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Author Topic: Nest 21 - Whaling Station Bay - 2015- 2016 season  (Read 7545 times)
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« on: November 23, 2015, 01:12:30 PM »

Booni wrote this beautiful introduction to this nest last year...  How can I not recycle it?

This is where we*ll post observations, fotos, videos & discussion of the Nest #21 territory.
This Nest is in a one of a kind spot, overlooking a huge marsh, & has a very interesting territory that includes a point of land & lovely dry earth flora that is quite different from other areas of Hornby.
Lots of Pine Trees grow here, & Arbutus, which like the drier zones.
It is a lovely place to walk around.


Last year I heard one eaglet in this nest, and after many tries I caught a photo of one brown wing waving above the rim! So at least one eaglet here. There have sometimes been two but it's hard to know!.
Click here to see the postings of last year and to find a link to the previous years.
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« Post / Reply #1 on: November 23, 2015, 01:21:50 PM »

Cape Gurney, which defines the eastern end of Whaling Station Bay, is part of this territory and the eagles often perch there, with ocean on three sides. A lot swirling currents occur around the underwater prolongation of the point, and there is often some interesting sea life nearby.
This is one of the spots where I've been seeing Western Grebes this fall. Before this season, I had only rarely glimpsed them in our area. Now there are several small flocks around the island.
These photos are from October 20.












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« Post / Reply #2 on: November 23, 2015, 01:36:33 PM »

On the same day, a few minutes earlier, I finally saw some whales from my kayak!

We had a discussion about the Humpback Whales on the chat yesterday, and that made me realise that I had not yet posted these photos on the forum, and that it might be relevant because we're likely to see the same shapes from the cam someday.

The Humpback Whales are much larger than orcas but unless they sound (i.e., dive deep, at which time they show their tail) or breach, there isn't a whole lot that emerges.
This is what I saw from my kayak near Cape Gurney. The wonderful thing about being in a self-powered boat is that I could hear the whales breathing, a wondrous sound indeed!

October 20, 2:30 pm. Bubbles coming out of the blowhole on the right, and the slope to the small dorsal fin on the left. Click on the pictures for a larger view.



Now the blowhole is under water, and the dorsal fin is in view as the whale angles back down.


Surfacing again. The blowhole bulging on the right, dorsal fin on the left.




It took me a while to figure out that there were two whales, because they surfaced one by one on the same track... but here we see the dorsal fin of one on the left, and the blowhole of the second one on emerging on the right.


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« Post / Reply #3 on: November 23, 2015, 04:42:13 PM »

 love wren
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« Post / Reply #4 on: November 23, 2015, 05:26:21 PM »

Thank You, Wren!  Lovely lovely photos!  You are fortunate indeed to be able to get so close to such magnificent creatures!  Hear them breathing!  omg!!! ♥♥ love
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« Post / Reply #5 on: November 24, 2015, 03:06:33 AM »

What a privilege to be so close and have such an encounter! I think I would love it and be terrified of being swamped at the same time :-)
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« Post / Reply #6 on: January 30, 2016, 09:46:41 AM »

 
i*d heard there was a dead Sea Lions & tons of Eagles in this area, so i went looking in the sunshine where i*d been told they were.
i was being teased by a youngster giggle at the other end of the street, but at this end, i only found the Nest #21 Eagles in their usual perch Trees.
 
january 28 2016 14:28 - Nest # 21 Eagle
 

 


Blinking the nictitating membrane.
 


On again, off again.
 


Don*t think i*ve ever caught this before!
One blinking, the other not!
They can blink them separately, wow!
 



 
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« Post / Reply #7 on: January 30, 2016, 05:25:20 PM »

That is very interesting Booni. Is it unusual? I have no idea if birds I general do it, or if other eagles do it. I remember practicing as a child to wink. This one clearly saw you.
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« Post / Reply #8 on: January 30, 2016, 06:41:30 PM »

Beautiful eagle!  Beautiful photos!  Thank you for sharing!!!   love
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« Post / Reply #9 on: February 01, 2016, 09:52:18 AM »

 
jeavverhey, i don*t think it is unusual, i have seen other fotos of it happening, just have never caught one myself!

i continued down the road, closer to where the youngster was giggling, & was treated to a pair of lovely Ravens in the Sun, bonding.
This is a scap from a video i did hoping to catch the vocalizing, but this is the best part.
 
january 28 2016 14:38 - Ravens
 


Thank you Ravens!
Look how lovely they are!
 

 

 

 
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« Post / Reply #10 on: February 01, 2016, 10:00:43 AM »

 
Finally i find Eagles!
i think i am close to where the Sea Lion is now.
This Tree had a youngster & this gorgeous adult, who has that almost blue tint to the eyes.
There is just a hint of dark feathering left around the beak/face.
 
january 28 2016 14:45 - adult Eagle
 

 

 
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« Post / Reply #11 on: February 01, 2016, 07:08:16 PM »




Booni, those raven's are beautiful.  What a wonderful set of shots you have of them

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« Post / Reply #12 on: February 02, 2016, 11:41:39 AM »

 
Thanks typos!
i was thrilled that they let me get fotos of them like that in the sunshine!

Okay, carrying on down the road, looking for the giggling Eagle, i finally found Eagles perched, so i believe the Sea Lion was down on the beach nearby.
This youngster was perched in the same Tree as the adult above.
She seemed to be watching all the action with great attention.
This one is in their first year of life still, hatched less than a year ago.
Looks like the eye is covered by the nictitating membrane.
 
january 28 2016 14:51 - juvenile Eagle
 


The Sun is setting, but this gorgeous youngster is still catching the last golden rays.
 

 


So sweet.
 


This adult was way out on the tide line a ways away from the rest.
Not sure what they are looking at.
 

 
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« Post / Reply #13 on: February 07, 2016, 11:43:34 AM »

Lovely series booni super shots of the ravens too!
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« Post / Reply #14 on: February 09, 2016, 10:09:47 AM »


i got home late afternoon & there were all these calls on my answering machine!
A local was calling me from her cellphone.
She had spotted a young Eagle unable to fly *walking around all gimpy* yesterday afternoon on the beach in front of the new Helliwell Nest.
Someone else managed to catch the Eagle quite easily & they came here looking for me but i wasn*t home.
i called when i got home & the Eagle had been brought to Buckley Bay & MARS had met them.
i called MARS & spoke with Reg.
It sounded as though they were working on this Eagle at the time.
Reg said she was a big Eagle, likely female, in her first year, & extremely thin, only 3 point something kg.
She was having trouble breathing.
Her poor physical condition may have led to Aspergillosis taking over.
They were going to feed her tube fluids & try to treat the breathing problem.
Reg sounded concerned & not optimistic.
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