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Nest #21 - Whaling Station Bay - 2016- 2017 season
« on: September 28, 2016, 08:52:07 AM »

wren recycled my opening post last year, so i am going to recycle it again, with some embellishments!  :mhihi

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 Cape Gurney & 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.
There are some very interesting houses in this neighbourhood.
These Eagles have a HUGE shore territory.
It includes the east arm of Whaling Station, Cape Gurney, & the shore towards Helliwell to where the Helliwell pair Nest.
i think wren spots lots of interesting shore/water Birds at Cape Gurney, & once she even spotted a Humpback Whale!
i have a friend who lives on the Marsh, & she sees Eagles bathing there, that might be this pair, or could be the Helliwell pair.
In the time leading up to & during Herring Spawn season, Eagles dot every Tree in this neighbourhood.

To read the posts from last season, & find links to the previous season, click here.
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Re: Nest 21 - Whaling Station Bay - 2016- 2017 season
« Reply #1 on: September 28, 2016, 06:31:55 PM »
 
i did a little drive-by of this Nesting territory yesterday afternoon on my way to Helliwell.
Spotted this Eagle right away in one of the typical perch Trees of this pair.
There is a huge construction job going on right below this Tree now.  :ecsad
A small bobcat type tractor was moving fine rocky soil around at high speed.
i made sure to stay out of his way.
The Eagle didn*t mind all this racket going on, but as soon as i got out of my car with my camera, there was the body language you can see in the one foto i got.
i walked slowly & calmly, i kept my head down, i hid behind a truck, yet i only got this one foto before the Eagle took off.
Based on this behaviour, & also on the long skinny *look* of this Eagle, i would say this wasn*t one of the usual pair that perches here, likely a visitor or a youngster of this territory.
 
september 27 2016 14:00 - Eagle in Nest #21 perch Tree
 

 

 

 

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

 
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Re: Nest 21 - Whaling Station Bay - 2016- 2017 season
« Reply #2 on: September 28, 2016, 10:22:15 PM »
Eagles, eagles, everywhere... dang

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Re: Nest 21 - Whaling Station Bay - 2016- 2017 season
« Reply #3 on: September 29, 2016, 05:59:00 AM »
Good catch booni isnt that the way though??? all fine until camera out ...

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Re: Nest #21 - Whaling Station Bay - 2016- 2017 season
« Reply #4 on: March 26, 2017, 08:49:30 PM »
Some herring came to spawn in this nest's territory this year! On March 17, Whaling Station Bay was all pale turquoise from the spawn, and a huge rafts of sea lions rested from their feasting. The fishers were resting too, at anchor for now.
March 17, 11:15 am



Around the corner, past Cape Gurney, it was Eagle Grand Central. Click on this somewhat-blurry picture to see all the eagles resting on the reef at the Helliwell Park boundary, which is where the spawn zone ended.
11:30



Here's one of them, beak spangled with fish scales, and carrying a herring.



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Re: Nest #21 - Whaling Station Bay - 2016- 2017 season
« Reply #5 on: March 26, 2017, 09:03:29 PM »
Another eagle lands on a rock, also with a fish.
Cape Gurney, March 17, 11:35 am


Fish still in left foot.




Snack time.



Ummm, maybe not.



Displaced!


But still has the fish!



The new King of the Rock (but no free snack).




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Re: Nest #21 - Whaling Station Bay - 2016- 2017 season
« Reply #6 on: March 27, 2017, 04:06:33 AM »
Really cool series Wren!   Ty for the close ups too. 😍

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Re: Nest #21 - Whaling Station Bay - 2016- 2017 season
« Reply #7 on: March 27, 2017, 09:06:28 AM »
Wow nice Wren!! thank you for posting!
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Re: Nest #21 - Whaling Station Bay - 2016- 2017 season
« Reply #8 on: March 27, 2017, 02:43:11 PM »
I loved! thanks Wren!  :heart :heart
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Re: Nest #21 - Whaling Station Bay - 2016- 2017 season
« Reply #9 on: March 29, 2017, 06:26:46 PM »
Next day, same area... but this time I'm in a kayak.
So the sea lions are pretty close and personal!
March 18, 4:45 pm



Three gulls after the same fish...







Swallow! Quick!



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Re: Nest #21 - Whaling Station Bay - 2016- 2017 season
« Reply #10 on: March 29, 2017, 06:42:56 PM »
Still all those eagles, in the same area as the day before, about the boundary of the spawn area, which just happens to coincide with the boundary of Helliwell Park.
March 18, 5:10 pm


I give them a wide berth - don't want to make them all fly!

More on the offshore rocks...








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Re: Nest #21 - Whaling Station Bay - 2016- 2017 season
« Reply #11 on: March 29, 2017, 07:03:17 PM »
As I come around the corner, it gets breezy and I can't help drifting closer to the outer reef.
Some of those eagles fly off, some after more herring, others because in the end I come too close. Everyone has a full crop.
March 18,







This one stays put.





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Re: Nest #21 - Whaling Station Bay - 2016- 2017 season
« Reply #12 on: March 29, 2017, 07:32:33 PM »
Ok, so this year I've had a really good look at some sea lions floating around with just a side flipper showing...

This one I finally caught in photos properly...
The water movement closer to us is from a second sea lion, passing by.
That sea lion with the flipper in the air is not moving at all.

March 18, 5:10 pm



But once in a while... The mouth comes up. Not the nose, as I expected. This sea lion is laying on his or her back! Up comes the mouth, just enough for a breath, and then it disappears.
I think this sea lion is sleeping!




Others I've seen with their head partly out of the water, and their eyes closed. Sure looks like napping to me.

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Re: Nest #21 - Whaling Station Bay - 2016- 2017 season
« Reply #13 on: March 29, 2017, 07:59:38 PM »
And an eagle eating on the wing. Talons to beak, 3 times in a row, finishing some morsel.

March 18, 5:59 pm











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Re: Nest #21 - Whaling Station Bay - 2016- 2017 season
« Reply #14 on: March 30, 2017, 01:26:11 AM »
Amazing captures Wren! definitely  eating on the fly - gives new meaning to fast food and take-out too  :ecwink