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Nest #20 Whaling Station Bay - 2016-2017 season
« on: September 24, 2016, 08:01:22 PM »
This topic is about Nest 20, which is located on the rocky point between Middle Bay and Whaling Station Bay. As Booni pointed out last year, a quiet location in the winter but a busy one in summer.

Last summer, this nest produced one healthy eaglet.

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Re: Nest #20 Whaling Station Bay - 2016-2017 season
« Reply #1 on: September 24, 2016, 08:06:25 PM »
Two days ago, on September 22, I went for a visit at a house near this nest. At one point I heard an eagle calling! A surprising sound right now; the eagles have been gone since early August.

This was definitely an eagle (not a Starling like the one who tricked me last week...), making loud calls of the territorial kind, from the direction of the nest.

I asked my hosts how long this had been going on, and they said, 'just now, in the last hour'.

My first encounter with a returned eagle this season.

Happy new season everyone!

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Re: Nest #20 Whaling Station Bay - 2016-2017 season
« Reply #2 on: September 24, 2016, 09:39:34 PM »
Good news, wren!  I hope we get the cam issues worked out soon so we won't miss "our eagles' " return.    :nod2
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Re: Nest #20 Whaling Station Bay - 2016-2017 season
« Reply #3 on: September 25, 2016, 04:00:32 AM »
Hmmm our hero Dan may not want to climb if eagles are defending territory. 😳 I hope we have fixed cam quickly so it can be replaced before "our eagles" return. 😉

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Re: Nest #20 Whaling Station Bay - 2016-2017 season
« Reply #4 on: September 25, 2016, 11:31:53 AM »
 :thumbup: Awesome!!! Thank you for posting Wren!

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Re: Nest #20 Whaling Station Bay - 2016-2017 season
« Reply #5 on: March 17, 2017, 05:29:57 PM »
This territory was the site of one of the first spawns, two days ago.
I made a detour on my way home from work...

There was just a narrow band of turquoise colour over a few hundred metres of shore, but what a relief to see this at last.
Less happy was the sight of three rows of net floats within that narrow band.
The big red buoys mark each end of a net. These are personalized to make them easy for the owners to find...
March 15,



The gulls here are mostly Glaucous-winged (with the grey wing tips and pink legs) and Thayer's (with dark wingtips that have large white 'polka dots' and pink legs).




The first corner of gill net is being pulled aboard a boat...
1:12



Another row of net floats in the turquoise water...
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Re: Nest #20 Whaling Station Bay - 2016-2017 season
« Reply #6 on: March 17, 2017, 05:38:28 PM »
A few eagles are fishing, but most of them are resting high in trees. The gulls are doing well meanwhile.
The green-turquoise water is reflected on the bird and the fish!
Middle Bay, March 15, 1:







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Re: Nest #20 Whaling Station Bay - 2016-2017 season
« Reply #7 on: March 18, 2017, 03:01:13 AM »
COOL SHOTS and reflection :nod2

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Re: Nest #20 Whaling Station Bay - 2016-2017 season
« Reply #8 on: April 23, 2017, 09:29:19 PM »
A walk on the beach around Middle Bay today. At long last, after some years of looking, here's a spot where the nest is visible from the beach!
Look for the eye...
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Re: Nest #20 Whaling Station Bay - 2016-2017 season
« Reply #9 on: April 23, 2017, 09:36:21 PM »
Walking around the point... Another spot where one can see part of the nest, but branches obscure the view above the rim.
To the right and a little higher is a well-used perch tree, possibly this nest's Babysitting Tree. An on it is the second eagle of the pair.

April 23, 12:47







There was a youngster flying by around the time I arrived, causing some calling... Then later a third adult eagle kept circling by and that one got vigorously chased off a few times.

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Re: Nest #20 Whaling Station Bay - 2016-2017 season
« Reply #10 on: April 24, 2017, 04:13:44 AM »
Persistence pays off!!  Thank you winterwren! :thumbup:

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Re: Nest #20 Whaling Station Bay - 2016-2017 season
« Reply #11 on: April 26, 2017, 08:18:44 PM »
On the same outing... A River Otter swimming along the shore.

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Re: Nest #20 Whaling Station Bay - 2016-2017 season
« Reply #12 on: April 26, 2017, 08:33:17 PM »
I found four Savannah Sparrows feeding on the rocks and in the seaweed. First time I had seen this.  

April 23, 1:20 pm










Thank you Booni for correcting my identification.



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Re: Nest #20 Whaling Station Bay - 2016-2017 season
« Reply #13 on: April 29, 2017, 05:33:04 PM »
Returning into Middle Bay, I spotted a flock of Red-breasted Mergansers swimming close to shore towards me. They didn't seem to have noticed me, so I just dropped down to the ground and pretended to be a rock. I didn't look at them directly, only through my camera or around my camera with my eyes shielded. This seems to work sometimes.

The light was very poor by then but they passed right by!

April 23, 1:40 pm


I think the ones with dark feathering around the eyes must be young males, moulting to breeding plumage. The mature males have been in full regalia for quite a while now.
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Re: Nest #20 Whaling Station Bay - 2016-2017 season
« Reply #14 on: April 29, 2017, 05:47:32 PM »
The one mature male started his courting display. I'm not sure if the other one is a female, or a young male learning the ropes.

Middle Bay, April 23, 1:44 pm










I tried my best to catch the male doing his forward-dip-saluting thing (I'm sure these moves have an official name)... It sure looks strange. Also it happens fast.