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Phipps Point nest - 2014-2015 season
« on: December 13, 2014, 02:10:16 PM »
This thread is for discussion of the Phipps Point nest and its territory.

Phipps Point is the site of the old ferry ramp; it is now a quiet beach with a large intertidal zone, a good hunting territory for eagles. Phipps Point is also a very nice bird-watching area.

Last year this nest produced two healthy eaglets.

Click here to see last year's postings about this nest.

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Re: Phipps Point nest - 2014-2015 season
« Reply #1 on: December 13, 2014, 02:27:56 PM »
Yesterday I stopped by to check this nest. We have had two big storms in a row and I'm checking my regular haunts to see how the nests have held up. This one seemed fine.

I went down to the beach to look for the eagles but did not find them.

Instead, I ran into this ferocious predator!  :heart
December 12, 3:27



A Ruby-crowned Kinglet! With his crown shining bright! It's usually hidden under the green head feathers; this was the first time I had seen it. This little guy flew right at me. Turns out I had parked my truck in his hunting area.

He was fly-catching; I had never seen a kinglet do that. Fly-catching is when they launch from a perch, catch an insect in mid-flight, and then return to perch (not necessarily at the same spot). I had only seen kinglets glean for insects among vegetation.






Shortly after, he moved across the path and started gleaning among the brambles and grasses in the usual way.
We can still see his ruby crown here, partly tucked in.




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Re: Phipps Point nest - 2014-2015 season
« Reply #2 on: December 13, 2014, 04:35:04 PM »
He looks non too happy with you in that first photo, wren!  Such a fierce look but what a beauty!
"We tend to forget that happiness doesn't come as a result of getting something we don't have, but rather of recognizing and appreciating what we do have."    ~Frederick Koenig

"We aren't the only ones that live on the planet, but we act like it."  ~ Jane Goodall

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Re: Phipps Point nest - 2014-2015 season
« Reply #3 on: December 13, 2014, 07:09:41 PM »
 :ecsmile great story andphotos wren!

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Re: Phipps Point nest - 2014-2015 season
« Reply #4 on: December 13, 2014, 07:30:48 PM »
Thanks Cali and Sandor!

Here are a few more photos of His Royal Highness. (I just can't resist.)

Still gleaning bugs from the grasses here.
December 12, 3:35



Now he's back on top of the bramble pile, flycatching again.
It turns out that the way I used to draw birds when I was 5 years old was completely accurate! A roundish blob, eyes and a beak, stick legs.
3:37



3:39






Long live the King!  :eclove



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Re: Phipps Point nest - 2014-2015 season
« Reply #5 on: December 14, 2014, 12:16:58 AM »
Wren,  you really caught a very expressive bird.

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Re: Phipps Point nest - 2014-2015 season
« Reply #6 on: December 19, 2014, 12:41:38 AM »
This series is from back on November 1st. Another day when I didn't find any eagles at Phipps Point (they're around; just not when I come out with my camera). But found other birds.

A flock of Surf Scoters had been feeding in the shallows. I parked myself behind a log and eventually they started disregarding my presence and came in closer on the flood tide.
Among them, a surprise: three Black Scoters, with thinner bills and pale cheeks. These are either females or juveniles; I can't tell them apart. The Surf Scoter (also a female or juvenile) is the one with the big schnozz.

Phipps Point, November 1, 4:09 pm





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Re: Phipps Point nest - 2014-2015 season
« Reply #7 on: March 07, 2015, 10:32:12 PM »
March 6... Still no herring spawn at Phipps Point either, but a handsome eagle perched on a tree up the hill...

March 6, 5:05



I walked down to the water, and soon this eagle flew off his perch and moved closer to the water too.
5:08



I thought this was Mom Phipps, because I heard a low gulling call from time to time... But his mouth is closed! There is another eagle nearby, so this, I'm guessing, must be Dad Phipps.
5:09



Here's his mate. And this is either the top of the nest tree, or of one very near it. She gulled again while a youngster flew low over the beach. Dad held his peace.
This is the only shot I got where the branch isn't over her eye. Just!




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Re: Phipps Point nest - 2014-2015 season
« Reply #8 on: March 07, 2015, 10:41:50 PM »
Trying to get a better view of Mom Phipps, I must have gotten too close to her mate.
He looks about to take flight.
March 6, 5:10



Here goes.







I like the striped shadow from his wing on this one.




Another one with interesting shadows.




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Re: Phipps Point nest - 2014-2015 season
« Reply #9 on: March 07, 2015, 11:14:09 PM »
Wren  the Phipps seem to be masters of concealment.  But you got beautiful shots of them. Love the in flight photos.

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Re: Phipps Point nest - 2014-2015 season
« Reply #10 on: March 14, 2015, 09:22:20 PM »
In the fog on March 10... Presumably Mom Phipps on the left and Dad on the right.

March 10, 10:18 am




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Re: Phipps Point nest - 2014-2015 season
« Reply #11 on: March 14, 2015, 09:32:48 PM »
On March 13, when I walked the beach back to Phipps Point after the observations posted here, I noticed quite a few eagles resting around this territory also.
There were a few lined up every few hundred metres on the beach. Some perched here and there. A good bouquet of them in two trees near the old dock.
March 13, 5:09



I slowly approached these trees and got a few closer shots.
5:15



5:16. Click the picture to see the fish scales on the front eagle's beak.



5:17 Top of the same tree.



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Re: Phipps Point nest - 2014-2015 season
« Reply #12 on: March 14, 2015, 09:41:34 PM »
Meanwhile, on the rock pile at the end of the old dock, a Great Blue Heron is fishing.
He has nice new long head plumes, his bill is bright orangey-yellow and he's got a clear blue loral patch... Breeding regalia.

March 13, 5:04 pm



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Re: Phipps Point nest - 2014-2015 season
« Reply #13 on: March 15, 2015, 12:26:37 AM »
beautiful photos, ty (((wren)))

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Re: Phipps Point nest - 2014-2015 season
« Reply #14 on: March 17, 2015, 10:31:08 AM »

i got a report this morning of two dozen Eagles of all ages hanging out in the Trees near Phipp*s Pt. yesterday!
wooohoooo!