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« on: April 29, 2014, 10:57:34 PM »

This thread is for photos and discussion of the Dunlop Nest and its territory.
Dunlop Point dries up to a long series of reefs at low tide, and is adjacent to Nash Bank, a popular fishing spot for eagles and humans alike. The seals like it too.

This nest has produced two eaglets every year, but last year the nest was silent. The neighbours told Booni that there was an eaglet early in the season, but it did not make it to fledging age.

To see the postings from the 2010-2011 season, click Here.

The 2011-2012 postings start Here.

Last year's postings start here.


Here's a copy of last year's map of the nests of Hornby Island. The Dunlop Nest is toward the lower right of the map.


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« Post / Reply #1 on: April 29, 2014, 11:04:16 PM »

On April 14 I briefly visited a house that is just a few feet from this nest!

I asked the owner if the eagles were around and he said yes, all the time. He sees plenty of coming and going from the nest, so most likely these eagles are incubating eggs.

Someone else asked, "So, are they still dropping branches on your house?"

And the owner smiled and answered, "Oh yeah. Branches, fish bones, bird bones, a whole live fish once."

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« Post / Reply #2 on: May 08, 2014, 10:08:09 AM »

Wrennie, just love reading about your kayak adventures, your descriptions and your absolutely beautiful photography, - feel like we are right there witnessing what you are seeing.  Thank you so much!  (makes me miss my kayak i used to have many years ago)  smile
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« Post / Reply #3 on: May 14, 2014, 11:26:11 PM »

Well, i had another kayak adventure today!
It was a lovely calm day, and I had wanted to go harvest some edible seaweed at the entrance of Tribune Bay, so while I was there I crossed the bay and went to check on some nests!

Dunlop Point was the first nest I encountered. Even from way out in Tribune Bay, I could see when an eagle landed on one of the perch trees near the nest. Then through a small gap in the trees, I saw a perfect silhouette of the nest, and another eagle was on it!
This nest was inactive last year, so it was a wonderful feeling, seeing an eagle on it.

I paddled around to the other side of Dunlop Point for a better view.
The eagle was still there.
May 14, 6:17 pm



It's always a lot of fun threading through the shallows. I got closer to shore... Were these feeding motions I was seeing?
6:22
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« Post / Reply #4 on: May 14, 2014, 11:32:24 PM »

love

We can't see well because the sun is in my face, but... there is definitely a little fuzzy someone on the nest!
May 14, 6:24 pm



Two little fuzzylets, even?








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« Post / Reply #5 on: May 14, 2014, 11:37:40 PM »

May 14, 6:30 pm

All done with feeding.




And is that a flatlet at the feet of the parent eagle?



Seems to me like the trunk of the tree is well 'painted' also...
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« Post / Reply #6 on: May 15, 2014, 09:42:09 AM »


Wow!
Nice documenting from the water wren!

That last foto, to me, looks like an adult down in the Nest, brooding.
Excellent.
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« Post / Reply #7 on: May 15, 2014, 10:43:48 AM »

Yes, that is possible, Booni...
The other adult landed on a nearby tree while I crossed Tribune Bay, and seemed to remain there the whole time, but I had my back turned between the feeding photos and the last posting, while I paddled back  around some of rocks of Dunlop Point, so he or she could have flown back into the nest at that time.
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« Post / Reply #8 on: June 23, 2014, 08:15:21 PM »

June 9, we took our HIP Trip guests on a paddle in the big canoe!
I was mostly busy as a bow paddler but managed a few bad photos, still useful for documentation.

Here's the Dunlop Nest with, again, one eaglet showing.
June 9, 4:42 pm


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« Post / Reply #9 on: July 05, 2014, 10:25:11 PM »

On June 24 I returned to the Dunlop Nest, by land this time, hoping for better photos of the eaglet.

The low-tide beach was mesmerizing in its blues and greens.
June 24, 2:37 pm







As for the eaglet, I only got glimpses of this one. Once again, just enough to document that someone is alive in there.
2:40 pm



As I moved off the beach, one of the parents landed on the nest tree.
2:51


Unfortunately, the eaglet did not call out, nor did he or she move further into view.
So that was all I saw that day.
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