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Nest 32 - Ford Cove - 2015- 2016 season
« on: November 11, 2015, 06:21:34 PM »
This is the topic for Nest 32 and its neighbourhood and all the critters therein.

Nest 32 is very old and perched atop a small bluff near Ford Cove harbour. In 2013 the eagles moved to a different nest, a few hundred feet further inland. They used that new nest again in 2014, but last summer they returned to their old site in that huge conical fir tree that we can see from the beach. They had two eaglets there.

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Re: Nest 32 - Ford Cove - 2015- 2016 season
« Reply #1 on: November 11, 2015, 07:23:48 PM »
Things that didn't fit on the form for my monthly seabird count... Half of it is in this territory, the other half in the home of the Shingle Spit eagles.

A female Hairy Woodpecker in an alder by the shore...
November 8, 3:46 pm



An unknown beast breathing in mid-channel...
What is it? Too small a fin for an orca, wrong shape and behaviour for a Humpback... A Harbour Porpoise maybe.
3:52



An otter, dashing out of the water in front of me and onto a log before he realized what I was... Just that moment here.
3:53



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Re: Nest 32 - Ford Cove - 2015- 2016 season
« Reply #2 on: November 11, 2015, 07:41:36 PM »
More things that didn't fit  on my seabird count report...


Sunlight through the wings of two seagulls (their names made it though: a Glaucous-winged and a Mew Gull).
Now wait till you see what they were after!
November 8, 3:58



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A sea lion with lunch!



We can see the adipose fin on the fish, so it's a salmon. Probably a Chum, given the size and the time of year.
It's not an easy feat! The sea lion dives and surfaces many times, still with only the front half of that fish down the gullet. Meanwhile the gulls hang close, hoping for crumbs.

Lost it!
3:59



It can't be very far, with all this biting and struggling...
Sure enough, Sea Lion catches Salmon again!




The Sea Lion dove again and I lost sight of him, so I never did find out the outcome but it didn't look too good for the salmon. Now to identify all the gulls who showed up!

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Re: Nest 32 - Ford Cove - 2015- 2016 season
« Reply #3 on: November 12, 2015, 09:11:35 AM »
super photos, especially of the sea lion and gulls, wren!

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Re: Nest 32 - Ford Cove - 2015- 2016 season
« Reply #4 on: November 12, 2015, 10:18:56 AM »
On that walk I also saw my second immature eagle of the season, just flying by in circles, scouting. The first one was on Foster's Fir a couple of weeks ago. Grebes were the most abundant bird, notably a flock of 10 Horned Grebes inside Maude Reef. I had never seen Horned Grebes in a group at this time of year. The Western Grebes are still hanging out inside the harbour, about 10 of them also.

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Re: Nest 32 - Ford Cove - 2015- 2016 season
« Reply #5 on: November 12, 2015, 09:40:42 PM »
Tour captures and timing are fantastic! I'm glad he caught the salmon again rather than it die slowly of its injuries   Brave gulls too!

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Re: Nest 32 - Ford Cove - 2015- 2016 season
« Reply #6 on: November 14, 2015, 09:27:32 PM »
The Western Grebes have had me charmed ever since they appeared in October. There had been lesser numbers of these beautiful birds in the past years. Studies, for example this one indicate that less of the Western Grebes winter in our area and more are found on the coasts of California and Oregon. They still appeared in bird counts but I had only encountered them twice in recent years.
This fall, suddenly I meet them everywhere. The coordinator of the seabird counts confirmed that it's not just that my luck is changing. They are seeing more Westerns around White Rock and Boundary Bay as well.

I've been counting ten around Ford Cove Harbour the last few times I checked. On the day I took the following photos, there were only three, but they were swimming very close to the dock, so I sat down for a while until they got over their shyness.

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Re: Nest 32 - Ford Cove - 2015- 2016 season
« Reply #7 on: November 15, 2015, 08:49:28 PM »
Like all grebes, Western Grebes have their feet set way back on their body. And like all grebes, they have these amazing, huge lobed toes instead of webbed feet.

When they scratch themselves it looks really strange.
October 26, Ford Cove harbour.











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Re: Nest 32 - Ford Cove - 2015- 2016 season
« Reply #8 on: January 10, 2016, 07:53:48 PM »
Young eagle over Ford Cove at the end of our round-the-island seabird survey. There were six eagles of various ages circling high in the sky and this one came closer to us.
January 3, 1:53 pm



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Re: Nest 32 - Ford Cove - 2015- 2016 season
« Reply #9 on: January 18, 2016, 08:51:47 AM »
 
On our hike from the ferry to Ford Cove & back, these Eagles were calling the whole time.
Later i realized both were there together, but you only see the one in these fotos.
She looks Mum-ish!
 
january 15 2016 11:11 - Ford Cove Eagle
 

 

 

 

 

 
link to my fotos page - 
 
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wooohoooo!

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Re: Nest 32 - Ford Cove - 2015- 2016 season
« Reply #10 on: January 19, 2016, 06:01:37 PM »
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Re: Nest 32 - Ford Cove - 2015- 2016 season
« Reply #11 on: January 23, 2016, 07:15:52 PM »
I work in this area these days, so I hear the eagles call all day and sometimes I see them fly by.

But it's pretty rare that I get close enough for decent photos.

The lower of the two eagles in this series sure looks a lot like the one Booni photographed three days earlier.

January 18, 2:15 pm








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Re: Nest 32 - Ford Cove - 2015- 2016 season
« Reply #12 on: January 23, 2016, 07:25:06 PM »
I'm thinking the upper one is a male, and I'm trying to decide if he's got dirty feathers or if he's a sub-adult.

Booni sometimes mentions that some eagles have almost bluish eyes. His look that way to me.
She, meanwhile, is blinking her nictitating membranes so now in the first photo her eye looks brownish.

January 18, 2:17 pm







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Re: Nest 32 - Ford Cove - 2015- 2016 season
« Reply #13 on: January 23, 2016, 07:36:55 PM »
Off he goes!
January 18, 2:17 pm



She remained behind and I tiptoed away.
2:19



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Re: Nest 32 - Ford Cove - 2015- 2016 season
« Reply #14 on: January 24, 2016, 09:19:33 AM »
Great pics, wren! Dawn and I will be staying at Ford's cove May 12-17 and hope to get a visit  :ecwink
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