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Re: Heron Rocks Nest - 2015-2016 season
« Reply #30 on: March 13, 2016, 11:57:01 AM »
Lovely booni and the tiny mossy garden spot is gorgeous


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Re: Heron Rocks Nest - 2015-2016 season
« Reply #31 on: March 27, 2016, 07:18:26 PM »
 
Not sure what this is called.

march 17 2016 15:02 -



A few campsites are flooded right now.
Soon they will be FULL of wild Flowers!

march 17 2016 15:03 - underwater campsite



march 17 2016 15:24 - Moon rise



march 17 2016 15:33 - Song Sparrow





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Re: Heron Rocks Nest - 2015-2016 season
« Reply #32 on: March 28, 2016, 07:07:40 AM »
lovely series booni  :eclove

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Re: Heron Rocks Nest - 2015-2016 season
« Reply #33 on: March 31, 2016, 08:40:12 AM »
All of these are so lovely, Booni, Thank You!
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Re: Heron Rocks Nest - 2015-2016 season
« Reply #34 on: May 22, 2016, 03:09:02 PM »
Heron Rocks eagle pair and a visitor Friday, May 13th, 2016

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Re: Heron Rocks Nest - 2015-2016 season
« Reply #35 on: May 22, 2016, 04:32:41 PM »
Jeff, nice capture of eagles and low tide on your video.   :nod2
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Re: Heron Rocks Nest - 2015-2016 season
« Reply #36 on: July 17, 2016, 09:49:16 PM »
I visited the area of this nest today and as soon as I arrived I heard screeps!
They weren't coming from the nest, though.
I started worrying... Not another one of these!
Isn't it early for fledging?

I found the eaglet, not on the beach as I'd feared, but on a tree just above.
Not very high up... About 20 feet.
Lots of people on that beach, dogs, everyone on their Sunday walk.

July 17, 12:09



The eaglet called from time to time... Then looked up. I followed that gaze and saw that an adult eagle was circling overhead, way above the nest area.
There were no sounds from the nest itself even when the adult eagle passed close. So this may be the only eaglet of this nest.
12:13



At one point it seemed that the eaglet was moving food from his crop, so that reassured me.
Here, he or she is preening. The head is invisible, tucked under the right wing, and the feathers are all fluffed up, showing the little tassels at the end of the feathers even better.
12:17






As I moved around to find a better angle, I came into view of Mom Heron Rocks, who started huck-huck-hucking at me. So I took my leave and went to check the Olsen Farm nest, resolving to check again on my way back.


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Re: Heron Rocks Nest - 2015-2016 season
« Reply #37 on: July 19, 2016, 05:24:52 PM »
Return trip, an hour later.
The eaglet is still on the same branch. But then it's been nap time at the Olsen Farm nest so probably it's the same here.

Mom Heron Rocks is still perched above the tree where the eaglet sits.
July 17, 2:07 pm



The eaglet has turned around so I get a different angle and catch a wing-foot-tail stretch, the fan of the tail within the fan of the wing.
Part of the quills of the primaries are visible on this photo. They get hidden by the underwing coverts when those are fully grown.








Still calling.
2:11


Crop looks empty...
2:12


This one needs watching I think.

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Re: Heron Rocks Nest - 2015-2016 season
« Reply #38 on: July 19, 2016, 10:36:32 PM »
I returned to check today.
The eaglet was on the same tree, but a little higher up, on a really thick branch that made a good platform. He was also sheltered from the wind up there.

There were no adults visible when I arrived.

The photos immediately show a nice full crop!
July 19, 12:03



I walked around to the sun side to get a clearer view.
12:04







As I make my exit, he flaps his wings into the strong breeze.
12:07




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Re: Heron Rocks Nest - 2015-2016 season
« Reply #39 on: July 19, 2016, 10:40:49 PM »
So I was on my way back out when I heard excited screeps and turned around just in time to see an adult eagle fly in!
I missed the landing but caught the eaglet's mantle.
July 19, 12:09



And a few seconds later, I had a peek at the prey!
The photo is blurry but this sure looks like a Midshipman.




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Re: Heron Rocks Nest - 2015-2016 season
« Reply #40 on: July 20, 2016, 02:10:18 AM »
Awwww such a nice chapter to this story. Glad you decided to follow up on this little? guy Wren   :msick  :heart

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Re: Heron Rocks Nest - 2015-2016 season
« Reply #41 on: July 28, 2016, 02:50:30 PM »
Yummy! and Hummy too!
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Re: Heron Rocks Nest - 2015-2016 season
« Reply #42 on: July 29, 2016, 10:12:08 PM »
We've been posting about Norris Rocks in this thread, so I will continue doing so for consistency's sake.

After checking Winters' Nest, I paddled straight out to Norris Rocks, just on a whim, without passing through the Olsen Farm territory or the Heron Rocks territory.
I sure could hear that Olsen Farm eaglet though!
I would have been too far away to hear the Heron Rocks eaglet. I hope that one is now safely flying!

Norris Rocks is a nesting site for Glaucous-winged Gulls, so I wanted to check if the little ones had hatched yet.
They had! And there were a few surprises besides!
Here are some pictures of the gull chicks. They look really goofy in their second down: the body gone grey and wooly but the neck and head still showing the leopard spots of their natal down.
Everyone had a wide-open bill, possibly to regulate temperature on that hot sunny day. Click on the picture and look at the tongue sticking out.
July 26, 12:54



Gull aficionados (I know you're out there somewhere!) will notice that the adult's mantles look pretty dark for Glaucous-winged... That was an artifact of the light for sure.

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Re: Heron Rocks Nest - 2015-2016 season
« Reply #43 on: July 30, 2016, 09:02:07 PM »
I also saw two Black Oystercatchers. One was trying to find some food and had a gull hounding him or her, trying to steal the catch.
Nonetheless at some point that one walked over the rocks, carrying food...
Hmm, what could that mean?

Norris Rocks, July 26, 12:32



Look carefully...







(There is something strange about the adult Oystercatcher's left eye. The pupil is a black gash instead of a black dot. The other side is normal.)


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Re: Heron Rocks Nest - 2015-2016 season
« Reply #44 on: July 31, 2016, 06:19:22 PM »
Thanks for being our eyes and ears Wren and for sharing your very informed opinions and observations. All of us are richer for them.  :nod2