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Title: Olsen Farm Nest - 2016 Season
Post by: boonibarb on March 15, 2016, 08:23:47 PM
 
This is a fabulous nesting territory.
A beautiful grassy huge farm field on a long stretch of exquisite shoreline.
You gotta walk a long way to get to this Nest.
i have only seen the Nest area from above, on the road.
Last year*s topic, & links to previous years, can be found here. (http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=1573.msg159432#msg159432)
 
Title: Re: Olsen Farm Nest - 2016 Season
Post by: boonibarb on March 15, 2016, 08:34:15 PM
 
Today i drove past this territory, looking for the bathing Eagles again, & there was nary a one.
i turned around at Ford Cove & drove back up the hill, oggling the view, when i passed a huge Bird near the road & that Bird wasn*t as big as an Eagle!
There is almost nowhere to pull over on that road, so i had to drive up the hill to pull over then walk back down.
i was trying to be careful & quiet, unlike the cars whizzing past, yet the big Bird flew away just as i was getting close.
As they flew off, i saw a red tail!
i intended to watch them fly away, to see where they landed, but didn*t manage.
i scanned & scanned, but had no luck spotting where they went.
Walking back up the hill to my car, i kept looking, & spotted a dark lump in a Tree down in the field.
FOUND them!
 
march 15 2016 16:49 - Red-tail Hawk
 
(https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1587/25197964303_da49ee8ed1_b.jpg) (https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1587/25197964303_facbaabf18_o.jpg)

This is the best sighting i*ve ever had of one of these Birds!
 
(https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1615/25197967853_56e5888f33_b.jpg) (https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1615/25197967853_e3be9e4fc1_o.jpg)

Spotted!
& my last foto i got.
i watched the Hawk fly around the field for a while, then lost them.
Cool!
 
(https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1532/25194105664_94e93927d1_b.jpg) (https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1532/25194105664_8d1e089e38_o.jpg)
 
Last year, i had something interesting happen very near this same spot!
Read about that here. (http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=1573.msg166162#msg166162)
 
link to my fotos page - 
 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/)
Title: Re: Olsen Farm Nest - 2016 Season
Post by: jeavverhey on March 16, 2016, 03:44:36 AM
Beautiful photos Booni - I envy you for that lovely experience.
Title: Re: Olsen Farm Nest - 2016 Season
Post by: boonibarb on May 03, 2016, 07:45:26 PM
 
cali said i should post this.
It shows Olsen Farm & the point & Trees where the Nest is, i believe.
Lovely spot.

First time Soaring Hornby Island BC - 2013

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Omq3JzGaUno


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

 
Title: Re: Olsen Farm Nest - 2016 Season
Post by: Tigerlady105 on May 03, 2016, 09:03:10 PM
Looks like fun and scary, too!    :thumbup:
Title: Re: Olsen Farm Nest - 2016 Season
Post by: amazedbyeagles on May 04, 2016, 09:13:54 AM
Fly like an eagle....to the sea, fly like an eagle, let its spirit carry me......   Watching this I almost felt like an eagle might feel!  Thank You!!!  :eclove
Title: Re: Olsen Farm Nest - 2016 Season
Post by: jefferyb on May 22, 2016, 02:37:46 PM
Here is a few videos of the Olsen farm nest activity from the beach. Friday, May 13th, 2016

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LkSp6-yJP64

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9PRDw5fb6qY

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H_Azqes5RJQ
Title: Re: Olsen Farm Nest - 2016 Season
Post by: winterwren on July 18, 2016, 10:38:22 PM
After checking the Heron Rocks territory (http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=1622.msg174799#msg174799) I continued along the beach to the end of Olsen Farm and this nest.

I couldn't hear any sounds but from way back I could see a dark silhouette on the nest, and two white heads in the nest tree.

July 17, 12:57
(https://c1.staticflickr.com/9/8460/27787561633_d4f9130fe6_z.jpg) (https://c1.staticflickr.com/9/8460/27787561633_c60d4096c7_k.jpg)

I sat on a rock at a distance for an hour, waiting to see if a second eaglet would show itself. None of the eagles moved, despite the presence of a group of people passing right under the tree at one point. Must have been nap time.

After a while I detoured way out to see the other side of the nest.
There was still only that one eaglet visible, standing tall in the same spot, only now I could see more of him.

Here are the parents first.
1:46 pm
(https://c1.staticflickr.com/9/8751/28298828542_542a49f813_z.jpg) (https://c1.staticflickr.com/9/8751/28298828542_5ae95636ce_k.jpg)


1:47
(https://c1.staticflickr.com/9/8851/27787589133_cc49d8c0a9_z.jpg) (https://c1.staticflickr.com/9/8851/27787589133_74cd2b7a16_k.jpg)


And now the eaglet, with beak open and tongue sticking out to cool down.
1:49
(https://c1.staticflickr.com/9/8452/28298801532_933f5e5d23_z.jpg) (https://c1.staticflickr.com/9/8452/28298801532_78783fbfd3_k.jpg)

It really does look like only one eaglet on this nest.