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« Post / Reply #15 on: January 10, 2014, 10:45:09 AM »


i love that you can see the sweet tootsies in this one! ♥
i believe those are some kind of sea Snail on the rock in front of this beauty.
 
december 23 2013 11:18 - Greater Yellowlegs
 

 

 

 

 
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« Post / Reply #16 on: January 10, 2014, 11:12:19 AM »

Great photos Booni... love the yellow tootsies  too!!
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« Post / Reply #17 on: April 19, 2014, 10:51:22 AM »

 
We spotted this gorgeous slim youngster in the Periwinkle territory one day.
They have a very yellow beak & the eye is no longer brown.
Top of the head has gone very light, so perhaps this is a youngster just turning three & developing the dark eye stripe of a three year old.

april 2 2014 12:45 - young Eagle



Here is another Eagle spotted in the territory that day.
Looks like someone just turning five, so a full adult!

april 2 2014 13:13 - adult Eagle





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« Post / Reply #18 on: April 26, 2014, 10:33:24 AM »

 
Here is a lovely shore Bird showing off their lovely yellow legs & feet!

march 10 2014 11:33 - Greater Yellowlegs



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« Post / Reply #19 on: May 29, 2014, 09:01:27 AM »

 
The Belcarra territory water tank is getting painted!
What will it be & who is painting it?
 
may 21 2014 12:18 - Anderson water tank
 

 

 
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« Post / Reply #20 on: May 30, 2014, 08:21:02 AM »

 
We were walking through the Periwinkle territory when i noticed wing action on the beach!
Something large was washed up on the shore & Eagles & Turkey Vultures were eating.

may 28 2014 17:17 - young Eagle eating Seal or Sea Lion carcass while Turkey Vultures wait

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j9lzOKAWWR8" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j9lzOKAWWR8</a>
 
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« Post / Reply #21 on: May 30, 2014, 08:23:07 AM »

 
may 28 2014 17:29 - young Eagle eating Seal or Sea Lion carcass with a Turkey Vulture



<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ya0izU0nK3s" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ya0izU0nK3s</a>
 
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« Post / Reply #22 on: May 31, 2014, 08:42:31 AM »

 
In Spring, Stinging Nettle comes up in wet spots & is a lovely green colour & edible!
You can use them like Spinach & they are also good as a tea.
But it also has little barbs that seem to jump out at you & sting & itch.
This stand of Nettles is next to the big water tank that is being painted now.

may 21 2014 12:20 - Stinging Nettles



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« Post / Reply #23 on: June 13, 2014, 08:54:00 AM »

 
Last saturday morning i was up at five & there was no hydro!
Since my portable phones need hydro, i eventually plugged in an old corded phone, & good thing, because i got a call at 9am about an Eagle in trouble in the Periwinkle territory.
This is where the carcass of a Seal or Sea Lion had washed up, so there were lots of Eagles & Turkey Vultures, Ravens & Crows, hanging around to eat.
The caller said she*d been seeing this Eagle for three days, that he had gotten thinner, seemed weak, & wasn*t flying.
A friend took the big Eagle carrier in his truck & we went down there to see.
i started looking for the Eagle in the bay, where he*d last been seen, perched on a log near the woods.
i walked quite a ways across, scanning the bushes, expecting him to be hiding in there, if not perched on a log.
Finally i looked back to where the carcass was, & there he was, i*d walked right past him.
i went back to where he was to get some assessment fotos.
My hands were shaking & my heart was beating fast.
He didn*t seem to be particularly noticing me, & sure enough, he was walking.
 
june 7 2014 10:27 - down Eagle in Periwinkle territory
 


The sun was already bright & glaring, causing heat waves, & i was having trouble seeing the monitor & getting the camera to focus.
 


The feathers of the head are quite stained, possibly from feeding at the carcass.
 


Here he is, walking again.
 

 
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« Post / Reply #24 on: June 13, 2014, 09:17:19 AM »

 
More assessment, this time a video.
He has fluffy down, caught in the staining on his forehead.
i had this guy pegged as a young adult male.
To me his eyes still have that blue tinge to the yellow, like a younger Eagle.

june 7 2014 10:30 - down Eagle in Periwinkle territory
 
 
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« Post / Reply #25 on: June 14, 2014, 08:21:49 AM »

 
He is walking, then fleaping up to his perches, on rocks & logs.
This guy looks very thin.
i*m not seeing any blood or cuts, but the left wing is drooping slightly away from the body.

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« Post / Reply #26 on: June 14, 2014, 08:42:36 AM »

 
june 7 2014 10:32:14 - down Eagle in Periwinkle territory
 

 

 

 

 
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« Post / Reply #27 on: June 14, 2014, 09:07:34 AM »


 
This video is so annoying.
i just cannot get the camera to focus on the Eagle who is so darn close to me.
It focuses, then jumps out of focus.
Grrrrr....
My hands are shaking, too.
So bear with it, you will see him in close.
This time he is checking me out.

june 7 2014 10:34 down Eagle in Periwinkle territory

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« Post / Reply #28 on: June 14, 2014, 09:13:05 AM »

 
Okay, enough dillydallying, my assistant is lying down in the shade, i guess i had better get a move on & try capturing this guy.
My helper moves towards him along the beach with a towel, while i put on my protective gear & come at him from the beach with the net & my big towel.
i need to stop him from heading towards the water.
There is an area of grass & logs behind him, & i am hoping he will go into this, which will trap his movements & make him easier to catch.
He is not looking at me at all.
i*m hoping he*ll just hop down from the log he is perched on, then i can chase him into the grass with my towel.
i approach slowly, one step at a time, closer & closer.
i watch his body language.
If i see him tense, i just stop, then he relaxes again.
i am able to get almost a net handle length away from him, & he is not moving.
Then suddenly he makes a leap & he is soaring away into the bay, where i originally went looking for him...
So much for not flying.
Really, he is not flying, he is just soaring, there is no flapping.
i notice his tail is not flat, it is skewed to the left, perhaps compensating for whatever is wrong with the left wing?
He lands near the high tide mark of the beach, so i go trudging after him, getting hot & steamy in my capture gear.
This time i approach slowly again, after getting as close to him as i can without him tensing, which is quite close.
i want him to go inland, into the Salal & grass behind him.
& when he makes a run for it, that is where he goes.
Perfect.
He is struggling to flap & walk through the high grass & bushes, if i can just get in there, i*ve got him.
But my feet are getting tangled in the logs on the beach, & i don*t want to break my ankle, so i have to move carefully, looking down.
He is swimming through the grass, this would be perfect for throwing the net over him.
But then he is out & onto a log & up high enough that he can leap & he is soaring away again, this time towards a large rock near the water...
Trudge trudge, this time, i circle around him & come at him from the water.
i approach him slowly slowly step by step, then i pause.
i was at this for probably half an hour, getting closer & closer, letting him get comfortable with my nearness, before i take another step.
Of course, that he lets me even get this close at all, is a sign that something is wrong.
i step one step closer, then stop.
i have to keep looking at my feet, to make a safe step on the rocks.
This is a complicated beach to walk on, you have to pay attention.
My goggles & glasses are fogging up.
i am within five feet of him, i think my net handle is five feet long.
My heart is pounding.
i am looking at his lovely sharp beak & razor talons & strong feet, thinking about what they can do to me if i don*t do this right.
i am going to move fast, toss the net over his head, i am scared about what i will do then.
i make my move, but sick as this poor guy is, he anticipates me & is soaring off again, this time waaaaay over to the left, past the point of Periwinkle.
i decide it is time to let my helper go free.
i need help with this guy.
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« Post / Reply #29 on: June 14, 2014, 10:07:55 AM »

 
Well, as luck would have it, wren is in her driveway as i pass by.
i tell her the situation & she is game to give it another try with me.
& she is going to bring two volunteers.
We decide to go home & eat lunch first.
In the meantime, my helper has dropped off the capture gear in my driveway.
When wren shows up, we load it all into the back of her truck.
We head back to the carcass, thinking the Eagle will be there, but he is not.
We walk along the bay where he first flew when i got too close.
i am thinking he will be perched on a log or hiding in the bush, but we don*t see him.
We go past Periwinkle point, to where i saw him fly last, & scan the beach, but don*t spot him.
i think i see him, but it is a trick of the light.
Then wren spots him!
He is perched on an upturned root at the high tide line.
Behind him is the steep bank, & bushes & trees.
If we can get him to go into these, rather that soaring out towards the water again, we might have him.
wren goes to get our two helpers while i take more assessment fotos.

june 7 2014 15:22 - down Eagle in Periwinkle territory










 
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