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« Post / Reply #30 on: March 22, 2014, 08:51:16 PM »

Thanks Booni, that is really an amazing view.
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« Post / Reply #31 on: March 25, 2014, 08:38:46 AM »


 
Some fotos now of the youngster i posted videos of here.
 
march 21 2014 13:05 - young Eagle
 


i*d say this one is just going into their third year.
Yellow beak, almost no dark left now.
Eye almost yellow.
At this phase the yellow of the eye almost has a blue tinge in it, to me.
Head is turning white, but still lots of brown in there, & then there is the distinctive eye stripe of a three year old.

In this next foto the nictitating membrane is half way closed.
& you can see Fish scales stuck to the beak.
Fish scales are very sticky!
 


This youngster is very slender, almost thin i*d say.
i just love how the feet are clasping the branch.
There is something so endearing there.
From the underside, you can see the visible tail feathers are half white while the outside halves are both brown.
 


There is getting to be a more definite line between the white feathers of the head & the brown ones of the body.
 


Good view of the eye & top of head colouring here.
 

 
http://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/13382973613/#
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« Post / Reply #32 on: March 25, 2014, 09:06:11 AM »

 
This one was just perched there, looking every which way.
There were other Eagles calling from Trees where i couldn*t see them, & many soaring overhead.
 
march 21 2014 13:24:32 - young Eagle
 


Here is a good example of how the eye almost has a blue tinge to it.
There is a small spot of blood on the beak.
Couple that with the Fish scales, & hopefully this thin one has had a good Fish meal.
 


Not a lot of meat in these shoulders.
You know, that eye stripe is pretty faded.
i am leaning now towards three turning four instead of two turning three.
 

 

 

 
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« Post / Reply #33 on: March 25, 2014, 09:12:55 AM »

 
Turning to face the water now.
Nice view of the underfeathering.
& nice to see the legs & feet like this.
 
march 21 2014 13:37 - young Eagle
 


i love seeing those small brown & white feathers just above the large tail feathers.
This foto shows the top layer of tail feathers well.
Look how the center ones are *young* feathers, almost all brown, while the outer ones have come in more white, showing the colours of an older Eagle.
 

 
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« Post / Reply #34 on: March 26, 2014, 08:28:28 AM »

 
Near to that first youngster, & right on Phipp*s Point, i spotted this youngster.
These two look like the same age!
& this one also has blood & Fish scales on their beak.
 
march 21 2014 13:50:24 - young Eagle
 

 

 
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« Post / Reply #35 on: March 26, 2014, 08:38:31 AM »

 
Here*s another foto that shows how deep the Roe was piled on the beach at Phipp*s Point!
 
march 21 2014 14:05:24 - Herring Roe piled on beach
 

 
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« Post / Reply #36 on: March 26, 2014, 09:07:54 AM »

Booni, this youngster is so beautiful.  Thank you for teaching us the subtleties of the feathering and eyes as they mature.  And wow that's a lot of herring roe!!!
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« Post / Reply #37 on: March 26, 2014, 10:04:18 AM »

Thanks, Booni.  That photo of the herring roe is amazing.

It is very interesting to see the feathers coming in on the young eagle.
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« Post / Reply #38 on: March 26, 2014, 04:02:13 PM »

What gorgeous photos of that beautiful young eagle!  What a great close ups!!!!!   And the herring roe is amazing!!!  Thanks for sharing!  love
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« Post / Reply #39 on: April 09, 2014, 10:46:49 PM »

Here's one of the Phipps Point eagles on the nest, just visible. Hunkered down. Possibly on eggs.

Click on the photo to see her better. (She, based on her low-ish gulling calls.)
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« Post / Reply #40 on: June 19, 2014, 10:03:51 PM »

 
i had been out working in the rain & was looking forward to coming inside & having a nice hot shower.
But my phone messages were blinking.
There was a call from a local saying she is seeing an Eagle down in front of her place, & he seems to be stumbling around & not flying.
i also got a call from MARS about this same Eagle.
MARS had also called wren, so i called wren, & she was just getting ready to go out the door to have a look.
We decided to work on this together.
i loaded my net & the big carrier already covered in a big blanket & lined with a towel into the back of wren*s truck & off we went.
We ended up on the beach right in front of the Phipp*s Point Nest.
You could hear at least one Eaglet screeping!
The local showed us the Eagle.
He was just over the edge of her lawn/bank, standing there, looking very grimy.
There was something wrong with the left eye.
It looked closed or gone or sealed shut or something.
There could be blood on the head feathers & beak.
So i took some assessment fotos.
 
june 19 2014 18:49 - down Eagle at Phipps Point
 
 

It is raining & dark, so i need to adjust my camera settings for the light.
You can see rain beading on the head feathers of the Eagle.



The fotos i took of the left side of the head, showing the damaged eye, need to be lightened to see what is going on there.
 





 
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« Post / Reply #41 on: June 19, 2014, 10:19:33 PM »

 
We are trying not to scare the Eagle away.
He is very close.
i am photographing him through the brush on the edge of the lawn & bank to the beach.
 
june 19 2014 18:50:56 - down Eagle at Phipps Point
 

 

 

 

 

 
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« Post / Reply #42 on: June 19, 2014, 10:35:36 PM »

 
Okay, it*s action time.
We decide to use the Eagle*s blind side to our advantage.
wren will come at the Eagle with her net from that side.
Myself & the local will try to distract them from their good side.
We go as far to the right of the Eagle as we can & then go down to the beach & straight out towards the water.
We don*t want the Eagle to go to the water.
We would like them to go to the brush at the edge of the beach where it meets the property.
The local in gloves & using a towel, & me with my towel & gloves & goggles & lined net circle slowly to the Eagle*s right & begin to approach them slowly, away from the water.
wren is moving in slowly from the left.
The Eagle is hip to us right away & moves as though they are about to fly off.
But instead they turn & walk along the bank, which is fantastic.
When the Eagle does this, he can*t see me, so i stride closer, then stop as he turns to look at us.
He keeps tensing his wings to fly, & he is looking every which way, trying to figure out where to go, but all he can do is walk, & he walks towards wren.
The Eagle poops.
Again he is looking to fly away, but he walks.
There is something wrong with the way he is walking.
He is kind of stumbling, & he uses his wings to correct & balance.
He doesn*t walk far.
We creep closer & closer, til wren has a good run at him.
He heads for the bushes, which is perfect, & wren pops the net overtop of him!
She has him!
wren gets the towel over his head then reaches under him for a foot.
Got it.
Now where*s the other foot.
Got it!
The towel is sliding off & we cover his head again.
We need to get him untangled from the net.
Two talons are caught, when i try to pull the net away.
wren untangles them.
Then a corner of the wing is caught, so we untangle that.
The flight feathers of one wing are caught, so we get them out.
i am able to pull the net away from him & we cover him with a bigger towel.
He is in hand!
His wings are open, & wren is able to tuck the right one in, but asks me to help tuck the left one in.
i make sure the head is good & covered.
Phew!
We walk back to the truck & put him towel & all into the carrier.
He scrambles & is afraid.
We get the door secured & bring the blanket down to cover the door.
We call MARS.
It is too late to get off the Island tonight by ferry.
So wren will take the kennel to Buckley Bay tomorrow morning & MARS will meet her there.
This Eagle looked in bad shape.
i sure hope they can save him.
wren & our local remember the Eagle*s poopshot & go looking for it.
Not looking good.
The fecal matter should be black/brown, not green like this.

june 19 2014 19:09 - down Eagle at Phipps Point-poopshot
 

 
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« Post / Reply #43 on: June 20, 2014, 05:12:39 AM »

Wow booni!  incredible capture and great story telling.

Poor eagle...really looks in bad shape.  what a shame.  thanks to booni...wren and the locals on Hornby for helping these in need.  You all rock.
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« Post / Reply #44 on: June 20, 2014, 08:05:17 AM »

Thank goodness the eagle had you and Wren to come to his rescue. He may or may not make it, but we know he has a chance now.
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