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Author Topic: Nest #9 West Carmichael - 2015 - 2016 Season  (Read 28654 times)
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« Post / Reply #60 on: April 06, 2016, 08:35:52 AM »

Wow!  How very cool!  Great sequence!!!!  love
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« Post / Reply #61 on: April 06, 2016, 10:37:02 AM »

Wow!!  Very cool to watch the sequence!
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« Post / Reply #62 on: April 19, 2016, 08:13:32 AM »

 
march 27 2016 16:07 - male Purple Finch
 

 

 
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« Post / Reply #63 on: April 19, 2016, 09:34:24 AM »

 
Yesterday morning i came ker-thumping down the steps without my glasses on & spotted a fabulous Pileated Woodpecker on my bark mulch pile.
i watched with great pleasure for a while, then wished for my glasses & camera.
i got down on my hands & knees to sneak past the window, so as to not scare her away, & went downstairs to get both, but by the time i got there, she was gone.
Today i was already downstairs when she announced her arrival again!
i was able to take this video of her through the door window without scaring her away!

april 19 2016 07:21 - female Pileated Woodpecker having a bark mulch bath
 
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« Post / Reply #64 on: April 19, 2016, 09:52:10 PM »

 love what fun
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« Post / Reply #65 on: April 20, 2016, 08:17:03 AM »

What a treat!  So glad you could capture this!  Thanks for sharing!  love
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« Post / Reply #66 on: April 23, 2016, 08:34:57 PM »

 
Still catching up with fotos from last month!
This lovely male Rufous Hummingbird was in my garden.
 
march 26 2016 14:04 - male Rufous Hummingbird
 

 

 


When he turned on the branch & faced me, he was flashing his gorget, & i was trying to capture this.
 

 

 
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« Post / Reply #67 on: April 23, 2016, 08:37:47 PM »

 
march 26 2016 14:06:11 - male Rufous Hummingbird
 

 

 

 

 

 
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« Post / Reply #68 on: April 23, 2016, 08:43:44 PM »

 
Listen to him chattering away!
Supposedly the males show up first, then the females.
i*d had Anna*s Hummingbirds here all winter, & they begin nesting first.
 
march 26 2016 14:04 - male Rufous Hummingbird
 
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« Post / Reply #69 on: May 01, 2016, 08:07:23 PM »

 
The Niners are my neighbours, but their Nest is difficult to observe from the ground.
i could stand out on the road all day & may be lucky enough to catch a fly in & landing or a take off from the Nest.
So, i just have to kind of be lucky to catch things that are going on with them.
They perch in the Trees behind & across the street from me, & i can hear them on the Nest.
One night a few months ago i was going to the mailbox with Otto in the dark with my flashlight.
The Nest Tree is right in behind the mailboxes.
i was flashing my light around, watching where Otto was going, then i flashed my mailboxes & startled the Eagle who had been perched in a Tree right above the mailboxes!
The Eagle took off over my head towards the water.
Not sure who was more startled.
i am thinking this pair are incubating eggs, but i have no solid proof.
It just sounds like they are, & i get glimpses that they may be.
A few days ago we were walking to the mailbox & i spotted two Eagles soaring right over their perch Trees, next to their Nest.
Well, how can they be incubating if they are both soaring contentedly like that?
We carried on to the mailboxes, & just as we were walking down the road to them, i heard this whooshing sound that can best be described as the sound a blow torch makes.
i remember when i first moved here, it would be a beautiful sunny day & i would hear this sound & it was just like something out of this world that i could not identify the source of.
Now i know to look up!
An Eagle had their feet down & wings bent in sharply & was doing a steep drop from the sky fromthe water side of the road into the Nest!
It was them whooshing.
So, these are the kind of little things that tell me they are on eggs.
A little while ago i posted a bunch of fotos of one of the Niners in the Tree across the road from me.
One was in the usual spot at the top, the other was lower down in an old bare gnarly branch & i watched them preen for an hour until the branch broke from under them.
i thought they would NEVER perch in this branch again.
Yesterday i was giving away plants & showing my garden to some locals & their visitors when one of them pointed out to me the Eagle across the road from me that i hadn*t noticed!
i got my camera out as soon as they left, surprised that a Niner would use this branch again.
Well, turns out, when i started watching through my camera, it wasn*t a Niner, at least not one of the Niner pair.

april 30 2016 15:00 - just turned adult Eagle



Looks like someone who hatched in 2011.
An Eagle who has just turned adult!
They have that crescent dark smear on their cheek, & some brown still around the base of the beak.
The beak is fully yellow & so is the eye.
The tail feathers still have lovely youngster colouring on the tips, though.



She is VERY concerned about what is going on in the Niner territory!
Here she is looking at the perch Trees behind my yard.



& of course i am spotted, at the top of my driveway, across the street from this Tree.



Trying to see the Niner Nest Tree.



My eyes & face are behind the camera, but she is studying me anyway.
i just stand completey still.



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« Post / Reply #70 on: May 01, 2016, 08:18:51 PM »

 
Still trying to see what is going on at the Nest Tree.

april 30 2016 15:19 - just turned adult Eagle



Look how long her neck is, with the peering.



The way she is watching so avidly, she seems to expect to be chased out any second.





Her head is in constant motion.
Including keeping an eye on me!



At one point she tucks her left foot up to her belly & stands on one leg, a relaxed position.
i am going to be standing here a long time!
Every time she tenses up, i get ready to press & hold the shutter button down!



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« Post / Reply #71 on: May 01, 2016, 08:29:05 PM »

Fabulous, Booni!!!   Have you tried lifting a foot under you to relax the way an eagle does?  while you're waiting??  hee hee!  Wonderful wonderful photos!!! Thanks for sharing!  love
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« Post / Reply #72 on: May 01, 2016, 08:34:57 PM »

 
Suddenly her body posture changes & i know the time has finally come & i get ready to catch it all!
All of the next 11 fotos happen in about 2 seconds!

april 30 2016 15:32:59 - just turned adult Eagle





Look at the position of the tail!











One of the Niners chases her out!









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« Post / Reply #73 on: May 02, 2016, 05:39:02 AM »

Holy chromoly Booni! Those incredible photos deserve an award!   nod  What a series  thumbup I sure hope you enter them into a photo contest.  pray and I am very glad you didn't follow Amazed suggestion. You might have fallen over and missed it all!    oh no
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« Post / Reply #74 on: June 14, 2016, 10:56:39 PM »

This evening I was working right below this nest for about an hour around sunset. Most of the time we had a truck engine running but at the end we were able to shut it down, and in the quiet I heard a few nice strong screeps from the nest!

Just one voice so far.

At least one eaglet here!
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