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« Post / Reply #15 on: December 31, 2014, 11:51:03 PM »

As the Yellowlegs pivots on his beautiful long stilts, he looks like a ballerina...

December 25, 12:04







Greater Yellowlegs can swim, but this one is just walking on the bottom here.



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« Post / Reply #16 on: January 01, 2015, 11:05:06 AM »

Love the ballerina pose!  Happy New Year,  winterwren!  I look forward to your 2015 adventures and stories and ALWAYS your amazing photos.  Thank you for sharing with us! 
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« Post / Reply #17 on: January 04, 2015, 12:00:44 AM »

Here's a landscape shot I took of the Heron Rocks campground, still partly flooded by the big rains.

The gnarly trees to the left are Garry Oaks. The mossy one closer to us is a Bigleaf Maple, and to the right are some arbutuses. Several of the campsites are off limits in the spring because rare wildflowers bloom all over them.

December 25, 1:05 pm


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« Post / Reply #18 on: January 18, 2015, 08:29:15 PM »

 
i had been hearing about all the Sea Lions & Orcas down at Heron Rocks, so on this sunny cold day, i drove down there to take a peek.
Well, so did a whole bunch of other people!
But it was amazing.
It was a low enough tide that people had walked onto Toby Island & there were dozens of Sea Lions basking on the west side of the Island, who had now gone into the other, & on the far side of the Island, the south side nearest the open water, there were dozens more.
i took a video of them & when i watched it, i could swear i saw a brand on one of them!
So i wrote to Marielle at Island Wildlife Natural Care Center to ask if i was imagining things.
She said this is what is done to some of them, to track them.
So i found two spots in my video where you could best see the number & took a scap of them & sent them on to her.
She asked the people who might know & this was their reply -

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Thank you for the photo.  From this I can't tell the complete number but because it is a rump brand on a California sea lion, it was branded in either Puget Sound, WA by Washington Department of Wildlife or in the Columbia River, OR by Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. These animals are branded as adult males while they are wintering in the northwest.  The brands are to identify individuals involved in fisheries interactions or for studies of ecology and movements within northwest waters and during their migration to California in the summer.

Sounds like there was actually another number or even three more.
i could only see this one in my video.
But now i know to be on the lookout for more, & that i wasn*t just imagining things.
You can clearly see the #1 in both of these fotos, & maybe a hint of another number beside it.
 
december 30 2014 15:15 - Sea Lions
 

 

 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/15692026974/in/photostream/
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« Post / Reply #19 on: January 21, 2015, 04:34:43 PM »

Wow. Lots going on here.

I love the Christmas pictures, Wren.
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« Post / Reply #20 on: February 19, 2015, 08:34:18 PM »

 
i went down to Heron Rocks to see all the wildlife action everyone was talking about one day & all i could see was all the plastic everywhere littering the beach!
So i*ve been determined to go back there & pick some of it up.
Well, today was the day.
It was a beautiful sunny day, i had a good big lunch at the Hall, & now Otto needed a walk.
So i went down there with all the bags i had, figuring on soaking up some sun at the same time.
As soon as we drove up the hill that then goes downhill to Olsen Farm, Heron Rocks & Ford Cove, we were in thick fog!
i couldn*t believe it.
& when i got out of the car, it was a solid mass of cold & damp that greeted me, not the sunshine i was expecting.
Had i even dressed for this?
So we got to work.
The sun was trying to peek through, & it finally did when it was time to go home!
i could hear TONS of Sea Lions, & Canada Geese, but all i was able to see was one Gull, who hung out at the shoreline with us.
i WAS gifted with the sighting of two young Eagles though!
i was nice & close, but still the fog softens what could have been lovely sharp closeups of them.
Here is the younger one, perhaps a three year old turning four in another two months.
The eye has gone a long way from brown & closer to yellow.
The beak is quite yellow, but still a swirl of dark in there.
The eye stripe of a three year old is starting to fade.

february 17 2015 14:15 - Heron Rocks Eagle





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« Post / Reply #21 on: February 19, 2015, 08:58:33 PM »

 
That first Eagle took off when i wasn*t looking darnit, & now the sun is out!
Well, at least the other Eagle waited for me.
i*d call this one a four year old just about to turn five & be considered an adult!
Eye is yellow, as is beak, & just a bit of smearing & patches of dark feathering left on the head.

february 17 2015 15:28 - Heron Rocks Eagle





There is an interesting dip down in the upper beak, that you don*t usually see, & one wing feather seems about to be shed.








 
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« Post / Reply #22 on: February 19, 2015, 09:34:50 PM »

 
february 17 2015 15:29:46 - Heron Rocks Eagle







Nice view of the still dark top of head feathering.



Gorgeous Eagle.




 
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« Post / Reply #23 on: February 22, 2015, 11:54:07 AM »

 
We went down to Heron Rocks, hoping to luck out & catch some action, but other than roaring Sea Lions & high-soaring Eagles, it was pretty quiet down there.

february 21 2015 14:15 - purple Crocuses at Heron Rocks


 
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« Post / Reply #24 on: March 08, 2015, 10:00:11 AM »

 
Further up on this page, here , i posted fotos from a video i*d gotten, showing a Sea Lion with a brand.
Today on The Weather Network webpage, is a much better foto example of this.
i*ve sent the foto to Marielle, at Island Wildlife Natural Care Center.
We*ll see if she finds something out about this individual!



http://www.theweathernetwork.com/photos/view/animals/a-branded-sea-lion/21900094
 
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« Post / Reply #25 on: April 26, 2015, 08:28:52 PM »

 
i*d intended to get down to Heron Rocks the day before to catch the wildflowers while they were still at their best & on a sunny day!
But i never made it.
So, i was determined to go down on this day, even though it was cool, cloudy & rainy.
For taking fotos, this cloudier day probably ended up giving me better colours.
i*ve never seen these beauties down here before, only ever heard of them.
i was told the Fawn Lilies were better a week ago, but i was happy with what i saw on this day!
 
april 12 2015 13:58 - Chocolate Lily
 


april 12 2015 14:17 - Fawn Lily
 

 

 

 

 
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« Post / Reply #26 on: April 26, 2015, 08:34:55 PM »

 
april 12 2015 14:24 - Chocolate Lily
 

 

 

 

 
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« Post / Reply #27 on: April 26, 2015, 09:18:04 PM »

Amazing   eek!
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« Post / Reply #28 on: June 02, 2015, 12:00:29 PM »

 
The hiking group this week started in the woods near Ford Cove & ended up on the beach in front of the Heron Rocks Nest.
The tide was low, so we were able to walk out to Toby Island.
Someone spotted a Mink moving about under a large boulder.
She had a Fish!

may 29 2015 11:37 - female Mink



The reason i say female is because of the open wound on the back of her head, poor thing.
If Mink are like Otters, the male grabs the back of her head in his teeth during mating, & often removes large hunks of flesh!
Mating for Otters can be life-threatening, for the female.





Here, she is dragging her big Fish away under the boulder.



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« Post / Reply #29 on: July 04, 2015, 09:55:39 PM »

I checked this nest this morning.
Saw and heard a very loud eaglet on the nest. One of the parents delivered a fish and I could see just one dark head and heard only one set of screeps.

So for now it looks like one eaglet. They had me fooled last year, however.

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