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« on: October 21, 2015, 10:21:43 AM »


The Shingle Spit Nest is very close to where you get off the ferry that arrives at Hornby Island when you come over from Denman.
The Nest is a bit hard to spot, but you can see the Eagles coming & going & perched in Trees near the ferry.
This is a beautiful spot, overlooking Shingle Spit, a really cool formation, the waters of Lambert Channel, which run between Hornby & Denman, Denman Island itself, & an almost never-ending spectacle of wildlife including Ducks, Great Blue Herons, Eagles of all ages, Orcas & even Humpback Whales, as well as Cormorants, Black Oystercatchers, you name it.
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 22, 2015, 08:57:33 AM »

 
We went for a walk on Shingle Spit but the tide was high & there were tons of Black Oystercatchers & maybe Double-Crested Cormorants hanging out on the tip & we didn*t want to scare them so we stuck to the high tide line & snuck around the Spit to the beach on the other side without disturbing them.
On our way back, these lovely Harlequin Ducks allowed us to get nice & close!
 
october 20 2015 15:32 - male Harlequin Ducks
 

 

 
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« Post / Reply #2 on: January 16, 2016, 09:54:10 AM »

 
Here is an Eagle i spotted at the end of our hike from the ferry to Ford Cove & back yesterday!
They were perched on a lamp standard, right on the metal, which i have never seen before.
i was uphill & through the Trees from them, so was able to get quite close!
We were at pretty much the same level.
In the first foto, the Eagle was just coming up from preening their lower back, so you see the cool feathers under there.
 
january 15 2016 12:20:28 - Eagle on lamp post at ferry landing
 

 

 

 

 

 
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« Post / Reply #3 on: January 16, 2016, 01:25:40 PM »

Woohoo is right!  A beautiful collection of photos!  What a beautiful eagle!  Thanks for sharing! love
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« Post / Reply #4 on: February 24, 2016, 08:32:03 PM »

Each month I do a seabird count along the Ford Cove trail. Just as I used to see from work in previous years, there is usually a pair of eagles perched near the point with the house on it.

I still don't know if those eagles have a nest somewhere. I have a story in my head that this might be the waterfront property of the Strachan Valley eagles, who live over the mountain ridge, but of course there is absolutely no way to tell.

During this month's survey I got a decent photo of one of the eagles, near the territory line of the Shingle Spit pair.
We can see the eagle's pupil through the nictitating membrane.

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« Post / Reply #5 on: April 09, 2016, 09:08:55 PM »

 
We had a fun day today!
We went down to Shingle Spit.
It was a warm sunny day, & REALLY warm in the bay in front of the pub.
i brought an empty feed bag, & managed to fill it right up with plastic bits from the beach.
i also found this!
i*ve been seeing underwater fotos of Squid guarding their egg sacks, & they look a lot like this.
These ones are hatched, though.
They were all stuck to a rock & drying in the Sun.
i*ve asked The Marine Detective what they are.
Oh, she has replied already!
Hello Barb. They are marine snail egg cases - species is the "Wrinkled Dogwinkle".
 
april 9 2016 14:01 - marine snail eggs - species is the "Wrinkled Dogwinkle"



So, we wandered on to the point of the Spit where there was a nice cool breeze that Otto really appreciated.
i had a really good open view of the Shingle Spit Nest with good light.
i kept taking fotos, hoping i*d luck out & spot someone incubating.
But what are the chances of spotting someone in there amongst all those sticks.
Chances are, they are way down below the level of sticks that i can see.
 


i left Otto to snooze in the breeze, & went further out to the point of the Spit, leaving Otto to guard my gear.
As luck would have it, i watched an Eagle land on the right side of the Nest & disappear down into it, while the other Eagle who had been in the Nest flew off for a break.
i didn*t get back to my camera in time, darnit.
i took a little break on the bench with Otto, but kept taking fotos.
From all this ways away, i could see something white, but i figured it was just the Sun reflecting off of something in there.
Looking at my monitor at the fotos i*d taken, i just could not make sense of that white blotch i was seeing.
i was zooming into the fotos, then suddenly an eye jumped out at me & i was sure it was just a trick of the light.
 


But it is not!
Now, when you go back to the first Nest foto i posted, can you see what i couldn*t see at first?
 




april 9 2016 16:03 - Shingle Spit Eagle incubating egg/s on the Nest
 

 
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« Post / Reply #6 on: April 09, 2016, 09:13:10 PM »

 
& a little video i put together out of snips of three videos.

april 9 2016 15:59 - Shingle Spit Eagle incubating egg/s on the Nest

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oq9hEwf-MCE" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oq9hEwf-MCE</a>

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« Post / Reply #7 on: April 10, 2016, 02:16:17 AM »

Bingo! Your amazing patience pays off once more Booni. And if we can't have Grassy Point eaglets at least we know there will be numerous Hornby little ones. Thanks again for sharing.
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« Post / Reply #8 on: April 10, 2016, 09:34:30 AM »

 
Here is a foto by The Marine Detective of Wrinkled Dogwinkles spawning.

& this is what Shingle Spit looks like from the cliff of Mt. Geoffrey.
i like seeing the current of water passing by the tip.
& this is pretty low tide at that time.
The Eagle Nest is in the green Trees there.

april 8 2016 11:21 - Shingle Spit





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« Post / Reply #9 on: April 11, 2016, 09:40:24 PM »

Here's someone else who faithfully returns every year to nest near Shingle Spit...
I first saw that one on March 25.
There was another one sounding off somewhere under the dock.
It's my favourite pair of Pigeon Guillemots.

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« Post / Reply #10 on: April 12, 2016, 09:18:33 AM »


Last night after work i was on the phone talking with my brother & three new calls were beeping at me.
i was telling him i got this alert service because of wildlife rescue calls coming in while i am on the phone.
When i checked my messages after hanging up, two of them were about an injured Eagle!
A man had been walking his dogs on the beach just north of Shingle Spit & there was an injured Eagle standing at the waterline.
He said he zig-zagged towards the Eagle with his dogs & the Eagle did not fly away.
The Eagle was able to fly, but seemed very weak & landed in the water.
So i called wren & we headed down there with our rescue gear.
Just as we turned off the main road down to the ferry, a big truck was coming up the hill from the beach & it turned out it was Aaron again, with his friend Roy, & Aaron had the covered Eagle in his lap & was on his way to my house!
The Eagle was so weak that his legs were just hanging straight down, Aaron wasn*t even in control of the feet!
i can still see the legs in my mind*s eye.
So we all pulled over & transferred the Eagle into the kennel.
The Eagle was very stained & weak, & there seemed to be something not working with the right leg.
wren took the Eagle back out of the kennel while i slipped in a horseshoe doughnut she*d made for the Eagle to rest their breast on for the night.
We had missed the last ferry so the Eagle spent the night in the covered kennel out on my covered deck.
We wondered if he would make it through the night, he seemed in such rough shape.
i peeked in first thing this morning & saw a stiff immobile tail & back, & thought, uh-oh, but when i was able to spot the head, there he was upright, blinking, & looking at me.
So i started to organize a ride into town for him.
Aaron offered to go down to the ferry lineup & beg people going to town.
He lucked out & found a couple of locals & they will be at Buckley Bay around 8:45.
i was able to reach MARS, & a nice woman there sounded excited to drive down to Buckley Bay to meet the people & the Eagle!
Gee, i sure wish this Eagle well.
Thank you everyone who helped!
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« Post / Reply #11 on: April 12, 2016, 03:22:42 PM »

WOW!!  Was it a young eagle, Booni?
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« Post / Reply #12 on: April 12, 2016, 06:11:28 PM »

Wren was in chat and said it was an adult.
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« Post / Reply #13 on: April 12, 2016, 06:16:50 PM »

 
It looked to be a full adult Eagle, Faerie Gardener.
i called MARS this afternoon, & the Eagle has died!
They were going to have a vet check him out, but he died before his appointment.
i am asking for more details, but not sure if i will hear anything else, i sure hope i do.
wren & i were worried this was one of the Shingle Spits, who are incubating eggs right now.
i went down there again for our walk today, but the light wasn*t as good as the other day.
i did manage to spot this, though.

april 12 2016 14:43 - Shingle Spit adult incubating





i had to put away my camera as it began to rain again & as i looked up again at the Nest, a second adult had their landing gear down, aiming for a Tree right next to the Nest Tree.
i got my camera out again & missed the landing spot & then it began to pour so we had to go!
But i am feeling pretty positive that the poor injured adult was not one of this pair.

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« Post / Reply #14 on: April 12, 2016, 07:02:00 PM »

Sad, poor guy/girl. Thanks for helping everyone involved. 
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