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Title: Ground Observations - 2010-2011 the Alexandra & David Season
Post by: boonibarb on October 03, 2010, 09:33:51 AM

This is the Ground Observations discussion thread for the 2010-2011 season of the Hornby webcam eagles!
It is a place to post observations, fotos & videos of Mum Dad & their eaglets, as observed from the ground.
May they, & all the eagles & birds & mammals & fish & reptiles, have a good healthy year this year!!



Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on October 04, 2010, 09:48:34 AM

Mishi & i were in the Nest Tree neighbourhood early saturday evening.
Suddenly, mishi said *BOONI!!*
i knew right away that she had something important to tell me.
i went over to her, & she said *LISTEN!!!*
So i did.
i heard two trills!
& they sounded VERY familiar!  :eclove
We continued to listen.
We heard starlings.
Then the starling did their Dad imitation, over & over.
Was this what we had actually heard?
Had the starling pulled our leg?
We quickly ran to check all the perch trees.
No sign of an eagle.
We heard nothing more.
i felt foolish, that i hadn*t been able to tell the sound of an eagle from the sound of a starling imitating one.
& i had been so happy to think that Mum or Dad had returned!
i was greatly relieved when we visited chat, to hear that they had heard a double eagle trill, at the time that we did!
So an eagle WAS back, as of saturday evening.


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on October 04, 2010, 09:52:31 AM

mishi was up & at *em way earlier than i was sunday morning.
So she took Dooki, & off they went to the Nest Tree neighbourhood to see if Mum or Dad were in sight.
Mishi came back all a-quiver!
She pulled out her camera & showed me fotos of an eagle in the Peters*s Tree!
So, one of them is back.
i returned to the area with her, & my camera.
We saw nary an eagle.
Good thing, as when i turned on my camera, the battery had run out.  :ecnono


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on October 04, 2010, 09:56:26 AM
Sunday evening, mishi took Dooki for a walk to the Nest Tree neighbourhood.
She went to Grassy Point.
On her return, she was headed one way up Grassy Point, but Dooki pulled her in another direction to sniff something.
While he sniffed, she suddenly heard a crack, crack! sound.
When she looked up, there was an eagle, maybe twenty feet above her head, with their feet still partly hanging down.
The eagle was so close, she got a very good look at them.
They flew over & around, then off again.
i believe the cracking sound she heard was the sound of the wings & the feet/talons leaving the branch of the tree where they had been perched.
This was quite likely Mum or Dad, but there is no way to know for sure.


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: winterwren on October 10, 2010, 04:55:28 PM
Today, at about 14:50, trills were heard from the nest. I was working outside and heard them too - and it seemed familiar, but maybe a bit low for Dad... I got on my bike and went to check out the nest neighbourhood.

There was SOMEONE on the babysitting tree... My eye is not practised enough to tell who it is. And I looked around and saw no-one else in the nest neighbourhood, so there are no more clues.

The pictures are pretty marginal... but here's the clearest one. Maybe someone can tell if this is Mom or Dad? (click to enlarge)

(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4129/5069101721_a1dd10948f_z.jpg) (http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4129/5069101721_a1dd10948f_b.jpg)


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: NancyM on October 10, 2010, 07:14:18 PM
Wren, thank you so much for getting that picture!

I surely do not know for sure, but I do note the following: 
  • the middle toe on that eagle looks "long" and
  • in the screencap that I took of Dad on the BST (from Doug's video), there was a white feather very low on his chest and I do not see that in your picture


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: kianaj on October 10, 2010, 07:27:36 PM
but it looks like she has "shaggy" hair . . . .the Tina Turner / Farrah Facette-look . . .has to be Ma

sorry this should have been posted in 'nest discussions'


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: Sunny on October 10, 2010, 07:46:51 PM
 :ecsmile  Beautiful pic wheter Mom or Dad gald to have it
Sunny :eclove


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: Tigerlady105 on October 10, 2010, 10:20:11 PM
Wren, that is so exciting!  You must have been very pleased to see her/him!  How do they balance on such a small perch?!  :ecsmile

Thank you for sharing this picture with us!   :eclove


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: BBE on October 11, 2010, 12:38:53 AM
To quote Booni WooHoooo  :thumbup:  

My guess would be maybe it was Mom?  Regardless of whether it was Mom or Dad; I'm just happy, happy to see and hear one of them again.


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: Maria dB on October 11, 2010, 05:33:25 AM
Looks like Mum to me. What would happen if it was neither  :eceek


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: Tigerlady105 on October 11, 2010, 06:06:12 AM
Dad is around and he will know who it is.  Both Mom and Dad are very territorial!!!  I wouldn't want to have either one chase me!   :eclol

 :eclove


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: AJL on October 11, 2010, 11:46:16 AM
I magnified Wren's photo and I feel that this is a female (based on tail and wing), that the middle toe looks like Mom's, and that the small spot at the commissure might be visible. If it looks like a duck and quacks like a duck, on the babysitting tree at that... cachunkachunka. The calls coming from that tree were unmistakably Mom.


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: Rajame on October 11, 2010, 12:18:19 PM
So be it Ajl! Woohoo!  :heart

Next Nestorations and Hanky Panky!


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on October 12, 2010, 09:15:40 PM
Okay, so since Mum was declared back on sunday, i have been trying really hard to see her.
i went by the Nest every chance i had, on our bike rides, on the way to work...
Every time i went by, i saw nary an eagle.
i figured it was because of the windy wet weather we*ve been having.
The eagles must all be off elsewhere, hiding out.
Today i passed by the Nest neighbourhood just before 8am, on the way to work.
There was an eagle in the Peters*s Tree!
i figured this was Dad, & i had to get to work, so i carried on.
On my way home from work, i passed by the neighbourhood again.
Again there was an eagle in the Peters*s Tree.
Well, i had brought my camera with me, just in case, so what the heck, i may as well stop & at least get a nice foto of Dad so we can see what he looks like after the salmon runs.
So, i grabbed my camera & headed that way.
As i was walking towards the tree, i looked up, & there was the eagle in the tree, looking right at me.
They never miss a thing!
i looked right back, really glad to see whoever it was again!
i set up my camera & started taking fotos.
The first thing i noticed was that the eagle was not in Dad*s spot.
Was this Mum? ? ? ? ?
i watched & watched, & just was not sure.
But i had a feeling this was, indeed, Mum.
It was SO GOOD to see her again.
She was looking about, blowing in the wind, once in a while looking right at me for a second, & then looking away.
Suddenly she flared her wings.
Was she going to take off?
i got ready.
There she goes!
Off into the air she went, then out a short ways over the ocean, doing a large loop.
Was she going to come back & land again?
i prepared to photograph.
i kept watching her, but she flew inland, out of sight.
i kept watching, thinking she would circle back.
When she didn*t, i checked the fotos i*d gotten of her take off.
Wooooo hooooooooooo!  :eclove
This was DEFINITELY Mum!!
Look at the nicks still evident in the #6 left primary feather!
Seems the #5 feather, which was still nicked last time i saw her, has moulted & grown in clean.
But the #6 nicks are loud & clear in identifying this eagle as Mum!!!  :biggrin6 :hearts2

october 12 2010 10:09am - Mum Leaves the Peters*s Tree
(click foto, then click it again to see it in it*s full size)

(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4057/5075492855_b170aea1ab_b.jpg) (http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4057/5075492855_52584e0f3a_o.jpg)


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: marjy2u on October 12, 2010, 09:26:35 PM
Outstanding photo, Booni!!!!! Thanks for sharing that with us! :eclove


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: NancyM on October 12, 2010, 09:30:03 PM
Superb, booni!  Thank you!  :s*


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: geepers on October 12, 2010, 09:33:07 PM
Hi everyone,  want to thank Booni, Wren and Rap and everyone else who has created our chatroom and did the searching and pics of mom this week. What exciting times for our group and you have made it so for us!!! Thank you so much for your hugh contributions to our wonderful group!!!! We sooo appreciate all you do!!! (((HUGSSS)))) geepers :thumbup:  :heart


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on October 12, 2010, 09:35:45 PM
i went back to my van, woooohooooo*ing away, & throwing my arms into the air & doing a happy shuggle.
i was happy happy happy to have seen Mum, & to have captured a nice foto to show you all.
i made my way towards home, & as i turned the corner onto my street i looked up at a perch tree there, & there was a large bird in the tree!
Was that a raven or an eagle???
i kept looking as i drove by, but could not decide.
When i parked & looked up, i was pretty sure it was an eagle, so i got my camera out again.
Now, there*s a bit of a funny story to do with this perch tree.
When mishi was visiting, she wore paths in the roads of the Nest Tree neighbourhood, with all the walking she did there with Dooki.
Every time she went to the Nest or to Grassy Point, she passed by this little cabin on the end of my street.
She declared to me that this would be the perfect cabin for her, & it even had a nice perch tree in the yard.
i told her that, once, i had seen Mum & Dad perched in this tree.
Well, as chance would have it, this was the tree that Mum had flown to!
i watched her again for a while, looking every which way, & blowing in the wind.
At one point i heard trilling from the Nest #9 neighbourhood.
Mum let out a good couple of cachunkas in return.
i*d wished i*d gotten this in a video!
i took a good few fotos, & some video.
Then i set the camera for video again.
The distant trilling was heard & Mum returned it with her cachunkas, then flew off!
She flew back in the direction of the Nest Tree.

october 12 2010 10:25am - Mum in mishi*s cabin*s Tree

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UVSIE7lZiL8


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: Thumper66 on October 12, 2010, 09:37:41 PM
1.  Booni...terrific photo of mom.  Thank you for your narrative...I could just picture the moment you realized it was mom (and not dad).  What a Kodak moment!!!!  How fun.  Mom looks like she's lost feathers in the back of her head.  Is that part of her molting?  Thanks for sharing.

2.  Just saw the 2nd video.  Wow.  What is so nice is that with your videos we can click on the full screen and it works (unlike the WE screens).  It's wonderful!!!   Loved your "Woohoo" at the end too. Thank you so much for allowing us to see mom in action again sitting in Mishi's tree.  I've missed she and dad so much ... I absolutely love these two!!!!   :heart



Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on October 12, 2010, 09:58:38 PM

Okay, i found the post in the 2009 Ground Observations thread where Mum & Dad were in this same tree.

click here (http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=23.msg1294#msg1294)


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: amyklai on October 12, 2010, 09:59:39 PM
Thank you booni, you are not only a great photographer , but an equally excellent narrator . looking forward to allot more .


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: Rajame on October 12, 2010, 10:02:47 PM
Booni!!!!

Thank you thank you!! Mr Raj and I are here cheering. Thank you for the write up. I was right there with you holding your tripod and sun glasses.  :ecwink

You are soooooooooo good to us!

Hugs,
Rajame  :heart


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: OpieK on October 12, 2010, 10:03:44 PM
Booni - you are truly amazing with your camera.  Thank you so much for your photos and videos.  It is wonderful to see and hear Mum again!


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: knitmaster on October 12, 2010, 10:06:39 PM
Booni - as always your pics and vid are wonderful - this was such a remarkable day and it must have been such a thrill for you!  Thank you so much!  Mishi must be thrilled that Mom was on that tree!


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: Donnae on October 12, 2010, 10:09:42 PM
Booni.... thank you, thank you, thank you...... get photo and pic of Mom... she looks great and so nice to see her. This shift is the pits... miss too many daylight hours... but at least I have the observations, screencaps and your wonderful photos and video. So appreciated... loved you woooohoooo at end of video... nice to hear!!!!


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: Raptorman on October 12, 2010, 10:27:53 PM
 :eclove


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: Tigerlady105 on October 12, 2010, 11:39:39 PM
Faaaaaaaaaaantastic, Booni.  You are our eyes and ears!!!   :eclove  Thank you for showing us the wonderful photos and videos that you take... of all the eagles and, today, of Mom.   :heart


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: luvthebirds on October 12, 2010, 11:45:55 PM
Thank you so much, Booni.  I am so glad we are at a camp with good wifi so I could see the video and pictures.  :biggrin3


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: amyam on October 13, 2010, 01:37:40 AM
Booni - You absolutely had me glued to your narrative of your encounter with Mom and IDing her!! It warmed my heart to view the photo and video of what we've all been envisioning and just trying to stay calm about these past LONG days, it seems.  THank you thank you.  Everyone following this very real experience shares what you describe, and we eagerly look forward to more enchanting writings.  What a neat story about Mishi.  What a perfect setting!!!  Words are just inadequate - what a wonderful wonderful event to see Mom and Dad continue on.  I wonder if she was 'remembering' Phoenix as she sat on the cam box that first or second day of her observed return.
Aloha,
Amy


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: gzebear on October 13, 2010, 01:57:38 AM
Amazing Booni - I'm so grateful for your stories and photos. That is soooooo MOM!!! I bet she liked your woohooo!


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: Maria dB on October 13, 2010, 03:57:20 AM
Awww Booni   :hearts2


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: ivani on October 13, 2010, 06:35:47 AM
Thanks, Booni, for giving us the chance to see wonderful things, we can not see in person. It gave me great joy to see this video :eclove


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: ccfan on October 13, 2010, 08:24:03 AM
Booni you have made my day...especially cool that she is 'Mishi's' tree.
I love your narratives and your photos/videos...
Thank you, thank you, thank you  :bow :hearts2 :s*


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: Faerie Gardener on October 13, 2010, 11:18:52 AM
Booni, what is the stump-like thing behind Mom in the video  -  is this another tree with a dead part or is it some Man-made piece?  Looks like it wants to have a camera put onto it!

Wonderful video and narrative, Wonderful   :eclove


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: watermaid on October 13, 2010, 01:38:49 PM
Booni,  I appreciate your work so much.  I don't think you
could possibly know how much joy you bring to those of us
who will never have the opportunity to see one up close and
personal.  Many years ago, I saw one flying high above me
with the beauty of the sun shining through the white tail
feathers.  I shall never forget that special picture.

Thank you.  Watermaid


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boodle317 on October 13, 2010, 01:48:39 PM
Booni.....I simply don't know what we'd do without you.  Your photos add so much to this experience... for so many of us that don't have the privilege of seeing eagles soaring overhead and perching nearby.  Thank you so much for ALL you do!

Boodle.


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: catrou66 on October 13, 2010, 02:39:43 PM
Booni, Thank you, thank you, thank you!
I really, truly appreciate you for taking your time to share your wonderful sightings with us  :hearts2 It's very generous of you. When you write, your feelings are so true and your joy so pure, it's like being there myself.


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: grandma on October 13, 2010, 04:27:38 PM
 :thumbup: wow....I can't believe its getting started again.  As I had said earlier, I didn't even come into this wonderful site until like April or May, but I have been "so" hooked ever since.  You'd think I was the mom or grandma of these birds and you all are so amazing in how you relate everything, to someone like me, who knows nothing, about them, except that I love them.


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: mishikeenhquay on October 13, 2010, 04:44:36 PM
Booni:  (Migizi Mazinaakizan Quay)
Thanks so much for the picture and the video....that settles it....I AM going to buy that cabin!!!  :ecwink Now to just convince the owners to sell it!!
I can easily remember walking by that spot several times every day....My heart is so full with the experience that I had in Hornby.....and with the opportunity to meet and spend time with you, and of course Dookie......
Gitchi Miigwetch
Mishikeenh Quay


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: amazedbyeagles on October 13, 2010, 05:38:46 PM
Booni, Thank You so much for the observations, and the story of your discoveries!  You are our eyes and ears!   :thumbup:   


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: amyam on October 14, 2010, 12:29:58 AM
Yea MISHI !!!  You must be SO excited especially after "the encounter" at the cabin.  What a great great day for you.  I wish you the best of times in this new chapter!
Aloha, Amy


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on October 15, 2010, 08:38:28 PM

This is a view of Mum, as i found her in the Peters*s Tree on tuesday, before she flew away.

october 12 2010 10:09am - Mum in the Peters*s Tree


(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4127/5084979603_ce30ecb62a_b.jpg) (http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4127/5084979603_c17193ce3b_o.jpg)


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on October 15, 2010, 08:45:46 PM

Another view of Mum from that day.
You can see the right side of her face.

october 12 2010 10:09am - Mum in the Peters*s Tree - right face


(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4112/5085593630_a04f6cae9e_o.jpg) (http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4112/5085593630_a04f6cae9e_o.jpg)


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: Tigerlady105 on October 15, 2010, 08:50:41 PM
Booni, Mom sure is a stately-looking eagle!  Thank you for posting your photos of her here.   :ecsmile


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on October 15, 2010, 08:58:55 PM


october 12 2010 10:09am - Mum in the Peters*s Tree - about to take off

(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4106/5085012743_7d556371ed_b.jpg) (http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4106/5085012743_4e52da540e_o.jpg)


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on October 15, 2010, 09:07:32 PM

In this foto, Mum is on her way.
You can see some difference of length or gaps in her wing feathers.
New ones growing in?
i haven*t seen Mum look like this before.

october 12 2010 10:09am - Mum Leaves the Peters*s Tree - view of wings


(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4103/5085632490_e8fb8b7d0d_b.jpg) (http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4103/5085632490_33dffc47cb_o.jpg)


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: BBE on October 15, 2010, 09:13:18 PM
"Wooohoooo" Booni and thanks for the great photos  :thumbup:


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: Kristy on October 15, 2010, 09:25:20 PM
GREAT shots Booni!! Thank you for sharing them! :thumbup:


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: amyklai on October 15, 2010, 09:25:57 PM
loved the pictures of mom booni , love your pictures period .! :hearts2


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: Rajame on October 15, 2010, 09:29:48 PM
Thank you Booni!  :heart


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on October 15, 2010, 09:30:20 PM
Mum is just disappearing here.
But i posted the foto, because i like to see her feet & tail!

october 12 2010 10:09am - Mum*s feet & tail


(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4128/5085072455_84cc6e4dc2_b.jpg) (http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4128/5085072455_a658f50aed_o.jpg)


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: joyofdogs on October 15, 2010, 09:39:35 PM
Booni - you are our eyes, ears and recorder.  Thank you so much.     


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: Cawatcher on October 15, 2010, 09:49:42 PM
Doug Carrick's vidio of Welcomming Home Mom and Dad Hornby
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pZAKHU889SY


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: Tigerlady105 on October 15, 2010, 10:02:45 PM
Thank you for posting the video, Cali.  Many people will want to look at it!   :eclove

Booni, that will help us ID Mom for a while, anyway!   :ecsmile


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: marjy2u on October 15, 2010, 10:07:30 PM
I'll add my thanks to Tigerlady's, Cali!!!  Such a joy to see Mom & Dad together again!  :thumbup:


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: knitmaster on October 15, 2010, 10:45:12 PM
As always, Booni - beautiful!  I know you love getting these photos and it shows!  Thanks again!


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: knitmaster on October 15, 2010, 10:47:11 PM
Thanks Cali for all your efforts to get this on here!  Such a wonderful welcome home for Doug and Sheila!


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: Donnae on October 15, 2010, 11:09:21 PM
Thanks Booni.... always you make my day!!!! She looks absolutely wonderful!!!! Nice and plumb too... Hope Dad really goes for that lovely plump looking girl... hehe!!!!!  Well he should, he is plump too... yay!!!!


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: Donnae on October 15, 2010, 11:17:24 PM
Thanks Cali... that was great...Yep.. Dad is quite plump.... what a landing... guess he needs some exercise after all that salmon. They just look wonderful.. love how she moved over for him.  Doug loved hearing your greeting and sure they loved hearing you too. Isn't it fabulous seeing them looking so great!!!!!!


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: BBE on October 15, 2010, 11:23:16 PM
Doug's Oct. 14 video of Mom and Dad on the Peters' Tree is truly beautiful.

Thanks Cali for recording, uploading and posting the replay of the video. I will add it to those in  Doug's Videos Around Hornby Island (http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=311.0)

 :thumbup:


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: Rajame on October 16, 2010, 12:05:23 AM
Thank you Cali and BBE. This is great! Bring on the nestorations!  :heart


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: Tigerlady105 on October 16, 2010, 12:49:10 AM
Thank you Cali and BBE.  It's such a pleasure to be able to watch Doug's wonderful videos whenever we want and as often as we want!   :eclove


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: Maria dB on October 16, 2010, 04:52:10 AM
Is it my computer or do Mum and Dad look long and thin? They usually look broader than the video  :puzzled2


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: emc on October 16, 2010, 09:38:21 AM
Maria, the video camera and the angle make them slightly distorted longer and thinner.


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: kianaj on October 16, 2010, 01:32:43 PM
thank you cali for posting Doug's video.  And thank you Doug for capturing Ma and Pa and sharing with us.  :thumbup:

It is soooooooooo good to see them both back safe and sound.  :heart


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: ccfan on October 16, 2010, 02:27:59 PM
Thank you Cali and Booni...

I can't get enough of that video and Dad's landing...you can almost hear him going "whoa baby"...and then they look like an old married couple sitting on the porch watching the world.

Booni... interesting observation about Mom's wing feathers but she looks spiffy otherwise.
 :thumbup:


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: suziq-41 on October 16, 2010, 04:58:45 PM
What a beautiful picture of the pair, you can tell how much they care for one another. I liked how she moved over for him before he landed. Thanks so much for the great picture.  Suziq


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on October 16, 2010, 07:01:35 PM


Mum in the Peters*s Tree - animated

(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4149/5087645379_bab46d4a43_o.gif) (http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4149/5087645379_bab46d4a43_o.gif)



Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: Tigerlady105 on October 16, 2010, 07:06:03 PM
Mom looks Phine!   :thumbup:   Nice to have them safely back!


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on October 16, 2010, 07:19:15 PM
i was behind the Nest Tree the day Darian & Dan were both in the Nest Tree, trying to install the new third camera.
Darian & Dan are both at the Nest level in this foto, Dan is out of sight.
Darian is trying out the mast, to see where he can install it.

october 5 2010 12:19 - Darian at the Nest with the new cam*s mast


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Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on October 16, 2010, 08:01:30 PM
october 12 2010 10:25 - Mum in Mishi*s Tree

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Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: Cawatcher on October 16, 2010, 08:07:23 PM
Booni Dont know how you cathc their expressions ! but keep them comming! awesome  :eclove


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: BBE on October 16, 2010, 10:43:51 PM
Booni is back on 'Mom and Dad alert'.  You didn't have time to catch your breath between 'seasons'.

Thanks for all your eagle photos and the non eagle ones too (humans in trees) so far. I may have missed a post here, but which tee is 'Mishi's Tree'.

All the best, BBE


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on October 17, 2010, 06:20:56 PM
When i saw through the cam that Dad was on the balcony, & the sun on him was really nice lighting, i headed down to the road in front of the Nest with my camera.
i set up my camera, then found him, just barely visible.
i was re arranging my camera to get a better view of him, when he flew off & landed in Fosters*s Fir.
Mum cachunka*d, when he landed.

october 17 2010 11:54am - Dad on the balcony in front of the close up cam box


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BBE - read here - http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=529.msg31875#msg31875 (http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=529.msg31875#msg31875)


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: marjy2u on October 17, 2010, 06:27:13 PM
Fantastic clarity and a stellar shot, Booni!  Thanks for sharing!


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on October 17, 2010, 06:44:37 PM
After Dad flew from the Nest to Foster*s Fir, i walked down the road a bit & found where Mum was perched in the Babysitting Tree, being her beautiful self.

october 17 2010 11:57am - Mum in the Babysitting Tree


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Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: OpieK on October 17, 2010, 06:46:21 PM
they are so beautiful - wonderful pictures Booni - thanks so very much


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: cakiepie on October 17, 2010, 06:49:02 PM
Thank you booni.....she looks so good.


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: mishikeenhquay on October 17, 2010, 06:49:52 PM
Miigwetch ...I am in constant awe....I am humbled!!


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: suzy on October 17, 2010, 06:56:25 PM
Outstanding shot Bonni .. really does capture mom at her finest ~ Thanks for being our eyes and ears and for taking a great shot.


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on October 17, 2010, 07:06:35 PM

Dad, meanwhile, was perched in Foster*s Fir with one foot tucked up against his belly.
He wasn*t leaving, anytime soon.
He kept glancing towards Mum.

october 17 2010 12:09pm - Dad in Fosters*s Fir with his foot tucked against his belly


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Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: Tigerlady105 on October 17, 2010, 07:15:46 PM
Booni, thank you for taking these wonderful pictures and posting them here with a report.  It's great to see where they were and what they were doing when we heard their calls and trills.   :eclove

They look as if it was a very successful vacation/salmon binge for them.   :ecsmile


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on October 17, 2010, 07:20:25 PM

october 17 2010 12:11pm - Dad unclenches his foot in Fosters*s Fir
Look at his outstretched right foot!


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Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on October 17, 2010, 07:32:33 PM


Oopsie!
Coudn*t resist.
First poop shot of the 2011 season!
Thanks Dad!

october 17 2010 12:11:57 - Dad*s healthy poopshot


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Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on October 17, 2010, 08:16:27 PM

i was watching Mum, & by her behaviour, new Dad had left his perch, at the same time as i heard Dad leave his perch.

october 17 2010 12:23pm - Mum sees Dad coming


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Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: NancyM on October 17, 2010, 08:19:47 PM
fabulous pictures, booni!  Thank you so much!    :eclove


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: geepers on October 17, 2010, 08:30:18 PM
hi Everyone, wanted to thank Doug and Sheila, Raptorman, Booni and Wren and the HEG group and all the moderators for your countless hours of dedication and hard work that makes the Hornby Eagle Experience such a great one!!!  We just cannot thank you enough for all you do.  God Bless each of you!!! Love and Hugsss, Geeperss!!! :thumbup:


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on October 17, 2010, 08:35:14 PM

Here comes Dad!!  :heart
They both trill & cachunka after he lands.
Oh yeah, i forgot, when they were trilling, i could hear trilling from Sandstone Point, two eagles, the Wiigs?

october 17 2010 12:23pm - Dad lands with Mum in the Babysitting Tree - animated


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Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: Rajame on October 17, 2010, 08:35:43 PM
Fabulous commentary, pictures Booni! Thank you for taking us with you!  

The thrill of the trill! :heart


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on October 17, 2010, 08:43:04 PM


october 17 2010 12:29 pm - Mum & Dad together in the Babysitting Tree

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


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: Doug on October 17, 2010, 08:47:37 PM
I saw mom perched in Babysitting Tree and later saw dad perched next to her, but missed the male arriving.  It was so interesting seeing their conversation upon first meeting.  Outstanding photography.  Helps make our eagle site so interesting.


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: Tigerlady105 on October 17, 2010, 08:58:39 PM
Delightful video, Booni!  It's nice to see them in the BST.   :biggrin6

Doug, thank you for sharing your comments with us.  It's so interesting to hear you, Booni and Wren fill in the details for us   :eclove


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: madrona on October 17, 2010, 09:26:13 PM
Booni, thanks so much for the pics, animations and video. They are so clear.  It really helped flesh out the details, as I had been watching Dad on the nest and just knew he was looking over towards Mom.  Then he flew off to Fosters' Fir and I wondered where she was - but it obviously wasn't long before he joined her in the Babysitting Tree where she had waited, patiently.   :biggrin6 


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: NancyM on October 18, 2010, 05:39:28 AM
WONDERFUL pictures and video, booni!  I love the duet! Thank you so much  :eclove


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: sparkie on October 18, 2010, 06:11:28 AM
      Fantastic pictures and video booni  .  How talented you are  :thumbup:


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: Blue on October 18, 2010, 05:32:50 PM
Mom's 'pantaloons' on her legs have fluffed right out, now that she is flying free and not brooding eggs and babies.   :eclol


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on October 23, 2010, 03:00:15 PM

This is another foto from the same day.
After all their trilling, they were vigilant, together.

october 17 2010 12:23 - Mum & Dad in the Babysitting Tree


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Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on October 23, 2010, 03:40:13 PM

In this animation, you can see Mum moving to her left to make room for Dad on the branch beside her.
i was thinking maybe some hanky-panky was coming up!!
Once Dad moves beside Mum she gives him a good beaking & tells him to back off!  :mhihi

Mum makes room for Dad then beaks him when he joins her - animated


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Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on October 23, 2010, 03:55:43 PM

october 17 2010 12:24 - Mum beaks Dad in the Babysitting Tree

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Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: Raptorman on October 23, 2010, 04:36:12 PM
What an awesome photo Booni!!!  :thumbup:


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: jungleland on October 23, 2010, 07:06:54 PM
Booni,

I love your photos and explanations of what is happening around the nests.  The animated one was very cool!  Your photography skills are great!  Can't wait to see what else you post!! :thumbup:


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: Tigerlady105 on October 23, 2010, 09:06:37 PM
Luv the last photo where Mom is beaking Dad.  Poor guy...just wants to sit near his honey.   :eclove


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: luvthebirds on October 23, 2010, 11:45:57 PM
Yes, poor Dad.  :heart Guess Mom was telling him "no fishy, no kissy"!  :nono1


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: gzebear on October 24, 2010, 04:07:01 AM
Booni, how could we ever thank you enough for your incredible contribution here - it's so far beyond awesome, I can't even think of a word to describe it!  Like Dad's eyes in the 'Mum beaks Dad' photo .... never in the world would I ever see that without you. Thanks.


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: ccfan on October 24, 2010, 09:09:11 AM
LOL...Dad's eyes..."you gave me the come hither...??????????"


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: Tigerlady105 on October 24, 2010, 01:01:31 PM
Is this an example of the term 'hen-pecked???'   :eclol


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on October 24, 2010, 03:38:45 PM

This foto is just a fraction of a second later than the last one.

Thanks Raptorman for the new watermarks!!!   :eclove

october 17 2010 12:24:18 - Mum beaks Dad in the Babysitting Tree


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Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: emc on October 24, 2010, 03:45:57 PM
Dad look so big and tail so long. I guess it's the position of the birds that makes him look so big.


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on October 24, 2010, 04:23:07 PM

october 17 2010 12:24:36 - Mum & Dad in the Babysitting Tree together

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Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: ccfan on October 24, 2010, 05:53:09 PM
Booni,

Thank you for your wonder-full photos and updates...they warm my heart. :redheart


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on October 24, 2010, 06:25:04 PM
In this foto, you can see the nicks in the left wing 6th primary of Mum!

Click on all my fotos, then click them again to see them bigger & in more detail.

october 17 2010 12:25pm - Mum & Dad together in the Babysitting Tree


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Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on October 24, 2010, 06:42:33 PM

october 17 2010 12:29pm - Mum & Dad in the Babysitting Tree together

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Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on October 24, 2010, 06:56:32 PM

Dad has a good scratch, while Mum supervises him, then they both call out.

october 17 2010 12:29pm - Dad scratches, then Mum & Dad call out - animated


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Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on October 24, 2010, 07:07:21 PM
It always amazes me how the eagles can scratch themselves like this when their talons are as sharp as razors.
i love it when i can see the sole of an eagle*s foot!
The spot where they grasp limbs is always a darker colour than the rest of the sole.
Click on foto, then click on foto that opens up, to see the detail.
Mum seems to be observing Dad very closely!

october 17 2010 12:29pm - Mum supervises Dad scratching


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Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on October 24, 2010, 07:20:59 PM

october 17 2010 12:29:28 - Mum & Dad call out from the Babysitting Tree

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Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: Thumper66 on October 24, 2010, 07:28:05 PM
Thank you Booni for all of your wonderful photos and observations.  We are all learning so much from them.  We appreciate all the time you spend to help us understand these wonderful creatures.


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: NancyM on October 24, 2010, 07:35:29 PM
Gosh, booni!  I don't know if it was the lighting, or the subjects  or maybe ...  I know! - the photographer!  But the photos of Mom and Dad in the BST are really wonderful  :eclove


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: emc on October 24, 2010, 08:43:53 PM
I hope you don't think I'm questioning your ID.  I am just impressed with Dad's gorgeous tail. Never noticed it before. Always concentrate more on his gorgeous head.


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: muttley on October 24, 2010, 09:14:09 PM
Booni, these are so great!  Thank you!!     :ecsmile


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: mew on October 25, 2010, 04:10:46 AM
Awesome - as always!  Thx so much. 


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: ccfan on October 25, 2010, 08:02:53 AM
Booni,
The hint about clicking and clicking again to enlarge is great...you're photos are so clear...you are the BEST!


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on October 31, 2010, 06:31:47 PM

october 31 2010 11:46am Dad leaves the Nest - 158-0114

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Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on October 31, 2010, 07:01:56 PM

october 31 2010 11:54am - Dad lands back in the Nest - 158-118

Actually, Dad had flown into the Nest with a branch here.
i couldn*t see him in there working away.
But this is him leaping from the Nest onto the close up cam box.


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Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: BBE on October 31, 2010, 07:14:26 PM
Booni, what awesome photos.  :thumbup:   Great shots and so colourful.  :thumbup:  :eclove


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: Rajame on October 31, 2010, 07:31:35 PM
Booni, those are award winning!  :heart


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: winterwren on October 31, 2010, 08:04:33 PM
What gorgeous light.

Between the 2 shots, we see most of his primaries... No nicks visible.
 :ecsmile
Wren



Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: luvthebirds on October 31, 2010, 08:47:19 PM
Thank you, booni for the wonderful (as usual!) photos.  The one of Dad leaving the Nest is incredibly beautiful!  :eclove


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on October 31, 2010, 09:50:43 PM
After Dad took off from the Nest the second time, i found an eagle in the Peters*s Tree.
i think this is Mum!
Click on her foto, then click the bigger one to look right in her eye!

october 31 2010 12:12 - Mum in the Peters*s Tree - 158-0189


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Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on October 31, 2010, 10:03:18 PM

october 31 2010 12:13pm - Mum leaves the Peters*s Tree - 158-0200

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-0nDuNMLF9Y


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: Tigerlady105 on November 01, 2010, 12:05:56 AM
Wonderful pictures and video, Booni!  We're so fortunate that you're there to take them!   Thanks for sharing what you see with us.  :hearts2


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: Raptorman on November 01, 2010, 12:11:10 AM
october 31 2010 11:46am Dad leaves the Nest - 158-0114


That photo is surreal. Absolutely beautiful!  :eceek

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Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: ccfan on November 01, 2010, 09:06:48 AM
Booni,

You are amazing! :clap


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: Blue on November 01, 2010, 09:18:05 PM
Dad leaving the nest has just the right autumn colours to make it perfect for Halloween.


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on November 03, 2010, 07:34:41 PM
november 2 2010 16:58 - Mum does a left wing & leg stretch in the Babysitting Tree - 159-111

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Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: Cawatcher on November 03, 2010, 09:15:42 PM
Wonderful Booni!!! :eclove


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: Cawatcher on November 03, 2010, 09:17:14 PM
Doug Carrick's Video of Mom and Dad on small rock and Big Rock eating 11-03-2010
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4E5qp_dOhZ4


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: BBE on November 03, 2010, 09:35:38 PM
Such a beautiful video of Mom and Dad. Thanks Doug.

Also many thanks to Cawatcher for the heads up about this video. I have added to it to the list with Doug's other videos HERE (http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=311.0)


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on November 04, 2010, 08:40:16 AM
i forgot to say, in that foto of Mum stretching above, i must have caught the end of her stretch.
When she stretches full, the wing would be more spread out & lower in the air.
Also you can see that she is stretching her tail to that side as well.
They do all three at once, the wing, the tail & the foot.
i LOVE seeing this!

Here is Mum doing a right wing tail foot stretch.

may 4 2010 14:08 - Mum stretches her right foot & wing, & her tail,  in the Peters*s Tree

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Now, back to the new foto i posted above of Mum stretching.
If you click on Mum & click the bigger foto that opens up, you can see a fluffy on the top of Mum*s beak.

In her left wing, you can see that the #5 primary that had a nick in it has fallen out & a new feather has grown in it*s place.
The new feather is a darker brown than the worn & sun faded feathers around it.(Thank you for pointing this out, AJL, & for teaching me what the feathers are called, & how they are numbered.)

You can see that the #6 primary feather is still nicked.
A great way to identify that this is Mum.
Also, next to the #6 primary that is nicked, the #7 primary seems to have a big gap in it.
Either some of the feather is missing, or it is majorly unzipped, or maybe the feather is bent at the shaft, pulling that area apart?

Here is a foto from last season showing both of Mum*s left wing primary feather nicks.

almost out of the picture - november 13 2009 15:03:55

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& here is a close up of that wing.

wing chips for AJL - november 13 2009 15:03

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Now, i almost missed Mum stretching.
i had been watching the Nest Starlings who had landed in the very tippy top of The Babysitting Tree, only feet above Mum.
Obviously, they get along just fine.
They were coming & going & flitting from branch to branch, singing up a storm, so i recorded a video of them.
You can hear a lot of the sounds they make, that you hear on the webcam when they arrive in the area.
It is quite likely, when we hear them, that they are in the tippy top of the Babysitting Tree, singing, just like this.
If you watch, you can see them point their beaks to the air, then their throats get dark & move.
These are the birds that are making the sounds.

november 2 2010 16:52 - Starlings singing in the Babysitting Tree - 159-0106


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


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: madrona on November 04, 2010, 10:19:53 AM
Hope it's OK booni - but I was so interested in looking at Mom's wing that I cropped and screencapped it.  Thanks for the feather lesson, AJL and Boonibarb!

(http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc103/takecare_2007/Hornby/MomHornbysleftwing-booni-Nov210.jpg)

Oh boy!  Those talons look like metal hooks!   :eceek


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: Tigerlady105 on November 04, 2010, 02:29:53 PM
Thank you Doug, Booni, Cali,Madrona and all our great contributors for the wonderful photos, videos and comments!  They are like a living diary of what is happening and helps round out what we're seeing on the nest.   :ecsmile


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: zoesarge on November 04, 2010, 04:12:17 PM
thank you Booni for thse amazing photos. Mom and dad are looking great. You are a fanrastic photographer.  Zoe


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: NancyM on November 04, 2010, 08:01:42 PM
Hope it's OK booni - but I was so interested in looking at Mom's wing that I cropped and screencapped it.  Thanks for the feather lesson, AJL and Boonibarb!

Hoo boy, madrona, I did the same thing! Cropped, lightened, etc.

(http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1331/5145008630_675e7bb3f7_o.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/25868727@N00/5145008630/)
Mom_boonibarbphoto (http://www.flickr.com/photos/25868727@N00/5145008630/) by aurospio (http://www.flickr.com/people/25868727@N00/), on Flickr

I posted this on chat last night, with booni's permission.  Great pic, booni  :eclove


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: BBE on November 04, 2010, 08:06:37 PM
Booni, Nancy, Madrona et al., the photos of the wing feathers and update are qwesome.   Such a talented group of photographers we have.  And we are learning so much about the eagles.

 :thumbup:


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: Doug on November 04, 2010, 09:52:50 PM
Getting the cameras up in the eagle tree was a giant step in learning about the eagles.  Booni's photos are taking us another great step in that direction along with the many acute observers who notice so many interesting things.  I really think the group of us are advancing the knowledge and appreciation of eagles and of nature in general.


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: Thumper66 on November 04, 2010, 10:07:01 PM
Ditto....what Doug said.  What a learning experience this is.   :clap


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: ccfan on November 05, 2010, 09:36:12 AM
It's all so fascinating ..and sooomuchfun doing it with friends. :eclove


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on November 05, 2010, 06:27:48 PM

i was out in my front yard working when i heard all this screeching coming from the Nest area!!
i ran in & checked the webcam & Mum & Dad were both on the Nest screeching & trilling & cachunka-ing.
i grabbed my little camera, left Dooki napping, & roared down there on my bike.
There was an eagle at the top of the Babysitting Tree.
But i could still hear Mum & Dad screeching from the Nest!
So, this was a THIRD eagle.
Why weren*t Mum & Dad chasing them OUT of there?
Why did they just keep screeching on the Nest?

november 5 2010 1:58 - visitor eagle in tippy top of Babysitting Tree
Click foto, & click again, to see the eagle up close.


(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4069/5149563697_f0ef7e8342_b.jpg) (http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4069/5149563697_4ea7aa2c41_o.jpg)


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: BBE on November 05, 2010, 06:32:13 PM
Booni, you are a gem. 'Down tools' and off on your bike (was it raining?) to catch the action for us.

Do you have any idea as to who the intruder was?

Many thanks


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on November 05, 2010, 06:34:29 PM


november 5 2010 1:58 - visitor eagle in tippy top of Babysitting Tree-crop

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Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: luvthebirds on November 05, 2010, 06:47:18 PM
Could it be that the eagle is an offspring so Mom and Dad were warning, but not chasing?  :puzzled2

Was the eagle fully mature?  Head looks a little dark here, but maybe it is my eyes.  :ecrolleyes


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on November 05, 2010, 06:55:59 PM
Okay, these are four video clips stuck together.
In the first two, you can hear Mum & Dad screeching from the Nest, while the stranger is just sitting perched at the top of the Babysitting Tree.
Suddenly, i saw an eagle leave the Nest!
i believe this was Dad.
He did a big slow loop towards the water, then came back towards the eagle at the top of the Babysitting Tree.
The next clip shows Dad perched in the left top of the Babysitting Tree, trilling.
The strange eagle flew off before Dad got there, & i try to follow them with my camera, catch a few glimpses, then catch them flying away.
The next clip, the strange eagle is perched in Mishi*s Tree.
i could still hear Mum & Dad trilling, plus i could hear the Eagles of Nest #9 trilling as well.

november 5 2010 2:02pm - strange eagle in the Babysitting Tree


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8fP1eURwdY0


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: AJL on November 05, 2010, 07:03:16 PM
No Luv; it seems to me that the bird is in around 3 1/2 year plumage (if so, turning four this spring). ♥ This is about what Thunder and Lightening might be looking like now.


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on November 05, 2010, 07:14:55 PM

So, i am thinking this eagle must be family, or else Mum or Dad would have chased them away a lot sooner.
The Eagle in the top of the Babysitting Tree did not seem at all perturbed to me, listening to Mum & Dad*s warning calls.
When Dad chased them away, he was not one bit vicious.
He just flew off from the Nest & did a long slow loop back to the Babysitting Tree.
The strange Eagle left when they saw Dad coming their way.
The strange Eagle flew inland & i thought they were out of sight, but on my way home i spotted them in Mishi*s Tree!

november 5 2010 2:06pm - strange eagle in Mishi*s Tree


(http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1092/5150261354_66c06e98e0_b.jpg) (http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1092/5150261354_6bec00462f_o.jpg)


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: luvthebirds on November 05, 2010, 07:16:10 PM
Thank you, AJL.  I was wondering if it could be Thunder or Lightning.  



Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on November 05, 2010, 07:21:41 PM


Of course this strange Eagle didn*t want to leave my sights without giving me a poopshot!!  :ecrolleyes

november 5 2010 2:06pm - strange eagle in Mishi*s Tree poopshot


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Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: luvthebirds on November 05, 2010, 07:29:05 PM
 :eclol  Booni, well then, it must be related to Mom and Dad!  :biggrin3


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on November 05, 2010, 07:31:42 PM
november 5 2010 2:06pm - strange Eagle leaves Mishi*s Tree

Be sure to click on fotos & click the bigger ones that open up so that you can see the colouring of this Eagle.


(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4133/5150290608_7033321ee7_b.jpg) (http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4133/5150290608_242a5b8b0b_o.jpg)

(http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1261/5149682285_ce9150eba2_b.jpg) (http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1261/5149682285_42fdddc3e4_o.jpg)


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: BBE on November 05, 2010, 07:35:55 PM
Well, it isn't Hope (I thought it looked to old to be). So I'd have to go with either 'Thunder' or 'Lightning' too.

Booni on the map of trees is Mishi's?

Many merci's my friend.


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on November 05, 2010, 07:55:44 PM


BBE, Mishi*s Tree is not on Doug*s map.
This is a new tree.
It is on the border between Nest #9 territory & the webcam Nest.
It is at the end of my street.


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on November 05, 2010, 08:40:37 PM
Okay, now back to where i was before the strange Eagle came for a visit!

We had Mum & Dad in the Babysitting Tree, Mum did a wing/tail/foot stretch, the starlings were hanging out with her, & Dad was in the Tree, higher up, on the left side.
In the Hornby Nest Discussion thread, there have been observations of Dad having a black spot below his eye.
In this foto of Dad from the Ground, you can see that spot as well.

november 2 2010 17:06 - Dad in the Babysitting Tree - 159-0182

(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4065/5149794791_fed8873423_b.jpg) (http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4065/5149794791_cd052bde43_o.jpg)

But i wanted to point out these fotos of Mum, taken last season.
She had black patches on her face as well, mostly in the commissure area.

may 14 2010 11:04 - Mum calls out from the Peters*s Tree

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& then this one.

may 4 2010 14:06 - Mum back in the Peters*s Tree

Be sure to click fotos, then click them again, to see Mum & Dad up close.
i don*t know what could be causing these black areas.

(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4058/4580464872_dd66aa2b5f_b.jpg) (http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4058/4580464872_fa91b2b59e_o.jpg)
 


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: passerine on November 05, 2010, 08:58:22 PM
Beautiful Booni what a great team Mom & Dad are. :eclove It does fit in to time that it's possible the eagle was Thunder or Lightning. :heart


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: NancyM on November 05, 2010, 09:54:23 PM
SUPERB photos, Booni!

Thank you for running out to see who the "intruder' was - Mom and Dad sure were screaming!


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: Tigerlady105 on November 06, 2010, 02:02:26 AM
Fantastic captures, Boon!  If the visitor is one of their offspring, it's understandable if Mom and Dad warn and chase, but aren't overly aggressive toward that eagle.  Sort of like, "No, you can't come home to the nest again!  You have to get your own place soon."   :eclove

P.S.  I see puzzles dancing around soon...   :eclol


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: Batgirl on November 06, 2010, 04:56:36 AM
Thanks for all you do Booni!!!!! Your pictures are wonderful!!!!!! Thanks so so so so so much!!!!!


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: oma on November 06, 2010, 06:01:32 AM
THAKYOU SO VERY MUCH FOR ALL YOU SURE ENJOYED PIC GREAT :thumbup:


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: sparkie on November 06, 2010, 08:15:59 AM
These pictures and observations are fantastic  . How truly talented you are Boonie .I agree with ajl about the age of the eagle by the  feather formations and colouring . How awesome is this  wow :eclove   


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: baysis on November 06, 2010, 08:55:36 AM
Quote
Be sure to click fotos, then click them again, to see Mum & Dad up close.
i don't know what could be causing these black areas

Wonderful pictures, Booni.

Re. those 'black areas'.......as Ma & Pa already have white h(air)eads, their kids cannot turn their hair white/grey - so mayhaps they do the opposite i.e. the white turns brown/black! 

With apologies for facetiousness!


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: passerine on November 06, 2010, 09:21:48 AM
<<<<snip
P.S.  I see puzzles dancing around soon...   :eclol

I bet you dream puzzles Tig. :biggrin3


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on November 06, 2010, 10:31:12 AM

Hee hee Baysis!  :eclol


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: Tigerlady105 on November 06, 2010, 10:45:49 AM
I bet you dream puzzles Tig. :biggrin3

Double Hee Hee, Baysis!  I probably do, but I don't remember!   :heart


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: Sunny on November 06, 2010, 12:21:41 PM
Boonie my heart sings at the beautiful pics and videos you give us words like thank you seem so shallow you  are very much appreciated for what you do
 :thumbup: :heart
Sunny


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: Doug on November 06, 2010, 01:32:40 PM
Thunder and Lightning, hatched in early May 2007, would now be close to 3 1/2 years old.   I have  guide photos  (for age) showing a 3 year old as being completely specked brown but with a yellow bill.  Four year olds have developed whitish heads and tails but with many brownish feathers mixed in with the white.  The tail often has dark banding on the end of the tail.  This eaglet appears to have white feathers on the two sides of tail, but most tail feathers still brown.  It could be somewhere between 3 and four   ...  which would be just right for Thunder or Lightning  ... which is just what AJL was saying.


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: hunebe1 on November 06, 2010, 04:16:57 PM
I m here but no videos, just can't figure it out. I clickhere and there and no videos.




Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: Blue Eyes on November 06, 2010, 05:36:01 PM
hunebe1..Welcome to the Forum. If you scroll back  to Reply #151 there is a most excellent video by boonibarb. If you turn your sound up you will even hear Pa and Ma screaming at the intruder. There are also a number of wonderful stills.


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: Tigerlady105 on November 06, 2010, 06:41:58 PM
Thank you Doug and Ajl.  That really helps narrow it down so it may be either Thunder or Lightening.  As Raptorman would say, "That's Kewl!"   :thumbup:


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: watermaid on November 07, 2010, 06:53:41 PM
Thank you all so much for the education on eagles & eaglets.
I cannot believe all I have learned just since I started watching
when Phoenix was born.  You are all great teachers.


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on November 13, 2010, 07:24:25 PM


november 5 2010 16:10 - Dad in the Babysitting Tree

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Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on November 13, 2010, 07:38:57 PM


november 5 2010 16:13 - Mum at the tippy top of the Babysitting Tree

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Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on November 13, 2010, 07:48:05 PM


You can see Mum*s nicked feather in this foto if you click foto then click the bigger foto.

november 5 2010 16:22 - Mum leaves the tippy top of the Babysitting Tree


(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4144/5173113177_f820fb81ea_b.jpg) (http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4144/5173113177_7a59dd762a_o.jpg)


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on November 13, 2010, 07:54:15 PM


november 5 2010 16:22:23 - Mum leaves the Babysitting Tree - 160-32

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Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on November 13, 2010, 08:05:37 PM


november 5 2010 16:22:24 - Mum*s Feets - 160-33

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Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on November 13, 2010, 08:25:49 PM

Dad*s black patch under his left eye appears to be gone.

november 5 2010 16:25 - Dad in the Babysitting Tree - 160-37


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Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: Thumper66 on November 13, 2010, 08:31:10 PM
Booni....you post 179 is absolutely beautiful.  I've never seen the wings so defined before.  You great photographic eye and timing, and the way the sun was shining on mom's wings enabled this gorgeous shot.  Thank you so much.


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: winterwren on November 13, 2010, 08:45:32 PM
Dad looks like he's wearing a tuxedo... Very elegant.
 :ecsmile


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on November 13, 2010, 08:53:12 PM


november 5 2010 Mum cachunks in the Peters*s Tree - animated

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Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: ccfan on November 13, 2010, 09:21:35 PM
Booni,

You are truly AMAZING! :ty


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on November 13, 2010, 09:25:08 PM


Ha ha!
THAT*S a cool post, ccfan!!  :nod2


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: Sunny on November 13, 2010, 09:56:10 PM
Oh Booni
What wonderful pics  You are the GREATEST. We are so blessed to have you
get us these gorgeous pics. :eclove :thumbup:
Sunny


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: Faerie Gardener on November 13, 2010, 10:25:16 PM
Booni, your animated pis of Mum cachunking are wonderful. I especially like the blue halo that seems to surround her head. Does anyone else see that?


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: muttley on November 13, 2010, 10:52:11 PM
yes, Faerie, i might see a sort of halo.  Then again, everybody around here has a halo!!

                                               :ecsmile


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: ivani on November 14, 2010, 06:50:29 AM
wonderful. thank you, bonnie :eclove


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on November 14, 2010, 11:01:36 AM


She DOES have a halo!  :puzzled2
Good eyes Faerie!


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: Tigerlady105 on November 14, 2010, 01:27:20 PM
What fun to watch Mom cachunking!  She's earned that halo over many years and soon will receive a medal when she is invested in "The Order of Exemplary and Devoted Eagles," for her lifetime service including (but not limited to) her contributions in teaching "Eagle Traditions and Ways" and many other Outstanding Activities.   :heart


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: watermaid on November 14, 2010, 08:47:52 PM
Hello Booni,

I love your animated picture of Mum cachunking.  I only
wish I could be there to see her up close and personal.  I have
never seen an eagle up close and I always wonder about her
or their size from top of head to tail tip.  I did not realize that
they are so big until I saw the lady's hand stroking Phoenix
when she came down from the nest and realized compared to
her hand that Phoenix was much bigger then I ever imagined.

Thank you for all your help to teach people like me.

Watermaid :heart


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: Faerie Gardener on November 14, 2010, 09:49:58 PM
What fun to watch Mom cachunking!  She's earned that halo over many years and soon will receive a medal when she is invested in "The Order of Exemplary and Devoted Eagles," for her lifetime service including (but not limited to) her contributions in teaching "Eagle Traditions and Ways" and many other Outstanding Activities.   :heart
Yes Indeed!

And she earned it with the amount of "Gusto" she puts into her cachunking!  :mhihi


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on November 18, 2010, 07:54:07 PM

november 11 2010 16:39 - Mum*s throat as she cachunks from the Peters*s Tree

(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4110/5188233993_7e0314aa38_b.jpg) (http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4110/5188233993_a06a437dda_o.jpg)


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: Kristy on November 18, 2010, 08:44:02 PM
What a GREAT shot! You are amazing Booni!  :thumbup:
Thank you for sharing!


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on November 22, 2010, 09:53:11 PM
Today i went to work, expecting a sunny day.
As i was getting close, there was huge thick dark grey cloud that was out over the water on the north side of the Island.
i got to work & it started flurrying.
Then it started really snowing.
Then it started blowing!
My boss called & told me to go home.
My van is LOUSY in snow, & i*m white knuckled driving.
i dilly dallied a bit, but finally left, when the blizzard didn*t let up.
i wish i had left right away.
The snow was white out conditions!
i could barely keep my windscreen clear.
i got stuck sliding & spinning in three spots going home.
i was sure i was gonna get stuck!
But i got home safe & sound.
i stoked up the fire, then headed out with Dooki on my  bike to document what the Nest looked like in the snow.
This is the video i got.
First you see the Nest Tree from the backside.
Then you see it from the water side.
You see the Blue Roof House from the side, with the snow blowing horizontal to the ground.
Then i show you the ocean & Big Rock.
i think Dooki makes an appearance or two, tied to the bike, as he waits for me.
He is wearing the lovely beaded collar that Mishi made for him.
It was CRAZY out there.
i was BREATHING snow!
My fingers froze almost instantly & were totally numb.
It was good to get home again & warm up by the fire.
The power was out!

november 22 2010 10am - Snowstorm!


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h7_dyuvZBMc


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on November 22, 2010, 10:02:51 PM
When i got back home, the hydro still hadn*t come back, so i watched the birdies in my feeder.

There are many male Spotted Towhees.
They are the orange coloured ones with the black heads.
They also have orange eyes.

(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2385/4507310676_901c028279_b.jpg) (http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2385/4507310676_94945e5ddc_o.jpg)

There were also lots of Oregon Junco males.
They make really cute sounds that remind me of C*mas!

(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2422/4507304422_63a10a07e7_b.jpg) (http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2422/4507304422_c688af90e1_o.jpg)

The Chestnut Backed Chickadees were also there, especially on the suet.
They land on the suet the minute i hang it up, not inches from my head.
One day i*ll take my camera with me when i do it.

i filmed the birds through my window, so the sounds you hear are my woodstove & i think you can hear my ducks under the house.

november 22 2010 - Birdfeeder in Snowstorm


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eP-9oYd588Q


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: Donnae on November 22, 2010, 11:20:28 PM
WOW Booni you are one brave soul to go out and video tape that!!! brrrrrrrrrrr... poor Dookie looked like he couldn't wait to get home by the fire too !!!! Thanks for showing that... glad I was there though... it was rainy but balmy here. 

Video of the little birds at your feeder was great.... love the little dance those towhees do.. so cute... thanks again... your awesome. :nod2


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: Rajame on November 22, 2010, 11:24:43 PM
Holy buckets of snow and wind Booni!! And you rode your bike? I am sending warmth your way. Thank you for sharing as always. The Ground Crew Rules!!!  :heart


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: BBE on November 22, 2010, 11:29:19 PM
Booni,  I do not envy you your day. I am glad you made it home safely and that the power stays on.  It was strange on Friday night when we received 4 inches (some still on lawns) and the east side of Hornby didn't have too much.  Now you have and I think it is too cold here ? Currently -10 C (14 F), but at least the wind has died down.

I was out between 4 - 5:30 p.m. and the wind was wicked.

Take care, and stay warm.


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: ivani on November 23, 2010, 05:29:08 AM
Boonnie, thanks for the videos. Wonderful. Here in Brazil there is not snow, and I see beautiful all white  .... I'm dreaming of the day that I see the snow, play with it .... meanwhile, see his videos is like being there.
 :heart


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: Faerie Gardener on November 23, 2010, 11:57:14 AM
Booni, you really took one for the nest community, going out in the sideways-blowing snow on your bike!  We're expecting your storm to bring us snow tomorrow here in Wisconsin, and already today it's cold and the wind is blowing. Thanks for sharing! What a trooper that Dooki is! Great pictures and video   :thumbup: Stay warm, and thank your boss for sending you home for us   :eclove


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: luvthebirds on November 23, 2010, 02:10:25 PM
Booni, thank you so much for the videos of Hornby Island in the storm!

And I must tell you that you threw me for a loop!  I kept looking at your "spotted towhees", thinking they looked just like the "rufous-sided towhees" we have in our yard.  :puzzled2  So, I did a little searching and found they are the same species, apparently I am just waaay out of date!  I never stop learning new things by coming to this forum!  :nod2

It was interesting (and comical) to see the spotted towhee bathing in the snow!  I was shivering just watching your videos, and there is this cute bird happily splashing away!  :eclol

I dare not show Mr. ltb these videos...... I keep telling him that Hornby and Vancouver Island have mild winters!   :eceek

and Dooki..... what can I say.....he is just the greatest dog!  :heart


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: watermaid on November 23, 2010, 03:59:07 PM
Thank you Booni for going out in that bitter cold to get pictures
for us to enjoy.  Thank you also to Dooki, your faithful
companion.  I was glad I got to see him and his beautiful
handmade collar.

I appreciate your posts so much.

watermaid :heart


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: dixidoo on November 23, 2010, 04:39:16 PM
Oh, Booni!!  These videois are breathtaking!!!  I was holding my breath when you described the treacherous ride home.  It reminded me of the winters in West Virginia, where I lived alone.  If my pick-up got stuck and I couldn't get it out by myself, nobody would have known I was missing for days.  No phone, water, or electricity there.  But your videos brought my heart to my throat, remembering how it felt to see such incredible beauty.  It was a dream come true for this Southern flatlander!  Thank you SO SO much for these videos!!  I sat transfixed through the whole birdfeeder episode, then replayed it twice again!  I love that bird with the orange eyes!  I laughed at that chickadee who scooched along in the snow, like he was trying to dig a little trench.  And I loved seeing Dooki in his magnificent beaded collar...   I think I understood the expression on his ears!


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on November 27, 2010, 05:00:26 PM


Was there any kind of kafoorah around the Nest Tree at 11:07 this morning?
i was out at the bottom of my driveway when i looked up & saw an eagle circling & circling straight above my head.
i watched them & watched them & saw no white head or tail.
So an immature or sub adult Eagle.
They did a few circles, then flew off in the direction of the web cam Nest.
i could hear the Nest #9 adults trilling from their water side perch tree, but i couldn*t hear Mum or Dad.
So i wonder whether anyone listening to the cam at that time noticed anything?


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on December 08, 2010, 10:39:51 PM
Today i saw eagles!
This is the first sighting i had today.
Click here. (http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=534.msg38240#msg38240)

My second sighting was when we finally got going on our bike ride.
We were near where Winterwren lives.
i heard a Raven, *crok, crok, crok.*
Then i heard an eagle screech, a bit of a strange sound, one note.
i looked up & there was an Eagle perched in a tree top.
i have never seen an Eagle here before.
The Raven that i heard was dive bombing the Eagle!
i have seen Crows do this before, but never a Raven.
The Raven would dive bomb, & the Eagle would screech at them.
The Eagle left after not too long, the Raven chasing the Eagle away as the Eagle flew away.
i wish i had my camera!



Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: passerine on December 09, 2010, 08:35:40 AM
Booni I haven't noticed Ravens dive bombing eagles either. Although their nesting times are very similar, and eagles are known to take young ravens & their eggs. Could be the raven has a nest near by there.


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: Blue on December 09, 2010, 05:58:04 PM
The ravens will go after an eagle with prey. I have seen them do this in pairs, with one diving at the perched eagle and the other calling out nearby, ready to catch (hopefully) the dropped prey. They are notorious for working as a team like this. I made a video of such a scenario which happened right here at our house.


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: passerine on December 09, 2010, 06:06:40 PM
When i gave it more thought there were Ravens dive bombing near an eagle nest in QB.

Blue yes i could see them going for prey, I think in some ways they're symbiotic (hope that's the right word). Please do post your video. :nod2


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: winterwren on December 09, 2010, 06:59:06 PM
After a gander in the neighbourhood, I side with Blue!

Guess what I found on the side of the road, near the tall tree Booni described?

A nice big possum, mostly eaten!

 :biggergrin2
Wren


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: passerine on December 09, 2010, 07:08:10 PM
Ah ha now we know how to get more eagles in your tree. :eclol


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: NancyM on December 09, 2010, 10:22:34 PM
I watched a raven take an egg form the Sidney nest last year  :ecsad


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: passerine on December 09, 2010, 10:46:59 PM
I used to give the neighborhood pair of Ravens eggs when she was carrying eggs, because from what i remember AJ said they'll only take as much egg nutrient as needed for their young to grow. As in taking eggs from other birds nests, so i figured if i gave them the odd egg it would save the eggs in nests. :dunno

AJ please correct me if I'm remembering this wrong.

edited


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on December 10, 2010, 01:08:02 PM

december 10 2010 1055 - Mum guarding her fish, Dad on the wide angle camera

(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5084/5249259735_ebe5fb8d6f_b.jpg) (http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5084/5249259735_2a629fe266_o.jpg)


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on December 10, 2010, 01:23:22 PM


Mum flew in with a fish & started eating it, then stopped & was on guard for almost two hours.
i heard screeping on the cam so i went down there to see what was going on.
Turns out Dad was on the wide angle camera, keeping guard, while Mum was looking out from the Nest where she was standing on her fish.
At one point Dad started screeping, then he & Mum cachunka*d & i saw a young eagle fly over!
This is who i saw.

december 10 2010 11:09 - young eagle who flew over Nest Tree - 162-71


(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5241/5249892038_df9b1a8ab0_b.jpg) (http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5241/5249892038_fbf188123b_o.jpg)


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on December 10, 2010, 01:30:01 PM

In this video, i just happened to catch Dad screeping, then both of them cachunking when they spotted the young eagle!!

december 10 2010 11:08 - Mum & Dad when young eagle flies over - 162-60


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HS8KA3xMIoM


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: ivani on December 10, 2010, 02:16:27 PM
Bonnie, it's wonderful to see everything. The photos are beautiful, the video is beautiful. You know that here in Brazil we do not have eagle, and seeing them is very special to me. I love mom and dad, and learned to like a lot of people in the group. :heart
Thank you for giving me such beautiful things!
 :eclove


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: NancyM on December 10, 2010, 02:21:14 PM
Booni, the photo of the young eagle is just .... fabulous!   :bow

Sparky and I both have video of that 11:08 time interval on the nest, I will post mine here for now, and Sparkie has hers in the Nest Discussion thread.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kx9wz_BJn1k


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: joyofdogs on December 10, 2010, 04:36:38 PM
Oh Booni - thank you SOOOOOO much.  What a treat! We are so incredibly fortunate to not only have the eagle cams courtesy of Doug and Sheila but to have you and Winterwren as our eyes and ears around and about Hornby.  Makes my heart sing. 
Love and hugs to you (& Wren & the Carricks)~ joyofdogs    :hug


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: ksister42 on December 10, 2010, 04:53:02 PM
BEAUTIFUL PIC BOONI!!  I just love your pics, they are so clear, crisp and beautiful!!  Thanks for the chance to see mum and daddy up close!  Ksister42! :heart


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: OpieK on December 10, 2010, 05:07:58 PM
How nice to see and hear this from the ground as well as the nest view.  Thank you all for making this possible for us!  I wonder if the young eagle is Hope?


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on December 10, 2010, 07:00:01 PM

The young Eagle circled & circled over the Nest Tree, which was fortunate for me because i was having a hard time getting my camera on him amoungst all the trees!
Once in a while he*d come out into the sky, & then i*d try to find him & get focused.
i was able to get this other good shot of him.
i was thinking this Eagle must be Hope, because Mum & Dad didn*t run him off.
But i am comparing the nicks in the wing feathers of the Eagle i thought was Hope to this one, & i*m not finding a match.  :ecsad

december 10 2010 11:09 - another view of the young eagle who flew over Nest Tree


(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5125/5249896791_9fd5d0860a_b.jpg) (http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5125/5249896791_9027915c8b_o.jpg)


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on December 10, 2010, 07:08:49 PM


Here is another good video i got of Mum & Dad from the ground.
Mum is still guarding her fish, & Dad is guarding from the wide angle camera.

december 9 2010 10:57 - Mum guarding her fish, Dad on the wide angle camera


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-mMPTN7TP_w


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: Tigerlady105 on December 10, 2010, 11:31:15 PM
Booni, these are wonderful videos!  I was thinking that might be Hope, also, because Mom and Dad didn't chase the young one away.  This eagle was too young to be Thunder or Lightening.  Always something new to think about!   :eclove

You take great pictures...we all enjoy seeing them and reading about your adventures.  I loved hearing your exclamation when you spotted the young eagle.   :hearts2


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: lcyjan on December 11, 2010, 01:34:04 AM
Boonibarb,

your video of mum and dad are great!!   thank you for the great job!  lcyjan


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: jungleland on December 11, 2010, 09:38:06 PM
I enjoy checking out this site and seeing what I missed.  The videos, pictures and your contributions add so much perspective Booni.  Great work!    :thumbup:


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on December 11, 2010, 09:40:21 PM
i like this foto of Mum because it shows you the stump of the Nest Tree quite well.
You can see that the water side of the stump still has all its bark on it.
You can also see a big hole tunnel to Mum*s right that goes right through to the other side.
This foto also gives you a good view of the Nest sticks.
Look at Mum*s neck feathers!
Are there some dark feathers in there with the white?
Be sure to click on the foto, then click the one that opens up as well.

december 10 2010 10:51 - Mum close up

(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5129/5252802987_5bab841df4_b.jpg) (http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5129/5252802987_87e78ed789_o.jpg)


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on December 11, 2010, 10:11:33 PM


Yipes.
Mum just looks right AT me sometimes.

december 10 2010 11:00 - Mum close up


(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5207/5253488360_4eecd9a1fc_b.jpg) (http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5207/5253488360_746ed03107_o.jpg)


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: watermaid on December 11, 2010, 10:23:42 PM
Bonni, this is the prettiest picture of Mum.  I think it may be
the best close up of her that I have ever seen.  Something
occurred to me while I was looking aat the previous picture
with the wind blowing the tree from side to side and I
wondered if you are safe while you are out there taking pictures.

Thank you for sharing.

watermaid :heart


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: watermaid on December 11, 2010, 10:26:00 PM
I apologize about your name.  It was a typo,  Booni

watermaid  :heart :heart


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: watermaid on December 11, 2010, 10:29:32 PM
my post above refers to the picture that you posted at
9:40.  That is the one that I think is so beautiful.

watermaid :heart


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on December 11, 2010, 10:40:53 PM

Hiya watermaid!
i don*t mind how you spell my name.
i guess if it is at all windy, a stick could hit me in the head or a tree fall, but i don*t think about that when i am out there taking fotos.
i feel safe when i am out there.
Maybe i am deluding myself!  :mhihi
Yes, that video really shows the tree blowing back & forth, eh?

Okay, there was a small stick that must*ve fallen on the wide angle camera, or maybe Dad landed with it?
At one point he picked it up & started playing with it!

december 10 2010 11:27 - Dad plays with a stick on the wide angle camera - 162-123


(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5164/5252925581_0baf65de50_b.jpg) (http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5164/5252925581_e264ac92d7_o.jpg)


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on December 11, 2010, 10:54:15 PM


Here is a slide show of Dad playing with the stick!

(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5290/5253562928_88d873044d_o.gif) (http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5290/5253562928_88d873044d_o.gif)


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: Rajame on December 11, 2010, 11:05:41 PM
Wooohooo is right Booni!  :hearts2 :heart


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: Tigerlady105 on December 12, 2010, 02:00:27 AM
Those are great photos and the video is wonderful, Booni!   :biggrin6  They are so clear and it looks as if Mom and Dad were posing for you.  They must know you and feel comfortable when you take pictures.   :heart


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on December 12, 2010, 06:22:04 PM

Today i took Dooki for a bike ride past the Brigantine Nest.
On our way home, we went by the water side of the Nest.
i could see an adult looking Eagle at the tippy top of the Babysitting Tree.
When i glanced at the Peters*s Tree on our way by, Mum & Dad were there!
i looked back at the Babysitting Tree, there was still an Eagle there!
So this was a third Eagle!
Hurry Dooki, let*s go home & get the camera!
i always worry i*ll go to the trouble of loading up the camera & running back to the Nest, just to find that the action is over.
But the visiting Eagle was still there!
i set up my camera & started taking fotos.
i could hear Mum & Dad trilling & screeping from the Peters*s Tree.
i never heard the visitor Eagle utter a sound.
Nor did Mum & Dad chase them away.
There would be periods of silence, followed by periods of excited screeping & unusual calls.
Here is a moment when the visiting Eagle is perched, while Mum & Dad talk to them from closer to the water.
This is taken from the backside of the Nest Tree, but you can hear Mum & Dad clearly, all the way from the waterfront in their perch tree.

december 12 2010 12:02 - Visiting Eagle in Babysitting Tree, Mum & Dad greet them from the distance - 163-19


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XA65W-tzwJI


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: Tigerlady105 on December 12, 2010, 06:38:45 PM
Booni, that's an interesting video, with Mom and Dad 'talking' to the other eagle.  From what you said, they didn't chase it away, though.  I wonder why?   :puzzled2

Thank you for posting your comments and the video here!   :eclove


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on December 12, 2010, 07:01:53 PM
Tiger, i suspect this is one of Mum & Dad*s offspring!
This is why the visiting Eagle wasn*t chased off.

In this foto you can see the dark feathers still on the head of the Eagle.
So this Eagle is not an adult yet.
Perhaps an Eagle in their third year, turning four in april?
Maybe Thunder or Lightning, hatched in 2007?

december 12 2010 12:04 - Young Eagle in Top of Babysitting Tree


(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5162/5256421190_b4ce836138_b.jpg) (http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5162/5256421190_22df0498d4_o.jpg)


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on December 12, 2010, 07:44:07 PM

In this video you can hear all sorts of vocalizations from Dad.
He sounds really excited!

december 12 2010 12:10 - Dad trills & screeps excitedly to visitor Eagle in Babysitting Tree


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=84B7nLUvC9E


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: OpieK on December 12, 2010, 08:30:46 PM
Fascinating Booni - thank you so much!


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: Tigerlady105 on December 12, 2010, 09:26:12 PM
Could that one be either Thunder or Lightening?  Maybe Dad is not acting aggressive because he knows who it is?   :puzzled2

"Hey, Son, your mother and I want you to remember that is still one of OUR trees."  :eclol


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: NancyM on December 12, 2010, 09:58:01 PM

In this foto you can see the dark feathers still on the head of the Eagle.
So this Eagle is not an adult yet.
Perhaps an Eagle in their third year, turning four in april?
Maybe Thunder or Lightning, hatched in 2007?

booni - I was so interested in this picture (thank you!)  that I cropped and lightened it to get a better look at the dark feathers. Might be 4, going on 5 ???

(http://i179.photobucket.com/albums/w298/Aurospio/forums/young_eagle_boonibarb_crpd.jpg)


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: Rajame on December 12, 2010, 10:45:24 PM
Facinating observations Booni. You light up our lives!! :heart


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: Tigerlady105 on December 12, 2010, 10:52:19 PM
Rajame, that fits!    :ecsmile

Nancy, you added a significant contribution to showing that it could be Thunder or Lightening.   :nod2

I wish there were a way to make sure.   :eclove


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: ccfan on December 13, 2010, 09:46:59 AM
Thunder or Lightening may be thinking " Hey, I remember those voices!"  :eclove


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: passerine on December 13, 2010, 10:09:23 AM
I think 4 or going into 5th year too, I thought Thunder was 3? Confused again. :ecrolleyes


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: Sunny on December 13, 2010, 08:59:22 PM
Booni
so sorry I am late to post  great pics  we owe you so much for your due diligence
on our eagles.  BLess you
Sunny :ecsmile


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: Tigerlady105 on December 13, 2010, 10:59:56 PM
I thought that Thunder and Lightening are 4 going on 5.  Doug can tell us their correct ages. He's the expert on so much information about the Hornby eagles.   :eclove


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on December 13, 2010, 11:38:56 PM


Thunder & Lightning were hatched in 2007.
So that would make them 3 going on 4?


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: NancyM on December 14, 2010, 07:20:59 AM
If indeed this eagle is one of Mom and Dad's, I guess the only possibilities would be Thunder or Lightning, since there were no eaglets hatched/fledged the 2 years before or the one after.

List in the Reference Center: http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=229.msg8690#msg8690 (http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=229.msg8690#msg8690)


(I guess it could be a neighbor's offspring, tho)


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on December 14, 2010, 06:58:37 PM

Another view of the visitor to the Nest area.

december 12 2010 12:04 - sub adult in Babysitting Tree


(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5242/5262223888_e20bbdf6ac_b.jpg) (http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5242/5262223888_a201920143_o.jpg)


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on December 14, 2010, 07:06:55 PM

In this view of the young Eagle, you can see the darker feathers remaining on their forehead & top of head areas.
Plus, you get to imagine what it would feel like right now if you were Eagle prey!  :eceek

december 12 2010 12:04 - sub adult in theBabysitting Tree - 163-29


(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5249/5262508848_933e79d816_b.jpg) (http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5249/5262508848_ce3885622b_o.jpg)


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on December 14, 2010, 07:23:34 PM

This Eagle had been balancing in the wind.
For some reason they decided it was time to leave.
Mum & Dad weren*t trilling.
Dad didn*t even chase him away!
Notice the eye colour of this Eagle, before they go.
Not the dark brown of a juvenile Eagle or Eaglet.
There is a much lighter eye colour here, such as they adults have.
You can also see some flecks of brown on the tail still.

december 12 2010 12:13 - There they go! - 163-51


(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5204/5261930109_8c1777bbe7_b.jpg) (http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5204/5261930109_c32e6f95c0_o.jpg)


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on December 14, 2010, 07:39:19 PM

i don*t believe this is the same visitor that we heard & saw Mum & Dad screeching at on the webcam & that i spotted from the ground & documented starting HERE(http://) (http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=529.msg35147#msg35147)
i*m trying to match the nicks in the wing feathers, but i*m thinking this isn*t the same Eagle.
Also, the dark feathering is more evident on that Eagle*s tail & head than on this recent visitor, who has a lot less brown & a lot more white feathers

december 12 2010 12:13 - Young Eagle Leaves Babysitting Tree - 163-52


(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5164/5262577030_d4cf60c747_b.jpg) (http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5164/5262577030_e06c860520_o.jpg)



Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on December 14, 2010, 07:51:07 PM


december 12 2010 12:13 - Visitor Eagle leaving our sights - 163-53

(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5121/5262601906_10e775f2c1_b.jpg) (http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5121/5262601906_4dc1a26c79_o.jpg)


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: amazedbyeagles on December 14, 2010, 08:25:18 PM
WOW! Booni, thank you so much for the wonderful pix of the visiting sub=adult!  Seems likely an offspring, hence the lack of aggression from Mom and Dad!  Very cool! :eclove


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: Sunny on December 14, 2010, 08:49:10 PM
Oh Booni
TY for your great pics of the Eagle Juveniles I wish we could know if offspring
of Mom and Dad but I know pretty much impossible to tell unless you know more than I
TY again
Sunny :ecsmile


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on December 14, 2010, 09:04:58 PM

Once the young visiting Eagle left the area, i figured i*d go see what Mum & Dad were up to.
They were still together in the Peters*s Tree!

december 12 2010 12:20 - Mum & Dad in the Peters*s Tree - 163-55


(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5245/5262755280_93c364a108_b.jpg) (http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5245/5262755280_ae8c680da0_o.jpg)


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on December 14, 2010, 09:34:43 PM

This foto is for Nancy & Donna!

december 12 2010 12:20 - Mum & Dad in the Peters*s Tree - 163-58


(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5001/5262816546_8b9a5e3d7f_b.jpg) (http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5001/5262816546_714eb1f643_o.jpg)


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on December 14, 2010, 09:53:15 PM
december 12 2010 12:21 - Mum & Dad in the Peters*s Tree - 163-64

(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5008/5262852038_1b204de208_b.jpg) (http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5008/5262852038_fecdec3714_o.jpg)


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on December 14, 2010, 10:05:55 PM

december 12 2010 12:24 - Mum & Dad in the Peters*s Tree - 163-77

(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5162/5262264465_78f8cac590_b.jpg) (http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5162/5262264465_a8215c1f52_o.jpg)


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on December 14, 2010, 10:18:19 PM

december 12 2010 12:24 - Mum & Dad in the Peters*s Tree - 163-78

(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5287/5262895524_3b66bb5289_b.jpg) (http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5287/5262895524_6d0afd3ddc_o.jpg)


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: Rajame on December 14, 2010, 10:40:36 PM
Oh ma'an Booni, those are beautiful shots of beautiful eagles.

Biggest hugs ever! :heart


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: madrona on December 14, 2010, 11:07:49 PM
These are wonderful shots, Booni.  I think this sequence of Mom and Dad in the Peters' Tree is perfect.  You have outdone yourself!  Their personalities shine through.   :eclove


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: Tigerlady105 on December 14, 2010, 11:12:06 PM
Booni, those pictures are all beautiful!  You are getting wonderful results!  We're seeing part of their lives that we wouldn't ever see any other way.   :heart


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on December 15, 2010, 09:19:39 AM

In that last foto i posted, it is Mum looking to her right & Dad looking right at the camera.
If you click the foto, then click the foto that opens up for the largest size, i think you can see the *freckle* on the top of Dad*s head?


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: SoAZ on December 15, 2010, 10:10:37 AM
Booni, these pictures are absolutely stunning! Thank you so much for sharing.


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: madrona on December 15, 2010, 10:48:01 AM
Booni - maybe the faded feathers on Mom's breast will help identify her on the nest.  I must look closely next time I see her there.  The details in your photos are unbelievably clear!   :eclove

ETA - I saw that dark dot when I looked at these photos last night - and at the time wondered if it might have been a 'hitch-hiker'!   :eceek


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: Blue on December 15, 2010, 05:30:47 PM
I am struck by how much Mom and Dad look like each other. Their beaks seem to have the same degree of curvature.


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: jungleland on December 15, 2010, 07:51:43 PM
Booni.

I just love your pictures of the young adult and mum and dad.   :eclove  Especially the one of dad looking at you.  You take awesome photos!  Can't wait to see more!


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on December 17, 2010, 07:21:14 PM

Yeeek!
Mum spots something!
Look out, whoever you are!

This is also a good comparison of Mum*s tail feathers to Dad*s.
Mum*s come to kind of a point.
Dad*s end in more of a straight line.

december 12 2010 12:24 - Mum spots something! - 163-83

(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5165/5269640415_804187d56c_b.jpg) (http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5165/5269640415_9ebf6f489a_o.jpg)


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on December 17, 2010, 07:29:14 PM

Mum*s right foot is still on the branch, while the left is just letting go.
Look at her eyes!
What is she seeing?

Look at Dad*s crop area.
The feathers there are kind of bulging out as Mum takes off.

december 12 2010 12:24 - Mum leaves the Peters*s Tree - 163-84


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Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: Tigerlady105 on December 17, 2010, 07:31:03 PM
The comparison of their tails photo might be a good one to add to the Reference thread, Booni.  The difference is quite clear in that shot.   :eclove


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on December 17, 2010, 07:38:15 PM

december 12 2010 12:24 - Mum leaves the Peters*s Tree - 163-85

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Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on December 17, 2010, 07:45:25 PM

december 12 2010 12:24 - Mum leaves the Peters*s Tree - 163-86

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Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on December 17, 2010, 07:51:33 PM

december 12 2010 1224 - Mum Leaves the Peters*s Tree - 163-87

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Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: passerine on December 17, 2010, 08:05:25 PM
Thanks Booni, beautiful! :hearts2


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on December 17, 2010, 08:17:04 PM

december 12 2010 12:27 - Dad in the Peters*s Tree - 163-96

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Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on December 17, 2010, 08:32:07 PM

december 12 2010 12:27 - Dad in the Peters*s Tree - 163-112

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Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on December 17, 2010, 08:49:51 PM
i saw the direction Mum flew off in, so i left Dad in the Peters*s Tree & headed out with my camera to see if i could find Mum.
On my way, i spotted this view of the Nest Tree.
It is interesting for many reasons.
When you first look at the foto as is, you see the extreme lean of the Nest Tree.
Doug says it has leaned like this since he first saw it.
You can also see the broken off top, where Mum perches sometimes.
The reddish colour is rot, i believe.
You can see that the rot extends to a good ways below the Nest.
You can also see the wide angle camera on its struts, &, to the right of the base of that, the close up camera in its box.
Now click the foto & click the foto that opens up.
Just above the close up camera is the Runway Branch, & you can see where two branches, including the Eye Branch were sawed away.
That Runway Branch is a very large limb!
Mum & Dad fleap to this branch, & hang out there a lot.
More than i remember them doing last season

december 12 2010 12:34 - Another view into the Nest Tree


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Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: passerine on December 17, 2010, 09:02:59 PM
In the red rot you can see the holes where woodpeckers were looking for ants.


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on December 17, 2010, 09:06:36 PM
i didn*t spot Mum in either the Nest or the Babysitting Tree, so i packed up & headed home.
On my way, i glanced back & there was an Eagle in an unusual tree!
i went to have a look & found Mum!
This tree is behind & to the right of the Nest.
i don*t see Eagles in this tree very often.
i wonder if Mum chased someone off who had perched here?

december 12 2010 12:47 - Mum in Constable*s Fir - 163-131


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Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on December 17, 2010, 09:32:03 PM

december 12 2010 12:47 - Mum yawns in Constable*s Fir - 163-134

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Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on December 17, 2010, 09:45:45 PM

Mum seemed to have spotted something in the distance!

december 12 2010 12:49 - Mum spots something - 163-138


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Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on December 17, 2010, 09:56:24 PM

Mum was looking at something in the distance so i looked where she was looking.
Another eagle!
This is a youngster, maybe two going on three?
They are kind of raggedy looking, not the gorgeous youngster i saw a week ago.
Mum didn*t talk to them at all or chase them off

december 12 2010 12:49 - Another youngster flies over the Nest Tree - 163-143


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Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on December 17, 2010, 10:10:23 PM

Mum spots something & flies off again.

december 12 2010 12:54 - Mum leaves Constable*s Fir - 163-152


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Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on December 17, 2010, 10:31:12 PM

december 12 2010 12:54 - Mum takes off from Constable*s Fir - 163-153

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Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on December 17, 2010, 10:39:13 PM

You can really see the nick in Mum*s left wingtip feather in this foto.
& she seems to have a new gash in the fourth feather of that same wing!

december 12 2010 12:54 - Mum leaves Constable*s Fir - 163-154


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Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: amyam on December 17, 2010, 11:41:59 PM
Booni -

I'm enjoying your eagle photos.  Great great shots.  The different perspectives you've photographed are unique and appealing.  Thank you for sharing them.  I look forward to them like a kid going to the movies.  The posts 265 and 281 appear as though Dad is looking right at you.  Was he?  If he looked at me like that I'd be a little intimated!!

Many, many thanks again.
Amy



Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: watermaid on December 18, 2010, 03:56:50 PM
Booni,  It looks as though you have been working hard.  These
are beautiful pictures.  I especially love #163-86 which shows
her feathered legs.  For some reason, it facinates me to see
their legs with feathers on them.

watermaid  :heart








Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on December 18, 2010, 04:40:25 PM

Haha, i understand the fascination watermaid!
i call them her pantaloons.
Here are two older fotos, showing Dad*s pantaloons for you!

october 31 2010 11:46am Dad leaves the Nest - 158-0114

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And another.

december 8 2009 15:15:45:50 Dad leaves the cam box

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Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on December 25, 2010, 06:35:40 PM

i took Dooki for a bike ride to the Brigantine Nest today, & on the way home we passed by the Nest Tree area.
Mum & Dad were both in the Peters*s Tree!
So i took a bit of video of them.
As i walked away, i looked back, & saw one of them flying away towards Hidden Bay.
When i looked at the perch tree, they both had left.

Later in the day, we passed by again, & they were back in the same tree, so i took more video.

December 25 2010 12:24 & 2:53 - Mum & Dad in the Peters*s Tree


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qsi3HSLzvy0


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on December 25, 2010, 07:06:03 PM

december 25 2010 3:06 - Mum & Dad in the Peters*s Tree

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Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: watermaid on December 25, 2010, 10:04:33 PM
Great pictures Booni and thanks for the pantaloons show.
I love it.  I so wish I could see them for real or in real life I
guess I should say.

I see that you have been out in the wind again.

watermaid  :heart


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on December 26, 2010, 05:42:05 PM
Doug left me with three salmon heads for Mum & Dad, so today i cut one in half & brought them down to Doug*s spot on the beach.
Mum & Dad were waiting in the Peters*s Tree!
But as i got closer to the beach, Mum & Dad went hightailing it off towards Hidden Beach!
By the time i got to the beach, both were over at Hidden Beach, & it looked like some sort of altercation with two other eagles was occuring there.
i heard lots of Eagle calls & saw four big birds flying around way down there.
i waited for Mum & Dad to return, but when they didn*t, we biked down to Hidden Beach.
i tiptoed down there & had a look to see if maybe something had washed up there that they were fighting over.
But i couldn*t see anything.
i heard seagull calls, from an Eagle, coming from further in the woods.
As i walked up the hill away from the beach, i heard trilling so i went back.
Looked like Dad circled over the beach then headed towards the Nest area.
So back there we biked.
As we approached, i could see an Eagle perched in the tippy top of Foster*s Fir.
When i saw that Eagle trill, i realized it was Dad.
So i went towards the beach & tried whistling like Doug does, to see if Dad or Mum would fly to the Peters*s Tree, but i don*t think he even heard me.
i kept watching him at the top of the tree, waiting to see if he would move.
Then i heard him trilling & another Eagle came zooming along the beach from the direction of Hidden Beach.
When i walked down to the beach, Mum was in the Peters*s Tree.
So i walked out to Doug*s spot on the beach with the salmon head pieces.
i left them there & when i looked up, Dad had joined Mum!
There was a murder of crows down on the beach, at least 12 of them.
i had barely turned my back on the salmon head when they all landed at the site & began eating.
i looked up at Mum & Dad but they weren*t leaving their perch.
You have to watch your footing on the beach, as it is slippery & dangerous, so the next time i looked up at the perch tree Mum & Dad weren*t there!
i looked back just in time to see Mum dive at the rock & scrape along with her talons as she grabbed a hunk of the salmon & flew towards the nest with it!!
Dad made another dive at the rock beach, but i wasn*t sure he got anything, however he flew off & disappeared & so did all the crows, so i guess all the salmon was gone.
i biked back to where i could see the Nest & i could see an eagle tail going up & down.
i think Mum brought her fish to the Nest to eat!
When she was done, she flew off & landed in the Peters*s Tree, where Dad was already perched.
It looked to me as though Mum was feaking her beak on the perch branch!

 :mhihi  :thumbup:


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boodle317 on December 26, 2010, 07:47:36 PM
Great report Booni!!!    thanx again for filling in with treats!!


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on December 26, 2010, 08:20:17 PM


Here is the fate of the two Sockeye Salmon filets i put out for Mum & Dad yesterday.
You can see the first seagull eye Mum & Dad in the Peters*s Tree.
i am thinking Mum & Dad didn*t recognize what i set out for them as food.
i can*t believe what the second seagull does!!  :eceek

december 25 2010 3pm - Two seagulls get Mum & Dad*s C*mas Sockeye Salmon Filets


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zIcE1YDXBcQ


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: birdvoyer on December 26, 2010, 08:30:52 PM
Why, those little scondrels! They had better watch out or Mom and Dad will have seagull stuffed with salmon head.  :nod2


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: Rajame on December 26, 2010, 09:43:01 PM
Ah Booni!!

That is a fantastic report. You are such an good eagle explorer!

Thank you again and again,
Rajame :heart


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: madrona on December 26, 2010, 10:05:51 PM
Great video, Booni.  I was laughing all the way through it.  (That second seagull reminded me of my brother when we were kids - he'd stuff something as fast as he could so he wouldn't have to share.)   :eclol


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: dizzymom70 on December 26, 2010, 11:55:38 PM
Booni-great video. I could see that second seagull's crop bulge as it swallowed the salmon. I wonder if he flew away, or if he was so weighed down that he had to walk. :eclol


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: MoJo on December 28, 2010, 11:14:21 AM
Booni, I just watched the salmon fillet video for the first time.  What a riot!  You could have some fun captions of what those gulls seemed to be thinking:

01:19-01:37:  “Doo doo doo doo, just going for a walk, going for a walk, minding my own business, doo doo doo doo doo.”
01:57:  “Uh-oh, what’s that whistle?  Guess I’ll take mine to go!”
02:29:  “Holy Moley, is that what I think it is?  Better grab it fast before anybody else spots it!  Guuuuuuulp!! (Burp)”
02:40 (buddy arrives):  “Hey pal, did you see that salmon?” 
02:47:  “Salmon??  What you talkin’ about? I don’t see no silly salmon!”

Thanks so much for sharing this great video with us!

Mojo


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: ccfan on December 28, 2010, 03:14:51 PM
LOL Mojo...you nailed it...they were both so casual about itt but the second on would make a great pickpocket.


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on December 28, 2010, 07:50:26 PM

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

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Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: luvthebirds on December 28, 2010, 07:52:44 PM
Nice, Booni!  :eclove


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on December 28, 2010, 07:58:12 PM
You can*t see them in this video, unfortunately, but Mum & Dad were both swooping over this scene.
i didn*t see them grab anything, but Dad was feaking his beak later in the Peters*s Tree, so maybe he got something off video?
Mum let them all eat away, then swooped in later to take the head away.
She flew by a couple times, then flew by again & went really high, then she SWOOOPED! down at high speed & grabbed it.
The sound her wings make is just AMAZING!!!
Mum never misses.
Video to come...

december 28 2010 15:16 - fish heads on the beach - 214


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=61yuBRAQcHQ


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on December 28, 2010, 09:08:11 PM
Mum eats her salmon head, then has a wash in the ocean!
You can see Mum*s full crop towards the end of the video!

december 28 2010 15:32 - Mum on the beach eating a salmon head - 164-283


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PL_K2t4Ddp8


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: NancyM on December 28, 2010, 09:33:39 PM
Lovely, booni - thank you!   :wub


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: Rajame on December 29, 2010, 12:13:14 AM
Yay! Thank you for the video Booni. :heart


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: OpieK on December 29, 2010, 01:31:27 AM
Another wonderful video from booni - thank you so much!


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on January 12, 2011, 07:59:47 PM
We got a good dump of snow last night that started coming down after it got dark out.
About midnight, the winds kicked up & the power went out!
By the time it was light this morning, it was already raining, & the snow was melting.
It was thick wet mushy stuff that i couldn*t bike through, so we had to stick to the plowed roads.
We biked by both sides of the Nest.
From the back side, all looked well from the road.
As we biked by the water side, i looked up & saw no eagles home.
But there was something white on the side of the road that caught my eye.
So we went back to take a look.
It was a crushed oyster shell.
As i was looking at it, i looked up at the Nest, & an eagle was just floating in & landed on the close up cam box.
So i parked Dooki & the bike right on the road, since there was zero traffic, & got my little camera out.
Here is the video i got!
i lucked out!  :eclove

january 12 2011 10:15 - The Nest after a snow & wind storm


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LxR4wYmva78


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: mishikeenhquay on January 12, 2011, 08:04:32 PM
Oh sweet....with a stick is right booni....great video!!!  Miigwetch!!!


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: gmadeb3 on January 12, 2011, 08:10:47 PM
What a wonderful video.... Thanks Booni for your great camera work! :ecwink


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: emc on January 12, 2011, 09:10:29 PM
Good job booni, great catch!


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: Blue on January 12, 2011, 09:22:37 PM
The stick looks like a long one.  Thanks, booni.


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: Tigerlady105 on January 12, 2011, 09:54:14 PM
Very nice video...Mom or Dad coming in for a landing was a great shot to capture!   :thumbup:  And Dooki was waiting so patiently.  I wonder what he's thinking?   :eclove


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: Donnae on January 12, 2011, 10:44:31 PM
WOW Booni... great capture... ty so much.... I do love coming home to these!!!!!


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: watermaid on January 13, 2011, 07:05:24 PM
Just delightful, Booni.  That eagle really was floating.  How
do you and Dooki keep warm in this cold weather?

watermaid :heart


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: Rajame on January 13, 2011, 09:01:24 PM
Thank you Booni! That was brilliant. I loved the float in..., the stick and the punctuation of a beautiful Dooki! Thank you again and again. :heart


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on January 15, 2011, 08:48:42 PM

When i arrived to see what happened with the salmon heads today, there was only one head on the beach.
Dad was in the Peters*s Tree.
i could hear Mum seagull calling, but i couldn*t see her.
i think she was in the Babysitting Tree.
Dad did not seem at all interested in the fish head.
But a seagull soon came sailing over to check it out.
Then another one came, & he was making a seagull call, & scared the first seagull away.
You*ll see him check out the fish head, but he is very wary of Dad right there in the Peters*s Tree.
At one point Dad left his perch & went soaring towards the seagull, who flew off, but Dad just returned to his perch.
While i was watching the seagull, Mum joined Dad in the Peters*s Tree.
They both watched the seagull & the fish head.
Whenever another seagull came by, this boss seagull would chase them off.
You can hear the seagull calling & calling as he flies, & as he approaches the salmon head & & as he eats it.
Finally this boss seagull got up the nerve to eat a bit of the salmon.
But you can see he is very wary of Mum & Dad.
It was rainy, windy, cold & getting dark, so i finally had to give up & go home.
When i looked back at the Peters*s Tree, Mum & Dad were gone.
i don*t think they got the fish head.

january 15 2011 3:28 - Fish Head & Seagull & Mum & Dad


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yXWIur8rE0k


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: Tigerlady105 on January 16, 2011, 12:06:50 AM
Booni, maybe Mom and Dad had already eaten, since it didn't seem as if they were hungry.  I wonder what they are finding, if anything?

That seagull was constantly checking things out as he ate the fish head!  It was interesting that Dad flew toward the gull, but didn't do anything more than that.


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: Trixie in Ontario on January 16, 2011, 06:45:54 AM
Is it possible that Mom & Dad are sick of the wind and the rain/snow?  Or does that not enter into their equation because it just is what it is?  The past couple of days they've seemed fairly inactive on the nest and seem to be spending a lot of time sitting and watching, and Mom had a couple of feeble vocalizations on Friday.

I know I've spent a lot of time on my couch the past few snowstormy weeks, but it's hard not to worry about these two.


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on January 16, 2011, 11:56:25 AM

Hiya Trixie!
i believe it is normal for eagles to sneeze, just as we sneeze when we are not sick.
There are many reasons for sneezing other than being sick.

Mum & Dad are adapted for the wind & rain that we get here in the winter time.
i think they have been quite active on the nest for the past few days.
Of necessity, they spend a lot of their time perched in trees or on the nest.
This is normal for them.
i have also heard, over the past few days, some very strong vocalizations towards intruders to their territory.

Yes, maybe they have eaten, & that*s why they didn*t go for the fish head.
They may have found something washed up on the beach to eat, or they could have caught a fish or a bird.

No need to worry!  :eclove


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on January 16, 2011, 07:54:26 PM
Mishi posted a screencap in chat today in which i saw a gap right in the middle of Mum*s tail feathers.
Thanks Mishi!  :s*

(http://i756.photobucket.com/albums/xx207/mishikeenhquay/January/1-16-11Eleven/1122.jpg) (http://i756.photobucket.com/albums/xx207/mishikeenhquay/January/1-16-11Eleven/1122.jpg)

It reminded me of a foto i got from the ground, showing the same thing.
i*d wondered if i was just imagining it.

december 28 2010 15:24 Mum lands in the Peters*s Tree-164-227  


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Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on January 16, 2011, 08:09:43 PM

Here is Mum, watching the seagulls & crows eating her salmon head, then deciding to do a flyover, after which she returns, lands, realizes she is Dad*s spot so she moves over to her spot & watches the salmon head eating continue.

Slide Show - december 28 2010 15:24 - Mum Takes off then Lands in the Peters*s Tree

Click foto to see slide show in larger size.


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Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: Blue on January 16, 2011, 08:14:37 PM
Booni,

In looking at the gap in her tail in that photo, it is possible that there is a feather on top of her tail (behind the others) that could move to fill the gap.  The feather is angled upward so that the tip of it doesn't show in your photo.  In other views, the tail looks perfect.  I would think by now that feathers have been replaced from last year's molt.



Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on January 16, 2011, 08:37:05 PM

i think Dad had left Mum in the Peters*s Tree to do a flyover of the salmon heads.
i never saw him get one, but he was feaking his beak when he returned.
Here he rejoins Mum in the Peters*s Tree, first landing on the outer branch then moving into his usual spot(you can see where the bark is worn away from where he usually grasps the branch with his feet!), he trills to announce to the world, then cozies up with Mum.
It amazes me how much time these two spend together & very close to one another.  :hearts2
Mum then can*t stand it any longer, & goes off to get her fish head & eat it on the beach.
There is a video of this on the previous page of this thread.

Slide Show - december 28 2010 15:30 - Dad Joins Mum in the Peters*s Tree

Click on foto to see slide show in larger size.


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Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: Tigerlady105 on January 16, 2011, 08:46:44 PM
Wonderful videos, Booni!  They really get along well, even if Mom beaks Dad at times!   :eclol :eclove


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: winterwren on January 21, 2011, 06:27:31 PM
Not a very clear picture, but the scene on the Babysitting Tree was really cute around 4:00 this afternoon...


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Below, Dad. Above, Mom. At the very top: six starlings, all in a row!
They were making some really nice sounds, too. I hope people heard them from the nest.

Next I went to walk on Sandstone Point. I could see all the neighbourhood trees from there. Mom was still on the babysitting tree, but Dad had left.

I returned at about 4:50 and Dad had returned. Now he was stitting right next to Mom, on the same branch. The starlings had left.
 :ecsmile



Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on January 21, 2011, 07:27:51 PM

Sweet Wren!  :heart
What a lovely story & foto.

Yes, the Starlings were loud & clear on the cam in the time you described!


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: NancyM on January 21, 2011, 07:59:56 PM
Lovely picture, wren!   

It is so wonderful to have booni and wren's pictures and commentary  - thank you both so much for being there   :s*


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: auroradawn on January 21, 2011, 08:48:11 PM
What a wonderful picture wren, thank you


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: Rajame on January 22, 2011, 02:25:38 AM
I heard the birds today Wren. Thank you for the visuals. Woohoo!  :thumbup: :heart


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: Tigerlady105 on January 22, 2011, 02:44:55 AM
Very interesting picture, Wren.  Good timing!   :eclove

Dad is saying to Mom, "Honey, this tree is getting too crowded.  Let's not rent any more branches out this season."   :ecnono


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: Trixie in Ontario on January 22, 2011, 06:56:12 AM
Thanks Booni!  You made me feel a whole lot better.  I had to stop watching for a few days I was so afraid (silly sausage!).  But they are looking super duper, as usual.  I did start to figure out that at this time of year, with pairs looking for nests, it makes sense they'd park themselves there.  Part of the compelling lessons are their ability to just be in the moment and not be fretting about something else they "should" be doing.

...serenity now... don't go to worst case scenarios... they'll be there in June...

Thanks again!


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: ccfan on January 22, 2011, 01:31:50 PM
(((TRIXIE)))


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on February 19, 2011, 08:03:55 PM

This is a slide show of fotos i*m considering for the Campbell River Bald Eagle Festival foto show.
The prize is a canvassed print of your choosing.

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Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: marjy2u on February 20, 2011, 12:57:25 AM
Wow!  I don't know how one could even choose just one favourite from that fantastic group of pictures!!!  The one with the silhouette of the eagle (Dad?) flying in to the branch is quite striking, but then so are the ones with the eagle in flight with treed background and the other one with the outstretched wing (sitting on the branch and stretching)!  Those are particularly unique, but all of them are wonderful, Booni!  Outstanding!


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: birdvoyer on February 20, 2011, 09:06:18 AM
What a great idea boonib! There are just too many to choose just one. I know that you will do well.  :eclove


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: passerine on February 20, 2011, 11:50:13 AM
They're all nice, I like the the one of eagle with the green background nice contrast, the one where one eagle looks like a dark silhouette & the one scratching his/her head on tree. Maybe centered more, dunno. :ecsmile :heart


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on February 23, 2011, 10:24:41 PM

january 14 2011 12:34 - Dad in Fosters Fir - 165-8

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Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: Raptorman on February 23, 2011, 10:31:59 PM
Wow!! Booni! That's awesome!


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: Doug on February 23, 2011, 10:40:18 PM
Great pictures Booni.  You have been such an addition to our Web-site.


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on February 23, 2011, 10:50:12 PM

Look how Dad*s left foot is grasping that branch, even though there is a branchlet sticking right into the bottom of his foot.
Must be pretty tough, those feet.

january 14 13:12 - Dad in Fosters Fir - 165-59

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Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on February 23, 2011, 10:54:54 PM

Dad was on Fosters Fir.
When i walked back to the Nest, Mum was on the prow.
i noticed that when she flew off, Dad also flew off from Fosters Fir.

january 14 13:24 - Mum on the Prow of the Nest, Flies Off - 165-76

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=09ttKG6FOGI


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: kathyj on February 23, 2011, 11:59:11 PM
Your photos are amazing Boonibarb.  Thank you for sharing them with us.


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on February 24, 2011, 10:45:05 PM

Let*s all play a game of SPOT THE POOPSHOT!!
You may all cheat by clicking on Dad, then clicking him again to examine the foto up close.

february 14 2011 14:02 - Dad Poopshot - 165-53


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Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: BBE on February 24, 2011, 11:02:37 PM
Booni, great photo.  I wonder how many poopshots have been taken over the years ? :biggrin6


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: Faerie Gardener on February 24, 2011, 11:21:27 PM
Booni - The clarity of this poopshot is unquestionably unparalleled!!!    Priceless!


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: kathyj on February 25, 2011, 09:43:55 AM
Great photo Booni.


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on February 25, 2011, 10:06:25 PM

i had just arrived at the Co op to do my shopping today when i was pulled over by one of the neighbours who lives behind the Nest.
She told me of a scene she witnessed yesterday, *later* in the day.
Either Mum or Dad was perched on the tippy top of Gregg*s Tree.
Gregg*s Tree is behind & to the left a bit, of the Nest.
The poor tree has received a severe pruning of all of the dead limbs & the dead *snag* top.
It is sad to see, to be honest.
i*ve been worried that Mum & Dad wouldn*t use this tree any more.
Their favourite perch branches have all been cut off.
But yesterday, early evening, there was either Mum or Dad, perched on the butt of the cut off snag.
Not long after, the other Eagle landed in a branch, & the branch bounced up & down with the weight of the landing.
The neighbour went to get her camera.
In the meantime, one of the Eagles had left, but the one perched at the very top of the tree was still there.
i am glad to hear that Mum & Dad are still using this tree!
So, if we hear trills from behind us, to the left, when we are watching the cam, Mum & Dad could be in Greggs*s Tree!  :biggrin6


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: NancyM on February 25, 2011, 10:10:33 PM
thanks for sharing that info, booni - I guess with the trimming of Gregg's Tree, the air space is more open for Mom and Dad to fly in and out from the CU cam box?


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on February 25, 2011, 10:16:54 PM

Hmmmmm...
i*m not sure Nancy.  :puzzled2
Gregg*s Tree is a good ways from the back side of the Nest, maybe 200'?
It*s already pretty wide open back there.
But they seem to be exiting from the back side of the Nest more this season, no?
Maybe wren will weigh in on this.


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on March 04, 2011, 10:07:30 AM

i copied these observations from the Topic: Research Observations 2010 - 2011
6:00 – Both eagles are calling out – an alert.
6:02 – Dad ‘scootches’ into the nest bowl.
6:04 – Mom calls out, triggering another set of calls by both of them – Dad stands up and digs in the bedding again.
6:08 – Dad is tracking something off nest – and sees something that sets off another alarm – Mom watches with her head lowered, then she ‘cachunkas’ as Dad stands in nest bowl.
6:11 – There are more calls – Mom is seeing something and calling.  Dad flies off to the left as Mom watches and seems to be preparing to go as well.  But she settles down and stays.  Video by Cawatcher (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4UGxxpPFKEM&feature=player_embedded)

Yesterday evening, as Dooki & i were heading out the door for our bike ride, i could hear Mum & Dad alerting on the webcam.
So, we biked straight to the Nest to check out what was happening.
We started at the back side of the Nest.
i neither saw nor heard anything from there.
So we biked to the water side of the Nest.
As we were going down the hill towards Grassy Point, the Nest was on our right & i could hear alerting.
Then i saw an Eagle fly from the direction of the Nest, down the road & into Grassy Point, where i could see that there was another Eagle in the His & Hers Tree.
That Eagle took off from the tree, as the one from the Nest approached.
i thought they had been chased off, but they just turned & landed back on the tree again.
Now, this is an interesting tree.
It has two tops, that grow up from a *v* halfway down the tree.
Well, one Eagle was on the left top, the other was on the right top!
They both looked like adults, but it was getting dark & i was only seeing with my bare eye.
Now, since they were so peaceful in the tree together, i assumed this was Mum & Dad.
But when we biked down the road to the Nest, there was an Eagle on the close up cam box.
So one of the Eagles on the His & Hers tree was a visitor!
As i biked past the Nest, an Eagle flew over my head, & down the road, turning towards Hidden Bay.
When we biked back to Grassy Point, an Eagle was still perched in the His & Hers tree.
From the Nest Observations through the webcam, i see that Dad flew off the Nest towards Grassy Point while Mum remained on the cam box.
i wonder who the visitor was, who Dad only half-heartedly chased off/?
Maybe if i had my good camera on me, we would have seen that this wasn*t really an adult but a sub adult?
 


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: Trixie in Ontario on March 04, 2011, 02:45:47 PM
So amazing to have the companion "ground observations" to what we see up high.  Great pedal-power, Booni (and dear Dooki).

Thank you so much for all your wonderful contributions to this amazing experience.


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on March 06, 2011, 07:54:37 PM

Okay, i*ve been pondering this for a while.
i am thinking that Fosters*s Fir is visible from the close up camera.
Or at least it WAS.
Now that the Prow is being built up so high, i*m not sure as of today.
i took this screen capture during the snow storm, when Fosters*s Fir was particularly visible against the snow.
It is the first tree to the left of the W of WildEarth.
This tree is green quite a ways up, but the top is a snag, all dead, with many little branches.
From the ground, you can see that the tree has more green on one side near the top, than the other side has.
We can see the last of the green near the top of the tree, where the tree goes from green to dead.
Mum & Dad tend to perch on the dead top & branches of this tree, rather than on the green part.
But now we know where some of their calls might be coming from.

february 23 2010 2:36 - Snowy Nest

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Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on March 06, 2011, 08:14:05 PM


Today we were late getting out for our bike ride.
We biked to Brigantine Nest, where we saw the Mum at the tippy top of the Nest Tree, while the Dad was in the snag topped tree on the bank by the water.
On our way back, we passed Grassy Point, then went up the hill towards home.
i looked back at Gregg*s Tree, & there was an eagle perched on a large dead branch, lower down on the tree.
As i watched, they were beaking at their feet.
They were eating something!
So i biked a little closer to where i could see them a lot better.
i kept watching the back of the head, as the Eagle ate, but i never was sure i saw Mum*s part, so i think this was Dad.
He was holding something in his feet, & he was plucking it & eating it.
At one point he picked up what he was eating in his beak & dangled it.
i could see two long bones, joined & articulated, like a chicken leg bone, with the thigh bone & the calf bone, joined at the knee by ligaments.
Dad finally dropped the bone, i watched it clatter down through the branches to the ground.
Then he feaked & feaked, jumped to turn the other direction, then feaked some more.
Not long after he flew towards the Nest or the water.
i was able to retrieve the bones from the ground, it was a wing with feathers still attached.
i also found two feathers, dark grey or black.
i delivered the evidence to Wren for identification
.


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: Blue on March 06, 2011, 08:24:25 PM
Good sleuthing, "dear Watson". You and Sherlock will solve this!



Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: winterwren on March 06, 2011, 09:22:39 PM
I LOVE puzzles.

So before I even checked my phone messages for a story, I wanted to write down what I know about the puzzle I found at my door tonight.

The wing of someone.
A pellet. Fresh! Big. Looks like mostly feathers, but there could also be some fur; I need to dry it to tell for sure.
The pellet does not have any smell. This surprises me.
Some twigs, with some fibrous stuff on them. Like mashed feathers. Why are they part of the puzzle? Maybe because the pellet was resting on them initially. Which would explain why the fibres look like mashed feathers.

The wing. And the feathers with them. Presumably from the same bird... maybe. They both smell fishy, so a seabird.
Seagull? The feathers on this mostly-eaten wing are black above, and white below.
But it's so HEAVY!

I have a seagull wing in my studio. I pull this out and compare. It's light, light, light. Sure, it's dry. But. That wing is dense. A domestic duck, then?

I measure the individual bones against each other. Those bones are long!!! Also, they're not the same proportion as a seagull wing. The humerus is longer in relation to the other bones.

I stretch out the wing bones. Fifteen inches. Factor in some primaries in proportion... you've got a wing at least 21, 22 inches long. Plus a body's width. So we're at 45 inches or more of wingspan.

What's that big???
That's when I crack open the books.
Goose. A bit big. Dark above and below. Cormorant. Dark above and below.

Loon.

Dark above, white below. Wingspan 46.
What's that I remember from the behaviour book? (Sibley's)
Yes, here it is, page 125. Adaptations to diving. "Denser bones than most birds." Also dense plumage. (Can't really tell about that.)

So that's my theory. A loon's wing. Some smallish feathers from it, wing coverts maybe. Which would be leftover winter plumage they're brownish - or else they belong to another bird -Loons switching to nuptial, I saw one soooo close today.

A loon's wing, a pellet from someone who ate the loon, twigs that the pellet rested on.

This is what I guessed before I heard Booni's story - the one she posted in the previous post.

ohhh, I love puzzles.



Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: emc on March 06, 2011, 09:46:31 PM
Nancy has video from today at 1 PM, when Dad brought a furry or feathered gift for Mom.  She left with it.  Is this time near your sighting today, booni?


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on March 06, 2011, 09:55:07 PM

Yes, i*d say this was close to the time of my observation.


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: winterwren on March 07, 2011, 12:22:16 AM
Warning... we're talking of life and death.  :ecsmile
The following pictures are not very pretty.

Picture this, first: I'm coming back from work after a long day. I approach my front door and see a plastic bucket hanging from the door handle. This is a neighbourhood where people leave each other gifts all the time. So my first reaction is, "Oh, goody, a surprise!"

Catou said this on the chat: "If that was anywhere else, I'd tell Wren to call the cops if someone is leaving animal body parts at her door..."  :eclol

But this is not anywhere else. I'm stoked. A puzzle! and I know exactly who left it, and I know it has to do with an eagle.

Here are the bits Booni left (I forgot to photograph the twigs... oh well). The pieces of puzzle I referred to in my last post.

I'll post tiny thumbnails so the delicate of stomach can ignore the images. Those of stronger constitution should click to enlarge, then click again if you wish to view any part in more detail.

First, the wingbones. All bones attached together as found. Three views:

Upper side: dark feathers. Looks like a bit of bark stuck to it.

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Bottom side: light feathers.

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Upper side, stretched out as far as it would stand on its own.

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This is very fresh; the odour of the bones is fishy, but there's no trace of decay.
What's impossible to convey here is their weight. It struck me immediately. Those bones feel almost as dense as the bones of mammals.

Next, the feathers. They had the same, faintly fishy smell, but there is otherwise nothing absolute to connect them with the wing bones. They could be from a different bird. If they were from the loon, they would have to be something like wing coverts. They are not nearly large enough to be flight feathers.

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Last but not least, the pellet. If you click twice, you'll see green fir needles that became mixed in when the pellet fell to the ground. These help establish a sense of scale.

It will probably be easier to identify the contents once this pellet dries out.
The pellet is flattened, but irregular in thickness, to about 1/2 inch thick. It has no coating. It does not smell like anything.


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Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: Tigerlady105 on March 07, 2011, 02:12:52 AM
Wren, your detective work, with illustrations, is very interesting.  I'm enjoying seeing your thought processes!  Thanks for sharing this series with the rest of us...   :thumbup:

Booni, you find so many things to push us into new areas of interest and learning.  We never know what will come up next.  Please thank Dooki for his help, as your loyal companion.   :eclove


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: Faerie Gardener on March 07, 2011, 07:04:40 AM
Maybe this is why Mon and Dad weren't that hungry when Doug offered the fish heads a few hours later!

(Me, I'd prefer Salmon head over Loon wing...I think!)


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: birdvoyer on March 07, 2011, 08:45:00 AM
Ah, "the wang's the thang" to some faerie gardner!  :eclol But fish heads are good for soup, I understand.

Thank you, boonib and wren, for sharing this different kind of "puzzle." It is interesting to follow along one's thought processes to conclusions. Besides, it is a great learning experience. Was the pellet found near the dropped wing bones or somewhere else altogether?


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on March 07, 2011, 09:19:12 AM

The pellet was found closer to the tree trunk, the wing further out.
i don*t believe the two are related, except that the pellet MAY be from an Eagle, but could also be from a Hawk or an Owl.


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: birdvoyer on March 07, 2011, 11:29:17 AM
Thank you boonib. Is there any way to know which bird that it might have come from?  


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: Blue on March 07, 2011, 12:30:07 PM
Great job, ground crew! Thanks very much.

If there isn't any smell or fish bones in the pellet, my guess would be an owl who has dined on small birds and maybe rodents. An owl will often kill and pluck its prey on the ground, hence the small bones, feathers, twigs and fir needles in the pellet. We occasionally see where an owl or hawk has done that when out on our hikes. It is hard to see if there is fur in it.

The wing is a water bird, and smells fishy, as you say, and was probably never on the forest floor until it was dropped.


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: winterwren on March 07, 2011, 12:37:49 PM
I need to look at that pellet better once it has dried, but one thing that strikes me now, and that I missed last night, is the size of the feather shafts in it. This is not from tiny song-birds. Raptors usually leave the flight feathers in place, or pluck them away; they will also pluck the larger body feathers. So what remains in the pellet are the smaller- relatively speaking - body feathers of the prey. This needs another look. Maybe some of you can tell me more from the photo.


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: JOB on March 08, 2011, 09:42:08 PM
Hi to Wren and Booni.  I wanted to let you know that your work is so very interesting.  I had to get a new computer and had some problems with it so it has been almost a month since I have been here except for a few days here and there.  Anyway with my new computer I lost my password and I could not get back to my original name of watermaid so I had to choose a new name.  I know that Watermaid is still there because this program would not let me choose it for my new registration.  Sorry I did not know how to get help for my problem.  I have no technical skills and I am going to blame that on the fact that I am almost 75.  So you know when you see the name JOB that it is really the person you know as Watermaid.   :biggrin3  :heart


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: Laurad on March 09, 2011, 04:24:05 AM
JOB I have reset your password and sent you an email to the email address you registered with. Do let me know if you continue to have problems.


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on March 09, 2011, 10:21:46 PM

march 9 2011 Herring Spawn!   

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vzC3UCdG80g


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: winterwren on March 09, 2011, 10:55:06 PM
The herring have returned!

These photos are from Grassy Point... I took them this afternoon around 1 pm. Tide is going out, there are still some remaining balls of herring, every bird is on the wing and eating. Initially I counted 7 eagles, of which 2 were immatures. Mom and Dad were likely of this number.

Click on photos to see larger size...
2 eagles feasting on herring... (I thought there were three... the other dark bird is a crow)  :ecsmile

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Seagulls fishing... click this one twice, add soundtrack and a salty fishy smell and you're there!

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More partying... Sandstone Point in the background. One eagle on a rock to the right, another one on a tall tree to the left, both visible if you click twice.

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Seabirds are visible in the distance, to well past Tralee Point, into Lunar Rock territory... Fishboat scouting in the background... one seagull is almost upside-down!

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Sea-lions fishing...

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The milt foams in the waves...

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...but something is wrong with this picture...
The seaweed should be all frosty with roe, and it is not. Which means that the boys did it, and the girls didn't.

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This happened last year, too: a big spawn, no eggs.
I'm reminded that the DFO announcement that Doug quoted 2 days ago mentioned that the female herring were not ripe for spawning yet... which is why I was taken by surprise by today's spawn. Last  year there ended up being a later spawn, not as extensive, which did take. So we have to hope for the best.

On the tide-line at Grassy Point beach I saw a few strands of seaweed with eggs on them... so there may also have been some effective spawn in deeper water.


Later on, at low tide, (4:30-ish) everyone was resting and there were 17 eagles to be seen between Sandstone Point and the unnamed point just west of Grassy Point. About a third of them were immatures. I saw one handsome sub-adult with a dark eye-stripe. At that point, I could identify Mom Hornby on the Peters' tree. Soon after, she and Dad were on the nest.







Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: NancyM on March 09, 2011, 11:03:16 PM
Booni and wren - wonderful video and  glorious photos!! The herring run surely is a big event for many species.



These photos are from Grassy Point... I took them this afternoon around 1 pm. Tide is going out, there are still some remaining balls of herring, every bird is on the wing and eating. Initially I counted 7 eagles, of which 2 were immatures. Mom and Dad were likely of this number.

I think Mom was on the nest  and Dad on the WA cam shortly after 1 PM - they were very agitated because there was a third eagle in the babysitting tree (according to Doug's comment in chat). Dad took off at 1:11 - maybe he went fishing ...


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: Donnae on March 09, 2011, 11:04:29 PM
WOW Booni and Wren... thanks so much ... great video and great photos too..... so great to see this when I come home.  :biggrin3


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: winterwren on March 09, 2011, 11:16:25 PM
Ta-da indeed, Booni!
Love the footage... it has a cumulative effect, and takes deeper and deeper into what it's really like to be there.

Thank you so much!
 :heart Wren


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: BBE on March 09, 2011, 11:27:12 PM
Wren your photos are absolutely breath taking.  :thumbup: 

The first two pictures with the changing of colours is beautiful, as is the third one with the seagulls.

And the fourth one of the seagulls, they really are flying on my screen.

I saw a little of the herring run last year.

Booni- the photo is great.

You two make a wonderful team of bringing us the sites and sounds.  Many  :ty


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: Tigerlady105 on March 09, 2011, 11:37:44 PM
Wren and Booni, what a treat to "go" with you to see the herring spawn!  Thank you for sharing these wonderful scenes with us!   :thumbup:


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: mishikeenhquay on March 12, 2011, 06:39:56 AM
Gitchi Miigwetch to both of you....the video is fantastic...and the still shots??  Sheesh....they look 3D!!  I might have to plan another visit to Hornby around a future herring spawn!!
Mishi


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: winterwren on March 12, 2011, 10:33:31 PM
More herring spawn this morning... you can see the bright turquoise, one big patch around the unnamed point just west of Grassy Point, and further along a line that wraps right around the huge area of Collishaw Point.
North end of Denman Island in the mid-ground... and the mountains of Vancouver Island in the background. Click twice for close-up.

(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5056/5521307183_8763505c6a_z.jpg) (http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5056/5521307183_79e096ea75_o.jpg)


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: Tigerlady105 on March 12, 2011, 11:42:18 PM
So much life and beauty all around you!   :eclove


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: JOB on March 13, 2011, 09:28:21 PM
Winterwren,  This is the most beautiful picture of your area.  I just love it.  Thank you for sharing.   :thumbup:
watermaid  :heart


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: gmadeb3 on March 14, 2011, 09:02:28 AM
Thanks "ground crew" for sharing the pictures and info.  Have been gone and missed some of these events live and so enjoy catching up.  You all are the BEST! :thumbup:


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: winterwren on March 14, 2011, 08:49:28 PM
An update about the puzzle Booni found below Gregg's tree.

Today I treated myself to a new book: Bird Feathers - A Guide to North American Species by Scott and McFarland.

I checked under 'loon'... and indeed those two long feathers Booni found with the loon's wing could be from the same bird - a primary and a secondary. Both are from the someone's left side, as were the bones.

This would make the bird more likely to be a Pacific Loon - which we do see in our waters at this time of year. Pacifics are a bit smaller than Common Loons.

Here's a photo of the two feathers, cleaned and dried.

(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5259/5528390822_97f63c929f_z.jpg) (http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5259/5528390822_531a2a89e5_o.jpg)

The small dark feather was attached to the loon's wing.

The small pale feathers came from the pellet - now dried. It seems entirely composed of feathers of this size and colour. Not the body feathers of a passerine for sure. Maybe those of a seagull?




Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on March 17, 2011, 09:20:32 PM

Today we went for a walk near Whaling Station.
Then later in the day i passed Tribune Bay & saw the Herring Spawn there!

march 17 2011 Herring Spawn


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MGIhLtu70Q4


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: ivani on March 18, 2011, 06:41:33 AM
Again, thank you, Bonnie. It's great to see these wonderful videos! I love to see Hornby!  :heart And see landscapes that may never see in person.
 :eclove


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: mishikeenhquay on March 18, 2011, 07:25:15 AM
That was AWESOME Booni!!!  Gitchi Miigwetch for sharing!!  Love to see Dooki eating!  And love listening to you and your 'walker'!
Mishi


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on March 20, 2011, 04:23:31 PM

Today i was biking down the road in front of the Nest, heading towards Hidden Bay.
It was somewhere between 1 & 1:30.
Flying towards me, following the road, no more that 15 or 20' above me, was a large dark Eagle!
i thought they would veer up & away as they flew closer to me & over my head but they continued on their course, flying right at me & just over my head & on towards Grassy Point.
When they got there, they dipped towards the water then continued on along their coarse, north & westwards.
i couldn*t believe how HUGE this Eagle looked!
They were an immature Eagle.
So close, & right there above my head!!  :eceek


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on March 20, 2011, 07:36:44 PM

Oh, yeah, i forgot to tell you something really exciting that happened right after that youngster flew over my head!
i was looking up at the Peters*s Tree, but no one was there.
Then the tippy top of Hope*s Tree caught my eye.
Someone was THERE!
i NEVER see an Eagle in Hope*s Tree.
The only time was when Hope herself tried to land there.
Mum was on the Nest & promptly chased her off just as she was landing!
Was this Mum again?
Had she chased off the young Eagle who had just flown over my head???
Then landed in Hope*s Tree?
i went to the beach, & when i looked up, Dad was in his spot on the Peters*s Tree & the tippy top of Hope*s Tree was empty.
So i gather this was HIM on Hope*s Tree!


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on March 20, 2011, 07:49:52 PM

So, i was watching the cam today like everyone else when Dad started hollering up a storm.
When his calling carried on & on, i decided to get on down to the Nest with my camera to see what was going on.
Just as i was going out the door, someone dropped by!  :lumphammer8
i was sure by the time i got down to the Nest, the action would be over.
i went to the water side & looked up.
i couldn*t see Dad, but i could sure HEAR him!
When i looked up at the Babysitting Tree, there was another Eagle there!
A young dark one!
So i set up my camera.
These are the video clips i got of Dad & the youngster.
Turned out there was a SECOND youngster in the Peters*s Tree.
You can see them at the end of the video.

march 20 2011 9:44 - Youngsters visit Dad who is on the Nest

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YftShNUAJE0

sparkie recorded a video through the cam in which you can hear the youngster in the Babysitting Tree trilling!
You can see Dad cock his head to listen to them.
i don*t hear Mum at all in sparkie*s video.


Click here to see sparkie*s video (http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=525.msg48525#msg48525)

Here is another video Sparky made through the cam of Dad*s vocalizations before i got there.
i realize now that my times posted are one hour off!
The time changed & my camera hadn*t adjusted yet!


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e4QngAgKeKc


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on March 20, 2011, 08:23:06 PM

march 20 2011 9:46 - Young Eagle in the Babysitting Tree Visits Dad - 171-323

(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5020/5545061889_5f8faa1384_b.jpg) (http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5020/5545061889_3e3a0eeb17_o.jpg)


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on March 20, 2011, 08:34:13 PM

march 20 2011 9:47 - Young Eagle in the Babysitting Tree Visiting Dad - 171-325

(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5026/5545103267_58a3e47319_b.jpg) (http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5026/5545103267_6c507902fa_o.jpg)


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on March 20, 2011, 08:55:41 PM

march 20 2011 9:55 - Dad screeps to the Youngster in the Babysitting Tree - 171-337

(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5011/5545161777_b70863e686_b.jpg) (http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5011/5545161777_c2be8aaa64_o.jpg)


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on March 20, 2011, 09:15:22 PM

march 20 2011 10:05 - Another Youngster was in the Peters*s Tree - 171-355

(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5255/5545214009_d7315de9d9_b.jpg) (http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5255/5545214009_9e7dbf4d18_o.jpg)


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on March 20, 2011, 09:26:20 PM

march 20 2011 10:05 - Young Eagle leave the Peters*s Tree - 171-358

(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5060/5545244491_77dba3791a_b.jpg) (http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5060/5545244491_48d4e5a2fa_o.jpg)


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: Blue on March 20, 2011, 10:12:27 PM
The juvi in the babysitting tree has feathers flying a bit like the one with the 'big hair' at Nest 9.  :nod2

Some lighter feathers on the head than the other one, maybe.


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: NancyM on March 21, 2011, 05:46:09 AM
EXCELLENT pictures, booni!  The eagle in the Peters' tree looks to be younger than the other one (darker beak) (?)  How old do you think they are?

Interesting that Dad just went on hollering but never chased them away and Mom apparently was not fussed about them either.


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on March 21, 2011, 08:33:30 AM

Nancy, i was just tossing this around with AJL on the chat.
i*ve got those two young Eagles pegged as two now, going on three this season.
It is amazing to me how different they look to each other, even though they are the same age.
Is the one in the Peters*s Tree a male, while the one in the Babysitting Tree is a female?
She has a larger body size & beak.
The one in the P Tree is kinda slender all through from tail to tip of beak!  :hearts2


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: emc on March 21, 2011, 10:05:29 AM
The slimmer body could mean it is a male. I find it interesting that in some pictures you get, Dad looks so long, because of the slenderness. Notice the "pantaloons"'seem longer also, because of body build difference.

So interesting to hear the youngster trill. Sounds almost the same as Dad talking to it, to my ear. And tolerating the youngsters nearby. :). As long as they stay out of the nest!  But I guess Mom wants more space than that even. lol
They are the "grandparents" of the island it seems. :eclove


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: NancyM on March 21, 2011, 12:56:10 PM
Thanks, booni!  They do have different coloration for being the same age ~ individual variation, I suppose.

The one in the BST looks bigger but the angle of the photo is different, too - but you could tell better because you saw them live. 


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on March 26, 2011, 09:01:45 PM

A belated video of the Herring Spawn.
Featuring Seagulls!

march 12 2011 12:36 - Herring Spawn & Seagulls


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


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on March 31, 2011, 09:45:30 PM

Today after leaving work near the Dunlop Nest i decided to drive by the Nest.
As i passed the Nest i saw no one in Fosters*s Fir, no one in the Peters*s Tree, but for a Raven!, & no one in the Babysitting Tree.
i looked up at the Nest but could see nothing from the ground.
As i passed Grassy Point, i saw an Eagle in the left top of the His & Hers Tree!
i watched from my van for a bit then got out there with my camera.
i figured it had to be Mum or Dad.
i decided this was Mum!
She hung out there for a bit, looking often in the direction of the Nest.
Finally she flew off that way.
As i made my way back to the van i saw a set of wings, & another Eagle in Fosters*s Fir.
i wondered if Mum had chased someone off or were the wings hers?
So i headed that way with my camera.
The Eagle seemed to be airing their wings, hanging them open & down.
i couldn*t walk fast enough.
i decided that this was still Mum!
She perched there, with one foot drawn up against her belly.
i was hoping to see her incubation patch when she tucked up her foot.
Then she flew off again & this time landed in the Babysitting Tree.
This all was from about 4:45 to 5:10.

i think Mum may have been wet.
Hopefully we*ll be able to tell in the fotos.


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: Tigerlady105 on April 01, 2011, 12:34:16 AM
Booni, maybe Mom was fishing?!   :eclove


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on April 01, 2011, 09:45:46 AM

My thoughts exactly Tiger.


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: winterwren on April 02, 2011, 08:07:39 PM
Not the most exciting topic, but AJL was interested in an inventory of the kinds of grasses that might be brought to the nest.

Here in this first instalment are a few field grasses that I was able to identify despite their having sat in the weather all winter. These are grasses that grow in clumps in fallow fields and are likely to be grabbed by eagles in search of bedding for the nest. All samples in this posting are from Slade Road.

Caveat: I'm not a botanist. My identifications are at best approximate. As always, I welcome comments and corrections.
Click twice on pictures to view details.

(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5182/5581259700_0a4054b6c1_z.jpg) (http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5182/5581259700_34ea7e57f6_o.jpg)

Top of photo: probably Tufted Hairgrass, Deschampsia cespitosa, a West Coast native, 20 cm to 1.2m tall. The inflorescence also looks like that of Colonial Bentgrass, Agrostis capillaris, but overall this grass seems taller than the 50 cm bentgrass reaches; also, the leaves are very slender.

Middle: Reed Canary Grass, Phalaris arundinacea, 0.7 to 2m tall. I bent over the bottom of one of the stems to show the bits of rhizome that come out readily when the grass is pulled. The inflorescence is missing... I couldn't find any in  the whole huge clump.
Canary grass may have existed on parts of the West Coast before European contact.

Bottom: most likely Orchard Grass, Dactylis glomerata. Grows to 1.5m tall. An introduction from Europe.


Now here's how these grasses would look to an eagle looking for something to line a nest. Note how short the current season's new grasses still are. Only the dried grasses from last season are large enough to carry to the nest.
Tufted Hairgrass in the field...
(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5268/5581257444_9d56df8c60_z.jpg) (http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5268/5581257444_6ac686b499_o.jpg)

Reed Canary Grass usually stands in great bit clumps like this...
(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5012/5580668779_6e7cc0b7ef_z.jpg) (http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5012/5580668779_3b25755bf7_o.jpg)

Orchard Grass in the field. The seed head persists through winter.
(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5230/5581252644_89712559e2_z.jpg) (http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5230/5581252644_c3cfabef91_o.jpg)

Orchard Grass seed head... with a small visitor.
(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5179/5581258674_c5c82de668_z.jpg) (http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5179/5581258674_01f6b121d4_o.jpg)


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: winterwren on April 02, 2011, 08:31:12 PM
Grasses likely to be brought to the nest, part 2...

These grasses come from nest #25, so in a way the post is misplaced, but they teach us some more about the grasses that get brought to Mom and Dad's nest. So I wanted to keep the posts together.

(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5020/5581261664_749791938a_z.jpg) (http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5020/5581261664_5dfecd1e76_o.jpg)

Booni found this clump of grass, with a fir stick and a bit of native bramble in it, below Nest #25. The stick shows some interesting wear on one side; the whole clump was bent in a gentle curve. It didn't belong with the surroundings; so it's very likely to have blown off the nest.

At first I thought these grasses were also Tufted Hairgrass, but then I found fragments of the seed head. The spikelets themselves are gone, but the stems are still here... they tell us of the size and general shape of this grass's seed head.

Look at the difference between the seed head of the Tufted Hairgrass, above, and what remains from the ones from Nest 25, below.
(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5093/5581262774_9a3fa51cf9_z.jpg) (http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5093/5581262774_a0c39013f4_o.jpg)

One kind that fits: Alaska Brome, Bromus sitchensis, which also has thin leaves, and a very tall panicle, 10 to 35 cm long.

I collected some seaside grasses from the Hidden Beach area this afternoon, and will show them in my next post.


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on April 02, 2011, 09:47:26 PM

MOST excellent wren!!  :nod2


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: Tigerlady105 on April 03, 2011, 02:30:36 AM
Wren, this series is very interesting!  Thanks for taking the time to gather the grasses, photograph them against a measuring tape and doing the research to I.D. each of them.  This adds quite a bit to what we're learning about what's available for the Hornby eagles to use in their nests.   :thumbup:

I imagine that some of the birds that are seed-eaters must like those grasses, also!  :ecsmile


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: winterwren on April 03, 2011, 09:25:06 PM
Grasses likely to be brought to the nest, part 3...

Next I scouted Hidden Beach for grasses likely to be flown to the nest.  These are all seaside grasses; the whole area gets flooded on high tides.

Here are two views of the area I scouted. A beautiful seasonal stream flows past some alder saplings and into the ocean. The grassy area around them has become larger over the years. The stream is the same one where I filmed the seagulls bathing; Doug or Booni reported seeing one of our eagles bathing there in the past. Sandstone Point is in the background.

(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5019/5587785630_79b288b693_z.jpg) (http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5019/5587785630_1dfb5387d6_o.jpg)



(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5254/5587788390_a7c61eb8bf_z.jpg) (http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5254/5587788390_c34ce15d6c_o.jpg)

The first variety of grass is an easy one: Dunegrass, Elymus mollis. It grows from 0.5 to 1.5m tall. The leaves are thicker than those of Canary grass; thick enough to be used for weaving.  And they are grouped at the bottom of the stem.
(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5137/5587797624_0784d3bd39_z.jpg) (http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5137/5587797624_ba50c0decd_o.jpg)

Then it gets complicated.
The new shoots help tell the story here.
This next shot is a sedge for sure. I will not venture to tell what kind. Three spikes emerge from the middle of the new plant, which also has a dinstincly three-sided stem. On the weathered stems, the edges have decayed; there seem to have been several spikes.
Like most of the grass flats of Hidden beach, this area is littered with seagull feathers.(Yes, we've seen this on the nest!)
(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5091/5587781778_a36aaf8542_z.jpg) (http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5091/5587781778_9300e327ae_o.jpg)

The next sample looks almost identical in the field, but the plantlets growing in-between are definitely rushes. So that would point to one of the leafier rushes, such as Jointed Rush, Juncus articulatus - yep, it's jointed all right - or the Tapered Rush, J. acuminatus. These grow from 30 to 80cm tall.
(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5102/5587776294_513ab35726_z.jpg) (http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5102/5587776294_38510d434c_o.jpg)

This fine, fine seashore grass could be something like Alkali Grass, Puccinella nutkaensis, or some related species. It grows to 70 cm tall. The specimens I collected were much smaller, 15 to 30cm. All that the tiny new growth told me was that this was a true grass, not a sedge or a rush.
(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5131/5587793342_9db3e3155f_z.jpg) (http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5131/5587793342_2025308597_o.jpg)

Close-ups of my samples... unfortunately not as crisp as I would have liked. Right to left... backwards: Dunegrass, some kind of sedge, Jointed rush or something similar; the fourth sample is probably the same kind of rush as the third. The fine grass sample did not make it back. Next to each mature, weathered plant is the new growth I found at its feet... except for the leftmost sample, which had not made babies yet.
(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5066/5587799592_dc0489f3b8_z.jpg) (http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5066/5587799592_cfbe13a8d3_o.jpg)

I think there are different seashore grasses growing closer to Grassy Point... So these will be the next instalment... Next week.



Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: Rajame on April 03, 2011, 11:20:01 PM
Wren,

Thank you!

What a great and informative report. Seeing the feathers in the grass was telling too.

I know that this takes a lot of time but am very thankful for your steadfastness and willingness to go on an adventure of discovery.

((((((((((((((Wren)))))))))))))))))

:heart
Rajame  


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: Tigerlady105 on April 04, 2011, 02:02:37 AM
Wren, I never knew that grasses could be so worth studying.  Thank you again for going to so much effort to catalog the grasses, including their pictures, descriptions and locations.   :thumbup:


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on April 04, 2011, 08:16:45 AM

wren, who knew grasses were so lovely?
& that there were so many types!
i am loving learning about this.
Your fotos make the grasses works of art, which they are!
& so are YOU!  :hearts2


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on April 04, 2011, 08:21:35 AM

Bob Cain has posted a video on his foto blog today.
You will recognize the singing in the video on the webcam!  :heart


Click here to go to Bob*s page. (http://www.rcainphoto.com/blog/2011/04/03/spring-song/)


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: Blue on April 04, 2011, 11:24:27 AM
Very nice report on the grasses and sedges, Wren. It is a difficult time for IDing, using last year's growth - which is what the eagle's use. You would find it interesting to go back when the new growth is developed and ID them then.

The nicest thing about them is that they are all native plants, even the Elymus. Most dunegrass has been displaced by European beachgrass, which was introduced and has taken over in much of the Pacific coast.  

I love the blue colour of Elymus. It is a very strong, rigid grass. It occurs along Vancouver Island. Here is a photo I took at Grassy Point:

(http://img81.imageshack.us/img81/1131/img3191bluelyme.jpg) (http://img81.imageshack.us/i/img3191bluelyme.jpg/)


I didn't recognize any non-native plants at the beach area there.




Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: passerine on April 06, 2011, 08:46:25 AM
Wren thank-you for documenting the grasses, love it, have learned a lot & look even more forward to my walks. :eclove

Blue that makes me happy to know there is at least one spot which still is pure & has native plants.


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on April 06, 2011, 09:33:27 PM

delete please, wrong topic!


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: passerine on April 06, 2011, 10:15:03 PM
Beautiful Booni, the bee is enjoying them too. :heart


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: Doug on April 06, 2011, 10:25:24 PM
What a wonderful series of photos, Winterwren, Boonibarb and Blue - things and places I am so familiar with and yet, have not really seen.  Your curiosity, knowledge and photography are a great addition to our appreciation of the world around us.   I have seen the eagles flying several time from Hidden Bay with clumps of grass and you have clearly shown us the probable source, including the grass brought to the nest with seagull feathers.  Thank you , all.


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: Blue on April 07, 2011, 09:17:16 AM
Beach grasses, like Elymus, hold the sand dunes and foreshore in place and provide habitat for other species of plants as well as burrowing insects.

The introduced European beachgrass is better at binding the sand but results in fewer other species - except deer mice who shelter in its denser growth and eat the seeds of native species causing fewer other plants.

Nature balances everything except when we upset the balance.


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on April 13, 2011, 06:51:16 PM

On our way home from work we passed by the Nest Tree.
i looked in all the perch trees but saw no one.
i saw no one in the Nest either.
As we approached Grassy Point, i looked over that way & there was an Eagle in the His & Hers Tree!
i figured this MUST be Mum or Dad, since this Tree is well within their territory.
So i pulled over & got out my camera.
i decided this was Mum.
She was perched there, looking from left to right & back at the Nest, always checking things out.
At one point she had a poop!
You can see this in the Slide Show.
Not long after her poop, she took off & flew down the road to Fosters Fir.

march 31 2011 16:55 - Mum in the His & Hers Tree - Slide Show


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Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on April 13, 2011, 07:10:53 PM

march 31 2011 16:56 - Mum in the His & Hers Tree - 172-392

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Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: tarvena on April 13, 2011, 07:19:52 PM
 :ecsmile Hey Boonie. As usual exceptional pictures. Mom must recognize you by now :thumbup:


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on April 13, 2011, 07:25:00 PM

march 31 2011 16:57 - Mum in His & Hers Tree - 172-403

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Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on April 13, 2011, 07:34:09 PM

tarvena, i do feel that she does.

march 31 2011 16:57 - Mum in His & Hers Tree - 172-405


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Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on April 13, 2011, 07:54:27 PM

What IS it about Eagles & me & poopshots????  :puzzled2  :mhihi  :thumbup:

march 31 2011 16:59 - Mum poops from the His & Hers Tree - 172-412


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Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on April 13, 2011, 08:15:09 PM

You can see the nick in Mum*s left primary wing feather!
This is what confirms for me that i was watching Mum!  :hearts2

march 31 2011 16:59 - Mum leaves the His & Hers Tree - 172-415


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Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: watermaid on April 13, 2011, 08:25:29 PM
What is wrong with that piece that is hanging way back of the wing?
watermaid  :heart


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: ccfan on April 13, 2011, 08:34:52 PM
What IS it about Eagles & me & poopshots????  :puzzled2  :mhihi  :thumbup:

march 31 2011 16:59 - Mum poops from the His & Hers Tree - 172-412


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Maybe it's a sign of affection... :ecinnocent


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: Blue on April 13, 2011, 08:40:40 PM
Watermaid, that is the other wing - her right wing, with the left wing in the foreground. The angle it is at makes it look so narrow.


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on April 13, 2011, 09:12:28 PM
After Mum left the His & Hers Tree, i walked back to my van.
i saw wings down the road near the Nest!
i was sure there had just been a switch on the Nest.
But then i saw an Eagle in Fosters Fir.
Turns out it was still Mum!
So Dad is on the Nest here.

Did i catch Mum*s incubation patch in this foto?
She has her foot drawn up against her belly.
Sometimes she*ll re-settle the foot, & will open her incubation patch feathers like a door to put her foot in there against her bare belly.

march 31 2011 17:07 - Mum in Fosters Fir - Incubation Patch Visible - 172-433


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Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: Rajame on April 13, 2011, 09:43:45 PM
It looks like it to me Booni!! How exciting. Woohoo! :heart


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: NancyM on April 14, 2011, 07:57:51 AM
Booni, GREAT pictures of Mom!  I think you got a very good one of her incubation patch (and foot, and fluffy).

My fave of this batch is
march 31 2011 16:57 - Mum in His & Hers Tree - 172-405    :eclove


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: mishikeenhquay on April 14, 2011, 08:22:59 AM
Booni
What a gift we all have to see your photos!!!  You capture the essence of Mom and Dad so well and keep us (well me) in touch with what is REAL on Hornby!!
Gitchi Miigwetch for all you do!!


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: Tigerlady105 on April 14, 2011, 01:52:18 PM
Booni, Mom's incubation patch is larger than I realized.  Thank you for posting the great picture!  Maybe it should go in the Reference Section of the forum!   :eclove 


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on April 14, 2011, 08:39:17 PM

march 31 2011 17:04 - Mum in Fosters Fir - 172-421

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Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on April 14, 2011, 08:53:07 PM

Mum had her head cocked, looking at something, but i don*t know what.
She cocked her head further & further.
Then i got this foto.

march 31 2011 17:06 - Mum in Fosters Fir - 172-427


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Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on April 14, 2011, 09:02:54 PM

march 31 2011 17:06 - Mum in Fosters Fir - 172-428

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Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: mishikeenhquay on April 14, 2011, 09:08:28 PM
Oh wow.....I sooooo love the pic with her head cocked!!!!  Then in the next one it looks like she is winking at you!!!  AMAZING!!!


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on April 14, 2011, 09:14:56 PM

Mum had her head cocked, looking at something, then suddenly she looked back to the Nest.
Off she went!
i think she landed in the Babysitting Tree next.
But it was getting dark, & i had to go.
She took over from Dad at the Nest not long afterwards.
You can see in these fotos, that her petticoats are wet.
Perhaps she has been fishing? or bathing?

march 31 2011 17:07 -  Mum Leaves Fosters Fir - Slide Show


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Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on April 14, 2011, 09:33:35 PM

march 31 2011 1708 - Mum Leaves Fosters Fir - 172-438

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Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: Cawatcher on April 14, 2011, 10:24:34 PM
Great Shots Booni the detail even in the talons is just amazing!

 :thumbup:


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: watermaid on April 14, 2011, 10:53:50 PM
Is the incubation patch that lighter color of brown which appears below the branch in the first picture?  It looks sort of like down.  Is that the part that actually sits on the eggs?  I just love these pictures today.  I especially like to see the wide span of her wings.  How wonderful!!!  Thank you Booni for making an old lady's evening so exciting.
watermaid  :heart


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: Blue on April 15, 2011, 08:53:07 AM
The incubation patch is a bare area (no feathers) below the white fluffy feather where she is holding her talon up. It develops at incubation time; they lose the feathers and the area becomes engorged with blood vessels to keep the eggs warm.

You can see the bare area in one of Booni's photos here quite clearly - Post 433 - enlarge it.



Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: mishikeenhquay on April 15, 2011, 11:13:46 AM
The incubation patch is a bare area (no feathers) below the white fluffy feather where she is holding her talon up. It develops at incubation time; they lose the feathers and the area becomes engorged with blood vessels to keep the eggs warm.

You can see the bare area in one of Booni's photos here quite clearly - Post 433 - enlarge it.


Yes Blue!!  We certainly are blessed with Booni's ability to take such wonderful photos!!  They not only show us incredible detail, but the awesome personalities of this terrific pair!!  Between Doug's Grace with the cam's, Booni's photo's and AJL's lessons...we are a very fortunate group of eagle watchers!!
Mishi


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on April 15, 2011, 11:56:38 AM

Hiya there watermaid!

Thank you for your wonderful & MUCH APPRECIATED feedback about my fotos!
It makes me very happy that i have made your evening!  :heart

Mum*s incubation patch is, i believe, longer from top to bottom & side to side than Dad*s is.
i believe it starts just above where the white down feather is clinging to her breast feathers, & extends down to the area you can see just above her left foot.
The incubation patch isn*t as wide as it is long.
Hormones cause the feathers in this area to be shed, so that a bare patch of skin is what actually touches the eggs.
Mum & Dad are highly aware of the temperature of this area of their body & the temperature that they are keeping the eggs at.
You will notice that  you cannot see the incubation patch in all my other fotos, even the one that shows you the full area when Mum is flying away.
From watching them from the ground, through my camera, i have noticed something very interesting!
This bare incubation patch is hidden from view by the larger feathers that cover the breast & belly area.
But Mum & Dad can control these feathers!
When they want to expose the patch, to touch the eggs or to warm their foot up against, they are able to open these feathers, away from the patch, like shutter doors, to expose the area!
They do this sometimes when they are preening, too.
In this foto, Mum has just opened the shutters of the feathers over her incubation patch, to allow her to put her foot up against her bare belly.
She does this to warm & rest her foot.
Even in the winter, when there is no incubation patch yet, she will open these feathers to allow her foot to get in as close to her belly skin as she can get it.
The feathers get all ruffled up, like an open pine or fir cone, such as you saw when Mum was laying her eggs.
Notice how she balls up her toes with the attached talons into a sort of fist, before she tucks her foot against her belly!
In the other fotos on this page, such as the one where her head is cocked as she regards me & my camera, you can see that the *shutter feathers* are closed once again over the incubation patch, which is no longer visible.
The opening & closing of these feathers happens very quickly!
i click the shutter rapidly, to try to catch them while they are open.

The more i learn, the more i am in awe of the wonder of Eagles, birds, mammals, fish, insects, the whole panorama of Nature that all fits together & works so well, naturally.


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: Rajame on April 15, 2011, 01:13:32 PM
Thank you Booni!

Your insight and sight are so appreciated. You and Wren explain things so beautifully. I bet it is fun when you both go on voyages of discovery.

Thank you for sharing again and again.

Hugs,
Rajame :heart


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: Tigerlady105 on April 15, 2011, 01:29:30 PM
Booni, thank you for telling us more about the incubation patch and how it opens and closes like shutters.  It's nice that Mom can use that area to warm and rest her foot!   Your photos add so much to our viewing and learning.   :thumbup:


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on April 15, 2011, 07:13:02 PM

march 31 2011 17:08 - Mum leaves Fosters Fir - 172-439

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Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: watermaid on April 15, 2011, 08:56:53 PM
Thank you so much for the nice explanantion.  Now I understand.  It helps to know that they can close some feathers over this patch.  And Booni did you see my post about seeing the eagle flying over my house a few days ago.  The expanse of the wings is just awe inspiring.  I looked at a map this evening and it looks as though my house is about 8 to 10 miles from PUget Sound but also there are quite a few lakes around my area.  Hugs to all of you.
watermaid :heart


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: mishikeenhquay on April 15, 2011, 08:57:25 PM
Booni.....love Love LOVE the sun shining through her tail...


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: Faithyv on April 16, 2011, 03:28:12 PM
booni - that slide show of mom taking off was amazing - My hubby even said WoW - Thanks so much for posting it


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on April 16, 2011, 09:51:06 PM

FANTASTIC watermaid!!  :biggrin6


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on April 18, 2011, 08:24:27 AM

Yesterday on our bike ride to the Brigantine Nest, we passed by the back side of the Nest between 11 & 11:30 & Mum was perched on the tippy top of Gregg*s Tree!
On our way back along the front side of the Nest, we saw Mum chase off a youngster/immature Eagle!


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: ccfan on April 18, 2011, 01:34:18 PM
Booni,
Do you ever wish you had realllly tall stilts? :ecwink


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on April 18, 2011, 08:05:27 PM

Today at 6pm, whoever wasn*t sitting on the eggs in the Nest was on the tippy top of the Babysitting Tree!


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on April 19, 2011, 09:28:58 PM

i drove by the back side of the Nest & could see a white head on the Nest so i pulled over & got out my camera.
It was Mum!
It was on this day that Mum laid her first egg this year!  :hearts2

march 22 2011 14:03 - Mum on First Egg Laying Day! - 172-97 


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Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: mishikeenhquay on April 20, 2011, 07:57:44 AM
Migizi.....You rock!!!  Great story to go with this pic!!


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on April 22, 2011, 07:35:24 PM

march 12 2011 1351 - Gulls on Hidden Beach during Herring Spawn - 171-77

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


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on April 22, 2011, 08:19:21 PM

These videos were taken during the Herring Spawn.
Mum is in the Nest & Dad has brought her a herring!
He flies off & soon returns with another for her!

march 12 2011 1414 - Mum on Nest, Dad brings her Herring


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u8EPZZbx6fc


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on April 22, 2011, 10:39:45 PM
At the height of the Herring Spawn, i went out one day with my camera.
Doug had reported seeing hundreds of Eagles around his house that morning.
i went out midday to see if i could find any of them.
i found THIS one on the beach in front of the Nest!
i was standing near Big Rock, & this young Eagle was perched in a tree between me & Grassy Point.
She was flying out to the water, & seemed to me to be chasing the Gulls!
i thought she was trying to steal their fish.
Look at some of her flight manśuvres!
There are times when her wings & body mimic the Gulls so closely!
i watched her for quite a long time.
At one point she dove into the water & came out with a Herring, which she transferred to her beak & then ate on the beach.
At the end, she flew with another Herring she caught to her perch tree.
While she was fishing, an adult Eagle flew over.
Dad!
& he did nothing to chase her off.
Are you thinking what i*m thinking??
Could this be Hope? :hearts2
i figure this is a two year old Eagle, going into her third year soon!  
Watch when she is flying, you can see the diamond on her back, that AJL says indicates a two year old Eagle.

(UUURRRGGGHHH! i had to reduce the number of fotos in the slide show til Flickr would accept it! There are still quite a few fotos in this slide show, so you*ll need some time!)

Click on the Slide Show to see it bigger.

Slide Show - march 12 2011 14:35 - Young Eagle Fishes for Herring with the Gulls


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Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: Cawatcher on April 22, 2011, 10:55:39 PM
 :biggrin3 Wow Booni what IF! fabulous contrast with the two flying against the waters back drop!!


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: OpieK on April 22, 2011, 11:01:14 PM
Oh Booni I "HOPE" you are right - wonderful photos!


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: Tigerlady105 on April 23, 2011, 12:36:21 AM
What a fantastic video of the young eagle, Booni.  I sure hope it's Hope!   :heart


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on April 23, 2011, 06:58:19 PM

Okay, i*m going to pull some fotos out of that slide show to show you up close now.
i like these ones, because it shows you how well the young Eagle was following the Gull.
i thought she was trying to steal the Gull*s fish, but it seems she is just chasing her, for the fun of it? To eat?
Look how in sync she is with the Gull!

march 12 2011 14:35 - Young Eagle Chasing Gull - 171-93

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march 12 2011 14:35 - Young Eagle chases Gull - 171-100

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march 12 2011 14:35 - Young Eagle chasing Gull - 171-101

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Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on April 23, 2011, 07:25:31 PM

i LOVE this foto because it shows you the beautiful colouring of the underside of this young Eagle.
i love the mottling of white & brown.
& the dark stripe on the tips of the tail feathers.
There*s a line where the dark head feathers meet the more mottled belly feathers.
Look at her lovely orange feet catching the light!
Her beak still has dark towards the tip, & the yellow is growing in from her face out.
She has some wing feathers that are longer than the others.
Those are her feathers of youth, which are being replaced by shorter, more mature feathers.
You can see that this Eagle has the same white cap as the Eagle in this post - Click here (http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=520.msg52109#msg52109)
So they are likely of the same age.
This Eagle seems to me to be exuberant & healthy!

march 12 2011 14:41 - Young Eagle - 171-132

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Here*s a tighter crop of that foto done by Mishi.

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Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: birdvoyer on April 23, 2011, 07:41:16 PM
Boonib, the 3 photos in post 467 are so beautiful! And very interesting in composition.  :nod2  What a unique opportunity you caught.

Whether a reality or not, what a daydream! My heart says Hope!
  :heart


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on April 23, 2011, 07:45:26 PM

march 12 2011 14:43 - Sealion in the Herring Spawn - 171-156

Click him to see his smile & big yellow teeth!

Smile!  :biggrin6

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Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on April 23, 2011, 08:01:22 PM

i just LIKE this one!

march 12 2011 14:47 - Young Eagle - 171-166


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Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on April 23, 2011, 08:17:49 PM

march 12 2011 14:48 - Young Eagle returning to Perch Tree - 171-177

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Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: watermaid on April 23, 2011, 08:31:51 PM
My My My Booni!!  These are absolutely gorgeous pictures.  How strong she looks.  I like the last one too.  The colors are great and it looks as
though there is an adult in the faded background.  Thank you so much for the great show.
watermaid  :heart


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: ccfan on April 23, 2011, 08:45:24 PM
They pictures of the andem flying reminds me of skaters...they are amazingly graceful...Booni, you are AMAZING!!! :thumbup:


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on April 23, 2011, 08:46:51 PM

march 12 2011 14:49 - Young Eagle - 171-189

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Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on April 23, 2011, 08:58:43 PM

Nice view of her topside.

march 12 2011 14:50 - Young Eagle - 171-207


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Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on April 23, 2011, 09:26:48 PM

The young Eagle flew to her perch tree & i noticed another Eagle flying over head.
Dad!  :heart
i can tell it*s him by the the large gap/nick in the secondaries on his left wing!
He did nothing to chase off the young Eagle.
He flew around, then re-joined Mum in the Babysitting Tree.

march 12 2011 14:58 - Dad soaring over the Beach - 171-233-242 - Slide Show
Click slide show to see it larger.

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Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on April 23, 2011, 09:44:44 PM

You can see Dad*s identifying feather gap/nick here.

march 12 2011 14:52 - Dad soars in circles over the beach - 171-234


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Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: Tigerlady105 on April 23, 2011, 09:46:39 PM
Booni, The eagle and gull look like a couple dancing a duet in a ballet.   Beautiful!  :eclove


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on April 23, 2011, 09:56:15 PM

Dad returned to the Babysitting Tree with Mum.
He is at the tippy top, & is the one who is taking off here.
Click slide show to see it bigger.

march 12 2011 15:01 - Mum & Dad in the Babysitting Tree - 171-243-9 - Slide Show


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Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: Rajame on April 24, 2011, 04:43:24 PM
Booni,

I am bloooooooooooooooooooown away! Thank you for the hope that the eagle is our Hope! I love it. The pictures and story of Dad are brilliant too!

Thank you for your refined Eagle Eyes.

Hugs over and over again,
Rajame :heart


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on April 24, 2011, 07:46:49 PM

Okay, this is where the young Eagle catches her fish!
i*ll show you the whole series.
i believe that in this foto, the young Eagle has spotted Herring!
Look at the intent look on her face!
She is about to dive down to the water.

march 12 2011 15:02 - Young Eagle Spots Herring - 171-254

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march 12 2011 15:02 - Young Eagle, feet down for catch - 171-255

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march 12 2011 15:02 - Young Eagle about to grab fish - 171-257

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march 12 2011 15:02 - Young Eagle has scooped a Fish! - 171-258

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You have to look closely at this one.
The Eagle*s head is bent down behind the wings towards the feet, grabbing the fish.

march 12 2011 15:02 - Young Eagle transferring fish from foot to beak - 171-259

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Here you can see that the young Eagle has caught a nice-sized fish, probably a Herring!

march 12 2011 15:02 - Young Eagle with the fish in her beak - 171-260

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Here she has landed on the beach to eat her catch with the Gulls!  :heart

march 12 2011 15:03 - Young Eagle lands on beach with her fish! - 171-269

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Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: emc on April 24, 2011, 07:57:12 PM
 :wub What a fantastic record of a young eagle catching a fish!  Two years old, I think it was said.


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on April 24, 2011, 08:00:43 PM

While i was watching the young Eagle eat her fish on the beach, i noticed another Eagle circling overhead!
i don*t believe this to be either Mum or Dad.

march 12 2011 15:03 - Another Eagle circles over the beach - Slide Show


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Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: emc on April 24, 2011, 08:05:59 PM
I meant to post the other day about your video of the youngster and the gull.  You are getting fabulous at tracking the eagles flights with a camera ! Not an easy job.


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on April 24, 2011, 08:16:06 PM
This looks to me like Dad, but i don*t see his indentifying wing feather gap.
Must have been a visiting Eagle, there for the Herring spawn.

march 12 2011 15:03 - another Eagle circles the beach - 171-276


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Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: emc on April 24, 2011, 08:30:51 PM
This eagle has a small nick on the left wing, second primary.


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on April 24, 2011, 08:36:09 PM

This foto is for identification purposes.
She has the nice loopy nick in her left wing feather, just like Dad does.

march 12 2011 15:05 - young Eagle soaring - 171-287


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Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: Tigerlady105 on April 24, 2011, 08:41:14 PM
Booni, the eagles are magnificent in flight, as are your photos!  Great captures!  :thumbup:


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on April 24, 2011, 08:49:52 PM

Here she is, heading back to her perch tree again.

march 12 2011 15:07 - young Eagle has caught another fish! - 171-299


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Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on April 24, 2011, 09:03:24 PM

march 12 2011 15:08 - Mum was still in the Babysitting Tree - 171-305

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Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: Cawatcher on April 24, 2011, 10:17:37 PM
:heart Booni this whole series says March 12th 2011!
 What an amazing Day for you and I bet you had never wanted the day to end~~~
Thank you for sharing your wonderful day with us though your eyes  :eclove


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: watermaid on April 24, 2011, 11:11:55 PM
Booni,  Another great show.  Really really great.
watermaid  :heart


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: mew on April 25, 2011, 04:22:35 AM
WOW - You outdid yourself on this series of photos Booni!!!  Always love checking this thread for your latest.   Thx, as always, for sharing. 


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: ss44kopp on April 25, 2011, 07:35:14 AM
 :thumbup:Booni, those were some amazing amazing photos of the yound adult flying and catching fish.  Thank you!!


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: Rajame on April 25, 2011, 10:02:27 AM
Booni!

It's Hope! Are you pretty sure?

Hugs,
Rajame :heart


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on May 03, 2011, 06:23:50 PM

i went by the Nest on the way to work this day.
Mum was in the Babysitting Tree, on a branch that hangs almost over the Nest.
Dad was on the Nest, incubating the eggs.
Mum began to call out!
There was a young Eagle circling over the Nest!
Perhaps a Juvenile?
i was thinking this was Hope, at the time, but now i don*t think so.

april 18 2011 9:34 - Mum in Babysitting Tree Dad on Nest Young Eagle Circles over Nest - Slide Show


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Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on May 03, 2011, 07:29:42 PM

Dad was on the Nest so i went down there to see if i could catch Mum in a perch tree, showing me her incubation patch.
i got down there & she was nowhere in sight.
So i trained my camera on the Nest & waited for her to arrive.
i figured she wouldn*t be gone long.
Well, i waited a long time.
Finally, at 10:56, i heard her cachunk from behind the Nest.
Was she in Gregg*s Tree?
i went trucking through the bush with my camera to look for her.
Yup, she was in Gregg*s Tree.
Gregg*s Tree is behind & to the left of the Nest, very close by, closer than the Peters*s Tree.
Gregg*s Tree received a severe pruning while the Eagles were away in august & september.
They trimmed off most of the upper branches & the whole dead top.  :eccry
The poor Tree looks terribly shorn.
i was so afraid Mum & Dad would never use this tree again.
But they do!
In this foto, Mum is standing on the sawn off stump, & there are two branches below her that have been removed.

april 22 2011 11:04 - Mum on the tippy top of Gregg*s Tree - 173-155


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Crop by Mishi

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Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on May 03, 2011, 07:49:26 PM

Mum didn*t stay here long!

You can see the nicks missing from Mum*s 6th left primary wing feather here.

april 22 2011 11:05 - Mum leaves Gregg*s Tree - 173-157


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Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on May 03, 2011, 07:58:14 PM


april 22 11:05 2011 - Mum leaves Gregg*s Tree - 173-158


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Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on May 03, 2011, 08:08:21 PM

Mum took off & flew inland from Gregg*s Tree.
i waited for her for a bit, but i didn*t see her return.
So i trucked back to the water side of the Nest.
i set up focused on the Nest for a while, then noticed Mum had landed in the Babysitting Tree.

april 22 2011 11:31 - Mum in the Babysitting Tree - 173-160


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Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: Tigerlady105 on May 03, 2011, 08:18:20 PM
Booni, wonderful photos!  The classroom teachers will be able to show them to their students and they can talk about what they notice about the eagles.   :thumbup:

Thanks for your comments that go along with the pictures  It's the next best thing to being there for the rest of us.   :nod2


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on May 03, 2011, 08:21:19 PM

Mum didn*t stay long!
Once again you can spot the nicked left wing feather.

april 22 2011 11:34 - Mum leaves the Babysitting Tree - 173-165


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Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on May 03, 2011, 08:30:34 PM

Turns out Mum left the Babysitting Tree, flew a loop, & landed on the Nest!
You can see her wing feather nick here, too.

april 22 2011 11:35 - Mum lands in the Nest - 173-167


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Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on May 03, 2011, 08:51:04 PM

Dad is still on the eggs here.

april 22 2011 11:35 - Mum with Dad out of sight on eggs on the Nest - 173-178


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Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on May 03, 2011, 08:57:51 PM

april 22 2011 11:36 - Switch! Mum onto eggs, Dad leaves Nest - 173-183

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X23ffF1yHQw

This is the video recorded from the cam that shows this same switch!
You can see my white van parked on the other side of the road.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kzwyXZ5klMI


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: Tigerlady105 on May 03, 2011, 09:03:35 PM
Booni, your pictures are giving us a good look at the size and shape of the nest, as well as seeing Mom and Dad going about their daily lives.   :heart


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: NancyM on May 04, 2011, 08:00:45 AM
booni, you really are adding a special perspective to watching this nest  :eclove  Thank you so much!  i know how much work it is to be there, record and photograph, and then upload all the images.

Terrific pictures, all of them - I especially like Mum lands in the Nest - 173-167 - I wonder if she will moult that "nicked" feather soon?  It has a huge chunk missing.


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: emc on May 04, 2011, 10:17:21 AM
Booni, it looked like Mum was glancing in your direction. :eclove They know you also, their private photographer.  :biggrin3


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on May 04, 2011, 08:44:16 PM

After being relieved of his egg incubating duties on the Nest by Mum, Dad flew to Fosters Fir.
He had an itch!

april 22 2011 11:42 - Dad in Fosters Fir - Slide Show


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Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on May 04, 2011, 09:04:32 PM

Then Dad did a shuggle!
This is kind of like when a dog shakes water from their fur.
Dad sticks all his feathers out all over, fluffs them up, then shakes them, his body & his wings.
Then he re settles all the feathers again.
i think this feels very good to do.

april 22 2011 11:46 - Dad does a shuggle in Fosters Fir - Slide Show


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Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on May 04, 2011, 09:18:05 PM

april 22 2011 11:39 - Dad scratches his head - 173-191

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Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on May 04, 2011, 09:26:34 PM

april 22 11:46 2011 - Dad does a shuggle in Fosters Fir - 173-214

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Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on May 04, 2011, 09:35:07 PM

april 22 2011 11:47 - Dad leaves Fosters Fir
He flew inland.


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Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on May 04, 2011, 10:03:06 PM

Once again i went down to the Nest, looking for Mum, who was taking a break from her Nest duties.
She was nowhere in sight.
i trained my camera on the Nest & waited for her.
Suddenly i heard the roar of wings & looked up & there was Mum landing at the left top of the Babysitting Tree!

april 29 2011 12:08 - Mum stretches her right leg & foot in the top of the Babysitting Tree - 173-233


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Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: watermaid on May 04, 2011, 10:24:59 PM
Booni, That is a wicked looking claw but in the picture right before it, I cannot figure out how he lifts off.  I have watched it several times and I don't see him give a jump or pump the wings so how does he fly away?  watermaid :heart


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on May 05, 2011, 08:13:38 AM

watermaid, i wonder if you are giving the slide show enough time to load?
It has five fotos in it.
If you count, the third one you see Dad has his legs fully extended & just leaving the perch branch & also his wings are fully extended as he leaps into the air & give his wings a big flap.


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: watermaid on May 05, 2011, 01:52:27 PM
Booni,  Thank you for helping me to understand.  You are just great!!  watermaid :heart


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: mishikeenhquay on May 05, 2011, 08:15:37 PM
Booni...your pictures are beyond fantastic....through the lens with you I can wander back to Hornby and sit in awe at these beautiful wonders!  I only hope that someday I may capture the personality of just one of the Creators creatures on film....You are a gift to all who view your work.
Chi Miigwetch
   :thumbup:  :thumbup:  :thumbup:


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on May 06, 2011, 07:31:23 PM

Mum is in the Babysitting Tree.
She now stretches her right wing & foot & tail.
Then she stretches her left wing & foot & tail.
i see them always stretch these three things at the same time.
Usually it is only one side.
But this time she does one side, then the other.
Then she takes off towards the back side of the Nest.
i focused my camera on the Nest & waited, but then i heard a roar that turned out to be Mum*s wings as she landed at the tippy top of the Babysitting Tree!
No sooner had she landed than she took off again.
This time towards Hidden Bay.

april 29 2011 12:24 - Mum in the Babysitting Tree stretching then leaving, then arriving again, then leaving again - Slide Show


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Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on May 06, 2011, 07:49:51 PM

Notice Mum*s balled right foot, & her tail feathers peeking out between her wing feathers!

april 29 2011 12:08 - Mum stretches right wing tail & foot in the Babysitting Tree - 173-243

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Thanks for the crop Mishi!

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Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on May 06, 2011, 08:25:13 PM

april 29 2011 12:24 - Mum leaves the Babysitting Tree - 173-261

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Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on May 08, 2011, 07:52:40 PM

december 28 2010 15:13 - Mum & Dad in the Peters*s Tree - 164-209

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Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on May 08, 2011, 08:09:00 PM

i missed Dad flying off.
Here is Mum on her own.
She flies off then returns.

Click Slide Show to see it bigger.

december 28 2010 15:23 - Mum in the Peters*s Tree - Slide Show


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Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on May 08, 2011, 08:18:21 PM
december 28 2010 15:23 - Mum Leaves the Peters*s Tree - 164-220

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december 28 2010 15:23 - Mum Leaves the Peters*s Tree - 164-220 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/5702250282/) by boonibarb (http://www.flickr.com/people/43214021@N08/), on Flickr


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: mishikeenhquay on May 08, 2011, 08:22:46 PM
Booni....thanks so much for all of the time that you spend delighting all of us!!!  I know how long it takes to edit all the pictures....put things together, then get them posted.  Your photography captures the essence of Mom and Dad Hornby...and I truly appreciate you and your work!!!  All of these pictures just make my heart smile and my soul sing!!!
Gitchi Miigwetch!!


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on May 08, 2011, 08:33:23 PM



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december 28 2010 15:24 - Mum lands back in the Peters*s Tree - 164-226 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/5701720449/) by boonibarb (http://www.flickr.com/people/43214021@N08/), on Flickr


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: Donnae on May 08, 2011, 08:38:03 PM
I echo that Mishi.... Booni pics put a smile on my face... from ear to ear... especially after a hard day at work and because I miss so much here now... same as the screencaps you all make... can't thank you enough  :biggrin6


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on May 08, 2011, 08:41:30 PM
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december 28 2010 15:24 - Mum in the Peters*s Tree - 164-231 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/5702312750/) by boonibarb (http://www.flickr.com/people/43214021@N08/), on Flickr


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on May 08, 2011, 08:48:00 PM

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december 28 2010 15:25 - Mum in the Peters*s Tree - 164-246 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/5701767833/) by boonibarb (http://www.flickr.com/people/43214021@N08/), on Flickr


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on May 08, 2011, 08:53:50 PM

i musta blinked, *cause suddenly Dad had joined Mum!

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december 28 2010 15:27 - Mum &amp; Dad in the Peters*s Tree - 164-260 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/5702354434/) by boonibarb (http://www.flickr.com/people/43214021@N08/), on Flickr


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on May 08, 2011, 09:01:00 PM

Dad calls out!

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december 28 2010 15:27 - Mum &amp; Dad in the Peters*s Tree - 164-263 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/5702371316/) by boonibarb (http://www.flickr.com/people/43214021@N08/), on Flickr


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: Cawatcher on May 08, 2011, 09:05:46 PM
:eceek  You can see the inside of his Mouth!!!


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on May 08, 2011, 09:11:33 PM

Yeah, i noticed that Cali!
The sun is even shining off of that part.
Gotta ask AJL what it*s called.


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december 28 2010 15:27 - Mum &amp; Dad in the Peters*s Tree - 164-270 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/5702389730/) by boonibarb (http://www.flickr.com/people/43214021@N08/), on Flickr


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on May 08, 2011, 09:29:27 PM

december 28 2010 15:30 - Mum Leaves Dad in the Peters*s Tree - Slide Show

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Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: ccfan on May 09, 2011, 07:45:21 AM
 :heartBooni :heart


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: watermaid on May 09, 2011, 11:25:00 AM
You have done it again, Booni.  The pictures and explanations are just great.  Do you have an estimate on the weight of these birds?
watermaid :heart


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on May 11, 2011, 07:45:05 PM

Hiya watermaid!
Have a look at our website*s FAQ(Frequently Asked Questions)
There is excellent information there about weights thanks to AJL!  :heart


Click here for FAQ (http://www.hornbyeagles.com/eaglefaq.htm#B)



Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: watermaid on May 11, 2011, 08:58:39 PM
Thanks so much for the link, Booni.  I found it to be very interesting and I saved it to my favorites so I can look at it when I forget something.
I appreciated you so very much not only for all of your beautiful photography but also the help you have willingly provided to me.
watermaid :heart

PS:  We have a new nest in the bar-b-que.  Not sure if it will be used.


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: ekf on May 13, 2011, 11:39:25 AM
Booni ... you make our hearts sing. Thank you, thank you, thank you.  :ty


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: tarvena on May 14, 2011, 01:40:47 AM
 :ty   WHOOHOO  Boonie. Not just another incredible photo, but the light was so beautiful!


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on May 14, 2011, 08:20:16 PM

At just before 2pm, whoever wasn*t on the Nest with the Eaglets was in the left top of the His & Hers Tree on Grassy Point.
To me, they looked like Mum.


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on May 15, 2011, 08:18:17 PM

may 8 2011 11:50 - Mum looks towards the Nest then cachunks - Slide Show

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Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on May 15, 2011, 08:30:59 PM

may 8 2011 11:50 - Mum in the Peters*s Tree - 174-53

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Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: NancyM on May 15, 2011, 08:44:49 PM
Booni -superb pictures - Mom looks very good!!!


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on May 15, 2011, 08:53:11 PM

may 8 11:51 - Mum cachunks in the Peters*s Tree, looks towards the Nest, then tucks her left foot up to her belly to warm & rest it, after opening up her belly feathers - 174-62

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1pg-2y_wA7c


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: Cawatcher on May 16, 2011, 08:14:37 AM
You never cease to produce beautiful clear gifts! Your talent for the right   moment and decerning eye are amazing!!


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: emc on May 16, 2011, 08:42:00 AM
It was neat to see her close her belly feathers over her foot, too!  :biggrin6


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: watermaid on May 16, 2011, 10:53:44 AM
Booni, You ARE good.   :heart


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: PamNY on May 17, 2011, 10:19:17 AM
Very nice video with foot and belly feathers.


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on May 21, 2011, 03:15:32 PM

Today i was at Grassy Point photographing the Camas which are blooming there like crazy right now.
Suddenly i heard a familiar cachunk!
Mum!!
i looked up to the treetops but couldn*t spot her, so i went out to the beach & looked up from there.
There she was, in a tall tree, right next to a newly built house.
She was looking out at the water, but then she was looking over her shoulder back behind Grassy Point.
i heard Dad calling from the Nest, & off Mum flew in that direction.
A bit later, as i was biking up the Grassy Point hill, i hear a ruckus from the Nest & from the other side of Grassy Point.
i looked up.
A two year old Eagle was being escorted over the Nest tree area by an adult Eagle!
i could hear Mum & Dad calling from the Nest Tree area.
It was somewhere around 1:15.


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: Tigerlady105 on May 21, 2011, 06:23:02 PM
And...could it be an eagle we know, Booni?!   :ecsmile


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on May 21, 2011, 07:40:37 PM

The thought crossed my mind Tigerlady!  :nod2

may 17 2011 15:01 - Dad in the Peters*s Tree - 175-232


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Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on May 21, 2011, 08:46:34 PM

i hung out in the Blue Roof House upstairs window photographing the Nest yesterday.
Look who i spotted just after setting up!!!  :hearts2
i am thinking this is Alexandra, because she is bigger now, & she tends to look out from the prow area, whereas David tends to looks towards Doug*s house & Hidden Bay from beside the stump.

may 20 2011 10:32 - Mum & Alexandra on the Nest! - 177-2


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Thanks Mishi!  :eclove

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Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: watermaid on May 21, 2011, 10:05:32 PM
This truly looks funny with her little eyes looking out, Booni.   :biggrin6 :heart


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on May 21, 2011, 10:07:34 PM

may 20 2011 10:51 - Mum leaves the Nest - 177-19

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Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on May 21, 2011, 10:31:24 PM

Mum was making her *Dad is flying in with a fish* calls!

may 20 2011 10:53 - Mum on stump, Dad flies in - 177-35


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Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on May 21, 2011, 10:43:09 PM

You can see a fish in Dad*s right foot!
i think it is a good sized one.

may 20 2011 10:53 - Mum on stump, Dad flies in with a fish - 177-36


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Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: Rajame on May 22, 2011, 12:40:25 AM
Woohoo! That is brilliant Booni!

So, how's the upstairs? Do they have room for all of us?

 :ecwink :heart


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: watermaid on May 22, 2011, 06:38:37 PM
Once again, great pics, Booni.  I am enjoying them so much.   :heart


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on May 22, 2011, 07:31:04 PM

may 20 2011 10:53 - Mum takes off then lands on stump, Dad flies in with a Mackeral, Mum flies off - Slide Show
Click Slide Show to see it bigger.


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Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on May 22, 2011, 07:43:38 PM

i took this foto to show people how close the Babysitting Tree, to the far left, is, to the Nest Tree, to the far right with Dad visible.

may 20 2011 11:04 - Babysitting Tree to the left, Nest to the right - 177-52


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Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on May 22, 2011, 07:59:48 PM

While in the upper window of the Blue Roof House, i usually have a good view of the top of the Peters*s Tree through the skylight.
This day i could see nothing, because the sun was shining right in into my eyes.
But i kept seeing shadows in the room, & i could hear Mum*s calls from the treetop.
i guessed that Mum was being dive bombed by a Crow!
i could hear the Crow calls too.
i finally went out into the yard to check it out.
Here she is in the Peters*s Tree, being dive bombed by a Crow.

may 20 2011 11:49 - Mum in the Peters*s Tree being pestered by a Crow - 177-67-74 - Slide Show


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Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on May 22, 2011, 08:49:27 PM

may 20 2011 11:49 - Mum almost chased off by Crows in the Peters*s Tree - 177-67

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Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on May 22, 2011, 08:59:58 PM

You can see where Mum is losing a big fluffy feather on her right side.

may 20 2011 11:49 - Mum gives the Crows the what for in the Peters*s Tree - 177-69


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Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: Faerie Gardener on May 22, 2011, 09:08:15 PM
Wow, Booni, it's such fun to see a slideshow of something we see happening on the nest. I remember hearing Mum announcing Dad flying in with that fish!! I came running in just in time to see him land!

Look how Mum's Talons are crossed on the tree limb when she's fending off that crow! She's pretty secure!


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: ccfan on May 23, 2011, 10:15:57 AM
I love the talon crossing too...such amazing creatures these eagles are!


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: ivani on May 23, 2011, 03:00:53 PM
 :eclove  your photos are wonderful, Booni ! I look at them several times, wondering how Hornby Island is beautiful Thanks.


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: watermaid on May 23, 2011, 08:38:09 PM
The first picture in this last series gives me a good understandable view of how they lift off when Mum leaves the stump.  I also am glad to see the distance between the baby sitting tree and the nest tree.  I always wondered about that and just exactly what the baby sitting tree looked
like.  Thank you Booni for thinking of those of us who cannot visit Hornby Island.  If we had known about this place in our younger days, I am sure we would have made at least one trip if not more.  :heart


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: winterwren on May 23, 2011, 11:40:25 PM
Booni, those pictures of Mom in the Peters' tree are breathtaking. I love her long toes and her redoubtable talons so daintily crossed. And look at her primaries on the first picture, they look like they have slightly wavy edges... they look serrated. And the inside of her beak on the second one, and the way you can see light through the edges of her beak.  Every feather and every detail in exquisite focus.

What a privilege for us to see this!
 
:heart


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: dixidoo on May 23, 2011, 11:51:56 PM
I second everything that winterwren just said!!  I'm checking in before sleep, and it was a huge delight to have that wonderful slide show, booni!   It was pretty funny, too.  I had heard about the 'crossed talons' before but had not observed it.  Thanks for pointing that out!

Dixie


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: kathyj on May 24, 2011, 06:42:25 AM
Just had a catch up on here.  Wonderful photos Booni.  Thanks for sharing them all with us.


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: winterwren on May 25, 2011, 03:36:51 PM
There had been alerts all day... so I went to the nest neighbourhood to check it out. Unfortunately it's raining, so I didn't bring my camera, just binoculars.

1:55 - I'm viewing the backside of the nest. Mom on stump, Dad on nest. Mom looking out toward Dougs.
2:00 - On sea side of nest. Same situation. No other eagle or large bird in view; checked all the perch trees.
2:05 - Invitation from the owner of the Blue Roof House! I'm watching from his yard. I can see the nest, babysitting tree, Peters' tree, and quite a bit of sky. Mom still on stump, looking mostly to Grassy Point. The noise there is well drilling. So, constant, not a lot of movement of machinery.
2:15 - On beach, between BRH and Big Rock. Nobody visible.
2:19 - Back in yard. Mom still on stump.
2:23 - Mom off - towards Gregg's tree?
2:24 - Dad off - same direction, but I see him circling back toward the ocean. Then I spot Mom and another adult eagle flying over the water - northwest to southeast - Grassy Point to Sandstone Point. 2nd adult onto perch on Sandstone Point, Mom closer to Hidden Beach.
Meanwhile Dad back towards nest.
Then more movement at Sandstone Point. I think I'm seeing 3 adults shuffling around from tree to tree - Mom and 2 others? But viewing Sparkie's video reveals that Dad took off from the nest again at that time, so maybe there is just one invading adult.
2:29 - I thought it was Mom on Hope's tree - there for several minutes - but from Sparkie's video it looks like maybe this was Dad. Whoever it is, he or she is there for several minutes as I make my way back home.

There is one similarly long standoff that I witnessed before - it was a territorial adjustment. See  this post (http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=533.msg36174#msg36174).  A bit different because it was outside active nesting season. But Doug has told us that the Wigg Nest pair and our eagles seem to re-negotiate their boundaries from time to time... I wonder if that's what is going on right now?


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: jeavverhey on May 25, 2011, 04:07:59 PM
Wren you are a word artist -  youpaint sucha picture I feel as though I am also a witness there - thank you for your wonderful descriptions of your world there.


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on May 28, 2011, 09:15:28 AM

Yesterday around 4:15, Dooki & i were biking along the road from Nest #9 territory into the webcam territory.
Well within the Nest #9 territory, coming from the beach, i heard the squeaky door hinge sound of a young Eagle trilling!
i also heard an adult.
i could not spot them in the waterside trees.
As i got closer to the webcam Nest, i saw three huge birds fly across the road from the water towards the Nest!
i thought it was Mum & Dad chasing an intruder, but later when i read the forum i saw that Mum was on the Nest feeding at this time.
So perhaps this was Dad chasing TWO intruders???
As i got closer to the Nest, i heard crows mobbing somebody.
When i could see the Babysitting Tree i could see an adult, Dad?, in a large perch branch over the Nest.
When i came into chat later i heard about Doug*s story of there being a Seal carcass washed up north of Grassy Point, which would be within the Nest #9 territory.
Perhaps the Seal is washed up where i heard the two Eagles calling on my bike ride?


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: jeavverhey on May 28, 2011, 09:20:43 AM
close encounter of the raucus kind


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on May 28, 2011, 10:04:26 AM

On the chat we were talking about pin feathers emerging on Alexandra Morton & David Suzuki*s wings now.
People were wondering what they were & how they worked.
Thanks to AJL, i am learning about these now.
The dark dots we see all along their little wings now are pin feathers emerging.
The feathers start out sheathed, enclosed by keratin?, with the outer tip of the feather emerging from the sheath.
The sheathed feather gets longer & longer & the sheath dries out & flakes off & is preened off by the Eaglets & even by Mum!
AJL says when the Eaglets fledge, they will still have partially sheathed feathers.

Here is a foto of some feathers that still have their sheaths on them.
The one at the top of the foto has had its sheath removed, you can see some of the crumbles from it,but you can still see that the feather is pinched from being enclosed by the sheath.
The middle, & particularly the lower feather still have sheaths on them.

(http://i565.photobucket.com/albums/ss97/boonibarb/bird%20feathers/2009_09040008.jpg) (http://i565.photobucket.com/albums/ss97/boonibarb/bird%20feathers/2009_09040008.jpg)

This foto shows feathers still sheathed as well.

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Now, here are some examples of past Eaglet*s wing feathers emerging to show you.

This is the Nest #24 Eaglet wingercizing.
You can see the emerging wing feathers, exposed at their tips & dark coloured, with their ends closest to where they emerge from the wing still enclosed in sheaths.

eaglet*s wings in nest #24-b - June 10, 2009, 8:51:30 AM

(http://www.hancockwildlife.org/mediagallery/mediaobjects/orig/6/6_eaglet_s_wings_in_nest_24-b.jpg) (http://www.hancockwildlife.org/mediagallery/mediaobjects/orig/6/6_eaglet_s_wings_in_nest_24-b.jpg)

Here is the back of Mum*s head, see her feather part?, & Hope wingercizing.
Hope*s wing feathers are well emerged, but you can see that the part of the feather closest to the wing is still enclosed in a sheath.

part in the back of Mum's head, Hope*s wings #3 - June 12, 2009, 10:30:16 AM

(http://www.hancockwildlife.org/mediagallery/mediaobjects/orig/a/a_part_in_back_of_ma_s_head,_hope_s_wings-3.jpg) (http://www.hancockwildlife.org/mediagallery/mediaobjects/orig/a/a_part_in_back_of_ma_s_head,_hope_s_wings-3.jpg)

Here is one of my first fotos of Phoenix from the ground!
You can see her wing pin feathers emerging.

june 5 2010 16:16 - Phoenix excercises her wings!

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Here is a crop of the same foto done by Californiawatcher.  :heart

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Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on May 28, 2011, 10:12:36 AM

Thanks to Gze, here is a screencapture from this morning showing Alexandra*s wing pin feathers emerging.
You can see three of them really well in this scap.

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& here is a crop of my foto thanks to Mishi!!  :hearts2
This is Hope!

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Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on May 28, 2011, 09:42:42 PM

Today we biked by where i heard the squeaky hinge sound of the young Eagle yesterday.
i heard them again!
So, i figured this must be where the Seal was.
i tiptoed down to the beach.
i could hear the sound of an Eaglet begging for food!
But this can*t be an Eaglet!
None have fledged yet this year!
Was this a one year old Eagle, maybe trying to beg food from their parents?
i went as quietly & hidden as i could to the source of the sound.
But the sound suddenly stopped.
i bet they spotted me!
i tiptoed closer & an adult flew away.
There was a youngster in a tree right there!
As i tried to get a better view of them, a second adult flew away.
So i went down to the beach to look for the Seal.
Here is the youngster in a tree near the Seal.

may 28 2011 12:36 - Young Eagle in perch tree near Seal


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=miHu8F0G_xs


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on May 28, 2011, 09:53:45 PM

The Seal was really beautiful!!
They were mostly eaten, only skin & head & tail flippers left.
& lots of ribs & backbone.
But their fur was gorgeous, & their head!
Their tail flippers were fabulous, i could see the little nails in them!
One whisker on the head had a down feather caught on it.
The skin was like fur, a dark short fur with patchy white spots in it.
Is this a Leopard Seal?
Here is a little video i got of him.

may 28 2011 12:39 - Washed up Seal on the beach


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qzb3JF9l-Ak


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on May 28, 2011, 10:19:07 PM

Here is the head of the Seal.
i am fascinated by the *fur* & the colouring!
& notice the big down feather stuck to the whisker.  

may 28 2011 12:40


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Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: Stokes on May 28, 2011, 10:22:58 PM
Wow! Great! I wanted to see the seal that caused so much activity for all the eagles. Thank you so much!


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: BBE on May 28, 2011, 10:35:07 PM
Booni, thank you for the info and photos related to the feathers. Also for describing what some of us heard with one or two intruders and also the crows.

The photos of the seal were so clear.

 :ty


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: winterwren on May 28, 2011, 11:43:08 PM
This looks like an adult Pacific harbour seal. They grow to about 5'7" long. The young are paler, a light grey with dark grey markings.

This is the kind of seal that makes the slapping sounds we sometimes hear on the cam.


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: Tigerlady105 on May 29, 2011, 03:46:19 AM
Booni, wonderful detail in the photo of the seal's head and description of the coat!   :thumbup:


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: winterwren on May 30, 2011, 11:08:30 PM

Today at about fifteen minutes past noon, I was working in my garden and I heard some cachunks and trills!

I looked up and saw this:

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(Manual focus through a gazillion little twigs...)

Was this Mom? She hardly ever comes to visit my street corner... That voice sounded even lower than hers, if anything, and the trills seemed more clipped... But maybe I've spent too much time listening to her on the cam and not enough in the field?  :puzzled2

I moved out the gate, to where I could get a clear view.


(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3310/5779521714_a52d46673b_z.jpg) (http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3310/5779521714_d0b60f284e_o.jpg)

She seemed interested in what was going on up the road, further away from the nest.


I looked for her part when she turned around, and it sure wasn't obvious...

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But when I enlarged this picture, I could see it faintly... (all pictures are clickable!)

(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2801/5779522086_9f76bcf79f_z.jpg) (http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2801/5779522086_bd5958f5a2_o.jpg)


She did a shuggle, then she took flight... toward Doug's house or Hidden Beach.

(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2236/5779523202_91ff080b04_z.jpg) (http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2236/5779523202_cefa5cf1ea_o.jpg)

Now that's a pretty convincing identification. I compared with some of Booni's recent photos on this thread and finally I was sure. No damage on the right wing except a very slight ding at the end of the third primary. And you can see part of the big nick on her left wing tip.

And I checked with the chat, and they confirmed that Mom had left the nest shortly before then, flying towards Hidden Beach. So she would have circled way back to my little neighbourhood a few minutes later, and graced us with her visit.



Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: Tigerlady105 on May 30, 2011, 11:24:34 PM
Delightful for you to have such a nice visitor, Wren!   :thumbup:


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: Rajame on May 30, 2011, 11:52:54 PM
Ah Wren,

What a wonderful visitor! I bet she was looking for you when you found her.  :eclol

Hugs,
Rajame :heart


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: Faithyv on May 31, 2011, 02:57:57 PM
Wren - I am green with envy.  It must be wonderful to live among this in real life - as versus us ppor souls just staring at our monitors.

Please continue to share - we live vicariously thru you too.


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: watermaid on May 31, 2011, 10:16:02 PM
Thank you for the pictures and the story, Wren.   :heart


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: ccfan on June 01, 2011, 08:32:34 AM
Wren,

You are obvously enjoying your new camera and ...we are so lucky to have you and Doug and Booni for our eyes and ears.

 :hearts2


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: emc on June 02, 2011, 07:03:37 PM
What a joy to be able to see Mum and be able to identify her near your house!  :biggrin6

By the way, congrats on being invited to the blue roof house, for a great view of the nest.  :ecsmile


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: winterwren on June 13, 2011, 09:10:52 PM


To see the many beautiful pictures and videos from the people who visited the island during the first week of June, see the HIP Trip thread...  starting here (http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=677.msg57913#msg57913).



Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: winterwren on June 13, 2011, 09:21:23 PM

Dad having a shuggle on the Peters' tree... Taken at sunset, June 3 2010.


(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3005/5831008093_b1486b0135_z.jpg) (http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3005/5831008093_35d548250e_o.jpg)



Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: winterwren on June 13, 2011, 09:24:29 PM


Dad on the babysitting tree, at about 3:30 this afternoon... Feathers to the wind, eyes closed, trilling his heart out.
 :heart


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Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: OpieK on June 14, 2011, 04:32:02 PM
Oh Wren, I LOVE that picture of Dad - thank you for sharing with us!


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: Tigerlady105 on June 15, 2011, 12:41:51 AM
Wren, that picture of Dad trilling is a real winner!  :thumbup:


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: ccfan on June 15, 2011, 08:01:47 AM
Singing with his whole heart and soul :hearts2


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: winterwren on June 17, 2011, 08:20:19 PM

Mom on Gregg's tree yesterday, June 16.
She was having a nap... now she half-opens her eyes to look at me.

(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3194/5844307986_6f4c9ac600_z.jpg) (http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3194/5844307986_69a7e16764_o.jpg)


Then it's preening time...

(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2762/5844309702_0a34b7562f_z.jpg) (http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2762/5844309702_2ca5841f11_o.jpg)


Mmmm... that feels good.

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Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: NancyM on June 17, 2011, 08:48:44 PM
Wren - terrific pictures of Mom! She was into something and has slightly dirty head feathers.  Could you please say what time that was (to correlate with nest obs)? 


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: winterwren on June 17, 2011, 09:45:48 PM

That was around 16:45, Nancy.
Mom has been looking grey around the beak for weeks, though. Persistent stain? Mom Tribune sure has some of that.



Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: winterwren on June 17, 2011, 09:51:50 PM


June 16, 15:30...
Eaglet and Dad on the nest! Is that Alexandra?

(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3245/5843921605_4b10d280ff_z.jpg) (http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3245/5843921605_fb9f7df6de_o.jpg)


Nice flapping, whoever you are!

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Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: Cawatcher on June 17, 2011, 09:56:25 PM
Wow! Wren, The New camera is great!! suer shots!
 :biggrin3


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: winterwren on June 17, 2011, 10:03:22 PM


David and Alexandra playing peek-a-boo... One over the nest rim, one through the porthole!


(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3531/5844498550_1c120e6b43_z.jpg) (http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3531/5844498550_4c20475cd8_o.jpg)





Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on June 18, 2011, 05:47:11 AM

Way to go wren, excellent!!!  :biggrin6
Love the peekaboo shot!


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: wildkitten on June 18, 2011, 06:18:12 AM
Fabulous shots, Wren!  I love the one with eaglet looking up at Dad....  thank you for this perspective!  ~wildkitten


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: passerine on June 18, 2011, 10:03:36 AM
Thanks Wren you are getting wonderful photos. :heart  The peek-a-boo is great. :biggrin3


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: ivani on June 18, 2011, 02:35:08 PM
wonderful photos, Wren. Thanks :heart


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: Faithyv on June 18, 2011, 04:48:11 PM
ty so much Wren for sharing - many of us envy those that live there - and are grateful to see what you share


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: watermaid on June 18, 2011, 07:29:17 PM
Thank you for the great pictures.  I am with wildkitten on my favorite.  I also ike the one with eaglet looking at dad.  I especially like the blue sky behind the baby's head.  A different perspective.  :heartl


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on June 18, 2011, 09:09:05 PM

june 18 2011 16:08 - Alexandra on the Nest, being pestered by flies - 179-157
There were lots of Crows going on in the background.
i don*t know why.
i couldn*t see Mum or Dad.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HmNnZbhivf4


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: NancyM on June 18, 2011, 09:21:35 PM
booni! at the time you took this video, Mom was in the nest, way behind Alexandra.  I saw her (Alexandra) give that little shake of her head to chase away the flies.  Lovely to be able to correlate cam observations with ground observations!

(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2679/5847082267_96cc410e7e.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/25868727@N00/5847082267/)
hornby_18June2011_408PM_01 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/25868727@N00/5847082267/) by aurospio (http://www.flickr.com/people/25868727@N00/), on Flickr


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on June 18, 2011, 09:24:20 PM
june 18 2011 16:12 - Alexandra on the Nest - 179-174

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Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: NancyM on June 19, 2011, 09:43:56 AM
Lovely!  The lighting is wonderful! 


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on June 20, 2011, 08:31:12 PM

Today, biking by the Nest, i was SURE i heard one of the Eaglets screeping for the first time, three separate times!  :biggrin6


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: Rajame on June 20, 2011, 09:21:50 PM
 :biggrin6


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on June 21, 2011, 06:52:36 PM

i could see on the webcam that Alexandra was standing on the back side of the Nest.
The light wasn*t too bad, so i headed down there, hoping she would wait for me.
She did!  :biggrin6

june 21 2011 9:56 - Alexandra on the back side of the Nest - 180-16


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OB6bvGGtn7c


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on June 21, 2011, 06:56:12 PM

David is moving around in the background of this video.

june 21 2011 9:57 - Alexandra on the back side of the Nest - 180-17


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G0PwbLAbDtQ


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: ccfan on June 21, 2011, 07:13:43 PM
Booni,
I am constantly stunned by how big eagles are...your and Wren's pictures give me a different perspective that adds to my awe...someday I hope to see one fly by me. :pray


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on June 21, 2011, 07:15:35 PM

Click foto & click again to see her up close.

june 21 2011 9:55 - Alexandra on the backside of the Nest - 180-10


(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3261/5858314421_56341a57ed_b.jpg) (http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3261/5858314421_de758a5f18_o.jpg)


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on June 21, 2011, 07:27:37 PM

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

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Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: winterwren on June 21, 2011, 07:50:43 PM


Make sure you view Booni's videos on full screen... Not only it is like being there... it is like being there and watching through Booni's super-duper camera!  :heart




Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on June 21, 2011, 07:54:07 PM

i call this their *vacant look*.
i don*t think i*ve ever seen Mum have this look, only Dad.
(But don*t tell Nancy!)
Usually they are both very busy looking around, not staring into space like this.

june 21 2011 10:12 - Mum & Dad in the Peters*s Tree - 180-23


(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2798/5858405157_5374fff335_b.jpg) (http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2798/5858405157_e168b3f9c1_o.jpg)


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: Faerie Gardener on June 21, 2011, 07:55:25 PM
That first shot of Mom and Dad is so great. Do you think they're watching for salmon heads?


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on June 21, 2011, 07:59:29 PM

Faerie, i think they*re fishing & guarding their territory!

Mum seemed to spot something going on near the Nest, so off she went.
i found her later on the stump.
Think she was guarding the Nest while the Eaglets ate their fish.

june 21 2011 - Mum & Dad in the Peters*s Tree, Mum leaves - 180-32


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=udch8HcV56I


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on June 21, 2011, 08:36:33 PM

Dad stayed by himself in the Peters*s Tree after Mum took off for the Nest.

june 21 2011 10:16 - Dad in the Peters*s Tree - 180-34


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Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on June 21, 2011, 08:59:47 PM

i was on my way to the Nest to see what Mum & the Eaglets were up to, & had to take another few fotos of Dad from a different angle.

june 21 2011 10:18 - Dad in the Peters*s Tree - 180-42


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Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: NancyM on June 21, 2011, 09:05:27 PM
i call this their *vacant look*.
i don*t think i*ve ever seen Mum have this look, only Dad.
(But don*t tell Nancy!)
Usually they are both very busy looking around, not staring into space like this.


 :toetap  that is what raising two eaglets will do to a Mother.

Wonderful pictures and videos, booni! Each and every one is better than the last  :eclove



Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: watermaid on June 21, 2011, 11:38:30 PM
Wow Boonie, you were busy today.  More great pictures.  When the eagles get old do their white feathers start to turn dark?   :heart


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: ccfan on June 22, 2011, 07:45:58 AM

 :toetap  that is what raising two eaglets will do to a Mother.

Wonderful pictures and videos, booni! Each and every one is better than the last  :eclove


LOL, I was thinking the same thing...that is probably what most parents look like when they get a break  :P


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: passerine on June 22, 2011, 07:54:39 AM
You can see the brood patch in that pic. Maybe their thinking boy those kids are a handful. Loving your fotos & Wrens too, TY to both of you. :heart

Re: vacant look foto.


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on June 22, 2011, 08:05:17 AM

Yeah, to me, they are zoned out & tired when they look like that.

watermaid, i believe the white tail & head feathers remain white for life, once the Eagle turns adult around 5 years old.


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: Tigerlady105 on June 22, 2011, 07:58:18 PM
Booni, you have a real gift for taking great photos of the eagles!  It's the next best thing to our being there with you!   :thumbup:


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on June 23, 2011, 08:13:41 AM

Yesterday on the road under the Nest i was told a story similar to the one Doug told on Doug*s Updates(click here) (http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=31.msg59387#msg59387) about an Eagle swimming with a large fish in their feet to the shore.
This was Solstice evening, tuesday june 21, at Hidden Bay/Sandstone Point.
Sounded like it was the Wiigs again?


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on June 23, 2011, 07:16:30 PM

june 21 2011 10:24 - Mum is on the stump guarding while Alexandra is on the prow, self feeding.

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


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on June 23, 2011, 07:35:02 PM

june 21 2011 10:26 - Mum on the stump, Alexandra on the Nest self-feeding - 180-53

(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2685/5865440346_af1b1bce4b_b.jpg) (http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2685/5865440346_80900e701a_o.jpg)


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: Doug on June 23, 2011, 09:57:43 PM
I think that Alexandra uses a brighter yellow lipstick than David, see picture above.  Perhaps others can confirm this or refute this  as a way of identification.


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: mishikeenhquay on June 24, 2011, 10:47:00 AM
Booni
What a blessing to see these photos.....your vision through the camera treats us to such wonderment and awe.  Beautiful eaglet....and mom??  what can I say....I love Love LOVE this nest!!!  Miigwetch for you time and effort in posting your wonderful photos here for us.


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on June 24, 2011, 08:11:28 PM

june 24 2011 12:45 - Alexandra on the Prow wingercizing! - 181-56

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


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on June 24, 2011, 08:19:06 PM

june 24 2011 12:43 - Both Eaglets on the Prow - 181-1

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Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: NancyM on June 24, 2011, 08:27:20 PM
 :eclove booni - which one is which? (I have my own idea)


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on June 24, 2011, 08:29:03 PM

june 24 2011 12:43 - David & Alexandra on the Prow - 181-4

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Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: ccfan on June 24, 2011, 09:12:04 PM
:s*


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on June 24, 2011, 09:14:31 PM

june 24 2011 - David exercises his wings on the Prow - Slide Show

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Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: Cawatcher on June 24, 2011, 09:43:25 PM
great!!!  :biggrin3


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on June 24, 2011, 09:55:11 PM

You can see the pin/blood feathers of his right wing.

june 24 2011 12:44 - David on the Prow trying his wings - 181-27


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Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: Tigerlady105 on June 24, 2011, 11:23:45 PM
Booni, thank you for pointing out the feather detail and posting the video of David's great wingercizes today.  He was really moving them!   :eclove

Alexandra got a little daylight under feet again today, when she was flapping energetically!   :thumbup:


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: bruner on June 25, 2011, 06:07:18 AM
Booni~

Your photos and videos are amazing.  I feel as if I was there with you, right below the nest. You have such talent.  Thanks for making it possible for us to see what you do!

"bruner"


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: Thumper66 on June 25, 2011, 06:34:43 AM
(http://i1096.photobucket.com/albums/g334/hatfiel/10.jpg)

Booni, I love photo #180-34 of dad.  He looks so majestic!  I can't thank you enough for sharing all of your photography with us.  You "bring to life" all of Hornby Island for us who can only see it from a birds eye view through the web cam.  You are a gem!   
(((Booni)))


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on July 09, 2011, 09:42:55 PM

This is a *fluffy*(down feather) i found on the side of the road.
This is quite a large one!
It has a tiny tiny shaft.
i love finding the shaft & holding the feather by it, & blowing on it.
A crumpled up looking fluffy will quickly straighten out & blow in the wind.  :heart

june 29 2011 - blowing on a down feather, a fluffy


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FodefE3ytC4


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: passerine on July 09, 2011, 09:47:51 PM
Awww Booni that's neat, Alexandra or David maybe. :heart


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: Cawatcher on July 09, 2011, 10:54:13 PM
Booni ty: The length of the individual feather pieces is really alot longer than I expected another new thing learned!!  :heart


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: bruner on July 10, 2011, 05:04:54 AM
Hey Booni~

You find the neatest things.  Thanks for sharing them with us!

bruner


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: Faithyv on July 10, 2011, 08:18:19 AM
Booni - if I may be so bold - I have a request.  I would love to see a camera shot of Alexandra on the Balcony - if it is possible to get one without disturbing anything - Thanks


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: ccfan on July 11, 2011, 07:25:01 PM
Booni,

Fluffies look so small on the eagles I am amazed at how big they are in reality. WOW!

Some, I hope, I will see an eagle in real life.

Thank you for all you do!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: watermaid on July 12, 2011, 12:17:19 PM
As I watched David and Alexandra, I kept seeing moths flying out of their feathers.  As this continued, I thought to myself that these birds surely are hatching a lot of moths and then one day I realized that what I was seeing must be their down coming off.  Or a fluffy as Boonie calls it.   :biggrin3  I did not realize that this down feather is so big until we see it in Boonie's hand.  As it flys off the eagles it looks very small and I suppose that is because I don't have a good grasp on the real size of the birds.   :heart


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on July 15, 2011, 09:11:08 PM

july 5 2011 12:35 - Alexandra on the close up cam box & David in the Nest  from the back side - 182-334

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6127/5942155800_25a07a3de5_b.jpg) (http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6127/5942155800_2e1f39842e_o.jpg)


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: mishikeenhquay on July 15, 2011, 09:17:51 PM
Oh those sweet beaks.....are they looking toward the babysitting tree?  Or further up Brigitine??  Gitchi miigwetch for this!!!


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on July 15, 2011, 09:36:10 PM

july 5 2011 13:05 - Alexandra on the close up cam box & David*s wings on the Nest  from the back side - 182-361

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6145/5942218064_96859eedde_b.jpg) (http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6145/5942218064_58c3f2c861_o.jpg)


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: emc on July 15, 2011, 09:57:59 PM
Wonderful booni :)


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: Cawatcher on July 15, 2011, 11:03:42 PM
Careful Booni David might just jump into your arms!!  :heart


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: pamelae on July 15, 2011, 11:14:10 PM
 :eclove  Oh, Booni. Thank you for all these gloriously beautiful photos and videos. The Forum will be the saving grace when the cam goes dark.   I'm thrilled to find your rich contributions here.  xo*PeTexas a.k.a. pamela-e


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: watermaid on July 16, 2011, 04:25:53 PM
Booni,  Is there a hole in David's 5th wing feather down from the top?  Thank you so much for these beautiful pictures.  :heart


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on July 16, 2011, 09:01:11 PM

watermaid, i wouldn*t call it a hole, but there is something different about that feather for sure.
i gotta get more fotos of these two to examine.


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: watermaid on July 16, 2011, 09:22:24 PM
Hi again Boonie,  I just looked at that feather again and now I see two places on that feather where I can see day light.   :heart


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: winterwren on July 17, 2011, 09:07:38 PM
Looks like just 2 big unzipped spots to me. Preening restores that. There will be more photos of the wings of both eaglets very soon...  So we'll be able to make sure. :ecsmile


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: winterwren on July 17, 2011, 09:14:53 PM

Booni and I spent a good chunk of the afternoon watching nests... Mostly this one. Shortly after 3 pm we moved to the back side of the nest. Mom was sitting on Gregg's tree and we had come to get better pictures of her. But I was also watching the little window on the nest, and soon there was movement... It looked as if Alexandra was not sitting a little higher than she had been, with her head above David's.

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6001/5948773389_68dcbec8af_z.jpg) (http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6001/5948773389_cd96f5238b_o.jpg)


At 3:15, Alexandra started flapping...

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6009/5949329198_7457015e80_z.jpg) (http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6009/5949329198_e921355823_o.jpg)

(stay tuned...)




Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on July 17, 2011, 09:26:59 PM

i*ll let wren tell the story!

july 17 2100 13:12 - Slide Show - Alexandra clambers up the wide angle camera struts


(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6131/5949397728_11e2f586f1_o.gif) (http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6131/5949397728_11e2f586f1_o.gif)


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: pamelae on July 17, 2011, 09:32:47 PM
Whoo hoo! Thanks, Booni, what a treat!  PeTexas


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: winterwren on July 17, 2011, 09:40:49 PM
July 17, 3:15 pm, continued...

Umm, where ya going, gal?

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 :eceek

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Look at her left foot gripping the edge of the cam bracket...

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Ta-daaa! Take a bow, Alexandra!

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Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: NancyM on July 17, 2011, 10:01:56 PM
Lovely, lovely, lovely  ... thank you SOOOO much for these pictures!


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: emc on July 17, 2011, 10:05:49 PM
Great to see where she went. Lol. Our spectacular ground crew.  :eclove :biggrin6


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: passerine on July 17, 2011, 10:51:34 PM
Wowser ladies, she's really wanting to soar. Thank-you! :heart


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: Faerie Gardener on July 17, 2011, 11:08:42 PM
I love watching David as he watches Alexandra!


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: OpieK on July 17, 2011, 11:45:11 PM
oh my, oh my, oh my - there she goes - thank you so much booni and wren - what a marvelous photo journal!


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: winterwren on July 17, 2011, 11:49:40 PM
After Alexandra climbed the WA cam, she rested on the nest. David is now on the CU cam and stretching his wings.

People were asking about a lighter feather on David's wing, I believe? You can see it in those pictures. The part that is hidden at rest is an unusual colour. The next primary out is the same.

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Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: winterwren on July 18, 2011, 12:03:44 AM
Hah! I just looked at the climbing photos... Alexandra also has some pale colour on her last few primaries... so it's not a good way to tell them apart after all!

Oh, well, I tried...  :ecnono


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: winterwren on July 18, 2011, 12:27:38 AM
Still July 17...
Earlier in the afternoon we were on the other side of the nest.
I believe this is David on the left and Alexandra on the right... David flappercizing.
1:07 pm
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What is she telling him?
1:08 pm
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1:09 pm
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1:42 pm More flapping from David. This is the wing whose fifth primary showed some gaps or unzipping on Booni's photo of a few days ago. We can see the edge of that feather here. (Hoping that is indeed David.)

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Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: luvthebirds on July 18, 2011, 01:00:46 AM
Boon and Wren, thank you so much! :heart


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: Mary Jane on July 18, 2011, 01:20:37 AM
WOW!!  Such great shots, thank you so very much Booni and Wren - what a joy to see  :eclove


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: Tigerlady105 on July 18, 2011, 05:09:40 AM
What a super day and super photos, Wren and Booni!   :thumbup:


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: jungleland on July 18, 2011, 06:33:05 AM
Love the photo's you ladies took!     :hearts   I too like the way David watches Alexandra.  Sooo cute!!!  We are so lucky to have the "ground crew"!



Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: Cawatcher on July 18, 2011, 07:20:51 AM
2 cropped photos of Davids right wing Booni and Winterwen's Photos from above


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Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: Cawatcher on July 18, 2011, 07:49:49 AM
Close up of Wrens Photo Alexandra Left wing

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Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: winterwren on July 18, 2011, 11:07:42 AM
Cali, I'm sure that the first picture of your last post is David's wing... Or, to be more precise, I'm sure it is the wing of whichever eaglet did NOT climb the WA cam.

Thanks for posting these... makes it so easy to compare!

 :ecsmile


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: pamelae on July 18, 2011, 02:50:42 PM
Cali,

These photos of Alexandra's and David's wings just blow me away. The second pic of David's wing (where you can see underneath), is amazing - a work of art. And, the power that exudes from Alexandra's up-stretched wing is palpable! Each photo is even more exciting than the one before. What an eye you have for capturing the essence of these majestic eaglets.

Thank you again and again for these treasures. Pamela


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on July 18, 2011, 10:29:04 PM

While we photographed Alexandra & David, Mum & Dad were together on either side of the Babysitting Tree.
Suddenly Mum flew off.
i thought i could hear her in a tree on the back side of the Nest.
So we went to investigate & found her on Gregg*s Tree.

july 17 2011 14:54 - Mum atop Gregg*s Tree - 183-264


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Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: winterwren on July 18, 2011, 11:09:30 PM
Wow, what a great picture!
You were right, quite a lot of dirt on her face. I hope it means that she got a great big meal of seal or something else nourishing.  :heart


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: Donnae on July 18, 2011, 11:25:42 PM
BOONI AND WREN...WOW, WOW AND WOW... Fantastic photos... and I see a couple I would sure love  :biggrin6

What a joy to come home from work and see... Made my day... xoxoxo


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: winterwren on July 18, 2011, 11:29:41 PM
I've been keeping half an eye at the cam all day, between other work at home, wondering if Alexandra would repeat her feat of yesterday.

Finally near sunset I couldn't stand it and went to the nest to have a look.

Alexandra had been bouncing around the nest like an orangutang, often eyeing the top of the stump.

Of course as soon as I showed up everyone calmed down.

Who is this here? According to a video kindly sent to me by Sparkie, this is David. Alexandra is on the balcony.
July 18, 2011, 7:46 pm
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7:47
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7:49  
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There was something manic about this energy, these movements. Head darting this way and that between frantic bouts of flapping. For some reason it struck me even more from the ground.

It made me wonder... There must be some hormonal signals that trigger fledging. Some change in body chemistry that makes the eaglets really, really restless, and helps them take that huge step - the step into thin air.

I'd like to learn more about that, if anyone knows.



Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: NancyM on July 19, 2011, 06:01:15 AM
Wren, I *think* that is David in your last set of wonderful photos - usually Alexandra sits on the balcony while David is on the cam box.  I looked at my recording from that time period - the nest was dark and full of shadows!  Clearly there is a lot more light on the ground than we see through the cam.  In the recording, cam-box-eaglet flapped down to the nest - you caught a series of photos that made me think he might have partially climbed the WA cam support, but on second look, I don't think he did that.

Booni - terrific picture of Mom - she has had a dirty head for a few days, I too hope it means she had a good meal. 

Thanks so much for going to the nest!!!


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: emc on July 19, 2011, 08:07:08 AM
Did David's 5th primary get zipped, or is it still showing up different? That should help in the ID....


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: winterwren on July 19, 2011, 09:00:59 AM
EMC, I do believe David's fifth primary got rezipped. This is part of what Cali was looking at when she did crops of my pictures, a few posts down.

I haven't yet found a reliable way to tell the two eaglets apart.


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: emc on July 19, 2011, 09:18:13 AM
On the 17th David's right 5th primary.  I remembered it wrong, thinking left.  :mconfused

http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=529.msg63569#msg63569


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on July 19, 2011, 09:58:15 PM

july 19 2011 1357 Alexandra hippity hops, David on the cam box

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=30ooZ22lja0


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on July 19, 2011, 10:10:30 PM

Slide show - july 19 2011 13:51 - Dad leaves the Nest after dropping a fish 

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Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: luvthebirds on July 19, 2011, 10:13:23 PM
Booni and Wren, your photos and reports are definitely the next best thing to being there! (In fact, you do take us right to Hornby!) Thank you once again.  :heart


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: passerine on July 19, 2011, 10:16:56 PM
Bonni & Wren you gals are the best, thank-you! :hearts2


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on July 19, 2011, 10:25:20 PM

Slide Show - july 19 2011 - Alexandra hops around the Nest

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Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: Mary Jane on July 19, 2011, 10:32:16 PM
Beautiful photos Booni.  Boy what a treat to see them like this, thank you.


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: winterwren on July 19, 2011, 11:38:20 PM
I'm in love with how the light plays with the eaglets' wings... :hearts2


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: muttley on July 20, 2011, 12:56:57 AM


          Booni and Wren~
                Thanks for showing us your great photos and commentary!   We're
           so lucky you are out there.

           Mutt


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: paintnut on July 20, 2011, 06:22:38 AM
What a wonderful and different perspective we get from the ground - thanks Wren and Booni for your pics and the commentary!!


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: RMB on July 20, 2011, 06:28:14 AM
Booni and Wren, thank you so much for keeping us in touch with the eaglets, from the ground. They are magnificent birds, and you both do them justice with your excellent photography and comments. We are so blessed. Hoping that you will continue to share the beauty of your world with us...  :pray


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: winterwren on July 20, 2011, 01:35:37 PM
Ground obs log for today... After Alexandra's flight to the stump.
Not much happening, but this might help connect the sounds heard from the cam to what is going on in the surroundings.

I arrive at nest around 11:40. Mom on CU cam. One eaglet visible near the stump.
12:07 - Mom leaving the nest ( photos)
12:10 - Mom to Babysitting tree. Eaglets screep a bit.
12:20 - Vulture high above nest.
12:22 - Vulture comes closer - Mom seagulls a warning. Vulture leaves.
12:31 - Crow on top of BST - Mom seagulls a warning. Crow leaves.
12:32 - 2 series of screeps from Wiiglet! (Eaglet from nest next door)
12:34 - Mom takes off from BST and soars over the neighbour for several minutes - (photos) Eaglet follows her movements.
12:38 - Mom lands in BST again. Cachunks and percussive trills.

I left the nest neighbourhood at 12:40.


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: Rajame on July 20, 2011, 06:39:47 PM
What a treat Booni and Wren!! You bless us with your talents and eyes!

:hearts2


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: winterwren on July 20, 2011, 09:49:00 PM
Photos from visit described above...
Times might be off by a minute or two. My camera's time was off by about 4 minutes and I adjusted to correspond to my hastily-scribbled notes.

Mom on nest tree. I know for sure it's her because of the dirty face. I think the eaglet is Alexandra - at any rate she was in this spot when I left home. David is on the other side of the nest.
July 20, 11:55 am
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12:09... Mom takes off.
She looks so big here, and she's so suddenly airborne, that it looks like someone pasted a picture of her onto the nest view.
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Alexandra peeks at her around the stump... and there is a tiny white feather left floating behind, above the balcony branch, at the far left of the picture.  :eclol
(click twice on the photo to see it)



Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: winterwren on July 20, 2011, 09:52:39 PM

12:34 pm: Mom flies off the babysitting tree. I love that type of takeoff... looks like a suicide dive to non-fliers like us.

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12:35. This has to be Mom still. She has lost the nicks in her feathers? It looks like her 2 right-most tail feathers are a bit torn - they're missing their rounded end. This is consistent through the whole series of pictures... and moreover this eagle sounded like Mom.
Booni? Help! Am I seeing things?

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Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: Cawatcher on July 20, 2011, 09:56:33 PM
Thank you Winteren, the joy the you and Boonibarb bring to us sharing the other side of the cam  :heart


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: blackster1 on July 20, 2011, 10:00:03 PM
It is a special treat to have you on the ground to show and describe the events of these wonderful eagles.


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: emc on July 20, 2011, 10:01:56 PM
Lovely to see! Thank you wren. Beautiful to see Mom in flight . :biggrin3


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: a1ladya on July 21, 2011, 06:36:30 AM
Thank you Winterwren for the beautiful pictures. You do awesome work!  :thumbup:


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: Bhrighde on July 21, 2011, 11:16:08 AM
Thank you so much for posting all the wonderful photos and slide shows! 
 :ecsmile


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: ivani on July 21, 2011, 03:51:18 PM
Boonie and Wrewn
 Thank you for photos, videos and slides. They are all wonderful. How good to see the babies so close .....
 I imagine the emotion you must feel every shot, watching their movements and hear its sounds.
 Congratulations!
 You make me very happy.
 :eclove


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on July 21, 2011, 10:17:07 PM

wrennie, it is news to me that Mum no longer has a nick in that left primary wing feather.  :puzzled2
i*ll keep an eye out for it in my recent fotos, to see if i still see it.
Dad has a bit of a gap in the wing feathers on his left side that i don*t see in your Eagle either.


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on July 22, 2011, 08:43:47 PM

july 19 2011 13:20 - Alexandra wings on the Prow - 184-83

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Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: mishikeenhquay on July 22, 2011, 08:52:09 PM
booni
I love the light through her wings....and the way that David is sort of crouched down looking at her!  What a fantastic shot!!
Chi Miigwetch!!


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on July 22, 2011, 08:55:25 PM

july 19 2011 13:20 - Alexandra wings on the Prow - 184-84

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Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: emc on July 22, 2011, 09:08:53 PM
She looks so majestic and powerful in these pics.  :biggrin3.

 " I am going to swoop down on you!"


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on July 22, 2011, 09:14:53 PM

july 19 2011 13:33 - Dad & Mum in the Peters*s Tree - 184-98

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Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: passerine on July 22, 2011, 09:17:25 PM
In the first pic of Alexandra the look on her face & David watching her is priceless. Great fotos as usual Booni. :heart i clicked twice.


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: ajfe on July 22, 2011, 09:21:30 PM
Thanks Booni and Wren for all your fabolous photos and observations. I've learned so much about Mom and Dad from you. Love the pic of Alexandra with her wings outstretched and David looking up at her. Sure get an idea of how big her wings are!
ajfe


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: PamNY on July 22, 2011, 09:35:05 PM
Booni and Wren these photos add so much to the webcam experience. Maybe because from below is the way I'm used to seeing birds? Whatever the reason -- thank you.


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on July 22, 2011, 09:37:51 PM

july 19 2011 13:55 - Alexandra wings on the Prow, David on the cam box - 184-133

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Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on July 22, 2011, 09:47:36 PM

july 19 2011 13:56 - Alexandra wings on the Prow, David on the Cam Box - 184-147

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Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: emc on July 22, 2011, 09:48:54 PM
Ready to soar!


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on July 22, 2011, 09:55:34 PM

july 19 2011 13:56 - Alexandra wings on the Prow - 184-151

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Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: pamelae on July 22, 2011, 09:56:46 PM
I have a huge wish and hope for some angel on the ground to capture Alexandra and David's first flights on video. And, posting them right here.  :pray


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: emc on July 22, 2011, 10:00:49 PM
Sure, booni and wren could camp out and take turns making sure one of them is there for the next week.  :mhihi

It would be super   :biggrin6.  but maybe not realistic.  :ecwink


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on July 22, 2011, 10:04:18 PM

july 19 2011 14:01 - Dad in the Peters*s Tree - 184-164

Dad was perched in a different, lower down part of the Peters*s Tree than usual.
Mum was above him in her usual spot.  :puzzled2


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Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on July 22, 2011, 10:18:22 PM

july 19 2011 14:04 - Alexandra squeezes onto the cam box with David - 184-187

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Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on July 22, 2011, 10:21:03 PM

july 19 2011 14:04 - Alexandra gets some air - 184-188

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Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: Rajame on July 23, 2011, 05:46:28 AM
Oh my goodness, my goodness!! Thank you Booni! The view of them is fantastic! :hearts2


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: ccfan on July 23, 2011, 10:25:52 AM
july 19 2011 13:55 - Alexandra wings on the Prow, David on the cam box - 184-133

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She is saying "I AM ALEXANDRA AND THIS IS MY DOMAIN!!"


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on July 23, 2011, 09:40:12 PM

So, today i stopped at the backside of the Nest to see if i could see anything going on.
i was surprised when i could see Alexandra on the Runway Branch!  :eceek
i had no idea i would be able to see her there from there!
So i got out my camera.
She seemed to be quite content there, & in no rush to leave, so i left for home, after hanging out there for a while.
i got home about 3pm.
About an hour later, i popped upstairs to see the cam, & i noticed chatters were saying that Alexandra had fledged!
i figured they must be misinterpreting something, but then i could see only one Eaglet on the Nest.
So i made a phone call & was told that this was true!
& that Alexandra was still off the Nest!
So i went roaring back to the backside of the Nest with my camera.
i was not really believing that she had fledged.
But, i was thinking, if she DID, where the heck would i start LOOKING for her??
There are SO MANY trees around the Nest!
Then i remembered her this morning, when she was out on the Runway Branch.
She had watched Mum fly in & land on the Babysitting Tree, & i could just see her twitching to leave the Branch to join her.
Had she maybe gone to the Babysitting Tree when she fledged?
i got out at the back side of the Nest & scanned the trees.
Nobody.
Then i thought i saw an Eagle in the right side of the Babysitting Tree.
& that Eagle didn*t seem to have a white head or tail...  :puzzled2
i grabbed my camera.
When i set up & focused on the Eagle, well whaddya know?, it was Alexandra!  :mhihi  :thumbup:
& she was calm as could be.
She didn*t do a whole lot of moving.
She was just perched there, looking to her right a lot.
i don*t know what she saw.
Suddenly i heard screeping from her & the Nest.
A fly in!
She watched the whole time, i was sure she*d fly off.
But she did not.
Darn, i was hoping to see her wings up there.
i could hear the scuffle of wings on the Nest & the screeping that goes with a food delivery.
The adult flew off.
There was a second food delivery, but still she did not leave her spot.
( i forgot part of the story.
After the second food delivery, Mum flew over from right to left, from Hidden Bay? The Peters*s Tree?, & landed at the tippy top of Gregg*s tree & she cachunked & trilled.
You could probably hear this on the cam.
Alexandra was just perching away, so i photographed Mum for a bit.
i was hoping to catch her wings, to see if she still has the nick in one flight feather that i use to i.d. her.
She seemed to be in no rush to leave, so i focused back on Alexandra in the Babysitting Tree.
Alexandra let me know when Mum left the tippy top of Gregg*s Tree & landed in the Tippy Top of the Babysitting Tree.
She began screeping at her & moving from side to side on her branch.
i think i have video of this)
i started hearing strange Eagle calls from afar, perhaps Hidden Bay?
Alexandra heard them too, & was looking that way & cocking her head.
So i started video*ing her, hoping to catch the far away sounds & her reaction to them.
i could hear an Eaglet!
& they were flying around!
Perhaps this was the Wiiglet.
Alexandra watched them with curiosity.
i was recording her & these far away sounds when i started this video.
You can perhaps hear them in the distance at the beginning of the video.
As i recorded, Alexandra finally did something interesting!  :biggrin6

july 23 2011 18:24 - Alexandra in the Babysitting Tree - 185-230


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_vs7mG_OExU


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: mishikeenhquay on July 23, 2011, 09:47:05 PM
Booni
What a blessing you are to this experience!!!  It is so wonderful to see the video of Alexandra in the Babysitting Tree and to read your description of what was going on!!!  I could hear the calls that you were describing....I guess from the cam I was thinking it was Alexandra herself!!!
Miigwetch...Miigwetch...Gitchi Miigwetch for all the time that you put into bringing this eagle family closer to my heart!!
Mishi


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: madrona on July 23, 2011, 09:50:15 PM
Lovely Booni!  Thanks so much for being there and recording this. 

Loved hearing your exclamation - you were anticipating it, and yet it still took you by surprise.   :eclove


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: bruner on July 23, 2011, 09:51:59 PM
Booni~

What a fine job  you did capturing Alexandra in the babysittting tree.  Through your eyes we are able to see what we couldn't see without you.

 :thumbup:  Thank you so much.

bruner


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: luvthebirds on July 23, 2011, 09:55:28 PM
Wonderful, Booni.  We are so lucky to be able to share your view!  :heart
How exciting for Alexandra.  So much to see, do, and learn.  What a thrill for her, what a thrill for us!  :eclove


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: wildkitten on July 23, 2011, 09:56:50 PM
Booni,
     How fabulous that was!  Thank you soooo much for giving us this perspective from the ground.  It was so wonderful to see her "out there" !  Thank you, thank you, thank you, from the bottom of my heart for all you do.  
 

 :biggrin6
 wildkitten


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on July 23, 2011, 10:04:26 PM

Oh yeah!
Madrona*s post reminded me of something!
The reason i exclaim at the end of the video.
When i saw Alexandra fly off, she flew out of sight so i stepped to my right to see where she went.
She was flapping & screeping on top of the stump!
So i think this is the reason for my exclamation at the end of the video.
i quickly jumped back & shut off my video & set it up to catch her on the stump.
But i was too late.
At least i can still see it in my mind*s eye...
But i wish i had caught it on video to show you.


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: luvthebirds on July 23, 2011, 10:04:42 PM
This is one of the hundreds of photos I took in June while visiting Hornby.
I am posting it here so you can see the relationship of the Babysitting Tree to the Nest.  In this picture, you can see both Mom and Dad in the BST looking over the eaglets in the nest.  I believe it is Alexandra who you can see in the nest.  David was further down in the nest bowl.

(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3394/5838959962_9e33deb96f.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/luvthebirds/5838959962/)
DSC05432 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/luvthebirds/5838959962/) by luvthebirds (http://www.flickr.com/people/luvthebirds/), on Flickr


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: emc on July 23, 2011, 10:28:08 PM
Thanks Luv, a perfect place for a babysitting tree.  :ecsmile. Thank you, thank you booni for getting footage of Alexandra fledged and sounds of other birds and her reaction. :biggrin3 :eclove

Interesting that she passed up two meal deliveries. Very unlike her. But she had more interesting things to observe.


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: Mary Jane on July 23, 2011, 10:38:19 PM
Oh I just love seeing this, thank you so much Booni.  Alexandra looks like such a pro, hard to believe this is her first real day of flying.

(((((Booni))))))  :heart


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: emc on July 23, 2011, 10:40:52 PM
She is a very fast learner. Mum and Dad emphasized the runway branch today and showed how fun to take off from there. Then they called to her, and presto, she did it. :zooooom
No grass grows under feet  :ecnono


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: marjy2u on July 23, 2011, 11:23:21 PM

Booni, I don't know what I could possibly add to what others have said, so I will just add my deepest gratitude for your generosity in sharing what we can only see through your camera's lens.  :hearts

Luv, your photo of the BST in relation to the nest is soooo helpful as well!  With gratitude ...  :eclove


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: Stokes on July 23, 2011, 11:27:38 PM
Sweet! I missed the fledge as it was happening so Booni your observations and video made my day complete. Thank you from the bottom of my happy heart! (((((((Booni)))))))


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: bruner on July 24, 2011, 04:51:31 AM
Hello Luvthebirds:

Thank you for your photo of the Babysitting tree.  It really gives me a much better idea of where it is in relation
to the nest.  I actually had no idea where it was before I saw your photo.

 :ty   bruner


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: Faithyv on July 24, 2011, 05:28:17 AM
I second Bruner - Luv's shot taught me a lot about the location - proximity of the BST - Thanks Luv.

As for Boonies Vid - wow oh wow - we are so lucky to have you on the ground for us.  Alexandra reminded me of a Tight-rope-walker in training, all she needed was the little balance umbrella, and a little clown hat.  TY Boonie for sharing


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: nan2945 on July 24, 2011, 06:42:20 AM
fabulous, Booni - the tale as well as the video - thank you SO MUCH
NAN


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: amyklai on July 24, 2011, 06:58:48 AM
Thank you Booni , love watching your videos , photos, love your narration, makes me feel that i am right there with you ,


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: ccfan on July 24, 2011, 08:43:22 AM
Booni,

 :bow  I am in awe, you keep outdoing yourself. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!! :grouphug2


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: kac on July 25, 2011, 11:29:45 PM
Luvthebirds -

Thank you so much for posting your photo of the BST in relation to the nest.  I've always wondered just where exactly it was.  I knew it had to be close to the nest and now I have a much better idea.  Count on Mom and Dad to pick the perfect place to watch them from.   :thumbup:

Booni -

Thank you too for your incredible pictures and videos that help us all to see beyond the nest.  I so enjoyed watching Alexandra's big adventure to the BST.  Thank you for sharing your love of eagles with all of us.   :heart

kac/ Kaae


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: luvthebirds on July 26, 2011, 12:17:17 AM
yw folks.  It was a thrill for me to see the environment in which the Hornby's live. 

This photo is of the tree on the opposite side of the nest from the babysitting tree.  Picture the nest tree as in between the two trees.  I believe it is the one call Greg's tree.  Hopefully booni or wren can correct me if that is incorrect.  This if from the street behind the nest, one street further from the water than Doug's. 
I didn't get the nest tree in the same picture, but you can see what the top part of the tree looks like.  As I recall, this was Dad perched (and grooming a bit as well) here, while Mom was in the nest tree with Alexandra and David.

(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3161/5838834874_55006b8863.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/luvthebirds/5838834874/)
DSC05190 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/luvthebirds/5838834874/) by luvthebirds (http://www.flickr.com/people/luvthebirds/), on Flickr

A closer look:
(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5078/5838283561_bb7620a9e8.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/luvthebirds/5838283561/)
DSC05191 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/luvthebirds/5838283561/) by luvthebirds (http://www.flickr.com/people/luvthebirds/), on Flickr

(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2791/5838284567_99f7e64afb.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/luvthebirds/5838284567/)
DSC05193 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/luvthebirds/5838284567/) by luvthebirds (http://www.flickr.com/people/luvthebirds/), on Flickr

These pictures show how worn the top of the tree (aka "the stump") has become.  The hole we see on the cam is evident. And it truly is a hole!  Doesn't look that easy to land and perch upon!  (Oof course, I don't have talons with which to grip or the balance of an eagle!  :ecwink)  These are taken from the same site as the Greg's tree photos.

(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3454/5838838116_43d4a76fe1.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/luvthebirds/5838838116/)
DSC05197 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/luvthebirds/5838838116/) by luvthebirds (http://www.flickr.com/people/luvthebirds/), on Flickr

(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5074/5838285551_579cce084f.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/luvthebirds/5838285551/)
DSC05195 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/luvthebirds/5838285551/) by luvthebirds (http://www.flickr.com/people/luvthebirds/), on Flickr


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: Mishka on July 27, 2011, 04:09:39 PM
Does anyone know if Alexandra has discovered the beach yet?  I'll never forget Doug's wonderful account of Hope's puddle-jumping when she first discovered water! 


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: winterwren on July 27, 2011, 10:00:58 PM
July 27, 8:11 pm: Alexandra flapping on the runway... If you click twice on the picture, you can see that she is standing directly on the stump of the old eye branch.
David is on the cam box.

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6150/5983215263_871e582928_z.jpg) (http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6150/5983215263_36db01bcb9_o.jpg)


Still 8:11: Alexandra gets some air on the runway... The stump of the eye branch is still visible to the right of her feet.
There is a second big round knot-hole on the stump, higher up. It is back-lit by the setting sun in these pictures.

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6011/5983778976_25e0175d10_z.jpg) (http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6011/5983778976_79d6404634_o.jpg)



Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: Msseaman on July 27, 2011, 10:11:51 PM
thank you for the memories  :ecsmile


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: emc on July 27, 2011, 10:12:27 PM
Fantastic shots wren. Thanks!  :eclove


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: luvthebirds on July 27, 2011, 11:20:07 PM
Thank you, Winterwren!  :heart


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: marjy2u on July 28, 2011, 12:15:42 AM
 Thanks for sharing these great shots, Wren!  I find it particularly interesting to see the structure of the remaining wood around the knots in the tree stump!


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: winterwren on July 28, 2011, 12:53:13 PM

July 28, 11:30 Alexandra flying off the nest...

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6012/5985012527_d88ee4d802_z.jpg) (http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6012/5985012527_2912543cbb_o.jpg)



(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6028/5985015419_899ae3c3f5_z.jpg) (http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6028/5985015419_06ee2e34c2_o.jpg)



(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6137/5985018523_5191aa1f1c_z.jpg) (http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6137/5985018523_68168259c6_o.jpg)

She circled back toward Gregg's tree, then landed on a low branch of the Babysitting tree. I went looking for a better angle to photograph her from, but could not see her. She may have flown off somewhere else. Meanwhile Mom was on the Peters' tree, calling once in a while.





Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: emc on July 28, 2011, 12:55:27 PM
Oh, winterwren, such beauty. So glad you were there to capture this scene. :biggrin6


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: Rajame on July 28, 2011, 01:08:08 PM
Beautiful! Just wonderful captures Wren.

From my heart to yours, thank you!

:hearts2


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: wings2fly on July 28, 2011, 01:28:58 PM
  Oh Wren....what beautiful shots of Alexandra!  Thank you so much for keeping us close to the Alexandra and David as well as Mom and Dad...words cannot adequately express my gratitude for all that you give to us and this eagle family.... :thumbup:

And...Booni...you are also an angel of this nest and our nester family...words cannot convey how deeply your pics and videos have touched my life....I never could have imagined a little more than a year ago that my life would be so enriched by this eagle and human family.  Thank you so very much  :thumbup:


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: luvthebirds on July 28, 2011, 01:48:33 PM
What a beautiful eagle Alexandra has become!  :heart   Great photos, Wren, and seeing her on the enlarged versions is stunning.  She is magnificent!


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: OpieK on July 28, 2011, 02:02:27 PM
Oh look at her go - wonderful!
Thanks so much Wren and Booni for being our eyes on the ground


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: valleygirl on July 28, 2011, 03:12:50 PM
Winterwren...just amazing shots of Alexandra in flight.  Thanks for posting them.
Valleygirl


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: kac on July 28, 2011, 10:16:56 PM
Such incredible photos of Alexandra in flight.  Thank you Wren for taking them and sharing them with all of us.   :binocs

Kaae


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: Aliemae on July 29, 2011, 09:59:53 AM
Thank you Wren very nice pictures of Alexandra. I really appreciate all that you do along with everyone else from Doug and Shiela to AJL /Boonibarb/ Backyard / all the mods/ & all of the chatters (Nesters Aunts Uncles Grandparents etc) Hope I didn't forget anyone. I want to thank everyone so much. :heart


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on July 29, 2011, 10:39:12 AM

july 29 2011 09:23 - David returns from the wide angle camera to the Nest -186-308

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V8QQOOXagmk


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: passerine on July 29, 2011, 11:09:35 AM
Thank-you, TY Booni :eclove David landed like a pro, beautiful! :heart

Wren I love your photos of Alexandra, TY. :heart


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: emc on July 29, 2011, 11:16:05 AM
Wonderful to see David go down from WAcam so easiky. And definite confirmation he was there!

Thank you booni for being there.  :biggrin3. You and wren have gotten some key milestones, thank you, thank you.  :ecwink


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: dizzymom70 on July 29, 2011, 12:18:09 PM
Booni-I think you must have your own little campsite on the BRH driveway. You are almost always in the right place at the right time. Great video! :mhihi


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: Laurad on July 29, 2011, 12:31:40 PM
Thank you boonibarb, nice video of David.


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on July 29, 2011, 12:42:29 PM

july 29 2011 09:03 - Mum on the Nest David screeping on the wide angle camera - 186-297

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CVkS9LcGFyE


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: emc on July 29, 2011, 12:45:29 PM
With what seems to be a low food supply this year, wonder if the HEART team will have to rescue some eaglets?

No reports of any down so far?


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: watermaid on July 29, 2011, 03:13:01 PM
Hi Boonie,  Thank you for the great pictures of David with his wings spread.  Isn't he just beautiful from the underside of those wings.  He is just my true love.

Thanks to Wren also for the pictures of Alexandra.  I would call her coloring exquisit.

I love you both and I admire your talent in photography and patience to get just the right shots.

What is happening with the eaglet who does not have correct feathers and perhaps a problem beak?

 :heart  :heart


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: winterwren on July 29, 2011, 06:53:53 PM
EMC and Watermaid, the only thing I can say about the other eaglets is... "So far, so good". The sibling of the eaglet with the pinched feathers has safely fledged. And we've asked the neighbours to keep an eye out for that one we're worried about.

Updates on that pinched-feathers eaglet will be in the thread about Nest 20.

May they all fly in beauty and health.


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: winterwren on July 29, 2011, 07:46:27 PM
Back to yesterday... July 28, 4:15 pm.
David has just flown to the runway for the first time. Here we can see that he is standing beyond the eye-branch stub, not on it as his sister did.

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6131/5987860131_5c642742c3_z.jpg) (http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6131/5987860131_a9cb83781e_o.jpg)


4:35. David starts to pick at something at his feet. Almost makes me wonder if he has brought a snack along? He seems to be pulling at something with his beak, exactly as if he was eating. It doesn't help that he has a fluffy clinging to his beak, so he looks even more like he's in the middle of eating something.

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6131/5988424396_652af500eb_z.jpg) (http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6131/5988424396_f1d453782e_o.jpg)


Here's a cropped view of him with something in his beak... Does not look very edible. Later I saw him picking in the same way at the top of the stub, and today he was tearing bits off the top of the WA cam... so I guess he did not bring a fish along for his first off-nest adventure!  :eclol
(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6023/5987860665_291b6dfe95_z.jpg)



Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: winterwren on July 29, 2011, 08:01:30 PM
Still catching up on yesterday's pictures...
July 28, 4:38 pm.
David tries to stand on the stub of the eye-branch, like his big sister has been doing.
It is not going very well.

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6010/5987861197_95bc27397f_z.jpg) (http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6010/5987861197_f4ede433d2_o.jpg)



(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6023/5987861823_b2636cc69c_z.jpg) (http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6023/5987861823_b86531e5d2_o.jpg)



(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6017/5988426314_98dc994e56_z.jpg) (http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6017/5988426314_f57602df64_o.jpg)



(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6002/5988427076_88836d0eb5_z.jpg) (http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6002/5988427076_1476898050_o.jpg)



(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6122/5988427472_652572defd_z.jpg) (http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6122/5988427472_79b1046c9a_o.jpg)



(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6024/5988427842_3f015e5839_z.jpg) (http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6024/5988427842_91b0b1f020_o.jpg)


"Well, maybe I don't need to do that after all..."

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6126/5988428222_c878d80b1b_z.jpg) (http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6126/5988428222_a986ae276c_o.jpg)

(Click twice on that last picture to see the bits of fluff still sticking to his beak.)

 :eclol


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: ccfan on July 29, 2011, 08:29:07 PM
Poor David..that is too funny!


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: Cawatcher on July 29, 2011, 09:53:31 PM
 :nod2 David will sleep well he used every bit of himself to stay on that sump!! :ecsmile Thank you Winterwren!


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: blackster1 on July 29, 2011, 10:43:41 PM
Thanks Wren.  It is great to see David's struggle on the stump and then at peace perched on the branch.


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: winterwren on July 29, 2011, 10:52:51 PM
5:53 pm yesterday, July 28.

David, still perched on the runway, started reaching forward and tugging at a branch. He did this several times, and I captured one of the instances in this short video.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xnuy5WWxCRg




Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: winterwren on July 29, 2011, 11:18:28 PM
5:51 pm, yesterday, July 28.

David tugging at a branch on the runway.

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6004/5989907732_dd8af31f59_z.jpg) (http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6004/5989907732_a60cbc4a84_o.jpg)

He's also standing on the stub of the eye branch again... Practice makes perfect.  :ecsmile



Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: winterwren on July 29, 2011, 11:25:35 PM
5:55, yesterday, July 28.

David adopts a submissive pose as Alexandra lands on a branch on the far side of the nest. (All I saw was the silhouette of her wings.)

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6148/5989908312_3cc05d7084_z.jpg) (http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6148/5989908312_4ba93d7e13_o.jpg)


A minute later, Alexandra joins him on the runway.

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6128/5989350217_bed575b20f_z.jpg) (http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6128/5989350217_29c53d738a_o.jpg)


Two siblings on a branch... :heart

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6148/5989350611_55029754ab_z.jpg) (http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6148/5989350611_e9fb27c476_o.jpg)




Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: winterwren on July 29, 2011, 11:32:17 PM
Yesterday, July 28, 5:59 pm
David fleaps past his sister and into the nest.

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6008/5989909558_5d47d3f46a_z.jpg) (http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6008/5989909558_551909a7f7_o.jpg)


(Click twice and you can see the silhouette of his beak through the porthole on this one.)

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Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: Rajame on July 30, 2011, 12:07:52 AM
Fabulous!! Thank you again and again Wren!

:hearts2


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: emc on July 30, 2011, 12:21:35 AM
Wow wren amazing that you were there for that . It was quite an accomplishment for David to go over, around his sister to get back to the nest. And his first time back to the nest, if I remember correctly.


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: jungleland on July 30, 2011, 07:00:29 AM
Winterwren and Booni,

I just  :redheart the photos, videos and narrations about these 2 beautiful eaglets!  I have been away and only get to be on the computer for quick updates.  I appreciate that you take the time to share these with us!!

 :ty

Jungleand


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: winterwren on July 30, 2011, 10:38:41 AM
July 29, 4:35 pm....

Alexandra off the nest... Guess where she is?

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Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: amcderm904 on July 30, 2011, 03:13:26 PM
Is she on the Peter's Tree?


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: watermaid on July 30, 2011, 03:19:23 PM
Hi Wren,  Your picture of David's beak through the porthole gave me a chuckle out loud.  LOL  Thank you so much for the smiles.   :heart


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: winterwren on July 30, 2011, 08:16:12 PM

AMC, you got it!
 :eclol


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: mother nature on July 30, 2011, 08:37:47 PM
I loved your picture of David and Alexandra sitting together on the branch,
That is how I am going to picture them after they have left the nest.


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: winterwren on July 30, 2011, 10:01:13 PM
Still in catch-up mode...

Yesterday, July 29. 1:14 pm.
David has flown to the WA cam!
I find him with his right foot hanging down, stretching. Eagles do that a lot, but it looks strange on the cam box.

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Booni and I both are watching, waiting for him to fly... So of course he proceeds to preen and nap for 4 hours.  :eclol
Look how he's tugging each flight feather through his beak...
1:32 pm
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1:42
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1:47 Notice how his flight feathers are all wavy, looking almost serrated... I've seen that on adult eagles on occasion. I'm thinking that the preening might be having that effect, and that the feathers then smooth out in use?
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2:02 Another round of preening on the flight feathers.
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Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: Cawatcher on July 30, 2011, 10:09:08 PM
Winterwren Great photos! I noted on the pardee eglets as well.. The wings almost look like Dredlocks weaved So glad you and Booni got to witness this from the ground !!


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: winterwren on July 30, 2011, 10:17:22 PM
July 29, 2:07 pm

Now if this does not induce me into the Order of the Poopshot, nothing will!

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 :biggrin3





Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: mammyred2000 on July 30, 2011, 10:32:05 PM
All I can say is, "Fantastic Photography"  Thank you from the bottom of my ancient heart.


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: Cawatcher on July 30, 2011, 10:35:23 PM
 :biggrin3 :eclol :thumbup:


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: AlbertaJay on July 30, 2011, 10:42:17 PM
Fabulous photos thank you so much!! :thumbup:


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: Mary Jane on July 30, 2011, 11:02:53 PM
WOW beautiful photos, so wonderful to see.   Thank you  :eclove


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: zuzcat on July 30, 2011, 11:28:19 PM
  :thumbup: to winterwren for her fantastic photography... super poop shot!!! :biggrin3


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: winterwren on July 31, 2011, 12:01:13 AM
July 29, 2:38 pm.

Somewhere in there, Mom has visited the nest and stayed for a while. She does not show up in any of my photos.
David, after all that napping and preening, spreads his wings!
Hey, I can see a yellow eyebrow on this one! (click twice on photo for close-up)

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Air time!

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Higher!

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Ta-daaa!

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Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: Tigerlady105 on July 31, 2011, 12:06:53 AM
Wonderful photos, Wren!  You enrich our world with your lovely pictures.   :heart


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: tarvena on July 31, 2011, 12:34:30 AM
WINTERWREN & BOONIBARB

YOUR PICTURES & VIDEOS ARE OUTSTANDING


YOU BOTH HONOR US WITH YOUR DEVOTION TO THESE BEAUTIFUL EAGLES. I AM SO GRATEFUL THAT YOU ARE NOT ONLY TAKING THESE PICTURES, BUT THEN SHARING WITH US AS WELL.   

((((((WINTERWREN))))))    ((((((BOONI))))))

                        TARVENA


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: OpieK on July 31, 2011, 10:20:14 AM
What a joy to wake up to these marvelous photos.  We say it all the time, but thank you for bringing us into your world!


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: watermaid on July 31, 2011, 12:12:20 PM
July 29, 2:07 pm

Now if this does not induce me into the Order of the Poopshot, nothing will!

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 :biggrin3




Best poop shot I have ever seen.  Amazing. :chuckle


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: Faerie Gardener on July 31, 2011, 12:21:17 PM
Indeed, Winterwren, that was Extraordinarily Phantastic Poopography!!   :thumbsup


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: mamalion on July 31, 2011, 12:24:27 PM
OMG that is the best poopshoot shot I have ever seen... fantastic photos. Thank for sharing :eclol


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: Aliemae on July 31, 2011, 12:59:46 PM
Want to thank Wren, Boonibarb and the poopographyshots were fantastic don't know how you got those shots had to be a good camera and fast I would imagine. That put it in perspective on how it's done lol


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: Laurad on July 31, 2011, 03:47:45 PM
Thank you both also.. winterwren and boonibarb. You're both giving us an amazing clear view that enhances everything we are watching on the wonderful webcams. Your photos are incredible.


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: ccfan on July 31, 2011, 05:46:46 PM
Winterwren and Booni,
Once again I bow to you in great admiration. Your patience and amazing talents are a gift to us all.

Wren, the poopography hall of fame better have a place on honor saved for you!


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: winterwren on July 31, 2011, 09:32:04 PM
July 29, 3:40 pm
While we're watching David standing on the WA cam, Alexandra lands in the babysitting tree!

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3:44 Alexandra flies to the nest.
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Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: winterwren on July 31, 2011, 09:57:16 PM
July 29, 3:58 pm

David is rearranging the top of the WA cam.

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Maybe he took carving lessons from Navysquid? Click on the picture and look at the chips fly!

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Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: dixidoo on July 31, 2011, 10:06:00 PM
I can only echo the rapture and gratitude already state here, winterwren and boonibarb..   My heart fleaped into my throat at seeing these kids bravely out on the branches like big boys and girls.  They already look so ready for whatever comes.  I wish I was!!

Beautiful job.  Deep thanks to you both for your considerable efforts on our behalf, as well as your considerable talents.

Whew!! :nod2 :nod2


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: emc on July 31, 2011, 10:09:41 PM
Lol, there are chips and then there are chunks. Lol.


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: BBE on July 31, 2011, 11:15:54 PM
Wren and Booni,

I have been catching up on the past week or so. Your photos and videos are superb, clear, and I could count wavy feathers. Love the 'poopography' - almost like sky writing  :eclol

We are so blessed to you both there to capture and report the day to day activity of these two eaglets.

Many, many thanks for all you do to enhance our knowledge and experience with the Hornbys.

:ty  :thumbup:    :redheart

BBE   :biggrin6


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on August 01, 2011, 08:14:55 AM

wrenni, brilliant brilliant brilliant.
You are sure getting fantabulous fotos for all of us.
& i can*t thank you enough for posting so much quicker than i have been managing to do, so that everyone can see what is going on from the ground in a timely manner!  :hearts2

In this foto, i indeed see an eyebrow on David.
i was thinking these two don*t have those scowling yellow skin eyebrows that seem so evident on other Eaglets, such as Decker for example, or Trimblet.

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This is a brilliant foto, so well done that we can see David*s pupil in focus!!  :eceek
It also shows us very well, David*s feather health.

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Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: Bhrighde on August 01, 2011, 08:54:37 AM
Wonderful photos!  Thank you so much. :thumbup:


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: watermaid on August 01, 2011, 09:40:31 AM
Isn't he just beautiful?  I really like these photos that I can enlarge....when I remember.  LOL :heart


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: emc on August 01, 2011, 11:58:20 AM
He looks might fine, doesn't he?  :biggrin3

I forget to enlarge often too, watermaid. They are so awesome as they are posted.  :eclove :ecwink


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: watermaid on August 01, 2011, 02:11:06 PM
Yes, EMC.  These girls do a beautiful job with their photography.  My memory often frustrates me.  LOL


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: BBE on August 01, 2011, 07:10:34 PM
Awesome photos here. Thanks to 'Ground Crew'.  You rock.  :biggrin6 :ty


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: gr8gran67 on August 01, 2011, 08:03:41 PM
Hi guys, are the videos and photos going to stay here? I hope so, I would be able to return often and see the "kids" whenever I'm feeling down in the dumps....lol


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: winterwren on August 01, 2011, 09:17:56 PM
Gr8gran, yes, everything will stay in the forum. You can also see last year's postings if you click on the archive boards, which are next to each section in the main index. There is a LOT to see on this forum!

love
Wren


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on August 01, 2011, 09:35:19 PM

july 28 2011 16:39 - Mum in the Babysitting Tree - 186-78

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Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: winterwren on August 01, 2011, 09:39:12 PM
July 31, 1:16 pm
David is on the WA cam again.
He seems more restless than two days ago.

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Health check... Poop shot!
1:26
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Feather check... thanks, David!
1:30
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Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on August 01, 2011, 09:47:08 PM

wren & i were down on back side of the Nest to catch David*s first time on the Runway Branch.

july 28 2011 17:04 - David*s wings on the Runway Branch - 186-102


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Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: winterwren on August 01, 2011, 09:51:47 PM
Yay, Booni is posting!
So now we'll have 2 stories intertwined... but we're used to that from the chat. :eclol

July 31, 1:54 pm.
David jumps back down to the nest.
I'm not going to call this a flight.  :ecsmile

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Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: winterwren on August 01, 2011, 10:00:27 PM
July 31, 1:58 pm
David finds a new branch to perch on.
He's hiding right in the centre of this picture. He is now below the balcony.

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Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: emc on August 01, 2011, 10:03:26 PM
Ahhh so that is one of his hiding places. And it is a branch. :)


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on August 01, 2011, 10:23:05 PM

july 28 2011 17:50 - David reacting to Crows while on the Runway Branch - 186-134

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eG7oJ0q6Xec


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: mishikeenhquay on August 02, 2011, 04:26:05 AM
Booni and Wren
Gitchi Miigwetch for all that you do to provide this look into the lives of this family.  I just love all of the pictures and videos that are posted.  I feel that I am there!! 
From poopshots, to hiding places, to runways, to crows.....awwww what an experience!!!


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on August 02, 2011, 06:06:10 AM

In this video, David is trying to balance on the stump of the Eye Branch.
He also bends forward & picks at a branch that keeps snapping back into place.
wren caught him doing this as well, plus there is a video of him doing this through the cam that you can watch.

july 28 2011 17:51 - David on the Runway Branch - 186-135


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qtNHB760jNo


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on August 02, 2011, 08:04:43 AM

july 28 2011 16:40 - Mum in the Babysitting Tree - 186-79

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Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: Rajame on August 02, 2011, 08:05:23 AM
Amazing photos and eye witnesses to the ongoing story of Mom and Dad and their family. Thank you again and again.

:hearts2


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on August 02, 2011, 08:13:59 AM

july 28 2011 16:41 - Mum in the Babysitting Tree - 186-82

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Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: mishikeenhquay on August 02, 2011, 11:35:11 AM
Booni:
Amazing photos....and video!!
In the first picture it looks like Mom's right eye is closed...or is it "dirtied" shut?  In the second pic it looks like the right eye is closed and the second closing.  What do you see?


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: NancyM on August 02, 2011, 01:21:29 PM
Thanks, Booni!

I was going to ask about Mom's eye, too.   Perhaps it is the nictitating membrane coming down (booni often catches that split second in her pictures) - and then the wind blowing feathers?  Mom's eye has looked fine when we see her on the cam.


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: Laurad on August 02, 2011, 03:21:41 PM
Absolutely fantastic photos, booni and wren, thank you. You have such an amazing view and perspective of the eagles, the light, weather conditions etc.. so different from what we see on the webcam. It's all just too amazing.  :nod2


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on August 02, 2011, 06:52:14 PM

In this video, David is on the Runway Branch.
We are viewing him again from the back side of the Nest.
Alexandra lands in the Nest from the water side, & David is happy to see her come to the Runway to join him on the Branch.
Watch him watching her, then watch her peak out from behind the Stump!

july 28 2011 17:55 - David on the Runway Branch - 186-137


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_w77gpDFkgE


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on August 02, 2011, 07:14:15 PM

This is a short video that continues what we saw in the last video.
David is on the Runway Branch & so is Alexandra.
David wants to get past her & back into the Nest.
wren posted some fotos of how he did this.
This is the video of the same action.

july 28 2011 17:59 - David makes his way back to the Nest from the Runway Branch - 186-138


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oYEK5chWxxk


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on August 02, 2011, 07:36:24 PM

wren & i often see this Crow in the trees at the back side of the Nest.
We were told by a neighbour that the tree this Crow is taking off from was used by Alexandra as a perch tree!
i pointed this Crow out to wren because i noticed something strange about them.
They only had ONE TAIL FEATHER!!
i don*t know how they manage to fly, but they do.
On this day when we spotted them, they were down to NO tail feathers!
Can you tell from this foto that the Crow has no tail feathers?

july 28 2011 1813 - Tail less Crow - 186-149


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Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boodle317 on August 02, 2011, 07:39:41 PM
Booni....when you say " they"  do you mean there is more than one crow with this odd tailfeather thing?


edit:  nevermind booni...i just figured it out...you mean "they" as in NOT he or she!  got it!  lol


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on August 02, 2011, 07:53:58 PM

i went roaring down to the Nest on this early morning with my coffee in hand to catch David in the rising sun on the wide angle camera!

july 29 2011 07:46 - David on the wide angle camera - 186-171


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Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: watermaid on August 02, 2011, 07:57:56 PM
Ahhh, he is so cute.   :heart


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on August 02, 2011, 08:19:20 PM

july 29 2011 07:50 - David on the wide angle camera - 186-182

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Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: ccfan on August 02, 2011, 08:29:14 PM
He is such a handsome boy!


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: BBE on August 02, 2011, 08:35:09 PM
Booni,  great photos of David on WA cam.

:ty   :wub     :hug   :thumbup: 


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on August 02, 2011, 08:39:09 PM

Look how David has fanned his tail out against his right wing in order to stretch.

july 29 2011 07:50 - David on the wide angle camera stretching - 186-188


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Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: Blue on August 02, 2011, 08:41:49 PM
David's 'eyebrow' can be seen in the last photo.


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: eaglett on August 02, 2011, 08:43:05 PM
Boonie,your pictures are amazing.................. :thumbup:


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on August 02, 2011, 08:50:21 PM

i posted this foto to show you David*s nictitating membrane over his eye.

july 29 2011 07:50 - David on the wide angle camera - 186-191


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Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: mishikeenhquay on August 02, 2011, 09:06:50 PM
Booni
I just love the light that you have in these pics!!!  David is one handsome (or pretty) eagle!!!!  You capture the personality of these winged ones....I honor you!!


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: nwguy on August 02, 2011, 09:23:02 PM
Love the Photo's here is a little something for the creators of the site !!!!


Sheila N Doug we would like to thank you !!
for creating a nest with a great view !!
We watched them lay there egg's and watch them hatch !!
and we saw baby eaglets grow from scratch !!
thanks for your cameras we watch every day !!
and watch the children grow and Play !!!
With good time's and Bad time's through out the year's
we always knew it would always be here !!
So now the last Eagle has grown and fledged !!
And this we would all like to Pledge !!

God Bless  :pray you and everyone Who were involved with this
Extrordinary Time in the Eagles well Being and Growth ...

From nwguy !!!!!
Thanks for a great oprotunity !!!! :thumbup:


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: winterwren on August 02, 2011, 09:49:27 PM
July 31st, 2:14 pm

Alexandra on the beach!
Photos are not very clear because I kept my distance.


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I followed where she was looking... And saw one of the Wiig parents leave a perch tree... and fly way wayyyy out to sea, right in front of us... I guess it's neutral territory out there...
But you can see them lifting a fish from the water! The water is cascading down from the fish on this picture. (Click twice to see better.)

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(no large size on this next one... cropped too close!)
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Wiig Parent is travelling home with that fish...

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...Delivering it to somewhere in the trees where Wiiglet is screeping... then returning to that favourite perch.

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Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: Blue on August 02, 2011, 09:57:44 PM
Wren,

We had reports before of the Wiigs catching fish out at sea, even 'swimming' one to shore. I wonder if they have become good at doing this because the beach in their territory is rock shelf or not the kind of beach with tidal pools?

Great to see Alexandra at the beach!


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on August 02, 2011, 10:00:37 PM

july 29 2011 08:02 - David on the wide angle camera - 186-203

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Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: winterwren on August 02, 2011, 10:18:24 PM
July 31. 2:30 pm
I see Alexandra crane her neck upwards again... and someone is coming from along the beach, high in the air...
Dad lands in the Peters' tree!

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A minute later, Alexandra (who has moved while I was watching the Wiig eagle) flies toward Dad, and lands on Big Rock.

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Booni noticed that newly-fledged eaglets don't tuck their feet together under their tail the way more experienced fliers do...
You can see this here.

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And here you can see that, all this time, there has been a family having a quiet picnic on Hidden beach. There is also a guy swimming off Sandstone Point, right near the Wiig nest. There is also a couple walking near Grassy Point, and there is me hiding behind a rock. And yet Mr. Wiig is catching fish and delivering it to the nest, and Dad patrols and lands on the Peters' tree, and Alexandra is flying around... So life does not always stop when people are on the beach.

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Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: Stokes on August 02, 2011, 10:25:09 PM
Wow wow wow! That's all I can say!!!

Thank you deeply for these visions...our beautiful young eagle.


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: blackster1 on August 02, 2011, 10:28:49 PM
Thanks so much Wren.  It is a real pleasure to see Alexandra enjoying her time on the beach.


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: wildkitten on August 02, 2011, 10:37:17 PM
These are incredible!  Booni and Wren, thanks for opening yet another window, letting us witness the lives of Alexandra and David off the nest.....~wildkitten


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: winterwren on August 02, 2011, 10:41:41 PM
July 31, 2:32pm.

Alexandra, on Big Rock, encounters a Crow. Neither of them seems to perceive the other as a threat. They just look at each other curiously until the crow gets on his way.

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2:41 Alexandra moves around every time my back is turned. Now she is on Dinner Rock (I think). Note that she doesn't seem to mind landing on a target surrounded in water.

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At the same time, Dad, still on the Peters' tree, is being pestered by a crow. And now I hear again the strange sounds I had heard from near the nest. Dad is screeping! Just one screep, then sometimes going into a trill. Earlier I had thought he and Alexandra were talking together, but he's making that sound all by himself! and now he's screeping at that crow every time he gets close.  :eclol

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Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: Circle of Life on August 02, 2011, 10:42:54 PM
Amazing pictures, Winterwren and Boonibarb!!!  So nice to see Alexandra 'spreading her wings', both figuratively and in actuality!   :thumbup:


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: marjy2u on August 02, 2011, 10:46:32 PM
My heart is in my throat ... or is it on my sleeve?  Wherever it is, it's with these fantastic eagles. 
Thank you, Booni and Wren, for giving us a glimpse into their life off the nest!  What beautiful pictures your paint with your lenses! 

:s*  :hearts :grouphug2


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: Tigerlady105 on August 02, 2011, 10:48:38 PM
Wren and Booni, both of you are taking and posting fantastic photos and videos for all of us to enjoy!  Woweeee!  You make a great Ground Team!  Muchas gracias!   :heart

One problem...you make it very difficult to select which photos to make into puzzles...there are so many that would be just right!   :chuckle


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: jungleland on August 03, 2011, 05:52:09 AM
I am sitting here enjoying my morning coffee and looking at these magnificent photos and fascinating stories of our favorite eagles.  It is so wonderful to see their life outside the nest!  Thank-you again Booni and Wren for sharing this with us. 

Tiger you do have such a dilemma, lol! 



Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: a1ladya on August 03, 2011, 06:05:12 AM
 :thumbup: Absolutely beautiful pictures Wren! Thank you so very much for sharing!   :thumbup:


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: bruner on August 03, 2011, 06:24:42 AM
Wren & Booni

These are amazing photos.  We would never be able to see what Alexandra is up to when she's off the nest, if it weren't for you.

Thanks so much.   :thumbup:

bruner


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: AlbertaJay on August 03, 2011, 06:33:16 AM
wren, these photos are just lovely. Thanks for continuing to share the eagles with us. You are our ✮ photographer!!📷


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: grandma on August 03, 2011, 06:54:20 AM
Booni and Wren your pictures are absolutely stunning.  I for one, would never get an opportunity to see the eagles like this and you both have a keen eye for getting the perfect picture and your write ups are great.  I thank you for the bottom of my heart for showing me something I would never have had the opportunity to see.
I just love this place and all of you. 


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: mother nature on August 03, 2011, 07:15:33 AM
These pictures are just breathtaking.
They give a a peek at the eaglets life after fledging.
Thanks to both of you!
:ty :ty :ty :ty :ty :ty
 :grouphug2


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: suzy on August 03, 2011, 07:31:23 AM
Fantastic pic's of our beloved eagles ... thank you so much for posting .. florida2watcher/suzy


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: hawkeye on August 03, 2011, 07:35:26 AM
Wow, amazing real pictures of their life after the nest!!! Thank you very much for sharing that with us all.


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on August 03, 2011, 07:39:46 AM

wrennie!  :eclove
Wow!
How wonderful to see what Alexandra is up to on the beach!
i LOVED seeing these fotos!
Look in this one how well you*ve documented her white tail feather tips!


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Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: ccfan on August 03, 2011, 07:42:21 AM
Thank you so much for the continuing saga of the eagle out of the nest (and in it from a different perspective).

Interesting point about the youngsters not tucking their feet...gotta be ready for unplanned landings.

Wren, the mental picture of you hiding behind rocks with a camera while there was a group picnicing on the beach cracks me up...such devotion on your part is an inspiration to all. :thumbup: :eclove



Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: ivani on August 03, 2011, 07:42:56 AM
Boone and Wren :heart
 Thank you for these wonderful pictures.
 You showed me a totally different world from what I know. How is that good!
 And see how Alexandra is out of the nest is fascinating.
 :ty


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on August 03, 2011, 07:44:59 AM

In this video, David is preening on the wide angle camera in the rising sun.
At one point, he loses his footing & corrects using his wings!

july 29 2011 07:51 - David preening on the wide angle camera - 186-195


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jT0ao9IEiuY


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: ccfan on August 03, 2011, 07:47:09 AM
P.S.

I was just thinking how nice it would be to picnic with eagles flying by...we just have seagulls stalking the perimeters and planning their approach.


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: Owls69 on August 03, 2011, 08:13:04 AM
The pictures and videos of Alexandra and David are wonderful.  Thank you so much for sharing with us Booni and Wren.  It's so neat to see what they are doing away from the nest.  The view of Alexandra on the beach was spectacular.  Eventually David will get to that point.  Thanks again.


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: Edelweis on August 03, 2011, 08:18:15 AM
Love the pictures and the vids, thank you for posting them.  Keep up the good work, it is appreciated.
Edelweis
 :heart


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: javacats on August 03, 2011, 08:32:44 AM
What a superb photo of Alexandra on the beach, love all the photos and videos that Wren and Booni share; thank you both soooo very much  :ecsmile


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: idahowa on August 03, 2011, 08:40:21 AM
((Booni & Wren))  Awesome shots.  Great that you get to see them (or at least Alexandra) away from the nest.


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: Rajame on August 03, 2011, 08:55:45 AM
I am smiling from side to side this morning! What a great view of the eagles. The Ground Crew is fantastic!! Thank you again and again! :hug

:hearts2


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: DiniDog on August 03, 2011, 09:07:39 AM
Thank You so much for these pics Booni and Wren!!! They are AMAZING!!!!!! :thumbup:


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: zuzcat on August 03, 2011, 09:54:38 AM
Absolutely breathtaking pictures from Booni and Wren.  It is really great to see the eagle family "doing their own thing out in the big world."
Thank you so much for everything you do.  :hearts2


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: eaglett on August 03, 2011, 09:59:55 AM
thanks to the ground crew we see things that we otherwise wouldn't see............see pictures are beautiful !


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: RMB on August 03, 2011, 10:01:36 AM
Booni and Wren:
Words cannot thank you enough for all that you give to us. Thank you for allowing me to go with you on a quiet walk along the beach and near the tree. I truly feel like I have been there. These eagles are so majestic and beautiful. What a privilege it is to observe their comings and goings. Bless you both
RMB :ty  :binocs  :kissheart


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: cyn61 on August 03, 2011, 10:06:28 AM
I LOVE the pictures & the video!  What a treat to come here & see them!  Thank You Boonie & Wren! :heart


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: nubchai on August 03, 2011, 10:18:19 AM
Thank you SO much for these pictures.   They are wonderful!

Sandy


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: pamelae on August 03, 2011, 11:36:35 AM
Booni and Wren,

It's thrilling to see through your eyes these different views of the Hornbys and their activities around the island, on and outside the nest. It brings me (and obviously many others!) such joy to learn how the eaglets are exploring and experiencing their new and expanded world.

Such beautiful photographs, videos and documentation.

Thank you, thank you, thank you!!
xo*Pamela (PeTexas)


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: watermaid on August 03, 2011, 12:37:13 PM
What a treat...to be able to have a picnic with eagles flying so close by.  I can only wish.  Great pics...many thanks to Wren and Boonie.  You both go above and beyond.   :heart


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: emlizard on August 03, 2011, 12:42:10 PM
Booni and Wren ,Thank you for the fantastic pics its like we are there I  can almost taste the salt air . It iS nice to see life "away" from yhe nest ty Liz


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: SoAZ on August 03, 2011, 12:46:55 PM
Beautiful, awe-inspiring, poetic ... such lovely pictures of Alexandra, booni and wren. Your talent is out-shown only by your generosity in posting/sharing these pictures and descriptions with us. Thank you...SoAZ


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: suziq-41 on August 03, 2011, 12:49:26 PM
Has any one seen David around the water yet?? Alexandra seems to be at home down there. Beautiful pictures ladies.  Norma


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: sugarfree6996 on August 03, 2011, 02:20:19 PM
awesome just awesome!!!!! ty for sharing


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: KansasCity on August 03, 2011, 02:48:13 PM
Thank you, Booni and Wren, for your wonderful photos and insights about the Hornby eagle family.  Your beautiful pictures of the eagles have been a joy to see, and will mean even more once the live cam is gone.  Thank you both for sharing your talents with us.


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: emc on August 03, 2011, 04:02:23 PM
Booni and wren process and post their pics as they can, as they both work outside of the home. They are up to July 29. :). So lots more to come... :biggrin3


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: Hawthorne on August 03, 2011, 05:25:22 PM
Booni and WinterWren - Your photos are just so great!  Because of you we can see beautiful pictures of "our 2" now that they are out of the nest.

Without the time and skill you give for this, we would not have the pleasure of seeing them now that they have fledged.

I just can't thank you enough! :ty :ty


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: winterwren on August 03, 2011, 07:44:33 PM
Today, August 3!

I'm looking for eaglets and not seeing anyone... but I barely have time to set up my camera before I hear a duet of screeps, and soon Alexandra lands on the stump!
12:21
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I had seen people commenting about Alexandra's pale tail feather tips, and couldn't see what they were talking about... Now I get it!
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(After this I went back through my beach photos, and now I could tell what Booni was talking about!)


Still 12:21... Alexandra fleaps from the stump to the WA cam.

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Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: winterwren on August 03, 2011, 08:21:17 PM
August 3, 12:22
Alexandra drops from the WA cam to the nest.
(I'm not kidding about "drops". Watch the technique!)

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12:24  Alexandra on the nest. She's making movements like feeding... Soon after, I see someone else's wing... Paintnut later confirmed that David was already on the nest when I arrived in the area. Alexandra stole a fish head from him and started eating.  
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12:28 David moves down to his new favourite branch, below the balcony.  
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p.s: Hey, I just looked at the large size of that picture again... and it looks like Alexandra is on the same branch, almost hidden, and to the side of David!



Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: Faerie Gardener on August 03, 2011, 08:34:07 PM
The picture of David playing with the branch that keeps snapping back is so funny...it's probably the first time he picked up a branch that he couldn't carry to a new spot! Thanks for the pictures of the eaglets on the wide angle cam. That helps me understand how we could see wingtips (sometimes "fingers" from both wings) on the wide angle view!

One question for orientation purposes: Am I correct in thinking that the eaglets can see the Babysitting Tree when they're on the runway branch?


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: winterwren on August 03, 2011, 08:45:38 PM
August 3, 12:29

Look at David on his branch. This was my only warning that Alexandra was flying off the nest... 

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I'm starting to learn Alexandra's flight patterns... Again she took off towards Grassy Point, but after half a minute she circled back and landed on the babystitting tree!
12:30
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Whoa, you need to work on those landings, girl!

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Doesn't take her long to gather herself, though...

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Alexandra only stayed there for two minutes. She walked down the branch, closer to the trunk, then took off for parts unknown at 12:32.





Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: winterwren on August 03, 2011, 08:48:19 PM
Faerie, yes, you are right: the eaglets can see the babysitting tree from the runway. I think that we would see it too, were it not for the stump. Mom and Dad usually perch higher than nest level, so the eaglets would be looking up and to our right to see their parents.


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: Stokes on August 03, 2011, 08:50:42 PM
this unique view of Alexandra and David is refreshing and wonderful to see. great action shots and I love your descriptions. it enhances each photo and brings a story to life.
thank you so much!


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: winterwren on August 03, 2011, 09:11:25 PM
August 3, 12:46

I went to look for Alexandra on the beach, but did not find her. But I spotted the Wiiglet on his parent's favourite perch tree... and then I spotted Mom!

Mom on the Peters' tree
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In one of Booni's pictures from a few days ago, her right eye is closed, and we were wondering if there was an injury... but she seems fine here... albeit a bit thin and ragged. She needs a nice sojourn at Salmon River Spa.
12:49
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Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: BLissed-Out Grandma on August 03, 2011, 09:23:18 PM
Booni and WinterWren, thank you so much for your fabulous photos. You extend our understanding of the eagles' lives away from the nest and you give us stunning images besides.


Title: Alexandra & David in the Babysitting Tree
Post by: boonibarb on August 03, 2011, 09:25:55 PM

august 3 2011 17:51 - Alexandra & David in the Babysitting Tree - 187-397

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Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: emc on August 03, 2011, 09:30:02 PM
August 3, 12:29

Look at David on his branch. This was my only warning that Alexandra was flying off the nest...  


In this post, the second and third pics really show the difference in primary and secondary wing feathers like I've never noticed before. :biggrin3

Especially the third pic.

Fabulous!


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: emc on August 03, 2011, 09:33:27 PM
Booni, the two of them in the babysitting tree is really different! Love it...


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: luvthebirds on August 03, 2011, 09:39:08 PM
I am sitting here smiling and crying at the same time.  :ecsmile :eccry

Booni and Wren, your pictures and stories are so wonderful.  :heart
To see Alexandra and David out and about on Hornby is a so special.  Thank you for giving us a chance to share a little of their adventures.  :ty

I am going to miss them and Mom and Dad Hornby so very much.  :eccry


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: OpieK on August 03, 2011, 11:48:20 PM
Oh Booni - David's feather patterns are so beautiful in your photo.  Thank you so much for posting these.  You and Wren are our eyes and we are so grateful for you artistry.


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: Donnae on August 04, 2011, 12:44:25 AM
wow booni and wren... your photos are simply amazing!!!! thank you


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: eaglett on August 04, 2011, 08:30:43 AM
thanks for these beautiful pictures!


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: watermaid on August 04, 2011, 01:39:33 PM
You two master photographers just keep out doing yourselves.  These are just fabulous.  It is really neat to see the siblings on the tree limb.  Also Wrren, your pic where her feathers look like knives.  I just live for this.  I hope that you lovely ladies are not working too hard.  :heart


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: Faerie Gardener on August 04, 2011, 02:15:04 PM
Faerie, yes, you are right: the eaglets can see the babysitting tree from the runway. I think that we would see it too, were it not for the stump. Mom and Dad usually perch higher than nest level, so the eaglets would be looking up and to our right to see their parents.


Thank you, Winterwren!  :heart


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: peppy7 on August 04, 2011, 02:27:35 PM
August 4/11  :ecsmile
Thank you Boonie and Wren for all the beautiful photos. I am grateful for the pics of Mom showing that her eye is okay. She is showing her age though, I hope she gets lots of salmon to perk her up soon.


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on August 04, 2011, 06:45:13 PM

i saw the COOLEST thing today!
i was biking down my street towards the Nest.
i forget what caught my attention, but i looked up & there was an adult Eagle flying towards me!
i tried to peddle quicker when i realized they were heading for Mishi*s Tree!
Then i heard an Eaglet calling!
The adult was looking like they were going to land in Mishi*s Tree.
The Eaglet calling go louder, & i realized THERE WAS AN EAGLET in Mishi*s Tree!!!  :eceek
Now, i have seen Mum & Dad, even together, in this tree, but an Eaglet!!??
The adult circled over the Tree then headed back towards the Nest.
The Eaglet called as they took off from the Tree & flew after the adult.
Was this Mum or Dad saying, *too far little one, come back closer to the Nest*, or did they have food & were they luring the Eaglet back to the Nest with it?
i have never seen something like this on my own road & am still amazed that i saw this today!
The time was around 1:40pm.


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: zuzcat on August 04, 2011, 07:40:38 PM
How lucky you were to witness that!!!!  Thank you for posting it.  We LOVE hearing stories "from the ground."   :eclove


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: joyofdogs on August 04, 2011, 08:29:46 PM
It seems to me that whoever was on Mishi's tree today was sending a loud and clear message that they are waiting for Mishi's return to Hornby. See you soon Mishi.  Love Joyofdogs 


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: Cawatcher on August 04, 2011, 09:08:59 PM
 :ecsmile Wow Booni what a wonderful experience!!!!!! WOW!!!  :thumbup:


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: BBE on August 04, 2011, 09:29:57 PM
We are so blessed to have Booni and wren as our ground spotters. Your photos and stories add so much to the experience with Mom, Dad, Alexandra and David.

Thank you so much  :ty


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: Msseaman on August 05, 2011, 06:13:24 AM
booni photos of  david are fantastic   :ty


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: NancyM on August 05, 2011, 06:18:31 AM

The adult circled over the Tree then headed back towards the Nest.
The Eaglet called as they took off from the Tree & flew after the adult.
...
The time was around 1:40pm.


My notes for yesterday at 1:38 PM say: Flyovers. Screeping eaglet and ?parent.
I don't think that segment of video was posted, but I have it recorded.

Alexandra landed on the nest at 1:51.

An eaglet in Mishi's Tree -she will be excited to hear that!


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: willow on August 05, 2011, 07:14:40 AM
booni maybe she was looking for an invite to a fish dinner from the wiiglet


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on August 05, 2011, 07:25:05 AM
My notes for yesterday at 1:38 PM say: Flyovers. Screeping eaglet and ?parent.
I don't think that segment of video was posted, but I have it recorded.

Alexandra landed on the nest at 1:51.

An eaglet in Mishi's Tree -she will be excited to hear that!


Thank you Nancy!  :heart
i went to Nest Discussion for video of that time frame but there was none.
Thanks for your notes!
That sounds like them!
Wonder if there was food involved?  :puzzled2


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on August 05, 2011, 07:51:05 AM

Thank you thank you Cali for recording the segment of time on the camera that happened after i saw the Eaglet in Mishi*s tree.
Ten seconds into the video, you hear a pair of Eaglets screeping & then see the shadow of an Eaglet flyover, plus you can hear the trill of an adult!!


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yIQvLCyBL7A


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: WisconsinListner2011 on August 05, 2011, 10:36:56 AM
It's so Amazing seeing the Hornby Island Eagles Away from the Nest aswell as on The Nest site  :thumbup: :heart

Thank You Everyone who takes time out of there Daily lifes to bring the World these Amazing and Wonderous Eagle Shots,it gives the individual Bird a Voice,into who they are as individuals. :investigate2 :ty

Which makes them all that more Respected :nod2 :heart :ecsmile



Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: mamalion on August 07, 2011, 11:38:53 AM
Boonie & Wren... Both your photo and videos of the Hornby Family outside of the nest is so very special and precious... thank you... thank you for sharing and adding to our experience.. It is such a delight :thumbup:


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: cinnamon on August 07, 2011, 03:25:50 PM
Boonie and Wren,  Thank you so much for your photos.  They are magnificent.  I have been looking over the past few days and just am in awe of the beautiful captures that you get of this wonderful family.


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: beans on August 07, 2011, 07:31:19 PM
I am so appreciative of the ground observations.  Now I'll know when the eagles leave the area for their annual salmon fest.


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on August 07, 2011, 07:49:01 PM

Today i was down at Hidden Beach throwing the tennis ball into the water for Dooki to swim & cool off.
i was watching for Eagles!
i could hear an Eaglet screeping over Sandstone Point.
i watched the Wiiglet soaring in circles over the trees, round & round, & finally settling down in the top of a tree.
That is one huge Eaglet.
i noticed an adult in the Peters*s Tree in the distance.
i could hear an Eaglet screeping near them, but could not spot them.
Suddenly the adult left the Peters*s Tree & headed out over the deep water.
Another adult joined them.
They were doing tag team, each taking turns chasing a smaller bird, who perhaps had a fish.
Then i noticed that there were THREE Eagles!
They all came flying towards me & over my head.
One Eagle chased another to well over the land of Sandstone Point, then came back & landed in a tree at Hidden Beach.
This was a tree i*ve seen Mum & Dad use before.
Then another adult came & landed nearby in the same tree.
So, Mum & Dad, & one of them had chased another adult away, perhaps a Wiig Mum or Dad?
i looked back at the Peters*s Tree & realized there was an Eaglet there, lower down than the perch branch that Mum & Dad always use.
They were still there when i left, as were Mum & Dad in their Hidden Beach tree.


Title: David on the wide angle camera
Post by: boonibarb on August 07, 2011, 07:55:19 PM

In this foto, you get a good view of David*s nictitating membrane.

july 29 2011 08:11 - David on the wide angle camera - 186-212


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Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on August 07, 2011, 08:07:13 PM

july 29 2010 08:15 - David*s right wing on the wide angle camera - 186-217

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Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: mishikeenhquay on August 07, 2011, 08:11:32 PM
Booni
I absolutely love the nictitating membrane....WOW....also the feathers being blown from the back of Davids head is beautiful!  I think his wing(s) have some of the most beautiful markings....and your vision seems to capture every nuance!  These pictures are wonderful....Miigwetch!!


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: Circle of Life on August 07, 2011, 08:17:46 PM
I was wondering if anyone can tell me when the eagles are usually gone from the island to follow the salmon run?  I am planning to hopefully be on Hornby on the 20th and am wondering if any might still be there.  Also is the Hornby family's nest on private property?  Is there a road close by to take pics if so?  Don't want to intrude but would love to take a couple of pics of this now infamous (to me) nest.  :heart


Title: David on the wide angle camera
Post by: boonibarb on August 07, 2011, 08:46:59 PM

A Crow landed in the trees above my head & proceeded to scold me for about twenty minutes!
You can hear them all through this video.
David has fun with his wings, & gives us a poopshot!

july 29 08:21 2011 - David wings & poop on the wide angle camera - 186-233


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CvSBYeV24aA


Title: David on the wide angle camera
Post by: boonibarb on August 07, 2011, 08:51:09 PM

Try to figure out what is what in this one!  :mhihi
i like the fan of his tail & his petticoat feathers blowing in the wind.

july 29 2011 08:30 - David on the wide angle camera - 186-241


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Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: emc on August 07, 2011, 08:54:33 PM
Circle of Life, welcome to the forum, glad to have you here. The eagles leave sometime in August usually, but their leaving schedule is flexible. Hope they are still there for you.  :biggrin6

 Grassy Point is another place to see Mum and Dad Hornby and eaglets.  It is part of their territory. The nest is on private property. And yes there is a road nearby. Kind of a peak-a-boo view from there. Or that's how it seemed for me..  :ecsmile A good scope or telegraphic lense would be helpful.


Title: David on the wide angle camera
Post by: boonibarb on August 07, 2011, 09:04:22 PM

july 29 2011 08:31 - David on the wide angle camera - 186-250

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Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: winterwren on August 07, 2011, 09:35:33 PM
Eaglet on the Peters' tree...
Today, August 7, 4:49 pm.

I'm pretty sure it's Alexandra. Pale tips on her tail feathers.


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Later Mom joined her, and I have a few pics of that... but probably will not have time to post them for a few days.

Here are my notes of her comings and goings, to correlate with nest observations:
4:58 Mom joins Alexandra in the Peters' tree. Mom trills and Alexandra screeps to beat the band.
5:01 Alexandra leaves the tree and flies towards the nest.
5:04 Unidentified eaglet, probably Alexandra, lands in the Peters' tree again.
5:05 Eaglet flies off again toward the nest. Mom stays on the P tree.
5:28 I return to the back side of the nest. One eaglet is perched on the runway.

I looked for David and Dad on the beach and on the other perch trees but did not see either of them.


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: Rajame on August 07, 2011, 09:35:50 PM
David's marking is so unique. I imagine us looking for that marking as the eagles return (hoping David returns to Hornby too). Thank you to the Ground Obs Team.

Loving you!!!

:hearts2


Title: David on the wide angle camera
Post by: boonibarb on August 07, 2011, 09:39:15 PM

An adult landed on the Nest & David spots them flying in from a ways off!
i thought he would jump down into the Nest, but he didn*t.

july 29 2011 09:02 - David spots an adult - 186-273


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Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: beans on August 07, 2011, 09:51:52 PM
Look at that face!


Title: David on the wide angle camera
Post by: boonibarb on August 07, 2011, 09:55:59 PM

Here is a crop of the foot of the adult flying in with the tiny fish for David.

july 29 2011 09:02 - Adult foot with fish for David - 186-275


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Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: Circle of Life on August 07, 2011, 10:22:17 PM
Circle of Life, welcome to the forum, glad to have you here. The eagles leave sometime in August usually, but their leaving schedule is flexible. Hope they are still there for you.  :biggrin6

 Grassy Point is another place to see Mum and Dad Hornby and eaglets.  It is part of their territory. The nest is on private property. And yes there is a road nearby. Kind of a peak-a-boo view from there. Or that's how it seemed for me..  :ecsmile A good scope or telegraphic lense would be helpful.

Thank you for the info, EMC.  I started watching last year - I don't post often as you can see but try to tune in a few times a day to see what the Hornby family is up to.  The two most amazing sites I have seen are Ma Hornby with her silent cry as Phoenix was removed from the nest last year, and yesterday when Alexandra and David were lying side by side in the nest in the afternoon and sharing some sibling time.  So touching - to think they could fly where ever they wanted after being 'room mates by necessity' for three months, but chose to hang out together. Loved it. 


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: winterwren on August 07, 2011, 10:22:52 PM

Booni!!! what a catch!!!! :eceek



Title: David on the wide angle camera
Post by: boonibarb on August 07, 2011, 10:26:46 PM

This slide show shows you David*s reaction to an adult flying in with a fish.
People refer to this sometimes as a temper tantrum.
You can see the adult coming in on the left side of the fotos, & in the bottom left corner.

Slide show - july 29 2011 08:57 - David has an energy burst! - 186-271-296


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Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: Cawatcher on August 07, 2011, 11:31:12 PM
 :biggrin3 You two are the Best!! :eclove


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: BBE on August 07, 2011, 11:41:00 PM
Booni and wren you are both like th Energizer Bunny - so much energy and time to take and post such beutiful photos of our eagles. Thank you.

 :eclove


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: mishikeenhquay on August 08, 2011, 05:14:03 AM
I love the "look" on Davids face as he spots the intruder....all eagle!!!
Booni and Wren...Thank you does just not seem enough to express the wonder of viewing your pictures and posts as to the happenings from the ground.  The time that it takes to not only capture the shot, but to upload the pictures, sort through the many taken to grab just the right ones, and then post them here for us is incredible, and I SO appreciate all that you do for us.


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boodle317 on August 08, 2011, 06:33:53 AM
Booni and Wren....


YOU GUYS ROCK!!!


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: ccfan on August 08, 2011, 11:53:33 AM
 :hearts2 Booni & Wren :s*

There are no words that truly describe what you do!


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: passerine on August 08, 2011, 12:30:48 PM
There really isn't words to describe the wonders Booni & Wren brings us. We are so very lucky to have these gals! :hug :ty


Title: Re: David on the wide angle camera
Post by: amazedbyeagles on August 08, 2011, 06:21:11 PM
Try to figure out what is what in this one!  :mhihi
i like the fan of his tail & his petticoat feathers blowing in the wind.

july 29 2011 08:30 - David on the wide angle camera - 186-241


(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6004/6020821680_2daca86972_b.jpg) (http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6004/6020821680_e8bc1f7744_o.jpg)

Those feathers are spectacular, booni!!!!  Thanks so much for that gorgeous scap!!!♥♥♥


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: amazedbyeagles on August 08, 2011, 06:25:26 PM
Wooo Hooo is right!!!!  Booni, your photos are incredible!  So enriching!  They really show the spirit of these magnificent birds!  Thank You!  :ecsmile :eclove


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: WisconsinListner2011 on August 08, 2011, 07:56:56 PM
Such Awesomeness! very pleased with clear,and entertaining said Juvi Eaglet on Cam Box    :thumbup: :mhihi :binocs :thumbsup


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: Tigerlady105 on August 09, 2011, 02:38:33 AM
Booni, each picture is special! David's markings are beautiful, with lots of brown. Excellent photos.  :heart

I hope they'll come back to Hornby after the salmon runs! 


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: zuzcat on August 09, 2011, 09:36:48 AM
 :ty :biggergrin2 You people on the ground "make my day."  We all LOVE you!!


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: Stokes on August 11, 2011, 12:02:38 PM
The richness and variety of your ground observations and postings are wonderful to experience. Loved the David "tantrum", and everything inbetween. Keep up the excellent work, I appreciate all the time involved. Thank you thank you thank you!


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: willow on August 11, 2011, 01:52:38 PM
Havent seen any new pics lately seems like for awhile, hearing that alexandra now finding fish and david has been to beach wondering if Booni or Wren have time to go view and take photos for us to see.


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: passerine on August 11, 2011, 02:19:49 PM
Oh I hope so willow, maybe they are right now...with any luck.


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: Blue on August 11, 2011, 05:53:50 PM
Winterwren posted some photos of Alexandra down at the beach. She has already discovered the Big Rock.

http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=529.msg67508#msg67508


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: beans on August 11, 2011, 07:08:55 PM
Thanks for your observations, pictures, and videos!  :thumbup:


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: suziq-41 on August 11, 2011, 07:19:06 PM
Has any one seen David catching fish yet?? I hope some one will help them out for awhile, if they don't go salmon hunting with their parents.
I know we see David heading for the houses and water a lot but that is all.  Norma


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: Blue on August 11, 2011, 07:37:28 PM
Don't worry, Suziq. The fledglings will leave - they do every year.


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on August 11, 2011, 08:58:13 PM

Today i went down to Grassy Point to see if i could see any of our Eagles.
The first thing i saw was an Eagle flying out over the deep water towards Texada Island.
As i watched them fly, i noticed there was another Eagle, further out.
i believe the Eagle i first saw was *escorting* the further out Eagle out of the territory.
Then another Eagle flew from my right, the Nest area, to join the chase.
This one flew back & landed on the furthest out rock point of Grassy Point & stood there for quite a while.
Mum!
i could see the part in the back of her head feathers.
When she left the point, she flew to their fishing tree at the edge of Grassy Point.
She then flew towards the Nest area, & i could hear trilling.
i could HEAR an Eaglet, but i wasn*t able to spot them.


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: Laurad on August 12, 2011, 02:31:29 AM
booni and wren, you may have been asked this before, but I was wondering, how easy or difficult is it to identify the eaglets now that they are in full flight? Are you able to tell which is which?


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: pamelae on August 12, 2011, 06:41:59 AM
Spectacular photography, Booni and Wren! Thank you so very much for your quick eye(s). And, much appreciation to you both for your reports of their activities as you get to witness the Hornby Family going about their business of teaching and learning. What a time to be there on the ground. Merci Beaucoup!!!


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: amazedbyeagles on August 12, 2011, 08:21:36 AM
Thank You so much, booni, for your reports of eagle events on the island!  I feel like I've been with you on your walk!   :eclove


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on August 12, 2011, 08:44:12 AM

Laurad, since they have fledged, it has been harder to find the Eaglets for me, so i haven*t seen them flying much yet.
So i*m not sure yet whether i*d be able to tell them apart, but perhaps by their different colouring i would.


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: Laurad on August 12, 2011, 08:53:42 AM
Thanks booni - I guess if they were side by side, then it would be easier, or if we knew for sure that one was on the nest (and we had identified it) and you saw the other, then you'd know


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: RMB on August 12, 2011, 09:29:44 AM
This is so wonderful, Booni and Wren. I could never thank you enough.

Through you, we are experiencing life outside the nest. Priceless. I love your photos, and especially love the beautiful underside wing markings of David! WOW! :ty


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: winterwren on August 12, 2011, 08:16:54 PM
Today, August 12, around 5:30 pm, I went and checked out the nest neighbourhood.

As I passed near Grassy point, I heard some screeps from an unusual direction, fairly low down on the east side of the point. I hurried down, and just as I was ditching my bicycle I saw an adult eagle fly off a tree, then circle back and land again.

I found the adult first... and soon after, the eaglet. Can you see them both? Click on the photo to see better.

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6084/6036735103_4203708a13_z.jpg) (http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6084/6036735103_8faf945e78_o.jpg)

I thought I was seeing Mom, but now that I can see the close-up, it looks more like Dad to me...
5:43 pm
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And here is that eaglet close up... Already looks like Alexandra with her darker overall colour.

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Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: winterwren on August 12, 2011, 08:33:36 PM
August 12, continued...
At 5:51 pm, Dad flew off the perch tree. I lost him from sight, then saw him landing on a tree on Sandstone Point, at the far end of his territory.

I went further out on the beach to see who else I could see, and spotted an adult with the other eaglet on the Peters' tree!
The picture here is just clear enough to identify Mom with her long, long primaries. (Click the picture to see better!)
5:53 pm
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Meanwhile Alexandra remains on her tree... and now I can identify her with more certainty: the tip of her tail does show in the close-up.
5:58 pm
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Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: zuzcat on August 12, 2011, 08:39:52 PM
Good spotting, Wren.  Thank you for posting.  So nice to see the family "out and about." :s* :ty


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: NancyM on August 12, 2011, 09:19:26 PM
LOVELY pictures, wren! Especially of alexandra  :eclove

Thank you!


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: watermaid on August 12, 2011, 09:47:15 PM
Thank you, Wren  :heart


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: beans on August 12, 2011, 09:49:33 PM
Oh, thank you for the pictures!  I love the way they get bigger when we click them.


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: Tigerlady105 on August 12, 2011, 10:05:34 PM
Wren, you are taking some very special pictures that mean a lot to us!  Thank you!  The shots of Alexandra are so nice to see! :heart


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: winterwren on August 12, 2011, 11:43:17 PM
And now I will continue with the story I started last week...
August 7, 4:58 to 5:00 pm

I had already identified the eaglet as Alexandra because of the closer photo in this post (http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=529.msg69041#msg69041)

So after I took that picture I went around to the beach side... and got there just in time to catch Mom landing on the Peters' tree. I knew it was Mom because she started cachunking away...
I apologise for the fuzzy pictures... they are taken from a long distance away... but I think the sequence is worth looking at.

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6201/6036435567_9dfa3c8afd_z.jpg) (http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6201/6036435567_7d232329f7_o.jpg)



Right away Mom shifted to another branch, still calling all the while.

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6137/6036436053_4c61a7bb1d_z.jpg) (http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6137/6036436053_40488df883_o.jpg)



Alexandra is screeping away meanwhile. Here she adopts the typical Feed Me pose.

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6073/6036436499_7363fa07d3_z.jpg) (http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6073/6036436499_e56f83270e_o.jpg)



One minute later, things get really complicated. Looks to me like Alexandra has decided to throw a tantrum, on a skinny branch 100 feet in the air. She switches branches to get right into Mom's face. Meanwhile Mom just stays put, ducking out of wings' way and opening her own wings for balance when she has to. Click on the pictures to untangle who is who.

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6210/6036437241_5b573ef3ac_z.jpg) (http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6210/6036437241_d0becf2734_o.jpg)


(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6146/6036993372_8f30f27fda_z.jpg) (http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6146/6036993372_0208210db8_o.jpg)


(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6069/6036438317_9d22939f05_z.jpg) (http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6069/6036438317_6c0b4f2a3e_o.jpg)


(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6199/6036994582_079624aac9_z.jpg) (http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6199/6036994582_f5b4e70824_o.jpg)


(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6081/6036439609_db4d803ffc_z.jpg) (http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6081/6036439609_6074f2a45e_o.jpg)

Look how huge Alexandra looks!

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6066/6036995460_0f1758b82c_z.jpg) (http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6066/6036995460_b29a3242e1_o.jpg)
 

:eclol







Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: winterwren on August 12, 2011, 11:54:38 PM
August 7, continued...

5:01 pm. A minute after her tantrum, Alexandra flies off in the direction of the nest.
At 5:04, she is back, and she's still complaining. (I've no proof that this is still Alexandra, really. Maybe this is David and they are taking turns trying to wear their Mom out?)

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6148/6036996194_a3afb7ab85_z.jpg) (http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6148/6036996194_006dd84776_o.jpg)


5:05. Alexandra complains... Mom preens. Ah, teenagers.

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6076/6036997288_ebc3cd233b_z.jpg) (http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6076/6036997288_096c928653_o.jpg)

A few seconds later, Alexandra flies off again. I will find her on the nest's runway a few minutes later.




Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: Tigerlady105 on August 13, 2011, 12:08:52 AM
Mom remains calm during storms and temper tantrums!   :eclove   Very nice sequences and reporting, Wren.  It's fun to see the eaglets try to get their way.    :eclol


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on August 13, 2011, 07:38:51 AM

i was at Hidden Beach yesterday evening around 5pm & i could hear THREE Eaglets screeping.
One was the Wiiglet, in a tree somewhere on Sandstone Point.
When i looked back to the Peters*s Tree, there was an adult there with an Eaglet.
The size difference between the two was marked, with the Eaglet looking much slimmer than the adult.
The third Eaglet was screeping from this same area somewhere, but i could not spot them.
The two in the Peters*s Tree were there the whole time i was at the water with Dooki.


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: nan2945 on August 13, 2011, 08:23:58 AM
BIG THANKS to Booni, Wren, and Dooki for keeping us informed and for the wonderful photos!


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: Bluewing4 on August 13, 2011, 08:28:20 AM
This is the first time I have ever seen so much documented about the goings on of the juvenile eagles off the nest.  Really ground breaking. Thanks for sharing your photos , observations, and comments!


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: jeavverhey on August 13, 2011, 08:33:54 AM
Booni & Wren - words cannot express how much your photos and observations mean to me (and no doubt the others too).  Now that I know those trees, beaches and bays, your photo and word pictures take me right back there, where I can see everything clearly in my minds eye.  What an awesome family, what an awesome place and how very lucky I am to have been there.  We are all so blessed to have you both on the ground with all of your detailed reports.  Being able to enlarge the pics is fantastic too, and every day I am learning more.  Thank you, thank you, thank you :heart :heart :ecsmile


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: ccfan on August 13, 2011, 09:50:28 AM
Wren,

That sequence of Mom and Alexandra is amazing...if it wasn't for two sets of talons and some white feathers it would have been a real puzzler.  Great shots!


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: emc on August 13, 2011, 10:41:51 AM
You're pictures are proof that the parents are still teaching the eaglets what they need to know. Spending time with them and no doubt giving some protection.And we know they are feeding them at the nest too.

It never made sense to me that some experts used to say that the eagles just left the eaglets to learn and fend for themselvrs after fledge. Other birds spend time with their chicks, take them to the food sources, feed them there, and then teach and make them feed themselves. No doubt showing them which bushes, trees, insects, fish etc are their food source.

This reminds me of an interesting sighting.  A neighbor had a big hibiscus bush outside, in our kitchen window view. Many birds came there to eat little insects or pollen, or nectar from the flowers. One year in spring or summer, the bush was removed. In fall the white crowned sparrows migrate here and they were one of the regulars at this bush. There is a brick wall near the bush where they would stop and check out the area for safety. I was looking out the window when a white crowned sparrow landed on the wall. He looked over to where the bush was. Hmmm. He then looked around behind him as to be checking out his bearings. " Yep, this is the right spot" You could imagine his dissapointment as he looked back and forth a couple of times.  :mhihi


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: luvthebirds on August 13, 2011, 11:04:11 AM
Oh, emc.   :ecsad  I sure hope the white crowns found other yummy treats nearby.  I always feel so badly for birds and other critters when our human whims affect their lives.  I have seen a raptors in areas where they obviously used to nest, perched on streetlights, looking at pavement where open land used to be.  :ecsad


Wren and Booni, your wonderful photos and stories have me sitting here like this:
A proud "auntie"  :eclove  who is both  :biggrin6 and  :eccry to see Alexandra and David finding their way to becoming "full-fledged" juvenile eagles!  :hearts2

Thank you, thank you, thank you!  :bow


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: emc on August 13, 2011, 11:48:05 AM
I am sure there were plenty to eat around, but that was a favorite, obviously.  :ecwink


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: jungleland on August 13, 2011, 07:04:20 PM
Wow wren!  How exciting to see all that interaction between mom and the kid(s).  Thank-you so much for taking the time time to post the pictures and share their stories.  That was a nice pic of dad and Alexandra in the tree too!

Booni I'm so glad you and Dooki had a chance to see the eagles when you were on the beach.

The ground crew is the best!   :thumbup:



Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: watermaid on August 14, 2011, 02:33:23 PM
Wonderful!!!  It is really great to be able to see the photos and hear the stories of what the eagles are doing while off the nest.  All of the photos are so nice and clear.  I really appreciate it.  A big thank you to Boonie and Wren who make my life more enriched.  We must save these precious creatures.   :heart


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: BBE on August 14, 2011, 09:57:20 PM
Wren, thanks for the story and the photos, that enlarge so one can really see who is who. The story came to life right before my eyes.  You are so fortunate to live where there are so many occupied nests.
Alexandra and David both look well, still screepers as teenagers, I feel for Mom.  :eclol

You and Booni could write at least two books with the most incredible and beautiful photos - a coffee table book ?

 :ty


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: irisheagle on August 15, 2011, 08:41:41 AM
Boonie and Wren, I want to add my note of appreciation to all the others for your beautiful photos and narratives. Many of them are of professional quality. The little tussle between Mom and the teenager would be welcome in any nature magazine. I love watching the eagles on the nest, but your photos bring such a clarity to their wildness that they have sometimes taken my breath away and on occasion made me cry. Sometimes we jokingly talk of "petting" and "cuddling" and "kissing" our little eaglets when they are on the nest, but that thought never enters my head when I see your photos. Instead, I think of fierceness and stunning ferocity, and I am thrilled that those images will stay with us long after Alexandra and David have left us to seek their future.



Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: suziq-41 on August 15, 2011, 04:17:47 PM
Thank you all for the beautiful pictures and for all the hours you have taken from your lives to help us enjoy these beautiful birds, and to Doug and Shelia for inviting us into your home and cameras for a beautiful summer. I'm sure glad everything went well this year, after last year.  Norma


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: Edelweis on August 15, 2011, 05:12:00 PM
Wren, your photos are absolutely delightful, thank you so much.
 :ecsmile


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: amazedbyeagles on August 17, 2011, 06:30:37 PM
Wren, What wonderful photos of our eagles and eaglets!!!  Thanks so much for sharing!  The sequence of eaglet making demands of Mom is fabulous!!!!  Thank You!!! :eclove


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: PghEagle on August 17, 2011, 07:29:26 PM
Booni, your photos continue to be totally spectacular. I encourage you to put a selection of them into book form, even one through Flickr or MobileMe or something. I know i'd love to have a selection of photos and can't imagine many people wouldn't want to buy it. Thanks for the on ground record.


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: a1ladya on September 01, 2011, 05:44:56 AM
 Beautiful, Beautiful, Beautiful :thumbup:   A book, yes, I believe that would be wonderful. A book with all the events of this nest would be an absolutely beautiful thing  :heart:thumbup: Thank you so very much for sharing all your pictures with all of us :thumbup: :heart


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: hoquiam on September 01, 2011, 02:13:50 PM
Booni you and wrennie have continued to bring everyone spectacular fotos and dialogue about the foto..


Title: David on the wide angle camera
Post by: boonibarb on September 01, 2011, 07:02:51 PM

july 29 2011 09:04 - David on the wide angle cam while Mum is on the Nest with a fish - 186-298

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Rx36QbSqqo


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: birdvoyer on September 01, 2011, 07:07:37 PM
 :wub Awww, isn't he just the prettiest boy?

 :eclol And boonib, he knew to turn for the poo shot! You have learned eaglese! You must have told him.

Very nice...thank you.
  :eclove


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: ccfan on September 01, 2011, 07:17:42 PM
He is so beautiful!


Title: David on the wide angle camera
Post by: boonibarb on September 01, 2011, 07:24:35 PM

july 29 2011 09:02 - David on the wide angle cam - 186-281

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6210/6104532747_2c00657cca_b.jpg) (http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6210/6104532747_1eed22e196_o.jpg)


Title: David on the wide angle camera
Post by: boonibarb on September 01, 2011, 07:33:13 PM

july 29 2011 09:03 - David on the wide angle camera - 186-290

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Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boonibarb on September 01, 2011, 07:56:44 PM

Oops, people talking, not realizing i am videoing.

july 29 2011 09:05 - David on the wide angle camera - 186-299


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HPsJwMUNu6Q


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: Cawatcher on September 01, 2011, 08:03:50 PM
 :thumbup: Wow Thank you for these beauties Booni!!!
 :eclove


Title: David on the wide angle camera
Post by: boonibarb on September 01, 2011, 08:07:30 PM

i wonder if this foto show the *warbles* on the primaries that Reg was talking about in the video where they are weighing Shredder?

july 29 09:22 2011 - David on the wide angle camera - 186-306


(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6061/6105165898_546a95e06a_b.jpg) (http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6061/6105165898_b21ecc2e66_o.jpg)


Title: Mum on Dinner Rock
Post by: boonibarb on September 01, 2011, 08:20:18 PM

Once David disappeared into the Nest from the wide angle camera, i went to the beach to see what i could see.
i found Mum on Dinner Rock, fishing?

july 29 2011 0929 - Mum on Dinner Rock - 186-312


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QcP_KTa0bF8


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: Rajame on September 01, 2011, 08:25:31 PM
Booni,

I was wondering that too. If that is the case then each place may be a place where not enough protein was eaten? I don't know.

Thank you for these lovely videos and pictures.

Sending love,
Rajame
:hearts2


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: wildkitten on September 01, 2011, 08:29:06 PM
Booni, what fabulous videos, as usual!  How blessed we are to have you and Wren as ground control!  you bring a whole new dimension to the nest..... thank you, thank you, thank you!

~wildkitten    :s*


Title: Mum on Dinner Rock
Post by: boonibarb on September 01, 2011, 08:33:34 PM

Mum didn*t come out very clear in any of the fotos of her there, maybe because of all the glare from the water??

july 29 2011 09:32 - Mum on Dinner Rock - 186-315


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Title: David on the wide angle camera
Post by: boonibarb on September 01, 2011, 09:10:01 PM

Okay, looks like i went home, uploaded my album to my computer, then went back to the Nest, this time from the back side!

Slide Show - july 29 2011 13:26 - David on the wide angle camera - poopshot - 187 - 1-6


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Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: blackster1 on September 01, 2011, 09:22:32 PM
What a hoot!!! Love the slide show with the poop shot.  All the pictures are gorgeous as usual and love the addition of videos.


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: Sunny on September 01, 2011, 09:38:53 PM
Booni
All I can say is WOW  what great shots. TY for you due dilegence regarding
our Eagle family..
Sincerely
Sunny/Prideenjoy


Title: David on the wide angle camera
Post by: boonibarb on September 01, 2011, 10:28:36 PM

Now i remember.
After i uploaded my fotos & ate something, i saw by the cam that David was on the wide angle camera again, so i went down to the back side of the Nest.
wren was already there!
It was a hot hot afternoon.
She took one spot, i took another & we both photographed David.
Think we did a lot of standing around.
He was mostly snoozing & preening...  :yawn

july 29 2011 13:56 - David preening on the wide angle camera - 187-49


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O95zjDsVFek


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: BBE on September 01, 2011, 11:01:20 PM
Booni, the photos and videos from July 29th are superb. David's wing span is truly awesome.

 :eclove  :eclove


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: moultwithme on September 02, 2011, 01:36:54 PM
Hello Everyone!  It's been a while since I've posted something, but after seeing Booni's photos/slideshow/videos today, I just have to shout THANK YOU, BOONI, and thank you to everyone who has kept the stream of information updates current. 

While you folks on Hornby find your own enjoyment in following and photographing the eagles, you're performing an invaluable service to those of us who can't be there.  I'm practically moved to tears when I see these pics of David and Mom free and magnificent and, I hope, thriving. 

So, also, a question (which may have a multi-layered answer, but I'm prepared for that):  What would be a good time to visit the island to see the eagles?  I'm not able to go this year, but is the spring a good time?  Summer better?  Maybe a better question would be, when is it generally the least advantageous visit for a week or so?  Any input? 

Again...many thanks!

Moult



Title: David on the wide angle camera
Post by: boonibarb on September 03, 2011, 10:44:59 PM

Moult, right now is a time that would not be a good one to come see Eagles.
They all leave about mid august, & don*t return til the beginning of october.
March is a good time to see many Eagles, during the herring spawn.
From then on til the end of july is good viewing.
In july you see the Eaglets!

This is a kind of funny one.
David is stretching, with his head way down between his feet!

july 29 2011 14:11 - David stretch on wide angle camera -187-73


(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6192/6110959325_c5b8e8f44a_b.jpg) (http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6192/6110959325_d3a09143ab_o.jpg)


Title: David on the wide angle camera
Post by: boonibarb on September 03, 2011, 11:12:08 PM

Here is David trying out his wings on the wide angle camera, from the back side of the Nest.

july 29 2011 14:39 - David flaps on the wide angle camera - 187-126


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


Title: David on the wide angle camera
Post by: boonibarb on September 03, 2011, 11:29:20 PM

july 29 2011 14:36 - David wings on the wide angle camera - 187-120

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6189/6111032279_b65c5acffd_b.jpg) (http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6189/6111032279_e113bdedc3_o.jpg)

july 29 2011 14:36 - David wings on the wide angle camera - 187-121

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6204/6111030629_6885159ed2_b.jpg) (http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6204/6111030629_a5909a4272_o.jpg)



Title: David on the wide angle camera
Post by: boonibarb on September 03, 2011, 11:55:43 PM

When you were watching the cam this day, you probably saw David*s wing dip down in front of the camera!  :mhihi

july 29 2011 1445 - David jumps on the wide angle camera - 187-149


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3zAEyJrJHw4


Title: David on the wide angle camera
Post by: boonibarb on September 04, 2011, 12:11:35 AM

july 29 2011 15:41 - David on the wide angle camera - nictitating membrane - 187-196

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6209/6111105907_b279332ed4_b.jpg) (http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6209/6111105907_ec4c60609d_o.jpg)


Title: David on the wide angle camera
Post by: boonibarb on September 04, 2011, 12:23:30 AM

july 29 2011 15:42 - David - 187-206

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6078/6111669376_dc176c4ce3_b.jpg) (http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6078/6111669376_d24b02cc3b_o.jpg)


Title: David on the wide angle camera
Post by: boonibarb on September 04, 2011, 12:32:38 AM

In this slide show, you can see how David would stand & just hang his wings open & move them around, changing his footing, not flapping, just feeling them there.

Slide Show - july 29 2011 15:43 - David hanging his wings


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Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: Cawatcher on September 04, 2011, 06:53:16 AM
Wow! the balance is incredible, thank you Booni!


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: boodle317 on September 04, 2011, 07:12:14 AM
Booni...thank you for posting all these pics and videos!  Great to see!!! 


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: NancyM on September 04, 2011, 08:17:19 AM
booni - Wonderful pictures and videos of David and his wings!  I can count the feathers.  :eclove


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: pamelae on September 04, 2011, 09:29:13 AM
Booni, what stunning photos and videos of David. Your gift for capturing these majestic birds is supreme. Thank you forever for sharing them with us! I miss the Hornby Eagle family everyday, and your photos help to fill the void.


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: Tigerlady105 on September 04, 2011, 12:40:12 PM
Beautiful video of David exercising his wings, Booni!   :thumbup:


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: ivani on September 04, 2011, 05:32:33 PM
Boonie
thanks for the wonderful video and photo. :eclove


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: jungleland on September 04, 2011, 07:05:55 PM
Those pictures capture how handsome David is!  The cam box looks like it needs help!

 :ty  Booni

The eagles will be back before you know it.   :ecsmile


Title: David on the wide angle camera
Post by: boonibarb on September 04, 2011, 08:38:46 PM

july 29 15:56 2011 - David strips the bark from the wide angle camera - 187-238

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=prbHQ-mrU7o


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: madrona on September 04, 2011, 10:56:30 PM
Looks like David and Shredder have a few things in common!   :eclol  That was amazing, booni.  Thanks for posting that - I wondered what he did up there when he stayed there for so long. :eceek

Yes, it does look as though that cam box is taking a beating - and did you notice the nail poking out of the side of one of the supports.  That could have been hazardous when the eaglets were flapping up there.

(http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc103/takecare_2007/Hornby/nailprotrudingfromWAcambox2.jpg)
Nail protruding from the WA cam box support.


Title: Re: Ground Observations 2010 - 2011
Post by: jeavverhey on September 05, 2011, 04:16:25 PM
Dear Booni & Wren - again and again I come here to get my Hornby eagle fix and am never disappointed.  The pictures , slideshows and videos posted by yourselves are like food to me - necessary sustenance.  What makes it all even better and more meaningful is the questions you both pose.  They often draw my attention to things I have not previously noticed and invariably bring me to a deeper understanding and appreciation for these beautiful creatures and their habitat.  I love you both for the details you provide of the experiences you have seen and heard, the weather at the time and so on.  It all makes a more complete picture for me and is the next best thing to being there.  Thank you again for your faithfulness to the eagles and to their extended nest family.  Love, Jeav.


Title: Alexandra & David in the Babysitting Tree
Post by: boonibarb on September 11, 2011, 09:13:07 AM

Here we have Alexandra & David side by side on the same branch of the Babysitting Tree!
Alexandra is stretching & balling her left foot & leg.
David yawns, with his right foot balled against his belly, then does a right wing & tail stretch!
Alexandra is facing the water, whereas David is looking out towards the back side of the Nest.

Slide Show - august 3 2011 17:26 - David does a right wing & tail stretch


(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6077/6136328523_fc20e72d19_o.gif) (http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6077/6136328523_fc20e72d19_o.gif)


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2010-2011 the Alexandra & David Season
Post by: beans on September 11, 2011, 10:51:52 AM
Wow!  Thank you, Booni!  

 :heart LOVE  :heart the ground crew observations!  Puts us in touch with our beloved eagles.


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2010-2011 the Alexandra & David Season
Post by: passerine on September 11, 2011, 11:10:16 AM
Oh no beans thoses are fotos from before they left, Aug 3.

Like how Alexandra gave David the look. :ecsmile TY Booni.


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2010-2011 the Alexandra & David Season
Post by: beans on September 11, 2011, 11:11:32 AM
I just noticed that!  I was so excited to see the picture, I didn't read down to the date.


Title: Alexandra & David in the Babysitting Tree
Post by: boonibarb on September 13, 2011, 09:44:46 AM

This time it is Alexandra*s turn for a stretch & a bit of a preen.

Slide Show - august 3 2011 17:32 - Alexandra stretches in the Babysitting Tree


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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2010-2011 the Alexandra & David Season
Post by: boonibarb on September 13, 2011, 10:21:57 AM

In this video, Alexandra then David calls out.
David does some wing stretching & Alexandra stretches her left foot.
A Crow is chastising me in the background.

august 3 2011 17:35 - Alexandra & David in the Babysitting Tree - 187-331


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nh8kjMm7Np0


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2010-2011 the Alexandra & David Season
Post by: ccfan on September 13, 2011, 01:17:23 PM
They sure know how to do a luxurious stretch...it looks like it feels sooooo gooood


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2010-2011 the Alexandra & David Season
Post by: Tigerlady105 on September 13, 2011, 02:07:17 PM
Booni, thank you for sharing those interesting videos.  I wondered what they did on the BST and the others where they perched.   :eclove


Title: Alexandra & David in the Babysitting Tree
Post by: boonibarb on September 13, 2011, 07:08:03 PM

august 3 2011 17:38 - David in the Babysitting Tree - 187-335

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Title: David in the Babysitting Tree
Post by: boonibarb on September 13, 2011, 07:21:23 PM

august 3 2011 17:53 - David wing stretching in the Babysitting Tree - 187-405

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Title: Alexandra & David in the Babysitting Tree
Post by: boonibarb on September 13, 2011, 07:30:40 PM

august 3 2011 17:53 - David stretches in the Babysitting Tree - 187-417

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Title: David in the Babysitting Tree
Post by: boonibarb on September 13, 2011, 07:42:26 PM

David held this pose for a loooooooooooooong time.
i think he liked the feeling of the setting sun on his belly & wing undersides.
Guess this is good for getting rid of bugs, too?

august 3 2011 17:59 - David basking his wings in the Babysitting Tree - 187-441


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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2010-2011 the Alexandra & David Season
Post by: Cawatcher on September 13, 2011, 08:23:17 PM
These are Fantastic Booni!!! like Ahhhhhhhh  :ecsmile


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2010-2011 the Alexandra & David Season
Post by: Tigerlady105 on September 14, 2011, 02:33:23 PM
Sunlight is nice for warming...David looks good.  Thank you, Booni. :heart


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2010-2011 the Alexandra & David Season
Post by: blackster1 on September 14, 2011, 05:01:24 PM
Thanks again for the wonderful photos, slide shows and videos.  it is so nice to come here and see Alexandra and David.


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2010-2011 the Alexandra & David Season
Post by: ccfan on September 14, 2011, 06:13:28 PM
Oooooh Booni...187-335 is my favorite...it looks like he's giving you a good looking over and then in the last one was showing off for you. :eclove


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2010-2011 the Alexandra & David Season
Post by: NancyM on September 14, 2011, 08:17:56 PM
booni! I just know this season's iconic photos are in your camera - and the last two of David are really fabulous! I am gonna fiddle...     :eclove


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2010-2011 the Alexandra & David Season
Post by: Donnae on September 14, 2011, 10:43:06 PM
Booni fantastic shots.... ty... also I agree with Nancy... I know you got some treasured shots in that camera of yours... can't wait  :eclove


Title: Alexandra or David David in Constable*s Fir
Post by: boonibarb on September 15, 2011, 07:28:07 PM

i took this set of fotos a while ago, & it took me a bit to remember who this was or where.
i stopped there after work, so i believe this is Alexandra or David & they are in Constable*s Fir.
This is a big old tree that is behind & to the right of the Nest, whereas Gregg*s Tree is behind & to the left.
Of course i arrived just in time to catch a poopshot!
Then the next thing, the Eaglet is gone, & i missed their departure.

Slide Show - august 8 2011 17:18 - Alexandra or David poopshot in Constable*s Fir - 188-55-60


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Title: Tailless Crow
Post by: boonibarb on September 15, 2011, 07:43:46 PM

Okay, after my Eaglet subject flew off without letting me know, i spotted this Crow!
This is the famous Tailless Crow.
Don*t know if you can tell in this foto that they have no tail feathers?
Last wren saw, the tail feathers were growing back in nicely.
Does this Crow not have MILES of personality?  :heart

august 8 2011 17:27 - Tailless Crow - 188-68


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Title: Tailless Crow
Post by: boonibarb on September 15, 2011, 08:13:24 PM

august 8 2011 17:28 - Tailless Crow calling - 188-73

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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2010-2011 the Alexandra & David Season
Post by: Tigerlady105 on September 15, 2011, 08:22:26 PM
Booni, it's so nice to see all these terrific shots you took, especially since they have gone to the salmon runs.  Catching a poop shot earns extra points!   :eclol


Title: Mum on Grassy Point
Post by: boonibarb on September 15, 2011, 09:41:39 PM

After visiting the Hornby Osprey Nest, i stopped by Grassy Point on the way home.
i saw an Eagle fly in from way out & land on the rocky point of Grassy Point.
Mum!

august 11 2011 17:37 - Mum on Grassy Point - 188-240


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Title: Mum on Grassy Point
Post by: boonibarb on September 15, 2011, 09:54:51 PM

Mum was here a bit longer, then suddenly left to land in a tree off to the side of Grassy Point where wren had seen Dad & Alexandra hanging out one day.
She didn*t last long there.
She flew off in the direction of the Nest.

august 11 2011 17:37 - Mum makes a flying leap - 188-243


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Title: Tailless Crow
Post by: boonibarb on September 15, 2011, 10:54:29 PM

It was fun to watch the Crow making this sort of tapping sound in their throat.
Look at the body position that goes into making the sound!
Too bad there was all that background noise, drowning it out.
Hope you can hear the sound the Crow is making.

august 8 2011 17:29 - Tailless Crow makes interesting calls - 188-76


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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2010-2011 the Alexandra & David Season
Post by: Tigerlady105 on September 15, 2011, 11:32:08 PM
Nice loud crow sounds...could hear him very well!   :eclove


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2010-2011 the Alexandra & David Season
Post by: NancyM on September 16, 2011, 06:54:27 AM
booni!  What a great picture of Mom fleaping on the beach!!!!!    :thumbup:

That rattle-y sound by the crow is interesting, including the way he bends over to do it.



Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2010-2011 the Alexandra & David Season
Post by: Bluewing4 on September 16, 2011, 07:56:59 AM
Booni, I have heard that sound in the woods so many times and was wondering what it could be. I am so happy you posted that video. Now I wonder what that tapping sound could mean in crow language.


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2010-2011 the Alexandra & David Season
Post by: ccfan on September 16, 2011, 06:30:46 PM
We ahve crows all over the place here and i hear thath rattly sound alot...Inever saw a crow while he was doing it though...fascinating!


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2010-2011 the Alexandra & David Season
Post by: mammyred2000 on September 16, 2011, 07:39:03 PM
Ah, Booni.....how I love our crows.  Beautiful creatures they are.  I hear them every morning greeting the day outside my window.  We have tons of them in this area.  Thanks for posting that video. 
Love, Mammyred (Donna)


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2010-2011 the Alexandra & David Season
Post by: Aislinn14 on September 26, 2011, 06:06:51 AM
Hello Booni ~ I am wondering what kind of camera(s) you use to take such wonderful pictures.


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2010-2011 the Alexandra & David Season
Post by: zeph on September 26, 2011, 10:38:31 AM
Hello everyone ,
Booni, thank you so much for the beautiful pictures. They reminded me of how much I love the Hornby family.
I especially love the ones of David in the babysitting tree. He is just too adorable for words. :hearts2


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2010-2011 the Alexandra & David Season
Post by: leecan on September 30, 2011, 12:27:47 AM
Dear Boonibarb
This is the first time I have been able to get here to let you know how awesome you are and all that you share with us is so valueable and so generous of you, thank you
with all my heart
leecan


Title: Alexandra on the Runway Branch
Post by: boonibarb on October 03, 2011, 09:06:46 PM

i was out & about with my camera so i stopped by the back side of the Nest on my way home.
i found Alexandra out of the Nest!
You can click the foto & click again to see her up close.
But i like this view of the whole Nest & Tree from the ground.
David is perched on the close up cam box, just out of sight.
You can see Woodpecker holes in the stump at Nest level.
Alexandra is standing on her left foot with her right foot held out in front of her.

july 23 2011 14:19 - Alexandra on the Runway Branch - 185-47


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Title: Mum in the Babysitting Tree
Post by: boonibarb on October 03, 2011, 09:17:10 PM

Mum had flown in & landed in the very top of the Babysitting Tree.
Look at the tiny bit of branch she is perched on!

july 23 2011 14:27 - Mum at the tippy top of the Babysitting Tree - 185-57


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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2010-2011 the Alexandra & David Season
Post by: boonibarb on October 03, 2011, 09:24:10 PM

Alexandra had made her way back from the Runway Branch into the Nest when Dad arrived, with food?
You can see her head behind Dad*s right leg if you click foto & click again.
David is on the close up cam box.

july 23 2011 14:30 - Dad on Nest with Alexandra, David on close up cam box - 185-68


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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2010-2011 the Alexandra & David Season
Post by: boonibarb on October 03, 2011, 09:29:56 PM

Cool!  :biggrin6

july 23 2011 14:30 - Dad leaves the Nest - 185-69


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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2010-2011 the Alexandra & David Season
Post by: boonibarb on October 03, 2011, 09:43:58 PM

David is still on the close up cam box.
Alexandra has made her way out to the Runway Branch again.

july 23 2011 14:35 - Alexandra wings on the Runway Branch - 185-82


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Title: Alexandra in the Babysitting Tree
Post by: boonibarb on October 03, 2011, 09:48:27 PM

july 23 2011 16:38 - Alexandra preening in the Babysitting Tree - 185-92

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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2010-2011 the Alexandra & David Season
Post by: Donnae on October 03, 2011, 09:52:30 PM
again Wow!!! great shots ..love Alexander preening.... can wait to see what else is hidden in your camera :biggrin6


Title: Alexandra in the Babysitting Tree
Post by: boonibarb on October 03, 2011, 09:58:31 PM

july 23 2011 17:06 - Alexandra in the Babysitting Tree - 185-155

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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2010-2011 the Alexandra & David Season
Post by: birdvoyer on October 03, 2011, 10:01:17 PM
I love that one, too, Donna! Boonib, you gave me a heart attack. I thought for a brief second that you spotted ALexandra TODAY! Then I saw the date and realized what was going on. Whew! Once my heart stopped pounding I looked again. The one of Dad flying out is nice too. Thanks for getting these posted.   :heart


Title: Alexandra in the Babysitting Tree
Post by: boonibarb on October 03, 2011, 10:06:44 PM

She is perched on her right foot with her left foot hanging down.

july 23 2011 18:01 - Alexandra in the Babysitting Tree - 185-199


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Title: Mum in Gregg*s Tree
Post by: boonibarb on October 03, 2011, 10:13:55 PM

july 23 2011 18:18 - Mum at the top of Gregg*s Tree - 185-215

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Title: Alexandra in the Babysitting Tree
Post by: boonibarb on October 03, 2011, 10:40:16 PM

july 23 2011 18:20 - Alexandra in the Babysitting Tree - 185-217

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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2010-2011 the Alexandra & David Season
Post by: Tigerlady105 on October 03, 2011, 11:09:12 PM
Booni, all of these photos are wonderful.  It's so nice to see Alexandra and David again!  The picture of Mom perched on the very top of the Baby-sitting Tree is so interesting.  I wonder what it feels like up there on that little piece of the tree, so high above everything else?!   :eclove


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2010-2011 the Alexandra & David Season
Post by: amyam on October 03, 2011, 11:18:23 PM
... Thank you, Booni, for these photos, I can only express joy at what you brought with these awesome images.  Brings the nest and the family solidly back to my memory.  The one of Alexandra twisting her neck to see you = a treasure; and the photo of her preening, look at her lovely face!    Again, what joy and tears.  Thank you.  I look forward to spending more time checking them out!  These'll have many people happy for a long time....
Aloha, Amy


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2010-2011 the Alexandra & David Season
Post by: ivani on October 04, 2011, 01:22:14 PM
Booni, your photos are wonderful. Thank you for showing us. :ecsmile
 I will be iaginando where David and Alexandra ... I hope they are well ...
 I really miss Mom and Dad. :ecsad When you have news you let us know them, please.


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2010-2011 the Alexandra & David Season
Post by: boodle317 on October 04, 2011, 02:25:33 PM
Booni...thanx a million for posting these great shots of last season!!  I particuliarly love the one of Mom on that teeny tippy top of the Baby Sitting tree!  The kids are gorgeous in all the photos !!

Can't wait to hear if Mom and Dad are home soon!  Thank you so much for keeping your eyes and ears to the sky



Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2010-2011 the Alexandra & David Season
Post by: Cawatcher on October 04, 2011, 03:41:29 PM
 :heart Ohh I needed these beautiful Photos to find upon our return home!! Thank you Booni  :eclove I just finished Conversation with an Eagle on our way home (Jay finally finished on our way to Washington), I took over her Kindal  :mhihi  The Book is fantastc :thumbup: and your Photos bring the story to the front warming my heart of memories our the Hornby family and antics  :heart


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2010-2011 the Alexandra & David Season
Post by: watermaid on October 04, 2011, 03:49:08 PM
Thanks for the Love, Booni.   :s* :kiss*


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2010-2011 the Alexandra & David Season
Post by: BBE on October 05, 2011, 01:28:57 AM
Booni, your photos of the eagles are stupendous, filled with so many memories, beautiful and so eye catching.  A million :ty   :ty and a 'huggie'  :hug

 :wub


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2010-2011 the Alexandra & David Season
Post by: Faerie Gardener on October 05, 2011, 04:59:23 PM
Summer of 2011:

Booni, Mom and Dad, Alexandra and David, Hornby, Sunshine...What could be AWESUMMER ?!

Thanks again and again, Booni   :heart


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2010-2011 the Alexandra & David Season
Post by: leecan on October 09, 2011, 10:13:42 PM
 :eclove
Thank you so much Booni..... finally found my way
here ,can almost feel there with you as your watching
for the eagles for us... thank you with much appreciation
sharen :heart


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2010-2011 the Alexandra & David Season
Post by: dixidoo on October 10, 2011, 02:22:20 PM
Wow, Booni!!  What a joy to come upon these incredible photos!!  When I first found them a bit ago, I was ecstatic, thinking these were pictures of all of them now back from the salmon runs!!!  I see now they are recent postings of older shots.  Mmmmmm-m-m-m, beautiful though!

Bless you Booni!


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2010-2011 the Alexandra & David Season
Post by: luvthebirds on October 10, 2011, 05:37:36 PM
THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, BOONI!
Oh and by the way...... :ty


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2010-2011 the Alexandra & David Season
Post by: boonibarb on March 02, 2012, 08:58:35 PM

Okay, don*t get too excited now, note the date for this foto.
i am catching up on old unposted fotos.

july 17 2011 13:02 - Alexandra & David in the Nest - 183-104


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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2010-2011 the Alexandra & David Season
Post by: boonibarb on March 02, 2012, 09:03:03 PM

july 17 2011 13:03 - Alexandra & David in the Nest - 183-107

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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2010-2011 the Alexandra & David Season
Post by: boonibarb on March 02, 2012, 09:09:09 PM

july 17 2011 13:03 - Alexandra & David in the Nest - 183-108

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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2010-2011 the Alexandra & David Season
Post by: boonibarb on March 02, 2012, 09:15:41 PM

i believe this is Alexandra on the move here.
Notice David hasn*t moved a feather since the first foto!
He is standing on the close up camera.

july 17 2011 13:03 - Alexandra & David in the Nest - 183-109


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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2010-2011 the Alexandra & David Season
Post by: boonibarb on March 02, 2012, 09:21:43 PM

july 17 2011 13:04 - Alexandra & David in the Nest - 183-116

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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2010-2011 the Alexandra & David Season
Post by: boonibarb on March 02, 2012, 09:30:29 PM

Uh-oh, look out David, she*s aiming for the close up cam!

july 17 2011 13:04 - Alexandra & David in the Nest - 183-117


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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2010-2011 the Alexandra & David Season
Post by: boonibarb on March 02, 2012, 09:34:40 PM

july 17 2011 13:04 - Alexandra & David in the Nest - 183-118

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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2010-2011 the Alexandra & David Season
Post by: boonibarb on March 02, 2012, 09:39:36 PM

july 17 2011 13:04 - Alexandra & David in the Nest - 183-119

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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2010-2011 the Alexandra & David Season
Post by: boonibarb on March 02, 2012, 09:51:45 PM

Alexandra*s nictitating membrane is over her eye, probably both eyes.
David*s not impressed that he has to share his spot.

july 17 2011 13:04 - Alexandra & David in the Nest - 183-120


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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2010-2011 the Alexandra & David Season
Post by: boonibarb on March 02, 2012, 09:57:40 PM

july 17 2011 13:04 - Alexandra & David in the Nest - 183-121

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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2010-2011 the Alexandra & David Season
Post by: boonibarb on March 02, 2012, 10:01:38 PM

july 17 2011 13:04 - Alexandra & David in the Nest - 183-123

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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2010-2011 the Alexandra & David Season
Post by: boonibarb on March 02, 2012, 10:13:04 PM

Alexandra has her nictitating membranes closed again!

july 17 2011 13:04 - Alexandra & David in the Nest - 183-129


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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2010-2011 the Alexandra & David Season
Post by: boonibarb on March 02, 2012, 10:15:26 PM


Oooooo!
Altercation!
Alexandra has her head feathers ruffled in defense!

july 17 2011 13:04 - Alexandra & David in the Nest - 183-131


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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2010-2011 the Alexandra & David Season
Post by: boonibarb on March 02, 2012, 10:20:41 PM

Now David has his nictitating membrane closed.

july 17 2011 13:04 - Alexandra & David in the Nest - 183-132


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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2010-2011 the Alexandra & David Season
Post by: boonibarb on March 02, 2012, 10:26:45 PM

july 17 2011 1305 - Alexandra & David in the Nest - 183-136


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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2010-2011 the Alexandra & David Season
Post by: boonibarb on March 02, 2012, 10:35:47 PM

Has David on the right a hint of the mutton chops Nancy?  :heart

july 17 2011 13:05 - Alexandra & David in the Nest - 183-139


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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2010-2011 the Alexandra & David Season
Post by: boonibarb on March 02, 2012, 10:45:08 PM

july 17 2011 13:06 - Alexandra & David in the Nest - 183-141

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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2010-2011 the Alexandra & David Season
Post by: boonibarb on March 02, 2012, 10:50:27 PM

july 17 2011 13:06 - Alexandra & David in the Nest - 183-146

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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2010-2011 the Alexandra & David Season
Post by: boonibarb on March 02, 2012, 10:55:22 PM

Off to the Balcony she goes!

july 17 2011 13:06 - Alexandra & David in the Nest - 183-147


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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2010-2011 the Alexandra & David Season
Post by: boonibarb on March 02, 2012, 10:59:23 PM

july 17 2011 13:07 - David in the Nest - 183-148

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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2010-2011 the Alexandra & David Season
Post by: pamelae on March 03, 2012, 08:48:42 AM
Oh thank you, Booni!  How I miss these two!


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2010-2011 the Alexandra & David Season
Post by: ivani on March 03, 2012, 08:57:23 AM
thank you, Booni. The photos are wonderful! I miss them a lot ....


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2010-2011 the Alexandra & David Season
Post by: a1ladya on March 03, 2012, 09:28:17 AM
 :thumbup: Thanks for sharing Bonni. Wonderful pics of them both. Yes, I miss them too and wonder where they could be now.  :heart


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2010-2011 the Alexandra & David Season
Post by: elkgirl on March 03, 2012, 10:26:03 AM
Wow Boonie, Thank you! These are fantastic pictures!!!


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2010-2011 the Alexandra & David Season
Post by: Rajame on March 03, 2012, 11:14:58 AM
Magnificent photos and eagles!! Thank you Booni!! I so hope they are near to Hornby and healthy. Ok, I know I have a fantasy world, but this is my wish for them. :hearts


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2010-2011 the Alexandra & David Season
Post by: marjy2u on March 03, 2012, 12:09:42 PM
:s*  :s*  :s*  Thank you, Booni!   :s*  :s*  :s*


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2010-2011 the Alexandra & David Season
Post by: Curiousabteagles on March 03, 2012, 08:23:49 PM
Thank you Booni.
What wonderful photos.



Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2010-2011 the Alexandra & David Season
Post by: gzebear on March 04, 2012, 08:13:05 AM
oh how wonderful Booni!! thank you for sharing - such wonderful shots of those two ...    :heart :heart


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2010-2011 the Alexandra & David Season
Post by: ccfan on March 04, 2012, 02:48:07 PM
Thank you Booni :heart
I was wondering...one of the ways of identifying Mom & Dad Decorah is the where their beaks end under their eyes...would this same male/female identification be valid on Alexandra and David? :puzzled2


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2010-2011 the Alexandra & David Season
Post by: boonibarb on March 05, 2012, 09:54:30 AM

i*m not sure ccfan?  :puzzled2
i will keep this in mind as i work through my fotos, thanks!

We left Alexandra & David on the Nest, now here is where Mum & Dad were that day.

july 17 2011 13:13 - Mum & Dad in the Babysitting Tree - 183-155


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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2010-2011 the Alexandra & David Season
Post by: boonibarb on March 05, 2012, 10:07:53 AM

Slide Show - july 17 2011 13:13 - Dad changes perch branches & loses a tail feather!  - 183-158-166

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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2010-2011 the Alexandra & David Season
Post by: winterwren on March 05, 2012, 10:57:28 AM
:eceek

He did!!!!
What a catch, Booni!


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2010-2011 the Alexandra & David Season
Post by: boonibarb on March 05, 2012, 08:47:15 PM

Here you can see the wonky angle Dad*s tail feather is at!
It is about to fall out!

july 17 2011 13:14 - Dad in the Babysitting Tree - 183-161


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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2010-2011 the Alexandra & David Season
Post by: boonibarb on March 05, 2012, 08:52:52 PM

july 17 2011 13:14 - Dad in the Babysitting Tree - 183-162


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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2010-2011 the Alexandra & David Season
Post by: boonibarb on March 05, 2012, 08:57:33 PM

july 17 2011 13:14 - Dad in the Babysitting Tree - 183-165


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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2010-2011 the Alexandra & David Season
Post by: boonibarb on March 05, 2012, 09:02:05 PM

Mum says - *Dad! You*ve lost a TAIL feather!*

july 17 2011 13:14 - Mum in the Babysitting Tree - 183-166


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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2010-2011 the Alexandra & David Season
Post by: boonibarb on March 05, 2012, 09:06:18 PM

There goes Dad*s tail feather!

july 17 2011 13:14 - Dad in the Babysitting Tree - 183-166


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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2010-2011 the Alexandra & David Season
Post by: boonibarb on March 05, 2012, 09:11:58 PM

Okay, now back to the Nest!

july 17 2011 13:16 - David & Alexandra in the Nest - 183-167


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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2010-2011 the Alexandra & David Season
Post by: NancyM on March 05, 2012, 09:17:04 PM
WOW, booni!  Terrific pictures of Dad and the lost tail feather!


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2010-2011 the Alexandra & David Season
Post by: boonibarb on March 05, 2012, 09:18:46 PM

july 17 2011 13:17 - David & Alexandra  in the Nest - 183-172

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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2010-2011 the Alexandra & David Season
Post by: boonibarb on March 05, 2012, 09:23:33 PM

july 17 2011 13:20 - David & Alexandra  in the Nest - 183-175

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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2010-2011 the Alexandra & David Season
Post by: boonibarb on March 05, 2012, 09:36:14 PM

Slide Show - july 17 2011 13:23 - Dad clenches his left foot & tucks it to his belly - 183-177-182

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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2010-2011 the Alexandra & David Season
Post by: boonibarb on March 05, 2012, 09:40:07 PM

Dad is clenching his left foot to stretch & relax it.

july 17 2011 13:22 - Dad in the Babysitting Tree - 183-178


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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2010-2011 the Alexandra & David Season
Post by: boonibarb on March 05, 2012, 09:47:43 PM

july 17 2011 13:24 - Mum in the Babysitting Tree - 183-184


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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2010-2011 the Alexandra & David Season
Post by: boonibarb on March 05, 2012, 09:59:40 PM

Beautiful Mum  :heart

july 17 2011 13:30 - Mum in the Babysitting Tree - 183-192


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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2010-2011 the Alexandra & David Season
Post by: boonibarb on March 05, 2012, 10:05:33 PM

David was still on the close up cam box.
Alexandra is hidden behind the branches on the Balcony.

july 17 2011 13:40 - David  in the Nest - 183-208


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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2010-2011 the Alexandra & David Season
Post by: boonibarb on March 05, 2012, 10:09:29 PM

Mum is looking down into the Nest.
At David, who is looking up at her in the above foto?

july 17 2011 13:42 - Mum in the Babysitting Tree - 183-211


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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2010-2011 the Alexandra & David Season
Post by: Tigerlady105 on March 05, 2012, 10:16:16 PM
Boonibarb, you always amaze me with your beautiful photos!  They are works of art.   :eclove


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2010-2011 the Alexandra & David Season
Post by: boonibarb on March 05, 2012, 10:33:15 PM

july 17 2011 13:53 - Mum calls from the Babysitting Tree, Dad joins in - 183-227

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XPmltWDZli4



Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2010-2011 the Alexandra & David Season
Post by: boonibarb on March 05, 2012, 10:44:19 PM

Mum had flown to the tippy top of Gregg*s Tree by the time we arrived at the backside of the Nest.

july 17 2011 14:54 - Mum atop Gregg*s Tree - 183-264


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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2010-2011 the Alexandra & David Season
Post by: boonibarb on January 22, 2013, 07:45:01 PM

Okay, here i am, going back to an old album of fotos, almost two years old now!
But i felt like getting them posted, so here ya go!

So, here we have Alexandra & David on the Nest, & Mum is keeping an eye from the Peters* Tree.
She is relaxed, looking towards the bay at Hidden Beach or maybe checking out the Wiigs.
i am realizing that this is a very characteristic way for Mum to perch, with her left foot bunched & resting on top of her right.
Not sure i*ve ever seen Dad do this.
You can also see the darkened feathering that she gets at this time of year around her beak.
i believe that big beautiful curved hunk of branch in the upper left of the foto is now broken away.
Too bad...
 
may 8 2011 11:54 - Mum in the Peters* Tree - 174-67
 
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Notice here how Mum has released the clench of her foot a bit, & she is drawing it up towards her belly.
Her belly feathers are ruffled outwards, so that she can hold the foot against her belly.


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Belly feathers more opened out now, & foot tucking up more.


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Foot almost hidden now.


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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2010-2011 the Alexandra & David Season
Post by: boonibarb on January 22, 2013, 07:48:55 PM

In this slide show, Mum does a poopshot, then watch her belly feathers get more & more ruffled as she does a shuggle!
Look at all the fluffies & feathers that go flying!
 
Slide Show - may 8 2011 11:56 - Mum poopshot & shuggle - 174 - 76-93
 
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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2010-2011 the Alexandra & David Season
Post by: boonibarb on January 22, 2013, 07:59:24 PM

Okay, here are a few fotos from the slide show that i wanted to post individually.
First, the poopshot.
Notice Mum has some talons crossed.
i wonder if this is a Mum thing, or rather a Mums thing, not just this Mum, but females in general.
 
may 8 2011 11:56 - Mum in the Peters* Tree - 174-76
 
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Mum*s nictitating membrane is deployed in this one.


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Had to do this one with all the fluffies flying, but also, look at the long feathers on Mum*s left wingtip.
The nicked feather!
i sure miss spotting that feather in fotos!


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http://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/8405880975/# (http://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/8405880975/#)


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2010-2011 the Alexandra & David Season
Post by: boonibarb on January 22, 2013, 08:09:23 PM

Watch Mum*s belly feathers & left foot moving in this slide show.
 
Slide Show - may 8 2011 11:58 - Mum in the Peters* Tree - 174 - 97-118
 
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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2010-2011 the Alexandra & David Season
Post by: boonibarb on January 22, 2013, 08:26:29 PM

Here are fotos i have picked out from that last slide show.

i like how Mum has her toes splayed here.
i have never seen that before.
 
may 8 2011 11:58 - Mum in the Peters* Tree - 174-100
 
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Light has changed here, so have my camera settings.
Note Mum*s crossed talons.

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Note the left foot position & the belly feathers again.


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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2010-2011 the Alexandra & David Season
Post by: boonibarb on January 22, 2013, 08:34:26 PM

There she goes!
Another view of that nicked left feather.
 
may 8 2011 12:14 - Mum leaves the Peters* Tree - 174-151
 
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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2010-2011 the Alexandra & David Season
Post by: boonibarb on January 22, 2013, 08:38:39 PM

Found these little beauties on the lawn under my feet when i went off looking for where Mum went.
 
may 8 2011 12:17 -Lawn Daisies - 174-157
 
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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2010-2011 the Alexandra & David Season
Post by: boonibarb on January 22, 2013, 08:47:18 PM

i found Mum at the tippy top of Fosters* Fir!
This is a poopshot shot, but i*ve missed the poop.
Look at her position, it*s a giveaway.
All wings, tail out of sight.
 
may 8 2011 12:31 - Mum in Fosters* Fir - 174-166
 
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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2010-2011 the Alexandra & David Season
Post by: mishikeenhquay on January 23, 2013, 07:33:19 AM


Miigwetch Booni!!
Time seems to stand still through your lens....yet is so very much alive!!  love Love LOVE the poopshot and shuggle!!  A complete storm of fluffies!!  I see Mom's identifying feather with the notch....what a great id maker that was!!
Thank you again for bringing us back and posting these wonderful pictures!!


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2010-2011 the Alexandra & David Season
Post by: Faerie Gardener on January 23, 2013, 04:56:49 PM
Thank you so much for these, Booni! The slideshows are such fun.
The shots of Mum with her left foot on top of her right remind me of a very wise old woman I once knew who often sat with her gnarled, arthritic left hand resting on her equally well worn right hand. So very wise and worldly...and Peaceful!


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2010-2011 the Alexandra & David Season
Post by: boonibarb on January 24, 2013, 04:36:40 PM

From Fosters* Fir, Mum flew back to the Peters* Tree.
She was quite busy on her patrol this day!
Here she is preening.
 
may 8 2011 12:36 - Mum in the Peters* Tree - 174-179
 
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i love her left foot position here & in the next foto!


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Here she is with her left foot resting on top of her right again, Mum characteristic.
Note the dark staining of feathers at her commissure.


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Look at the left foot position, & the fluffing out of the belly feathers.


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http://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/8411737293/# (http://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/8411737293/#)


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2010-2011 the Alexandra & David Season
Post by: boonibarb on January 24, 2013, 04:43:45 PM

Here she is having a good head scratch!
Nictitating membrane is over eye.
 
may 8 2011 12:40 - Mum scratches in the Peters* Tree - 174-199
 
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http://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/8411736043/# (http://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/8411736043/#)


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2010-2011 the Alexandra & David Season
Post by: boonibarb on January 24, 2013, 04:50:22 PM

Look at her left foot again.

may 8 2011 12:45 - Mum in the Peters* Tree - 174-207
 
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Mum then flew to the Babysitting Tree where she was calling out to someone passing by.
 
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http://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/8412834586/# (http://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/8412834586/#)


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2010-2011 the Alexandra & David Season
Post by: boonibarb on January 24, 2013, 06:51:59 PM

Okay, i left Mum in the Babysitting Tree & moved to take a peek at Dad on the Nest.
i was hoping to spot Alexandra & David!
 
may 8 2011 12:55 - Dad on the Nest - 174-217
 
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http://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/8412833102/# (http://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/8412833102/#)


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2010-2011 the Alexandra & David Season
Post by: boonibarb on January 24, 2013, 06:55:40 PM

may 8 2011 13:03 - Dad on the Nest - 174-243
 
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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2010-2011 the Alexandra & David Season
Post by: boonibarb on January 24, 2013, 06:58:44 PM

may 8 2011 13:11 - Dad on the Nest - 174-267
 
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Look at the nictitating membrane coming & going in the next two fotos.
 
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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2010-2011 the Alexandra & David Season
Post by: boonibarb on January 24, 2013, 07:02:34 PM

In this video, someone is pressure washing in the distance.
You hear a happy Robin, then a Crow, then a Towhee & a Flicker!
 
may 8 2011 13:01 - Dad on the Nest - 174-242

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6g-pxvl2epg
 


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2010-2011 the Alexandra & David Season
Post by: boonibarb on January 24, 2013, 07:06:14 PM

may 8 2011 13:11 - Dad on the Nest, Mum calls from the Babysitting Tree - 174-268
 
 
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LA6J8mxDWqM


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2010-2011 the Alexandra & David Season
Post by: boonibarb on January 24, 2013, 07:08:43 PM

This was during our annual Blues Festival week.
If you turn up your sound, you can hear someone practicing nearby, probably outside, it was such a nice day.
 
may 8 2011 13:18 - Dad on the Nest, blues in the background - 174-282
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=liaDhkBZyv8
 


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2010-2011 the Alexandra & David Season
Post by: boonibarb on January 24, 2013, 07:16:40 PM

Look at Mum coming in from the Babysitting Tree in the upper left corner!
 
may 8 2011 13:23 - Dad on the Nest, Mum lands on the stump - 174-291
 
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Here*s Mum*s nicked feather again!


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http://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/8412831382/# (http://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/8412831382/#)


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2010-2011 the Alexandra & David Season
Post by: boonibarb on January 24, 2013, 07:22:18 PM

may 8 2011 13:23 - Dad on the Nest, Mum lands on the stump - 174-296
 
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Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2010-2011 the Alexandra & David Season
Post by: boonibarb on January 24, 2013, 07:34:38 PM

You can hear more blues in this video!
Dad gets up from the Nest & takes off to our left, only to land on the Prow again.
Did he go get food?
After a bit he fleaps up to the close up cam box, then flies off again.
Listen for his trill once he lands!
After the noisy vehicle drives by, watch Mum*s body language.
She is eyeing the Nest for where to land when she jumps down.
You can HEAR her hitting the top of the close up cam box when she lands!
From there she fleaps to the Prow, then climbs down into the Nest to join Alexandra & David.
 
may 8 2011 13:24 - Dad on the Nest, Mum on the stump - 174-302
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uDkshPKwqLM
 


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2010-2011 the Alexandra & David Season
Post by: boodle317 on January 26, 2013, 07:51:44 AM
Thank for the updates Booni.  I love the shot of mom on stump and dad on nest giving you the once over!!


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2010-2011 the Alexandra & David Season
Post by: gzebear on January 28, 2013, 04:29:41 PM

Wonderful photos, Booni - so wonderful! Thank you for sharing them!




Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2010-2011 the Alexandra & David Season
Post by: boonibarb on September 24, 2015, 01:06:54 PM
 
Okay, going back a looooooong way!
It is raining, i am caught up on my current fotos, & i am tidying up undone albums that i never got to finish.
Found some nice things to share.
How nice is it to see these two again, together, in The Peters* Tree before the beautiful perch branch broke off!  :hearts2

june 21 2011 10:13 - Mum & Dad in The Peters* Tree

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This video was posted already, but here it is again, in the order that it appeared in the action.
Mum & Dad were together like that on The Peters* Tree, but then Mum spotted something & blasted off.

june 21 2011 10:13 - Mum & Dad in the Peters*s Tree, Mum leaves - 180-32

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=udch8HcV56I

This is where Mum went!

june 21 2011 10:24 - Mum on the stump guarding, Alexandra on the prow, self feeding - 180-49

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

& beautiful Mum on the stump, with Alexandra in the Nest!

june 21 2011 10:26 - Mum on the stump Alexandra in the Nest

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Mum  :heart

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Cutie patootie!
Alexandra!

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

 


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2010-2011 the Alexandra & David Season
Post by: boonibarb on September 24, 2015, 01:14:08 PM
 
june 21 2011 10:30 - Mum on the stump Alexandra in the Nest

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At this time of year, all the Trees are leafed out, & there is only a tiny window through which you can see the Nest.
It doesn*t help that it is a windy day!
Doesn*t stop Mum from keeping an eye on me, though.

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

 


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2010-2011 the Alexandra & David Season
Post by: boonibarb on September 24, 2015, 01:49:12 PM
 
june 21 2011 10:38 - Mum on the stump Alexandra in the Nest

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Mum is now back on The Peters* Tree with Dad!

june 21 2011 10:53 - Mum & Dad in The Peters* Tree

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

 


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2010-2011 the Alexandra & David Season
Post by: boonibarb on September 24, 2015, 01:53:51 PM
 
june 21 2011 10:55:48 - Mum & Dad in The Peters* Tree

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Mum takes off again!

june 21 2011 10:59 - Mum & Dad in The Peters* Tree

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ahsbRTtYS1c

You can see that distinctive feather nick she had, in these soaring fotos i got of her.

june 21 2011 11:00 - Mum on the wing

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

 


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2010-2011 the Alexandra & David Season
Post by: Cawatcher on September 24, 2015, 01:55:07 PM
 :heart wonderful Photos of wonderful memories .. Thank you booni! :eclove


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2010-2011 the Alexandra & David Season
Post by: boonibarb on September 24, 2015, 01:58:50 PM
 
june 21 2011 11:01 - Mum on the wing

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june 21 2011 11:02 - Dad in The Peters* Tree

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Here*s Dad, being pestered by a Crow!

june 21 2011 11:06 - Dad in The Peters* Tree

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

Now, this look to me as though Mum has returned!

june 21 2011 11:09 - Mum in The Peters* Tree

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

 


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2010-2011 the Alexandra & David Season
Post by: amazedbyeagles on September 24, 2015, 02:46:49 PM
How wonderful to go back and look at these beautiful eagles we watched so earnestly!  What a beautiful reminder on a rainy day! :-) :eclove


Title: Re: Ground Observations - 2010-2011 the Alexandra & David Season
Post by: Faerie Gardener on October 09, 2015, 01:16:28 PM
I'm just catching up, and I thank you, Booni for these wonderful Pictures!  So Lovely.


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