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Around Hornby Island => Around Hornby Island ~ 2015-2016 => Topic started by: boonibarb on October 19, 2015, 09:11:29 AM

Title: Nest #20 Whaling Station Bay - 2015-2016 Season
Post by: boonibarb on October 19, 2015, 09:11:29 AM

Nest #20 Whaling Station Bay is on lovely lovely spot, on a high cliff overlooking a rocky beach point, with a sandy bay on either side.
In the winter it is a quiet spot, but in the summer the houses & beaches are packed with people.
Last year there were two Eaglets in this Nest, & we were lucky that the people whose property the Tree is on came up just in time to find one of them standing on their deck!
That story & many others about this Nest & the other residents of this territory can be found here. (http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=1579.msg159977#msg159977)
Title: Re: Nest #20 Whaling Station Bay - 2015-2016 Season
Post by: boonibarb on October 20, 2015, 09:08:09 AM
 
It was a lovely warm sunny fall day so we went for a walk along sandy Whaling Station Bay.
The Eagles were calling & calling from the Nest #20 & 21 territories.
Not sure what was going on.
There were a few of those lovely red Lion*s Mane Jellyfish, a big one & some smaller ones.
There were tiny clear ridged thin ones everywhere in the sand.
They were ridged from the center out.
Then there were these cool ones!
i*ve never seen them with the purple before.
 
october 13 2015 15:02 - Jellyfish
 
(https://c2.staticflickr.com/6/5688/21713649273_f732216176_b.jpg) (https://c2.staticflickr.com/6/5688/21713649273_ec80f8c31b_o.jpg)
 

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

 
Title: Re: Nest #20 Whaling Station Bay - 2015-2016 Season
Post by: winterwren on October 20, 2015, 11:27:34 PM
Booni, thanks for the photo.
Today, paddling back into Whaling Station Bay, I saw two jellies that were unlike any I had ever seen.
One was like this one you photographed.
The other was like a transparent Moon Jelly, but really big, at least 20 cm across.
I didn't get a chance to get photos and I'm grateful you did.
Title: Re: Nest #20 Whaling Station Bay - 2015-2016 Season
Post by: jeavverhey on October 21, 2015, 02:02:17 PM
Your powers of observation and ability to make it clear to those not able to be there always amaze and delight.   :nod2 Thanks again. :eclove
Title: Re: Nest #20 Whaling Station Bay - 2015-2016 Season
Post by: Cawatcher on October 21, 2015, 04:35:38 PM
 :eceek booni and wren are so fortunate to live in suceh a diverse area ♥
Title: Re: Nest #20 Whaling Station Bay - 2015-2016 Season
Post by: boonibarb on November 06, 2015, 10:00:36 AM

According to the divers at Hornby Island Diving, those Jellies are a type of Moon Jelly(Aurelia aurita) which they haven*t seen here before.
She found pictures of them here! (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aurelia_aurita)
Title: Re: Nest #20 Whaling Station Bay - 2015-2016 Season
Post by: Tigerlady105 on November 06, 2015, 06:55:12 PM
Jellies are so interesting to watch!
Title: Re: Nest #20 Whaling Station Bay - 2015-2016 Season
Post by: winterwren on June 22, 2016, 09:42:53 PM
With kind permission from the neighbours, I spent a while watching this nest yesterday.
This is a tricky nest to see!
When I arrived there seemed to be a food delivery to the nest. A few minutes later I found a spot from which I could see the adult eagle.
June 21, 11:41 am
(https://c2.staticflickr.com/8/7505/27237266794_d45e5982dc_z.jpg) (https://c2.staticflickr.com/8/7505/27237266794_bfcaab2f14_k.jpg)

I spent a while watching but there were human visitors and my attention was split between birds and humans, so I missed most of the several sightings of sundry eaglet body parts. Definitely one little screeper in there and possibly two. I'm thinking this because later on, a few minutes after the adult had flown off, a second adult (i think) came in with a fish. Missed the photo but I could see something of good size held with both feet. Then I could see feeding motions and hear a little squeeing at the same time, so I'm wondering if there was a second eaglet complaining while waiting for his turn?
No way to be sure for now.
Here is the best photographic evidence I have of one eaglet, anyway. Just an outline of a brown head to the left.
12:13
(https://c2.staticflickr.com/8/7657/27571762050_7034bc6441_z.jpg) (https://c2.staticflickr.com/8/7657/27571762050_763df4f9c2_k.jpg)

Title: Re: Nest #20 Whaling Station Bay - 2015-2016 Season
Post by: Cawatcher on June 22, 2016, 09:49:45 PM
Good sleuthing Wren!
Title: Re: Nest #20 Whaling Station Bay - 2015-2016 Season
Post by: jeavverhey on June 23, 2016, 03:52:31 AM
Patience pays - sort of  :eclove
Title: Re: Nest #20 Whaling Station Bay - 2015-2016 Season
Post by: winterwren on October 08, 2016, 08:21:23 PM
A neighbour of this nest told me something about eagle behaviour, something I had been curious about.
From her yard, she can see this pair's sleeping tree!

I asked her where the fledglings sleep after they leave the nest.
She said the adults settle in their sleeping tree at about 8 pm in early August. Sometimes, shortly after that, a fledgling comes clumsily flying along, thrashing among the trees. He or she tries to go share the parents' night-time perch, but they don't let that happen. The fledgling usually settles in a neighbouring tree, but is not allowed in the parents' sleeping tree.

 :ecsmile
Title: Re: Nest #20 Whaling Station Bay - 2015-2016 Season
Post by: boonibarb on October 08, 2016, 10:01:38 PM

i have heard this same behaviour described by neighbours who live near that perch Tree on the other side of the road!