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Author Topic: Belcarra Nest #16, 17, 18, 19 - 2013-2014 season  (Read 56076 times)
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« Post / Reply #15 on: December 13, 2013, 01:37:51 PM »

 
At the beach access to the left of the Belcarra Nest Tree, we found lovely Harlequin Ducks!
Was there some vying for the female going on here?
Not sure if that happens, this time of year or not.
 
november 27 2013 11:32 - Harlequin Ducks
 


Sploosh!
One has just gone under.
 

 

 

 

 
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« Post / Reply #16 on: December 13, 2013, 01:39:54 PM »

 
november 27 2013 11:37 - Harlequin Ducks
 
 
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« Post / Reply #17 on: December 15, 2013, 12:12:09 PM »

 
Love these gorgeous Mergansers swimming by!
Look at the two swimming with their heads underwater!

november 27 2013 11:46 - Mergansers



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« Post / Reply #18 on: December 15, 2013, 03:24:45 PM »

 
The same day, & here are the Belcarras, hanging out in a perch Tree near the water, not far from their Nest Tree.
i am a bit confused about who is who here.
They are perched close together, though it was hard to get them in one foto together.
Here is the first one, on the older dead branch.

november 27 2013 11:53 - Belcarra Eagle



i believe this one is not the one with the notch in the right side of the beak.
But to me, this one looks more male than female.



To me, this one looks more female, & seems to be the one with the notched beak.
Is that a permanent spot mark on top of the head?
That would help with identifying one from the other.



In this view you can see that bit of a notch in the beak.



Here*s the first one, in their bare branch again.



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« Post / Reply #19 on: December 15, 2013, 03:42:06 PM »

 
A little later in the day, & there was this wonderful sight out on the calm water.
No boat would miss that big floating log with these markers on it!

november 27 2013 15:08 - Cormorants & Gull



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« Post / Reply #20 on: December 15, 2013, 07:29:33 PM »

 
Here are the Belcarras, a week later, on a nice sunny day on the top of their Nest Tree.
i believe the female is above, the male a bit lower down.
But who knows.

december 2 2013 11:26 - Belcarra Eagles



This is the male with that little dip in the beak on the right side?



The male looked up at the female like this in a lot of my fotos.
Look at the female*s tail.
i keep seeing just a hint of brown still there.
Perhaps she is a new adult?



The lower Eagle.



The lower Eagle again.
We can see that beak characteristic.



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« Post / Reply #21 on: December 15, 2013, 07:32:24 PM »

 
The lower Eagle again.
He has a nice healthy beak.
They both seem young.

december 2 2013 11:42 - Belcarra Eagle





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« Post / Reply #22 on: December 15, 2013, 08:21:19 PM »

Beautiful photos Booni !! Lovely looking pair.
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« Post / Reply #23 on: December 15, 2013, 10:14:57 PM »

Excellent photos, Booni!   thumbup
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« Post / Reply #24 on: December 26, 2013, 11:49:36 AM »

 
Out on our walk this day, i spotted a Gull who looked a bit strange, just standing on the rocks of the beach.
i had also seen one fly overhead, & gotten fotos of a strange silhouette, kinda like an open beak with extra appendages that just didn*t make sense.
i believe the flier was just like this Gull, with a partly swallowed/digested Sea Star hanging out of their beak!
i worried that a Gull like this is terribly vulnerable until the Sea Star goes down, so it is good to know that they can fly with one still hanging out of their beak!
 
december 16 2013 11:20 - Gull digesting purple Sea Star
 


Notice there*s a poopshot right there on the rocks under the tail, so this Gull has been standing still for a bit.
 

 
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« Post / Reply #25 on: December 26, 2013, 12:22:08 PM »

 
There is an annual c*mas Bird count that takes place on Hornby as well as lots of other areas.
This year it was december 19, & i was asked to participate!
i was very interested to help, with what little i know about shore Birds.
i am hoping to learn more about identifying who is who.
Water Birds are very complicated, as there are young, then adult, then breeding & non-breeding plumage.
Very confusing, but fun to learn!
We started our counting at Tralee Point, then did a  long stretch of beach near the Belcarra Nest.
We were trying to decide whether these were American or Eurasian Wigeons.
 
december 19 2013 11:56 - female American Wigeons
 


Even though the Birds were mostly far away, i took lots of fotos, just to help me learn about who is who.
My more experienced friends had a telescope, & they were able to i.d. Birds quite a ways off.
There was a huge flock of Scoters, they counted over 100!
They called them all Surf Scoters, but when i look at the fotos from that day, i see there are also Black Scoters in there!
At first, they all look the same.
But now look for a Scoter who is all black except for a bright orange/yellow knob on their bill!
There are three in this foto.
i believe the brown Scoters are all female Surf Scoters.
 


Not a good foto, but an excellent example of the difference between a male Black & Surf Scoter.
 


This foto shows you the difference between male & female Surf Scoters.
But who is that, in the center of the foto, different from all the rest?
 


Here she is again, in the lower right of the foto.
Meanwhile, a male Black Scoter is in the upper left.
The rest are male & female Surf Scoters.
Aren*t they cool?!
 

 
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« Post / Reply #26 on: December 26, 2013, 12:27:58 PM »

 
Here she is again.
i believe this is the female Black Scoter.
 


When i got home, i had to count my backyard Birds for the count, too.
That was a challenge!
Especially when a Sharp-Shinned Hawk cleared the yard for about an hour.
 
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« Post / Reply #27 on: December 26, 2013, 12:58:16 PM »

Booni, TY for Scoter comparisons thoughts and comments... They are very helplful!    thumbup



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« Post / Reply #28 on: December 26, 2013, 04:02:38 PM »

booni,  good lesson on the Scoters!  I have been going through the same learning curve on water and shore birds and am relying heavily on taking photos to study later. Every time I go to the local beach, I come home with another one or two species new to me. Last time it was the male white-winged scoter with the white "comma" under the eye. We are supposed to have black scoters here, too but I have not seen any yet.
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« Post / Reply #29 on: December 26, 2013, 08:56:41 PM »

Thank you booni there are so many species that it gets overwhelming .. thank you for the lesson
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