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Author Topic: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season  (Read 142203 times)
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« Post / Reply #15 on: October 09, 2014, 08:59:44 PM »

TY Boonie for your wonderful pics..I wa s thinking the eagle, thought to be dad, is  a little too white on head and tail to be dad
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« Post / Reply #16 on: October 10, 2014, 08:48:26 AM »


Nancy, thanks for looking through my fotos & finding those of Dad with talons crossed!
i won*t forget now that this is not just a Mum trait.
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« Post / Reply #17 on: October 10, 2014, 11:11:04 AM »

When Mom came back last year, she had moulted her head feathers. It made her look different, less tired and grey.
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« Post / Reply #18 on: October 13, 2014, 09:53:04 AM »

 
Another foto of the gorgeous Eagle spotted from the ground last tuesday.

october 7 2014 14:33 - Eagle in the Babysitting Tree



Here they are, scratching their head with those terribly sharp talons!
Not quite sure how they manage this without gashing themselves to pieces.
i love being able to see the sole of the foot & toes like this.



Another view of the topside of the head of this Eagle.
Sometimes Dad has a bit of a dark freckle up there.
Look how the breast feathers are all fluffed out here.



The Eagle is still hot, opening their wings to cool off, & panting for the same reason.



i want to see Dad in this pose, but i just cannot.


 
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« Post / Reply #19 on: October 13, 2014, 11:03:07 AM »

 
Here the Eagle is hanging down their right leg & foot.

october 7 2014 15:21 - Eagle in the Babysitting Tree



Here the Eagle has brought their foot back up to their belly.



This is a gorgeous Eagle.
i love the shaggy head feathers & the shaggy white long neckline.
Dad seems to have a shorter neck than this Eagle.
Look at the lovely leggings!





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« Post / Reply #20 on: October 13, 2014, 12:07:53 PM »

smile Fabulous series!!
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« Post / Reply #21 on: October 13, 2014, 12:21:33 PM »

I was sure the Tuesday eagle was Dad, but if he is not, then it has to be one of their offspring - he is so much like Dad. The neck feathers are different tho, as seen in your excellent photos.  Thanks!
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« Post / Reply #22 on: October 16, 2014, 06:57:15 PM »

Sub-adult eagle on the nest, October 16.

4:25 pm



Here's the other side of the head. An almost-closed nictitating membrane as a bonus.
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« Post / Reply #23 on: October 16, 2014, 07:04:25 PM »

Meanwhile another eagle on the BST. It only took Eagle-eye Imp one second to spot the feather with a large dark spot on this one's tail.
These two eagles were keeping an eye on each other.
October 16, 4:26 pm



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« Post / Reply #24 on: October 16, 2014, 10:50:18 PM »

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« Post / Reply #25 on: October 17, 2014, 01:39:04 AM »

Indeed, Rajame.

Here's another photo of the eagle who perched in the BST. It's the best view of the dark bit under the tail.

Looks to me like maybe a single feather, still shorter than the rest, newly emerged after a moult. And just a freak colouring, like Dad's dark 'freckle'?
I'll let the experts figure it out.
I think these two eagles are quite beautiful.
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« Post / Reply #26 on: October 17, 2014, 01:48:14 AM »

Here is the younger one visiting the nest again.

The first photo is a bit blurry but shows some light spots under the right wing. They are visible in several photos but this is the best view.
October 16, 4:02 pm



I like how the lighter feathers make a starburst pattern on the forehead here.
4:32 pm



At 4:35, the other eagle flew from the BST toward Hidden Beach. This one is watching the other one go. Shortly after and from time to time for the rest of my visit, I heard trills coming from the Hidden Beach area.


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« Post / Reply #27 on: October 17, 2014, 01:57:10 AM »

Here's a view of the back of the visitor's head.

October 16, 4:40 pm



Today was the first time I stood for so long watching the nest on a day of strong southeasterly winds. It has made me realise that the stump is a beautiful shelter. This eagle is standing in the lee most of the time, tucked away from that wind.
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« Post / Reply #28 on: October 17, 2014, 11:43:35 AM »

Wren
Wonderful photos!
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« Post / Reply #29 on: October 17, 2014, 12:08:44 PM »

Thanks for those wonderful photos accompanied by your keen observations Booni and Wrennie.  I'm still holding out hope for sighting binoculars our dear Mom & Dad, but suspect we may be seeing some of their offspring here. pray Would be cool if their home stayed in the family though.
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