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« on: December 12, 2013, 04:14:56 PM »


This past year, last season, i had been seeing a pair of Eagles hanging out in the same perch trees almost every time we went to this beach access area.
This territory is right beside the Belcarra territory, towards Whaling Station Bay, halfway between the Belcarra Nest & Nest#20.
Because of the staining of the facial feathers of the female, i could tell these weren*t the Belcarra Eagles.
i*m not sure how long they have been together.
In the past i would have called these the Belcarras, & considered this territory to be theirs.
i have no idea if this *new* pair has a Nest.
To see posts, fotos & obs from last season for this new territory, click here.

To see wren*s beautiful map of Hornby with all the Nests & their statistics, & to find where this Nest is, click here.
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« Post / Reply #1 on: December 12, 2013, 04:56:40 PM »

 
So far this season, i*ve had no sighting of this new pair.
Wonder where they are?
Am i just there at the wrong time?
So, in the meantime, there are some shore Birds in this territory that i am trying to identify.
Maybe wren will help me here?
A week today i need to help count shore Birds on Hornby, & i really know so few of them.
This first Bird, i was thinking was a Dunlin.
But i think they are way too big, & their bill is too short.

november 11 2013 12:51 - shore Bird



Okay, now these Birds, i believe, are Dunlins.
See their much longer beak?
They actually have totally different colouring than the Birds i believe are Dunlins.
& the darker rounder one, that*s a Black Turnstone.
Love how they just blend into the rocks.
& then, on the far right, our mystery Bird, you can see they are quite a bit larger in size, while their bill is quite a bit shorter.
 


Now, this is a Dunlin?
 


Okay, these are the Black Turnstones again, then maybe a Greater Yellowlegs?
 


 help wren! (or anybody who knows)
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« Post / Reply #2 on: December 12, 2013, 06:42:56 PM »

 
Okay, out walking on a different day, this Bird was spotted, being noticeably larger than those previous shore Birds.
An adult Eagle!
They were just standing there, with the waves crashing behind them.
 
november 13 2013 12:28 - adult Eagle in Periwinkle territory
 


This Eagle seems to me to be female.
Look at the substantial, broad breast, & the light-coloured feathers, like Mum Hornby has there.
She has big beautiful fat healthy orange feet!
 


& that back of her head has shaggy head feathers, like Mum.
 


i wondered if she was standing on food?
But i think it is just a round rock, part of the conglomerate there.
Those large round stones are all cemented in place, in the conglomerate.
 


i am not at all sure who this female Eagle is, which territory she belongs to.
 

 
http://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/11346229485/#

 
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« Post / Reply #3 on: December 12, 2013, 06:52:32 PM »

 
On this same day, same spot, Black Oystercatchers!
i had fun turning my camera sideways, trying to squeeze in as many of them as possible.
These Birds are real lookers.
i love their dark black/brown feathering, their fluorescent orange bills & eyes, & then those pink legs & feet.
 
november 13 2013 15:33 - Black Oystercatchers
 


This one was having a good head scratch!
 


http://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/11346346675/#

 
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« Post / Reply #4 on: December 12, 2013, 07:10:53 PM »

The peep with shorter bill, Sandpiper family? Least Sandpiper, semipalmated. puzzled That's my guess. duck Wren will know.

Adore the oystercatchers, like their chirp too.
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« Post / Reply #5 on: December 13, 2013, 11:09:15 AM »

 
Out on our walk again.
This time we spotted a lovely Mallard Duck pair on the golden grass.
 
november 25 2013 12:04 - male Mallard Duck & his companion in the water
 


Here is the female Mallard of the pair.
 


Notice the stripe across her eye & the dark marking on her beak.
 


You can just see his orange right back leg here.
 

 
http://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/11355584105/#
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« Post / Reply #6 on: December 13, 2013, 11:19:26 AM »

 
To our right, a Great Blue Heron was relaxing.
i took a few fotos, then left the Ducks & Heron alone to relax in the sun.
 
november 25 2013 12:14 - Great Blue Heron
 

 
http://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/11356111523/#

 
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« Post / Reply #7 on: December 13, 2013, 12:12:55 PM »

Beautiful photos, boonibarb!
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« Post / Reply #8 on: December 13, 2013, 12:33:18 PM »

 
Oh, but then there was a Seal slapping the water.
We often hear this on the Eagle cam.
i never knew how the Seals actually made this sound!
i thought they used their tail, but they actually use their side flipper!
i believe there are two Mallard Ducks in the foreground, who fly off after the slap.

november 25 2013 12:14 - two Mallard Ducks & Seal slap
 
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DVOqrdTbOOQ" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DVOqrdTbOOQ</a>
 

 
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« Post / Reply #9 on: December 13, 2013, 12:53:00 PM »

 
One more peek at the Great Blue Heron before we move on.
They have been preening, you can see fluffies all over their back, & there is a fluffy stuck to the beak.
 
november 25 2013 12:17 - Great Blue Heron
 

 
http://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/11356917435/#

 
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« Post / Reply #10 on: December 13, 2013, 04:33:00 PM »

Your first bird may be a black bellied plover, based a posting from Wren I saw not too long ago...
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« Post / Reply #11 on: December 14, 2013, 08:08:41 AM »

 heart beautiful series booni
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« Post / Reply #12 on: December 19, 2013, 09:56:53 AM »

 
Out walking, we spotted this gorgeous Eagle in a perch Tree that is across a small bay from where the Periwinkles usually perch.
The next Nest to the right is Nest #20, but it is quite a ways away.
So i*m not sure who this Eagle is, but what a beauty!
 
december 9 2013 11:48 - adult Eagle
 

 

 

 

 
http://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/11405184643/#
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« Post / Reply #13 on: December 19, 2013, 10:00:41 AM »

 
december 9 2013 11:48:48 - adult Eagle
 

 

 
http://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/11405048654/in/photostream/#
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« Post / Reply #14 on: December 19, 2013, 11:12:02 AM »

Very good-looking eagle, boonibarb.  Nice photos.   love
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