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« on: October 14, 2014, 10:03:18 AM »


Here will be posted fotos, videos & observations noted in the Shingle Spit Eagle Nest territory!
This territory is next to the ferry that takes you off Hornby Island.
It is a most lovely spot, with lots of different wildlife to observe.
Last year*s topic, the links to previous years* topics, & a fabulous map of Hornby tracking all the Eagle Nests of Hornby Island, worked on by wren, can be found here.
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« Post / Reply #1 on: October 14, 2014, 11:26:50 AM »

 
We went for a walk on this lovely sunny warm day on The Bench which is a trail along the water, high up the side of Mt. Geoffrey overlooking the ferry, Denman, Lambert Channel & with a view of Vancouver Island beyond.
This is a magnificent place, with lovely blonde grasses & lots of Arbutus Trees.
We were walking back to join the rest of the group when ekf spotted this Bird atop a snag.
i had just been telling them how wren often sees Peregrine Falcons in this area, & that perhaps they Nest in the shallow caves in the rock just below our feet.
i couldn*t believe that with us stomping around & talking, & with Otto nearby, this lovely Bird didn*t just fly off & we never would have spotted her!
She gave us 17 minutes to get a sharp foto of her before she took off.
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october 8 2014 15:13 - Peregrine Falcon
 


Look at her lovely yellow feet & her curious eye.
i couldn*t believe she didn*t take off at the sight of us, so close by!
 


Such a sweet face!
With they curiosity & gentleness of the face, we figured this must be a youngster.
 


i knew from looking it up the only other time i*d see a Peregrine Falcon in the Nest #16-19 territory here , that the markings of the youngster set them apart from the adults.
i knew that my first sighting had been a juvenile.
But i couldn*t remember what about the markings made them different.

Look at the crossed talons & the fluffed out belly feathers!
 


Here she has her left foot tucked up against her belly, resting, she is not in a hurry to leave & our arms are getting shaky from holding our cameras up for so long!
 


We were loathe to leave such an opportunity, but we were getting tired!
Who would leave first?
Us or her?
We looked away for a moment & both of us missed her blasting off at high speed.
We were sad to miss the fly-off, but relieved to be able to stop taking fotos!

A close up of her talons crossed, just like an Eagle!



When i got home i looked up the markings of adults vs. juvenile Peregrine Falcons.
Turns out the youngsters are very noticeable!
Their breast stripes are heavy & dark & VERTICAL!
Whereas the adults have more white, & finer, horizontal stripes.
So this curious & patient Peregrine was an adult.
Look now at the link i posted above to compare the breast feathering of an adult vs. a juvenile.
The difference is quite noticeable.
 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/14916322283/
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« Post / Reply #2 on: October 14, 2014, 02:57:42 PM »

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« Post / Reply #3 on: October 14, 2014, 03:04:39 PM »

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« Post / Reply #4 on: October 15, 2014, 06:33:07 AM »

what a treat to find such a lovely!  thanx booni
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« Post / Reply #5 on: October 24, 2014, 05:20:27 PM »

I had not yet seen or heard any eagles in this territory, but when I arrived in the area at dusk yesterday (October 23), an eagle was trilling high and long from a tree near the nest! Dad Shingle Spit? So more eagles seem to have come in on the tail of the storm.

I had a further treat around 11 pm: a Barred Owl, narrowly missing the ship and landing on a dock railing, where I was able to watch him or her for a few minutes with binoculars.
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« Post / Reply #6 on: October 24, 2014, 07:15:35 PM »

 eek! Nice!! Thank you for the updates Wrinterwren  love
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« Post / Reply #7 on: October 29, 2014, 11:47:04 PM »

I had some great news from the ship's daytime crew today. There has been a lot of fish in the channel! The Chum Salmon are running, and the crew have seen big feed balls with dozens of eagles in attendance, taking away full-sized herring. During the storm, two Humpback Whales showed up; a family of Orcas the day before.

Meanwhile at night I'm getting more visits from that Barred Owl.  smile
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« Post / Reply #8 on: October 30, 2014, 08:37:03 AM »

Thanks for the message Wren! That is great!
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« Post / Reply #9 on: October 30, 2014, 10:48:32 AM »

Wonderful News, Thank you Wren!
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« Post / Reply #10 on: October 30, 2014, 03:29:32 PM »

Very nice to know about the fish, eagles and the owl, Wren.   Thank you.   love
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« Post / Reply #11 on: October 30, 2014, 05:33:46 PM »

Thanks so much for news of healthy ecosystem activities on H, Wren!!!  love
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« Post / Reply #12 on: January 12, 2015, 07:50:45 PM »

In late December, 2 days working on the water in nice sunshine near this nest!

I could see an adult perched near the nest from time to time, but they never did come close enough for a photo.

Meanwhile, though, some of my favourite seabirds showed up!
We see Common Murres in this area through the winter but they are difficult to approach.
These are my best shots to date. I had never seen the thin eye ring and the buff-yellow colour at the gape.

December 29, 2:30



Wings partway open, tipping forward for a dive. The legs are partly visible. Another split second and he was gone.



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« Post / Reply #13 on: January 12, 2015, 07:57:43 PM »

Just a little later, close to shore, a juvenile Red-necked Grebe in the shade, with just a little bit of sun on his back.

December 29, 2:45



Lifting those amazing feet with the lobed toes out of the water for a good scratch!








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« Post / Reply #14 on: January 13, 2015, 03:09:10 AM »

really cool details - what a cam and what an eye you have  smile
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