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Author Topic: Nest 21 - Whaling Station Bay - 2014 season  (Read 7096 times)
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« on: March 16, 2014, 08:11:25 PM »

This topic if for photos, stories and discussions about Nest 21 and its territory.
Here is how Booni described this nest:

This Nest is inland & past Whaling Station Bay a bit.
It looks over a huge marsh, & backs onto Helliwell Park.
The territory extends across the eastern edge of the Bay & along the northern shore to the right.
There are neighbours here who have watched this same Nest for over twenty years now!
It is a beautiful Nest in a beautiful Tree.

Click Here to view the observations from the 2011 season.

Click here to view the observations from the 2010 season.


Click here for my HWF album from the 2009 season containing photos & videos to do with this Nest.



...And here is a link to last year's postings.
This nest had one eaglet last year, two in 2012, two in 2011 and one in 2010.
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« Post / Reply #1 on: March 16, 2014, 08:54:33 PM »

I went paddling past this nest's territory on March 9.

There was no herring spawn in Whaling Station Bay, but east of Cape Gurney the water still held a dilute turquoise colouring.

On Cape Gurney itself I spotted this beautiful youngster. I fought with the wind to get a better angle to the light and mostly lost, but here is the best shot:




As soon as I turned the corner I could see a huge flock of dark birds. There are usually a few hundred scoters in this area, but this time the numbers were well over a thousand. They are probably feeding on herring roe in the deeper water.
Surf Scoters and a few gulls visible in this picture.
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More and more scoters... Again mostly Surfs but at least one Black Scoter, with the plain yellow-orange bill, on the far right. We also see the flock extending a looong way away.  The turquoise tinge from the herring spawn is more obvious in this photo.
12:02



And more and more scoters...
Two Blacks on the near edge of the flock (I love how they almost disappear between waves) - and a long-tailed duck near them. As migration time approaches, other ducks, notably Long-taileds and Scaups, will join the flock.

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« Post / Reply #2 on: April 03, 2014, 11:46:35 AM »

 
There were quite a few Eagles perched in the Nest #21 territory, which there often are.
i believe some are their youngsters, but some are there for some kind of feeding opportunity.
So it is a fun place to take a walk.
What a sweet face.
Head feathers, eyes & beak are still dark, so i*d call this a juvenile, still in their first year of life.
 
march 31 2014 13:52 - youngster in Nest #21 territory
 


These youngsters were all perched in Trees near the water.
Here is another, older, one.
i*d say this one is one, just turning two.
Eye & beak are still quite dark, but not as dark as the younger Eagle.
This one seems to have food in the crop.
 


i believe this was one of the Nest #21 pair, also perched on the water.
 


This one also looks to be a juvenile.
They seem very thin, though they do have a very full crop.
 


Same individual, nictitating membrane in use.
 

 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/13605906523/

 
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« Post / Reply #3 on: April 03, 2014, 12:04:24 PM »

 
There were also a few Eagles on the beach, perched right next to the water.
Look at this lovely juvenile & their gorgeous fluorescent feet!
 
march 31 2014 14:30 - youngster in Nest #21 territory
 


Here*s the skinny juvenile again, looking a bit better from a different angle.
 

 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/13606221464/
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« Post / Reply #4 on: April 03, 2014, 03:08:36 PM »

love the pictures of the eagles of different ages - the one on the beach has beautiful yellow feet that match the yellow on the stones!  what exactly is the yellow stuff on the stones?
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« Post / Reply #5 on: April 05, 2014, 09:46:45 AM »


Foldi, i*m not exactly sure what that yellow stuff is but you see it on the rocks, growing there, maybe some kind of lichen?
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« Post / Reply #6 on: April 07, 2014, 08:20:16 AM »

 
Out walking on this beautiful sunny day in Nest #21 territory, we spotted the gorgeous Dad of the pair watching something intently.
The flatness of the top of his head is really different, to me.

march 17 2014 13:59 - Nest #21 adult in perch Tree



The Tree they perch in on this point is absolutely gorgeous.
It must be very old.
It is gnarly & not that tall.







A little later, & now the pair are perched in their usual spot, on the top of this Tree.
Here*s the great big Mum of the pair, with Dad perched to her left.



https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/13695342144/
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« Post / Reply #7 on: May 11, 2014, 09:50:13 AM »

 
We were out walking in the Whaling Station territory & spotted THIS big beautiful Eagle!
i figured it was Mum #21 til i looked closer at the fotos.
Look at the dark feathering still in the forehead & cheeks.
Beak is yellow yellow.
Eye has that blue tinge to it still.
 
april 28 2014 14:28 - four year old sub-adult Eagle
 

 


Dark feathering under the chin still, too.
 

 

 



 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/14158038641/in/photostream/
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« Post / Reply #8 on: May 12, 2014, 11:31:36 AM »

Great Photos,  Thanks you sure make it interesting to come and look everyday for pics and updates
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« Post / Reply #9 on: June 27, 2014, 06:18:20 PM »

On June 21 I spent a while watching the nest from the back side. I saw or heard no eagles at all, but it may have been nap time. I could see a bit of 'white rain' around the bottom of the tree, so it's worth a second look.

June 21, 3:23 pm



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« Post / Reply #10 on: July 28, 2014, 09:37:40 PM »

On July 3 I returned to this nest and watched for some more time. There were actually less poop shots around what I could see of the bottom of the tree - some had been washed off by rain, I suppose. It really seems there is nothing going on at this nest this year. But I'll check with the neighbours next time I see them, to be sure.
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