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« Post / Reply #30 on: February 09, 2016, 05:07:37 AM »

Adorable face! Look at those innocent eyes.  wink
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« Post / Reply #31 on: February 09, 2016, 08:31:20 AM »

 big grin we have th esame hairdresser lovely  winterwren/
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« Post / Reply #32 on: February 09, 2016, 03:03:33 PM »

I just LOVE the one with the youngster flying overhead!
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« Post / Reply #33 on: February 10, 2016, 09:15:28 PM »

Three days later, on a foggy morning, I returned to the area; the seal carcass is already much smaller. Lots of eagles still feeding, resting, or waiting for their turn.
I was on a different quest but stopped by for a few minutes. There was nobody around and the eagles let me approach enough for a few photos through the fog.

February 9, 10:52 am







Another eagle waits for a turn...




As we continue on our way, we keep finding ourselves nose to beak with perched eagles. This one I had a chance to capture in photo before he flew off.




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« Post / Reply #34 on: February 11, 2016, 05:36:22 AM »

Lovely full crop in photo 3. Glad they have plenty to eat. Hopefully no fighting.
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« Post / Reply #35 on: February 28, 2016, 08:43:55 PM »

 
i got a call late in the afternoon today about an Eagle in Helliwell Park spotted by three people, near the shore, perched only about 15' above the trail, looking old with scruffy feathers which were all wonky, maybe dying a natural death, an old white headed Eagle just sitting looking awful.
It was almost dark, it is a bit of a drive to get there, then a bit of a walk out to the spot where the Eagle had been seen.
Being 15' up, i wasn*t going to be able to capture the Eagle, but i was tempted to get some observation fotos at least so i could see what was wrong with the Eagle.
i decided to go for it.
The description of the location was very good, but i didn*t see any Eagles.
i sure heard a  lot of them though, & a few flew by as i was searching, as well i heard a pair land & trill in the Park behind me, maybe the Helliwell pair.
i thought i*d run for it for nothing, then decided to walk a bit further, & boom, there was the Eagle, indeed perched quite low down & looking quite scruffy.
It was dark in the woods, with a white sky background, i was having trouble getting fotos.
 
february 28 2016 16:27 - Helliwell Eagle
 

 


You can see that the crop is quite full, its fullness is pushing out the white down underneath.
The head feathers appear stained & oily & wet.
i believe there is a Seal nearby which the Eagles have been eating.
 


i*m not seeing any cuts or damage.
 


The Eagle is perched on one foot, which is a relaxed position.
The only thing that seems strange is that they are so low down in the Tree, & near the public path, a busy place on a sunday.
 

 
link to my fotos page - 
 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/

 
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« Post / Reply #36 on: February 28, 2016, 09:06:39 PM »

 
february 28 2016 16:31 - Helliwell Eagle
 

 


i was trying to photograph the whole Eagle, looking for any sign of a broken wing or other injury.
These are from behind the Eagle.


 

 
My friend walks through Helliwell every day, & will keep looking for this Eagle for me.
 
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« Post / Reply #37 on: February 29, 2016, 07:37:06 PM »

Fabulous photos, booni. Glad you are checking on this eagle.  heart
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« Post / Reply #38 on: February 29, 2016, 08:42:45 PM »


So, my friend went back to where the Eagle was, looked high & low & found no sight of them, but for a poopshot under the branch were they were perched yesterday!
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« Post / Reply #39 on: February 29, 2016, 09:32:22 PM »

 love So glad to hear that they are mobile thank you booni
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« Post / Reply #40 on: February 29, 2016, 11:42:33 PM »

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« Post / Reply #41 on: April 15, 2016, 09:00:00 PM »

Migrations time now.
I finally get out on the water. Lots of birds have left already; all afternoon I see flocks of scoters zooming through the gap between Flora Islet and St. John's Point and then out into the straits, heading north. The Pigeon Guillemots are back and in black breeding plumage; the Horned Grebes are moulting, gathering, and preparing to leave.

There are still shore birds! And eagles, lots of them, about 20 youngsters scattered between Flora and the surrounding reefs.

Dunlins are moulting into their strange breeding plumage, black belly and russet upper parts. We can see the worn, brownish-grey winter feathers and the new, rounded, more colourful ones.
Flora Islet, April 14, 12:05



Here's another Dunlin, also sporting a mix of new and worn feathers, napping right next to a bigger Surfbird, who also has some handsome colourful feathers. Beside them, almost invisible, is a Black Turnstone. These seem to like napping in little pockets in the rock.



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« Post / Reply #42 on: April 15, 2016, 09:09:58 PM »

Here are three of the eagles, lounging in the flower meadow on Flora Islet.

April 14, 12:10



A Surfbird... Getting his summer finery: some spots on the breast and a band of russet feathers on the wings.
12:16



Another Surfbird, preening... Black Turnstone nearby.
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« Post / Reply #43 on: April 15, 2016, 09:22:50 PM »

I'm learning to take a close look at the flocks of shore birds, looking for unusual migrants.

I can usually count on seeing a Ruddy Turnstone once a year, and sure enough here is one!
He's also standing against a nice contrasting background too... Thanks little bird!

Flora Islet, April 14, 12:24







I got too excited and moved too fast... and made him fly. Sorry!



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« Post / Reply #44 on: April 15, 2016, 10:18:36 PM »

Lovely feather patterns, wren!    nod
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