Author Topic: Nest #24 Tribune Bay Campsite - 2011-2012 Season  (Read 12243 times)

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.

Offline boonibarb

  • HEGPS
  • Forum Guide
  • Member
  • *
  • Posts: 9,369
    • my flickr photos
Nest #24 Tribune Bay Campsite - 2011-2012 Season
« on: December 04, 2011, 06:56:31 PM »

This topic is for discussion, fotos & videos of Nest#24.

Last season, we observed one Eaglet in this nest.

Click here to read about the 2011 season on this Nest.

Click here to read about the 2009 season on this Nest.

Here is winterwren*s map of the Hornby nests, so that you can see where it is.


Here is the second edition of my nest map.

This map sums up our observations of the nests of Hornby Island for the summer of 2011. The information was collected from direct observation by Booni and myself, and from conversations with the nests' neighbours.
Click on the map to see the larger size, and click again to explore details.



 


wooohoooo!

Offline boonibarb

  • HEGPS
  • Forum Guide
  • Member
  • *
  • Posts: 9,369
    • my flickr photos
Re: Nest #24 Tribune Bay Campsite - 2011-2012 Season
« Reply #1 on: December 04, 2011, 07:16:04 PM »

Dooki & i biked to the Co-op on this morning.
As soon as we got near, i could hear intermittent gulling sounds coming from the area of Nest #24!
To me it reminded me of the sounds Mum Hornby makes when she is on the Nest, & Dad is bringing her food.
But Mum #24 kept it up.
So i went to investigate.
i only had my little camera with me, but i got this little video of the sounds she made.
i was thinking, while observing, that Mum #24 is the Eagle we can see in the video.
You can see the Nest below her to the left of the tree trunk.
But, while i watched, this Eagle flew to a nearby perch tree while Mum continued to gull from the Nest Tree.
So what the heck was going on?
If the Eagle in the video was Dad, he sure wasn*t out there bringing in food.
If this were the Dad, why was Mum continuing to gull?
My guess is that the Eagle you can see in the video is a sub adult, visiting the Nest Tree, while Mum talks to them with gulling sounds.
We have heard similar sounds from Mum & Dad when there is a young one nearby.
Perhaps this is a Nest #24let from a past season.

december 1 2011 ~ noon - Nest #24 gulling sounds


<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ETL12iM_oJM" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ETL12iM_oJM</a>
wooohoooo!

Offline Tigerlady105

  • HEGPS
  • Member
  • Member
  • *
  • Posts: 11,995
Re: Nest #24 Tribune Bay Campsite - 2011-2012 Season
« Reply #2 on: December 04, 2011, 08:17:03 PM »
Like having Hope visiting in the Hornby nest area.  Could be one of their earlier offspring, as you mentioned, Booni.  Maybe there wasn't a problem because it isn't breeding season yet?
Commit random acts of kindness and senseless acts of beauty.

"When one tugs at a single thing in nature; he finds it attached to the rest of the world". ~John Muir

Offline boonibarb

  • HEGPS
  • Forum Guide
  • Member
  • *
  • Posts: 9,369
    • my flickr photos
Re: Nest #24 Tribune Bay Campsite - 2011-2012 Season
« Reply #3 on: March 10, 2012, 09:08:06 AM »

i was out & about near the Co Op when i spotted this good looking Eagle at the top of a tree in the fog!

february 7 2012 12:12 - four year old Eagle - 204-2




http://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/6823682046/
wooohoooo!

Offline boonibarb

  • HEGPS
  • Forum Guide
  • Member
  • *
  • Posts: 9,369
    • my flickr photos
Re: Nest #24 Tribune Bay Campsite - 2011-2012 Season
« Reply #4 on: March 10, 2012, 09:17:41 AM »

While i was checking my fotos i*d taken & adjusting my camera setting for the fog, this Eagle took off & i missed the take off!

february 7 2012 12:12 - four year old Eagle - 204-4




http://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/6969817235/
wooohoooo!

Offline Cawatcher

  • HEGPS
  • Member
  • Member
  • *
  • Posts: 10,021
Re: Nest #24 Tribune Bay Campsite - 2011-2012 Season
« Reply #5 on: March 10, 2012, 09:21:20 AM »
Cant wait for you to write the eagle communications book booni!  :heart You as well as us are learning to understand so much more about these awesome creatures. The photo of the 4 year old made me run to the other room and grab my jacket lolol

Offline boonibarb

  • HEGPS
  • Forum Guide
  • Member
  • *
  • Posts: 9,369
    • my flickr photos
Re: Nest #24 Tribune Bay Campsite - 2011-2012 Season
« Reply #6 on: May 02, 2012, 09:33:07 PM »

We went for a walk with Dooki from the Co Op to Tribune Bay.
i could hear a huge quantity of interesting bird calls coming from the Bay!
i went to look & there were a great number of birds floating right near the shore.
i ran to get my camera, but just as i was arriving, the flock took off & landed farther away.
A woman was walking her dog on the beach & the dog scared the whole flock away.
Too bad!
The sounds they were making were really cool, & they were really close & i could have gotten good fotos of them.
This was the best i got.
Can anyone tell me what they all are?
Bonaparte*s Gulls perhaps?
That same day, i heard those same bird calls, only this time coming from the sky!
i looked up, & long strings of them were flying north, over my head!

april 13 13:34 2012 - huge flock of birds in Trubune Bay - 208- 17




http://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/6991706820/
wooohoooo!

Offline winterwren

  • HEG
  • Friend of HEGPS
  • Member
  • *
  • Posts: 2,913
Re: Nest #24 Tribune Bay Campsite - 2011-2012 Season
« Reply #7 on: May 02, 2012, 11:42:54 PM »
Yes, I think they're most likely Bonaparte's Gulls...

Here's a closer photo of one... I took it on May 10 2010. So they're around and in breeding plumage at this time of year. And they don't sound like our large gulls at all.

Bonaparte's Gull, Gravelly Bay, May 10 2010


Though to me the birds in your photo seem stockier and seem to have a more definite white collar, contrasting with the grey back.
But this is the only match I could find that is abundant on this part of the coast.


Offline winterwren

  • HEG
  • Friend of HEGPS
  • Member
  • *
  • Posts: 2,913
Re: Nest #24 Tribune Bay Campsite - 2011-2012 Season
« Reply #8 on: June 09, 2012, 09:44:25 AM »
Idahowa and I checked this nest yesterday, June 8, and we saw Mom Tribune at the top of the nest tree, looking very wet, and one little head poking over the rim of the nest!

So there is at least one eaglet on this nest this year.
(I will post some photos later.)

Offline winterwren

  • HEG
  • Friend of HEGPS
  • Member
  • *
  • Posts: 2,913
Re: Nest #24 Tribune Bay Campsite - 2011-2012 Season
« Reply #9 on: June 12, 2012, 11:04:54 PM »
June 8, 10:41 am
Tribune Bay nest with one cute little head poking up above the rim!
There is a strand of seaweed draped over the rim of the nest right by the eaglet's head.
Click on the picture to see better.




Meanwhile Mom Tribune is sitting at the very top of the nest tree, soaking wet, her feathers all puffed out. Some days are like that...
June 8, 10:47


Click on the picture and notice how she has tucked her right foot up into her belly feathers.


Here we see her with her nictitating membranes closed. Her head feathers are looking drier. Another Mom with a dirty face. It was like that last year too.
June 8, 10:53



Offline winterwren

  • HEG
  • Friend of HEGPS
  • Member
  • *
  • Posts: 2,913
Re: Nest #24 Tribune Bay Campsite - 2011-2012 Season
« Reply #10 on: July 19, 2012, 12:55:33 AM »
On July 16, I checked this nest again.

First, here's Mom, perched at the top of the nest tree...

July 16, 12:40




Offline winterwren

  • HEG
  • Friend of HEGPS
  • Member
  • *
  • Posts: 2,913
Re: Nest #24 Tribune Bay Campsite - 2011-2012 Season
« Reply #11 on: July 19, 2012, 01:03:39 AM »
July 16.
The eaglet has been difficult to find. I can hear screeps for sure...
He or she is perched on a branch, two tiers above the nest.

Try to find that eaglet in here... the nest is on the lower right. Click on the picture to see better.
1:07



Here's a closer view of the eaglet.
1:05


So this confirms in my mind that there is only one eaglet in this nest (I wasn't sure last time.)

Offline winterwren

  • HEG
  • Friend of HEGPS
  • Member
  • *
  • Posts: 2,913
Re: Nest #24 Tribune Bay Campsite - 2011-2012 Season
« Reply #12 on: July 25, 2012, 11:39:22 PM »
July 16, 12:54. Flying fishes...

Pile perches found in the woods!



I found those at the side of a path in the vicinity of the nest tree. Looks like maybe an eagle lost them on the way in to the nest? I don't see how else they would have gotten there. One was partly dry and one was fresh. Both were about 6 inches long. I'm just surprised that the eagles would bother with something that small, but it's possible that these fish would get trapped in the big shallow tide pool on Big Tribune, making them an easy snack, like the little eels Booni saw at Whaling Station beach. I relocated those fish in a clearing, where hopefully Mom Tribune would be able to retrieve them.

Offline emc

  • HEG
  • Friend of HEGPS
  • Member
  • *
  • Posts: 6,686
Re: Nest #24 Tribune Bay Campsite - 2011-2012 Season
« Reply #13 on: July 26, 2012, 03:18:54 PM »
Since they are small, maybe the eagle grabs a talonful and sometimes drops one.  :hmmm
beth
from California