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« on: October 22, 2013, 07:12:33 PM »


This is where we can post fotos videos & discussion of Nest #9!
Nest #9 is close to my home, & the adults of this Nest often use trees i can view from inside my house & out in my yard.
i can also hear them when i am out gardening, or even sitting here at my desk.
Last year, i don*t think this pair produced any fledged Eaglets.
They seemed to be sitting on eggs for a bit, but then they stopped.

Click here to see wren*s beautiful map of the Eagle*s Nests of Hornby Island for the 2013 season.
You can find this Nest on that map.


Click here to read about what happened at this Nest in the 2012-2013 Season  

Click here to read about what happened at this Nest in the 2011-2012 Season  

Click here to read about what happened at this Nest in the 2010-2011 Season  

Click here to read about what happened at this Nest in the 2009-2010 Season & the Eaglet Niner
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« Post / Reply #1 on: October 23, 2013, 10:24:55 AM »

 
i was sitting at my desk, not registering that i was hearing a Raven making sounds.
Then suddenly i realized when i heard a sound that WASN*T a Raven.
i looked out into my back yard, & a Raven was pestering an Eagle who was perched in my back yard Tree!
The Eagle was hanging on, & flapping their wings defensively.
The sound that caught my attention was the cry they made as they were being pestered by the Raven.
 
october 19 2013 12:39 - three and a half year old Eagle
 


The light was dull dull, but i quickly realized this was not an adult Eagle!
Always exciting for me.
i like to see the youngsters, & their changing feathering colouring.
i started by taking fotos through my skylight, not ideal for a good foto.
But i thought, better to get a few like this, to at least document, rather than step outside & scare them away & get nothing.
Look at the dark tail feather tips, & the lovely brown markings on the petticoat feathers!
That dark stripe at the eye is typical of a three year old Eagle.
At this point, this Eagle would be three & a half, turning four next spring.
The beak is mostly yellow, but there is a hint of dark smudging to it.
It is a big beak too!
A female?
They eye looks quite light, but maybe still a touch of brown to the yellow?
The *brow* is quite dark-feathered.
i think they are looking down at the placement of their feet on that perch branch.



Lots of white head feathering under the *chin*.



This is looking towards mishi*s Tree & the Hidden Beach area.



Looking down again, showing that the top of head feathering has much more dark in it than under the chin.
Sometimes i think this is a four & a half year old, but i believe this is a three & a half year old.


 
http://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/10442845175/#

 
 
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« Post / Reply #2 on: October 23, 2013, 10:44:29 AM »

Nice pics booni.... even taken through the skylight...!!!
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« Post / Reply #3 on: October 23, 2013, 11:12:37 AM »

 
When i was editing my fotos, i couldn*t figure out why the fotos got much better from one to the next!
Now i know, this foto is when i stepped outside!
Look at the improvement in foto quality & detail.
Still dull light, but you see much better detailing now.
i tiptoed out my door & hid behind a bush.
This Eagle did not seem to spot me.
Here, they are looking towards Niner Nest Tree territory.
Lots of dark feathering from the top of their head, down to the beginning of the dark body feathering.
 
october 19 2013 12:42 - three & a half year old Eagle
 




What a beauty!
i think you can see a bit of dark smearing of the yellow beak colouring here.



They were doing a lot of preening, very comfortable in their perch Tree.
Here is a shuggle!



Looking towards Mum & Dad*s territory.
Look at the tail feathers!
i believe the center feathers of the tail are mostly white, whereas the two outer tail feathers are still mostly dark!
They will be next to be moulted out, i believe, then they will be mostly white too.


 
http://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/10443999305/in/photostream/#

 
 
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« Post / Reply #4 on: October 23, 2013, 11:37:56 AM »

 
Looking towards Mum & Dad again.
You can see those two dark tail feathers here, too.

october 19 2013 12:43:05 - three and a half year old Eagle







Preening.
Lots of dark feathering on the top of the head, visible now.





Well!
Since i am getting away with sneaking all these fotos with my quickie camera, i*m going to try setting up my GOOD camera now!

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« Post / Reply #5 on: November 02, 2013, 02:43:16 PM »

 
i turned on my bike onto the road that runs in front of Nest #9 & right away was greeted by a call that sounded like the screeping of a youngster!
i went to see if i could spot them.
Scanning all the trees in the area, i spotted no one.
But on my way back, there was an Eagle!
& another.
They were perched in a dead tree across from the Nest.
The Niner pair?
Interesting call one of them made.

 
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« Post / Reply #6 on: January 11, 2014, 11:45:55 AM »

 
i am in the automatic habit now of glancing at the perch Trees near my home in case someone is perched there!
i am often rewarded!
Eagles, Ravens, Robins, Band-Tailed Pigeons, Merlins, & on this day, an immature Eagle!
The light was very dull, so hard to get a good foto, but we can still debate the age of this one from the details that we can see.

december 24 2013 09:54 - immature Eagle in my backyard Tree



The first thing i see is the light crown of the head, like a juvenile gets as they are turning two.
But then look how light/yellow the beak is!
The eye is quite light too.
Look how dilated the pupil is!
You don*t see this very often.
Shows you how dark it was, that day.
Hard to tell what the colouring of the tail is.





http://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/11891463814/#

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« Post / Reply #7 on: January 11, 2014, 12:47:04 PM »

 
It was just about dark on an already dark day & i was returning home from a short trip in my van.
Just as i was approaching the turn to my road, i noticed something that wasn*t there on my way out.
What WAS that?
Because of the shape & the colour, i slowed down to look, thinking maybe it was some kind of Animal or Bird.
It was neither.
It was a Cow plop!
i parked at home, Then took a peek down my road.
A large Cow was just disappearing into one of the yards across the street & down the road from me.
i had a cat to feed down there, so i grabbed my camera, & headed out on my bike to investigate.
i cautiously peered into every yard, expecting a Cow to jump out & eat me any time.
There was no sight or sound of one, however.
i fed the cat, then headed back towards home where i spotted this!

december 27 2013 16:24 - Cows on the road!

At the beginning of the video, you see at the Cow*s feet, the plop that first caught my attention.
Looks like a Mum & her calf.

Partway through this video, the Cows are scared & run in the opposite direction due to a dog & bike rider coming at them down the hill.
They went crashing down a nearby driveway & then crashing through the bush.
i hoped they were okay.

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vs-DGym4IhY" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vs-DGym4IhY</a>


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« Post / Reply #8 on: January 11, 2014, 12:58:20 PM »

 
i went to the road that passes in front of Nest #9, which is where i was hoping to see that the Cows had made it, safe & sound.
& there they were, heading home!
You see so many horror stories about how our food animals are raised & treated now.
i love living here, & seeing animals kept how i believe they should be, in a dignified manner.

december 27 2013 16:28 - Cows on the road, heading home


<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=90WCuMXO3wA" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=90WCuMXO3wA</a>


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« Post / Reply #9 on: January 11, 2014, 01:15:52 PM »

 
Another dull day brightened by the sighting of a youngster in the Tree across the road from me.
They were looking towards the Nest #9 area.
This immature Eagle is of a different age than the one i saw four days ago.
They were hidden by the branches of the Tree, unfortunately, plus it was hard to see them in the dull light.
This was the best foto i got.
The things i notice about this Eagle*s markings are the darkness of the beak, remember how yellow that other one was?, & the lightness of the feathers under the chin.
You can*t help but notice the cute chubby toes, contrasted by their lethal talons!

december 28 2013 11:49 - immature Eagle in Tree across the road from me



Not sure what scared this youngster off, but they were soon replaced by this lovely pair!
i believe we see & hear this pair of Ravens on our Mum & Dad Hornby webcam.

december 28 2013 12:04 - Raven pair in Tree across the road from me



http://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/11893113194/#

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« Post / Reply #10 on: January 11, 2014, 01:42:26 PM »

Booni!  Thank you for being our "eyes on the ground" and for all the walks/rides/drives you do with your camera at the ready!  I've just been watching ravens, planes, wandering cows - oh, and a few eagles too!  Your descriptions and pictures and videos keep us so in touch with all that is happening on Hornby - wish I could be there!

Hope the winter is going well for you - how is the woodpile these days?

love ..... Foldi
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« Post / Reply #11 on: January 11, 2014, 02:10:09 PM »

Thank You, Booni! I would like to add that I am very glad to hear that the cow did NOT eat you!!

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« Post / Reply #12 on: January 26, 2014, 11:48:39 AM »

 
It was a typical winter dull dull day, but the day was brightened by spotting a youngster in my backyard Tree!
All i could see was a dark shape against the bright sky, but even so, i could tell this was not an adult.
There is nothing like a foto to show you more details.
i had to set my camera to not expose the fotos for the brighter sky behind, otherwise all we would see would be a dark silhouette.
Then i had to darken the resultant fotos a bit to bring out the details as best i could.
What a sweet face on this youngster!
There seems to be a lot of dark still on the beak, & the eyes still appear to be dark.
They are looking towards where the Niners perch next to the water.
 
january 10 2014 13:13 - immature Eagle perched in my backyard Tree
 

 

 


Here they are looking towards Grassy Point.
 


Now towards the Niner Nest Tree.
 

 
http://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/12156863974/#
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« Post / Reply #13 on: January 26, 2014, 11:56:35 AM »

 
Oh, a poopshot!
i prepare for a take off now!
i love being able to see all the lovely *petticoat* feathers, under the tail.
 
january 10 2014 13:14:45 - immature Eagle perched in my backyard Tree
 


Oops, seems i didn*t crop this one.
i just LOVE this perch Tree!
Look how dull the sky is.
 


i am thinking this is a juvenile, turning one this spring, or perhaps a one year old, turning two.
 

 

 

 
http://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/12156851604/#
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« Post / Reply #14 on: January 26, 2014, 12:00:27 PM »

 
Off they go!
The tail still seems to be pretty dark.
A juvenile?
 
january 10 2014 13:15:26:2 - immature Eagle perched in my backyard Tree
 

 

 

 

 
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