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Author Topic: Shingle Spit Nest - 2014-2015 Season  (Read 14289 times)
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« Post / Reply #30 on: April 01, 2015, 07:26:43 AM »

I've been watching this nest for short periods at a time this week, mostly seeing just one eagle perched at a time. Once I saw both eagles perched, but one took off and I'm pretty sure I saw him or her circle low and then fly up to the nest from the far side. Hard to tell, watching a silhouette behind the trees at dusk.'

Yesterday evening was clearer, though. Both eagles trilled and one shot out from the nest. They flew around, trilling, close like fantasy ice skaters. Then landed on a perch together, still trilling. Then... mated! and then Mom Shingle Spit flew off... And into the nest she flew, and stayed there.
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« Post / Reply #31 on: April 03, 2015, 10:53:48 PM »

Sunset and moonrise at the same time at Shingle Spit on April 1.
A dozen eagles flew out of nowhere and parked themselves all over the southern half of the Shingle Spit territory, on the escarpment.

A loon on the sunset side...




...And the moon rising over the mountain on the other side...




...And an eagle perched above the moon. (Thank you Gmadeb for the inspiration).








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« Post / Reply #32 on: April 04, 2015, 12:02:12 AM »

just gorgeous
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« Post / Reply #33 on: May 27, 2015, 10:26:32 PM »

Shortly before the Horned Grebes leave the area for their nesting grounds, they moult from their classic-grey winter garb to their crazily colourful breeding plumage. They become more vocal, more gregarious, and more difficult to approach. On April 24 I got lucky and found one near the Shingle Spit dock!

April 24, 6:58 pm










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« Post / Reply #34 on: May 27, 2015, 10:31:04 PM »

The day before, April 23, I caught this photo of what I presume is one of the Shingle Spit eagles.

There is a distinctive broken feather on the left wing, an inner primary (or an outer secondary, I'm not sure).
April 23, 7:28 pm
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« Post / Reply #35 on: May 29, 2015, 01:55:54 PM »

sunset and moonrise - wow, wonderful photos wren!
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« Post / Reply #36 on: June 26, 2015, 02:49:18 PM »

June 6... Leaving work early in the morning, I went to check on this nest. I had been hearing an eaglet screeping from across the bay and watching food being flown to the nest daily.

Here's someone watching the water from a low tree nearby...
June 6, 5:56 am



And here's the nest! It's still kind of dark but we can see one lovely eaglet, plus lots of white poopshots and lots of down clinging to the branches.



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« Post / Reply #37 on: July 18, 2015, 07:18:53 PM »


i took Otto for a walk to the tip of The Spit at low tide, & the Shingle Spits kept me company!
There was one Eaglet branching on the Nest Tree & also hanging out in the Nest, & a second Eaglet was fledged!
i saw that one change Trees a few times, following the adult & screeping at them.
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« Post / Reply #38 on: July 18, 2015, 09:58:10 PM »

Great news!
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« Post / Reply #39 on: July 19, 2015, 10:19:12 AM »

 
Okay, not the best time for taking fotos, with the Sun straight up there blasting away, but for documentation, here they are.
This is the one that was branching near the Nest.
At first they were both hanging out on the Nest Tree.
 
july 18 2015 13:11 - branching Shingle Spitlet
 


This one took off from the Nest Tree & landed in a perch Tree nearby.
 


They have their head feathers raised, possibly at me, & are large & in charge, perched on one foot with the other foot clenched & hanging down, relaxed.
 


Looking in the direction of the Nest Tree.
 

 
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« Post / Reply #40 on: July 19, 2015, 10:24:37 AM »

 
The fledged youngster then flew over to where the adult was perched, & was pestering them.

july 18 2015 13:50 - fledged Single Spitlet & adult



<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0otQEhXJrlw" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0otQEhXJrlw</a>

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« Post / Reply #41 on: July 19, 2015, 10:31:07 AM »

Sweet!
This nest has had pairs of eaglets before, and each one-eaglet year I wonder if I'm missing a second one. Thanks for finding out!
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« Post / Reply #42 on: July 31, 2015, 09:57:36 PM »

I went by this nest yesterday in the early evening and heard lots of screeps... And saw one of the eaglets perched on the edge of the nest with an adult nearby. The other screeps came from somewhere off the nest.
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« Post / Reply #43 on: July 31, 2015, 10:25:57 PM »

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