2    :eclove


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: jeavverhey on April 06, 2016, 07:45:14 AM
That is very very interesting Wren.  I wonder if his fishery ideas are in line with most marine biologists. In any case his views widen my perspective. The variations in abundance and locations of spawn may contribute to the gains in recovery of the species. Thank you for sharing this very interesting information.


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: winterwren on April 06, 2016, 09:12:47 PM
March 11, still stormy, I returned to Sandpiper Beach. There is still some spawning going on, judging from the milky water.
Eagles everywhere. This immature is carrying what looks like beach grass, I don't know why.
That immature also has a huge crop.

March 11, 10:44 am
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10:45
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This youngster has to be at the end of his fist year.
We can still see the tassels at the end of the secondaries!
We can also see the herring scales clinging to the beak.
10:47
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A better view of the feather tassels on this one.
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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: jeavverhey on April 07, 2016, 02:26:08 AM
I love the gorgeous pattern in that I matures feathers. His back looks like a tapestry.


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: amazedbyeagles on April 07, 2016, 08:31:44 AM
Fascinating discussion on the herring, Wren!  It's so wonderful of you to share this information!  We can begin to understand the complexity of the ecosystem here on Hornby and elsewhere, worldwide, when we learn how different species survive within the food web!  So interesting how the herring hatch at different rates, and how they don't venture into open ocean beyond the continental shelf!  Thank you!!!! :eclove :eclove


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: boonibarb on April 07, 2016, 09:26:36 AM
 
Life on Little Tribune Bay after the Herring Spawn.
One full Gull.
It is not every day you see one lying down!
Who is this Gull wren?

march 19 2016 14:22 - Gull

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Not so close, this is MY rock!

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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 - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: winterwren on April 07, 2016, 06:59:19 PM
The gull is a young Glaucous-winged. I can tell by the overall pale feathering (it's often described as 'milky') and especially by the colour of the primaries, which are the long feathers crossed over the gull's tail. In Glaucous-winged Gulls of all ages, they are the same pale colour tone as the mantle; on our other local gulls they are darker.

Thanks for the beautiful view of the hundreds of gulls and the driftwood. I love it!


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: winterwren on April 08, 2016, 08:29:00 PM
More eagles on Sandpiper Beach, the morning of March 11.

I'm trying to catch again the moment when the herring throw themselves at the shore, as Booni and I both saw on the first day of the spawn, but despite hours on the shore I never saw it again.

Plenty to see aside from that.
March 11, 10:50
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Gulls fishing... Staying almost stationary by flying into the wind and matching the wind speed. One of them is airborne with a herring; one has just dived as far in as his buoyancy will allow; one is in the dive stance, bill down.
There's something else dark just to the left of the diving gull; hard to make sense of the shape here but from another photo it looks like a seal after the same school of herring.
There's also an eagle flying further up.
11:05
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Nearer shore, a lovely Horned Grebe, still in winter plumage, in the foamy opaque water.
11:08
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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: winterwren on April 08, 2016, 09:34:12 PM
Last of my series on Herring Season...
On March 19, there were still lots of eagles fishing; I was coming up Ford Cove hill, just past the Bathing Puddles, (aka Eagle Spa?) that Booni photographed here (http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=1604.msg172133#msg172133) and videoed here! (http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=1604.msg171956#msg171956)

I had seen an eagle here on March 9 (http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=1604.msg172239#msg172239).

This time there were four of them!
Because of the steep hill they were at my height and even below me. Maybe drying off after their bath.
March 19, 10:20
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10:25
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Another one down further... Took me a long time to find a good angle.
10:26
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Another very young one, end of the first year, with pale mantle and wing feathers... Some fishy bit clinging to the dark beak.
10:30
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And another one!
10:31
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Above me, unseen but certainly heard, were at least three more; far away on the trees by the ocean were a few more.


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: jeavverhey on April 09, 2016, 07:10:30 AM
They all appear to have nice full crops from what I can see. Bodes well for healthy season. Thanks for taking the time to get those lovely photos.


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: amazedbyeagles on April 09, 2016, 08:47:09 AM
Thank you for these wonderful photos!  Love the idea of the eagles drying off after a bath at the Eagle Spa! LOL!  :eclove


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: boonibarb on April 09, 2016, 09:56:55 AM
 
There were other people got fotos like this that day, in these same Trees.
Supposedly there was a dead Deer in there somewhere.
What a treat to see the Eagles so close wren!


link to my fotos page - 
 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/)


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: boonibarb on April 10, 2016, 08:38:35 PM
 
When i got home late afternoon there were messages from cali giving me the heads up about a kerfuffle around the Nest.
i had lucked out & driven through the neighbourhood in time to catch these two scallywags!

april 10 2016 12:01 - youngster on Fosters* Fir

The right foot looks kind of awkward, how it is grasping the top of the Tree.
Is the middle toe missing its end or is it tucked back out of sight?
& what is that interesting yellow colour on the lower belly?
i have never seen that before.
The rest of the white is so white!

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Lovely white cap on top of the head.

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Here is the other one.

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The uppermost one again.

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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 - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: Cawatcher on April 10, 2016, 08:55:40 PM
Team tagging little rascals  :really


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: Donnae on April 10, 2016, 11:57:25 PM
Beautiful Boonies, interesting that touch of yellow.


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: winterwren on April 11, 2016, 10:04:46 PM
On March 28 I was on the beach at Grassy Point and spotted Dad Hornby on His-and-Hers Tree. A few branches below him was another eagle, a youngster. Both were sitting there, relaxed as you please.
While I was doing my work Dad took off toward the nest, and the youngster stayed. He was still there when I finished, so I got my camera and was able to creep closer and get a series of photos.
The young eagle is sitting on one foot, with the other foot tucked up: a relaxed posture.
Nice light catching a bronze-coloured beak.

March 28, 5:57 pm
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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: jeavverhey on April 12, 2016, 02:06:12 AM
Lovely healthy looking bird.  Dad seems to tolerate company often.  Interesting. 


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: Faerie Gardener on April 12, 2016, 03:15:45 PM
possibly an offspring of theirs. I'm thinking, with the bandit mask stripe, a 3 yr old?


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: Tigerlady105 on April 12, 2016, 07:50:27 PM
Nice photos, Wren.  The eagle didn't see, concerned.   :eclove


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: boonibarb on April 21, 2016, 10:47:58 PM
 
A quick video of a chase i heard, then saw, down on Grassy Point today.
& a fleeting view of all the Camas down there right now!
& you see an Eagle perched on the His & Hers Tree, too.
Dad, i believe.
 
april 21 2016 11:47 - Eagle chase at Grassy Point
 
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IVCwOO1-Avo
 
link to my fotos page -  
 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/)


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: amazedbyeagles on April 22, 2016, 08:10:32 AM
Thank you for the video!  Neat chase! :-)  :eclove


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: boonibarb on April 22, 2016, 08:35:54 PM
 
More from yesterday morning at Grassy Point.
We walked to the left, to see if there was anything attracting the Eagles* interest over there.
We found wildflowers!
 
april 21 2016 11:23 - Sea Blush
 
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These are all over Grassy Point.
i walk round & round, wondering how to capture how marvelous they are, & how many there are.

april 21 2016 11:46 - Camas
 
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& then there was Dad!

april 21 2016 11:48 - Dad in The His & Hers 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 - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: boonibarb on April 22, 2016, 08:42:19 PM
 
april 21 2016 11:54 - Dad in The His & Hers Tree
 
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More wildflowers!

april 21 2016 11:58 - Sea Blush
 
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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 - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: boonibarb on April 22, 2016, 08:47:40 PM
 
april 21 2016 12:04 - Dad in The His & Hers Tree
 
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He spots something!
 
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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 - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: Cawatcher on April 22, 2016, 09:09:16 PM
wonderful series booni  Our Dad look so good! :eclove


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: Faerie Gardener on April 23, 2016, 02:18:28 PM
Such a Handsome Guy!


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: boonibarb on April 23, 2016, 07:07:58 PM
 
A few fotos i took after spending the day with all the Eagles around the dead Sea Lion here (http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=1614.msg172007#msg172007) & here. (http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=1612.msg172658#msg172658)
At the time i wasn*t too thrilled with them, but what the heck.
 
march 22 2016 17:03 - Em in The Babysitting Tree
 
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march 22 2016 17:12 - Dad in The Babysitting Tree

He*s got his nictitating membranes both closed over his eyes.
 
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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 - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: boonibarb on April 26, 2016, 08:41:09 PM
 
Today on my way out i spotted an Eagle in mishi*s Tree!
 
april 26 2016 09:47 - Eagle in mishi*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 - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: boonibarb on April 26, 2016, 08:46:59 PM
 
Later, we were on Grassy Point admiring the Camas when Dad flew in from out over the water & landed in The His & Hers Tree!
 
april 26 2016 15:36 - Dad lands in The His & Hers 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 - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: boonibarb on April 26, 2016, 08:48:44 PM
 
april 26 2016 15:42 - Dad in The His & Hers 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 - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: Cawatcher on April 26, 2016, 09:30:20 PM
Super series booni and love the landings!


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: jeavverhey on April 27, 2016, 02:08:55 AM
 :heart :heart :heart I am still in love with that guy - thank you for the great photos Booni - especially that landing  :eclove :eclove :eclove


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: nubchai on April 28, 2016, 07:04:21 PM
Wow this is a beautiful sequence of shots!  :ecsmile



Later, we were on Grassy Point admiring the Camas when Dad flew in from out over the water & landed in The His & Hers Tree!
 
april 26 2016 15:36 - Dad lands in The His & Hers 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 - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: Cawatcher on April 28, 2016, 08:21:38 PM
fantastic  :ecsmile :ecsmile


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: gillie on April 30, 2016, 09:05:45 PM
Thanx for posting those amazing pics Booni.    :thumbup: What a handsome fellow Dad Hornby is  :mwink


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: boonibarb on May 03, 2016, 10:07:42 AM
 
i have been having a hard time trying to capture the beauty & abundance of Camas at Grassy Point this year.
These are some fotos from that same day.
That is the Glass House to the right, Sandstone Point in the distance, & Tralee Point at the far top edge of the foto.
The Big Rock is just out of sight to the right.

april 26 2016 15:23 - Camas at Grassy Point

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i just love these beauties.

april 26 2016 15:27 - Menzie*s Larkspur at Grassy Point

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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 - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: boonibarb on May 03, 2016, 10:13:06 AM
 
Every time i am coming home i do a driveby through the Nest neighbourhood, but so often i don*t find the Eagles.
On this day i was walking around Grassy Point & could hear the female? Merlin calling the whole time.
So i walked towards the sound.
i never did spot the Nest or her, but this Nest was across the street & in the other three fotos i took there is a moving black head in there so i think this might be a Crow*s Nest!
There were two Crows watching me from across the street, close to where i was hearing the Merlin calling from.

april 28 2016 15:28 - Crow*s Nest

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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 - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: Cawatcher on May 03, 2016, 02:15:47 PM
Coool!!!


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: Tigerlady105 on May 03, 2016, 09:22:30 PM
Beautiful Camas and other pictures, booni!   :nod2


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: boonibarb on May 06, 2016, 08:57:16 AM
 
Yesterday we were sitting in the sun at Grassy Point just enjoying when i spotted something happening out over the water.
It looked like a young dark Eagle was relentlessly chasing a white Bird, a Gull?
The Gull kept hitting the water, after trying to fly away.
i thought maybe the Gull had some food that the Eagle was trying to steal?
i started filming & then realized there was an adult in the chase, too.

may 5 2016 15:40 - adult & sub-adult Eagles chase a Gull

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Xi67pSk0Ag

A Crow flew down to the grass & grabbed something & flew off with it.
Then i noticed motion in the grass & spotted this Kildeer.
i believe they nest right in the grass there, such a vulnerable spot to do so.

may 5 2016 16:14 - Kildeer preening amongst all the lovely wild flowers at Grassy Point.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SQXzB1ON5JE

link to my fotos page - 
 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/)

 


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: amazedbyeagles on May 06, 2016, 09:14:47 AM
Oh My!  Poor Seagull!  The eagles must be getting hungry to harrass a gull like that!  What fabulous footage you were able to capture!  Thank you for a peek into the hard work these creatures have to stay healthy and alive!  The food chain at work!  :eceek


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: Cawatcher on May 06, 2016, 09:46:25 AM
Great tracking booni! We saw the beginning of that yesterday!

15:37 two birds (one white one black) low going left then right looked like a chase full scren bottom right to left  definately not your view   :heart :eclol

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KCEk9FVWFrc


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: boonibarb on May 06, 2016, 08:28:47 PM
 
i went down to Grassy Point to see if i could see the same Midshipman catching i saw at Phipps Point this morning.
Right away i spotted this Eagle down near the shore.
i think this is Dad, looking at the neckline pattern & full crop & left neck part.
You can see his down feathering peeking out because of the fullness of his crop.
It was very hot & sunny, & you can see the heat waves affecting the video quality.

may 6 2016 13:56 - Eagle catching a Midshipman


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2u1TKlR5rLA





link to my fotos page -  
 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/)

 


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: boonibarb on May 06, 2016, 08:35:30 PM
 
A bit later, Em landed in the His & Hers Tree, & i had lots of time to capture fotos of her.
Looking inland, towards mishi*s Tree.

may 6 2016 14:56 - Em in The His & Hers Tree

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Was Dad in The Babysitting Tree?
She is looking that way.

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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 - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: boonibarb on May 06, 2016, 08:38:51 PM
 
may 6 2016 15:11 - Em in The His & Hers Tree

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Looking towards 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 - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: boonibarb on May 06, 2016, 09:00:22 PM
 
She gets agitated sometimes & i think she is going to blast off, but she doesn*t.
But now she is agitated again.
She poops, cranes her neck to look, & is off towards The Babysitting Tree.

may 6 2016 15:18 - Em leaves The His & Hers Tree

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tJ4HX2zy4xk

link to my fotos page - 
 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/)

 


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: ivani on May 09, 2016, 03:48:57 PM
Wonderful videos and fotos. Thank you Booni :eclove


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: amazedbyeagles on May 09, 2016, 05:32:24 PM
Thank You, Booni!  Wonderful close up photos of this beautiful eagle we see so often from the cam!  She has quite a distinct personality!  Larger than Life!   :eclove


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: boonibarb on May 10, 2016, 09:37:09 AM
 
i went down to the water front yesterday afternoon to try to catch the Midshipman hunting action again.
The heat waves make for very poor fotos, but a video isn*t too bad.
You can see the heat waves in the video, though.
There were two Eagles in the Arbutus Gap area, & two in front of Big Rock, an adult & a yearling/immature.
This Eagle was standing in the seaweed at Arbutus Gap, which seems to be a good spot to look for the Midshipman Fish.
This is a striking looking youngster!
i believe she is losing the three year old eye stripe & turning into the more white-headed four year old colouring.
Beak is very yellow, eye is yellow, tail still has a lot of dark.
This could be Hali!
At the end of the video, you can hear Em calling.

may 9 2016 13:10 - Young Eagle looking for Midshipmen


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5elgg6tueos

link to my fotos page -  
 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/)


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: boonibarb on May 10, 2016, 09:43:39 AM
 
This is Em.
She is on a big rock right out front of Big Rock.
Both of these Eagles were aware of my presence, especially the younger one above, who i was closer to.
i creep up slowly, then pick a spot & don*t move, so as not to interrupt what they are doing.

may 9 2016 13:12 - Em looking for Midshipmen


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RwUSXxJYS6A

link to my fotos page -  
 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/)


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: boonibarb on May 10, 2016, 09:51:51 AM
 
The Sun is glaring in my eyes, but i am trying to watch everyone out of the corner of my eye.
i catch movement & this youngster has grabbed a Fish!
These Fish are not a bad size!
You can see, as she begins to eat, this youngster is very wary of anyone else coming to take her prize away!
There are other Eagles, younger & older, Gulls, Crows & Ravens who all want what she has.
You can hear Dad trilling, halfway through this video, just before her poopshot.
She tears & gobbles her Fish as fast as she can.
Watch for her lovely white feathering, that extends from her beak, all the way down her back.
All those white ones turn to brown as they become adult.

may 9 2016 13:14 - Young Eagle finds a Midshipman


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Xf2Ek93Htg

link to my fotos page -  
 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/)


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: boonibarb on May 10, 2016, 10:14:00 AM
 
This is a very long video!
But it was a very interesting interaction between Em & the sub-adult youngster who could be Hali.
i miss her catching the Fish, but i notice her eating one & start the recording.
This looks like a very large Fish!
She is tearing & gobbling as fast as she can.
Partway through, you hear Crows gathering to pester the Raven who has landed in the Arbutus next to me.
Then that sub-adult lands next to Em!
Em is very defensive of her Fish, & calls out!
The youngster looks on with great curiosity.
The standoff is on!
You can hear the Crows calling & the Raven makes a sort of gargling sound that is different from them.
Em*s head of feathers seems gigantic compared to the sub-adult.
*Are you finished with that?*, says the youngster, looking down at the Fish.  :mhihi
Em finally dips her head slowly, gauging the reaction of the youngster, & begins to eat again.
There is just something so beguiling about the young Eagles, & this video shows it!
i LOVE how the head feathers jiggle, as she jerks her head from side to side.
The adults seems to get smoother in their head movements, as they get older.
She is just looking on with great curiosity, almost as though she is learning from her older sibling, if this adult is indeed Hope.

may 9 2016 13:16 - Em eating a Midshipman


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UPh0_JyuSDo

link to my fotos page - 
 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/)


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: boonibarb on May 10, 2016, 10:51:05 AM
 
On our walk yesterday we went to Collishaw Point, since the tide was the lowest all week, & it was fabulous out there.
We found a partly eaten Midshipman!
Waaaaaaay out on the Point i could see Eagles standing on the rocks & the shore, watching for movement as the tide went out.
Look at the teeth!
Seems someone smaller, perhaps a Gull or Crow took the easiest bites from this one.
The leftovers will be eaten by Crabs when the tide comes back in.

may 9 2016 14:28 - Midshipman Fish

(https://c2.staticflickr.com/8/7229/26332417473_bc6989bb94_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/G7UwiP)

On our way back home, i stopped at Grassy Point & there was Dad in The His & Hers Tree.
Surprise surprise, he has a full crop pushing out his down feathering again.
That Dad, he sure knows how to eat.  :mhihi
Em & the sub-adult were still down on the beach at low tide, looking for Midshipmen.
Dad has years of experience at this, they don*t yet.

may 9 2016 15:33 - Dad in The His & Hers Tree

(https://c2.staticflickr.com/8/7159/26937028895_6c34a3b01c_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/H3kjdF)

Dad spots a woman on a bicycle, heading down the hill to the water.

(https://c2.staticflickr.com/8/7594/26332453503_774ee4d9c0_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/G7UH22)

& follows her as she goes.

(https://c2.staticflickr.com/8/7305/26663685080_b5d8449786_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/GCbmCh)

(https://c2.staticflickr.com/8/7349/26663691650_df6863fddd_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/GCbozy)

Lovely Dad.  :eclove

(https://c2.staticflickr.com/8/7695/26937062375_146d3883c1_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/H3kuaV)

link to my fotos page -  
 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/)


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: boonibarb on May 10, 2016, 10:56:57 AM
 
Here*s our sub-adult again, still looking to fill her crop.
This is a short video!
The Eagles are taking turns on this rock, which is straight out towards the water from The Big Rock.
i have seen this sub-adult, Dad & Em perched here today.

may 9 2016 15:40 - Young Eagle looking for Midshipmen

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oyS_KcMA1pk

link to my fotos page - 
 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/)


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: boonibarb on May 10, 2016, 11:01:34 AM
 
Here is Em with her magnificent head feathering looking for Midshipmen at Arbutus Gap.
Of course i don*t go un-noticed.
She has her wings open a bit, to try to cool off in this heat.

may 9 2016 15:47 - Em looking for Midshipmen

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E7pTMHgEisU

link to my fotos page -  
 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/)


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: boonibarb on May 10, 2016, 11:08:18 AM
 
Now that i am trying to photograph other Birds as well as Eagles, i realize Eagles are a piece of cake to photograph compared to the Songbirds/Passerines.
i could hear this little Bird chirping away right next to me, but do you think i could spot them?  :nope
& then once i spotted them with my eye, could i find them with my camera?  :nope
Sigh...
But i finally had success!
There are clumps of bushes all over Grassy Point, & each one has its chirping pair of White-crowned Sparrows in it, likely with young hatched or close to it now.

may 9 2016 15:50 - White-crowned Sparrow

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3SJ302-AXPI

link to my fotos page - 
 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/)


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: boonibarb on May 10, 2016, 11:16:29 AM
 
Em*s crop is looking pretty full!
But she is still out there, on the hunt for more.
i see Dad fly off from The His & Hers Tree & he looks like he is going to land in The Peters* Tree, but before i leave i see him perched on that smaller rock out front of The Big Rock, looking for more too.

may 9 2016 15:54 - Em looking for Midshipmen

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LeUm0b977rY

link to my fotos page - 
 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/)


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: boodle317 on May 10, 2016, 12:19:14 PM
thanx for all these pics and videos booni....fantastic!


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: ivani on May 10, 2016, 12:29:36 PM
 :heart thanks Booni!! Wonderful videos!


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: amazedbyeagles on May 10, 2016, 03:53:13 PM
Wonderful little glimpses into bird life on Hornby!  Thank You!!!   :eclove


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: gillie on May 14, 2016, 07:54:12 PM
Some magnificent videos and pics. Love those ones of Dad watching the cyclist, what a handsome fellow he is. Thanx so much for sharing Hornby Island. :thumbup:


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: boonibarb on June 17, 2016, 09:02:10 AM
 
i was down near the Nest & there was Em on the close up cam box!

june 10 2016 14:37 - Em on the close up cam box

(https://c2.staticflickr.com/8/7600/27655658661_7640817196_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/J8QtP4)

(https://c2.staticflickr.com/8/7341/27119816703_f5e9c08194_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/Hju9EB)

(https://c2.staticflickr.com/8/7332/27452208070_5a549e4903_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/HPRK3f)

Looks like a gigantic stick was brought in by Dad or Em but it got caught behind the cam struts!

(https://c2.staticflickr.com/8/7367/27452230610_f078a0b6fe_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/HPRRJS)



link to my fotos page - 
 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/)


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: Cawatcher on June 17, 2016, 09:33:37 AM
Thank you booni! the nest looks much better from this angle ..It looks in dissaray from the cam angle


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: boonibarb on June 17, 2016, 10:32:41 AM
 
After photographing Em, i noticed Eagles flying overhead!
It looked like someone was being chased out in the direction of mishi*s Tree.
On the way home i spotted this Eagle perched there.
Going by just my eye, i was thinking this might be Mum here!
The head feathers with the dark markings in there, the big beak with some marks on it near her face...
Could it be?
Was she chased away from the Nest Tree?
Here, she is looking back towards the Nest area.

june 10 2016 15:16 - Eagle in mishi*s Tree

(https://c2.staticflickr.com/8/7289/27118146544_ac6b9c22a5_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/HjkAbL)

& over to the Niner Nest Tree.

(https://c2.staticflickr.com/8/7428/27730776995_aab52cb9c8_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/JfttSK)

(https://c2.staticflickr.com/8/7378/27452788780_415862735c_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/HPUHEu)

(https://c2.staticflickr.com/8/7733/27452801330_810b3966dc_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/HPUMoS)

(https://c2.staticflickr.com/8/7525/27730821885_b3260da77e_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/JftHdH)

link to my fotos page -  
 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/)


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: boonibarb on June 17, 2016, 10:37:28 AM
 
i go down the street to see her from the other side.
Awww, darn, definitely not Mum with those brown tail tips.
So, a just turned adult five year old, could this be Alexandra?

june 10 2016 15:22 - Eagle in mishi*s Tree

(https://c2.staticflickr.com/8/7295/27120439533_43d2b3ecfe_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/HjxkP4)

(https://c2.staticflickr.com/8/7573/27630195722_9a02a60b60_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/J6zYyS)

(https://c2.staticflickr.com/8/7465/27120595643_bb54c5645d_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/Hjy9dB)

Still some dark feathering in the head feathers.

(https://c2.staticflickr.com/8/7447/27630415042_b78d6bb325_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/J6B6Lf)

(https://c2.staticflickr.com/8/7336/27697270086_6d08695088_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/JcvKrq)

link to my fotos page -  
 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/)


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: boonibarb on June 17, 2016, 10:43:07 AM
 
june 10 2016 15:25:50 - Eagle in mishi*s Tree

(https://c2.staticflickr.com/8/7464/27731171195_14f7e3ea2d_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/Jfvv4i)

These next five fotos occur in just one second!

(https://c2.staticflickr.com/8/7275/27118784694_b778b99176_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/HjoRTm)

(https://c2.staticflickr.com/8/7190/27118768314_649679f662_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/HjoM1W)

(https://c2.staticflickr.com/8/7355/27731283565_b65dfc34e6_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/Jfw5sH)

(https://c2.staticflickr.com/8/7362/27120776183_c500a27708_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/Hjz4Tn)

(https://c2.staticflickr.com/8/7332/27656732981_f3227d531b_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/J8VZaP)

link to my fotos page - 
 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/)


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: boonibarb on June 17, 2016, 10:47:20 AM
 
Using the right foot to give herself an enjoyable head scratch.

june 10 2016 15:30:23 - Eagle in mishi*s Tree

(https://c2.staticflickr.com/8/7281/27630586192_3eb9bc8fdc_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/J6BYD7)

(https://c2.staticflickr.com/8/7382/27697466316_ff2d5ecf5a_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/JcwKLG)

(https://c2.staticflickr.com/8/7102/27630887832_e9ecdd7f22_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/J6DwiN)


link to my fotos page - 
 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/)


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: Cawatcher on June 17, 2016, 12:01:13 PM
Great series booni the beak looked like Moms remodling to me had me wondering
Alexandria.. wow where does the time go? :heart


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: linused on June 17, 2016, 05:01:08 PM
Thanks for these good photos Booni,   It's a comfort to know that Mom is still being watched for


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: gmadeb3 on June 17, 2016, 05:34:25 PM
Amazing as always Booni  :heart


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: Tigerlady105 on June 17, 2016, 05:58:05 PM
Wonderful series, booni!  So any details to notice.   :nod2    :eclove


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: amazedbyeagles on June 17, 2016, 06:37:29 PM
Fabulous series of photos, Booni!!! Thank You!!! :eclove


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: gillie on June 18, 2016, 09:15:18 PM
Beautiful pics Booni. For one moment I felt so excited to think it could be mum, although I don't think she'd have been happy to see Em!! I agree, it's nice to think she is still being watched for. Wherever she is I just hope she is happy.  Maybe she is looking after Phoenix. :ecsad


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: jeavverhey on June 19, 2016, 04:23:28 AM
Over the years there have been several eagles that looked like Mom H. It must be close relatives. I look eagerly hoping to see her part every time, but hopes are fading as time goes on.  Still it is comforting to think that her genes live on in her daughters.  :thumbup:


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: ivani on June 20, 2016, 05:16:53 PM
Thanks for the wonderful pictures Booni. How this eagle is like Mom ... :heart


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: gillie on June 21, 2016, 12:30:01 AM
You are so right Jeaverhay, mum lives forever :eclove


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: Faerie Gardener on June 24, 2016, 11:21:04 AM
So Gorgeous!  Thank you, Booni.


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: nubchai on June 26, 2016, 07:23:57 PM
Thanks for the photos Booni. It is nice to know that if Mom shows up, you'll be there to get her photo  :ecsmile


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: boonibarb on July 03, 2016, 10:12:09 AM
 
Yesterday we hiked from Hidden Beach out around Sandstone Point almost to the Brig Nest.
i looked back at the two big perch Trees, & there was Dad!

july 2 2016 13:10 - Dad in Hidden Beach Tree

(https://c2.staticflickr.com/8/7394/28027899426_3f2c8654ed_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/JGJj2h)

Dad has such a lovely gentle face.

(https://c2.staticflickr.com/8/7799/27959132892_422b0c0339_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/JADS8o)

i noticed another Eagle circling & figured she would land with Dad & tried to catch a video without super success, but you get the vocals as she lands.

july 2 2016 13:11 -  Em lands with Dad in Hidden Beach Tree

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L_6cTbJwyQI

july 2 2016 13:12 - Dad & Em in Hidden Beach Tree

(https://c2.staticflickr.com/8/7585/28061641565_d424b33ca1_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/JKHfoi)

july 2 2016 13:12 - Em in Hidden Beach Tree

(https://c2.staticflickr.com/8/7122/27959213892_12c3174bd8_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/JAEhcW)

july 2 2016 13:13 - Dad & Em in Hidden Beach Tree

(https://c2.staticflickr.com/8/7605/28027951326_01e0d17181_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/JGJzs7)

link to my fotos page - 
 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/)

 


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: boonibarb on July 03, 2016, 10:21:24 AM
 
On our way back, they were still there.
Perhaps they hide here from the pesky Merlins!

july 2 2016 14:36 - Em & Dad in Hidden Beach Tree

(https://c2.staticflickr.com/8/7337/27781224240_42bebe07a7_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/JjW35Q)

Em was drowsing.
You can see her feathered eyelid is closed here.

(https://c2.staticflickr.com/8/7560/27781754770_4c09154880_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/JjYKMU)

july 2 2016 14:37 - Em in Hidden Beach Tree

(https://c2.staticflickr.com/8/7373/27448169184_38e3083ab8_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/HPv3qh)

july 2 2016 14:38 - Dad in Hidden Beach Tree

(https://c2.staticflickr.com/8/7273/27448206154_765c202f05_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/HPvepG)


link to my fotos page - 
 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/)

 


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: paintnut on July 03, 2016, 12:10:30 PM
The cam hasnt seen them much lately - sure is good to see them looking comfortable together and really healthy. 




Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: amazedbyeagles on July 03, 2016, 07:11:27 PM
Oh,Thank You, Booni!!!!  Glad to see the eagles safely hiding in a quiet cool spot!!! Thank you for finding them!  Sometimes we wonder if they are still around......    :eclove :eclove


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: Tigerlady105 on July 03, 2016, 10:06:03 PM
Beautiful photos, booni!   :eclove


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: ivani on July 04, 2016, 08:48:20 AM
Wonderful photos Booni. Thanks. Great to see Em and Dad. :eclove


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: gillie on August 03, 2016, 04:52:19 PM
Thanx for posting those amazing pics of Dad and Em. They look so well and comfortable in each others company but I can't help feeling Dad is missing Mum Hornby, they were together through so many years sharing their happiness and sadness with us all. I feel sure that they will both return to the nest in October. Dad must be getting quite old now.


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: boonibarb on August 20, 2016, 06:11:54 PM
 
august 17 2016 20:30 - Moon rise on Grassy Point
 
(https://c1.staticflickr.com/9/8387/29085992126_c9258e1430_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/Ljej7S)
 
(https://c1.staticflickr.com/9/8026/29013509302_ea92e35caa_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/LcPPv1)
 
(https://c1.staticflickr.com/9/8044/28499973903_9252e1dc52_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/KqrPjp)
 
(https://c1.staticflickr.com/9/8365/28832249290_fe2dbe8939_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/KVNPdo)

 
link to my fotos page - 
 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/)

 


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: boonibarb on August 28, 2016, 11:17:29 AM
 
Yesterday i was driving down the road & there were Eagles in mishi*s Tree!
Who could it be?
Back so early or haven*t left yet?
Oh...  :mhihi
 
august 26 2016 09:56 - Turkey Vulture sunning
 
(https://c1.staticflickr.com/9/8002/29260658026_319b974bb2_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/LzEwcU)

There were two of them!
 
(https://c1.staticflickr.com/9/8508/29006242440_6e43465477_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/Lcbzjh)
 
(https://c1.staticflickr.com/9/8482/29260623246_be8ba14f0e_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/LzEkSf)

link to my fotos page - 
 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/)

 


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: jeavverhey on August 29, 2016, 06:34:20 AM
I hope this one gets busy fishing - whether on salmon run or locally. ❤️😍


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: boonibarb on September 20, 2016, 09:53:07 AM
 
It was a showery day, but then the Sun would come out, so i took Donnae down to Grassy Point.
She keeps saying there are no Birds, she is used to seeing more Birds when she is here, which is usually a month later than now.
We were sitting in the car in the rain when i looked over towards the broken off driftwood piece that used to be so distinctive, but has now broken off.
Through the rainy window & rain, was that something on top of the driftwood?
It was!
 
september 19 2016 14:28 - Cooper*s Hawk
 
(https://c1.staticflickr.com/9/8288/29188100414_4f63c4dc2e_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/LtfDmA)

i have NEVER seen one of these Birds on Grassy Point, or anywhere else on Hornby, for that matter, except for this one time here. (http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=1609.msg175021#msg175021)
We rolled down the window & just stayed in the car.
But of course we were spotted anyway.
 
(https://c2.staticflickr.com/8/7517/29733065941_27d44a1511_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/MipJBX)
 
(https://c1.staticflickr.com/9/8434/29733054951_2cc0b67e92_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/MipFmt)

A sudden departure!
 
(https://c1.staticflickr.com/9/8244/29523129760_8de92f316d_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/LYRKUC)

Ah, someone appeared to collect their bike, from behind us, scaring off the Hawk darnit!
 
(https://c2.staticflickr.com/8/7533/29523111360_237d7689c4_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/LYREro)
 
link to my fotos page - 
 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/)


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: boonibarb on September 20, 2016, 11:00:56 AM
 
We went walking on the rocky point, i was trying to find interesting things to show Donnae.
The tide pools there are excellent, & i was able to show her these Anemones.
The problem with tide pools is that the surface of the water reflects, making the images kind of cloudy.

september 19 2016 14:48 - Anemones
 
(https://c1.staticflickr.com/9/8045/29780400386_6cdaa23643_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/MnAkv5)

i played with this same foto in foto editing, & discovered that upping the contrast seems to punch through the relfection & bring out the colours a bit.
 
(https://c1.staticflickr.com/9/8237/29523695070_a8fe3fabbe_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/LYUDXm)

So i did the same for all of these fotos.
 
(https://c1.staticflickr.com/9/8357/29733657021_dd815ac212_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/MisLjZ)
 
(https://c1.staticflickr.com/9/8098/29188582034_bc1ef70eca_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/Lti7wo)
 
(https://c1.staticflickr.com/9/8285/29733636471_f94acf4dfc_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/MisEdF)
 
(https://c1.staticflickr.com/9/8144/29190082423_b6cf350a44_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/LtqNxa)
 
link to my fotos page - 
 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/)


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: boonibarb on September 20, 2016, 11:27:36 AM
 
Way off the rocky point on a tiny island was what looked to me to be a weaner Seal pup!
A weaner is a pup who has been weaned from the mother & is now alone & feeding them self.
This can be a tough time for the pups, who sometimes don*t thrive, because they don*t find enough food on their own.
We get calls about these poor pups, & have rescued them in the past.
i spotted one on Toby Island off Heron Rocks on our boat trip a little while ago.
i got a call about a possible weaner pup spotted in Helliwell that wren & others went looking for but the pup had moved on.
i was watching this one, i thought they were dead!
There was no movement at all.
 
september 19 2016 14:55 - weaner Seal pup
 
(https://c1.staticflickr.com/9/8496/29817348345_0ee238e269_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/MqRGQR)

So i walked out to the point, closer to the pup so i could see.
Oh, alive after all!  :heart
 
(https://c1.staticflickr.com/9/8871/29704393212_310494246a_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/MfSMdy)

i think this one looks okay, but i am sending the fotos to Saltspring Natural Care Center for evaluation.
 
(https://c2.staticflickr.com/8/7517/29189716604_dd64869c9e_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/LtoVMW)
 
(https://c1.staticflickr.com/9/8443/29704429872_4ce87f21c7_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/MfSY7C)
 
(https://c1.staticflickr.com/9/8239/29704419292_84f8b7f118_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/MfSUYd)
 
link to my fotos page -  
 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/)


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: ivani on September 20, 2016, 05:10:25 PM
Thanks Booni. Wonderful photos!


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: Cawatcher on September 20, 2016, 05:22:45 PM
 :eclove fabulous! I hope they are ok :pray


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: boonibarb on September 20, 2016, 07:55:02 PM
 
Next we went down to the ferry & walked along the dock in front of the Pub.
i noticed all these Fish in the water on one side!
There were also Fish on the other side, & they were all smaller.
i don*t know my Fish at all.
Does anyone else?
If nothing else, it is kind of a cool set of fotos.
 
september 19 2016 15:59 - small Fish
 
(https://c1.staticflickr.com/9/8278/29190144354_4c332c2299_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/Ltr7WW)
 
(https://c1.staticflickr.com/9/8582/29704952772_6d338003f6_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/MfVDy9)
 
(https://c1.staticflickr.com/9/8091/29782376096_c2c83fd3c9_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/MnLsP3)
 
(https://c2.staticflickr.com/8/7707/29735182731_dd092fbe63_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/MiAzSk)

i like this one.
 
(https://c1.staticflickr.com/9/8012/29735219241_2d9bf6fd25_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/MiALHP)
 
link to my fotos page -  
 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/)


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: winterwren on September 20, 2016, 08:48:43 PM
I've been asking the people I work with, because I see these little fishes a lot when I go out on the water. I love above all to paddle in the shallows, where I often see fish darting below me.

Yesterday I was just below Nest 7 and the bay there was full of little fishes!

I think these are the same kind, and that they are called Shiner Perch. The beautiful triangular pectoral fins that show in some of your photos, and the relatively large scales, correspond to what I'm seeing in my field guide. We have a few kinds of small Surfperches; when you see Shiner Perch from the side, they have these faint golden bars that shine in the sun.

Sometimes there are bigger fishes among them. We have something called a Striped Seaperch or a Blue-line Perch. Seen from the surface they look almost black, and sort of rectangular with a tail attached...  :mhihi
From the side they're pretty amazing, with fine lines of blue and sometimes reddish colour. The divers tell me that's how they look... And I've seen photos... But from the surface they're those blackish boxy fish that might be among the little ones. Very cool one way or the other.

So there ya have it. I know very little about our forage fishes and that's most of it right here.



Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: Tigerlady105 on September 20, 2016, 10:58:23 PM
Beautiful, different world!  Thank you booni and wren for the photos and information.  I'm very interested in marine life.   :eclove


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: Cawatcher on September 21, 2016, 06:06:38 AM
Great series, I love the depth of color and clarity!


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: jeavverhey on September 21, 2016, 01:16:15 PM
More wonders of pur natural world! Just fantastic 🤗


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
Post by: gillie on October 18, 2016, 12:55:32 AM
Thanx for all the fantastic pics, love them  :thumbup:


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