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Mom & Dad Hornby's Nest & Territory => 2009-2010 ~ Phoenix & Dudley => Topic started by: madrona on November 08, 2009, 11:14:25 AM



Title: Ground Observations 2009 - 2010 - The Phoenix Season
Post by: madrona on November 08, 2009, 11:14:25 AM
This is the place for posting photos of the nest and eagles taken from the ground.


Title: Mum being dive bombed by a crow in Gregg*s Tree
Post by: boonibarb on November 08, 2009, 11:19:52 AM
Here is Doug*s map of the nest tree neighbourhood from page 28 of his book.
i*ve modified it to inlcude Foster*s Fir & Gregg*s Tree.


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Here is a modified version of the Google Earth map for the nest tree neighbourhood.
i have labelled what i believe to be what.

Google map of nest tree neighbourhood


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It was suggested in the chat that we post a foto of the trees visible from the close up cam, so that everybody knows what tree is what & what they are called.
Thanks to Raptorman for the screen cap & the numbering of the trees.

#1 = The Peters*s Tree

#2 = The blue roof house tree =  the Scraggly Tree = Hope*s Tree = Basil

#3 = Manuel

Raptorman*s pic of the three trees

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Mum being dive bombed by a crow in Gregg*s Tree october 2 2009 17:36:06.00
Click on foto to view it in a larger size.


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Title: Dad at the top of The Babysitting Tree
Post by: boonibarb on November 08, 2009, 11:24:30 AM
Dad at the top of The Babysitting Tree october 3 2009 18:02:04.00

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Title: Mum & Dad in the Babysitting Tree
Post by: boonibarb on November 08, 2009, 11:27:35 AM
Mum & Dad in the Babysitting Tree being harassed by a crow october 3 2009 18:03:10.00

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Title: In the Peters Tree
Post by: boonibarb on November 08, 2009, 11:33:05 AM
In the Peters Tree - october - 18/2009 17:34:07.50
Dad?


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Title: Ground Observations
Post by: boonibarb on November 08, 2009, 01:11:45 PM
i just got back from taking Dooki for his morning bike ride.
We went to Grassy Point.
At about 11:15am i was biking down the hill when huge wings to the left caught my eye.
A bald eagle!!  :eceek
It was Mum or Dad, & their talons were full of streams of long dark wet looking grass.
They flew higher up the point, then lower, towards me & over my head, did a small loop over the trees, then headed down the road towards the nest.
We walked along the beach to The Big Rock & looked up towards the nest tree.
There was Mum or Dad sitting on top of the close up camera, looking out towards the ocean.
On top of The Big Rock were at least a dozen black cormorants, some airing their wings, & two seagulls.
What a sight!
The tide was high, & the bottom of the Big Rock was under water.
Wish i*d brought my camera.  :Jaisigh


Title: Ground Observations 2010
Post by: boonibarb on November 13, 2009, 09:05:42 PM
In this foto, one eagle is in the nest, maybe lying down? the other is standing on top of the close up camera - november 13 2009 14:24

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Title: Ground Observations 2010
Post by: boonibarb on November 13, 2009, 09:13:32 PM
Dad leaves the close up camera - november 13/2009 14:24
This eagle has some chips missing from their left wing feather tips, the finger feathers on the very tips. Fifth & sixth finger feather tips.


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Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: BBE on November 13, 2009, 09:19:36 PM
Fantastic photo or eagle leaving the nest. The wing span is incredible.  If it is still windy there - a quick take off.  :ecsmile


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: boonibarb on November 13, 2009, 09:22:37 PM
Dad flies away from the nest - 13/11/2009 14:24

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Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: boonibarb on November 13, 2009, 09:30:56 PM
flying away from the nest - november 13 2009 14:24
You can see the chips missing from the left wing feather tips.


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Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: boonibarb on November 13, 2009, 09:36:56 PM
someone is still in the nest - november 13 2009 14:32
Or maybe the one that just left returned when i wasn*t looking.
i was getting ready to leave after the eagle flew away from the close up camera when i looked up & saw movement in the nest.
i figured there*d been two eagles there & one flew away.
But as Blue points out, when the one in the nest flies away, they have the same chips in their wing feather tips.
So the original eagle must*ve returned to the nest without me seeing them arrive i guess.


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Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: boonibarb on November 13, 2009, 09:44:38 PM
the one still in the nest - november 13 2009 14:38
ETA-or the same one has returned & i missed their arrival.


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Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: Blue on November 13, 2009, 09:51:44 PM
Super photos, Booni.

He must have snagged those feathers on something. 



Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: boonibarb on November 13, 2009, 09:51:52 PM
still in the nest - november 13 2009 14:44
The look on their face is as tho they*ve spotted something.


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Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: boonibarb on November 13, 2009, 09:58:07 PM
open beak - november 13 2009 14:44
i like this one!
The light inside the upper beak is cool!


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Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: boonibarb on November 13, 2009, 10:03:36 PM
standing up in the nest - november 13 2009 14:45
Look at all those sticks!


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Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: boonibarb on November 13, 2009, 10:09:23 PM
take off! - november 13 2009 14:46

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Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: boonibarb on November 13, 2009, 10:14:58 PM
take off! - talons - november 13 2009 14:46

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Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: boonibarb on November 13, 2009, 10:19:10 PM
sunlight catches feathers - november 13 2009 14:46

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Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: boonibarb on November 13, 2009, 10:24:03 PM
more talons - november 13 2009 14:46

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Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: emc on November 13, 2009, 10:26:55 PM
Fantastic pictures and lighting ! Love the light coming thru the wings. :)


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: boonibarb on November 13, 2009, 10:33:11 PM
These two had ants in their pants today.
It was really hard to keep up to them.
One left the nest, then shortly thereafter the other left the nest flying in the same direction.
i gave up & went home & there they were together in a tree on my street!
i*ve never seen them there before.
i consider my street nest #9 territory, but i guess not.
dad & mum - november 13 2009 15:03


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Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: emc on November 13, 2009, 10:34:57 PM
Love them looking in the same direction.  We can make up in our minds what they could be looking at... lol

Wonder if they are getting to know you and followed you home?


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: boonibarb on November 13, 2009, 10:39:25 PM
a not very exuberant poop shot for AJL - november 13 2009 15:03
My first poop shot of the 2010 season! Yay!


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Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: boonibarb on November 13, 2009, 10:40:15 PM
EMC, they were waiting for me when i got there!
Maybe they were anticipating my moves...


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: emc on November 13, 2009, 10:41:21 PM
Do you ever have fish heads or something for them also?  You'll have to keep your eyes peeled to see if they do it again.


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: boonibarb on November 13, 2009, 10:45:08 PM
wing chips for AJL - november 13 2009 15:03

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Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: passerine on November 13, 2009, 10:52:48 PM
Beautiful photos, even the poop shot, congrats on your first one of the year. :eclol


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: boonibarb on November 13, 2009, 10:53:32 PM
No, no fish heads emc.
i*ll keep my eyes peeled for them there again for sure!
taking off from the perch tree - november 13 2009 15:03


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Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: boonibarb on November 13, 2009, 10:59:36 PM
talons leaving the perch tree - november 13 2009 15:03:54.50

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Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: boonibarb on November 13, 2009, 11:05:14 PM
almost out of the picture - november 13 2009 15:03:55

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Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: boonibarb on November 13, 2009, 11:11:14 PM
alone - november 13 2009 15:03

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Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: Blue on November 13, 2009, 11:16:53 PM
Booni

BOTH eagles have nicks out of their long flight feathers.  You pointed out the nicks when the first one left the nest.  When the second one left, you can see the same thing in the photo with the sunlight catching the feathers at 14:46.



Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: boonibarb on November 13, 2009, 11:17:19 PM
gorgeous fluffy white tail feathers - november 13 2009 15:26
Standing on the close up camera.
Taken from the back side of the nest.


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Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: boonibarb on November 13, 2009, 11:18:12 PM
It*s the same eagle both times, Blue, with the chips in the wing feathers


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: boonibarb on November 13, 2009, 11:23:21 PM
nice beak - november 13 2009 15:04

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Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: Blue on November 13, 2009, 11:29:37 PM
It*s the same eagle both times, Blue, with the chips in the wing feathers

I couldn't follow that from your posts.

flying away from the nest - 14:24 (nicks in feathers)

someone still in the nest - 14:32

and that one leaves at 14:46 (nicks in feathers)



So, did the one that left at 14:24 come back to the nest and leave again?


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: boonibarb on November 13, 2009, 11:33:02 PM
feather tips sharpened & contrasted

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Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: boonibarb on November 13, 2009, 11:35:34 PM
The first fotos are of the eagles in the nest, then there is a second set, showing the feather tips, where the eagles are in a perch tree away from the nest.

ETA i see what you*re saying Blue.
Now i*m confused.
How can they BOTH have the same chips in the wings.
Maybe the first one DID come back to the nest then.
i may have missed that.


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: AJL on November 14, 2009, 12:14:43 AM
For comparison, this is the structure of the primary feather, beside an inverted/flipped close-up of the feather bites. 

NOTE: several wildlife rehabbers have looked at the photos. No conclusions have been drawn because this might not be what it looks like.  However, if this is damage, it is not at all a problem for the bird! Birds very frequently fray or damage a feather. The bird is flying beautifully.

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Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: birdvoyer on November 14, 2009, 11:18:46 AM
EMC, they were waiting for me when i got there!
Maybe they were anticipating my moves...

Wonder who's observing who? People studying the eagles or the eagles studying people?  :biggrin6

Absolutely wonderful captures today boonib! I, too, love the light thru the wings. Fly off was great too. Keep them coming. I am so envious.  
  :nod2


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: Tigerlady105 on November 14, 2009, 11:41:37 AM
Wonderful pictures and comments, Boonibarb.  Especially visiting you at home!  What a delightful surprise for you!    :eclol


Title: video - the nest tree on a stormy day
Post by: boonibarb on November 15, 2009, 07:08:00 PM
video - the nest tree on a stormy day november 15 2009 11:26am

Video!-click here (http://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/4107133481/)


Title: video - the beach on a stormy day
Post by: boonibarb on November 15, 2009, 07:15:10 PM
video - the beach on a stormy day - november 15 2009 11:32am

Video!-click here (http://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/4107191775/)


Title: video - The Big Rock on a stormy day
Post by: boonibarb on November 15, 2009, 07:17:15 PM
video - The Big Rock on a stormy day - november 15 2009 11:35am

Video!-click here (http://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/4107227049/)


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: passerine on November 15, 2009, 08:08:53 PM
You gotta love it, being part of the wilds of nature, whilst sitting on my big **** inside, where is warm & dry. :eclol


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: emptynester on November 15, 2009, 08:11:21 PM
Awesome video, Booni. It is cool to see Mom and Dad's surroundings.
The weather is bad everywhere.

We have terrible wind and rainfall warnings up all day and all of tomorrow!
Thanks for sharing Hornby with all of us ! :eclove


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: luvthebirds on November 15, 2009, 09:25:23 PM
Booni, we are so very lucky to have you!  :nod2  Your photos and videos, along with your descriptions, make the eagles and Hornby Island so real!  I almost feel like I am there too!  Thank you for taking the time to post your works for us to view and enjoy.
 :heart :eclove :heart


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: Blue on November 15, 2009, 10:16:35 PM
Thanks, Booni.

Bet Mom and Dad are staying away from the beach today - probably moved further inland away from the wind.  Hope they are snug for the night.



Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: Donnae on November 15, 2009, 11:09:31 PM
Thanks Booni, boy is that tree swaying!!!!  Great videos and yes, hopefully Mom and Dad are tuck away in a nice sheltered spot till the storm is gone.


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: cobbler39 on November 16, 2009, 03:23:13 AM
Great videos booni. Sure is good to have you there as our eyes when the cam is not up and even when it is. :ecsmile


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: Tigerlady105 on November 16, 2009, 04:14:34 AM
The videos are great, Booni!  I really enjoyed being able to see the Big Rock and the beach that are far off in the distance when we watch the cam.  That tree sure rocks during the strong winds.  Good thing there aren't any chicks up there right now!


Title: Re: video - the beach on a stormy day
Post by: Chacooe on November 16, 2009, 03:25:42 PM
video - the beach on a stormy day - november 15 2009 11:32am

Video!-click here (http://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/4107191775/)

I love walking along the beach after a storm because of all of the neat things you will find.  I found a piece of driftwood that if you look at it one way it looks like a seagull head, turn it up side down and it looks like a ducks head.  It even has the eyes for both birds and the beak is cracked so it looks like a mouth.  I will try and take a picture of it and post it here.  I have found a couple of pieces of luggage, shoes and all kinds of things.  It is amazing what Mother Natures force will bring us.

Boonibarb, do the waves get higher there or are these the sizes of waves that you get during a storm?


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: boonibarb on November 16, 2009, 07:10:13 PM
Hiya Chacooe!
Those waves were pretty high due to the storm.
i guess my video doesn*t really show how high they were.
We don*t get huge waves, as we are not open ocean.


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: Sheila on November 16, 2009, 11:00:16 PM
NOTCHES IN FEATHERS -   Boonibarb, I nearly flipped when I saw your photos taken on November 13, of the notches in the wing feathers.  Looking back in my records of October 17, I have a diagram I drew from a telescope sighting, with the notation "female's left wing".  It shows notches near the tips of the third and fourth primary feathers, with the note "look like mouse bites'.  I missed seeing one of the primary feathers.  From you photos the notches are in the fourth and fifth primaries.
One thing, the notches are in the female's left wing and secondly, they are still there 27 days later.  By further observation, we might be able to see how long they keep these feathers until new ones grow in.       Doug


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: Blue on November 16, 2009, 11:58:39 PM
For sure, Doug.  We will watch for the notches throughout the season and note when we see them.   :thumbsup


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: boonibarb on November 17, 2009, 08:46:54 PM
Okay, today i was *supposed* to be somewhere, but it was a nice sunny day so i stopped by the nest on my way.
Fortunately i *just so happened* to have my camera!
i looked up at the nest, & there was someone standing on the close up camera
(Ma in nest) Pa on close up cam - november 17 2009 10:29


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Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: boonibarb on November 17, 2009, 08:57:49 PM
Dad cries out from the cu cam - 17/11/2009 10:29:58

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Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: boonibarb on November 17, 2009, 09:14:23 PM
Dad cries out from the cu cam2 - november 17 2009 10:30

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Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: passerine on November 17, 2009, 09:30:16 PM
Nice Booni, looks like dad has some of his lunch still on his beak, he looks velvety. :heart


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: boonibarb on November 17, 2009, 09:42:13 PM
Yeah, he had feathers all stuck to his beak!


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: boonibarb on November 17, 2009, 10:00:34 PM
Suddenly i noticed Dad wasn*t alone in the nest!
Mum & Dad in the nest - november 17 2009 10:34


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Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: boonibarb on November 17, 2009, 10:30:04 PM
Dad leaves the nest - november 17 2009 10:43:33

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Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: boonibarb on November 17, 2009, 10:40:12 PM
Dads talons leave the nest - november 17 2009 10:43:33

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Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: Rajame on November 18, 2009, 12:11:06 AM
Oh booni!!!

Those pictures are wonderful.  Thank Goodness for the Ground Crew!!   :biggrin6

Loving them and you!
Rajame :heart


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: Donnae on November 18, 2009, 12:19:53 AM
Fantastic Booni !!!  Thanks so much, you made my day!!! :biggrin6


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: kathyj on November 18, 2009, 12:20:31 AM
Boonibarb - we are so lucky that you live so close to the Hornbys, and are able to take fantastic photos and share them with us.  Thank you so much.

Hi Doug & Shiela - great that you come on here too and still provide us with your wonderful and in depth knowledge of the eagles, especially Ma and Pa.  Thank you.

 :eclove


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: boonibarb on November 18, 2009, 04:10:24 PM
9:40am - This morning i was biking up the road behind the nest, towards the nest area.
Three eagles flew above the road, close to the property behind the nest tree.
i couldn*t see whether they were adults.
As i got closer to the nest area, an adult landed near the top of Gregg*s Tree, & before i could get there, so did a second adult.
i didn*t see the third eagle again.


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: Doug on November 18, 2009, 05:17:57 PM
Cameras down most of the day.  Both cameras OK at this end. It is now really stormy.  The female flew past out house carrying a giant branch - one devoid of any side branches - more like a log.  The eagle was holding onto one end of the "log", with the other end hanging straight down - rather like a helicopter logging operation.  The eagle had to fly right past the nest to circle around from the north side of the tree, enabling it to rise up and land while flying into the wind.  When the cameras are working again, you'll see this "log" running straight out from the close-up camera.  Also you will see an even longer "log" running back beside the close-up camera - best seen from the wide-angle camera.  They did some hard work this morning.  


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: Tigerlady105 on November 18, 2009, 05:33:56 PM
Doug, thanks for posting the information about Mom Hornby's Helicopter and Log Delivery Service.

She is amazing!  I'm trying to picture her picking it up, carrying the log and then flying just right to adjust for the winds and maneuvering it into the correct position! Whew!  Sure glad you saw her do it and were able to describe what she did.  :binocs

We learn something new every day about how the eagles figure out how to do exactly what they want to do and then are successful!  :eclol


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: emc on November 18, 2009, 05:38:13 PM
I love how you explain what you see Doug. :))  It really helps us feel like we are there with you seeing it.  What a picture I have in my mind of this incident. 

Did she seem to be struggling, flapping for all she's worth?


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: NancyM on November 18, 2009, 05:42:15 PM
Doug,  Thank you so much for this description of the logging operation - we do have pictures of the giant log in the nest and have been wondering how it got there.



Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: Cawatcher on November 18, 2009, 06:29:13 PM
bracing for a tuff winter I fear, Doug


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: Doug on November 18, 2009, 07:21:13 PM
EMC was wondering if the eagle was really struggling to fly the "log" up that high.  I'm sure it was.  When if flew past our house, it was about thirty feet above the beach with another 90 feet yet to reach the nest level.  As it flew north, beyond the nest, it was out of our sight.  I just know from previous observations that it would have been a real struggle - near the limit of its endurance.  I agree with Blue, who noted that it was a dried out old branch (or tree top) with all side branches rotted off, probably not as heavy as it might appear.  

A number of years ago I saw an eagle taking exactly the same flight path and carrying a large green branch, probably heavier than the "log".  It struggled to gain elevation and was forced to take another circle over the beach.  It hardly gained another five feet in elevation in that circle, and gave up - jettisoning the branch.  A couple days later, it dawned on me; this is the way I can establish the limit of the weight that an eagle can carry - simply recover the branch dropped and weigh it.  I excitedly scampered along the beach where the branch was dropped, but could not find it.  The tides had taken it away.  I could kick myself for having lost that oportunity.  My guess is a four pound limit to nest level.

One other factor; a full green branch with numerous side branches offers a great amount of wind resistance compared with the skeletal "log".


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: Rajame on November 18, 2009, 10:16:05 PM
Doug,

We are so very blessed by your love of the Hornby Eagle Family and your observations.  How many nest cams have people with several decades of observation of an Eagle pair and their young – let alone ground crew and our very own webmaster?  Next to Ma and Pa, the fact that you come here to report and drop in the Chat is the highlight, the pinnacle of a watching experience.  Between you, and few others that so beautifully instruct us, we are daily blessed.  Your experiences are invaluable.  Someday I plan to personally give you and Sheila and boonibarb a hug. 

Thank you again.  Your pupil,
Rajame :clap



Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: cobbler39 on November 19, 2009, 09:56:21 AM
Neither wind, nor rain, nor snow, nor hail will cause Ma Hornby to ever fail.
What a trooper she is. :ecsmile


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: Doug on November 20, 2009, 12:35:15 PM

  As many of you know, low tides occur only at night in the winter, so the eagles will have to wait until next spring for their tidal treasures, making feeding a tougher proposition.

This morning's high tide was exceedingly high - about 9 inches higher than it should be.  Such overly high tides can be caused by continuous south easterly winds blowing the water to the northern end of the Georgia Strait, by a low air pressure above the ocean, possibly by all the rainfall causing the rivers to flood down into the Straits, and by warming of the water - an El Nino this winter? (Warm water expands).  Whatever the cause, it was much higher than is should normally be.


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: madrona on November 20, 2009, 12:53:39 PM
I noticed how high the tide was this morning and posted in the Hornby chatroom that I was glad it wasn't still stormy.  If it had been blowing hard like it was yesterday, around 9 AM today when the tide was at its highest for the next several day, then it would not have been a pretty sight.  I am impressed that you could measure the extra height, Doug.  We have a large rock that we note these things but didn't check this morning.

There is probably a lot of storm debris too, which causes damage when large waves pound the shore.   :ecsad

I hope that our couple find something edible washed up! 


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: boonibarb on November 20, 2009, 08:43:52 PM
Okay, this is a continuation from this post.

http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=23.msg1980#msg1980

Turns out Dad had flown to Foster*s Fir, which is to our right when we*re watching the camera.
Mum stayed in the nest.
Here is Doug*s map of the nest tree neighbourhood from page 28 of his book.
i*ve modified it to inlcude Foster*s Fir & Gregg*s Tree.


(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2638/4120607057_ff16de75c3.jpg) (http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2638/4120607057_ff16de75c3.jpg)

Dad in Foster*s Fir - november 17 2009 10:45am
He still has feathers stuck to his beak!


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Dad in Foster*s Fir - close up - november 17 2009 10:45am

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Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: boonibarb on November 20, 2009, 08:58:11 PM
Dad in Foster*s Fir - november 17 2009 10:47
How cute can you get???!!!


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Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: boonibarb on November 20, 2009, 09:08:53 PM
Dad in Foster*s Fir - november 17 10:48am

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Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: boonibarb on November 20, 2009, 09:19:22 PM
Dads talons - november 17 2009 10:48:53

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Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: boonibarb on November 20, 2009, 09:37:10 PM
Dad in Foster*s Fir - november 17 10:50am

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Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: boonibarb on November 20, 2009, 09:46:42 PM
Dad about to leave Fosters Fir - november 17 2009 10:54:08
Note the body language that alerted me to his imminent departure.


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Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: boonibarb on November 20, 2009, 10:06:15 PM
Dad leaves Foster*s Fir - november 17 2009 10:54:08am

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Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: boonibarb on November 20, 2009, 10:24:24 PM
Dad flies away from Foster*s Fir - november 17 2009 10:54:08.50am
Notice it*s not Dad who has the wing tip feather notches.


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Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: emc on November 20, 2009, 10:26:15 PM
I love these last two pics of the take off.  :eclove  Fabulous and thank you for sharing them with us.


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: boonibarb on November 20, 2009, 10:50:56 PM
Dad flies away from Foster*s Fir - 10:54:08:50

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Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: boonibarb on November 20, 2009, 11:01:05 PM
i must have looked away for a minute because i missed the arrival of Mum!!
Ain*t she purty???
Mum in Fosters Fir - november 17 2009 10:55:16am


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Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: boonibarb on November 20, 2009, 11:08:24 PM
Mum looking at me like i'm lunch!!! - november 17 2009 10:55:22am

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Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: boonibarb on November 20, 2009, 11:20:58 PM
Mum at the tippy top of Foster*s Fir - november 17 2009 10:55:27

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Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: Donnae on November 21, 2009, 12:17:08 AM
As always Booni, they are just awesome!!! Thank you so much!!!


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: BBE on November 21, 2009, 01:10:33 AM
Booni, awesome and beautiful photos.  The one of the talons is super.

Thank you  :eclove


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: birdvoyer on November 21, 2009, 07:06:17 AM
I'ld glare at you if you were aiming something at me too!  :mhihi
(re: Mum regarding you as lunch)

Beautiful captures boonib. I don't know how it is possible, but they just keep getting better and better. I thought they were wonderful before.  
  :nod2


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: Cawatcher on November 21, 2009, 08:00:24 AM
Oh My Gosh, Boonie! These are fantastic!! I would like to borrow your ladder please?? :-) It looks like you are right there with them~~ :heart


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: cobbler39 on November 21, 2009, 02:47:28 PM
Wow booni, those are good!!


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: boonibarb on November 22, 2009, 05:11:17 PM
Just so nobody worries, it may LOOK like i*m close to the eagles, but i*m actually about 250' away from them, plus they*re at the top of a 100' tree at least!

Today i was biking the eagle neighbourhood with Dooki.
At about 1:45 pm i looked up to the Peters*s Tree & it was empty.
But there was an eagle in The Babysitting Tree.
As i continued down the road towards Sandstone Point, i heard an eagle calling from nearby.
i left Dooki & the bike to tiptoe down to Hidden Bay to see if i could see anything.
The tide was quite high, so i didn*t get far, nor did i see any eagles in the trees.
Then suddenly an eagle flew along the beach from Sandstone Point towards Big Rock.
i went back to my bike & Dooki & headed back down the road to the nest tree area.
Now in the Babysitting Tree there were TWO eagles.
Both were facing the water.
When i biked to the back side of the nest, i could see both eagles near the top of the tree.
The one on the left side of the trunk was smaller in body size.
The one on the right side of the trunk was on a branch just a bit lower down that the other, & this one had a much larger body size.
Please refer to map at this link to orient you to the neighbourhood & some of the places i*m referring to.

Doug*s map of the nest tree neighbourhood (http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=23.msg2382#msg2382)

p.s. The property next to Grassy Point has people working in there today.
i guess they are taking advantage of the dry day to work, even tho it*s a sunday.
So this might explain some of the noise & voices that you are hearing on the camera today.


Title: Mum atop Foster*s Fir
Post by: boonibarb on November 22, 2009, 10:07:50 PM
Mum atop Foster*s Fir november 17 2009 1057am

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Title: Mum atop Foster*s Fir
Post by: boonibarb on November 22, 2009, 10:16:17 PM
Mum atop Foster*s Fir november 17 2009 10:57:14am

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Title: Mum atop Foster*s Fir
Post by: boonibarb on November 22, 2009, 10:22:26 PM
Mum atop Foster*s Fir november 17 2009 10:57:16am

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Title: Mum atop Foster*s Fir
Post by: boonibarb on November 22, 2009, 10:27:27 PM
Mum atop Foster*s Fir november 17 2009 10:58am

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Title: Mum atop Foster*s Fir
Post by: boonibarb on November 22, 2009, 10:33:34 PM
Mum atop Foster*s Fir november 17 2009 11:02am

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Title: Mum atop Foster*s Fir
Post by: boonibarb on November 22, 2009, 10:48:16 PM
Mum atop Foster*s Fir november 17 2009 11:05am

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Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: AJL on November 22, 2009, 10:58:11 PM
 :eclove Beautiful photos boonibarb! (I love seeing Mom's lovely throat and chin from that angle. And she was looking at you!)


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: Donnae on November 22, 2009, 11:05:10 PM
WOW Booni, they just keep getting better and better. Awesome photo. Really love the last one with that certain look!!  :heart

Thanks again!!! :biggrin3


Title: Mum atop Foster*s Fir
Post by: boonibarb on November 22, 2009, 11:23:12 PM
Mum atop Foster*s Fir november 17 2009 11:05:35am

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Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: BBE on November 22, 2009, 11:41:59 PM
I wonder who or what Mom was looking at or thinking about.  Maybe she was asking Booni if the pose showed her best profile.  :eclol

Booni, the time you spend taking and posting photos for all to see is truly wonderful.  :clap

Many thanks

Ann


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: cobbler39 on November 23, 2009, 06:31:48 AM
lol, Booni, I think she's inviting you to lunch. Octopus soup.
Your photos are awesome.


Title: Mum atop Foster*s Fir
Post by: boonibarb on November 23, 2009, 09:29:44 AM
i REALLY ENJOY sharing my fotos with you all!!  :nod2
i look forward to it!
& i love hearing your feedback.

Mum atop Foster*s Fir november 17 2009 11:05:38am

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Title: Mum atop Foster*s Fir
Post by: boonibarb on November 23, 2009, 09:33:06 PM
Mum atop Foster*s Fir november 17 2009 11:05:42am

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Title: Mum atop Foster*s Fir
Post by: boonibarb on November 23, 2009, 09:45:50 PM
Mum atop Foster*s Fir november 17 2009 11:06am

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Title: Mum atop Foster*s Fir
Post by: boonibarb on November 23, 2009, 09:52:04 PM
Mum atop Foster*s Fir november 17 2009 11:07am - nictitating membrane visible

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Title: Mum leaves Foster*s Fir
Post by: boonibarb on November 23, 2009, 10:00:45 PM
Mum leaves the top of Foster*s Fir november 17 2009 11:09:21 - left wing feather nicks visible

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Title: Mum leaves Foster*s Fir
Post by: boonibarb on November 23, 2009, 10:12:16 PM
Mum leaves the top of Foster*s Fir november 17 2009 11:09:21:50 - left wing feather nicks visible

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Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: Blue on November 23, 2009, 10:44:33 PM
Interesting how she lets go with her talons as she becomes airborne.  Note in the last pic how the talons aren't turned around yet.



Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: typoscount2 on November 23, 2009, 10:48:32 PM
wonderful shots booni  :heart love them  !!!!!


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: madrona on November 23, 2009, 11:29:09 PM
Barb - these photos are wonderful - among your very best.  She looks fantastic against the light sky background.  I think the one in post #118 is my favourite!  She is beautiful, and you capture her strength and confidence somehow.   :eclove


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: Donnae on November 24, 2009, 01:49:32 AM
Wonderful Booni, such a joy to come here and see these photos!!! Thanks, you know we love them  :heart


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: NancyM on November 24, 2009, 04:06:02 PM
oh my gosh, boonibarb, your pictures are thrilling ~ Mom's full wingspan (post 123) is magnificent!  Thank you!


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: kathyj on November 27, 2009, 05:14:32 AM
Just caught up with the brilliant photos - thanks Boonibarb for sharing them with us.  They really are amazing photos.


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: only_an_egg on November 27, 2009, 06:14:15 AM
WOW Barb thanks for these great shots. How lucky we are to have you there!!! :biggrin6


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: cobbler39 on November 27, 2009, 06:25:39 AM
Booni, your photos leave me speechless. :heart


Title: George & the Cormorants
Post by: boonibarb on November 27, 2009, 10:05:46 PM
George & the Cormorants on Big Rock - action shot
Pelagic cormorants & double crested cormorant.


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Title: George & the Cormorants
Post by: boonibarb on November 27, 2009, 10:13:56 PM
on Big Rock - full crop & nice wings

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Title: George & the Cormorants
Post by: boonibarb on November 27, 2009, 10:38:18 PM
interesting stretch
Doug told me they make this move as a threatening gesture.


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Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: madrona on November 27, 2009, 10:50:58 PM
What fun, Barb!  They look as though they're socializing (except for George).   Having a little party.  George seems to be either ignoring them - or acting as lookout?  :really


Title: Mum on the cam box
Post by: boonibarb on November 27, 2009, 10:54:46 PM
Mum on the cam box - november 27 2009 13:10

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Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: Blue on November 27, 2009, 11:00:27 PM
How nice the sun shone for your photos today, booni.  Lovely shots!



Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: passerine on November 27, 2009, 11:03:38 PM
whoa that is one big crop amazing he doesn't fall forward. :ecsmile What's Georges story :question


Title: Mum on the cam box
Post by: boonibarb on November 27, 2009, 11:05:05 PM
mum on the cam box november 27 2009 13:13

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Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: boonibarb on November 27, 2009, 11:06:17 PM
passerine, George is in Doug*s book.
He hangs out on Big Rock with Alice the seagull & the cormorants.


Title: Dad on the Horus branch
Post by: boonibarb on November 27, 2009, 11:13:08 PM
Dad on the Horus branch november 27 2009 13:14

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Title: Mum on the cam box
Post by: boonibarb on November 27, 2009, 11:22:01 PM
Mum on the cam box november 27 2009 13:16
i think in this foto & the one i took just before it, Mum is watching Dad leave the Horus branch.
i hadn*t noticed him leaving.


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Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: BBE on November 27, 2009, 11:50:39 PM
Awesome Booni, many thanks. I heard Mum on the cam casing (1:05 ish pm) while I was recording Dad in the nest. Then Dad calling as he was leaving at about 1:14 pm.  Video posted on Nest Cam thread.


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: birdvoyer on November 28, 2009, 09:07:01 AM
Boonib, I loved the story about George and the commorants from Doug's book. It is nice to have pictures to see. Maybe that stretch is a "3 point" stretch?  :ecrolleyes

Love the pictures of Mom and Dad. All of these close ups are nice.


Title: Mum leaves the cam box
Post by: boonibarb on November 28, 2009, 10:21:25 AM
november 27 2009 Mum takes off from close up cam box 13:17

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Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: Anne on November 28, 2009, 10:32:05 AM
Thanks Barb for all your wonderful photos. First time I have seen the cam box. Must serve a double duty...to protect the camera and serve as a branch.


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: passerine on November 28, 2009, 10:42:47 AM
The above picture she flew off to the right. I seen a documentary in which an eagle had a cam attached to him. Whichever way the eagle turned his head would be the direction he turned to & depending on how far his head turned some were tight circles & others slight curving.
Noticed that with all birds, some not meaning to turn , looking back at something & it looks like they then need to correct to continue the direction they were going.
Beautiful as usual fotos Booni. :heart


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: boonibarb on November 28, 2009, 10:43:49 AM
Hiya Anne!
There are actually TWO cam boxes.
Mum is standing on the close up cam box, & above her is the wide angle camera box.

passerine, thanks for the info!
That*ll help me to read the eagles when i am photographing so that i can follow them with my camera.
It makes sense, what you say!


Title: Mum leaves the cam box
Post by: boonibarb on November 28, 2009, 10:54:55 AM
november 27 2009 Mum takes off from close up cam box 13:17:00
You can just see the nicks missing in her left wing feather tips.


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Title: Dad flies in with a stick in his talon
Post by: boonibarb on November 28, 2009, 08:07:12 PM
november 27 2009 Dad flies in with a stick in his talon 13:19

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Title: Dad in the nest
Post by: boonibarb on November 28, 2009, 08:14:59 PM
november 27 2009 Dad in the nest13:19:39
Look how sweet he looks!


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Title: Dad on the cam box
Post by: boonibarb on November 28, 2009, 08:33:20 PM
november 27 Dad on the cam box 13:20

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Title: Dad flies off the cam box
Post by: boonibarb on November 28, 2009, 08:40:39 PM
november 27 2009 Dad readies for take off 13:21

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Title: Dad flies off
Post by: boonibarb on November 28, 2009, 09:08:46 PM
november 27 2009 Dad flies off 13:21:34
Look at his chubby tootsies & that one long sharp talon!


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Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: BBE on November 28, 2009, 11:46:20 PM
'Wings and rudder up; ready for take off'

The picture of Mum leaves the cam box (http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=23.msg3247#msg3247) at the bottom of previous page (click on blue type to see picture) is so cool.
 
You manage to capture the eagles in so many different positions / angles.  Super photography.

Thanks so much.


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: boonibarb on November 29, 2009, 06:34:09 PM
Thanks BBE!
i like your title for that foto!

So, one thing that*s making for interesting angles for taking fotos is that a lot of the leaves have fallen from the nest tree area trees, which are mostly alders.
In the summer, when Hope was around, there were just two peepholes for me, thru the branches & leaves & tree trunks, into the nest.
Now i can photograph from way more spots.
This last series of fotos, i had my camera set up on my tripod, right on the road on the water side of the nest.
This is about as close as i can get to the nest to take fotos.
So that helps a lot for getting the angles & the details that you see in this series of fotos.

Another thing i wanted to add is that Dad & then Mum both flew to my right, as i stood taking fotos.
This would be to your left, as you look thru the camera when you are watching the eagles.
After i packed up my camera & was biking home up the hill, i glanced, out of habit, up into Gregg*s Tree, on the road on the back side of the nest.
Mum & Dad were both in this tree as i biked by.
So, it would appear that first Dad flew to this tree, & then Mum joined him.


Title: Moss/Lichen
Post by: boonibarb on November 29, 2009, 07:57:18 PM
One day on the chat i noticed a discussion of a fluffy lump of green that had appeared in the nest.
madrona identified it as Reindeer Moss/Lichen.
So i determined to look for some on my bike rides so that i could photograph it to show to you.
Here are some of the specimens that i found, all from the area of the nest tree.
It*s pretty nifty stuff!
& so many different kinds!


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Title: Moss/Lichen
Post by: boonibarb on November 29, 2009, 08:03:28 PM
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Title: Moss/Lichen
Post by: boonibarb on November 29, 2009, 08:18:48 PM
This one is tubular!

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Title: Moss/Lichen
Post by: boonibarb on November 29, 2009, 08:23:30 PM
This is the kind i think was in the nest that day!

(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2607/4145408913_33407c882d.jpg) (http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2607/4145408913_33407c882d_b.jpg)


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: Blue on November 29, 2009, 09:28:38 PM
Lichens are an indication of a healthy environment.  When the air is polluted, the lichens disappear.



Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: AJL on November 29, 2009, 11:45:17 PM
Great sleuthing booni! With your wonderful photos to reference, it appears that the object in the nest really resembles parsley more than broccoli.   :mhihi


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: Raptorman on November 30, 2009, 12:29:09 PM
I'm really lichen the photos Boonibarb  :nod2


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: BBE on November 30, 2009, 12:33:15 PM
Booni - great photos that you took off the lichen. Leafy greens for Mum and Dad.

Raptorman     :rotf1


Title: Mum & Dad in the Babysitting Tree
Post by: boonibarb on November 30, 2009, 07:25:46 PM
i was sent home early from work today, so since it was so nice & sunny out, i took Dooki & my bike & went looking for Mum & Dad.
i found them in the Babysitting Tree, sitting in the sun surveying their domain!
Mum & Dad in the Babysitting Tree november 30 2009 15:24


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Title: Mum & Dad in the Babysitting Tree
Post by: boonibarb on November 30, 2009, 07:39:11 PM
Dad held his foot in this position for a good minute or two.
Dad holds his foot out november 30 2009 15:19


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Title: Mum & Dad in the Babysitting Tree
Post by: boonibarb on November 30, 2009, 07:47:49 PM
Uh-oh tell tale body language november 30 2009 15:25
Can you predict what the next foto will be of???


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Title: Mum & Dad in the Babysitting Tree
Post by: boonibarb on November 30, 2009, 07:53:01 PM
Did you guess boys & girls???
Dad poopshot november 30 2009 15:25


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Title: Mum & Dad in the Babysitting Tree
Post by: boonibarb on November 30, 2009, 07:58:48 PM
Dad*s poopshot swirls past Mum november 30 2009 15:25

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Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: boonibarb on November 30, 2009, 07:59:30 PM
Are you lichen these fotos Raptorman???


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: Raptorman on November 30, 2009, 08:00:49 PM
LOL  Of course I am!!   :biggrin6


Title: Mum & Dad in the Babysitting Tree
Post by: boonibarb on November 30, 2009, 08:05:03 PM
i think Dad*s checkin* to make sure he didn*t hit Mum!
One last glistening glimpse november 30 2009 15:25


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Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: passerine on November 30, 2009, 08:08:09 PM
Gosh, sure doesn't seem to bother mom, maybe she's used to it & is rolling her eyes. :ecrolleyes oh there he goes agin, not lichen it. :nope

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Title: Mum & Dad in the Babysitting Tree
Post by: boonibarb on November 30, 2009, 08:10:55 PM
Both looking the same direction november 30 2009 15:29

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Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: NancyM on November 30, 2009, 08:13:25 PM
Love these light-filled photos, booni! (not gonna mention the poop shot  :mhihi)


Title: Mum & Dad in the Babysitting Tree
Post by: boonibarb on November 30, 2009, 08:18:34 PM
Mum had a feather fluff on her right breast.

Mum feather fluff november 30 2009 15:30


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Title: Mum & Dad in the Babysitting Tree
Post by: boonibarb on November 30, 2009, 08:23:22 PM
Mum looking fierce november 30 2009 15:31

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Title: Mum & Dad in the Babysitting Tree
Post by: boonibarb on November 30, 2009, 08:30:35 PM
Was it something they both ate???

Mum*s turn november 30 2009 15:32


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Title: Mum & Dad in the Babysitting Tree
Post by: boonibarb on November 30, 2009, 08:40:02 PM
Glistening in the sun
november 30 2009 15:32


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Title: Mum & Dad in the Babysitting Tree
Post by: boonibarb on November 30, 2009, 08:50:17 PM
Mum looking tough
november 30 2009 15:33


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Title: Mum & Dad in the Babysitting Tree
Post by: boonibarb on November 30, 2009, 08:59:25 PM
Dad*s body language is telling me to pay attention
november 30 2009 15:33


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Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: Rajame on November 30, 2009, 09:04:22 PM
Boonibarb!!!!!!!!!!

Thank you so much for the pictures and explanations today.  I was having eagle withdrawl!

Loving you and your work,
Rajame  :heart


Title: Mum & Dad in the Babysitting Tree
Post by: boonibarb on November 30, 2009, 09:06:32 PM
There he goes! Mum is on alert!
november 30 2009 15:33


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Title: Mum & Dad in the Babysitting Tree
Post by: boonibarb on November 30, 2009, 09:14:29 PM
Reaching high
Look at Mum watching him!
november 30 2009 15:33


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Title: Mum & Dad in the Babysitting Tree
Post by: boonibarb on November 30, 2009, 09:37:24 PM
i LOVE the light on Dad*s feet & tail & on Mum*s beak & the branch to her left!
& i also love the look on Mum*s face!
lovely light
november 30 2009 15:33


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Title: Mum & Dad in the Babysitting Tree
Post by: boonibarb on November 30, 2009, 09:45:59 PM
Dad*s lost a fluff
november 30 2009 15:33
Mum*s getting ready to leave too!


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Title: Mum & Dad in the Babysitting Tree
Post by: boonibarb on November 30, 2009, 09:57:03 PM
Nice light thru Mum*s tail
november 30 2009 15:33


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Title: Mum & Dad in the Babysitting Tree
Post by: boonibarb on November 30, 2009, 10:08:58 PM
Dad leaving Mum ready to go
november 30 2009 15:33


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Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: AJL on November 30, 2009, 10:19:32 PM
Wonderful photos Barb, thank you!

(No wonder Mom has messy hair, if Dad frequently showers her with blessings from above.  :eclol  )


Title: Mum & Dad in the Babysitting Tree
Post by: boonibarb on November 30, 2009, 10:20:42 PM
Mum*s feet haven*t left the branch yet
november 30 2009 15:33


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Title: Mum & Dad in the Babysitting Tree
Post by: boonibarb on November 30, 2009, 10:28:24 PM
Mum*s in a knot
Dad*s tail is disappearing from the top of the foto
november 30 2009 15:33
i didn*t know who was who til i saw this foto.
Note wing feather nicks in Mum*s left wing!


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Title: Mum & Dad in the Babysitting Tree
Post by: boonibarb on November 30, 2009, 10:34:24 PM
Mum*s away
november 30 2009 15:33


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Title: Mum & Dad in the Babysitting Tree
Post by: boonibarb on November 30, 2009, 10:38:51 PM
the sunset catches Mum leaving
november 30 2009 15:33


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Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: luvthebirds on December 01, 2009, 12:06:51 AM
Booni, I just love your photos. :heart :heart :heart
Thank you so much for taking the time to let us share your observations and photos.  They are always so wonderful.


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: Donnae on December 01, 2009, 12:11:41 AM
Oh Booni, thanks, they are just fabulous. :nod2 :heart :heart

I just look so forward to seeing these photos of yours. They always make my day!!! :mhihi


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: Cawatcher on December 01, 2009, 09:49:19 AM
Boonie better and better can it get any better??!! you need too make these permanent print!!!
 :ecsmile


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: Rajame on December 01, 2009, 10:19:40 AM
Blessings and big hugs again booni!  These photos are clear and beautiful and actionable.  You deserve a big...


                                     THANK YOU!!!


Title: full moon rises over nest tree
Post by: boonibarb on December 01, 2009, 08:24:46 PM
This foto is taken from uphill of the back side of the nest tree.
The nest tree is in the lowest area of dark trees.
You can see the big stump to the right, & the camera strut to the left.

full moon rises over nest tree
december 1 2009 17:05


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Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: boonibarb on December 01, 2009, 08:27:29 PM
Can you see the nest tree Raptorman?
i can add an arrow, if need be...


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: Raptorman on December 01, 2009, 08:37:50 PM
I can't find it Booni  :ecsad

I think it's below the moon and to the right but it's a bit too dark on my monitor to find it.

What an awesome photo though!  :ecsmile


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: boonibarb on December 01, 2009, 08:39:11 PM
thanks for letting me know, Raptorman.
i*ll add an arrow.


Title: full moon rises over nest tree
Post by: boonibarb on December 01, 2009, 08:41:17 PM
full moon over Hornby
december 1 2009 17:20


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Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: Raptorman on December 01, 2009, 08:46:12 PM
OMG! That moon photo is incredible!!

Nice Booni!  :nod2


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: Rajame on December 01, 2009, 08:53:07 PM
How do you do this?  Oh my goodness!!!  This is fantastic!

Your talents are showing!!

Rajame  :heart


Title: full moon
Post by: boonibarb on December 01, 2009, 08:53:28 PM
Kinda amazing, eh???  :eceek
If you click on it, & click again, you can see it really big!

Can you see the nest tree now?

full moon over nest tree with arrow indicating stump
Straight up from the arrow is the tree stump.
To the left is the wooden strut holding the wide angle camera.


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Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: Anne on December 01, 2009, 09:12:40 PM
Booni...the close up of the full moon is one of the best that I have seen!


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: Donnae on December 01, 2009, 11:44:05 PM
Booni I just in awe!!! Those are both fantastic!!!  I did spot the nest tree in the first photo too. :biggrin3

That moon photo just blows my mind!!!  Thanks


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: Tigerlady105 on December 02, 2009, 12:01:38 AM
Wow!  Those are beautiful photos, Booni!  The trees against the sky, the colors, moon... everything.  It must have been very special to be there in person.   :clap


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: boonibarb on December 05, 2009, 10:45:43 AM
So, yesterday i carried my camera all over the island, looking for the eagles, but i had no luck.
i did hear eagle cries coming from nest #9, tho at around 11:15am.
i stopped & looked, & there were the two of them flying in loops over the nest area.
i went to the bottom of the hill, & heard eagles there as well.
There were four of them!
They were landing in the wind, legs & feet extended, in slow motion, grabbing for the tops of two different trees.
They landed in pairs.
& there were many calls between them.
i*m thinking they were Mum & Dad nest #9 & our Mum & Dad, each on the very borders of their territories, yet next to each other at the same time.
Cool!
i started to set up my camera, but they left before i was ready.
So i packed up & headed to the webcam nest territory.
Mum & Dad were soaring in circles together over the nest area, round & round & up & down the road.
While i debated setting up my camera, they flew out of sight.

Around 3:30 in the afternoon i headed out again, hoping to catch Mum & Dad in their perch trees.
No luck.
But once again i saw them soaring together in circles in the wind.


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: Tigerlady105 on December 05, 2009, 12:01:05 PM
Booni, I'm picturing what you describe about the two pairs of eagles near one another, the trees, and Mom and Dad soaring in the wind...what a lovely sightings those must have been.  :binocs

Thank you sooooo much for sharing your observations, photos and YOU with us!!!   :heart


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: boonibarb on December 05, 2009, 02:03:51 PM
saturday december 5 2009

So today i went eagle hunting & started off at the backside of the nest, where i could see an eagle standing on the close up camera.
As i walked thru the yard of the property behind the nest, i noticed the grass was strewn with feathers & clumps of feathers.
The seagull, i*m assuming.
i couldn*t get a good foto of the eagle on the camera from there, so i biked around to the water side of the nest & set up on the road.
i just had time to catch six fotos of whoever that was on the camera before they flew off & disappeared.


Title: eagle leaves nest
Post by: boonibarb on December 05, 2009, 03:21:00 PM
december 5 2009 11:54
eagle leaves close up camera


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Title: Adult in Hidden Bay Beach Tree
Post by: boonibarb on December 05, 2009, 06:53:38 PM
Ooooooooh!!  :biggrin6
i*ve got something exciting to tell you all!!  :nod2
But i have to go thru it methodically, so i*ll start at the beginning.

Okay, so i heard eagles on the camera, tho there were none in view on the nest, so i headed out on my bike with Dooki & my camera to look for them.
We passed by the back side of the nest & had a look, but, darnit, nobody was there.
So we carried on down the road & around the corner & back down the road towards the nest.
Dooki was all excited & pulling me along because he thought we were going to Hidden Bay beach.
Suddenly i heard an eagle call!
i*ve heard calls here before, but have never been able to find the eagle.
So, i gave in to Dooki & we went down the hill to the beach.
i walked along & looked up, & there was an eagle!
So i went back to my bike & got my camera.
i took one foto, & was checking it to see how it came out, as we were losing the light.
When i focused on the eagle again, they were gone!
& i had missed the opportunity to photograph their leaving!
So i got only this one foto.
At least now i know where to look for them next time i hear them in this area.
& Dooki had fun on the beach.  :ecsmile

Here is the link to Doug*s map of the nest tree area to remind you where Hidden Bay is.

Doug*s map of the nest tree neighbourhood (http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=23.msg2382#msg2382)

adult in hidden bay tree
december 5 2009 15:51
If i*d been paying attention, this eagle*s body language & the look on their face is giving me a hint that they are thinking of leaving soon!
The wings are just slightly open & they have a look on their face like, *grrrr, i*m gonna get you!*.


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Title: soaring eagles
Post by: boonibarb on December 05, 2009, 07:30:15 PM
Feeling a bit disappointed that i*d set up my camera, just to get one foto, i trudged back to my bike.
i looked up & there was an adult soaring over the bay so i plunked my tripod & camera down again.
i photographed the soaring adult, & then a second eagle joined in & i photographed both of them soaring.
i just assumed this was Mum & Dad, but LOOK!
One of them is actually a JUVENILE!!!  :eceek
& you can see that the adult was not at all bothered by the presence of the juvenile.
They both just continued to soar on.
i didn*t realize this second eagle was a juvenile til i got home & looked at the fotos on my computer.

december 5 2009 15:54
adult & juvenile


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Title: Mum soaring
Post by: boonibarb on December 05, 2009, 07:46:36 PM
december 5 2009 15:54:58
Mum soaring & looking right at me!
Does she have a full crop?


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Title: Mum soaring
Post by: boonibarb on December 05, 2009, 07:51:26 PM
december 5 2009 15:55
Mum soaring & looking at me


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Title: Mum soaring
Post by: boonibarb on December 05, 2009, 07:58:29 PM
So, i decided this is Mum, because i think you can see a nick in her left wing feather tip in this foto.

december 5 2009 15:55:03
Mum soaring - feather nicks visible


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Title: Mum soaring
Post by: boonibarb on December 05, 2009, 08:07:57 PM
december 5 2009 15:55:22
Mum soaring, head cocked


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Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: Rajame on December 05, 2009, 08:23:36 PM
Oh Booni!

That is about the best thing I have ever ever seen!  Could it be Hope?  I hope so, I believe so!  You make my day every single day of the year.  You bring so much JOY Booni!

20,0000000000 THANK YOU's@!!!!!!!!!

Love,
Rajame  :heart


Title: Juvenile!!!
Post by: boonibarb on December 05, 2009, 08:27:09 PM
i was photographing the adult soaring eagle who i decided later was Mum.
Then i noticed another eagle coming at me soaring as well.
This eagle was not an adult!
i quickly focused my camera on them!
i was SO EXCITED!
december 5 2009 15:55:42
 juvenile


Wooooooohooooooooo!
What do you all think?????  :biggrin6


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Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: Cawatcher on December 05, 2009, 08:29:46 PM
Oh Bonnie!!!! this is sooo exciting!! maybe .. just maybe and great shots :-)


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: Donnae on December 05, 2009, 08:32:23 PM
Oh my goodness, Could it be!!! I would like to think it is after all Mom didn't seem to mind at all. Fantastic Booni!!! Made my day!!!


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: Cawatcher on December 05, 2009, 08:33:26 PM
sorry misspelled boonie was so excited :-)


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: NancyM on December 05, 2009, 08:42:51 PM
THANKS , booni!   :biggrin3


Title: Juvenile!!!
Post by: boonibarb on December 05, 2009, 08:43:39 PM
That last foto made me think of THIS foto.
i should clarify that this is an old foto of Hope.
Hope on the wide angle camera!!!!!! - July 18, 2009, 5:00:20 PM
Pose comparison


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Title: Juvenile!!!
Post by: boonibarb on December 05, 2009, 08:55:18 PM
Here ya go madrona!
i*m no pro at fiddling with fotos, but i brightened it a few times.

&, don*t forget, click on all these fotos to see them in larger format.

december 5 2009 15:55:42
 juvenile(brightened)


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Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: madrona on December 05, 2009, 09:08:44 PM
Wow Booni - that was quick.  I was just finished wishing you could lighten that photo up a bit, and presto - there it is!  Are you psychic or something?  Lovely photos!  :heart


Title: Juvenile!!!
Post by: boonibarb on December 05, 2009, 09:42:32 PM
december 5 2009 15:56:10
juvenile(brightened)
This one shows the colour of the beak a bit better.


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Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: Roanna on December 05, 2009, 10:25:53 PM
Absolutely beautiful pictures, Boonie!  I've just gone through the whole thread, loving every one ... thank you so much.  I'm glad you are as enthusiastic about taking the pix & giving us the scene as we all are looking at each one.  I'm so glad you are there.  These will always be my favorite eagles, I think it has to do with the tragedy of that first year, for me anyway it does, that sadness gives a special feeling to seeing them so happy and beautiful.

Love the evening and sundown shots, I"m on the West Coast too (in California) and there is a special sunset light at certain times of the year, my horse had a beautiful golden bay coat, and she would light up a glowing red. Just spectacular, and my camera at that time just couldn't catch it.  You sure do a great job of it!

Thanks so much, and please keep up the great work.  This is my first post, I'm mighty glad to be here!

Love and blessings :heart
Roanna

edited 9:28 to correct, this is my second post.


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: Tigerlady105 on December 06, 2009, 12:06:38 AM
Booni, I feel as excited as you were, seeing these lovely photos of Mom!   :eclol  Wouldn't it be wonderful if it is Hope?!  I wish we had a way to find out if it is.  Thank you for sharing your love of eagles and your enjoyment about taking pictures of them with us!!!   :heart

You're doing a great job and we are so happy that you are such a great Ground Observer!    :clap




Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: Rajame on December 06, 2009, 10:23:26 AM
Roanna,

I am so glad you posted with us.  We are a bunch of Hornby Eagle lovers so you are in good company!

We certainly are blessed by boonibarb's passion and skill.  Nothing better.

Have a great day.  I am happy to meet you!

Rajame  :heart


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: passerine on December 06, 2009, 12:17:55 PM
To me she/he looks like she could be a first year eagle & soaring with mom & all, i think it's quite possible. Good for Dooki convincing you to go to the beach. :ecsmile As always beautiful pics.


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: AJL on December 06, 2009, 01:44:16 PM
 :eclove


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: cobbler39 on December 06, 2009, 03:21:06 PM
I agree with AJ. :eclove


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: luvthebirds on December 06, 2009, 09:13:24 PM
Well, I am HOPING!  :eclove

Booni, I cannot possibly tell you how much I love to see your photos and to read your descriptions....makes me feel a part of Hornby happenings.  :biggrin6

Welcome, Roana, from another Californian  :ecsmile


Title: Mum in the Babysitting Tree
Post by: boonibarb on December 07, 2009, 09:05:53 PM
december 7 2009


i found only one eagle on my morning bike ride.
i think this is Mum, & she is in the left side of the Babysitting Tree, high over the nest.
10:02 someone has a fluff stuck to her beak


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Title: Mum in the Babysitting Tree
Post by: boonibarb on December 07, 2009, 09:24:39 PM
10:08 Mum in the Babysitting Tree
i love her big shoulders


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Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: Rajame on December 07, 2009, 09:29:02 PM
Sometimes I forget how big Eagles are...  Thank you again Booni!

Hugs,
Rajame  :heart


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: typoscount2 on December 07, 2009, 09:37:10 PM
oh booni  you braved the chill to get those, thankyou for sharing once again with us  :ecinnocent


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: madrona on December 07, 2009, 09:38:23 PM
I love clicking on these pictures - just amazing, the resolution.  Mom looks a little preoccupied, like she has something on her mind.  Maybe she was feeling a little chilly.   :ecwink  Thanks so much, Barb.


Title: Mum in the Babysitting Tree
Post by: boonibarb on December 07, 2009, 09:41:12 PM
They*re big alright raj!
This is one HUGE tree she*s in, just for comparison.

10:03 Mum in the Babysitting Tree
Sweet Mum


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Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: BBE on December 07, 2009, 09:42:12 PM
Booni, thank you so very much for the awesome photos from today. When I went to check the nest all we had was the rotating white circle. Then I had to go out.

As madrona allude to it is always so cool to click on your photos and see the detail.  :clap

P.S. WOW, the detail on the one you just posted (above) is so beautiful.  Are those dead spots on the branch or berries (maybe Mum is doing 'decorations' not 'nestorations' ?  :eclol


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: Rajame on December 07, 2009, 09:43:25 PM
Booni, one word for that photo and her size!

Stunning!   :bow


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: boonibarb on December 07, 2009, 09:45:18 PM
i passed by the Babysitting Tree again on my late afternoon bike ride, about 4pm.
Mum was in the same spot, like she hadn*t moved all day.
No sign of Dad.
But when i got to the back side of the nest, there he was, higher up in the tree on the right side.
It was getting dark.
i wonder if they spend the night there sometimes?


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: NancyM on December 07, 2009, 09:46:18 PM
Terrific pictures, booni!  Thank you!


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: boonibarb on December 07, 2009, 09:47:52 PM
Are you asking about the red things BBE?
Those are fir cones.
i saw some today in the yard of the blue roof house.
i was thinking i should photograph some for you.
i saw Dad snapping off small branches today in the nest.
Or was that yesterday?
These were about the size he was snapping off, so i thought it would be cool for you all to see.
Maybe tomorrow i*ll photograph them for you.
The branch Mum is perched on is dead, as are the two over her head.
They seem to like perching on the dead ones.


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: Tigerlady105 on December 08, 2009, 12:13:50 AM
Beautiful pictures of Mom, Booni!  She is a great photographic subject!   :nod2  You seem to have a very good eye for capturing her in interesting shots. 

Hope you are warmed up now!  Kinda cold at your place, eh?!  :eceek


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: Donnae on December 08, 2009, 03:50:19 AM
Thanks Booni, as always awesome!!!! Boy we sure appreciate your going out even in nippy weather to photography this beautiful eagles!! Your like the mail person-- rain, snow, sleet or hail, Booni must get out and shoot ( oh I should say shoot with camera- lol) her eagles.  Your the best. Thanks


Title: Dad on the close up cam box
Post by: boonibarb on December 08, 2009, 09:33:35 PM
december 8 2009 15:12
Dad on the close up camera box


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Title: Dad on the close up cam box
Post by: boonibarb on December 08, 2009, 09:40:46 PM
december 8 2009 15:15
Dad on the cam box


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Title: Dad flies off the cam box
Post by: boonibarb on December 08, 2009, 09:48:43 PM
december 8 2009 15:15:45
Dad leaves the cam box


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Title: Dad flies off the cam box
Post by: boonibarb on December 08, 2009, 09:55:03 PM
december 8 2009 15:15:45:50
Dad leaves the cam box


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Title: Dad flies off the cam box
Post by: boonibarb on December 08, 2009, 10:04:13 PM
december 8 2009 15:15:45:50
Dad leaves the cam box


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Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: Raptorman on December 08, 2009, 10:08:23 PM
Awesome!! Thanks Booni   :ecsmile
I especially like that last one :nod2


Title: Dad flies off the cam box
Post by: boonibarb on December 08, 2009, 10:11:07 PM
december 8 2009 15:15:46
Dad leaves the cam box


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Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: madrona on December 08, 2009, 10:12:47 PM
Dad with the golden tail!   :eclove  Love his black pajama pants too.   :ecwink


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: BBE on December 08, 2009, 10:32:30 PM
The photos of Dad leaving the nest as the sun sinks slowly into the western sky are wonderful. the third from last he looks like a black plane with a white cabin heading down the runway for take off. Second to last heads up and then a vertical take off into the sunset.

 :eclove


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: Rajame on December 08, 2009, 10:34:27 PM
These pictures are a breath of fresh air!  A tall drink of water!  Thank you for filling me up tonight Bonni!

Hugs,
Rajame  :heart


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: Tigerlady105 on December 09, 2009, 01:33:38 AM
Booni, your pictures make me think how majestic-looking bald eagles are.  What a wonderful series you captured in that beautiful light.   :heart


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: Cawatcher on December 09, 2009, 08:29:09 AM
Wowie! Boonie what a sequence!!! thank you thank you :-)  :heart


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: Donnae on December 09, 2009, 11:45:41 PM
WOW great shots again. Thanks booni!!!!


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: boonibarb on December 10, 2009, 06:52:28 PM
Okay.
So i have three nest area reports for you today.
First thing this morning on the way to work, i drove out of my way so i could pass by the nest as Mum & Dad had been on the nest tree for a lot of time this morning & i wanted to see if i could see them, as you could hear both of them pretty close to the camera.
When i passed by about 08:15, one eagle was standing on top of the close up camera.
i couldn*t see the second eagle.
i was expecting to see them on the stump or on the wide angle camera.
i didn*t see them in The Babysitting Tree or The Peters*s Tree.

i passed by the nest again on my bike with Dooki at about 11:30am.
i found Mum & Dad in a tree i*ve never seen them in before.
It is on the property behind the nest, closer to the nest than Gregg*s Tree, but not as close as The Babysitting Tree.
It is an old Douglas Fir with a dead top, what*s called a snag, & the top has been broken off.
They were both in the very top, close together.

i just came back from my third pass of the nest area, with Dooki on my bike.
At about 4:45pm, i passed under the nest & saw one eagle in the tree in the roadside yard of the blue roof house.
i*ve never seen one of the adults in this tree before, either.
But i DID see Hope there, just after she fledged in the summer.
The other adult was in The Peters*s Tree.
When i biked by the backside of the nest, a very large bird was just flying into Gregg*s Tree.
i walked around & tried to spy where they had landed, but it was almost dark & i couldn*t spot their silouette against the sky.
Maybe one of them at least spends the night in this tree?

Here are Hope & Dad in Gregg*s Tree.

parent arrives4 - 25/07/2009 12:42:58.00


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Hope in blue roof house tree - 24/07/2009 11:17:52 AM
This tree is visible on the web cam on the far upper left of the screen.
Just behind it is The Peters*s Tree, which you can also just see.
Yesterday i think it was, Mum left the nest, & you could see her land in The Peters*s Tree.
This blue roof house tree is near it, towards the nest from the water.


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Title: Dad chases immature eagle from his territory
Post by: boonibarb on December 10, 2009, 11:12:22 PM
Okay.
So that sighting of a juvenile or immature eagle flying with Mum in her territory last saturday reminded me of another set of fotos i took back in june.
i was in front of the Big Rock on the beach, photographing the nest.
i think the geese & goslings had gone by in the direction of Sandstone Point, into Hidden Bay.
i noticed a ruckus going on in the bay & focused my camera on what was going on.

june 5 2009 9:59:54:50
Dad chases immature eagle

Arrow to the left in the sky is Dad.
Arrow pointing to the wings on the beach is the immature eagle.
This is all happening to your right as you watch thru the camera.


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Okay, the arrow on the left in the sky is Dad.
Look at the big version of the foto to see him screaming & looking at what he*s chasing after!
The two arrows to the right are either the immature in the sky over the bay or the immature on the beach near the shoreline.
i think the one on the shore line is the immature after they landed from the last foto with the wings spread.
You can see Dad looking right at them.

june 5 2009 9:59:54:50b
Dad chases immature eagle


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Title: Dad chases immature eagle from his territory
Post by: boonibarb on December 10, 2009, 11:33:06 PM
Dad*s giving chase, but i can*t find who he*s chasing in this foto.
Maybe you can?

june 5 2009 9:59:56 Dad chases immature eagle


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Title: Dad chases immature eagle from his territory
Post by: boonibarb on December 10, 2009, 11:39:31 PM
june 5 2009 9:59:57
Dad chases an immature eagle(that i can*t find in this foto either)


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Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: BBE on December 10, 2009, 11:48:02 PM
Booni,

Those photos when clicked on are truly wonderful and so clear.  Are you a self taught photographer or did you take many courses. Great work and I always look forward to seeing your work.

 :bow


Title: Dad chases immature eagle from his territory
Post by: boonibarb on December 10, 2009, 11:54:43 PM
june 5 2009 9:59:57:50 the chase continues

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Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: boonibarb on December 11, 2009, 12:02:05 AM
Thanks BBE!
i guess i*m mostly self taught.
i took a fun class once, & some darkroom classes, but that*s about it.
i*ve been playing with a camera since before i was 20, so that*s 30 years of practice practice practice i guess.
Plus, the camera helps.  :nod2 A LOT!
& i use a tripod & a remote cord so i don*t jiggle the camera.

To be continued...  :offtobed


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: typoscount2 on December 11, 2009, 08:31:25 AM
i zoomed the last 2 pics found dad and the juv in both
(http://i556.photobucket.com/albums/ss3/TreeDreamers/MWSnap06222009-12-1111_20_25.jpg)
(http://i556.photobucket.com/albums/ss3/TreeDreamers/MWSnap06232009-12-1111_24_02.jpg)
i put curser arrows where the 2 eagles are easier to refernce the tree tops from there into booni's zoomable ones  ;  )


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: typoscount2 on December 11, 2009, 08:51:43 AM
(http://i556.photobucket.com/albums/ss3/TreeDreamers/hornbysOctNov%202009/MWSnap06262009-12-1111_36_04.jpg)
is where the juv is in the one with the bit of plaid sleeve showing in booni's pic


how great is that , booni , you caught some really good fast action there!!!!!


Title: Dad chases immature eagle from his territory
Post by: boonibarb on December 11, 2009, 08:52:38 AM
Oh, YAY typos!
You saved me!
i was looking in front of Dad, not behind him.
i think you*ve found the immature alright.
Dad must be doing a loop & coming back to get them.
Might there even have been TWO immatures?

 i was thinking the huge version of these fotos is too huge for a lot of people to see?
i could post the next size down so it would be easier to see if people would like.
But what typos did kinda solves the problem.
Thanks typos!!
Plus, if you look to the left under my avatar of my great dane there is a small globe.
If you click it it takes you to my flickr page.
Click the foto you want & then above it you will see all sizes.
Click that & you will see an assortment of sizes to view.
The large size is not so huge as the original size.


Title: Dad chases immature eagle from his territory
Post by: boonibarb on December 11, 2009, 09:49:56 AM
Okay, here*s another one for ya typos!
i can see Dad but not the immature.

june 5 2009 9:59:59 Dad chases immature


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Title: Dad chases immature eagle from his territory
Post by: boonibarb on December 11, 2009, 10:05:53 AM
Okay, these next two are kinda cool.
Look at Dad doing a dive bomb!
Spot the immature typos!

june 5 2009 10am Dad dive bombs an immature eagle


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Title: Dad chases immature eagle from his territory
Post by: boonibarb on December 11, 2009, 10:13:58 AM
june 5 2009 10:00:14 Dad dive bombs an immature eagle

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Title: Dad chases immature eagle from his territory
Post by: boonibarb on December 11, 2009, 10:24:41 AM
Okay, here you can easily see the immature in front of Dad on the beach.

june 5 2009 10:00:16 Dad chases an immature eagle


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Title: Dad chases immature eagle from his territory
Post by: boonibarb on December 11, 2009, 10:31:51 AM
Okay!
Here*s the money shot!
Look at the immature eagle*s defensive position!!
Woohoooo!

june 5 2009 10:00:18 Dad chases an immature eagle


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Title: Dad chases immature eagle from his territory
Post by: boonibarb on December 11, 2009, 10:40:53 AM
Dad*s got them on the run now!
june 5 2009 10:00:18:50 Dad chases an immature eagle


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Title: Dad chases immature eagle from his territory
Post by: boonibarb on December 11, 2009, 10:45:53 AM
Last one!

june 5 2009 10:00:19 Dad chases an immature eagle


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Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: Blue on December 12, 2009, 12:15:12 PM
Although we are seeing fir cones in the nest, pine trees do grow on Hornby Island.

These are pines out on Helliwell bluffs where the trail emerges from the forest:

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That is a Garry oak in the left foreground.

 


Title: hairy lichen
Post by: boonibarb on December 12, 2009, 08:20:35 PM
Okay, so today i had to go fix someone*s tv & Dooki & i went there thru the woods.
i determined i would look for a fir branch with cones & some of that hairy lichen that Dad brought into the nest yesterday.
Here is a seekpoint for that event.


Hotspot - Mum makes plaintive cries, Dad flies in with hairy lichen (http://www.wildearth.tv/web/dch-hornby-01?streamId=dch-hornby-01%2F2009%2F12%2F11%2F2009-12-11-11-38_dch-hornby-01.flv&bspId=45744&start=94)

& here is a foto of the samples i found.
There was LOTS of this on the ground in the woods.
i bet the recent wind/rain storms brought them all down.

hairy lichen december 12 2009


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Here is a close up of one piece.

close up of hairy lichen december 12 2009


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Title: hairy lichen
Post by: boonibarb on December 12, 2009, 08:32:19 PM
another type of hairy lichen with fir needles in it december 12 2009

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Title: lichen
Post by: boonibarb on December 12, 2009, 09:10:49 PM
topside of another type of lichen december 12 2009

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underside of lichen december 12 2009

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Title: lichen
Post by: boonibarb on December 12, 2009, 09:17:11 PM
fir branch with cones december 12 2009
Branch is about 4' long.


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lichen growing on fir branch december 12 2009

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Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: Tigerlady105 on December 13, 2009, 12:40:51 AM
Thank you for the photos of the lichens and branches with pine cones, Booni and the one with the Garry Oak tree, Blue.  It's interesting to see the variety of flora on Hornby Island.  What a beautiful place to live and to visit!   :ecsmile  

I wouldn't want to ever leave...


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: boonibarb on December 13, 2009, 09:22:07 AM
Okay.
So yesterday afternoon, just as it was getting dark, we thought we heard screeps as well as calls, coming from the camera.
i headed out for our bikeride to go look.
From the backside of the nest, i saw one adult, white head & tail just barely discernible, in Gregg*s Tree.
Another adult was in The Babysitting Tree.
It was getting so dark that it was hard to see the white head & tail to prove they were an adult, but they were in the typical spot that Mum or Dad often hang out.
i went to the water side of the nest to see if i could see any better.
Just as i was going in circles & looking up to see what i could see, Doug pulled out in his car & pulled over & we had a chat.
He told me about the young one chasing Dad for his fish this morning!
We continued to discuss matters, & i could hear eagle calls & wanted to look behind me to see what was happening.
Suddenly over our heads & coming from the water was a huge dark eagle!
A young one!
It was making very different sounds than Mum & Dad make & it flew right over our heads!
Mum & Dad were making a racket from the nest area & one of them flew out at the young one who then carried on down the road towards Grassy Point.
i went looking for them, but it was too dark to see much.


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: Tigerlady105 on December 13, 2009, 11:43:15 AM
Thanks for telling us about it, Booni.  I wish we had a way to tell if it was Hope or not.   :ecsmile


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: BBE on December 13, 2009, 01:27:52 PM
Hello Booni,

Thanks for the story from yesterday. That would be so cool if it had been Hope. :eclove



Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: boonibarb on December 13, 2009, 03:11:12 PM
Today when i headed out for our bike ride i went by the water side of the nest at about 10am.
One of the adults was perched on top of the close up camera, looking in the direction of the Carricks*s house.


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: Tigerlady105 on December 14, 2009, 01:10:38 AM
I have some screen shots from last August that I took when Hope was on the nest.  I'll try to see if the white markings show up on her back and let you all know if they do.   :pray


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: emc on December 14, 2009, 08:20:18 PM
Doing some catching up here. I absolutely love the sweet face one of Mom in post #241 with the red fir cones. (of course I love them all, but this one is special :ecsmile  )


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: Tigerlady105 on December 15, 2009, 01:51:08 AM
Here are two screen captures that I took last summer as we watched Hope on the cam.  

Hope taking off from the nest - Aug. 5, 2009

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©Doug Carrick 2009


Hope on the Nest - July 22, 2009

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©Doug Carrick 2009



Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: Tigerlady105 on December 15, 2009, 02:19:25 AM

Hope Hornby - July 2, 2009

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© Doug Carrick 2009


Hope Hornby - July 13, 2009

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© Doug Carrick 2009


Hope Hornby - Jul 13, 2009

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© Doug Carrick 2009



Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: Raptorman on December 15, 2009, 01:09:11 PM
Doug,

When I was there you mentioned something about the eagles leaving for a week or two. Unfortunately I can't remember the details.  :puzzled2
Would you mind sharing with us when it is that they usually leave, and where they go when they're gone for a week or two?


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: passerine on December 15, 2009, 01:29:50 PM
 I think they go to where the salmon are returning to the various rivers, it a good time for the new adults to start to learn how to forage.
Here's a link to when the Hornbys eagles usually leave & return from Doug's observations:
http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=38.msg513#msg513


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: Doug on December 15, 2009, 03:18:56 PM
Raptorman's question re eagle migrations -  There is the main migration of all eagles on Hornby for a month and a half, from mid August until October 2 (approx).  Once back from the main migration, one or both of the eagles may disappear again for a few days or so.  I assume (but don't know) that they have taken a minor side trip to the local rivers where the salmon spawning has just started.  In the past, our eagles havn't done much of this, seeming to prefer guarding their territory over side-trips.  This year, the female arrived back on Oct 2 and the male arrived the next day.  Then it disappeared for 4 or 5 days before returning.  In a similar way, both of the neighbouring eagles returned a couple days after our eagles and disappeared again for almost two weeks before coming back permanently.  A side trip to local rivers?  


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: The XS Medium on December 17, 2009, 10:01:24 AM
Thank you so much Boonie for your outstanding pics and ground reports. I get to live my fantasy "eagle life" through your eyes and words. Thank you feels so inadequate, but it's all I got! Thank you.  :heart


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: birdvoyer on December 17, 2009, 10:11:00 AM
Welcome The XS Medium. It is good to have you join us. Yes, Boonib sure does a wonderful job.

I thank you, Boonib, for giving me the next best thing to being there.


 :heart


Title: Mum in Hidden Bay Tree
Post by: boonibarb on December 18, 2009, 08:28:38 PM

Okay.
So i only had about half an hour to photograph before i had a lunch date today.
i went biking under the nest tree area to have a look.
i could see no one!
But i heard eagle trills coming from down the road so i headed towards the Hidden Bay area.
i tiptoed down to the beach & left Dooki & my bike & camera behind to take a peek on the beach.
No one there.
So i went out a bit farther onto the rocks of the beach & looked up & an adult eagle was just soaring away towards the nest tree area just above the tree tops.
Darn, i just missed them.
But i looked up at the trees to see if anybody else was up there.
There was!

december 18 2009 11:10 - Mum in Hidden Beach tree


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Title: Mum in Hidden Bay Tree
Post by: boonibarb on December 18, 2009, 08:36:47 PM

december 18 2009 11:12 - Mum yawns in Hidden Beach tree

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Title: Mum in Hidden Bay Tree
Post by: boonibarb on December 18, 2009, 08:43:51 PM

december 18 2009 11:17 - Mum looks towards the nest from Hidden Beach tree

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Title: Mum in Hidden Bay Tree
Post by: boonibarb on December 18, 2009, 08:50:12 PM

december 18 2009 11:18 - Mum cries out from Hidden Beach tree

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Title: Mum in Hidden Bay Tree
Post by: boonibarb on December 18, 2009, 09:00:40 PM

december 18 2009 11:21 - Mum in Hidden Beach tree

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Title: Mum in Hidden Bay Tree
Post by: boonibarb on December 18, 2009, 09:10:37 PM

This foto is what told me this adult was Mum.
Note the faint nick in the left wing feather tip.
december 18 2009 11:21:54 - Mum takes off from Hidden Beach tree


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Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: Tigerlady105 on December 18, 2009, 09:20:38 PM
Booni, these are wonderful photos!  You sure are an amazing photographer!!!  Thank you for sharing them with all of us...we'd never get to see such beauty without you being there "on the ground."    :eclove


Title: Ravens in blue roof house tree
Post by: boonibarb on December 18, 2009, 09:20:59 PM
So, when Mum left, i let Dooki go for a bit of a run around on the beach while i packed up my gear & got ready to bike back to the nest tree area.
As i biked closer, i was excited to see two large birds in the tree in the yard of the blue roof house!
It is unusual to see Mum & Dad in this tree, especially together!
But look what i found when i got there!

december 18 2009 11:32 - ravens in blue roof house tree


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Title: young eagle
Post by: boonibarb on December 18, 2009, 09:31:59 PM
Suddenly, i heard eagle sounds behind me & a strange eagle sound coming from my left towards the beach.
i looked up to see what was there, & LOOK!!!  :eceek
december 18 2009 11:33 - young eagle approaches blue roof house tree


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december 18 2009 11:34 - young eagle approaches blue roof house tree

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december 18 2009 11:34:01 - young eagle approaches blue roof house tree

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Title: young eagle lands in blue roof house tree
Post by: boonibarb on December 18, 2009, 09:55:26 PM
Well, that young eagle flew right for the blue roof house tree & prepared to land in it, in spite of the fact that it was already occupied by two large ravens!
This foto catches one of the ravens, just leaving.
You can see why i thought the ravens were eagles.
That one leaving is almost as big as the young eagle!
i forgot to mention, that i find it interesting that Mum & Dad pay no never mind to two large ravens in their nest tree area!

december 18 2009 11:34:04 - young eagle lands in blue roof house tree


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december 18 2009 11:34:04:50 - juvenile eagle in the blue roof house tree
Look at how the young eagle*s eyes are pointed towards the nest tree area here.
Mum & Dad were calling out from there & heading this way!


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Title: young eagle lands in blue roof house tree
Post by: boonibarb on December 18, 2009, 10:12:14 PM
But no sooner had the young eagle*s toes touched the tree, then Mum & Dad were after them to chase them off!
i find it interesting that they chase off the young eagle, but not the ravens!

december 18 2009 11:34:05 - young eagle takes off from blue roof house tree


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december 18 2009 11:34:05:50 - young eagle takes off from blue roof house tree with Mum & Dad hot on their tail!

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Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: passerine on December 18, 2009, 11:44:39 PM
Lovely pics Booni. Ravens are very good at finding food, the eagles can follow them & get in on the booty. :ecsmile


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: passerine on December 19, 2009, 12:34:54 AM
Ravens mate for life too, there's a notch in the tail feathers of the raven in your pic. If you see them around the same areas they'll have a nest near by, real hard to find. Their schedules are similar to eagles, probably the smartest or close to smartest bird there is.


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: Lucky13 on December 19, 2009, 06:47:04 AM
Wow, BooniB, what amazing shots we heard the strange calls and action yesterday and were wondering what was going on.  Thank you so much for giving us an eye on the action and your observations made me feel as if I was standing next you watching.  You are truely gifted with word as well as camera.  We are blessed that you are there at the perfect moment.
Lucky


Title: Re: young eagle lands in blue roof house tree
Post by: NancyM on December 19, 2009, 09:51:38 AM
But no sooner had the young eagle*s toes touched the tree, then Mum & Dad were after them to chase them off!

oh, now I am sure this is Hope - look at the toes, especially in the (large version of) second picture ... bright yellow like Dad's and longish like Mom's.

Thank you for the Christmas present, booni!  :eclove


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: Doug on December 19, 2009, 10:34:04 AM
What terrific pictures!  Maybe we can learn more about the relationship between immature eagles and the nest tree.  One thing would be to find distinguishing marks to identify the immature eagle - so we can tell if it's the one immature around the nest or different ones.  In the three pictures Boonibarb showed below the two ravens, there were minute notches in the 5th and 6th primary feathers on its left wing.  In an immature I saw a week ago, there was a very clear white patch on its back between its wings - but a view you don't get very often.


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: dotwad on December 19, 2009, 10:36:58 AM
great pics, i see that this young eagle is on the thin side , i think, maybe needs feeding and has come home thinking it will get some good pickings here.


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: birdvoyer on December 19, 2009, 10:54:16 AM
 Don't most kids do that?   :biggrin3


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: boonibarb on December 19, 2009, 11:09:39 AM
birdvoyer,  :eclol !!!

Ravens mate for life too, there's a notch in the tail feathers of the raven in your pic. If you see them around the same areas they'll have a nest near by, real hard to find. Their schedules are similar to eagles, probably the smartest or close to smartest bird there is.

passerine, i am seeing MANY pairs of ravens flying around together.
They are so fun to watch.
i think there are three pairs, just going up the road from my house.
They seem to be flying & playing with each other.
They are either siblings or pairs.
i have a raven nest in the back of my yard somewhere.
i hear the noisy young ones every spring.
Last spring i tried so hard to find it & photograph it for you.
But i could NOT find it.
i am a stubborn one, tho, & i will keep trying!


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: passerine on December 19, 2009, 11:58:25 AM
I believe it's March when the herring are the thickest?  That's when i would like to come over to Hornby, if i do we can try to find the raven nest together if you haven't found it by then.   :ecsmile


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: luvthebirds on December 19, 2009, 03:40:50 PM
Booni.  Once again you have made my day!  Thanks for the wonderful photos!!! :ecsmile


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: Tigerlady105 on December 19, 2009, 04:17:34 PM
I'm feeling very HOPEful!!!  Thank you for all of your trips to take pictures, Booni.    :heart

It's exciting to see the juvenile, especially since the Norfolk scientists track some of their young eagles and the notes indicate that some of them do return to the nest area for a few years.   :pray

Doug, thank you for your ongoing comments and posts.  It must be exciting for you and Sheila to actually live with the eagles!   :nod2


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: BBE on December 19, 2009, 04:52:34 PM
Booni, bless you and your talent with the camera. Awesome photos from yesterday. Doug thank you for giving us an update.  I am just so thrilled we have the Hornby Eagles back for us to observe and learn about.
 :eclove


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: Laurad on December 19, 2009, 05:14:47 PM
booni, very interesting pictures of the juvenile - did you think it might be Hope? Thanks so much for taking the photos and for taking the time to show us too. (I'm thinking.. nice jigsaw puzzles too  :nod2 ) You're a star.


Title: Mum & Dad in the Peters*s Tree
Post by: boonibarb on December 19, 2009, 08:14:09 PM
Okay passerine.
We have a date in march then!

LauraD, yes, i do think this is Hope.
But what do i know?

Okay, so this continues where we left off.
Mum & Dad have just chased Hope from the blue roof house tree, or The Scraggly Tree, as Doug calls it.
Mum & Dad both landed in the Peters*s Tree after this.
i talked to Doug today, & we both agree that we saw Hope a lot in The Scraggly Tree last summer, but that it is unusual to see Mum & Dad in this tree.

december 18 2009 11:37am - Mum & Dad in the Peters*s Tree


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Title: Mum & Dad in the Peters*s Tree
Post by: boonibarb on December 19, 2009, 09:03:48 PM
december 18 2009 11:40am - Mum & Dad in the Peters*s Tree

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Title: Mum & Dad in the Peters*s Tree
Post by: boonibarb on December 19, 2009, 09:15:54 PM
december 18 2009 11:41am - Mum & Dad in the Peters*s Tree

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Title: Mum & Dad in the Peters*s Tree
Post by: boonibarb on December 19, 2009, 09:28:55 PM
december 18 2009 11:42am - Mum & Dad in the Peters*s Tree

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Title: Mum & Dad in the Peters*s Tree
Post by: boonibarb on December 19, 2009, 09:39:31 PM
Dad is holding his right foot up against his chest.

december 18 2009 11:44am - Mum & Dad in the Peters*s Tree


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Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: Donnae on December 19, 2009, 09:46:19 PM
Great photos thanks Booni!! What would we do without you---- we'd be lost!!!!  You make us feel that we are actually there and so does Doug with his reports too.  Thanks to you both!!


Title: Mum in the Scraggly Tree
Post by: boonibarb on December 19, 2009, 10:16:49 PM
Mum & Dad left the Peters*s Tree when i wasn*t looking, so i went back to the road & my bike.
But there was Mum in the Scraggly Tree!
Doug & i discussed today how the eagles rarely use this tree.
Hope used it quite a bit after she fledged.
So it was kinda strange to see Mum here!
i had a great view of her from the road, so i continued to take fotos, even tho i was already late for my lunch date at the hall!  :mhihi  :nono1
nancym said i was doing *scientific research*.
Wish i*d thot of that when i needed it!

december 18 2009 12:03 - Mum in the Scraggly Tree


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Title: Mum in the Scraggly Tree
Post by: boonibarb on December 19, 2009, 10:37:01 PM
december 18 2009 12:04 - Mum in the Scraggly Tree

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Title: Mum in the Scraggly Tree
Post by: boonibarb on December 19, 2009, 10:54:21 PM
You can see in these fotos, & in the fotos with Dad, Mum has a lot of lighter coloured feathers in with her dark ones.
Dad is all dark.

december 18 2009 12:06 - Mum in the Scraggly Tree


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Title: Mum leaves the Scraggly Tree
Post by: boonibarb on December 19, 2009, 11:08:47 PM
december 18 2009 12:07 - Mum takes off from the Scraggly Tree
Nicks in left wing feather tips visible.


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Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: boonibarb on December 21, 2009, 12:42:15 PM
It*s chilly & windy today, & the rain is spittering down in the wind.
i went down to Grassy Point to see what i could see.
On my way down, i stopped at the backside of the nest.
One adult was at the very top of Gregg*s Tree, the other was partway down the Babysitting Tree at about 10:30am.
Down at Grassy Point the waves were huge & the tide was high, so high that the big logs on the beach were getting floated away.
Oystercatchers were high up on the rocks, huddled away from the wind & rain & waves.
i saw an adult fly waaaaay out over the water & then return to the nest area.
Then a young eagle flew from way out there & right over my head & into the trees!
On the way back, one adult was in the same branch of Gregg*s Tree, but the one in the Babysitting Tree was near the very top.
So that must*ve been the one who flew way out over the water & then returned.
Time about 11:30am


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: Rajame on December 21, 2009, 01:32:55 PM
You are such a ROCKSTAR!!!  Thank you again and again!!!   :heart


Title: Black Oystercatchers on Grassy Point
Post by: boonibarb on December 21, 2009, 07:22:37 PM
Okay, here are the fotos to go with today*s observations.

december 21 2009 10:54 - Black Oystercatchers, small rock birds & a seagull huddle on Grassy Point


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The seagull decides to leave!

december 21 2009 10:55 am - Black Oystercatchers on Grassy Point the seagull leaves


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december 21 2009 11:01am - Black Oystercatchers & a big wave crashes

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Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: birdvoyer on December 21, 2009, 07:29:44 PM
Maybe that seagull was George boonib. If his eyesite is going, he might have thought they were the Commorants?   :ecrolleyes

Seriously, thanks for posting fotos. I was wondering what an Oystercatcher looked like. Now I know.  
  :biggrin3


Title: Mum flies out over the water
Post by: boonibarb on December 21, 2009, 07:42:54 PM
i was constantly scanning the sky for big wings.
Suddenly, a pair caught my eye, waaay out over the water.

december 21 2009 11:04am - adult eagle flies way out over water


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As i followed her with my camera, she made a turn to come back.

december 21 2009 11:04:23am - adult eagle turns


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Title: Mum flies out over the water
Post by: boonibarb on December 21, 2009, 08:00:40 PM
december 21 2009 11:05am - Mum way out over the water looks down at something

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december 21 2009 11:05am - Mum over the water looks down at something

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december 21 2009 11:05am - Mum looks down at something

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Title: Mum flies out over the water
Post by: boonibarb on December 21, 2009, 08:18:11 PM
december 21 2009 11:05am - Mum returns

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december 21 2009 11:05am - Mum returns2

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This was the foto that told me this was Mum.
Can you see why?

december 21 2009 11:05am - Mum returns wing nicks


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Title: Immature eagle comes in from out over the water
Post by: boonibarb on December 21, 2009, 08:52:34 PM
i kept looking at the sky.
Soon i saw another pair of big wings.
They were waaay out, but i kept watching with my camera til they came in & right over my head!
A dark eagle! An immature!

december 21 2009 11:10am - Immature eagle


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i was assuming this was the same juvenile that i*d been seeing around the nest tree area.
But then i saw the fotos & realized this could not be so!
Look at the ragtaggy feathers on the poor thing!

december 21 2009 11:10am - Immature eagle2


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This immature eagle has VERY distinctive feathers!

december 21 2009 11:10am - Immature eagle3


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december 21 2009 11:10am - Immature eagle4

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Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: passerine on December 21, 2009, 11:20:00 PM
I'm real curious about the state of those feathers, it doesn't look healthy. Does anyone have thoughts on this or reasons why the feathers would be so tattered  :question

Booni it's interesting to me to see moms angles of flight with her head direction, when she's looking straight down she appears to be horizontal, was she?


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: boonibarb on December 22, 2009, 09:51:38 AM
Yup, she was horizontal.
So the head position i found quite interesting.
She must*ve seen something in the water.


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: AJL on December 22, 2009, 10:13:27 AM
I'm real curious about the state of those feathers, it doesn't look healthy. Does anyone have thoughts on this or reasons why the feathers would be so tattered  :question

It is hard to see colours because of the light but from what I can see, I would guess this bird is older than Hope would be - perhaps one going on two this spring, or two going on three. It looks to have moulted some of its secondaries at least once but still has feathers from the year before (eagles don't do a complete moult every year). The older feathers, particularly on the bird's left wing, are worn. It may be partly due to rubbing/contact with things on the ground. Some of the feathers on the left wing may have stuck to something (e.g. ice) and frayed when pulled free, and/or the bird may have been in a fracas with another bird or animal. A lot of those feathers would be moulted and replaced this season.


Title: Dad in Gregg*s Tree
Post by: boonibarb on December 22, 2009, 08:10:35 PM
Today i passed by the nest at about 10:45 on the water side.
Mum & Dad were both in the Babysitting Tree, sitting right next to each other in the sun.
i returned in the afternoon, & found Dad in Gregg*s Tree & Mum in the Babysitting Tree.

december 22 2009 14:18 - Dad in Gregg*s Tree


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Title: Dad has an itch in Gregg*s Tree
Post by: boonibarb on December 22, 2009, 08:23:14 PM
december 22 2009 14:22 - Dad has an itch in Gregg*s Tree

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december 22 2009 14:22:37 - Dad has an itch in Gregg*s Tree

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december 22 2009 14:22:38 - Dad has an itch in Gregg*s Tree

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Title: tattered feathers
Post by: passerine on December 22, 2009, 08:24:42 PM
It is hard to see colours because of the light but from what I can see, I would guess this bird is older than Hope would be - perhaps one going on two this spring, or two going on three. It looks to have moulted some of its secondaries at least once but still has feathers from the year before (eagles don't do a complete moult every year). The older feathers, particularly on the bird's left wing, are worn. It may be partly due to rubbing/contact with things on the ground. Some of the feathers on the left wing may have stuck to something (e.g. ice) and frayed when pulled free, and/or the bird may have been in a fracas with another bird or animal. A lot of those feathers would be moulted and replaced this season.
Not easy being a young eagle, she must of had a moment of panic if for instance her feathers stuck to the ice & she found it difficult to take flight. The trials & tribulations, good in the long run.  :heart


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: AJL on December 22, 2009, 08:43:39 PM
Nice photos booni! Mom had an itch on the nest and was also scratching her ear.  :eclol

I wonder if the tatty youngster could have been the one Doug saw dad chasing around the bay?  If the marking he saw was on the upper back and actually white and shaped like a triangle, that bird would have been a second or third year. If it is tatty youngster, then second year.


Title: Dad in Gregg*s Tree
Post by: boonibarb on December 22, 2009, 08:48:43 PM
december 22 2009 14:23 - Dad yawns in Gregg*s Tree

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december 22 2009 14:35 - Dad in Gregg*s Tree

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Title: Mum in the Babysitting Tree
Post by: boonibarb on December 22, 2009, 09:12:01 PM
december 22 2009 14:37 - Mum in the Babysitting Tree

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Title: Mum Leaves the Babysitting Tree
Post by: boonibarb on December 22, 2009, 09:23:26 PM
december 22 2009 14:39 - Mum leaves the Babysitting Tree

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december 22 2009 14:39:12 - Mum leaves the Babysitting Tree

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Mum*s signature

december 22 2009 14:39:12 - Mum leaves the Babysitting Tree - feather nicks


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Title: Dad leaves Gregg*s Tree
Post by: boonibarb on December 22, 2009, 09:50:11 PM
december 22 2009 14:39 - Dad in Gregg*s Tree

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december 22 2009 14:39 - Dad leaves Gregg*s Tree

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december 22 2009 14:39:48 - Dad Leaves Gregg*s Tree

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Title: Ground Observations
Post by: boonibarb on December 22, 2009, 10:13:51 PM
After Mum & Dad left their trees, they flew to the left, towards Grassy Point.
i biked down there to see if i could see anything.
Not long afterwards, i saw a big set of wings come in from way out on the water.
They flew over the Big Rock towards the nest tree.
Waaaay to my left i saw another big set of wings coming in from the water.
This eagle was doing loops over the trees, & i could hear eagles trilling.
There were two adults at the top of a fir on the waterfront in the far territory of nest #9.
The third eagle was looping over them.
It seemed to be a dark eagle.
i went back out to the road, & soon a big set of wings was coming towards me down the road from the nest #9 area.
They were looping over the trees, then they flew right over my head.
A totally dark eagle, a young one!
They carried on down the road & i hear Mum & Dad trilling.
The young one continued down the road & i lost sight of them.
Went looking, but no luck.


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: boonibarb on December 25, 2009, 06:02:17 PM
When i biked by the nest tree it was getting dark & about 4:30pm.
One adult was standing on the cam box, looking towards Doug & Sheila*s.


Title: Loon
Post by: boonibarb on December 26, 2009, 06:52:44 PM
Saw this loon today in the water in front of the nest tree.
There were three of them, actually.
december 26 2009 - loon


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Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: Blue on December 27, 2009, 10:37:13 AM
Lovely loon photo, booni.

That could be our beans.  We sometimes think that she appears as a loon, bobbing around and checking up on us.  I see her on the water here in front of my house now and then.  :eclol


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: boonibarb on December 27, 2009, 11:15:07 AM
Well, that explains why that loon had such a bright eye, & such a cheeky look on her face!!


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: beans on December 27, 2009, 02:42:12 PM
Hey!  

That looks like a Common Loon & I am now a Pacific Loon :biggrin3

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One like above was a patient at IBRRC when we had the algae slimed birds in October.  Like all loons, he's beautiful.


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: boonibarb on December 27, 2009, 02:56:44 PM
Oh! EXCUSE ME for thinking of you as Common, beans!  :eclol


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: beans on December 27, 2009, 03:02:41 PM
lol!  I could never understand why "common" is part of their name.  Common Loons are the largest of the loons and can be very vocal.  All loons are very sensitive and heat up quickly when under stress, just as cormorants do.  They need special care and must be handled gently and with respect.  Well, this applies to all animals, domestic or wild.  :eclove  People, too.


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: dotwad on December 30, 2009, 02:23:03 PM
doug just told us a short time ago that ma and pa mated on peters tree at 12.50pm . this is the earliest time of year he has seen them do this.


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: birdvoyer on December 30, 2009, 02:42:26 PM
Little fishie tail and little birdie must have been just the right gifts!  :ecinnocent

Thanks for posting Dotwad. I am at work and missed that important info.


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: dotwad on December 31, 2009, 11:10:53 AM
the wide cm view is back yipeeeeeee.


Title: Mum & Dad in the Babysitting Tree
Post by: boonibarb on January 01, 2010, 07:42:58 PM
january 1 2010 14:31 - Dad at the top & Mum preening in the Babysitting Tree

i don*t usually see them in these limbs of the tree.
They are usually way lower down.

Look at all the woodpecker holes in the top of the tree!


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As i moved in closer, Dad left, leaving Mum still in the tree.

january 1 2010 14:33 - Mum in the Babysitting Tree


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january 1 2010 14:34 - Mum in the Babysitting Tree

Mum seemed to be looking intently at something


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Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: beans on January 01, 2010, 07:48:35 PM
Beautiful pictures!  Thank you  :ecsmile


Title: Mum & Dad in the Babysitting Tree
Post by: boonibarb on January 01, 2010, 08:09:57 PM
january 1 2010 14:35 - Mum in the Babysitting Tree

Mum kept craning her head like this to see something that was in this direction.


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january 1 2010 14:43 - Mum in the Babysitting Tree

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i missed both Dad, & then Mum flying off.  :Jaisigh
Then all the action in the nest happened once i got home.
Oh well...


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: Tigerlady105 on January 02, 2010, 12:48:42 AM
Great shots, Booni!  You are getting some very nice photos.  Don't feel bad about not being there 24/7.  Dookie needs to eat and run with you sometime!   :eclol


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: boonibarb on January 04, 2010, 08:48:21 AM
Sunday evening, on Dooki*s bike ride, we passed by the nest area, & nobody was home.
Down the road, near Hidden Bay, i could hear eagle calls, & that was the direction we were headed.
As we passed Hidden Bay, i realized the eagle calls were not coming from there as i*d expected.
They were coming from around the corner & down the road to where Brigantine nest is located.
i found two eagles sitting in the dead top of a tree at the end of the road there.
Just as i came in sight of them, one of them flew off the tree & over my head, towards the bay & the nest.
i looked over my shoulder to see where this one went, & there were two eagles!
i looked back to the perch tree, & one eagle was still there.
So there were three eagles here!
i took a close peek at the one in the perch tree, as it was getting dark, to make sure they were an adult, & they appeared to be.
Then we pedaled back to the nest.
Someone was now sitting in the Babysitting Tree.
When we got back to the perch tree, the eagle was still there, too.
i wonder who the third eagle was?
It was too dark & happened too fast to tell if they were all adults or not.


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: kathyj on January 08, 2010, 01:21:24 AM
Just having a catch up.  Great photos boonibarb, and really nice to see and watch Hope in her full glory, and yes, I had forgotten those snorts too. :mhihi  Wow, what a girl.


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: boonibarb on January 08, 2010, 03:37:38 PM
Hiya kathyj!
Nice to see you here.

Doug sent me this foto of the tree climbers & asked me to post them here.

Hi Barb,  Attached is a picture of Dan Hamilton and Darian Chase at the foot of the eagle tree on the day they fixed the connections on the wide-angle camera.  (December 31). Possibly you could post it on Ground Observations.     Doug


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Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: beans on January 08, 2010, 03:54:56 PM
These guys are heroes!  That's for posting their pictures.


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: Rajame on January 08, 2010, 06:00:00 PM
(((((((((Dan, Darian and Doug))))))))))


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: Tigerlady105 on January 09, 2010, 02:55:39 AM
It sure is nice to be able to see who put the WA cam line back together so that it works!  :eclove

Thank you Dan, Darien and Doug!   :clap


Title: fishboat
Post by: boonibarb on January 12, 2010, 07:52:33 PM
This fishboat is almost always in view in the water in front of the eagle nest.
Raptorman says they are drag fishing, probably for bottom fish or prawns.
i wonder what is in the water behind & to the right of the boat?
It wasn*t in the other four fotos i took that day.
& it*s quite a big thing.



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Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: Blue on January 12, 2010, 09:22:27 PM
Barb,

That looks like a vessel doing test fishing (probably for herring) which is why it is hanging around for awhile.  My guess is that it is fisheries doing some research.  The bumpers on the port side indicate that smaller vessels tie up against it.  The thing in the water could be a marker that they are staying on one side of so as not to have to chart their location constantly.

It is kind of rigged like a large trawler. 


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: Raptorman on January 13, 2010, 06:44:00 PM
I think the boat is a dragger. The large dark rectangle thing on the port side of the stern is called a Door. The doors are large heavy weights that hold the net down. The two long poles on the sides are used for spreading the doors (and for stabilizer birds) and the center pole (crane) is used for hoisting the net.
Seiners and some salvage boats look similar but neither would have the doors.
I can't see if it has spools but that boat could also be used as a troller.
I can't say for sure what they are doing or what the buoy is, but it's possible that they're setting crab, or shrimp/prawn pots. If it's being used as a salvage boat the thing in the water could be marking the location of whatever they're salvaging.
It used to be that you could look at a northwest boat and know what it's purpose was by the rigging and design - but with declining fisheries, increased regulation, and higher fuel and moorage costs many of the beautiful old boats that were designed and used for commercial fishing are now being used for other purposes.
I remember several trollers being converted to gill-netters after the seventies when fish buyers weren't paying much and the salmon weren't as plentiful. The trollers that were converted to gillnetters kept their trolling poles and used them for the stabilizers but put hydraulic gillnet spools and rollers on the deck instead of a hayrack and seven-strand spools. I've also seen longliners used as crabbing boats.
Anyhow, I'm pretty sure that boat is a dragger.
I'd have a better idea what it was being used for if I could see what's on the aft deck.


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: Blue on January 13, 2010, 09:59:23 PM
At first my son thought the boat is a dragger being used for research because of the bumpers and marker, just as I did.  

He looked up the registration and found that it is the Pacific Rancher out of Nanaimo.  It is a shrimp dragger (the season is closed for prawns)
and he says the channel between Hornby and Texada is a sand bottom, ideal for shrimp.

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By the way, those doors are dangerous.  A young fellow from here was killed when caught by the door two years ago.



Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: madrona on January 13, 2010, 11:04:50 PM
Glad to hear that, Blue.  I know the shrimp boats are out at the moment, and I had said in the chatroom that I thought that was an area where they dragged, and that it could be a shrimp boat.  We love getting fresh side stripe shrimps at this time of year.  I think prawns are caught in traps, and shrimps are dragged?


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: Raptorman on January 14, 2010, 12:23:48 AM
Draggers fish for shrimp, prawns, and bottomfish.
They use different mesh sizes on the nets.
The prawns that are caught in pots are prefered over net caught prawns as troll caught salmon are prefered over net caught salmon because there's more chance of them being bruised/damaged when caught in nets.
Troll caught salmon are also gutted sooner and iced down so they don't belly-burn like a net caught salmon.

I'd love to see some photos of the herring seiners when they show up.  :ecwink


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: Tigerlady105 on January 14, 2010, 12:47:12 AM
We sure learn a lot here every day!   :eclol


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: Raptorman on January 14, 2010, 05:49:56 AM
If you're interested I found a really good series of videos on Youtube that shows how the draggers fish.
This is the third video in the series and it shows them dropping the doors: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hv2-uW233qE (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hv2-uW233qE)


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: Doug on January 14, 2010, 10:03:52 AM
I've checked with the fisheries people at Comox (nearby).  The larger prawns generally are found in rockier bottomed areas and shrimp in sandy or mud bottomed areas.  The  shrimp fishermen drag their nets along the bottom or very close to bottom.  This system can't be used for prawns because their nets would be getting caught up or damaged in the rocky areas, so prawn fishing has to be done by lowering dozens of prawn pots to the bottom.


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: boonibarb on January 14, 2010, 11:33:46 AM
Your wish is my command raptorman!!!   :biggrin6
i might even get ya video!


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: Raptorman on January 14, 2010, 12:20:56 PM
I've checked with the fisheries people at Comox (nearby).  The larger prawns generally are found in rockier bottomed areas and shrimp in sandy or mud bottomed areas.  The  shrimp fishermen drag their nets along the bottom or very close to bottom.  This system can't be used for prawns because their nets would be getting caught up or damaged in the rocky areas, so prawn fishing has to be done by lowering dozens of prawn pots to the bottom.

Are the fisheries people saying that IN THAT AREA the system doesn't work because the larger prawns are more readily found in the rocky areas? Or that the system can't be used for fishing prawns?
(Because the guys on the prawn dragger in that video are gonna be prety disapointed if they find out that they went to all that work for nothin?  :really)


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: Raptorman on January 14, 2010, 12:22:41 PM
Your wish is my command raptorman!!!   :biggrin6
i might even get ya video!

 :biggrin6  :eclove


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: Doug on January 14, 2010, 01:34:53 PM
The fisheries people at Comox were only talking about prawns and shrimp in the Georgia Strait region - shrimp in sandy areas and prawns in rocky areas.

The video you referred to had pelicans in the background and referred to turtles.  Not here.  In fact the video was about shrimp fishing off Edisto Beach, South Carolina.  Researching further, they were calling it shrimp fisheries there - in sandy bottom.  But looking at pictures, the catch was of very large species, every bit as large as what we call prawns.

Different areas probably use different shrimp/prawn names for them.  And in different areas the big ones may live in sandy bottoms and can be caught using drag nets.  

Our previous comments apply to different areas.


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: Raptorman on January 14, 2010, 01:49:17 PM
Thanks Doug  :ecsmile
I'm curious about the upcoming herring fisheries as well. I assume they will use gillnets and purse seiners for the herring. Do they harvest the herring roe off the kelp there as well? If so, I'm curious about the method they use to harvest the herring roe.


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: passerine on January 14, 2010, 02:34:55 PM
In the early 80's off Ucluelet they would harvest the kelp & roe it went for huge dollars. I have a funny story of getting roed kelp, later for that. I worked herring season a few times pulling roe in the fish plants, we 99.9% women stood in lines in front of a troughs & slit open the herring from ahole to head & removed the roe, the rest or the fish & males in the plants i worked in went to fertilizer & pet food.


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: madrona on January 14, 2010, 03:20:27 PM
The sidestripe shrimp we get locally are often as big as prawns.  And very tasty.  We were surprised at first as we always thought the large ones were prawns.  But shrimp can get as big too.  Our local shrimp fisherman says that they have different feed, and that prawns are more carnivores and so are caught in baited traps.  My husband used to set out prawn traps, but we lost too many over the years.   :ecsad  So now we buy locally from the fishermen. 


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: Blue on January 14, 2010, 05:56:20 PM
Both of my sons did the prawn season last year in this area, hiring on as one person while they spelled each other off, one on the tugboats and the other taking a course.

It won't be long before Fisheries starts spotting for herring.  We will try and get you some photos, Raptorman, when the openings for herring starts.  



Title: Mum & Dad in the Peters*s Tree
Post by: boonibarb on January 14, 2010, 07:39:17 PM
january 12 2010 14:25 - Mum & Dad in the Peters*s Tree

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Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: Raptorman on January 14, 2010, 09:29:21 PM
Both of my sons did the prawn season last year in this area, hiring on as one person while they spelled each other off, one on the tugboats and the other taking a course.

It won't be long before Fisheries starts spotting for herring.  We will try and get you some photos, Raptorman, when the openings for herring starts.  


Awesome Blue! Thanks!  


Title: Mum & Dad in the Peters*s Tree
Post by: boonibarb on January 26, 2010, 08:44:17 PM
january 12 2010 14:27 - Mum & Dad in the Peters*s Tree

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january 12 2010 14:30 - Dad changes his position in the Peters*s Tree & ...

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january 12 2010 14:31 - Dad inches closer to Mum in the Peters*s Tree

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Title: Mum & Dad in the Peters*s Tree
Post by: boonibarb on January 26, 2010, 09:50:52 PM
Dad kept looking down like this.
Was it some sort of communication with Mum?

january 12 2010 14:31:12 - Mum & Dad in the Peters*s Tree


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Title: Mum & Dad in the Peters*s Tree
Post by: boonibarb on January 26, 2010, 09:58:54 PM
Has Mum spotted something?

january 12 2010 14:31:36 - Mum & Dad in the Peters*s Tree


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Title: Mum & Dad in the Peters*s Tree
Post by: boonibarb on January 26, 2010, 10:10:00 PM
Mum heads out.

january 12 2010 14:31:37 - Mum leaves Dad in the Peters*s Tree


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How can you tell that the one leaving is Mum?
See the nicks in her left primaries?

january 12 2010 14:31:38 - Mum leaves Dad in the Peters*s Tree


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january 12 2010 14:31:38:00 - Mum leaves Dad in the Peters*s Tree

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Thanks to Raptorman for the watermark!!   :heart

january 12 2010 14:31:38:50 - Mum leaves Dad in the Peters*s Tree

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Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: passerine on January 26, 2010, 10:40:54 PM
Beautiful Booni, wonder what mom was going for/to. :heart


Title: Mum & Dad in the Peters*s Tree
Post by: boonibarb on January 26, 2010, 10:48:32 PM
Oh yeah, i forgot passerine, thanks for reminding me.
Mum flew to the Love Tree.


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: Donnae on January 26, 2010, 11:30:01 PM
As usual booni, fantastic. I love number three-- Looking down at you and also the close up one of Mom with her wings spread. Thank you-- what in the world would we do without you!!! Hope we never find out!!   :eceek  :heart


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: sparkie on January 27, 2010, 09:47:14 AM
Thanks  boonie  These  pictures  are   beautiful  .  Love   the  one  of  mum  with  her  wings  extended.   :heart


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: luvthebirds on January 27, 2010, 11:22:04 AM
Nice to see you in the forum, Sparkie.  :ecsmile


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: Blue on January 28, 2010, 05:21:52 PM
Welcome Sparkie.

Doug

There is a full moon on January 31st followed by an exceptionally high tide on February 1st - 17.1 feet at 7:24am.

You will have to see how high it gets on the Big Rock.  So often our really high tides are windy and rough but calmer water lets us see exactly where the high tide mark is.




Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: Doug on January 28, 2010, 09:55:59 PM
Thanks Blue for reminding me of the high tides coming up on the first few mornings of February.

General information (which Blue and others know):   I have been closely checking the high tide mark on the Big Rock for well over 20 years.  From way back I have known that glaciers in the Rockies and elsewhere have been receding and sooner or later it will be measurable in higher ocean levels.

In the winter of 1998/99 the water went up dramatically 14 inches higher than normal.  This was because of an extreme El Nino year - warmer water expands.  I watched the next few years closely, but everything went back to normal.

In December/ January of this year, there was another 14 inch excessive rise in the high tide - another extreme El Nino  year.  I'll report on the February results.


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: beans on January 28, 2010, 09:58:32 PM
Good information--  thanks, Doug.


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: Doug on January 28, 2010, 10:07:37 PM
This same El Nino has given us a wetter but warmer winter than usual.  Less snow on lower mountains near the sea because the precipitation comes down as rain.  More snow in higher mountains like Whistler where the same increased precipitation gets frozen into snow.


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: Raptorman on January 28, 2010, 10:11:56 PM
This same El Nino has given us a wetter but warmer winter than usual.  Less snow on lower mountains near the sea because the precipitation comes down as rain.  More snow in higher mountains like Whistler where the same increased precipitation gets frozen into snow.

I was wondering about the precipitation when you mentioned the warmer water expanding. Of course water evaporates faster at warmer temperatures so I was curious about increased precipitation. I'm glad you answered that. I'll sleep better tonight lol


Title: video of beach in front of Big Rock
Post by: boonibarb on January 30, 2010, 03:11:27 PM
video - january 30 2010 12:36pm - the land side of the beach in front of Big Rock (http://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/4316445199/)

video - january 30 2010 12:50pm - the line of trees that goes from beside Doug*s to the Love Tree (http://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/4316478755/)

video - january 30 2010 12:39pm - seagulls congregating on the eagle beach (http://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/4316459291/)

video - january 30 2010 12:42pm - Mum & Dad call out in the Peters*s Tree (http://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/4317162992/)


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: madrona on January 30, 2010, 04:37:16 PM
Great videos, booni.  Thanks so much.  However, the first two are identical???

The tide looked fairly low - hope they're getting to forage along the shore these days.



Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: boonibarb on January 30, 2010, 06:53:10 PM
Thanks mad!
i fixed the link for that first one so it*s the right one now.

When i biked by the nest it was getting dark, about 4:45pm.
i looked up at the Peter*s Tree to see if Mum & Dad were still there, but instead of the bare dead top of the tree i saw a needled fir branch!
i looked around, thinking i was looking at the wrong tree maybe, but no, there was the shape of the top of the Peters*s Tree, but it had needles.
Hmmmm.
Then i remembered that i hadn*t put my glasses on, so what i thot were fir needles were really Mum & Dad perched in the Peters*s Tree!


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: NancyM on January 30, 2010, 07:01:27 PM
Then i remembered that i hadn*t put my glasses on, so what i thot were fir needles were really Mum & Dad perched in the Peters*s Tree!

LOL, booni! 

Thanks for the videos today. After that big chorus of logs the other day, I expected to see a lot more on the beach. Did they get washed back out to sea?


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: boonibarb on January 30, 2010, 07:23:50 PM
i wanted to video that there were a whole pile of logs floating out in Hidden Bay, but they were too far away & wouldn*t*ve shown up in the video.
They were all out floating past Sandstone Point.


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: beans on January 30, 2010, 08:31:40 PM
I enjoyed the videos--  thanks, Barb


Title: Mum & Dad in the Peters*s Tree
Post by: boonibarb on January 31, 2010, 09:43:37 PM
january 12 2010 14:36 - Dad in the Peters*s Tree

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january 12 2010 14:39 - Dad in the Peters*s Tree

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january 12 2010 14:39:24 - Dad leaves the Peters*s Tree

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Title: Mum & Dad in the Peters*s Tree
Post by: boonibarb on January 31, 2010, 11:01:05 PM
january 12 2010 14:39:24:50 - Dad leaves the Peters*s Tree

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january 12 2010 14:39:24:51 - Dad leaves the Peters*s Tree

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Mum had flown away first.
She went to the Love Tree.
Dad flew to Fosters*s Fir.

january 12 2010 14:42 - Dad in Foster*s Fir


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Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: boonibarb on February 01, 2010, 11:03:45 AM
Sunday morning i had a sad friend drop by so we went for a walk to Grassy Point with Dooki.
Mum & Dad were side by side in The Peters*s Tree the whole time we were there.
Say from 10-11a.m.

Went for a bike ride with Dooki as it was getting dark, just before 5p.m.
When i came around the Grassy Point corner & headed towards the nest, a large dark bird was flying from the beach direction towards the nest, across the road, so low down it was HUGE!
When i got in view of the nest, one eagle was near the left top of the Babysitting Tree.
i couldn*t see if anyone was in the nest.
There was no one in The Peters*s Tree.


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: passerine on February 01, 2010, 11:25:52 AM
The videos were fun Booni & as usual nice pics. I've still got my sandstone souvenir from Hornby  :ecsmile


Title: Grassy Point - eagle in His & Hers Tree
Post by: boonibarb on February 01, 2010, 08:32:06 PM
Haha! passerine, your LUCKY sandstone souvenir!

Okay, so today i was coming into my driveway on my bike with Dooki, & the sealions were barking so loudly, it was like they were just down the street from me.
So i grabbed my not-so-good camera, as it was raining, & headed down to Grassy Point to see if i could video them swimming by.
Last time i heard them barking so loudly, there were three of them swimming from right to left, & every time a certain one of them surfaced for air, they barked really loudly.
As i passed by Gregg*s Tree, there was an adult eagle sitting near the top of it.
At Grassy Point, i could see sealions, once again to my right, swimming to the left.
i set up my camera on a log, & waited for them to swim past, but i never saw them again.
So i put my camera in my saddle bag & headed back up the hill, but then i looked up, & there was an eagle in The His & Hers Tree!
i got out my camera again & got four fotos of them.
Then i noticed there were two more eagles flying overhead, & all three of them were flying & diving & then they flew to my left & along the beach towards Big Rock.
i figured i would post all four fotos i got, in case we can identify who the eagle was in the tree at Grassy Point.
In the first foto, the eagle is looking out towards the ocean.
You can see in the third & fourth foto, that the eagle is looking intently towards the area of the nest, or possibly Gregg*s Tree.

february 1 2010 2:12pm - adult in His & Hers Tree


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Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: Cawatcher on February 01, 2010, 10:02:01 PM
Booni this one says to you wait let me turn my beak it looks better from this angle  lol! nice ones!


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: Doug on February 03, 2010, 01:26:24 PM
As Blue reminded me, I checked the high tides on the mornings of February 1st, 2nd & 3rd.  It was calm each morning so it was easy to see how high the water came on the Big Rock.

On each day it was 4 or 5 inches higher than normal - nothing like the situation three weeks ago when it was 14 to 16 inches higher than normal and stormy.  At that time every log was lifted from the beaches around the Georgia Strait and relocated to other beachs.

Before that we had to cross four or five logs to get from our property to the beach.  Those logs had been there for a number of years but are now gone - including the three planks we used to cross them. We have about 12 new logs in their place.

The next day I found two of my planks among the drift wood along the beach.  And a few days later I found a new plank, much thicker and wider than any I had before - so it was a good trade.  But I'm not laying them across the logs until winter is over.  I don't want to lose them.



Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: Blue on February 03, 2010, 02:29:14 PM
Thankyou, Doug.

We have the same situation south of Hornby Island on our beach.  The logs have all been taken away and replaced with others.  Some days there are a lot of logs floating out on the ocean.  Boaters here have to be constantly on the lookout for floating logs and other hazards.  One of the biggest dangers is a deadhead - a nearly submerged old log that is difficult to see on the surface.

In the combined storm and high water three weeks ago, an old maple tree trunk on the rock shelf below our point was raised and moved for the first time since it fell off the bank 37 years ago.  We call it the "kingfisher perch" because that is where they catch fish from, teach their young to fish (the only time you will see two kingfishers hunting together) and bring the fish to eat.  Some of the nooks and crannies on it are lined with fish scales from years of use. 


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: Raptorman on February 03, 2010, 02:39:52 PM
September of 2009 while the eagles were away, Doug hired a tree climber to do some maintenance on the camera.
The maintenance included cleaning dried eagle poop from the close-up camera lens.
This is a video of the tree climber cleaning up after Hope's dirty deed:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vt6m4vHz0DE


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: NancyM on February 03, 2010, 03:11:10 PM
AWESOME video!  Thanks, Danny (and Doug)!

Loved the music, too.

P.S. Posted to the Facebook fan page  :ecwink


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: passerine on February 03, 2010, 04:30:21 PM
That was fun, good choice of music. :mhihi


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: Tigerlady105 on February 04, 2010, 01:54:53 AM
Booni, thank you for posting your beautiful photo of Mom and Hope.  I've been wondering what her parents did to teach Hope how to fly and it looks as if Mom was giving her some lessons!  Our girl had the best teachers - Mom and Dad!   :clap


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: sparkie on February 04, 2010, 06:18:16 AM
Beautiful  picture  of  mum  and  Hope  . I  do  wonder  where  mum  got  the  nicks  on  her  wings  . Once again thank you  for  the  post Booni .  Enlarged  picture  shows  the  real  concentration  on  Hopes  face  as  she  watches  her  mother :ecsmile


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: luvthebirds on February 05, 2010, 01:09:24 PM
Great photo Booni, as always!  :ecsmile  I have a question.  Since the nicks were present back in July, are those feathers that do not molt?  Or is it not time yet for molting?  Eagles do molt, don't they? :puzzled2


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: NancyM on February 05, 2010, 04:00:24 PM
Eagles do molt, don't they? :puzzled2

luv, check out the Eagle FAQ (prepared by AJL) on our website http://www.hornbyeagles.com/eaglefaq.htm

Choose section B (Physical characteristics), next to last question


Spoiler:

Q. When do bald eagles moult?
A. They moult gradually from spring through autumn. They do not moult all their feathers each year; some of the feathers moult over two (or possibly more) years.


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: Donnae on February 05, 2010, 11:49:24 PM
Great job Ajl!!! I will be one that will study that so I can learn more. Boy, I think you really covered everything. Way to go!


Title: Mum in the Babysitting Tree
Post by: boonibarb on February 09, 2010, 08:45:33 PM
february 9 2010 15:40 - Mum in the Babysitting Tree

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february 9 2010 15:42 - Mum in the Babysitting Tree - beak slightly open

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february 9 2010 15:42:21 - Mum in the Babysitting Tree - sees something

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Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: Rajame on February 09, 2010, 09:06:01 PM
Oh Booni, thank you for the pictures.  Makes me smile.  Thank Goodness for our Ground "Crew!"  :heart


Title: Mum in the Babysitting Tree
Post by: boonibarb on February 09, 2010, 09:11:44 PM
february 9 2010 15:43 - Mum in the Babysitting Tree

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february 9 2010 15:44 - Mum leaves the Babysitting Tree

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february 9 2010 15:44:53 - Mum leaves the Babysitting Tree

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Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: luvthebirds on February 09, 2010, 10:33:14 PM
luv, check out the Eagle FAQ (prepared by AJL) on our website http://www.hornbyeagles.com/eaglefaq.htm

Choose section B (Physical characteristics), next to last question


Spoiler:

Q. When do bald eagles moult?
A. They moult gradually from spring through autumn. They do not moult all their feathers each year; some of the feathers moult over two (or possibly more) years.


Thanks, NancyM.  Guess I should have looked there first. Duh.  :blush

Booni, Great photos!  :ecsmile


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: Donnae on February 09, 2010, 11:42:15 PM
Thanks Booni!!!  Makes my night!!! Great shots!!!


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: kathyj on February 10, 2010, 02:46:32 PM
Lovely clear photos.  Thanks.


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: typoscount2 on February 11, 2010, 10:34:33 AM
not sure if this is the rite thread,
 but this is last years screen cap from the WA view, that light water  line is what showed during the herring spawn.
something for us to keep an eye out for , as the eagles and much of the areas wild life depend on this occurance


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Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: Raptorman on February 11, 2010, 06:15:30 PM
The power is out on Hornby Island right now but Doug asked me to pass this on:
At 4:09 PM Doug reports hearing "a heck of a racket." He looked outside and saw Mom and Dad Hornby mating in the love tree.
Doug also asked me to let you know that he took his computer into town to have some work done to it and that he will be off-line for a couple days.


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: beans on February 11, 2010, 08:32:34 PM
Thanks for the information!


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: Laurad on February 12, 2010, 02:29:35 AM
Yes, thanks for passing that on raptorman - hope he's not without his computer for too long.


Title: Mum & Dad on Valentine*s Day
Post by: boonibarb on February 16, 2010, 09:37:51 AM
Valentine*s Day was a gorgeous, sunny, warm day.
Felt like we hadn*t had the sun in AGES.
So i set out with my camera for the first time in a long time to find Mum & Dad in the glorious sun light.
i found them, but they didn*t sit still for long.
i chased them all over the place for over an hour.

Click Dad & then click him again to see him up close & personal.
You can look into his eye.

february 14 2010 14:55 - Dad in the Peters*s Tree


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february 14 2010 14:55:47 - Dad in the Peters*s Tree

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Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: Rajame on February 16, 2010, 09:46:29 AM
Oh that picture reminds me what a blessing the eagles and you are in our lives!  :heart


Title: Mum & Dad on Valentine*s Day
Post by: boonibarb on February 16, 2010, 10:04:52 AM
february 14 2010 14:56 - Dad leaves the Peters*s Tree

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Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: boonibarb on February 16, 2010, 06:42:55 PM
february 16 2010 - another type of lichen

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Title: Dad goes out to where the herring are & then returns
Post by: boonibarb on February 16, 2010, 07:28:15 PM
Today i was on the beach, right in front of Big Rock, with the nest directly behind me.
Mum & Dad were both in the Babysitting Tree, also behind me.
i looked up at the sky at one point, & Mum or Dad was flying from the tree behind me out to where i could see seagulls & other eagles flying over the water.
i lost track of him when he was way out there with the others, but one eagle was definitely giving a seagull a good chase for their catch.
Click the foto, then click again to see the eagle & seagull closer up.
You can also faintly see other eagles & seagulls out there.
The land in the back ground is Texada Island.

february 16 2010 - Dad? chases a seagull for their prey


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i knew if i waited long enough i would see Dad returning.
i followed the action for a while with my camera so i could see better what was happening way out there.
Finally, one eagle appeared to be flying towards me.
i could see them from a long way off, slowly getting larger.
i tracked him with my camera.
It was Dad!

february 16 2010 15:18 - Dad returns from the herring action


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Of course he spotted me as he approached the beach!

february 16 2010 15:18:14 - Dad returns from the herring


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Title: Dad goes out to where the herring are & then returns
Post by: boonibarb on February 16, 2010, 07:59:20 PM
Once he checked me out, he only had eyes for the Babysitting Tree & for Mum.

february 16 2010 15:18:16 - Dad returns from the herring action


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He flew right over my head!

february 16 2010 15:18:17 - Dad returns from the herring action


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february 16 2010 15:18:18 - Dad returns from the herring action
It didn*t look to me as though he had anything in his feet, for all his trouble.

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When i looked for them, Mum was still in the Babysitting Tree, & now Dad was on the very tippy top of the Babysitting Tree


Title: Mum & Dad on Valentine*s Day
Post by: boonibarb on February 16, 2010, 08:31:41 PM
Okay, back to Valentine*s Day.
So, Dad flew away from the Peters*s Tree.
i found him in The Babysitting Tree with Mum.
Isn*t he a handsome fella?

february 14 2010 15:01 - Dad in the Babysitting Tree


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Mum was also in the Babysitting Tree, on the same side as Dad, only higher up, near the top.
For me, this is a very *Mum* look!
i wouldn*t want to be on the receiving end of that look!

february 14 2010 15:02 - Mum in the Babysitting Tree


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Whatever it was Mum was giving that look to, she was off to find it.
i no sooner got that foto & off she flew!

february 14 2010 15:02 - Mum leaves the Babysitting Tree


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Hey, i didn*t notice til after i cropped the foto, but Dad must*ve left just before Mum, you can see his right wing & his tail spread in the lower left hand corner.

february 14 2010 15:02:59 - Mum leaves the Babysitting Tree


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Okay, this time i cropped it so that you can see Dad leaving, in the lower left hand corner, too.

february 14 2010 15:02:59:50 - Mum & Dad leave the Babysitting Tree


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Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: Donnae on February 16, 2010, 11:50:02 PM
Great shots Booni, thank you.  You make me feel like I'm right there!!!


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: Rajame on February 17, 2010, 12:17:18 AM
Thank you Booni!  I am pretty sure that I am right there with you... but where was Dooki?   :heart


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: boonibarb on February 17, 2010, 09:32:08 AM
i took some fotos of where Dooki was the whole time.
i*ll post them eventually.
Dooki waits with the bike while i photograph, ususally.
He is VERY patient.


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: fol-di-rol on February 17, 2010, 11:50:37 AM
hi Booni - more wonderful pictures!  I especially like the one of mom in the babysitting tree just before she gets airborne - with her wings folded right up for maximum take-off power - awesome!  thanks again.  Looking forward to the pictures of Dooki too.


Title: Dad & Mum in the Love Tree
Post by: boonibarb on February 17, 2010, 08:30:56 PM
Okay, so today i took Dooki for a bikeride, & we went looking for Mum & Dad.
First we passed by the back side of the nest, where i saw one adult eagle on the left side of the Babysitting Tree.
Then we went around to the water side of the nest.
As i passed by the nest, there was no one in it, but i could see the eagle in the Babysitting Tree.
We biked further along & i checked the Peters*s Tree, where i saw no one.
As we went further, i heard excited & rapid & high pitched dual trilling coming from down the road further.
The Love Tree!!

hotspot by ajl - Distant song d'amour. HP in the Love Tree (http://www.wildearth.tv/web/dch-hornby-01?streamId=dch-hornby-01%2F2010%2F02%2F17%2F2010-02-17-15-42_dch-hornby-01.flv&bspId=63522&start=422)

C*mon Dooki!, run FASTER, we*re gonna miss it!
Well, we missed it, but this is the first foto i got when i set up my camera.
Dad has an interesting *part* on his back that i could see from the ground.

february 17 2010 15:53 - Dad & Mum in the Love Tree


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Afterwards, Dad stretched his left foot for quite a while.
You can see how much bigger Mum is than Dad here.

february 17 2010 15:55 - Dad & Mum in the Love Tree - Dad stretches his foot


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You can see Mum*s part in the feathers of the back of her head.
Cool!

february 17 2010 15:59 - Dad & Mum in the Love Tree - Mum*s part


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Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: Doug on February 17, 2010, 09:06:52 PM
Boonibarb has provided the evidence above and a good picture of the Love Tree.  At 3:50 they were mating in exactly the spot Ma eagle is perched - not a very substantial location - and it was quite a balancing act.  Usually they perch on the larger branch just below and behind the one Pa eagle is perched in.


Title: Dad & Mum in the Love Tree
Post by: boonibarb on February 17, 2010, 09:11:54 PM
Dad & especially Mum, looked to the left a lot.
Here, Mum*s wings look as though she is ready to take off.
& look at the look on her face!!

february 17 2010 16:00 - Dad & Mum in the Love Tree - looking left


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Dad does a poopshot!

february 17 2010 15:53 - Dad & Mum in the Love Tree - a droplet for ajl


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Both of them called out for quite a time at one point.
& they both showed off their legs in the process!

february 17 2010 16:01 - Dad & Mum in the Love Tree - both call out


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Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: smallwingedone on February 17, 2010, 09:32:47 PM
these are wonderfully taken...thanks for sharing


Title: Dad & Mum in the Love Tree
Post by: boonibarb on February 17, 2010, 09:54:48 PM
Mum poopshot.

february 17 2010 16:03 - Dad & Mum in the Love Tree - don*t look raj!!!


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february 17 2010 16:12 - Dad & Mum in the Love Tree - Dad moves over a bit

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february 17 2010 16:13 - Dad & Mum in the Love Tree - more calling out

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Title: Dad & Mum in the Love Tree
Post by: boonibarb on February 17, 2010, 10:27:09 PM
february 17 2010 16:14 - Mum in the Love Tree & Dad flies away

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february 17 2010 16:14:59 - Mum in the Love Tree, Dad flies away

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Look at Mum watching Dad fly away.

february 17 2010 16:14:59:50 - Mum in the Love Tree & Dad flies away


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Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: Blue on February 17, 2010, 11:22:07 PM
Tremendous reporting, booni!  Thankyou.   :eclove


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: Donnae on February 17, 2010, 11:27:27 PM
Thanks so much Booni and Doug!!!!   Great photos and a great report too!!! Won't be long!!! yay!!


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: passerine on February 18, 2010, 09:32:17 AM
Thanks Booni for the great pics, this pic http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=23.msg7610#msg7610
the color of the sky is amazing & does get that color  on VI, i've heard from people that travel they have never seen that blue elsewhere in the world they've been to.

What is the blue line in your last two photos :question


Title: Mum in the Love Tree
Post by: boonibarb on February 18, 2010, 07:29:48 PM
Passerine, i was amazed by that blue colour, too.
& that is the colour that the camera took, i didn*t fix it up to be that way.
Nice background, eh?

The blue lines are, i believe, a branch that was in my line of view, that i didn*t notice when i was taking the fotos.
It is blurry in the fotos, because i am not focusing on it.

So, after Dad left, i expected Mum to leave, too.
But she didn*t.
She was there by herself for a long time.
She did another poopshot, & groomed her back & wings legs.

february 17 2010 16:39 - Mum in the Love Tree


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february 17 2010 16:40 - Mum in the Love Tree - preening her leg

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Title: Mum in the Love Tree
Post by: boonibarb on February 18, 2010, 08:13:45 PM
It was getting dark on the ground, & i was cold in the shade.
i started to pack up my gear when the owner of the property containing the Love Tree came to talk to me.
He calls the tree the Devil*s Horns.
i was on the dark side of Mum, with the sun coming at her from the other side, so i asked him whether i could see this tree from the road behind the nest.
He thought there were a couple of fir trees in the way.
So we headed off to look, & sure enough there was a solid band of trees all along the road, past where i thought the Love Tree would be.
Suddenly there was a break in this band, & i looked up, & there she was in the gorgeous setting sun.
i should have come to this side in the first place!
Now i know for the future.
From the other side, i didn*t see the devil*s horns.
But from this side, okay, now i see what you mean.

february 17 2010 16:49 - Mum in the Love Tree in the sun


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february 17 2010 16:55 - Mum in the Love Tree in the sun

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february 17 2010 17:00 - Mum in the Love Tree in the sun - looks at Dooki

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Title: Mum in the Love Tree
Post by: boonibarb on February 18, 2010, 08:39:25 PM
february 17 2010 17:10 - Mum in the Love Tree - calls out

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february 17 2010 17:10:07 - Mum in the Love Tree - calls out

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Mum never did fly away.
The light faded, i got cold & went home.

february 17 2010 17:10:35 - Mum in the Love Tree - looks at me


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Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: NancyM on February 18, 2010, 10:07:18 PM
WOW, booni, that angle on the tree - and your photographs!!  are very impressive! I really like this series.

Is the property owner now "hooked" ?


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: AJL on February 19, 2010, 12:16:24 AM
What Nancy said!  :nod2



Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: Donnae on February 19, 2010, 01:21:20 AM
Fantastic Booni!!!  Thanks again. The colours are beautiful and of course so is Mom !!!   :nod2


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: beans on February 19, 2010, 01:33:07 AM
Spectacular pictures!  Thank you.


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: sparkie on February 19, 2010, 06:34:56 AM
Wonderful  pictures  booni .  Love  tree  looks  more  like  a  Texas long  horn   :eclol       Gorgeous  pictures  of  ma  and  da


Title: Interesting Plane
Post by: boonibarb on February 20, 2010, 10:33:43 AM
february 14 2010 - plane

Look at the strange disc on the top of it!


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Title: Re: Interesting Plane
Post by: baysis on February 20, 2010, 12:16:03 PM
february 14 2010 - plane

Look at the strange disc on the top of it!


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Looks like an E-3 Sentry AWACS (Airborne Warning & Control Systems) plane Booni....................we see quite a few flying out of RAF Waddington in Lincolnshire.

PS Stunning pikkies of Ma in the Love Tree - VMT Booni


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: dotwad on February 21, 2010, 03:42:32 AM
these i believe are satilite spy dishes. or some other nasa thing they use, ive seen them often in pictures.


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: Blue on February 21, 2010, 09:46:12 AM
That plane was part of the security for the Olympics.

NEWS: The test boats for the herring spawn are to go out on February 24th.


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: Doug on February 22, 2010, 11:25:40 AM
MATING, TO DATE, THIS SEASON

Late Dec, 2009                   Love Tree
Feb 1, 2010       2:25 pm     Peters' Tree
Feb 11              4:09 pm      Love Tree
Feb 12              10.02 am     Peters Tree
Feb 17              3:50 pm      Love Tree
Feb 20              5:43 pm       Peters' Tree
Feb 22              9:45 am       Peters' Tree

They will have mated many more times than this which I have not observed. 


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: typoscount2 on February 22, 2010, 12:31:18 PM
Looks like an E-3 Sentry AWACS (Airborne Warning & Control Systems) plane Booni....................we see quite a few flying out of RAF Waddington in Lincolnshire.

PS Stunning pikkies of Ma in the Love Tree - VMT Booni


inside that dome , there is radar equiptment, and communications , the radar is to track air craft , and to track thier own when they have a flying command center on board, i am told. :)
looks like an american one, but the markings are not clear


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: Doug on February 24, 2010, 04:57:07 PM
Blue had earlier announced that the Fisheries would be testing the herring schools today - and there they were.  A coastguard ship (red with white diagonal stripe) came by this afternoon.  Using sonar, they can locate the herring schools and make estimates of their biomass.

Once the biomass is established, less than 20% will be allocated to fishing quotas - and the remainder is left for sea lions, seals, gulls, ducks, eagles, rock fish, salmon, whales -  and, of course, sufficient for reproduction so their will be herring in future years.

This 20% allocation to fisheries has been a balance which has sustained the herring fisheries for many years.  But in the past 8 years the biomass of herring has dropped to almost half of what it used to be.  So it seems reasonable to me that the quotas be dropped to 10% - at least until the herring numbers recover.  But the history of Canadian fisheries has been shameful - making adjustments 10 years too late.


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: Tigerlady105 on February 24, 2010, 05:39:55 PM
Sure hope that they'll be careful with the allocations so the herring recover to a sustainable level, Doug.  It may be painful for the fishermen right now, but that's better than depleting them to the point that all those that depend on the herring can thrive...birds, humans and other living things that like herring. :binocs


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: Blue on February 27, 2010, 08:42:16 PM
Fisheries is testing the herring schools in front of us today:

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The low shadow in the haze is Lasqueti Island; Texada is directly behind it, hidden by mists, with Hornby to the west (left).  We call that rock formation Castle Rock and the little gravel beach below the cliff is where we have many a wiener roast.

So far, we haven't seen the planes spotting the spawn so it is a ways off yet.  They fly along the coast looking for the milky-white spawn.  We will likely hear the planes via the webcam.  Lots of seiners heading south - they must suspect there will be an early opening in that direction.


Title: Mum misses landing in the nest
Post by: boonibarb on February 27, 2010, 08:49:31 PM
february 27 2010 14:25:59 - Mum in the branches on the front side of the nest

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Lightened version of this foto with thanks to NancyM!!  :ecsmile

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Title: Mum leaves Gregg*s Tree after her mishap
Post by: boonibarb on February 27, 2010, 08:56:43 PM
february 27 2010 15:16:29 - Mum leaves Gregg*s Tree

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february 27 2010 15:16:29:50 - Mum leaving Gregg*s Tree

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Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: passerine on February 27, 2010, 08:59:48 PM
Sure made for a heart stopping day, so glad she's okay. We need someone with language skills better than mine to do a report, thanks for checking on her Booni & getting photos. Doug had already put a call though to the tree climbers, thanks Doug. Hugs for everyone,  :ecsmile


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: madrona on February 27, 2010, 09:24:12 PM
Herring were spawning at French Creek yesterday - the little bay there was quite discoloured and sealions and seagulls were milling around.  I saw it first hand, but didn't have a camera.  Herring boats were seen approaching the marina with skiffs in tow.


Title: Dad in the Babysitting Tree
Post by: boonibarb on February 28, 2010, 08:24:36 PM
Yesterday, after Mum extricated herself from her predicament, i figured this was her perched on top of the Babysitting Tree.
i soon realized by checking my fotos & looking at the left wing feather tips, that this was Dad.
So where did Mum go?
Watching Dad told me where Mum was.
Here he is looking at her.
She had flown to Gregg*s Tree.
i watched him in this spot for quite a while.
He was definitely keeping an eye on Mum, where she was perched.

february 27 2010 14:30 - Dad watching Mum in Gregg*s Tree from the tippy top of the Babysitting Tree


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Dad kept leaving his perch in the Babysitting Tree & flying back to where Mum was perched, then he*d return to the Babysitting Tree.
He did this three times while i watched.

It is a long way down to where Mum was from the very top of the Babysitting Tree where Dad was.
Here, to me, he is dive bombing, flying almost straight down as fast as he can, almost like he would if he were fishing.
See how his wings aren*t way out, but are tucked in near his body to increase his speed?

february 27 2010 14:30 - Dad flies to where Mum is


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february 27 2010 14:30 - Dad flies to where Mum is

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february 27 2010 14:31 - Dad lands back in the top of the Babysitting Tree after checking on Mum

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Title: Dad in the Babysitting Tree
Post by: boonibarb on February 28, 2010, 09:13:01 PM
february 27 2010 14:33 - Dad wants to check on Mum again

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There he goes into the dive bomb position again.

february 27 2010 14:33:07 - Dad wants to check on Mum again


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february 27 2010 14:33:07:00 - Dad wants to check on Mum again

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This time when Dad flew back, he landed lower down in the Babysitting Tree.
He was making interesting squeeky type sounds, as well as trilling.
i think he was talking to Mum.
Dad seemed to me, this whole time, very concerned about Mum.
He flew off again & this time returned again to the very top of the Babysitting Tree.
i think this was when i checked my fotos & realized this wasn*t Mum, & that i now knew where Mum could be found.


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Title: Mum in Gregg*s Tree after her mishap
Post by: boonibarb on February 28, 2010, 09:54:14 PM
i drove my van to the backside of the nest & found Mum right away in Gregg*s Tree.
She was lower down than they are usually perched, & still looking ruffled from her mishap.

february 27 2010 14:44 - Mum in Gregg*s Tree


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Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: cobbler39 on March 01, 2010, 06:44:48 AM
Bard, your photo's tell such a wonderful story. How great it is to have you there filling us in on things we can't see on camera.


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: RMB on March 01, 2010, 08:15:50 PM
Fabulous, Boonie. This is a wonderful forum, and I love your photography. :nod2


Title: the herring spawn
Post by: boonibarb on March 02, 2010, 10:25:11 AM
This is a video i took yesterday morning of the herring spawn in Big Tribune Bay.
You can see the white foam on the water from the spawning, & the beautiful milky blue colour of the water.


Video - Herring spawn on Big Tribune Bay - click here (http://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/4401094673/)


Title: the herring spawn
Post by: boonibarb on March 02, 2010, 08:10:30 PM
This morning i took this video standing on Grassy Point.
You can see how the beach is covered with seagulls.

Video - march 2 2010 9:56am - all the seagulls & the herring spawn at Grassy Point


Video - click here (http://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/4402732176/)


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: beans on March 02, 2010, 08:15:28 PM
Love the sounds in your video, Barb!


Title: the herring spawn
Post by: boonibarb on March 02, 2010, 08:23:14 PM
This is another video i took from Grassy Point.
You can see the beautiful milky blue that the water turns, & then there is a rainbow!!  :biggrin6

march 2 2010 3:57 pm - the herring spawn at Grassy Point with a rainbow!!


Video - click here (http://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/4403126138/)


Title: the herring spawn
Post by: boonibarb on March 02, 2010, 08:43:34 PM
i*m pretty sure this is Mum or Dad.
When they land, they land towards the nest from Grassy Point, which is definitely the territory of Mum & Dad.

march 2 2010 4:10pm - Mum or Dad fishing off of Grassy Point


Video - click here (http://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/4403171408/)


Title: the herring spawn
Post by: boonibarb on March 02, 2010, 09:05:28 PM
video - march 2 2010 4:17pm - a sealion goes by Grassy Point through the herring spawn, & a duck crash lands

video - click here (http://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/4402445313/)


Title: Dad fishing
Post by: boonibarb on March 02, 2010, 09:19:59 PM
march 2 2010 16:43 - Dad fishing on the water in front of the nest

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Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: passerine on March 02, 2010, 09:30:00 PM
Awww thanks Booni, i was hoping to make it there for the herring this year but couldn't swing it. The videos & pics are the next best thing. :biggrin6


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: Rajame on March 02, 2010, 09:32:34 PM
Am I seeing a nic on Dad's wing?  Perhaps some heavy mating?   :eclol


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: boonibarb on March 02, 2010, 09:38:09 PM
Okay, so today i went down to Grassy Point on my way to my weekly Fabricators get together, where we spin & weave & knit & crochet & yack a lot.
i stopped by Grassy Point on my bike with Dooki & did some video.
Then we went by the nest area.
Mum was at the tippy top of the Babysitting Tree.
Dad was in the Peters*s Tree.
i went into the Peters*s yard to see what the view of the beach was with the herring spawn there.
Suddenly Dad started making his squeeking sounds & i looked up & there was another eagle there! a young eagle! either a juvenile or an immature eagle.
& they were landing in Hope*s Tree!!!!  :eceek
There were sounds i can*t quite remember or describe, & before the young one could land, they flew off again towards the water & then towards Sandstone Point.
It was a casual flight, & Mum was very casually flying after them, all the way to Sandstone Point, where i observed the young one to land in a tree there.
Of course i can*t be sure, but eagles don*t usually land in Hope*s Tree unless they are Hope!
So, it is my belief that this was Hope visiting the nest area today, & Mum thought she got a little too close to the nest again, so she gently chased her off & to the edge of the territory.
This was at about 10am
Afterwards, Mum & Dad flew to the Love tree where i heard them both trilling.


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: Rajame on March 02, 2010, 09:44:52 PM
Amazing!!!  Thank you for the color commentary.  You brought me with you Booni!  You are the best!!   :heart


Title: Dad fishing
Post by: boonibarb on March 02, 2010, 10:14:47 PM
march 2 2010 16:54 - Dad fishing for herring in the water out front of the nest

There are Harlequin Ducks, male & female, in the lower right hadn corner of the foto.


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march 2 2010 16:54:05 - Dad hits the water & catches a fish!

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Title: herring seiner
Post by: boonibarb on March 02, 2010, 10:42:02 PM
Doug saw a fish boat in the water in front of the nest today.
i think he said it was hired by Fisheries & Oceans to study the herring spawn.
The skiff had a name on it, Bautisi i think it said.
Doug said the pink flag denoted that the boat is hired by the government.
There is an eagle flying above it!

march 2 2010 16:26 - herring seiner seen by Doug today


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Title: rainbow
Post by: boonibarb on March 02, 2010, 10:53:34 PM
& LOOK!!
Do i live at then end of the rainbow? or what?   :nod2

march 2 2010 16:32 - a rainbow!!


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Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: Donnae on March 03, 2010, 12:18:01 AM
 :clap  Bravo Booni and thank you from the bottom of my heart!!! What a wonderful way to spend the night before bedtime, seeing as I miss all the action in daylight!!! Loved the videos, and seeing that sealion was awesome!!! What would we do with out you, hope we never find out!!! Thanks for all you do for us. xoxoxoxo  It is greatly appreciated.  :nod2


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: serene on March 03, 2010, 11:14:35 AM
Simply wonderful pictures and photography! So appreciated....  :thumbsup


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: Blue on March 03, 2010, 11:47:40 AM
Welcome to our forum, serene!   :ecsmile


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: RMB on March 03, 2010, 03:15:06 PM
Thank you so much, Boonie. YOU ROCK!!!! :mhihi


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: passerine on March 03, 2010, 06:01:10 PM
It does seem you live at the end of the rainbow Booni, are you going to share the pot of gold :ecinnocent   I've been lucky enough to be up close & personal with eagles grabbing fish off the surface, way too cool, especially the ocean spray on your face from their wings, lovely pics. :heart

Hello serene, RMB & all the other new members, great to have yous' on board!


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: serene on March 03, 2010, 09:34:35 PM
Thank you all for your warm welcome, love the eagles and look forward to many great moments shared !


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: BBE on March 03, 2010, 10:36:08 PM
Booni, I have been catching up. Thank you so much for all your photos of the action at / around the nest and the videos.  A rainbow - how lucky you were to be there and film it.

And a warm west coast welcome to RMB and serene.  Enjoy your time here.


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: RMB on March 04, 2010, 06:58:25 AM
Thank you...I am loving every moment :heart


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: Rajame on March 04, 2010, 07:41:39 PM
Yay!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Welcome RMB and Serene!  Sending you warm hugs and many welcomes.  If you need anything just ask.

Huggggggggggggggs,
KarenJoy  :heart
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Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: fol-di-rol on March 05, 2010, 04:15:42 PM
Doug Carrick has kindly been showing us his videos after dark, and a number of people on the chat have been disappointed to miss them because of different time zones, work schedules, etc. 

With Doug’s permission I am posting on the forum screen captures taken from his videos.  Enjoy. 

(All pictures copyright Doug Carrick)

Sunrise at Doug's beach
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Well-drilling equipment
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Mom and Dad Hornby
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Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: fol-di-rol on March 05, 2010, 04:20:13 PM
Second group of Doug's pictures (all pictures copyright Doug Carrick)

(http://i447.photobucket.com/albums/qq195/pb_swmbo/Doug%20Carrick%20videos/March1DV4.jpg)

Harlequin ducks
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Seagulls feeding on herring spawn
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Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: fol-di-rol on March 05, 2010, 04:25:05 PM
Third group of Doug's pictures (all pictures copyright Doug Carrick)

Herring ball with gulls and eagles
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Sea lions
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Doug's back yard
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Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: fol-di-rol on March 05, 2010, 04:28:23 PM
Fourth group of Doug's pictures (all pictures copyright Doug Carrick)

George and Alice on the Big Rock
(http://i447.photobucket.com/albums/qq195/pb_swmbo/Doug%20Carrick%20videos/March4DV14.jpg)

Cormorants
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Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: fol-di-rol on March 05, 2010, 04:31:19 PM
Fifth and final group of Doug's pictures (all pictures copyright Doug Carrick)

Herring boats
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(http://i447.photobucket.com/albums/qq195/pb_swmbo/Doug%20Carrick%20videos/March4DV23.jpg)

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Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: Doug on March 05, 2010, 04:36:47 PM
Thanks for showing those pictures fol-di-rol.  When I grow older I hope to be able to do that also.


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: beans on March 05, 2010, 04:41:05 PM
Love the pictures of the cormorants and gulls - so wonderful to see them healthy and living free


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: Rajame on March 05, 2010, 08:07:50 PM
((((((((((((((Fol-Di-Rol!!!))))))))))))))))

Thank you!!  :heart


Title: the beach in front of the nest after the herring spawn
Post by: boonibarb on March 07, 2010, 02:57:14 PM
Actually, raj, i was all grouched out about this darn video i was working on last evening.
i*ve tried uploading it seven times to flickr, photobucket & even YouTube, but it keeps crashing my web browser & i have to reboot my whole computer to get it to open again.
i tried many different things, & decided i should quit trying.
But, i am wicked stubborn, & i like figuring things out.
So, i opened the movie in Windows Movie Maker & split it into smaller pieces & now i can upload it.
Too bad, as the original size was wide screen & quite dramatic.
Not sure it was worth the trouble, but here is the video i*ve been working on for days!

march 5 2010 11:24am


video - click here - eagle nest beach after herring spawn 1 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/4414180421/)

video - click here - eagle nest beach after herring spawn 2 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/4415081728/)

video - click here - eagle nest beach after herring spawn 3 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/4414324005/)


Title: Mum is chased down by a young eagle who wants her fish!
Post by: boonibarb on March 07, 2010, 08:19:15 PM
So, last wednesday after work it was a beautiful sunny day.
i went down to the eagle beach to see if i could see any action going on around the herring spawn.
i was standing on the water side of the house to the left of the blue roof house, the nest tree property owners*s cabin.
Mum & Dad were in the Peters*s Tree looking their gorgeous selves.
Suddenly one, then the other flew off & way out over the water, i supposed to get some fish.
i watched them fly way out, then i lost track of them.
i kept watching til i saw them coming back in towards land, & then i started photographing as they got closer & closer.
i just assumed this was Mum & Dad coming in, but i soon realized that one of these eagles was not an adult!
i assumed it was Hope!
& she was chasing Mum down for her fish!
Well, when i looked at my fotos later, i realized the colouring of the young eagle wasn*t right for her to be Hope.
This eagle had to be a bit older.

In this first foto, you can see Mum being chased down by the young one.
She has her beak open & she is trying to get away.
Mum looks like she must be squawking, but i don*t remember hearing any sounds during this chase.
You get a pretty good view of the young one*s colouring.
See all the white close to the body on the tail, with the brown tips?
& see how the head is turning white a bit?
Also, the beak is yellowy.
If it were Hope, the beak would be darker brown, not yellowy like this.
This one has nice orange feet though!!!   :biggrin6

Click on the foto & then click on it again to see it huge.
When it is huge, you*ll have to scroll around to find the eagles amoungst the blue of the water & sky.

march 3 2010 16:45 - Mum is chased down by a young eagle wanting her fish!!

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Look at Mum squawking in this foto!
Leave me alone!
This is MY fish!!!
& you can see that Mum has a fish in her left foot.
& look at the look of determination on the face of the young one!!!
Note the yellowy beak, the gorgeous orange feet, & the white on the tail & head.
Also note a brown almost stripe that goes along the side of the face.

There are Harlequin Ducks on the water in these fotos.
They don*t look too worried.

march 3 2010 16:45:43 - Mum is chased down by a young eagle wanting her fish!!

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In this foto, Mum seems to me to be manoeuvering to get away from the young one.
But the young one is hot on her tail!!

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march 3 2010 16:45:45 - Mum is chased down by a young eagle wanting her fish!!
In the lower left corner of this foto, you can see another adult eagle, probably Dad, heading back from fishing.

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march 3 2010 16:45:46 - Mum is chased down by a young eagle wanting her fish!!
i like this one, even thought it*s blurry, because you can see the young one*s feet hanging down!
i think she just made a lunge at Mum & tried to grab her fish with her talons.
You can see Dad again in the lower left corner.

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Title: Mum is chased down by a young eagle who wants her fish!
Post by: boonibarb on March 07, 2010, 09:06:25 PM
march 3 2010 16:45:48 - Mum is chased down by a young eagle wanting her fish!!

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march 3 2010 16:45:49 - Mum is chased down by a young eagle wanting her fish!!
To me, the young one, by the look on her face, is almost asking Mum, as much as she is chasing her.

Oh! Are those nicks in the left wing feathers????
Is this Mum???
i think this has been Mum all along, so i*m now changing all the Dads to Mums.

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march 3 2010 16:45:49:50 - Mum is chased down by a young eagle for her fish
Here, the young one is using her feet to make a grab for the fish from underneath Mum.
You can see the fish hanging down, underneath Mum.

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march 3 2010 16:45:50 - Mum is chased down by a young eagle wanting her fish!!
Here you can see that Mum has a fish in either foot.
But it looks as though the young one has something in her foot as well.
It is red, so has she managed to grab one of Mum*s fish?
The way Mum*s foot is up in the air is like something has just been pulled out of it by the young one.

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march 3 2010 16:45:45:50 - Mum is chased down by a young eagle for her fish
Here, you can see the young one checking her feet to make sure she has a good grip on her prize!
If you look back at Mum, falling below her is something orangey red.
Did she drop the red item in her talon from the last foto is the skirmish?
Also notice the seagulls following these two in the whole way.
Did Mum & Dad take their fish?
Are they hoping someone will drop something?

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Title: young eagle flies off with her prey
Post by: boonibarb on March 07, 2010, 09:58:26 PM
march 3 2010 16:45:52 - young eagle flies off with her prize

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march 3 2010 16:45:53:50 - young eagle starts to grab her prize from her feet
Here, you can see the young one is reaching with her beak towards her feet.
You can still see the fish dangling from her feet.

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march 3 2010 16:45:54 - young eagle flies off with her prize
In this foto you can now see the fish in her beak!
So, in mid air, she has grabbed the fish from her feet, using her beak!

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march 3 2010 16:45:54:50 - young eagle now has fish in her beak!
You can clearly see the fish now in the young eagle*s beak.

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march 3 2010 16:46 - young eagle now has gobbled down the fish
In the series of fotos from the last one to this one, you can see the tail sticking out from the young eagle*s beak.
Now, in this last foto, you can see the tail has disappeared!
The young eagle has eaten the fish in mid flight!
Gotta be sure no one steals HER fish!!!

(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2800/4405762566_4637da29fc.jpg) (http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2800/4405762566_cb700f98ae_o.jpg)


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: Tigerlady105 on March 08, 2010, 01:44:28 AM
Booni, that is a beautiful and very interesting series of pictures of the young adult and Dad with the fish(es).  I couldn't help but smile at the determination of the young eagle and what Dad must have been thinking!   :ecsmile   Thank you for sharing them with us.


Title: young eagle chased MUM down for HER fish
Post by: boonibarb on March 08, 2010, 07:12:38 PM
Making up this report last evening, i realized partway through that this adult eagle was MUM, not Dad!
So, now i*m going to go back & change all the names & pronouns!  :ecrolleyes


Title: Dad lands in the Peters*s Tree with a herring
Post by: boonibarb on March 08, 2010, 08:23:42 PM
So, after Mum got chased down for her fish, & the young eagle flew off to Hidden Bay, Dad arrived next, with a fish in his feet.
Here he is flying in from out on the water, heading for the Peters*s Tree.
You can see the silver of the fish*s tail along the right edge of Dad*s tail.

march 3 16:46:38 - Dad flies in with a fish

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march 3 16:46:46 - Dad lands in the Peters*s Tree with his fish
You can see Dad has something in both of his feet here.

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march 3 16:46:47 - Dad lands in the Peters*s Tree with his fish
You can see in this foto that Dad is grabbing for the branch with his left foot, while his right one is holding the fish.
You can also see the spray flying from his tail.
He probably landed right in the water with his legs & tail to catch the fish.

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march 3 16:46:48 - Dad lands in the Peters*s Tree with a fish
You can see that Dad has grabbed the branch with his left foot, while the right still holds the fish.
This foto you can see the fish really clearly.

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After these fotos, Dad eats his fish bit by bit til it*s gone.
i*ll post some of those fotos another time.
In this foto, Dad does a shuggle!
He fluffs up his feathers & shakes & sends all the water & fluff flying!

march 3 16:48 - Dad does a shuggle & water flies

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Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: beans on March 08, 2010, 08:33:39 PM
Wow!  What a story, Barb!


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: boonibarb on March 08, 2010, 10:31:13 PM
march 8 2010 9:55am - the beach in front of the nest from the Big Rock to Hidden Bay on a windy day

Video - click here (http://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/4418544631/)

march 8 2010 - booni - Official Resident Ground Observer Mobile Team Leader(thanks tigerlady!) & Dooki on the road behind the nest

Video - click here (http://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/4418583001/)

march 8 2010 9:57am - seagulls in the water in front of the nest on a windy day

Video - click here (http://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/4418645435/)

march 7 2010 4:35pm - Dad on the beach

Video - click here (http://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/4419378510/)

march 7 2010 4:36pm - Dad flies from the beach in front of the nest, loops over the water, & flies towards the Babysitting Tree

Video - click here (http://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/4419427820/)


Title: herring roe
Post by: boonibarb on March 08, 2010, 11:35:54 PM
march 7 2010 - herring roe on the seaweed on the beach of Hidden Bay

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march 7 2010 - herring roe on the seaweed on the beach of Hidden Bay

(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4018/4419424000_dddc62cf02.jpg) (http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4018/4419424000_dddc62cf02_b.jpg)


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: beans on March 08, 2010, 11:41:39 PM
The roe looks like jewels - how beautiful


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: Raptorman on March 08, 2010, 11:53:39 PM
Awesome videos and photos Booni!

(I bet you'll never guess which one is my favorite  :ecwink)


Title: young eagle in the Peters*s Tree
Post by: boonibarb on March 09, 2010, 12:09:48 AM
march 7 2010 5:17pm - young eagle in the Peters*s Tree

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Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: Donnae on March 09, 2010, 12:17:34 AM
 :biggrin6 Wonderful Booni and thank you again!!!! Your the best!!!!  Videos are awesome and so are photos or roe--- look like crystal covered seaweed.  Eagle is neat too, bet Mom and Dad where not pleased to see it there!!!

Hey Raptor, bet she can!!!!! :nod2


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: Tigerlady105 on March 09, 2010, 12:18:42 AM
Luv the Herring roe photos, Booni!  They do look like jewels.   :ecsmile

Thanks for letting us know that eagle was Mom.  I'll change the puzzle title, too.


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: RMB on March 09, 2010, 08:15:57 AM
Booni, thank you ever so much for taking me with you Bird Watching on Hornby Island. The sights and sounds are "eye candy". And your colorful writing makes me feel as if I am right there with you. Awesome! :biggrin6


Title: young eagle in the Peters*s Tree
Post by: boonibarb on March 09, 2010, 08:55:18 AM
Okay, so that foto up above of the young eagle in the Peter*s Tree.
This is the video that comes before that foto.
i went down to Hidden Bay to photograph herring roe samples.
i*d been reluctant to go to the beach with Dooki, as i didn*t want to disturb all the wild life down there.
But while i was watching Dad on the beach, i noticed that there were people down there with kids & a dog, so the wild life was already scared off, may as well head down there.
Well, me & Dooki scared the family away, & their dog came roaring out of nowhere & stepped on my camera & knocked it into the sand & water while i was tying my shoe!!!  :mgritted
Good thing it wasn*t my GOOD camera!
Anyway, i went down to the water, the tide was far out & the sand of the beach was exposed & there were my herring roe samples.
In a tree on the point of Sandstone Point i noticed an eagle.
i assumed it was the Nomads.
At one point i looked up & the eagle was flying towards me so i started my video.
The eagle flew along the beach & landed in the Peters*s Tree.
Just before they land, you can see the snaggly topped Hope*s Tree to the left.
So, since they landed in the Peters*s Tree, i assumed that was Mum or Dad.
But when i went there to have a look, i saw Mum & Dad in the Babysitting Tree!  :eceek
They were calling out, but weren*t doing anything about chasing the eagle off from one of their favourite perch trees!
So i took the foto above, to try to see who this eagle was.
Is it the same eagle who chased Mum down for her fish?
This isn*t a juvenile, first year eagle.
This is a two or three year old eagle.
Here is the video of them flying along the beach.

march 7 2010 5:02pm - Young eagle flies from Sandstone Point & lands in the Peters*s Tree


Video - click here (http://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/4419438333/)


Title: young eagle in the Peters*s Tree
Post by: boonibarb on March 09, 2010, 09:28:34 AM
march 7 2010 5:17 pm - young eagle in the Peter*s Tree
Here in this video you can see the young eagle, & hear Dad twittering from the Babysitting Tree in the background.


video - click here (http://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/4419568215/)


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: Blue on March 09, 2010, 08:25:22 PM
Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful!!! - all of it booni.  Thankyou.


Title: Mum stands on the close up cam box looking out
Post by: boonibarb on March 11, 2010, 08:39:27 PM
Video - march 11 2010 5:02pm - Mum stands on the close up cam & looks out.
Dad is in the right side of the Babysitting Tree just above the nest.


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


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: boonibarb on March 12, 2010, 04:09:50 PM
Video - march 12 2010 - Mum standing on the cam box in a wet snow storm maybe around 10am?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8n50XT9YUuY


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: beans on March 12, 2010, 05:39:28 PM
Thanks for posting these videos, Barb---   :eclove


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: Tigerlady105 on March 13, 2010, 02:11:44 AM
Video - march 12 2010 - Mum standing on the cam box in a wet snow storm maybe around 10am?

Does this interesting video mean that you were there in the snow taking it, Booni?   Wow!   :clap

It's a good thing that Mom Hornby has waited to lay her eggs...she seems to know more about Mother Nature than we do!   :ecsmile


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: boonibarb on March 13, 2010, 08:41:00 AM
Yes tiger, it does.
i had to run Dooki anyway, & thought it would be cool to show the nest in the snow.
& there was Mum in the nest when i got there!
That snow was wet & cold, though.
We got soaked & chilled, but it was worth it.
My camera was getting too wet to continue.


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: Rajame on March 13, 2010, 12:13:22 PM
I bet your bones were cold Booni. 

Thank you for the video.

Warm thoughts,
Rajame  :heart


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: serene on March 13, 2010, 12:49:19 PM
Yes Booni, I remember yesterday, the snow coming down, Mom all wet, even her magnificent hairdo!  :eclol

You do a terrific job keeping us all informed, and also your fabulous pics....thx such good peeps here...Thank You!


Title: Mum & Dad in the Peters*s Tree
Post by: boonibarb on March 13, 2010, 08:09:15 PM
march 13 11:32:56 - Mum & Dad in the Peters*s Tree

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march 12 2010 11:33am - Mum & Dad in the Peters*s Tree

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Title: Re: Mum & Dad in the Peters*s Tree
Post by: fol-di-rol on March 13, 2010, 08:17:34 PM
march 13 11:32:56 - Mum & Dad in the Peters*s Tree


Wow, Booni - what a picture!  I clicked on it twice to enlarge and you can see every feather!  Thanks a million.  


Title: Mum in the Peters*s Tree, Dad leaving
Post by: boonibarb on March 13, 2010, 08:23:11 PM
march 13 2010 11:33:48am - Mum in the Peters*s Tree, Dad leaving

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march 13 2010 11:33:49am - Mum in the Peters*s Tree, Dad leaving

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Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: Tigerlady105 on March 13, 2010, 08:24:25 PM
Beautiful photos of Mom and Dad on a lovely day, Booni!   :eclove


Title: Mum in the Peters*s Tree
Post by: boonibarb on March 13, 2010, 08:51:09 PM
march 13 2010 11:34:25 - Mum in the Peters*s Tree

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Title: Mum leaves the Peters*s Tree
Post by: boonibarb on March 13, 2010, 09:14:25 PM
march 13 2010 11:34:34am - Mum leaves the Peters*s Tree

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march 13 2010 11:34:34:50am - Mum leaves the Peters*s Tree

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Title: Re: Mum leaves the Peters*s Tree
Post by: birdvoyer on March 13, 2010, 09:36:56 PM
Quote
march 13 2010 11:34:34:50am - Mum leaves the Peters*s Tree

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Wow!!! This is a spectacular photo boonib! (Not that the others aren't great but I really like this one)


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: boonibarb on March 16, 2010, 11:42:30 AM
i have a pair of ravens that hang out in the tree in my backyard & in one across the street from me.
i also see them flying together down the road that we bike ride on.
i always see them together, as a pair.
Yesterday, i saw just one in the tree in my backyard, & i saw just one again this morning.
This is making me wonder if they have laid eggs, & the other is on the nest now?
There is a nest somewhere to the back of me every year.
You can sure hear the young ones after they hatch!!!
i haven*t been able to find the nest, but i*m sure watching for it.

This is just an observation, as a prediction for what our eagles might be doing, in the egg department.


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: serene on March 16, 2010, 03:47:55 PM
What a handsome couple, such magnificent birds,  feel like I am right there taking it all in! :ecsmile


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: boonibarb on March 16, 2010, 05:34:19 PM
This foto was taken from the back side of the nest today.
Click foto & click again to see Mum up closer.

march 16 2010 1:44 pm - Mum on the back side of the nest


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Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: boonibarb on March 16, 2010, 05:41:24 PM
march 16 2010 2:04pm - seagulls on the beach in front of the nest
& white caps on the water for Raptorman.


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Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: boonibarb on March 16, 2010, 05:49:52 PM
This is Hidden Bay.
There are huge piles of seaweed & herring roe washed up on the beach.
i made the mistake of letting Dooki run on the beach.
i can smell him all the way up the stairs from downstairs.
Oops!
The herring roe is starting to rot & stink on the beach.
i kinda like the smell.
But not necessarily in the house!

march 16 2010 1:55pm - the piles of seaweed & herring roe on Hidden Bay beach
Plus Dooki.

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march 16 2010 1:54pm - close up of one of the piles of herring roe

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march 16 2010 1:59pm - all the different types of seaweed washed up on the beach

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march 16 2010 - close up of herring roe washed up on the beach at Hidden Bay

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Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: Fitchies on March 16, 2010, 08:42:03 PM
Boonibarb, everything you do on here is beautiful. Thank you.


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: passerine on March 16, 2010, 08:54:38 PM
The kelp & herring roe are beautiful, i hope a lot of it will wash back into the sea to give the herring a chance.
Oh i know that smell Booni, back in the day we called it the smell of money. Dogs sure seem to love the stinkiest, most rotten
sea life they can find. :ecrolleyes


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: BBE on March 17, 2010, 12:06:05 AM
Welcome Fitchies. Booni takes super photos.  I have left you a welcome message in the 'Welcome' thread.  (http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=12.msg8895#msg8895)

Boon, your photos of Mum and Dad taken on the 13th at the Peter's Tree are truly WOW.   Interesting to see what herring roe looks like close up and the seaweed too.

Many thanks.


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: boonibarb on March 21, 2010, 08:28:00 PM
i haven*t been able to get out to take fotos of the nest this past few days.
There are two fotos i have in only my mind.
The first was from last night, before Mum laid the egg.
i was biking under the nest & looked up & there was Mum standing on the *prow* of the nest, looking out at the water.
i could see her head & neck & beak clearly against the nest tree stump.
Looking out, straight ahead, like the carved wooden sculpture on the bow of a ship.

The second image is from this morning.
i was biking down the nest end of my road towards an appointment.
i always look towards the nest as i round this corner.
i can see the nest & the stump & the wide angle camera, as well as Gregg*s Tree & the Babysitting Tree.
i knew someone was sitting on the egg in the nest, & i could see the other eagle on top of the wide angle camera, keeping watch on the territory.
i wished SO HARD that i could skip my appointment & run home to get my camera instead.
If i share this memory with you all, it feels better that i had to carry on.


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: Rajame on March 22, 2010, 08:40:20 AM
Thank you Booni!  Once again you astound me with your dedication and sharing of your experiences.  :heart


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: luvthebirds on March 22, 2010, 09:12:05 AM
Thank you, Booni!  You may not have had your camera, but you gave us wonderful pictures with your words. :eclove  So glad you shared your memory pictures!


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: BBE on March 22, 2010, 09:53:47 AM
Booni, your word image is so vivid. I can see clearly what you described, and feel I am there.

Thank you  :eclove


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: boonibarb on March 26, 2010, 08:59:56 PM
Today was a day for eagles soaring!
At one point i counted 14 way up in the sky above my driveway!
Sometimes one came down a bit lower & i was able to get a bit closer to them with my camera.
Looking at my fotos tonight, i see nicks in the left wing feathers of this one!
This must be Mum!
AJL & Nancy just confirmed that it was Dad on the nest at this time!!
Click foto & click again to see Mum bigger & see her feather nicks on her left primaries.
i wonder where she was going & what she did???


(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2803/4466431606_3e67debf66.jpg) (http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2803/4466431606_bb6529d7e4_o.jpg)


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: Tigerlady105 on March 27, 2010, 12:38:08 AM
Today was a day for eagles soaring!
At one point i counted 14 way up in the sky above my driveway!
Sometimes one came down a bit lower & i was able to get a bit closer to them with my camera.
Looking at my fotos tonight, i see nicks in the left wing feathers of this one!
This must be Mum!
AJL & Nancy just confirmed that it was Dad on the nest at this time!!
Click foto & click again to see Mum bigger & see her feather nicks on her left primaries.
i wonder where she was going & what she did???


Booni, Mom was checking up on you because you are part of her family!   :eclol

What a lovely photo to have and be able to ID Mom!   :heart


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: Blue on March 27, 2010, 09:21:08 AM
Those nicks are on the right primaries, not the left.  

OOps, checked again and it is her left wing.


Title: Adult Eagle on Grassy Point
Post by: boonibarb on March 28, 2010, 01:53:14 PM
Today i was on Grassy Point & noticed an adult in a tree there.
i believe Mum was off the nest at the time, while Dad was with the eggs.
Don*t think this looks like Mum, so it is probably a third eagle.

march 28 2010 11:53am - adult on Grassy Point


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Title: Raven being dive bombed by crows
Post by: boonibarb on March 28, 2010, 02:03:11 PM
Before i noticed the eagle, what caught my eye was that there was a raven being harassed by crows in the HIs & Hers Tree on Grassy Point.
The raven then flew to this tree, with the crows after him.
This tree sometimes is used by the nest cam eagles to fish from.

march 28 2010 11:43am - crows dive bomb a raven on Grassy Point

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

march 28 2010 11:44am - crows dive bomb a raven on Grassy Point

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4w0fVIXR1fc



Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: smallwingedone on March 28, 2010, 02:09:38 PM
the pictures are amazing...thanks for sharing...you make me feel like i could reach up and touch them....but i NEVER would


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: passerine on March 28, 2010, 02:42:05 PM
The crows are just jealous because their not ravens so figured they'd harass. :eclol


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: beans on March 28, 2010, 03:03:19 PM
Crows are very smart!  They are also social, and several families can live in close proximity.  They band together to scare away predators.  Ravens raid seabird sites, and perhaps they are also a danger to crows.  Both crows and ravens are corvids, as are jays and jackdaws and a few others.


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: serene on March 28, 2010, 04:33:53 PM
Thanks Booni........you bring everything beautifully clear for all of us...nature is truly amazing!
 :ecsmile


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: Tigerlady105 on March 28, 2010, 04:37:19 PM
Those crows were really determined!  Thanks for the videos, Booni. :ecsmile


Title: Mum in the Peters*s Tree
Post by: boonibarb on March 31, 2010, 06:47:41 PM
Today i was looking out at the water in front of the nest & i noticed that there was an eagle to the right sitting on a big rock.
The sun was shining on them & they looked so big standing there.
i*ve taken fotos that are on the website of Dad, fishing from this rock.
It was just too alluring.
So i ran home to get my camera, but when i got back, the eagle was gone.  :Jaisigh
Then i heard trilling from the nest tree area, so i biked that way & there was an eagle in the Peters*s Tree in the sun!
i*ve noticed in photographing Mum that she has a bit of a spot or small lump in the right lower corner of her mouth.
You can see it in this foto.

march 31 2010 16:48 - Mum in the Peters*s Tree

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Here*s an animation of Mum leaving the Peters*s Tree

animation - march 31 2010 16:48 - Mum leaves the Peters*s Tree

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Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: beans on March 31, 2010, 07:31:46 PM
Cool pics!  Love the way you animated that second one.  :thumbsup


Title: Mum leaves the Peters*s Tree
Post by: boonibarb on March 31, 2010, 08:06:55 PM
march 31 2010 16:48 - Mum leaves The Peters*s Tree

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This one you can see the nicks in the left wing feather tips.

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Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: NancyM on March 31, 2010, 08:12:17 PM
Beautiful pictures, booni!  The little spot at the base of her beak is noticeable in each one - this is something new?  I did not notice it in the other recent close-ups you have posted.


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: Cawatcher on March 31, 2010, 08:24:12 PM
I love it when you get her eye through the feathers  :ecsmile


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: boonibarb on March 31, 2010, 08:43:27 PM
NancyM, you can see that spot in the fotos i took of her november 17, as well.

Cali, yeah, kinda cool, eh? Peekaboo!

Does Mum*s crop look full?
Maybe it was her i saw fishing on the rock, hey?
Dad must*ve been on the nest.


Title: Mum in the Peters*s Tree
Post by: boonibarb on March 31, 2010, 09:52:48 PM
i started to walk away, then noticed someone had returned to the Peters*s Tree.

march 31 2010 16:51 - Mum settles herself in the Peters*s Tree again

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march 31 2010 16:51 - Mum in the Peters*s Tree again

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march 31 2010 16:52 - Mum in the Peters*s Tree again

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march 31 2010 march 31 2010 17:01 - Mum in the Peters*s Tree again

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march 31 2010 march 31 2010 17:02 - Mum in the Peters*s Tree again

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march 31 2010 17:06 - Mum leaves the Peters*s Tree again

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march 31 2010 17:06 - Mum leaves the Peters*s Tree again

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Title: Doug filming the top of the Love Tree
Post by: boonibarb on April 05, 2010, 10:18:36 AM
Sometime during the windstorm we had on friday, the top of The Love Tree got broken off.
About 40 feet of it is now lying on the ground.
Doug & i went there to document it.

april 4 2010 - Doug filming The Love Tree


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fsh6GN0qTPw


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: baysis on April 05, 2010, 10:33:34 AM
thanks Booni - he's looking good! :thumbsup


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: luvthebirds on April 05, 2010, 10:55:23 AM
So sorry about the Love Tree.  But glad that the break did not appear to cause damage to anyone's person or home.  Nice to see Doug on the job documenting.  And Booni, thank you once again for keeping us "in the know" on Hornby Happenings!  :thumbsup

Maybe next winter Mom and Dad Hornby will have to go shopping for a new bed.... :puzzled2


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: Tigerlady105 on April 05, 2010, 12:11:54 PM
Booni, thanks for showing us your video of Doug filming the Love Tree.  It's a shame that such a big part of it broke off, but it's nice to know that no one or any homes were damaged.  Mother Nature does what she does. 

I always enjoy your photos and your videos and Doug's, along with the comments you both make.  It's a wonderful way for us to learn more about what happens in the real world of an island, forests, the shore and all of the birds and animals.  I feel as if there is a window on your world...so nice of the Carricks and you to share it with us.   :heart


Title: Doug filming the top of the Love Tree
Post by: boonibarb on April 05, 2010, 06:40:23 PM
Well! i*m glad you enjoyed that video!  :biggrin6
When i watched it, i couldn*t figure out why it was so short!
Turns out that is only the first clip, not all four that i did.
So, here it is again, only this time it is all four clips!


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t2sEkuk1-fA


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: Rajame on April 05, 2010, 11:25:45 PM
Booni and Doug,

Thank you for the up close look at Doug doing the documenting of the fallen tree.  You both are so dedicated to this process. 

Your love is showing!   :ecsmile

Hugs,
Rajame  :heart


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: beans on April 06, 2010, 09:18:41 AM
Thanks for the video, Barb.  It was good to see all of the clips together.  Videos in the field are a lot of work.  You have to find the right spot, balance your tripod, make sure the sun isn't shining on the camera lens, wait for the right moment and then make long recordings, so you have a choice of what to use in your final video. 

When I was filming in our pelican aviary at IBRRC, I stepped back into a tub of water which had a few fish in it.  Not a good surprise, but I finished the video, fed the pelicans, gulls, and cormorants, and then toweled off my shoe.  Then I had that long drive home with an aromatic shoe.


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: serene on April 06, 2010, 11:59:01 AM
Wow! You guys take such good care of us peeps...keeping us so informed on all that happens on/near the nest

I enjoy seeing all the pics, videos, movie nite courtesy of Doug and Sheila too.

I also love hearing the waves hitting the beach...one of my favourite things.

Thank you for sharing your part of this beautiful country we call Canada!
Just like being there in person (almost!)  :Jaisigh




Title: Mum flying over Grassy Point
Post by: boonibarb on April 07, 2010, 09:42:15 PM
This was a sunday & i went for a walk with my friend & Dooki down to Grassy Point.
This was when i saw the raven being dive bombed by crows.
i also saw an eagle fly over twice.
When i paused the video, i see Mum*s telltale feather nicks!
The first clip Mum is flying toward me & the water from the direction of the nest.
The second clip looks like she*s heading back towards the nest.

march 28 2010 11:46am - two short clips of Mum flying over Grassy Point


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IyfrIw3iZeU


Title: Grassy Point Grass
Post by: boonibarb on April 07, 2010, 09:52:06 PM
Does Mum grab a foot full of grass like this to line the nest cup?

march 28 2010 - Grass found at the edges of Grassy Point


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Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: boonibarb on April 07, 2010, 11:18:46 PM
--->Click here for part one of this post<--- (http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=23.msg8237#msg8237)

i*m just going through some of my videos this evening, catching up on stuff i*m behind on.
i found this video of Mum & Dad, but what tree are they in?
So i went back to the posts for that day, & they are in the Love Tree!
So read the first post, & then here is the video to end it.
Kinda poignant, since that top doesn*t exist any more.  :eccry
i*ll have to get a new foto of it from this same spot to compare.
So much came off the top that i am having trouble identifying it now!
i*d say this is Dad on the left, & Mum trilling on the right after chasing off Hope to Sandstone Point.

march 2 2010 10:06am - Dad & Mum in the Love Tree


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


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: smallwingedone on April 08, 2010, 09:20:26 AM
wonderful video..booni....it is great to see Doug
glad no one hurt and no homes damaged..


Title: Mum & Dad in the Peters*s Tree
Post by: boonibarb on April 14, 2010, 08:17:50 PM
april 13 17:12 - Dad in the Peters*s Tree
He seems to be standing on his left leg, with his right pulled up to his belly.

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

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april 13 2010 17:16 - Dad in the Peters*s Tree

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There was a raven being chased & dive bombed by crows.
Dad kept an eye on them.
When you hear lots of crows making noise on the cam, this could be what you*re hearing.
Everytime the raven moves, all the crows make a racket.

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Title: Dad in the Peter*s Tree
Post by: boonibarb on April 14, 2010, 08:47:28 PM
april 13 2010 17:32 - Dad in the Peters*s Tree

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april 13 2010 17:34 - Dad in the Peters*s Tree

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Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: BBE on April 14, 2010, 10:05:54 PM
Booni, those photos are so clear, well defined, awesome and totally BEAUTIFUL

Thank you so much.


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: sparkie on April 15, 2010, 05:30:25 AM
:eclove Boonie,  these  pictures  of  dad  are  gorgeous. Thank  you  a  pleasure  to  see


Title: multiple eagles on Grassy Point!!!
Post by: boonibarb on April 15, 2010, 09:01:57 PM
Okay.
So it was a sunday & for some reason i checked out the chat at about 2pm.
i had company & not much time for the cam.
Doug was on the chat, & he posted that he was seeing four eagles at least eating something near Grassy Point.
So, i left my company & Dooki behind & roared down there with my camera.
When i arrived, there were eagles there alright!
RIGHT THERE!!  :eceek
& there were LOTS of them, 4-6 at least!
They were down by the water, which was high, on the rocks, just beyond the grass.
Just as i arrived, a young one, an immature or, i think, a juvenile, was just taking off with other eagles chasing her.
i think this was Hope!
Though of course i don*t know for sure.
She was CLOSE!
& she was flying off, with her whole bottom side turned towards me.
Her wingspan & tail spread were MAGNIFICENT!!!
Her brown patches were a reddy golden colour in the light, mixed with the white patches.
i can still see this picture in my mind*s eye!
i WISH i had a real foto to show you.
She was just perfect.
Well, it turned out she had food in her feet, & the older eagles were after her!
She didn*t get far before she dropped what she had, & someone else got it in midair!
Then my eye was drawn back to the rocks.
Who else was there & what were they eating?
Just then, an eagle took off from the rocks with the last piece of whatever it was, trailing from their feet.
i had missed the feast!
& all those eagles!
But i stood there for a bit, & then i noticed an eagle flying overhead.
So i set up my camera.
Well, many eagles flew over my head after that!
Mum included, i saw her wing feather nicks through my camera lens.
She was doing flight manoevres over Grassy Point, & she did them more than once!
Diving, zipping, making sharp turns with her legs & feet hanging down.
Even when she was the only one there.
Mum & Dad were quite disturbed on the nest that afternoon.
i think they were on edge with all the intruders.
Was Mum showing off her prowess & strength to them?
To prove she was in charge of this neighbourhood?

So, Grassy Point is right on the water, but it is kind of a hill.
So when eagles fly over, they can be really close when you look up from there.
i counted 13 eagles soaring way up high at one point!
& many of those came close enough to me to photograph at some point.

This is the first individual i photographed.
He is flying to the right, towards Hidden Bay, close to the shore.
You*ll notice that he(?) has multiple feather nicks in his left primaries.
He also has a large unzip of a feather that is maybe the fifth or sixth primary on the right wing.
i*m trying to note these things, as a way to recognize who we are looking at.
i don*t think this is Dad, & it*s definitely not Mum

march 28 2010 14:27 - eagle flying over Grassy Point
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Here he is, looking to his right, which i saw other eagles do that day as well.
i don*t know what they saw here.
There are houses on the waterfront here.
Maybe Mum or Dad were perched in a tree there?
i don*t know.

march 28 2010 14:27:25 - eagle flying over Grassy Point

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Okay, here*s the same individual, a little closer, & from a different angle.
The eagles that day were just kind of soaring in the wind, & they*d drift closer & closer & then farther away, then a new one would show up.
Here you can see that he has multiple nicks in both wings*s primaries, & there is a good view of the large unzipped feather.
Also, the last tail feather on the right side is broken off halfway down.
Pretty distinctive identifying traits.

march 28 2010 14:27:28 - eagle over Grassy Point

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march 28 2010 14:27:28:50 - eagle over Grassy Point

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Good view of the broken tail feather here.

march 28 2010 14:27:29 - eagle over Grassy Point

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march 28 2010 14:27:33 - eagle over Grassy Point
Nice view of the face looking to the left this time.

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Title: multiple eagles on Grassy Point!!!
Post by: boonibarb on April 15, 2010, 09:54:11 PM
The next eagle to appear was this raggedy young one that i have seen there before.
i believe this is an immature from nest #9.
Their feathers are so tattered looking!
Here are two posts where i believe this is the same individual.

click here - october 23/2009 (http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=128.msg4867#msg4867)

Here is the other post referring to this individual

click here - december 21 2009 (http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=23.msg4881#msg4881)

march 28 2010 14:27:43 - raggedy young eagle over Grassy Point

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march 28 2010 14:27:46 - raggedy young eagle over Grassy Point
Looking to the right, like the first eagle did.

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march 28 2010 14:28 - raggedy young eagle over Grassy Point

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The tail is nicely lit through here.
march 28 2010 14:28:04 - raggedy young eagle over Grassy Point

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Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: baysis on April 15, 2010, 11:13:47 PM
thanks a zillion for these, booni......we are so lucky to have you & your camera producing such stunning pictures for us


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: Tigerlady105 on April 16, 2010, 01:52:50 AM
Booni, this is a fascinating series of photos and comments! We are so fortunate that you are there and share them with us.  It helps add to the data collection, as well as enriching the whole Hornby eagles experience for all of us! :clap

I hope your company was not upset and enjoyed seeing what you brought home.   :eclove


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: RMB on April 16, 2010, 06:48:42 AM
Booni, thank you for your photos and word pictures! What a gift you are giving!
I am going to have to do something about my internet speed, I cant view the videos unless I open them and let them sit and buffer for about an hour and then start over. Very annoying. :ecnono
When I finally get that issue fixed, am I ever gonna have a You Tube party for myself!  :nod2
Thanks again, Booni, I feel like I have walked with you on your beloved Hornby Island. What a place!


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: Rajame on April 16, 2010, 07:26:32 AM
Booni,

I was walking with you and viewing the eagles as I read your description of the events.  I do believe you saw Hope, although I am not lulled into thinking I know for sure...  She would take the food and fly away, wouldn't she?  Ha!  I am edified and know more today because of your gift to us.  I too hope your company embraced you when you returned with your compelling story.

Thank you again and again,
Rajame  :heart


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: boonibarb on April 16, 2010, 09:09:06 AM
Haha, turned out my company was having a nap & hadn*t noticed i was gone!
& Dooki forgave me for running off & leaving him, so all was right with the world.


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: Cawatcher on April 16, 2010, 02:43:07 PM
 :mhihi   ha ha booni! can just see you leaving everything to run down to your beloved eagles! Hope Hope I hope it's Hope  :eclove


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: luvthebirds on April 24, 2010, 04:45:47 PM
Love it, Booni.  I am sure Dooki took over hosting duties while you were out!  :nod2

And it would not surprise me that our dear Hope would be one to try to have her talons full of food (no more room inside :ecwink) among all the mature eagles.  Mom and Dad did raise a very self-confident young eagle!  :heart


Title: Dad in the Babysitting Tree, Mum & Phoenix in the nest
Post by: boonibarb on May 01, 2010, 09:44:35 AM
april 29 2010 10:35am - Dad in the Babysitting Tree, Mum & Phoenix in the nest, Dad flies by the backside of the nest

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


Title: crow & raven in the Peters*s Tree
Post by: boonibarb on May 01, 2010, 10:23:09 AM
You hear the sound of lots of crows often as you watch the eagle cam.
Often, when you hear a *murder* of crows, it is because a raven is in the neigbourhood, & the crows are trying to get them to leave.
When i was down on the beach on thursday morning, Mum & Phoenix were on the nest, Dad in the Babysitting Tree, & look who was in the Peters*s Tree!

april 29 2010 10:50 - crow & raven in the Peters*s Tree


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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cdgy7FwC1uo


Title: Dad in Gregg*s Tree
Post by: boonibarb on May 01, 2010, 07:53:19 PM
Today, i was looking at the nest from the side, where the well drilling sound came from friday, & i saw Dad fly past the nest & i heard him land behind the nest.
When i investigated, he had landed near the top of Gregg*s Tree.
But what was he doing there?
He had his wings hanging open & his tail splayed out!
Then i realized he was soaking wet & was air drying in the sun!
i bet he had just gone fishing!

may 1 2010 18:15 - Dad air drying in the sun in Gregg*s Tree

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LIDvPGNRys8

may 1 2010 18:25 - Dad in Gregg*s Tree - brood patch

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may 1 2010 17:53 - Dad air drying in the sun in Gregg*s Tree

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may 1 2010 18:03 - Dad in Gregg*s Tree

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Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: passerine on May 01, 2010, 10:16:44 PM
Thanks Booni sharing with us what mom & dad are doing in their yard. :eclove


Title: Dad in Gregg*s Tree
Post by: boonibarb on May 01, 2010, 11:24:12 PM
may 1 2010 18:07 - Dad in Gregg*s Tree - brood patch

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may 1 2010 18:24 - Dad in Gregg*s Tree - brood patch shape - for ajl

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Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: baysis on May 02, 2010, 12:45:24 AM
gather you had a problem with the internet, Booni - good to see you & your great pikkies back again!


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: kathyj on May 02, 2010, 02:00:51 AM
Great pictures Boonibarb.  Thanks for sharing them all with us.  :ecinnocent


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: Laurad on May 02, 2010, 02:27:20 AM
Yes, thanks for the amazing photos booni and for going out to find out what all the noise was  :ecrolleyes


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: boonibarb on May 02, 2010, 07:33:25 PM
Yesterday i went looking for what i could see, & before i saw Dad air drying in Gregg*s Tree, i saw Mum*s head in the nest, brooding Phoenix.
This is the view of the nest from the back side, the opposite of the water side, which you look out at from the cam.

may 1 2010 17:32 - Mum brooding Phoenix & incubating the egg - from the backside of the nest


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Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: greyfloppysocks on May 02, 2010, 07:44:51 PM
Very nice shot, Booni!  thank you so much for sharing these wonderful photos!


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: beans on May 02, 2010, 08:32:30 PM
Thank you, Booni.  This picture gives us a lot of information about the tree.


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: NancyM on May 02, 2010, 08:51:43 PM
WOW booni - the picture of Dad's brood patch is especially interesting - it is rare to see pictures of that (actually, I have never seen a picture of that before). Thanks!


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: Tigerlady105 on May 02, 2010, 10:00:53 PM
Booni, that is a very special capture of Dad's brood patch!  It's a wonderful one to have for our reference collection!  Congratulations!   :clap

Also, I like the picture of the raven and the crow in Greg's tree.  It provides a good size comparison of the species for us.  I wonder whether they are males or females or one of each?  Maybe one of our knowledgable people can tell us.


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: passerine on May 03, 2010, 11:10:21 AM
Booni, that is a very special capture of Dad's brood patch!  It's a wonderful one to have for our reference collection!  Congratulations!   :clap

Also, I like the picture of the raven and the crow in Greg's tree.  It provides a good size comparison of the species for us.  I wonder whether they are males or females or one of each?  Maybe one of our knowledgable people can tell us.

Very similar markings pretty hard to tell them apart by colorings, i have noticed the few raven pairs i've observed the female has been larger.
 What i find interesting is the year round coastal crow we're observing is the Northwestern Crow, the American Crow breeds elsewhere, & only hangs around the northwestern shores in fall & winter. Easily amused i am. :ecrolleyes


Title: Dad in Fosters*s Fir
Post by: boonibarb on May 04, 2010, 07:37:22 PM
i found Dad today in Foster*s Fir.
Here, he is preening, & he has one foot pulled up against his belly.

may 4 2010 09:41 - Dad preens in Fosters*s Fir


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Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: Raptorman on May 04, 2010, 07:49:34 PM
WOW!!!!!!

That photo is AWESOME Booni!  :eceek


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: emc on May 04, 2010, 08:09:39 PM
I forget to click to enlarge most of the time.  I hope you won't mind, but the enlargement of this one, two clicks, is so awesome I wanted to show it.

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Title: Mum in the Peters*s Tree
Post by: boonibarb on May 04, 2010, 08:13:10 PM
emc, i don*t mind at all!
i am being lazy & just posting the whole foto & hoping people will click it twice to see it in full size.
Thanks for enlarging & cropping that one for me!

Mum is standing with her right foot tucked up against her belly, like Dad.
You can see on the branch where her talons have scraped all the bark off the branch.
Look to the left side of the branch, & you can see where Dad usually stands & has scraped the bark off the branch there.
What*s the black stuff on Mum*s beak & on her face at the base of her beak?

may 4 2010 13:53 - Mum on one foot in the Peters*s Tree

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may 4 2010 13:59 - Mum leaves the Peters*s Tree

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Title: Mum in the Peters*s Tree
Post by: boonibarb on May 04, 2010, 08:18:27 PM
Mum flew away in the direction of the nest, then returned when i was looking elsewhere.

may 4 2010 14:06 - Mum back in the Peters*s Tree

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i like this one!
Mum looks like she*s wearing a cloak, & you can see the part in the back of her head feathers.
Also, look how her feet are wrapped around the junction in the branch where some has broken away.

may 4 2010 14:06 - Mum preening in the Peters*s Tree

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Here, Mum is stretching - her tail, & her right foot & wing!

may 4 2010 14:08 - Mum stretches in the Peters*s Tree

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may 4 2010 14:08 - Mum stretches her right foot & wing, & her tail, in the Peters*s Tree

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Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: Cawatcher on May 04, 2010, 08:27:23 PM
Oh booni, this is soo cool!! Don't think I dont see you :-)


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: Blue on May 04, 2010, 08:38:52 PM
It seemed to be a day for standing on one foot!  Nice to see the photos, booni.


Title: Mum in the Peters*s Tree
Post by: boonibarb on May 04, 2010, 09:15:02 PM
may 4 14:08 - Mum stretches in the Peters*s Tree - animated

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Look at Mum*s right foot in this one!
She*s giving it a good stretch!

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Title: Mum in the Peters*s Tree
Post by: boonibarb on May 04, 2010, 09:33:39 PM
Mum also had an itch!

may 4 2010 14:09 - Mum has an itch in the Peters*s Tree

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Mum has an itch - animated

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Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: Blue on May 04, 2010, 10:01:25 PM
Poor Mom - bet she felt like stretching the leg after so long in the nest.



Title: Dad in the Peter*s Tree
Post by: boonibarb on May 07, 2010, 10:57:28 AM
Yesterday evening i biked by the nest without my camera.
There was a big eagle in the Peters*s Tree, & i couldn*t resist stopping & watching them for a while.
It was Mum!
This night, she was standing on her right foot! with her left tucked up against her belly.
i watched her TWICE stretch her left foot & wing & tail.
Oh how i wish i had my camera for that!
i had the feeling Mum was fishing.
She kept glancing over her should towards Hidden Bay.
Not long after i left, Sheila reported in the chat that Mum had come to the nest with a fish.

i returned a bit later with my camera.
An eagle was in the Peters*s Tree!
Dad this time!

Look at his left foot, how he is clenching it against his chest!

may 5 2010 18:31 - Dad on one foot in the Peters*s Tree

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may 5 2010 18:32 - Dad looks towards the nest from the Peters*s Tree

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may 5 2010 18:40 - Dad leaves the Peters*s Tree - animated - click foto then all sizes to view

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Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: Rajame on May 07, 2010, 11:48:45 AM
Ahhhhh Booni, thank you! These eagles are a breath of fresh air to me! ... and you are so dear to help us participate in your observations.  :heart


Title: Dad leaves the Peters*s Tree
Post by: boonibarb on May 07, 2010, 08:16:52 PM
may 5 2010 18:40 - Dad leaves the Peters*s Tree

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Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: Raptorman on May 07, 2010, 08:19:42 PM
WOW! Booni!!
AWESOME!!  :nod2


Title: The Nest Tree
Post by: boonibarb on May 07, 2010, 08:36:59 PM
These are two fotos of the nest tree, one from the water side, one from the back side.

may 5 2010 18:42 - the nest tree from the water side

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may 5 2010 19:06 - the nest tree from the back side

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Title: Hope flies over the nest tree!!
Post by: boonibarb on May 07, 2010, 09:14:26 PM
So, i took that foto of the back side of the nest & kept looking up, hoping to be able to see Mum on the nest, but no go.
i was heading back to the van with my camera when i heard Mum & Dad calling & when i looked up at the sky, there was a young eagle flying over head!!!
Now, when you look at these fotos, you see nicks in the wing feathers.
Compare them to the nicks in the wing feathers of this individual.

link to post about Hope sighting (http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=23.msg4731#msg4731)

i think this is Hope!!

may 5 2010 19:09 - Hope flies over the nest!

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Title: Dad in the Babysitting Tree
Post by: boonibarb on May 07, 2010, 09:28:38 PM
After Hope flew over, i saw that Dad was perched in the Babysitting Tree.
He didn*t seem perturbed at all.
Where you see him here is right over the nest, where he can keep an eye on things!

may 5 2010 19:12 - Dad keeps watch in the Babysitting Tree

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Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: luvthebirds on May 07, 2010, 09:35:08 PM
Booni, I have run out of superlatives!  Your work just keeps getting better and better!  :bow


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: baysis on May 07, 2010, 11:52:09 PM
just superb Booni


Title: Dad on the Wide Angle Camera
Post by: boonibarb on May 12, 2010, 07:34:37 PM
may 6 2010 18:32 - Dad on the wide angle camera

Dad guarding the nest!

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may 6 2010 18:34 - Dad on the wide angle camera

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may 6 2010 18:38 - Dad scratches his head on the wide angle camera

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may 6 2010 18:41 - Dad on the wide angle camera

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Title: Dad leaves the Wide Angle Camera
Post by: boonibarb on May 12, 2010, 07:53:46 PM
may 6 2010 18:45 - Dad leaves the wide angle camera

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animated

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Title: The Nest from the Blue Roof House Tub Room!
Post by: boonibarb on May 12, 2010, 08:19:23 PM
may 7 2010 11:39 - Dad on the nest

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may 7 11:40 2010 - Mum in the Babysitting Tree

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may 7 2010 11:56 - Mum flies from the Babysitting Tree & lands in the nest - animated

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Mum still has her wing feather nicks! may 7 2010 11:56

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Title: The Nest from the Blue Roof House Tub Room!
Post by: boonibarb on May 12, 2010, 08:45:00 PM
may 7 2010 11:56 - Mum & Dad on the nest

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may 7 2010 12:11 - Mum spots me in the tub room window!

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may 7 2010 12:48 - Dad in the Babysitting Tree keeping an eye on the nest

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may 7 2010 13:01 - Dad leaves the Babysitting Tree - animated

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may 7 2010 13:04 - robin just outside tub room window

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Title: Mum at the tippy top of the Babysitting Tree
Post by: boonibarb on May 12, 2010, 09:22:21 PM
may 11 2010 14:01 - Mum at the tippy top of the Babysitting Tree - brood patch

Mum had her right foot drawn up to her belly & once in a while her brood patch was visible when she moved her foot or preened!

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may 11 2010 1403 - Mum at tippy top of Babysitting Tree - brood patch visible (lightened)

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Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: Donnae on May 12, 2010, 11:38:13 PM
Oh thank you Booni!!!! What a great site to catch up on, see Mom and Dad, boy I missed them!!!! Good to have my computer back even though I lost all my email address and that!!! Great shots and love the animation too!!!


Title: Mum goes fishing
Post by: boonibarb on May 15, 2010, 09:22:42 AM
While waiting for bruner to arrive for our visit, i found Mum in the Peters*s Tree!
So i went out into Carricks*s yard to photograph her.
After being perched there for a while, she went to the beach & caught a fish!
First she flies down & lands on a rock, then she flies to the water where she lands on a fish.
She takes the fish from the water with her beak, & you can see the entire fish hanging down.
Then she puts it in the water again & she must eat the head because when you see the fish again, it is red at the head end & headless.
Then she grabs the fish with her foot & flies back to the nest with it!
In the first foto of this animation, you can see the nicks in Mum*s left wing feathers, still there.

may 14 2010 11:11 - Mum goes fishing - animated


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Title: Mum goes fishing
Post by: boonibarb on May 15, 2010, 04:25:59 PM
Okay, these are some of the fotos that lead up to the above animation.
Here is Mum in the Peters*s Tree, looking for fish.

Be sure to click fotos, then click again to see up close.

may 14 2010 11:01 - Mum in the Peters*s Tree

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may 14 2010 11:02 - Mum in the Peters*s Tree

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may 14 2010 11:04 - Mum calls out from the Peters*s Tree

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may 14 2010 11:05 - Mum draws her left foot to her belly in the Peters*s Tree

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may 14 2010 11:06 - Mum in the Peters*s Tree

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may 14 2010 11:1 - Mum leaves the Peters*s Tree
Note the nicks in Mum*s 5th & 6th primary feather on the left wing.
That*s how you know it*s Mum.

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Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: Rajame on May 15, 2010, 05:00:07 PM
boonibarb!

Those are fantastic! I clicked them and looked into and eagle eye and felt so close. Your photos moved off the screen!

Thank you again and again,
Rajame  :heart


Title: Mum goes fishing
Post by: boonibarb on May 15, 2010, 05:27:20 PM
Raj!!!  :heart

may 14 2010 11:11 - Mum heads to the beach to fish

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Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: beans on May 15, 2010, 05:31:00 PM
The pictures help us learn what the eagles do when they are away from their nest!  I really appreciate the pictures, very much.  Thank you.  And Doug's videos, too.


Title: Mum goes fishing
Post by: boonibarb on May 15, 2010, 08:49:36 PM
You are welcome beans!!

Mum landed on a rock on the beach.
Look at all that seaweed that*s usually under the water!
Notice the three oystercatchers flying by together!

may 14 2010 11:11:56 - Mum lands on a seaweed covered rock on the beach

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may 14 2010 11:12 - Mum flies to a shallow inlet of water
Notice three oystercatchers flying to the right this time.

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may 14 2010 11:12 - Mum puts her feet forward to catch the fish
Three oystercatchers in right corner.


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may 14 2010 11:12 - Mum in water with splashing fish

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may 14 2010 11:12:49 - Mum takes off from water with the fish

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may 14 2010 11:12:54 - Mum flies towards Grassy Point with the fish hanging down from her foot
You can see the feather nicks in her left wing.

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Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: BBE on May 15, 2010, 10:10:23 PM
Booni,  yet again, you have outdone yourself; these are educational indeed   :clap



Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: Roanna on May 16, 2010, 03:20:39 PM
Wow, Booni, you are outdoing yourself! Thank you soooo much, and I absolutely LOVE the animated pictures, they are absolutely wonderful.  Your photos add so much to my whole nest experience, a whole new perspective.  Keep up the great work! :bow


Title: Dad in the Peter*s Tree
Post by: boonibarb on May 16, 2010, 04:57:46 PM
Thanks BBE & Roanna!!  :biggrin6

So, Mum flew to the nest with her catch, then about 15 minutes later Dad landed in the Peters*s Tree.
Then bruner arrived & i had to go!  :ecsmile

may 14 2010 11:30 - Dad in the Peters*s Tree

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Title: Mum goes fishing from Dinner Rock
Post by: boonibarb on May 16, 2010, 07:31:03 PM
During the visit with bruner, we went outside to have a look, & there was Mum on Dinner Rock!
Good thing i*d left my camera set up & ready to go!
You can tell it*s Mum because of the lighter coloured feathers on her lower wings, above her white tail.

may 14 2010 12:47 - Mum on Dinner Rock

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A crow was trying to get Mum to leave!
You can see the crow right next to Mum here.

may 14 2010 12:47:30 - Mum on Dinner Rock being harassed by a crow

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may 14 2010 12:48 - Mum on Dinner Rock

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may 14 2010 12:52 - Mum lands on a fish in the water
Notice the nicks in her left wing feathers.

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may 14 2010 12:52 - Mum has picked up the fish in her beak

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may 14 2010 12:52 - Mum has dropped the fish & is standing on it

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may 14 2010 12:52 - Mum is being harassed by that crow again!

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Title: Mum goes fishing from Dinner Rock
Post by: boonibarb on May 16, 2010, 08:32:33 PM
may 14 2010 12:54 - Mum transfers the fish from her foot to her beak

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may 14 2010 12:54:28 - Mum has eaten the head of the fish

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may 14 2010 12:54:43 - Mum takes off with what*s left of the fish

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12:54:55 - you can see the wing feather nicks

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Title: Mum goes fishing from Dinner Rock
Post by: boonibarb on May 16, 2010, 08:45:03 PM
Mum goes fishing from Dinner Rock - animated

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Title: Dad in the Peter*s Tree
Post by: boonibarb on May 16, 2010, 08:56:40 PM
After Mum brought the fish to the nest, Dad showed up again in the Peters*s Tree.
Note where Dad stands on the branch compared to Mum.
This helps me to tell who is who.
Also, Dad is sporting his tie!
An indicator of a full crop!!

may 14 2010 13:29 - Dad in the Peters*s Tree

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Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: NancyM on May 16, 2010, 09:07:26 PM
Booni ...       :faint


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: Tigerlady105 on May 17, 2010, 11:17:25 AM
Fantastic captures of Mom going fishing, Booni!   :eclove  (Or should I say Phantastic?!   :eclol )


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: AJL on May 17, 2010, 10:10:06 PM
Oh my booni, the photos are wonderful!  :eclove


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: birdvoyer on May 18, 2010, 06:41:18 AM
Boonib, absolutely amazing photos and such a unique way of sharing them. The animated posts really do enhance the experience.  :heart


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: kianaj on May 19, 2010, 08:07:01 AM
booni, booni, booni . . . . . your pictures are awwwwsome :eceek   thank you so much

[sorry - this probably should not have been posted here on 'ground observations]


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: passerine on May 19, 2010, 08:14:12 AM
Sure it should of kianaj, don't be sorry. :ecnono

Keep up the good work Booni & thanks, beautiful as usual. :heart


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: Cotton on May 25, 2010, 09:44:57 AM
Wow!

That is all.


 :biggrin6



Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: Chipadee on May 26, 2010, 03:14:05 PM
Fabulous pics!  Love the animations too.  What a treasure you are, Booni! :heart


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: boonibarb on May 26, 2010, 07:10:49 PM

About 5:45 this evening, i was biking near the nest & i looked up & saw a strange sight!
i thought it was two eagles, perched at the top of the Babysitting Tree!
But when i got closer, it was one, at the very tippy top, & they had their wings held open & away from their body as thought they were cooling off, except it was raining & cool.
So, i*m thinking they were having a shower!  :nod2


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: birdvoyer on May 26, 2010, 08:49:27 PM
I'd take a shower after spending time with Wilson too.  :biggrin3


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: luvthebirds on May 26, 2010, 08:52:18 PM
 :biggrin3 birdvoyer, you are on a roll tonight...  i will just follow you around the forum and enjoy your wit tonight :ecsmile


Title: My first view of Phoenix from the ground!!!
Post by: boonibarb on June 05, 2010, 10:59:00 AM
june 3 2010 16:54 - my first view of Phoenix from the ground
This is Mum in the nest with him.
Shortly after this foto, there was an alarm & Mum flew up to the close up camera & Dad roared into the wide angle camera!
Fotos to follow.
Click foto to see it a bit larger.


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Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: Rajame on June 05, 2010, 03:07:55 PM
Booni!! Thank you!! Phoenix looks older than he is... It's all about the profile. Yay you!  :heart


Title: My first views of Phoenix from the ground!!!
Post by: boonibarb on June 05, 2010, 07:41:11 PM
june 5 2010 16:16 - Phoenix excercises his wings!
Mum & Dad were both in the Peter*s Tree for the first time i*ve seen them there together in a long time.
i think he could see them & REALLY wanted to join them!
i saw him clamber up the sticks a bit, towards the stump.  :eceek
Look at his fuzzy wings, & all the new flight feathers coming in!

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Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: NancyM on June 05, 2010, 07:45:04 PM
ooooohhh, booni- that is a wonderful picture of Phoenix!  I saw him peering over the rim earlier today and wondered if you were there to see that - but you got a MUCH better picture than I imagined  :biggrin6


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: boonibarb on June 05, 2010, 07:53:43 PM
Nancy, here he is peering over the rim.
i think he spotted me!
i was on the road under the nest at first, then backed waaaaaaay up to the beach to see him.
Funny, the further you go away, the more you can see INTO the nest.
Closer up, there are a lot of green branches blocking the view in.

june 5 2010 16:17 - Phoenix spots me!

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june 5 2010 16:16 - Phoenix in profile, quite high in the nest!

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Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: Cawatcher on June 05, 2010, 08:15:13 PM
 :biggrin3 What a Day Booni!!! awesome, fantastic, wow!!!  :eclove


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: knitmaster on June 05, 2010, 08:24:23 PM
 :nod2  Yay, booni - wonderful picture of Phoe - thanks!  :nod2


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: luvthebirds on June 05, 2010, 08:30:05 PM
Booni---- :biggrin6 :biggrin3


Title: My first views of Phoenix from the ground!!!
Post by: boonibarb on June 05, 2010, 08:43:58 PM
june 5 2010 16:19:50 - wing flapping again

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june 5 2010 16:19 - Look how far out on the nest he got!

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Can you see his cute little face?
You can see one eye & his beak & his commissure on the left side of his head.

june 5 2010 16:25 - cute face peeking between the branches of the nest

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Here is the hotspot that goes with these fotos.
You can see Phoenix flapping, & checking out the edges of the nest!
He is trying to climb the sticks now!


Click here for hotspot (http://www.wildearth.tv/web/dch-hornby-01?streamId=dch-hornby-01%2F2010%2F06%2F05%2F2010-06-05-16-16_dch-hornby-01.flv)



Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: winterwren on June 05, 2010, 09:41:53 PM
Wow Booni! I love how the 3rd picture of your last posting shows the "baby crib"... how high up the parents built up the nest when Peepnix started moving around.

Awesome postings! we're so lucky!


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: Tigerlady105 on June 06, 2010, 01:22:30 AM
Booni, your great photos really add a lot to our enjoyment of the nest.  This up-close look at Phoenix and the Hornbys makes this an even more unique and special experience for all of us!   :heart


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: bruner on June 06, 2010, 08:46:25 AM
hi booni:

You sure do have a way with your camera.  Your pictures are magnificent.  Thanks for sharing with all of us.  You capture things that we'd never see on our own.   :ecinnocent

bruner


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: NancyM on June 06, 2010, 03:24:16 PM
Wonderful, booni!  So now that you can see Phoenix from the ground, will you spend more time there waiting to get more fabulous pictures?   :mhihi  Can we arrange to have a DVD of this seasons pictures  :pray :pray :pray


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: boonibarb on June 06, 2010, 05:22:01 PM
nancy, i*m game for a dvd, as far as my fotos go.

& i am DEFINITELY aiming to try to catch Phoenix from the ground now.
As time & weather will allow of course!  :pray
i*d like to try spotting him from the backside of the nest, when he is to our right out of sight thru the camera.
Could be a good view of him there from the ground, if he is standing tall.
i can get quite close there, & there aren*t so many trees in the way.


Title: Mum & Dad in the Peters*s Tree
Post by: boonibarb on June 06, 2010, 08:50:16 PM
june 5 2010 16:46 - Mum & Dad in the Peters*s Tree

This is where Mum & Dad were, while i was taking the nest fotos of Phoenix.
This is the first time i*ve seen them together here since the eggs were laid!

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june 5 2010 16:48 - Mum & Dad in the Peters*s Tree

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june 5 2010 17:14 - Mum in the Peters*s Tree
Dad was overhead, soaring, Mum was watching him.

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

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Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: NancyM on June 06, 2010, 09:08:27 PM
Booni!   (http://i179.photobucket.com/albums/w298/Aurospio/smileys/1place.gif)


Title: Mum in the Peters*s Tree
Post by: boonibarb on June 06, 2010, 09:20:34 PM
Ooooooo, a fancy cup nancy! Thanks!  :eclove

june 5 2010 17:16 - Mum preening in the Peters*s Tree

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june 5 2010 17:17 - Mum preens her brood patch area.
Look how she controls her feathers to make them all poof out!

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 june 5 2010 17:17:50 - Mum preens her brood patch area - nictitating membrane visible

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june 5 2010 17:21 - Mum, looking towards the nest from the Peters*s Tree

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Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: Tigerlady105 on June 06, 2010, 11:53:44 PM
Beautiful shots, Booni!  Thanks for sharing them!


Title: Phoenix!!
Post by: boonibarb on June 08, 2010, 06:40:31 PM
june 8 2010 14:47 - Phoenix exercises his wings!!

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Title: Phoenix!!
Post by: boonibarb on June 08, 2010, 07:05:20 PM
june 8 2010 14:43 - Phoenix

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Title: Mum on Dinner Rock being dive bombed by crows!!
Post by: boonibarb on June 08, 2010, 08:23:14 PM


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3vHUAvgbdPg


Title: Phoenix!!
Post by: boonibarb on June 08, 2010, 08:36:43 PM
june 8 2010 14:44 - Phoenix

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This foto follows the one above with Phoenix*s wing.

june 8 2010 14:47:09 - Phoenix tries his wings

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june 8 2010 14:47:10 - Phoenix - wing feather sheaths visible

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Title: Views of the Nest
Post by: boonibarb on June 08, 2010, 09:31:55 PM
june 8 2010 16:16 - a view of the nest from the water side

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june 8 2010 10:54 - A view of the nest from the left side, as you look out through the camera at the water
In the back of this yard, farthest from the water, is where the well drilling occurred.

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Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: only_an_egg on June 08, 2010, 10:20:14 PM
Nothing to say really but.. WOW and... we are not worthy.. :bow


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: mew on June 09, 2010, 07:10:25 AM
Booni -  Thanks so very much for sharing these incredible photos with us!! 


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: Doug on June 09, 2010, 08:36:47 AM
CROW DIVE-BOMBING THE EAGLE - I particularly liked Boonibarb's video of the crow dive-bombing the eagle.  This is a typical scene of crows and eagles. However, this year I have seen very little of it.  This year the crows have been devoting most of their efforts against the ravens. 


Title: Phoenix!!
Post by: boonibarb on June 09, 2010, 09:22:48 PM
june 8 2010 14:44:11 - Phoenix looks out of the nest

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Title: Just for you NancyM!
Post by: winterwren on June 09, 2010, 11:10:31 PM
At Booni's suggestion I took pictures of this seaweed, which appeared at the nest at a certain point (I didn't see it... just the other kind, the turkish towel seaweed)
A local marine biologist identified it as "Japanese driftweed" and told me that it is an invasive species that migrated from Japan in the bilges of ships. It may be the same as the "wireweed" (Sargassum muticum) mentioned by Michael Guiry at http://www.seaweed.ie/sargassum/ (http://www.seaweed.ie/sargassum/)
I know for sure that until a few years ago I had seen very little of this seaweed on Hornby's shores. Now it's everywhere, sometimes in huge quantities.
Nonetheless, the long fibrous strands would make good nesting material...

This picture was taken near the Shingle Spit nest, during a little photo excursion with Booni. I was looking for something to indicate scale... Turns out Dooki's feet will do very well. :eclol
(click photos for larger view)

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Close-up view. The clamshell is about 9 cm across.

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Good night!
Wren


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: boonibarb on June 10, 2010, 06:49:55 AM

Hey!
Those feet look kinda familiar!!   :puzzled2

 :mhihi


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: NancyM on June 10, 2010, 07:12:52 AM
Wren, thank you so much for these pictures and identification of the seaweed that Mom brought to the nest. I think someone (?typoscount2) mentioned Sargassum that day, and others mentioned Ceramium, which has a different growth form - so it is great to see the actual branching and size of it.

It's great to have some information as to what it was, but I'm sorry to hear that it is a nuisance species on Hornby. S. multicum has been a problem in the UK for many years (came in to Europe with imported oyster spat).  I found another website with several pictures of it:  http://www.marlin.ac.uk/speciesinformation.php?speciesID=4296#

Thanks again!


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: orovalaz on June 12, 2010, 12:17:47 PM
Here are my photos at the nest.  Sorry about the quality, as I was using a handheld camera and zooming it way up.
Mom on snag above nest:
(http://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i189/ides_omarch/045.jpg)

Mom and Dad on the same branch in the babysitting tree with the nest in the lower right.  You can see the difference in size between Mom and Dad.
(http://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i189/ides_omarch/040.jpg)

Mom and dad in Babysitting tree...cropped from photo above
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Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: Rajame on June 12, 2010, 12:42:48 PM
Ah Dooki! Still yearning to spoon with Dooki!  :heart


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: Tigerlady105 on June 12, 2010, 02:42:53 PM
Orovalaz, thanks for posting the photos of Mom and Dad and the trees.  It really helps to see the difference in Mom and Dad's sizes and where the Baby-sitting Tree is in relation to the nest.    :ecsmile


Title: Phoenix!!
Post by: boonibarb on June 15, 2010, 08:34:08 PM
june 15 2010 15:33 - Phoenix & Mum in the nest

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Title: sub adult
Post by: boonibarb on June 16, 2010, 08:35:54 AM

We had a visitor from England yesterday so were visiting with Doug & Sheila!
Doug showed us his video of all the eagles diving & feeding at the herring ball, which is a huge number of herring, all gathered together for protection.
The eagles were diving for herring & gobbling them in mid flight.
Doug thought he saw one immature for every five adults, so it was quite the group, i think he counted 27 at one point?
So, when we were visiting, we were out on the waterside deck, & there was a subadult perched on a rock on the shore that we were watching.
Then this eagle flew right in front of us & i assumed it was Mum or Dad, but on inspection of my fotos, i see it cannot be.
Look at the dark tips of the tail & the dark spot on top of the tail.
Must be a sub adult, changing to an adult!

june 15 2010 14:43 - sub adult flies by Carricks*s

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june 15 2010 14:43 - sub adult flies by Carricks*s - 2

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Title: Phoenix!!
Post by: boonibarb on June 18, 2010, 09:47:47 PM
june 18 2010 12:23 - Phoenix - 402

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i wondered what was making the lovely white pattern on the ends of Phoenix*s wings.
This foto tells you that it is his white down feathers!  :eclove

june 18 2010 12:25 - Phoenix shows us a wing & it*s white down.

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Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: BBE on June 18, 2010, 11:41:05 PM
Booni, thanks for the beautiful photos. The first photo in the two above, reminds me of the one you took of Hope a year ago tomorrow; when the group of us came to visit Doug and Sheila and we met you too.

Hope (Sat. June 20th, 2009) - clickie
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Title: Hope
Post by: boonibarb on June 19, 2010, 07:57:13 AM
Thanks for posting that memory BBE!
Here is the foto in its full size!
You can click it & click it again to see it bigger.

Hope from the road - June 20, 2009, 1:21:42 PM

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Title: Mum on nest tree stump
Post by: boonibarb on June 19, 2010, 08:54:31 PM
When i took Dooki for his bike ride before work, i noticed eagles everywhere.
There seemed to be a number of them flying over, towards the water.
i wondered if there was another herring run going on, such as Doug had witnessed.
i could hear Mum & Dad trilling from their territory.
i headed towards Brigantine Nest.
On the way, i passed the Nomad*s Nest.
There were eagles flying over head, & i thought i saw an immature eagle.
i heard trilling from the Nomad*s Nest!
i looked, & for the first time i*ve ever seen, there was an adult standing ON the nest!
The most action i*ve seen on this nest was an adult, recently, perched near the top of the tree.
This is a gorgeous nest, i don*t know why it isn*t used?
i*m going to keep looking into it, to be sure there aren*t any young ones there this year.
i continued on.
i arrived in sight of Brigantine Nest, & both adults were perched at the top of the nest tree.
So, lots of eagles flying over to the water, & all these Hornby eagles guarding their nests!
Very interesting.
On my way back, when i passed by the nest, Mum was on top of the stump, guarding the nest & calling out.
Fortunately, she was still there when i returned with my camera.

june 16 2010 10:42 - Mum on nest tree stump.

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Title: eagles, including Mum, eating a washed up seal on Grassy Point
Post by: boonibarb on June 20, 2010, 08:58:21 PM
i would like to thank fol-di-rol for phoning me & inviting me to where she was staying at Grassy Point to photograph tonight!  :eclove

june 20 2010 19:51 - sub adult eating the seal, immature to the right, & Mum in the background.

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june 20 2010 19:53 - a better view of the sub adult*s head plumage

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june 20 2010 19:54 - a better view of the immature eagle

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june 20 2010 19:55 - i think i scared the immature by moving a bit closer & she flew away to the right.

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Two big dumb guys came down the beach with a beer & tried to get close to the action & scared the eagles away.
Here i think the immature spots the guys.
All the eagles flew up after this.

june 20 2010 19:57 - the immature on Grassy Point

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Title: eagles, including Mum, eating a washed up seal on Grassy Point
Post by: boonibarb on June 20, 2010, 09:52:43 PM
After the big dumb guys scared the eagles away, look who was brave enough to return again!!!   :biggrin6
Mum! - Look at the nicks in the left wing tip feathers!

june 20 2010 19:58 - Mum returns to eat!

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This foto isn*t very sharp, but Mum is just magnificent anyway!

june 20 2010 19:58 - Mum returns to the seal

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june 20 2010 19:58:21 - Mum returns to the seal
You can see the part in the back of Mum*s head feathers!

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june 20 2010 19:58:23 - Mum returns to the seal

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Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: lookylo on June 20, 2010, 10:07:00 PM
Booni you are a talented photographer.  I love your photos.  :heart


Title: eagles, including Mum, eating a washed up seal on Grassy Point
Post by: boonibarb on June 20, 2010, 10:29:17 PM
Mum pulling at the seal.
She was tearing big hunks off & gobbling them down.
She had a good feed!
In this foto, you can see the part on the back of her head.

June 20 2010 19:59 - Mum pulling at the seal

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June 20 2010 20:03 - Mum in profile
Here you can see the lighter feathers on Mum*s wings just above her tail that are so noticeable on the web cam.

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june 20 2010 20:05 - Mum from behind

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Title: eagles, including Mum, eating a washed up seal on Grassy Point
Post by: boonibarb on June 20, 2010, 11:15:14 PM
june 20 2010 20:07 - video of Mum eating a seal near Grassy Point

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oe-FTgn0Vlk

june 20 2010 20:09 - Here is Mum eating again
A policeman had come down to the beach to check out the guys who had a beer.
He then came up & asked us what the eagle was eating, so i told him.
He was glad not to have to go down there & look.
You can hear him talking to us at the end of the video.

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


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: Tigerlady105 on June 21, 2010, 12:27:15 AM
Fantastic pictures, Booni.  Catching Mom in flight like that is great timing!  Thank you for sharing them.   :eclove


Title: Phoenix!!
Post by: boonibarb on June 21, 2010, 08:12:18 PM
We interrupt this broadcast of Mum eating at Grassy Point to bring you....

Phoenix!!  :biggrin6

i biked down to the back side of the nest when i could see on the cam that Phoenix was laying there.
i was hoping he*d poke his head up, & he rewarded me by doing just that not moments after i got my camera ready for him!

june 21 2010 17:27 - Phoenix looking out the back side of the nest

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june 21 2010 17:27:21 - Phoenix shows us his left side

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june 21 2010 17:27:2 - Phoenix spots me

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june 21 2010 17:27:46 - Phoenix at the back side of the nest

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Title: Mum & Dad today
Post by: boonibarb on June 21, 2010, 08:57:52 PM
june 21 2010 17:34 - Mum on the nest, Phoenix out of sight

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june 21 2010 17:45 - Dad flies in from the water, past the nest tree & lands in the Babysitting Tree

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june 21 2010 17:49 - Dad in the Babysitting Tree doing a shuggle - can we still see his brood patch a bit?

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june 21 2010 17:49:18 - Handsome Dad in the Babysitting Tree

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june 21 2010 17:50 - Dad in the Babysitting Tree

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june 21 2010 17:51 - Dad in the Babysitting Tree

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Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: Blue on June 21, 2010, 10:19:44 PM
Nice, booni - thankyou!  The new green tips on the fir branches make the nest tree look so healthy.

(Are the first and last pics of Phoenix from the back side the same one?)


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: Rajame on June 21, 2010, 10:50:25 PM
Fantastic Booni! Thank you for the color commentary and the pictures and your love of the eagles and us!  :heart


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: Mishka on June 22, 2010, 08:38:10 AM
GREAT photos, as always!!  Thank you!!!!!!!

That one of P looking right at you is priceless!!


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: nikki45888 on June 22, 2010, 12:46:05 PM
Love these pictures...thank you so much!!!(http://)


Title: Phoenix!!
Post by: boonibarb on June 23, 2010, 08:03:17 PM
june 23 2010 16:49 - Phoenix looking out the water side of the nest

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june 23 2010 16:50 - Phoenix

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june 23 2010 16:50:59 - Phoenix

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june 23 2010 16:57 - Phoenix*s right wing

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Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: winterwren on June 23, 2010, 08:57:39 PM
And now for a change of pace, let's have something really ugly!   :biggrin3

I put the word out that I wanted to photograph an opossum skull and it took only a few days: one landed by my door. Guess who brought it to me?...

Here are pics that might shed light on what we saw of the first Wilson on the nest, and what we can expect to see of the critter delivered yesterday... And I'm really quite sure it's another possum!

Here's the skull as it looks when whole... Nice smile, Wilson!
(clickable pictures, if you can stand it!)

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When the first possum was consumed on the nest, I was told that the skull would not be seen because it had been broken apart. The next picture shows what actually happened. The cranium is quite solid and would take a lot of pounding to break apart, but the mandible (lower jaw) is only held by a shallow hinge joint and some connective tissue (it's the same in humans, which is why it's comparatively easy to get a dislocated jaw).
The two halves of the mandible are only held by cartilage,and they soon separate from each other also.

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Here are images of the remaining skull as you might see it when it gets rolled around on the nest.
Opossum skull, upside-down, minus the lower jaw.

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This last picture shows the foramen magnum, the hole at the base of the skull where the spinal cord exits. The first cervical vertebra sits as a ring around this hole. The position of the foramen magnum shows the angle between the neck and the head, and is a useful clue to determine what kind of animal a skull belongs to.
(This is the view we had of the first opossum skull for a day or two after all the meat was consumed.)

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Sweet dreams now!
that weird Wren


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: boonibarb on June 23, 2010, 09:41:54 PM


BRILLIANT wren!!  :biggrin6

EXCELLENT macro photography!!  :eclove


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: Rajame on June 23, 2010, 10:39:44 PM
BRILLIANT! Both of you are brilliant. Thank you!  :heart


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: mishikeenhquay on June 24, 2010, 08:14:42 AM
Wren..wonderful!!  thank you


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: Linsue on June 24, 2010, 08:36:13 AM
Thanks so much!  Absolutely priceless!


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: bruner on June 24, 2010, 09:54:52 AM
To all of you who have posted such interesting information and lovely photos, thank you.

booni, I love it when I can click on your photos and make them larger.

It was nice to get the different views from various sides of the nest and neat to see Mom filling up on the seal.

Thanks.

"bruner"


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: Mishka on June 24, 2010, 07:18:20 PM
Booni, that one of P's wing was gorgeous!!  How patient you must have to be to get these "just the perfect moment" shots.  Thank you!


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: winterwren on June 24, 2010, 09:09:32 PM
Oops, I just returned to the screen caps of the possum skull and realised that my memory failed me... here's the page where several of these were posted. (you might have to scroll up or down a bit - I can't seem to make a link to a specific post or image). Look: the mandible is still on!
http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=11.msg14575%2523msg14575 (http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=11.msg14575%2523msg14575)

So here's a photo of my possum skull in roughly the same aspect, with mandible on:
(click for larger view)

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 :blush 
Wren


Title: Eagle swims to Grassy Point
Post by: boonibarb on June 26, 2010, 08:36:19 AM

My neighbours went down to Grassy Point thursday evening.
They saw an eagle dive at the water, & then have to swim in to Grassy Point from a long ways out.
Wish i had been there with my camera.  :Jaisigh
This MAY have been Mum or Dad.
Was one of them very wet thursday evening, did anyone notice?


Title: Mum on the nest tree stump
Post by: boonibarb on June 26, 2010, 08:38:56 AM

june 25 2010 14:50 - Mum keeps watch on the nest from the nest tree stump - 175

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Title: Mum on the nest tree stump
Post by: boonibarb on June 26, 2010, 06:57:31 PM


june 24 2010 14:56 - Mum keeping guard on the nest tree stump



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DP9vTMPsFkg


Title: Mum on the nest tree stump
Post by: boonibarb on June 26, 2010, 07:36:49 PM
june 25 2010 14:56 - Mum calls out from the nest tree stump

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june 25 2010 14:57 - Mum on the nest tree stump
She was looking up at something that i could not see.

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june 25 2010 15:01 - Mum on the nest tree stump

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june 25 2010 15:04 - Mum on the nest tree stump - has eyes closed - 0209
i*ve never seen Mum with her eyes closed like this.
ajl says she does this when it*s windy, which it was.

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Title: Phoenix on the prow of the nest!!
Post by: boonibarb on June 29, 2010, 09:43:39 PM


june 29 2010 17:22 - Phoenix on the prow of the nest

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oZ91Iq0hiH4


Title: Phoenix on the prow of the nest!!
Post by: boonibarb on June 29, 2010, 09:53:48 PM


june 29 2010 17:36 - Phoenix on the prow of the nest after a poopshot.

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Title: Phoenix on the back side of the nest!!
Post by: boonibarb on June 29, 2010, 10:19:58 PM
june 29 2010 16:48 - Phoenix on the back side of the nest

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Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: BBE on June 30, 2010, 12:11:46 AM
Oh Booni, such awesome photos. You are truly blessed with incredible photographic skills.  :clap :thumbsup


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: Eaglesonly on June 30, 2010, 08:04:45 AM
Boonibarb, These photos are awesome!!! I have been having tech problems and health problems as of late, and I am so sorry I have missed Half of Phoenix's story, and everyone online...especially AJL


Title: Red Tailed Hawk
Post by: boonibarb on July 01, 2010, 09:12:42 AM

While i was photographing Phoenix from the backside of the nest, i noticed him watching something overhead.
So i looked where he was looking & noticed a very large bird flying circles over the nest.
The bird was so huge, & Mum & Dad didn*t make a fuss at all, so i assumed it was one of them!
Then i noticed the tail & head weren*t pure white, so i assumed this was a sub adult bald eagle til i examined my fotos.
Ostrich identifies this as a Red Tailed Hawk, adult, & is quite surprised that Mum & Dad allowed them to fly so close to the nest!

june 29 15:06 - a Red Tailed Hawk flies over the nest


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Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: winterwren on July 01, 2010, 12:18:31 PM
WOW Booni!!! what a catch!!! Last time I saw a red-tailed hawk on Hornby was about 15 years ago! Do you know if any nest here?

Eaglesonly: we miss you! I hope you're on the mend and will be back in action soon!  :heart

wren


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: boonibarb on July 01, 2010, 07:27:39 PM

Wren, Doug says he has only ever seen Red Tailed Hawks in the big field on your right as you are heading towards Ford Cove from the Co Op, just after you pass Seawright.
The old JF farm.
He says they go for the mice there.
So, maybe they nest nearby there?


Title: Eagles at the Gravel Pit
Post by: boonibarb on July 01, 2010, 09:34:48 PM


i got word that a deer had been killed by a car & brought to where it can be safely eaten by eagles & vultures.
i went there with my camera & Dooki, thinking i might be able to get some good fotos.
Before i got within 300 yards of the deer, the air was a sea of wings & that was that!
i saw a good six vultures & at least one immature eagle.
So, i parked Dooki a ways away & then set up my camera close to where the deer had been placed.
i waited & waited.
The vultures kept flying over, but they kept going.
Then an eagle showed up & floated over the area!!

june 27 2010 11:46:36 - eagle soars over gravel pit

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Suddenly there were two eagles, & they seemed to be vying with each other for the air space over the deer.
They were doing flight manoevres with each other & calling out.

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i was hoping to be able to identify Mum or Dad, as this is not that far from their territory.
But i was unable to.
This could also be adults from nest #9, or anywhere on the island, actually.
i was hoping the immature eagle was Hope!
This eagle flew a bit away & then landed.
When i walked back to Dooki & the bike, the immature flew further away.
i tried to find where they landed, but then they flew off.

This one eagle still has black tips to the tail.
Does this make them in their 5th year maybe?

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Title: Dooki
Post by: boonibarb on July 01, 2010, 09:54:13 PM


Here is my photographic assistant & technical specialist!

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Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: winterwren on July 01, 2010, 10:36:22 PM
About the red-tailed hawk... The place Booni described is exactly where I saw a red-tailed hawk, years ago. This was the only time I saw one on this island.  :ecsmile


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: fol-di-rol on July 02, 2010, 09:29:25 PM
Eagles at the Beach at Grassy Point - June 21, 2010

This was the day after the seal carcass washed up on the beach, and at this point it was the ravens that were feeding on what was left.  The light was fading, and I don't have a camera like Booni's, but I have cropped my pictures to get a closer view of the 2 adults and one immature/juvie who were in the trees on either side of the beach at Grassy Point. 

Posted at Winterwren's suggestion: 

(http://i447.photobucket.com/albums/qq195/pb_swmbo/Grassy%20Point%20%20June%2021%202010/June21-GrassyPoint008.jpg)

(http://i447.photobucket.com/albums/qq195/pb_swmbo/Grassy%20Point%20%20June%2021%202010/June21-GrassyPoint002.jpg)

(http://i447.photobucket.com/albums/qq195/pb_swmbo/Grassy%20Point%20%20June%2021%202010/June21-GrassyPoint005.jpg)

(http://i447.photobucket.com/albums/qq195/pb_swmbo/Grassy%20Point%20%20June%2021%202010/June21-GrassyPoint006.jpg)

fol-di-rol



Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: Rajame on July 02, 2010, 11:15:38 PM
Foldirol!

That touched my heart to see the adult and juvie together. Did you all think Hope and Mom and Dad?

Thank you for posting. I am eager to know other's feelings.

Hugs,
Rajame  :heart


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: NancyM on July 03, 2010, 10:16:16 AM
foldi, I just LOVE the pictures of the adult and young eagle together!!


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: Blue on July 03, 2010, 10:53:16 AM
Foldi - your photos of adult and juvi together tell us something about the behavior of eagles.   :nod2


Title: Phoenix on the back side of the nest
Post by: boonibarb on July 03, 2010, 07:41:45 PM
It was Phoenix looking up like this & watching something that made me look up & thus spot the Red Tailed Hawk.

june 29 2010 15:05 - Phoenix watches a Red Tailed Hawk

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june 29 2010 15:06 - Red Tailed Hawk flies over Phoenix

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june 29 2010 17:09 - Phoenix looks out the backside of the nest

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Title: Phoenix on the prow of the nest
Post by: boonibarb on July 03, 2010, 09:02:01 PM


june 29 2010 17:31 - Phoenix on the prow of the nest
There are little white down fluffs fluttering everywhere on the nest & the nest tree!

(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4121/4758838669_8eb76145af_b.jpg) (http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4121/4758838669_551cbfe625_o.jpg)

june 29 2010 17:34 - Phoenix on the prow - poopshot - animated

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june 29 2010 17:34 - Phoenix on the prow of the nest - poopshot

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june 29 2010 17:36 - Phoenix on the prow of the nest

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Title: Phoenix on the prow of the nest
Post by: boonibarb on July 03, 2010, 09:58:29 PM
 

june 29 2010 17:39 - Phoenix on the prow of the nest

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june 29 2010 17:39:57 - Phoenix on the prow of the nest

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Title: Mum on the nest tree stump
Post by: boonibarb on July 06, 2010, 08:40:41 PM
july 5 2010 10:17 - Mum on the nest tree stump

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


Title: Phoenix on the close up cam box!
Post by: boonibarb on July 06, 2010, 08:56:45 PM


july 6 2010 06:41 - Phoenix on the close up cam box!!

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Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: Rajame on July 06, 2010, 09:06:50 PM
Woohoo!  :heart


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: Tigerlady105 on July 06, 2010, 09:23:12 PM
Wonderful photos, Boonibarb!  Your persistence really pays off...please thank Dooki for escorting you when you search for eagles and other marvelous things! 


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: ajfe on July 07, 2010, 12:24:58 AM
Beutiful pictures Booni - great to see Phoe on the cam box from the ground angle.


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: NancyM on July 07, 2010, 05:13:58 AM
Another terrific pic of Phoenix!!   :eclove  The angle makes the WA cam look closer than it is, but what's interesting  is that if you look at the largest size of the picture, you can see the spider web across the front of the cam.

ETA  Just scrolled back and found the poopshot pics and animation ...  :eceek  Good job, booni and Phoenix


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: Laurad on July 07, 2010, 04:39:59 PM
I looked closer at the picture Nancym is referring to and I have to say boonibarb - your photos are truly amazing. I hope this is ok, but I zoomed in and cropped the image.. I could hardly believe that you could actually take a photo of a spider's web from that distance, but you have!! Incredible. Here it is!! Well done boonibarb and thanks for spotting it Nancym.

See the gorgeous Phoenix and see the amazing little web over the cam lens  :eclove

(http://i87.photobucket.com/albums/k158/laurad100/boonibarbpicture.jpg)


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: Tigerlady105 on July 07, 2010, 05:20:11 PM
Laurad, thank you for enlarging and cropping Booni's beautiful photo so we could take a close-up look at Phoenix and the spider web. :eclove 

I didn't realize how extensive the web on the cam is!  That spider has been too busy lately and has violated the Tenants' Agreement not to appear in the daytime.  :eclol


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: boonibarb on July 07, 2010, 08:25:22 PM
You can also see the tiny video camera that is bringing us this lovely view, behind the plexiglass!
Last year i thought it was a mark on the glass.




Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: Mishka on July 07, 2010, 08:31:55 PM
Oh my, beautiful photos, as always!  And so cool on the close-up.


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: Laurad on July 08, 2010, 12:59:59 AM
You can also see the tiny video camera that is bringing us this lovely view, behind the plexiglass!
Last year i thought it was a mark on the glass.



Is that all the cam is?? Wow.. it IS tiny.. Have we ever seen a photo of what that cam looks like?


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: Rajame on July 08, 2010, 08:05:01 AM
Ok, I don't see electrical tape.  :heart


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: Blue on July 08, 2010, 08:20:12 AM
You can see black electrical tape to the right of Phoenix, holding the cable on the WA cam supports.


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: Rajame on July 08, 2010, 10:04:20 AM
Thanks Blue?  :heart


Title: Re: Phoenix on the close up cam box!
Post by: luvthebirds on July 08, 2010, 10:47:19 AM

july 6 2010 06:41 - Phoenix on the close up cam box!!

(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4080/4770381266_27f5397fdc_b.jpg) (http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4080/4770381266_1267b5e633_o.jpg)



What a beautiful photo of our dear Phoenix.  Booni, this is indeed a special picture!   :clap


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: Roanna on July 08, 2010, 01:54:40 PM
 :heart
Great job Boonie!!!  Computer probs have kept me away, HI ALL!!! 

Phoenix is huge!!!!

hugs to all, hope to see you soon again :grouphug2


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: luvthebirds on July 08, 2010, 02:26:10 PM
Welcome back, Roanna.  :biggrin3


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: Rajame on July 08, 2010, 05:14:37 PM
((((Roanna)))))  :heart


Title: Phoenix
Post by: boonibarb on July 09, 2010, 09:39:54 PM


july 9 2010 12:04 - Mum on the nest, Phoenix on the balcony, he hesitates twice, then jumps into the nest

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UiV_Ys5WQtA


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: Laurie_lh on July 10, 2010, 06:11:23 AM
love the video Booni!!!!!!!!


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: Mishka on July 10, 2010, 08:13:44 PM
Obviously P was just waiting for your encouragement, Booni!!  :ecwink


Title: Phoenix on the close up cam box
Post by: boonibarb on July 10, 2010, 08:57:19 PM


july 10 2010 09:19 - Phoenix on the close up cam box

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Title: Mum & Dad in the Peters*s Tree
Post by: boonibarb on July 10, 2010, 09:24:41 PM

july 10 2010 09:54 - Mum & Dad in the Peters*s Tree - Mum calls out

You can hear what Mum*s voice sounds like from the ground.
& towards the end, watch how she controls her belly feathers, she fluffs them out just before she tucks her foot against her belly!




http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2j_dMIY8_YM


Title: Phoenix on the close up cam box
Post by: boonibarb on July 10, 2010, 09:51:30 PM

july 10 2010 09:43 - Phoenix on the close up cam box yawning

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Title: Mum & Dad in the Peters*s Tree
Post by: boonibarb on July 10, 2010, 10:07:48 PM
july 10 2010 09:46 - Mum & Dad in the Peters*s Tree - Mum yawns
Look at Mum*s foot clutched against her belly in that foto!


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Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: Blue on July 11, 2010, 10:56:18 AM
Wow! to these, booni.  Great pictorials, thankyou!   :eclove


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: Tigerlady105 on July 12, 2010, 12:15:45 AM
Booni, those are fantastic photos of Phoenix and Mom and Dad!  What a great series you are making!    :eclove


Title: Phoenix on the close up cam box
Post by: boonibarb on July 12, 2010, 08:14:54 PM
july 10 2010 10:06 - Phoenix on the very back of the close up cam box

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Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: NancyM on July 13, 2010, 06:24:10 AM
Booni!  :eclove

In that last wonderful picture - is that thick curved branch to the right the one that we call "the sturdy branch"or the "balcony"? Phoenix has spent a lot of time standing there some days.



Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: boonibarb on July 13, 2010, 06:29:19 AM

Nancy, i am not sure that Phoenix has made it to that branch yet.
Hope used to use that a lot.
i think when they are on that branch, they are almost out of sight.
i bet he*ll be using it soon!

i took that foto standing under the left side of the nest looking up.
i thought he might be on that branch, but he was just on the back of the camera.


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: Mishka on July 14, 2010, 08:54:50 PM
{{{{booni}}}}


Title: Phoenix - we got to hold him
Post by: boonibarb on July 15, 2010, 02:49:00 PM

Warning! This video may not be for everybody. Please think for a moment before you play it. Make sure you are ready. Phoenix is MAGNIFICENT!!  :Jaisigh

We will have to fill out this story over the next few days.
We were lucky to have Dan & Tereza Hamilton as our tree climbing team.
Dan made it look easy, but easy it was not.
He said when he looked over the edge of the nest, there was Phoenix, looking right at him.
He put him in a backpack, & belayed him down.
This is a video of winterwren unpacking Phoenix from the back pack.

Phoenix, when he is brought down from the nest - july 15 2010 11:31 - 0023

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mSmm9DUEzMY


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: Caro on July 15, 2010, 02:55:49 PM
OMG that was so hard to see but thank you so much


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: NancyM on July 15, 2010, 03:01:44 PM
Thank you booni for being there to receive Phoenix. My thanks also to wren, and especially to Dan the tree climber.

I have posted this on Facebook - people had already heard about it and wanted to see it ....  :eccry


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: Birdsie on July 15, 2010, 03:24:31 PM
Thank you so much for posting that video boonibarb--I am most grateful  :heart

How beautiful Phoenix is--I loved seeing those hands so gently caressing Phoenix--and proudly showing Phoenix's beak. What a sweetheart.  Your words spoke for us all.  Thank you.


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: Mountain-gal on July 15, 2010, 03:25:00 PM
It's a reality now...as I tear, I thank you for the video of our Baby.
Our beautiful Babe...how can one get so attached to a wild animal?
Except that one wakes & sleeps, with the Babe in mind? Made my mornings sweet.
Our hope's were set so high! He was growing so nicely with incredible parents.

Deep breath...I'd rather him go now with us, than fly off & suffer after his flight.

At least we know & will know...Phoenix.

I'd like to send a donation to Mountainaire..as a gift towards the discovery of Eagles and their lives.  Where would I send a donation? In Phoenix's name? :heart


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: madrona on July 15, 2010, 03:31:16 PM
Booni and Winterwren, thank you so much for this.  What a difficult thing it must have been for you both - I was overcome with tears watching, so can only imagine how much more difficult it must have been for you.  You are such fine, caring, interesting women - and I feel privileged to have met you - I count you among my good friends.  If there's anything I can do, please let me know.  All of the Hornby Island eagles are fortunate to have you two on their side - especially Mom and Dad Hornby.   :heart


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: Punkinhead on July 15, 2010, 03:46:10 PM
Booni thank you so much for posting that video.  It was hard to watch but nice to see Phoenix in such loving hands...  Hugs to both you and Winterwren as I can only imagine how difficult that was.  And a big thank-you to the tree climber that retrieved our Phoenix as I know how dangerous that was.  You are such a special person and I hope I get to meet you one day... :eccry


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: shurld on July 15, 2010, 03:55:02 PM
I feel great sorrow crying over  phenix he was so beautiful just loved him.....feels good to know others are crying to. and it brought a new meaning to me to see him........... thanks so much for being there Booni and wren .and everyone who worked so hard to make it a wonderful site. and keeping peace .I will be here again next year if all goes well ............I cant stay away I will  be in probably all year..... thanks again.........


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: birdvoyer on July 15, 2010, 04:14:38 PM
Boonib and wren, as hard as it is to watch, it is another 'view' that must be seen. Thank you so much for being there and willing to see that Phoenix was handled with care and love. I'm sure it was not easy.  :eccry


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: annieadress on July 15, 2010, 04:17:27 PM
For over a month, as I sat watching one life, my bloved of 66 yrs, ebbing away I would watch a new life begining,  Pheonix.  It was such a joy  to watch him. Now to learn   his short life is gone has broken my heart. thanks to those who took such loving care on getting him down from the tree. The video was beautifully done.  although I cried, it was worth it to see such a beautiful bird we came to love, up close.

The wind is beneath Phoenixs wings now. He can fly and soar.


 :eccry


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: MystCat on July 15, 2010, 05:24:03 PM
boonibarb, thank you for posting this video. Just as having photos of little Echo last year helped with the loss, so does this video help with this one. 

Seeing Phoenix in the care and gentle keeping of you and those who brought him down from the tree is a gift.
Thank you. 



Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: Mountain-gal on July 15, 2010, 05:25:33 PM
What happened to Echo? It was said..a terrible accident shortly after his birth.


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: winterwren on July 15, 2010, 05:33:10 PM
Observations from Doug's yard during Phoenix's recovery.
(feel free to move or copy this to the obs thread or anywhere appropriate.)

July 15, about 10:00 am:
Mom on babysitting tree. Booni reports that she's been there - all morning?
Mom watching all around, preening.

11:00:  Climber is about 3/4 of the way up. Booni filming from the ground near the nest tree. I move back to Doug's to observe parents' behaviour. We have been seeing adults circling the area for a few minutes.
Mom is still in babysitting tree. Dad is circling overhead, and so are 2 more adults. Booni also sees an immature eagle circling overhead. Dad does a few "uck, uck, uck" calls and I hear one or two short trills, but there is no territorial behaviour going on. Mom is looking toward the other eagles, not towards the nest.

11:09:  Tree climber just below the rim of the nest.
Mom looks towards the nest and seems to cry out the loudest, most intense cachunks - her whole body strained towards the nest, her chest heaving rythmically, her beak wide open, her eyes wide - but not a sound is heard.
(I checked the hotspot and there's no sound registering on the cam at that point either.)
Mom launches into the air and flies away northward. Then circles back over Doug's house and Hidden Beach. At least 2 adults circling at that point. Faint calls, not territorial-sounding. (One faint call registers on the cam just as the climber disappears over the rim.)

11:12:  As soon as Mom disappears I turn the scope to the nest. Climber is below the rim with Phoenix in his arm.
Parents calmer, circling slower.

11:15: Faint calls heard again.

Mom did not return to the babysitting tree while we were in the area. (until 12:00)


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: Blue on July 15, 2010, 05:52:05 PM
Thanks so much for the video of Phoenix in your care and thanks, winterwren, for your report from Doug's.  It helps to know these things - I would always wonder what the adults were doing at that time.   :heart


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: Lexi on July 15, 2010, 06:07:36 PM
Yes, I heard Mom crying/calling as Phoenix was taken down from the tree.  It was heartbreaking.


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: harmony on July 15, 2010, 06:08:14 PM
Thank You so much for sharing the video.  My deepest sympathys to Doug and Sheila and to all the wonderful Folks on here.
My heart is sad.......................


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: BBE on July 15, 2010, 06:17:54 PM
Booni and Winterwren, thank you for the video and the observations from Doug's.  I was amazed at how little time it took Dan to remove Phoenix from the nest and he was so gentle.
 
I heard some of the calls and it is interesting to know there were other eagles there too and an immature one to say farewell to Phoenix. Thank you both for being there to receive Phoenix.  I am sure that was not easy for either of you.

 :heart


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: BBE on July 15, 2010, 07:08:30 PM
<snip>
I'd like to send a donation to Mountainaire..as a gift towards the discovery of Eagles and their lives.  Where would I send a donation? In Phoenix's name? :heart

Mountain-gal,

Donations may be made to the Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society, either in the name of Hornby Eagles Group or in Phoenix's name.

Their website is  http://www.wingtips.org/ (http://www.wingtips.org/)

A column on the left hand side of their home page includes 'Donations'.  Also another choice is 'Donation Form'.

Thank you so much

Addendum: In answer to your question about 'Echo'.  Last year Mum and Dad produced 'Hope' who fledged and 'Echo' who at 11 days old died as the result of an unusual event. 

Information about previous years eggs laid and hatched can be found Here (http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=229.msg8690#msg8690)

BBE


Title: Mum in the Babysitting Tree
Post by: boonibarb on July 15, 2010, 07:58:42 PM

i was watching Mum in the Babysitting Tree through my camera as the tree climber climbed closer to the nest.
She was looking towards the nest & opening her beak wide as though calling, but i heard no sound.
i wanted to film what she was doing.
This is a short video because Mum flies off.
In my memory, this was when she did a fly by, very close to the backside of the nest.
i don*t think she returned to the Babysitting Tree after this.
i think she saw what was happening...  :eccry

july 15 2010 11:11 - Mum watches the tree climber from the Babysitting Tree


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mXiUi8AalwE


Title: Phoenix having trouble breathing
Post by: boonibarb on July 15, 2010, 08:45:09 PM
i stopped by the nest & found Phoenix on the prow yesterday afternoon.
i noticed strange breathing behaviour.
He was drowsy, & it seemed as though his eyes were closed most of the time.
i thought it was just the heat....
 :eccry
i thought i should film how he was behaving.


july 14 2010 14:37 - Phoenix displaying dyspnea


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_gzJoW_GDu4


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: PamNY on July 15, 2010, 09:05:07 PM
Boonibarb, thanks for the video of Phoenix showing unusual breathing. Sad, but it's very interesting to see.  To me, it looks different from the way birds pant when they are hot.

Thanks also for all your help and information. 


Title: The Tree Climber
Post by: boonibarb on July 15, 2010, 09:26:23 PM

This is the tree climber, Dan Hamilton, just after he removed Phoenix from the nest so gently, waved to us, then began his descent.
He looked back & saw us, & i think he has a bit of a traumatized look on his face.
This was very moving for him.
He said he felt very strange at the nest, like he was in someone*s living room, stealing their silverware...

july 15 2010 11:14 - the tree climber descends from the nest with Phoenix
Click foto, & click again to see his sweet face.


(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4121/4798428748_ca772bb682_b.jpg) (http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4121/4798428748_121cf554af_o.jpg)


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: Birdsie on July 15, 2010, 09:40:55 PM
Thank you boonibarb for those two videos.

Heart-tugging both of them--but I so want to see it, too. 

And that is a lovely photo of Dan Hamilton--our hero today!

Thank you


Title: Re: Mom in the babysitting tree
Post by: winterwren on July 15, 2010, 10:49:23 PM
Booni, thanks for the video of Mom in the babysitting tree. I was watching her through Doug's telescope at that time. This was when she was giving those intense, silent calls I described in my previous post -- to me the most dramatic moment of Phoenix's recovery. :eccry

This coincided with the time the tree climber was getting to the nest. I didn't see the exact timing, the trigger that made her finally fly off after all those hours of vigil - whether it was the moment the climber appeared over the lip, or the moment he touched Phoenix, or the moment Phoenix disappeared from Mom's sight. I guess we will never know. This display of her intense grief is what triggers the most tears for me.


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: luvthebirds on July 15, 2010, 11:35:22 PM
 :eccry  Thank you for your loving care and for sharing with us all, Booni and Winterwren.

It is absolutely heart breaking to think of mom in the tree knowing her baby is gone.  Each time I think of her up there, and calling, the tears come once again.  And yet, it is right that we know what she and Dad did and how they cared for their dear Phoenix.  :eccry


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: gms on July 16, 2010, 01:52:55 AM
For over a month, as I sat watching one life, my bloved of 66 yrs, ebbing away I would watch a new life begining,  Pheonix.  It was such a joy  to watch him. Now to learn   his short life is gone has broken my heart. thanks to those who took such loving care on getting him down from the tree. The video was beautifully done.  although I cried, it was worth it to see such a beautiful bird we came to love, up close.

The wind is beneath Phoenixs wings now. He can fly and soar.


 :eccry

I am so sorry for your double loss, Annie. I feel even sadder now, having read your touching post. xo
:ecsad


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: greyfloppysocks on July 16, 2010, 04:53:16 AM
 :sad   :sad    :sad    

No words.... just a broken heart and tears...........  

Not just for Phoenix, but for Ma and Pa, and us humans who love them...

And for my Buggie who passed away last month, after stealing MY heart for 17 years and 3 1/2 months....   That wound is still very raw for me, and this just explodes grief again for me...  

And I remember last year.....  I am sorry if that topic upsets some, but That little one was a special one, too, and if it bothers some that I remember him, I am sorry...  I am grieving for many things, and I remember past griefs when something like this happens.  I should not be slapped for it.

Thank you for letting me speak.

GFS


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: Mountain-gal on July 16, 2010, 05:15:22 AM
greyfloppysocks...Blessings to you for shring your grief with us. This sudden loss of Phoenix has brought us much closer. I'm sorry to hear you have many losses to deal with at once...(((hugs))) :heart


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: Bullie on July 16, 2010, 05:58:36 AM
:sad   :sad    :sad    

No words.... just a broken heart and tears...........  

Same to me:-( Came home yesterday after a 2day-trip in the car back from Spain. Put on internet and Hornby, to see the family...and Phoenix was gone. Mom and Dad are part of family meanwhile - and we humans react with feelings.

I'm really waiting for the autopsy-result. Can't imagine, what happened...poisoned food? Problems with the pneumonia? But I'm sure, Mom and Dad felt, that something was wrong, because they left the nest hours ago.

Sad greetings to you all - Bullie from France


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: Helen55 on July 16, 2010, 08:05:25 AM
Such sadness for all.  Thankyou for being together with such love and care. 
It is another year of immense privilege to spend time learning and watching the Eagles of Hornby.
Doug, Sheila, Booni, Winterwren we will stay with you in love and gratitude for giving us so much as you cared for Phoenix, Ma and Pa.


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: lcyjan on July 16, 2010, 09:18:08 AM
booni and wren!!  thank you so much for all the video ... the mom calling is the most heart wrenching !! :eccry   ..


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: Birdsie on July 16, 2010, 10:16:18 AM
Thank you so much boonibarb and winterwren--you have provided me with such touching details of what happened to Phoenix and to Ma and Pa--

I am so grateul for your gentle and straightforward way of delivering the reality. It helps me very much Thank you for sharing so much :heart


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: beans on July 16, 2010, 10:35:18 AM
thank you boonibarb and winterwren... 


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: sheryl b on July 16, 2010, 11:39:40 AM
thank you so much for the video. i am still crying and cant believe pheonix is gone. it has brought many souls together and it does help that i am not alone in my grief. it will ease with time but i will never forget this wonderful experience.i am still sad. does anyone know why she died? i noticed a couple of days ago that she wouldnt eat.
 i also read that this couple has had tragities before,but also had 21 babies that survived. gone to soon mad me cry even harder, but i think in time it will pass for all of us, but we will still remember phenox.
thank you all for all the videos, they are great!!


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: joyofdogs on July 16, 2010, 12:10:10 PM
Booni - I think you are the soul and recorder of this group.  Your photos and video clips capture so many of the seminal moments so that we can have a record for our hearts.  Thank you from the bottom of my heart. (((booni))) Joyofdogs


Title: Re: Mom in the babysitting tree
Post by: Bairbre on July 16, 2010, 12:34:17 PM
Booni, thanks for the video of Mom in the babysitting tree. I was watching her through Doug's telescope at that time. This was when she was giving those intense, silent calls I described in my previous post -- to me the most dramatic moment of Phoenix's recovery. :eccry

This coincided with the time the tree climber was getting to the nest. I didn't see the exact timing, the trigger that made her finally fly off after all those hours of vigil - whether it was the moment the climber appeared over the lip, or the moment he touched Phoenix, or the moment Phoenix disappeared from Mom's sight. I guess we will never know. This display of her intense grief is what triggers the most tears for me.


Thank You for this post.  My first eagle season, 2006, that awful year, convinced me that these beautiful birds grieve every bit as much as we humans.


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: Tigerlady105 on July 16, 2010, 02:25:53 PM
Thank you Booni and Winterwren for your loving care of Phoenix when the tree-climber gave you that precious eaglet to hold.  I haven't been able to watch the videos yet, but I will soon.  Mom and Dad must be mourning their beloved eaglet.  I hope they'll soon return to their normal routines of fishing and perching and being partners together in their favorite perches.

I remember Mom making those intense but silent calls in the past and wondered at the time what they meant.  She wasn't grieving then, so maybe they are at a higher frequency than humans can hear??? 


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: bruner on July 16, 2010, 05:18:54 PM
booni & winterwren;

It meant so much to me to have you there to so lovingly receive Phoenix when she was taken down from the nest by Dan Hamilton.  Thanks to both of you and if you can, please tell Dan what he did meant so much to all of us.

bruner


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: BBE on July 16, 2010, 07:25:44 PM
Booni and winterwren,

I was extremely moved when I watched the video of you receiving Phoenix from Dan.  To know Phoenix was with you, made it a little easier for me to accept what happened.  I am so pleased you were there to comfort each other. Thank you both so much for doing what you did.

Dan was gentle and caring when he removed Phoenix from his home.  And to give us a wave was so touching. He is an everyday hero in my books.  I would like to suggest that he be sent a card from all our members and the Chat thanking him for what he did.

The videos are so touching. Mum cried as much as all of us who watched.

 :heart BBE


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: artist on July 16, 2010, 08:03:08 PM
Thank you so much for those videos. I could feel Momma Hornbys grief and see it. I know that she knew that her poor dead baby would be well taken care of.

These are riveting videos even tho they tear my heart apart.

Thank you for these.


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: swedishchair on July 16, 2010, 08:34:51 PM
My heart is totally broken.  I had no idea so many people were watching this site; thank all of you for your kind words to the Carrick's and each other.  It helps to know that we are not alone in our grief.  God bless.   :eccry


Title: Re: Mom in the babysitting tree
Post by: nubchai on July 17, 2010, 08:39:27 AM
Thank You for this post.  My first eagle season, 2006, that awful year, convinced me that these beautiful birds grieve every bit as much as we humans.

I think 2006 was the first year I watched the Hornby eagles.  I think that was the year the eggs didn't hatch.  I remember Ma and Pa coming back to tidy up the nest.  Then ma was there alone and it was like she was still looking, hoping to find a little eagle.  then she made that call that was pure grief.

I'm so sad about Phoenix.  But I'm really sad for the parents who I know also grieve.  I wish Phoenix could have flown at least once.  But his spirit is soaring now, even though his body can't.

Thanks to Doug & Sheila, BooniBarb for the wonderful videos, Dan for his courage and heart and all the others who help these great birds.


Sandy


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: ceit on July 17, 2010, 12:16:02 PM
To Doug, Sheila, Booni, AJL, Madrona, Raptorman and Everyone who took us through the lives of our beautiful Hornby Eagle family.  As everyone else, my heart is heavy and full of sorrow for this great loss of Phoenix.  It seems it has been a sorrowful year for Mom & Dad Hornby, first with Dudley, and now our beautiful Phoenix.  I will remember with great fondness all the times I was able to observe what you have made possible.  I smile when I think of Phoe hugging Dudley on so many occasions.  Thank you to everyone who participated in the chat on the webcam--I have learned so much.


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: gmadeb3 on July 17, 2010, 06:43:14 PM
Doug and Shelia and the Hornby Eagle Group--

Thank you for your combined efforts to educate the world by reaching out through your camera and knowledgeable administrators on your chat.  It has been such a rewarding experience for me and my family.  Many a night I would call my mom and we would have to share what had happened on the nest and how the chat had responded to maybe a poop shot (miss the camera) or by moving a stick (woody) around.  Such memories are shared across the world. I now look forward to watching the next phase of their lives and returning to the nest.  I can't wait to see my first eaglet fledge.

Deb


Title: Dan Hamilton, the tree climber, in the Nest Tree
Post by: boonibarb on July 18, 2010, 11:45:00 AM
Okay, my plan was to download these clips onto my computer from Doug*s video camera, & then edit them into one clip, but it has been a bit complicated & i don*t have time.
So, i am uploading the individual clips, darnit.
You*ll have to watch them one at a time, & they are a bit out of order, so read the description/title, so you know what*s going on.

These seem to have posted in reverse order, so you may need to start with the last one, then work your way up to the first one to see them in order.
This isn*t quite what i had planned....

july 15 2010 - Dan Hamilton, the tree climber, in the Nest Tree




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


Title: The Tree Climber, Dan Hamilton, in the tree beside the nest tree
Post by: boonibarb on July 18, 2010, 11:51:13 AM

july 15 2010 - The Tree Climber, Dan Hamilton, in the tree beside the nest tree


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WE_gFuM4dKQ


Title: The Tree Climber, Dan Hamilton, ascends the tree beside the nest tree
Post by: boonibarb on July 18, 2010, 11:55:03 AM

july 15 2010 - The Tree Climber, Dan Hamilton, ascends the tree beside the nest tree



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D-O5wh3DsEE


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: boonibarb on July 18, 2010, 11:59:53 AM
july 15 2010 - The Tree Climber, Dan Hamilton, ascends the tree beside the nest tree
You*ll have to ignore the audio in this one...



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i0sMiDXvtAU


Title: The Tree Climber, Dan Hamilton, ascends the tree beside the nest tree
Post by: boonibarb on July 18, 2010, 12:06:01 PM


july 15 2010 - The Tree Climber, Dan Hamilton, ascends the tree beside the nest tree


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m6VNBOdx_6g


Title: july 15 2010 - The Tree Climber, Dan Hamilton, ascends the tree beside the nest
Post by: boonibarb on July 18, 2010, 12:08:23 PM


july 15 2010 - The Tree Climber, Dan Hamilton, ascends the tree beside the nest tree

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qwSLV5urqTY


Title: Dan Hamilton, the tree climber, in the Nest Tree
Post by: boonibarb on July 18, 2010, 12:14:27 PM

Okay, this video pans up the Nest Tree to where Dan is perched, & he is dropping a small orange line down, i forget why.
The thinner tree, to the left, is the one he had to climb first, maybe 80' up?, & then he swings across to the nest tree, to the position he is now in.

july 15 2010 - The tree climber, Dan Hamilton, ascends the Nest Tree



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


Title: Dan Hamilton, the tree climber, in the Nest Tree
Post by: boonibarb on July 18, 2010, 12:20:04 PM

This video pans up the Nest Tree to where Dan is setting up his climb up the rest of the Nest Tree.
You see the large orange rope extending up the Nest Tree, above where he is perched.

july 15 2010 - The tree climber, Dan Hamilton, ascends the Nest Tree




http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=knLRBpu6wsQ


Title: The Nest Tree & the Tree beside it
Post by: boonibarb on July 18, 2010, 12:25:21 PM


This video shows the nest tree, & then the Tree beside it.
Dan had to climb the tree beside the Nest Tree, in order to get at the Nest Tree.

This is the last video i took on Doug*s video camera.
i shall pick up the story with the footage i got from my own camera next...
To be continued.

july 15 2010 - The Nest Tree, & the Tree beside it



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PGjhAX0eLdk


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: BBE on July 18, 2010, 01:04:23 PM
Booni,

Your being able to record Dan as you did while upset over the event truly shows your devotion to the Hornby Eagles.  

I am even more impressed with Dan's determination and focus to do what he did.

Thank you so much.  :heart


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: Rajame on July 18, 2010, 01:21:49 PM
Absolutely incredible work by everyone. Thank you to Dan and Booni and Wren. You are all tops in my book!  :heart


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: kianaj on July 18, 2010, 01:24:19 PM
oh Booni . . .your heart must have been beating so hard . . all kinds of emotions . . but you held the camera so steady.  What a very brave woman.  You, Dan and Wren were all heros that day.



Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: Laurie_lh on July 18, 2010, 04:17:04 PM
I started at page 1 all the way to the last page and read and watched and saw everything...a great healing journey for me.  Thank you for having this spot on the forum, and thank you booni barb for your eyes and your ears.   :heart


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: Tigerlady105 on July 18, 2010, 04:58:38 PM
Booni, thank you for posting the series of videos you made of the climbing tree and nest tree while Dan was going up to the nest to get Phoenix.  He is a very brave young man and we owe him a lot for risking his life to get Phoenix. :eclove  Thank you for taking and sharing your on-the-spot recordings of a very dangerous climb.

I've been curious to learn how he went from the climbing tree to the nest tree.  How did he get from one tree to the other?  I know he has ropes but there is some distance between the two trees.  :puzzled2

Dan is a wonderful man!   :heart


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: boonibarb on July 18, 2010, 08:08:33 PM


Tiger, i still have the video footage i took with my camera to show you.
This was just what i took with Doug*s video camera.
My footage shows how Dan got from the Tree beside the Nest Tree to the Nest Tree.
You won*t believe it!!   :eceek

july 18 2010 10:54 - Mum in the Babysitting Tree, Doug whistles, Dad lands


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NXC7NTKsS1w


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: quinnie13 on July 18, 2010, 08:19:58 PM
Booni ... Thank you for posting the footage of Mum and Dad in the babysitting tree.  Seeing them makes me breathe a sigh of relief and lessens the heaviness my heart has been feeling.


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: Doug on July 18, 2010, 08:33:47 PM
In boonibarb's video above,  mom as usual is on the left and dad on the right.  Looking at mom's tail it is narower and slightly rounded.  Dad's tail is more square.  This is one way to tell the difference, but doesn't always work that way.


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: BBE on July 22, 2010, 02:49:27 AM
In order to maintain continuity in the Hornby Island Ground Observations thread, we have moved the posts by four members related to 'America' (who is an absolutely beautiful eagle) the Expo, and sightings of eagles which have had an impact their personal life to Bald Eagles in Other Places.   (http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=118.msg18330#msg18330)

The members and Boonibarb have been informed of this move.

BBE



Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: nuthatch on July 22, 2010, 08:22:45 AM
The dedication, courage and efforts to save Phoenix touch my heart.  You are each a shining example of what love can do for a common cause. A big thank you to each of you.  I still go to the nest each day just to listen to the sounds of Hornby Island.  Phoenix was my first eagle experience and I will miss her.

Nuthatch


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: Blue on July 22, 2010, 09:13:51 AM
This thread, Ground Observations,  is a 'scientific' place to document happenings seen from the ground related to the Hornby eagles and Hornby nest.  It will be used as a permanent record of the 2010 nesting season.

Please do not post here except to comment on the ground observations.  


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: boonibarb on July 23, 2010, 06:41:48 AM

One of our members, Trixie in Ontario, approached me about lightening my foto of Dan, so that his face is more visible.
i eagerly accepted!
Thank you Trixie!!  :eclove
Here is the lightened version, with his anguished face more evident.  :heart
Click on the foto, & click again to see him up close.
Brave man!
Thank you so much Dan!!!

Dan Hamilton

(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4082/4820528383_952fca9f09_b.jpg) (http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4082/4820528383_1e4854a998_o.jpg)



Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: quinnie13 on July 24, 2010, 02:59:05 PM
You are so right Barb.  The anguish on Dan's face is evident.  I can only imagine the overpowering emotions he must have been feeling as he carefully cradled our beloved Phoenix. 

This entire experience has touched me so deeply.  Even as a former techie and current teacher, I am still astounded at the incredible reach and power of the Internet.


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: Chacooe on July 28, 2010, 10:09:25 PM
Observations from Doug's yard during Phoenix's recovery.
(feel free to move or copy this to the obs thread or anywhere appropriate.)

July 15, about 10:00 am:
Mom on babysitting tree. Booni reports that she's been there - all morning?
Mom watching all around, preening.

11:00:  Climber is about 3/4 of the way up. Booni filming from the ground near the nest tree. I move back to Doug's to observe parents' behaviour. We have been seeing adults circling the area for a few minutes.
Mom is still in babysitting tree. Dad is circling overhead, and so are 2 more adults. Booni also sees an immature eagle circling overhead. Dad does a few "uck, uck, uck" calls and I hear one or two short trills, but there is no territorial behaviour going on. Mom is looking toward the other eagles, not towards the nest.

11:09:  Tree climber just below the rim of the nest.
Mom looks towards the nest and seems to cry out the loudest, most intense cachunks - her whole body strained towards the nest, her chest heaving rythmically, her beak wide open, her eyes wide - but not a sound is heard.
(I checked the hotspot and there's no sound registering on the cam at that point either.)
Mom launches into the air and flies away northward. Then circles back over Doug's house and Hidden Beach. At least 2 adults circling at that point. Faint calls, not territorial-sounding. (One faint call registers on the cam just as the climber disappears over the rim.)

11:12:  As soon as Mom disappears I turn the scope to the nest. Climber is below the rim with Phoenix in his arm.
Parents calmer, circling slower.

11:15: Faint calls heard again.

Mom did not return to the babysitting tree while we were in the area. (until 12:00)


Maybe the immature eagle was Hope saying goodbye to her sister.  I know Echo and Phonenix are now watching over their mom, dad and Hope.


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: boonibarb on August 01, 2010, 08:40:21 PM


Today i took Dooki to Hidden Bay to cool off in the water.
i was tired after working & was just staring around.
i saw an adult eagle in the Flat Top Tree on Sandstone Point.
i looked towards the Nest area & saw nobody in any of the trees there.
Suddenly an eagle came from behind me & flew over my head towards Grassy Point.
Another one flew over a second later.
There was a motor boat close to Grassy Point, & the eagles headed for it.
Both eagles dove at the water near the boat with their feet.
One rose only a little from the water, & flew along close to it, til they reached the shore & landed.
i think they caught a fish & were eating.
The second eagle flew higher & then looped back towards the nest area.
i was sure they would land in the Peters*s Tree, but they flew past it & back out to Grassy Point where they landed in the very top of a tree.
A crow went roaring over there & proceeded to dive bomb the eagle in the tree persistently for about ten minutes.
Finally the crow left, but returned to dive bomb some more.
They flew off again, but returned to pester the eagle, who i could hear calling out as they were being pestered.
Finally the crow left.
The eagle was still in that tree when i left.
i lost track of the one that landed on the beach.
i looked back to Sandstone Point, & that eagle was still in the tree there.
Suddenly THEY left their perch tree, & flew out over the water, dove at it with their feet, & flew back towards land.
i could hear an eaglet screeping!
The were making the *i can see food coming & i want it* screeping call.
The rate & the loudness of the call increased as the adult flew closer.
Then it got quiet & the adult flew back to a tree on Sandstone Point.

i am suggesting that the two eagles who flew over my head were Mum & Dad.
They were well within their territory during the behaviours i observed.


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: emc on August 01, 2010, 08:49:46 PM
booni: so the eagles that you saw, with fish, did not go to the nest with the eaglet?  Is that right? Eaglet thought it was going to get food, but it didn't. Is that right?

Thanks again for being there and sharing with us.


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: emc on August 02, 2010, 12:24:15 AM
booni:  have you posted the videos you took with your camera of the tree climber. I'm  looking for the footage of Dan crossing from one tree to the other, in particular.
Thanks


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: boonibarb on August 02, 2010, 06:22:34 AM


emc, the two eagles who flew over my head, who i believe were Mum & Dad, flew towards Grassy Point, where one landed in a tree, they may have had a fish & eaten it?, & the other landed on the point there, where i believe they ate a fish they caught.
Then there is the eagle that was on Sandstone Point, who i also believe caught a fish, & brought it to the Wiig Nest for the eaglet, then returned to a perch tree on Sandstone Point.
Does that make sense?

So far, i have only posted the Dan climbing the Nest Tree video footage that i took with Doug*s camera.
i still have the footage i took with my own camera to work on & post.
This footage will show you Dan crossing from the Tree beside the Nest Tree, to the Nest Tree.


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: BBE on August 02, 2010, 04:04:47 PM
Booni did post the individual recordings she took with Doug's camera. They are posted Replies # 853 - 861).  She wanted to make one video of them all together. She has been extremely busy and it is a very complicated procedure. So I volunteered to do so at some point.

I did have a title and credits; but that created another 'gritted teeth' image; so did away with them.

Booni, as promised with  :eclove here is 'Dan Scaling The Tree'. I have edited it to show Dan on the thumbnail on YT; but it may take a while to change.  

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BxyV5rZN9BY


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: emc on August 02, 2010, 05:51:10 PM
Booni:  thanks for clarifying both events.  Makes good sense now. :biggrin6
What's  been keeping you busy?  A few wandering eaglets? :eceek  :ecinnocent


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: boonibarb on August 02, 2010, 08:23:36 PM


That looks great!  :ecsmile
Thanks for doing that for me BBE!
i know it was quite time consuming to do.
This is how i wanted to do it in the first place.
i*ll do the same kind of thing when i post the rest of the climbing video.


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: luvthebirds on August 02, 2010, 09:31:00 PM
I have some more photos from my trip to Hornby to share.  I have been reticent to post due to Phoenix's passing, but feel now may be the appropriate time.

These photos were taken on the afternoon of June 15, 2010 about 3:45, after we got the jigga into the campground and Blackie settled in.  We just had to see the eagles and the special places like Grassy Point and the nest beach, nest, et al!  The photos are clickable to larger size.


Our first view of the Peters' tree, complete with a special eagle. Dad?
(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4096/4755445271_b3bd2204a3.jpg) (http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4096/4755445271_b3bd2204a3_b.jpg)


(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4139/4756084310_1461390a0a.jpg) (http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4139/4756084310_1461390a0a_b.jpg)


(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4095/4756084454_222c4f6c66.jpg) (http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4095/4756084454_222c4f6c66_b.jpg)


(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4141/4756084572_718c5e3162.jpg) (http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4141/4756084572_718c5e3162_b.jpg)


(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4094/4756084900_ededbd038a.jpg) (http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4094/4756084900_ededbd038a_b.jpg)


(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4139/4756084742_f9956952a9.jpg) (http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4139/4756084742_f9956952a9_b.jpg)


The photos above were taken from the street in front of the Carrick's home.  These were taken by mr. ltb, I think.  Although we did find ourselves playing "I want to take the picture" a lot with our camera while on Hornby.  :eclol


More to follow.....


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: Rajame on August 02, 2010, 09:34:35 PM
Luvthebirds!!

Thank you once again for taking me to Hornby Island with you!

Hugs,
Rajame  :heart


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: luvthebirds on August 02, 2010, 10:39:52 PM
These photos were taken about an hour later than the first ones of the Peters' tree.  We were on the Nest Beach and got some pictures on the Peters' tree from that angle.... and finally spotted the nest tree as well. :biggrin6

Photos are clickable.

Hello Beautiful!
(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4143/4756087368_2374feb852.jpg) (http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4143/4756087368_2374feb852_b.jpg)

(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4114/4756087240_8648309b8d.jpg) (http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4114/4756087240_8648309b8d_b.jpg)

(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4139/4756087676_8a1187ce10.jpg) (http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4139/4756087676_8a1187ce10_b.jpg)

(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4077/4755449327_2f8f8394e0.jpg) (http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4077/4755449327_2f8f8394e0_b.jpg)

This set taken by mr. ltb.


More to follow....


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: kathyj on August 02, 2010, 10:54:47 PM
Thanks you so much for sharing your photos with us Luvthebirds (and Mr ltb).  They are brilliant and very clear.  Can't wait to see the next few. :ecsmile


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: Tigerlady105 on August 02, 2010, 11:20:14 PM
Luv, thank you for sharing these wonderful photos with us!   :eclove


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: luvthebirds on August 02, 2010, 11:20:57 PM
Some more eagle photos from the late afternoon of June 15, 2010 from the nest beach.  Photos are clickable.


(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4102/4756088354_0863996783.jpg) (http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4102/4756088354_0863996783_b.jpg)


(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4115/4755449645_cc8b146ec5.jpg) (http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4115/4755449645_cc8b146ec5_b.jpg)

(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4077/4756089086_e2fc10dce7_b.jpg) (http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4077/4756089086_2daa10083f_o.jpg)
I made this one large, clickable to very large, so the open mouth and expression can be seen.

(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4101/4755450023_30d1a9e8e6.jpg) (http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4101/4755450023_30d1a9e8e6_b.jpg)
While one adult was on the Peters' Tree, the other was on the nest.  During this time period, there was a need to chase off an immature and possibly some other bald eagles.

(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4100/4756089488_022151c379.jpg) (http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4100/4756089488_022151c379_b.jpg)


(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4077/4755450361_549eb452f4.jpg) (http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4077/4755450361_549eb452f4_b.jpg)
This is not Mom and Dad Hornby, as one was in the Peters' Tree and one in the nest....   Maybe this is the pair that uses the Nomads Nest?  Or the pair that Booni has been spotting overlapping with Mom and Dad Hornby's territory?

more to follow





Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: BBE on August 02, 2010, 11:21:50 PM
Luv, what absolutely beautiful photos of our favourite eagle parents. Did you say there are more  :question  :ecsmile


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: luvthebirds on August 02, 2010, 11:31:33 PM
Continuation of photos from the nest beach, late afternoon, June 15, 2010.  Photos are clickable.


(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4101/4756089818_3f50b01bd3.jpg) (http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4101/4756089818_3f50b01bd3_b.jpg)

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This one clicks to very large so you can see the face.


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More to follow.....


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: luvthebirds on August 03, 2010, 12:00:30 AM
A few more from the late afternoon (approximately 5:35 pm for these ones) of June 15, 2010.  The Peters's Tree from the nest beach area.  Photos are clickable.

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Very large clickable on this one.


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This one is also a very large clickable.
I was lucky on this one to be able to get a photo of Dad's takeoff!  :eclove

More to follow later......



Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: BBE on August 03, 2010, 01:19:46 AM
I am in eagle heaven for sure.  They are all so sharp,clear and awesome.  The one Dad during take off is inbelievable, one can almost count his feathers.

 :heart


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: Tigerlady105 on August 03, 2010, 01:36:33 AM
That photo of Dad taking off is one of my favorites of him, Luv!  It looks as if BBE really likes it, too.  :eclove


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: kathyj on August 03, 2010, 01:45:52 AM
Amazing photos, especially the one of Dad taking off.


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: boonibarb on August 03, 2010, 06:20:28 AM

Those are wonderful fotos luv!!
You sure had good luck that day with your camera!

Dad looks like his crop is nice & full!

& in the foto of him flying away, you can see the feather marking that tells me it*s Dad, not Mum.
Mum has/had nicks in the primary feather tips of # 5 & 6.
Dad has that gap on the trailing edge of his left wing, about halfway up.


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: artist on August 03, 2010, 07:17:21 AM
What awesome photo's, Barb. I can't wait to get a lens similar to yours. 
I wondered if other eagles would try to move in on their home. I guess they won't leave until those ones head out then they can insure that no one else is trying to invade their home.

artist



Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: birdvoyer on August 03, 2010, 07:19:37 AM
Luv, absolutely gorgeous photos! I am so happy that you had this opportunity. (and am definitely looking forward to our trek there someday)

 :heart


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: NancyM on August 03, 2010, 08:22:08 AM
Some more eagle photos from the late afternoon of June 15, 2010 from the nest beach.  Photos are clickable.

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This is not Mom and Dad Hornby, as one was in the Peters' Tree and one in the nest....   Maybe this is the pair that uses the Nomads Nest?  Or the pair that Booni has been spotting overlapping with Mom and Dad Hornby's territory?

Excellent pictures, luv -- thank you  for taking the time to post them for us.

In this photo, there are actually 3 adults in the tree  :eceek


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: luvthebirds on August 03, 2010, 08:58:16 AM
Great catch, Nancym!!  Indeed there is another, and it is another adult!  As I had noted, Dad/Mom had to discourage some eagles from fishing right off where we were on the nest beach.  And we did see at least one immature as well.  One immature was almost fully adult it seemed.   (Possibly one less mature as well.)  Darn my old brain, I wish I had taken notes, but was so enthralled to be on Hornby I could barely stop smiling!   :eclol :heart  I do have the times from our photos, and in the "off-season" may try to match my recollections a little better with the observations/hotspots from the days I was on Hornby.

Guess I will just have to go back! :nod2 :ecwink


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: geepers on August 03, 2010, 04:33:52 PM
Just wanted to thank our HEART group for all your time, expertise, caring and pure love in obtaining and sharing all these wonderful pics and videos with all of us in the chatroom and the world. your kindness and love for the eagles has touched sooo many people and greatly spread the love for the Eagles of Hornby Island. Thanks a million, you are truly a gracious, loving group of eaglelovers and im proud to have met all of you. and ill gladly continue to donate to the Eagles of Hornby Island and Mars, love and hugsss, Geepers  :nod2


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: emc on August 03, 2010, 05:05:54 PM
Awwww Thanks geepers. Welcome to the forum, please take off your shoes, and coat, and make yourself at home.  Lots to see here, and if you have any questions, we'll try and answer.


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: NFBetsy on August 03, 2010, 05:54:53 PM
Geepers - you took the words right out of my thoughts and said them better than I could have.  Thanks.

Betsy 


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: Thumper66 on August 03, 2010, 07:24:16 PM

                                 :heart :heart   "DITTO"    :heart :heart 

        Thank you HEART Team...........you are the greatest!!


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: boonibarb on August 03, 2010, 07:59:13 PM


Today Dooki & i biked by the back side of the Nest, on the way to the beach.
An adult eagle was near the top on the right hand side of the Babysitting Tree.
When we passed by the water side of the Nest an hour later, whoever it was was still there.


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: Blue on August 03, 2010, 08:40:39 PM
Seems like they are keeping an eye on the nest, booni. 


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: Doug on August 03, 2010, 09:39:20 PM
Mom and dad were either in the Babysitting tree or in the Peters' Tree most of the day, until almost dark - more so that any day in the last two weeks.


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: emc on August 03, 2010, 09:43:34 PM
Welcome NF Betsy and Thumper:  Make yourselves comfy and look around and enjoy. We are so glad you joined us.  :ecsmile


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: boonibarb on August 03, 2010, 10:11:42 PM
Okay, i*m confused.  :puzzled2
i just went through all the footage i took on my camera of the day Dan Hamilton climbed the Nest Tree to gather Phoenix.
i am missing some video that i remember taking.
So, i am going to check out Doug*s video camera, to see if the footage i took is still there.
Then i will post it.

Here is all the footage i took that day, all strung together into one video.
You see him climbing up the Tree beside the Nest Tree.
Then you see him in the Nest Tree, coming down with the backpack that has Phoenix in it.
In between you see an adult tail feather that i found under the nest, & an assortment of poopshots.
Some of the footage you have already seen, some is new.
There must be footage on Doug*s camera, showing how Dan got from the Tree beside the Nest Tree, to the Nest Tree.
i also remember a tree limb coming down from Dan*s work up there, & hitting me in the head while i filmed.
i haven*t seen this footage yet.
Let*s hope the footage is still on Doug*s video camera.

july 15 2010 10:10am - Dan climbs the Nest Tree & the tree beside it



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


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: Donnae on August 03, 2010, 11:05:25 PM
Wow, great pics Luv, and I too love the one of Dad in flight!!!!! Thank you

Booni, can wait to show hubby Dan's video-- he will enjoy it-- and I knew exactly what Dan was doing having watched hubby many a time. Not an easy feat!!!! Thanks for showing it.


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: luvthebirds on August 03, 2010, 11:14:53 PM
On the afternoon of June 16, 2010, mr. ltb and I were delighted to share some time with Sheila and Doug and Booni and Dooki in the Carrick's lovely garden.  :eclove  While we were there, Dad was in the Peters' Tree and was being harrassed by first one, then two, crows.  The consensus was that the crows were teenagers looking for trouble. :eceek  Dad held his ground and appeared unfazed by the harrassment.  It was while we were at the Carrick's that Mom brought the octopus part to the nest.  It was a wonderful afternoon and the company, the weather and the views were all perfect.  :heart  (And waving the flag, and commandering Doug's computer were unforgettable experiences.  :ecwink)

Fun with new flickr today.... grrrr.  Photos are clickable.

The nest tree/wide angle cam/part of the nest.
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Dad in the Peters' Tree.
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still a few more days worth to post later......


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: Maria dB on August 04, 2010, 01:24:36 AM
I've just watched Booni's video of Dan climbing the trees.   :pray One word...AWSOME.   :nod2 You need guts to do a job like that. Way to go Dan andt hanks again  :eclove  Hope your Mum is on the mend.  :heart

Luv. Keep the holiday 'snaps'coming  :eclol .Super

Once again,many thanks Booni for posting and taking the pictures and videos.

Hugs to all. M x


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: McMolly on August 04, 2010, 05:21:58 AM
Boonibarb, thank you so much for that video ... I had not seen most of it, not sure how I missed it because I thought I'd clicked on every link I could find!

And those are magnificent pictures of Dad in the Peters Tree, luvthebirds ... thank you for sharing those, too. :ecsmile


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: Blue on August 04, 2010, 07:53:21 AM
Beautiful pics, luv.  So nice you are showing them now.  As Doug just posted, Mom and Dad spent the day in the Peters' tree and Babysitting tree yesterday so we can imagine the photos were just taken!


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: ekf on August 04, 2010, 09:01:53 AM
Thank you so much everyone for the photos and videos and comments that continue to teach and enrich us at every step and on every path of this remarkable journey with the eagles of Hornby.  Phoenix, forever.


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: artist on August 05, 2010, 09:15:38 AM
Great pics! I can see the ticking on the feathers and how they lay, you must have a lens like booni does.

artist


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: Tigerlady105 on August 05, 2010, 10:04:58 AM
I'm curious to know how the eagles know when to go to the salmon runs  Is there an Eagle Hotline they call for the latest news?   :eclol


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: passerine on August 05, 2010, 10:53:17 AM
Hard wired for it, instinct & eagle pod or Ipad. :mhihi


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: luvthebirds on August 05, 2010, 04:57:30 PM
On June 17, 2010 we went back to the Nest Beach to see if we could visit again with the Hornbys.  It was pretty cloudy, so a lot of the photos, while nice memories for us, were not the best views of Dad as there was not much contrast.  However, I am posting a couple of the ones that were the best of the lot.  Certainly not as striking as when we had the bright blue sky for the two prior days...

Photos are clickable.

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(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4097/4756674718_3a2ca0342e.jpg) (http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4097/4756674718_3a2ca0342e_b.jpg)

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(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4081/4756036773_f30006c686.jpg) (http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4081/4756036773_f30006c686_b.jpg)

And we took several of the nest tree... so here is one.
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Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: Blue on August 05, 2010, 05:53:28 PM
The silhouettes have a special appeal too, luvthebirds.  (Dad has such a handsome profile.   :eclol)


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: luvthebirds on August 05, 2010, 06:12:08 PM
Thank you, Blue.  I tend to agree and I must admit that i am more than a  little bit in love with that handsome dude, Dad Hornby.   :nod2  :heart


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: boonibarb on August 05, 2010, 08:25:11 PM
i forgot to report what happened yesterday after work.
i was coming home, driving from the Co Op towards the Community Hall, & i could swear i saw smoke!!
Then i smelled smoke!
The island is very very dry.
Was there a fire?
But i*d heard no sirens.
i continued on my way.
When i came out from visiting Nest Brigantine, the smoke was in MY neighbourhood!
& i could even smell it!  :eceek
But still no sirens, & nobody panicking.
When i got home, it was smokey there, too.
The tops of the trees were in smoke, like a foggy day.
& the sun had a weird red colour to it.
It was like it was cloudy, even though the sun was out.
i believe there are 400 wildfires on the Mainland of British Columbia, & the smoke has reached Hornby.
This has never happened before.
i could smell smoke in my house, all last evening.
& the morning sunrise was red red.
Everywhere you looked today, the distance was smokey.
i couldn*t see across the water what i would usually see there.


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: Blue on August 05, 2010, 08:32:25 PM
The same thing is occurring along the east coast of Vancouver Island.  It smells like wood smoke so I can just imagine all the trees burning over there.   :eccry

We usually see the Coastal Mountain Range across the water from here but the smoke has obscured them even though the fires are a long way inland from the coast.



Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: luvthebirds on August 05, 2010, 08:39:33 PM
This is horrible.  :eccry  I hope that the fires will be under control and out soon.  Wildfires are so scary and so destructive.   :sad


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: boonibarb on August 05, 2010, 08:42:17 PM

When Dooki & i passed the back side of the Nest Tree after 6pm, either Mum or Dad was perched in the right top of the Babysitting Tree.


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: Rajame on August 07, 2010, 05:20:50 PM
JoyofDogs & DancingLady go to Hornby Island
August 6, 2010

JoyofDogs and Dancinglady visited Hornby Island yesterday. Joy asked that I post these pictures and her commentary. Woohoo!



Dancing Lady & JoyofDogs - we are on the first ferry to Hornby Island. SOOO happy!!
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On first ferry coming into Denman Island - caught some geese flying past.
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We saw lots of incredible things at Boonibarb's like dried up bird pellets (note fur and other stuff) and green lichen.
(http://i917.photobucket.com/albums/ad13/2010Highlights/Joy%20and%20Dancing/3-Wesaylotsofincrediblethings.jpg)




Some bones found at base of an eagles' tree.
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Skull - probably possum (Wilson RIP) - found near eagle tree.
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More bones and the wing of a tiny bird.
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Pellet from Brig. Not much real food evidence.
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Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: Rajame on August 07, 2010, 05:21:10 PM

Dooki - when are we going?
(http://i917.photobucket.com/albums/ad13/2010Highlights/Joy%20and%20Dancing/8-Dookiwhenarewe.jpg)




Oh gosh we loved seeing all the lovely bones.
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What the heck is this? Skull of something - maybe a fish. Beautiful, intricate pattern.
(http://i917.photobucket.com/albums/ad13/2010Highlights/Joy%20and%20Dancing/10-Whattheheckis.jpg)




Different angle.
(http://i917.photobucket.com/albums/ad13/2010Highlights/Joy%20and%20Dancing/11-Differentangel.jpg)




More bones - so cool.
(http://i917.photobucket.com/albums/ad13/2010Highlights/Joy%20and%20Dancing/12-Morebones.jpg)





Cardboard Bakery where we had lunch - YUMMMY Watch out for the ravens.
(http://i917.photobucket.com/albums/ad13/2010Highlights/Joy%20and%20Dancing/15-Cardboardbakery.jpg)




Waiting for something to eat
(http://i917.photobucket.com/albums/ad13/2010Highlights/Joy%20and%20Dancing/16-Waitingforsomething.jpg)




Can you see the nest to the left of the trunk near the top?
(http://i917.photobucket.com/albums/ad13/2010Highlights/Joy%20and%20Dancing/18-Canyousee.jpg)




Closer view of nest
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Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: Rajame on August 07, 2010, 05:21:31 PM


Boonibarb - we've seen eagles and eaglets!
(http://i917.photobucket.com/albums/ad13/2010Highlights/Joy%20and%20Dancing/22-Boonibarbweveseen.jpg)




Look up, look waaaay up - there's the nest in that opening in the trees
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Boonibarb - and WAY behind her through the little window in the trees above her head - The Nest. This is where she takes many of her fantastic photos from.
(http://i917.photobucket.com/albums/ad13/2010Highlights/Joy%20and%20Dancing/24-BooniandWAY.jpg)




Mum & Dad Hornby's Nest - ohmygosh - there's the camera.
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View from Carrick's front deck
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Looking from the Carrick's front door toward the gate.
(http://i917.photobucket.com/albums/ad13/2010Highlights/Joy%20and%20Dancing/29-Lookingfromthe.jpg)




Front of Sheila & Doug's house - their garden is gorgeous.
(http://i917.photobucket.com/albums/ad13/2010Highlights/Joy%20and%20Dancing/30-FrontofSheila.jpg)




Time to say adieu to Dooki, Booni, Sheila & Doug!
Thanks for a great day and for making all this possible.
You are the best!
(http://i917.photobucket.com/albums/ad13/2010Highlights/31-Timetosayadieu.jpg)








Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: Blue on August 07, 2010, 07:34:09 PM
Looks like you had a great visit, Dancing Lady and JoyOfDogs and you met the local celebrities - Booni, Wren, Doug and Sheila.  Thanks for the pictures and thanks to Rajame for posting them.


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: emc on August 07, 2010, 08:03:15 PM
What a fantastic visit you had  :ecsmile.
Love your pictures and report of the trip.  Wonderful to share it with you all. :eclove


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: dalarie on August 08, 2010, 12:07:00 AM
Great pictures! I wish I could be there to hug all of you. After the last few months, it feels like I've got to know you a little. One of these days, I will travel back to Vancouver island and make a little detour to Hornby to get the feel of the island. By the way, Booni, we can also smell the smoke of the B.C. fires when the wind blows from the southwest and there has been a permanent haze in the sky. Since I live east of Edmonton, smoke travels a long way!


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: kathyj on August 08, 2010, 03:49:53 AM
Wow, fantastic photos there of the Hornby crew and some of the sights.  Doug and Sheila's garden looks amazing too.  What a wonderful place to live.  and thanks so much for sharing your photos with us.


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: baysis on August 08, 2010, 06:17:50 AM
Thank you so much for those super photos Dancing Lady & JoyofDogs - and to Rajame for posting them.  It seems that you had a great day for your visit.

Would you mind if I 'hitch' the one of the 5 of you in the house to send to various rellies; they would be so thrilled to see such a lovely pikkie of Sheila & Doug - as well as the three of you of course!**  

Do hope those fires in BC are being contained & with no loss of life.  Bush fires are terrifying things, as all Australians know full well.  

**oh dear oh dear - of course there are four others; I FORGOT Dooki!     :blush :Jaisigh


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: Maria dB on August 08, 2010, 04:46:06 PM
Wonderful photos ladies.  Lovely to put names to faces .  :eclove
What wonderful views you have, Doug and Sheila. I'm rather envious  :eclol


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: Montana46 on August 09, 2010, 08:35:03 AM

How fun to see the joy (no pun intended  :ecwink)you all have had. I feel as though I got to visit by  osmosis!


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: calrob10 on August 09, 2010, 11:54:08 AM
I am so glad the two of you got to get together and go to Hornby.  Two memories in one.  The pics were great.  Thanks for sharing your adventure. :ecwink


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: emc on August 09, 2010, 02:46:37 PM
I was just looking at your picture at the top of the page, and see the smiling faces, and the happy names you both have chosen.  Dancing and Joy..  Oh, wow, I remember when I could dance, and it would bring me joy.  :biggrin3


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: Tigerlady105 on August 09, 2010, 04:22:59 PM
A wonderful time...with wonderful people!  Thank you for sharing it with us!   :eclove


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: Mishka on August 10, 2010, 02:25:06 PM
Wonderful pics, thank you!!  Lovely bone collection!

I hope the smoke situation is better by now, I can't imagine what all these fires are doing to the birds...


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: Tosia on August 10, 2010, 02:49:11 PM
Beautiful photos Dancing Lady & JoyofDogs-thank you.  It is great to be able to put names to faces and People to places.
Wonderful to meet all the people who keep me at the computer everyday for hours - Doug and Sheila, Booni and Wren (Love all your pictures and stories).  You all are doing marvelous job sharing your lives and lives of those beautiful eagles with all of us.
I am thinking of visiting the Hornby Island this time next year, but this beautiful little part of the world is getting pretty popular and I wonder if  there will be any place to stay left for me by the time I get there.

Just a thought - if it wasn't for this very very special, extraordinary and beautiful girl - Phoenix I would never meet you and would never see the beauty of the bald eagles the way I see it now.  In such a short period of time-only 76 days she got into the deepest parts of my soul and she is going to stay there for ever.


Title: Re: Ground Observations
Post by: Blue on August 10, 2010, 03:41:31 PM
Mishka

Yes, the smoke has cleared along the coast of British Columbia and over the Strait of Georgia between the coast and Vancouver Island.

Tosia

Welcome to the forum if you haven't already been!  I have a feeling that Hornby Island will have room for you even if the Hornby eagles have become tourist ambassadors for the island.  I believe that one has usually had to reserve ahead to stay there during the tourist season because it has always been a popular summer destination.



Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010
Post by: Tosia on August 10, 2010, 05:35:53 PM
Blue,
Thank you for a warm welcome.  I don't post to the forum very often, but I visit the site every day for couple of hours reading other posts and checking out the pictures especially Booni’s and Wren’s pictures and videos and the stories of activities  in other nests and how other eagles and eaglets are doing.  This site became my second nature and after hard day at work this is my way to relax.  What happened to Phoenix unbalanced this perfect picture horribly but life goes on and we can only hope that she will always live in memories of people like us.  Thank you for letting me to be a part of it.


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010
Post by: boonibarb on September 19, 2010, 05:39:32 PM

i took this video from Sheila & Doug*s deck.
We were both observing Mum & Dad, in order to be able to report back to everyone that they were doing okay.

 july 18 2010 11:18am - Mum & Dad in the Peters*s Tree, Mum flies off



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kPONWwRy_3U


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010
Post by: marjy2u on September 19, 2010, 05:43:42 PM
Thanks, Booni!  It's sure nice to get a Ma & Pa "fix" while they're away!  =)


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010
Post by: Tigerlady105 on September 19, 2010, 06:33:34 PM
Thank you, Booni.  It was reassuring to see them in their normal perches against the brilliant blue sky.  Beautiful video! :ecsmile


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010
Post by: Rajame on September 19, 2010, 11:47:39 PM
Thank you boonibarb! All these great vides are a great reminder of our purpose in loving the eagles.

Hugs, Rajame  :heart


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010
Post by: OpieK on September 22, 2010, 10:12:25 AM
Thank you Booni for a reminder why I love this site!


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010
Post by: gzebear on September 22, 2010, 04:29:41 PM
ohhh, I'm so happy to see that clip of Mum and Dad ... can't you just tell, when she flies off and he looks after her, how much he loves her?


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010
Post by: Maria dB on September 23, 2010, 01:15:59 PM
 :nod2


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010
Post by: birdsofprey on September 25, 2010, 10:24:36 AM
Thanks for the great video of Ma and Pa :thumbup:


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010
Post by: boonibarb on September 25, 2010, 03:23:31 PM
Okay, thanks to emc, who did a lot of work for me to be able to post this, finally, here is the video showing how Dan moved from the tree beside the Nest Tree to the Nest Tree in order to get to the Nest to bring Phoenix down for us.
Thank you emc!!  :heart

july 15 2010 - Dan the Tree Climber - moving across the gap

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aNvjzq1mfW8

Raptorman also uploaded the video from Doug*s camera to UStream for me.
Here is the link to watch it there.

Hornby Island Tree Climber

click here (http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/9706470)



Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010
Post by: Cawatcher on September 25, 2010, 03:30:40 PM
My Gosh booni  what a strenuous task for Dan!! love all the rigging :-)


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010
Post by: emc on September 25, 2010, 03:57:56 PM
This climb is not for the novice! Dan is very experienced, I'd say! :ecsmile
Glad that Raptor and I could get the video to you booni. Looks like it worked well.


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010
Post by: Tigerlady105 on September 25, 2010, 04:22:11 PM
Wow! That's an amazing feat for Dan to be able to go safely up one tree, across to the nest tree, and then go even higher up to the nest!   :eceek   :thumbup:

Thank you for sharing this with us, Booni.  And thanks to Raptorman and Emc for your part in making it possible.   :hearts2

And, Dan is going to do it again next week!  I wonder how he's going to handle getting to and cleaning the Wide Angle lens?!   :pray

Hooray for "Dan, Dan...the Tree-Climbin' Man!!!"  :clap  :heart


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010
Post by: Thumper66 on September 25, 2010, 09:25:50 PM
That's a lot harder work than I thought it would be for Dan.  Wow!  The crossing-over bit, made me very nervous without a net.   It make me appreciate and respect Dan even more. I'm not sure what you went through to provide this video for us, but thank you so much, Booni.  We all live vicariously through your photos and videos of Hornby.  


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010
Post by: sparkie on September 28, 2010, 03:46:55 PM
  This morning I felt privileged to witness the most spectacular sunrise on the nest so far . Quite amazing for our last day in our old home at zaplive . Tomorrow we all head to our new home and even more spectacular things with our new cams and new software . What a season its going to be .  I have a new toy and this is my first attempt at posting  a link on the forum . I hope you enjoy

http://http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I5KQhPedgF4


 :ecsmile


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010
Post by: emc on September 28, 2010, 03:54:12 PM
Beautiful sunrise on the nest. Yep. Gorgeous rays of sun.

Congrats Sparkie,  you did it!


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010
Post by: Laurad on September 28, 2010, 03:54:51 PM
Sparkie, hello and thank you for the lovely video - it is indeed a memorable occasion. What is your new toy??  :ecinnocent


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010
Post by: Rajame on September 28, 2010, 04:06:27 PM
Very nice Sparkie! What a treat that is to see!  Thank you for sharing with us.  :heart


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010
Post by: OpieK on September 28, 2010, 05:35:45 PM
so lovely - thank you Sparkie!


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2009 - 2010
Post by: valleygirl on November 12, 2010, 07:29:22 PM
Bonnib - magnificient photos you took of Mom and Dad...haven't had a chance to chat or check in these last weeks and this was a great reintro for me tonite...thanks so much...also thought the map layouts of area were really helpful...gives those of us way far away a much better perspective...hi to everyone...My best...Valleyg


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2009 - 2010
Post by: jaybigler on November 12, 2010, 11:58:43 PM
:heart Booni, you are a real pro with that camera of yours!  :eclove  I enjoyed every turn of this tour from the ground.   :biggrin6   Boy, would I love to see you on one side and cawatcher on the other.  We  :eceek :heart :eceek  would all be happy to see it.  You are soooo very adroit! :eclol  and THANK YOU!


Title: Mum near Grassy Point eating a washed up seal
Post by: boonibarb on November 29, 2010, 09:39:42 PM

Doug played a LOVELY video of Mum & Dad in a stream on the beach, bathing & drinking.
It reminded me of a bunch of fotos i took when there was a seal washed up on the shore near Grassy Point.
At first, there was an adult eagle, & two immature eagles.
Then they all flew away because two guys came along the shore & walked right up to the eagles to watch them.  :lumphammer8
After the guys left, Mum flew back in by herself.
She ate at the carcass for a long while, then flew to the water & washed her feet & beak.
At one point she did a shuggle.
Then she flew to another spot & did more washing.
After that, she flew off towards the Nest.
One day i*ll post some fotos of this, but for now, here are two animated series of fotos, showing you the action.
i thought it was really sweet how she *played* in the water, getting clean!  :eclove

Mum eats from a seal then washes & shuggles & flies away - animated - part one

(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5081/5219464937_3efdf10004_o.gif) (http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5081/5219464937_3efdf10004_o.gif)

Mum washes after eating from a seal then flies away - part two

(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5288/5219502541_fa953c9380_o.gif) (http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5288/5219502541_fa953c9380_o.gif)


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2009 - 2010
Post by: Tigerlady105 on November 29, 2010, 10:29:34 PM
Booni, thanks for posting these animations where we can watch them now.  Mom enjoyed eating from the seal that washed up on shore and I remember that, but didn't know about her 'washing up' afterward!  So interesting to watch her...very nice videos.   :thumbup:


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2009 - 2010
Post by: Cawatcher on November 30, 2010, 12:04:19 AM
Special memories ... Thank you Booni! :eclove


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2009 - 2010
Post by: MaggiesMom on December 01, 2010, 09:04:47 AM
Lovely, Booni!  thanks so much for the postings!


Title: Mum near Grassy Point eating a washed up seal
Post by: boonibarb on December 03, 2010, 07:25:14 PM

Okay, so go here to read about the seal & the eagles when i first posted about them.

Click for original posts & fotos. (http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=23.msg15671#msg15671)

There were more fotos from this day that i never got around to posting.
In this one, Mum has had her fill of the seal & is about to fly away.
Look at her fabulously large outstretched wings!  :eclove
& you can see the nicks in two feathers on her left wingtip.
You can also see the blood on her upper beak*s point
Be sure to click on the foto then click on the one that opens up as well, to see Mum large & up close.

june 20 2010 20:13 - Mum leaves the seal

(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5283/5230589506_03c2041718_b.jpg) (http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5283/5230589506_96507ea652_o.jpg)



Title: Mum near Grassy Point eating a washed up seal
Post by: boonibarb on December 03, 2010, 07:38:22 PM


june 20 2010 20:13:23 - Mum flies away from the seal

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Title: Mum near Grassy Point having a wash after eating
Post by: boonibarb on December 03, 2010, 07:50:18 PM


june 20 2010 20:13 - Mum plinkety plunks in the water - 141-103
i LOVE the water pouring off of Mum*s right foot as she steps!!  :heart


(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5087/5230634240_07f58fac7b_b.jpg) (http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5087/5230634240_c062bf1f8d_o.jpg)


Title: Mum near Grassy Point having a wash after eating
Post by: boonibarb on December 03, 2010, 08:03:55 PM


When i photographed this, i thought Mum was having a drink of fresh water.
But now i think she was washing her beak.
i wonder if she was rubbing her beak on the seaweed in this puddle??

june 20 2010 20:13 - Mum washes her beak in the ocean - 141-106


(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5165/5230063329_c2fa1748fa_b.jpg) (http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5165/5230063329_cfe10dcaff_o.jpg)


Title: Mum near Grassy Point having a wash after eating
Post by: boonibarb on December 03, 2010, 08:20:51 PM


june 20 2010 20:13 - Mum washes her beak in the ocean - 141-115

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Title: Mum near Grassy Point having a wash after eating
Post by: boonibarb on December 03, 2010, 08:32:22 PM


june 20 2010 20:14 - Mum in the water - 141-121

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Title: Mum near Grassy Point having a wash after eating
Post by: boonibarb on December 03, 2010, 08:41:27 PM

This one is priceless!
Where are her rubber boots?

june 20 2010 20:15 - Mum splashes in the ocean - 141-133


(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5243/5230721106_ca8f3d21d9_b.jpg) (http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5243/5230721106_fb2b0bd964_o.jpg)


Title: Mum near Grassy Point having a wash after eating
Post by: boonibarb on December 03, 2010, 08:56:16 PM


Look at her big feet!

june 20 2010 20:17 - Mum springs out of the water - 141-150


(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5244/5230748084_1f0433806a_b.jpg) (http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5244/5230748084_7e8a1d7bcb_o.jpg)


Title: Mum near Grassy Point having a wash after eating
Post by: boonibarb on December 03, 2010, 09:05:33 PM


june 20 2010 20:17 - Mum leaps from the water - 141-151

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Title: Mum near Grassy Point having a wash after eating
Post by: boonibarb on December 03, 2010, 09:11:31 PM


june 20 2010 20:17 - Mum lands again - 141-152

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Title: Mum near Grassy Point having a wash after eating
Post by: boonibarb on December 03, 2010, 09:17:29 PM

june 20 2010 20:17 - Mum lands in the water - 141-153

You can see her wing feather nicks again here.


(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5210/5230188077_2f3da68041_b.jpg) (http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5210/5230188077_935ce4b071_o.jpg)


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2009 - 2010
Post by: Thumper66 on December 03, 2010, 09:19:36 PM
Booni, I love your photo sequence of mom.  You are a wonderful photographer...thank you for sharing.


Title: Mum near Grassy Point having a wash after eating
Post by: boonibarb on December 03, 2010, 09:29:33 PM


june 20 2010 20:19 - Mum fluffs up to do a shuggle - 141-165

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Title: Mum near Grassy Point having a wash after eating
Post by: boonibarb on December 03, 2010, 09:37:49 PM

june 20 2010 20:19 - Mum shuggles - 141-167

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Title: Mum near Grassy Point having a wash after eating
Post by: boonibarb on December 03, 2010, 09:53:46 PM


june 20 2010 20:19 - Mum does a shuggle - 141-168

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Title: Mum near Grassy Point having a wash after eating
Post by: boonibarb on December 03, 2010, 09:59:41 PM

june 20 2010 20:19 - Mum leaps from the water - 141-169

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Title: Mum near Grassy Point having a wash after eating
Post by: boonibarb on December 03, 2010, 10:05:02 PM


june 20 2010 20:19 - Mum lands in the water again - 141-170

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Title: Mum near Grassy Point having a wash after eating
Post by: boonibarb on December 03, 2010, 10:12:32 PM


june 20 2010 20:20 - Mum standing in the water - 141-174

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Title: Mum near Grassy Point having a wash after eating
Post by: boonibarb on December 03, 2010, 10:19:26 PM


Left wing feather nicks evident.

june 20 2010 20:20 - Mum leaps from the water - 141-175


(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5081/5230883664_3a41a31d74_b.jpg) (http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5081/5230883664_09ebaef88c_o.jpg)


Title: Mum near Grassy Point having a wash after eating
Post by: boonibarb on December 03, 2010, 10:24:47 PM


june 20 2010 20:20 - Mum looks to me like she is just having fun - 141-176

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Title: Mum near Grassy Point having a wash after eating
Post by: boonibarb on December 03, 2010, 10:33:30 PM


june 20 2010 20:20 - Mum doing a jig in the water

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Title: Mum near Grassy Point having a wash after eating
Post by: boonibarb on December 03, 2010, 10:42:04 PM


june 20 2010 20:22 - There she goes! - 141-183

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Title: Mum near Grassy Point having a wash after eating
Post by: boonibarb on December 03, 2010, 10:49:04 PM


This one is COOL!!!

june 20 2010 20:22 - Mum flies back to the Nest area - 141-184


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Title: Mum near Grassy Point having a wash after eating
Post by: boonibarb on December 03, 2010, 10:54:49 PM

june 20 2010 20:22 - Mum leaves the picture - 141-185

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Title: Mum near Grassy Point having a wash after eating
Post by: boonibarb on December 03, 2010, 11:03:23 PM

june 20 2010 20:22 - Mum has cool bent up right wing feather tips - 141-193

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Title: Re: Ground Observations 2009 - 2010
Post by: winterwren on December 04, 2010, 12:18:37 AM
Wow! exquisite light in this whole sequence! Beautiful effects of water splashing, green seaweed, the subtle tones of the ocean... And oh, Mom is sooo gorgeous!

Thanks for taking the time to post these, Booni!


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2009 - 2010
Post by: Tigerlady105 on December 04, 2010, 06:00:29 AM
Wonderful series, Booni!  You caught so many good frames of Mom enjoying the ocean.  Thank you for sharing them with us.   :thumbup:


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2009 - 2010
Post by: ccfan on December 04, 2010, 01:12:33 PM
WOW, Booni, you did it again!!! 
It looked like she was jumping the waves and having a great time playing. 
You're photos are beyond excellent.
 :thumbup:


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2009 - 2010
Post by: Tigerlady105 on December 04, 2010, 07:36:40 PM
Who knew that adult lady eagles pull up their knickers and play in the waves like kids?!   :chuckle


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2009 - 2010
Post by: Raptorman on December 09, 2010, 06:42:34 PM
WOW!!  :eceek

Awesome photos Booni!!  :nod2


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2009 - 2010
Post by: amyam on December 10, 2010, 11:04:05 PM
Boonibarb

FABULOUS photos first of all.  You capture the fine aspects of Mom's wings, talons, her posture, and so much more.  You bring to us the unique qualities these awesome eagles possess in your expressive WRITING, and your photos.  Thank you for bringing these rare and special moments to us all.  I find myself happy with the prospect of reading these updates, especially after a long day!!!  The thought that eagles may 'play' really sounds ... well, why not?
Whoo Hoo!!!!
Anyone figured out what the fish was that Mom brought back today?

Aloha,
Amy


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2009 - 2010
Post by: birdsofprey on February 04, 2011, 08:26:43 PM
 :thumbsup Outstanding shots Boonibarb ty so much for sharing. Loved the captures with the pictures also  :ty


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