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Re: Hornby Ground Observations that Aren't Eagle Related - 2016-2017
« Reply #150 on: September 04, 2017, 09:55:10 AM »
 
i got invited on a boat trip on the dive boat!
It was a hot hot hot sunny day & we circled Norris Rocks where there were Gull chicks to see.
 
august 27 2017 13:26 - Gull chick
 


august 27 2017 13:27 - Gull chick & adult
 

 


Older chicks were following their parents around begging for food.
 

 

 
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Re: Hornby Ground Observations that Aren't Eagle Related - 2016-2017
« Reply #151 on: September 04, 2017, 09:59:35 AM »
 
august 27 2017 13:30 - Gull chick & adult
 

 

 
 
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Re: Hornby Ground Observations that Aren't Eagle Related - 2016-2017
« Reply #152 on: September 04, 2017, 07:06:58 PM »
 
A content wet Seal, & the Seal in behind has the highest tail flipper height i have ever seen!
 
august 27 2017 13:30 - Seals
 


Two more Gull chicks.
Look at all that poop!

august 27 2017 13:31 - adult Gull & chicks
 


It is hot hot, everyone is panting.
 


august 27 2017 13:33 - Seals
 

 

 
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Re: Hornby Ground Observations that Aren't Eagle Related - 2016-2017
« Reply #153 on: September 04, 2017, 07:10:36 PM »
 
august 27 2017 1334 - happy Seal & Turnstones
 
The Turnstones blend in so well, i hadn*t even seen them.
 


There was this interesting display/dance upon the arrival of this one Oystercatcher.

august 27 2017 13:43 - Black Oystercatchers
 

 

 
 
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Re: Hornby Ground Observations that Aren't Eagle Related - 2016-2017
« Reply #154 on: September 04, 2017, 07:16:41 PM »
 
Our next stop was Chrome Island & the Lighthouse Station!
The woman working there seemed happy to give us a tour.
It was hot hot hot.
While they were talking about the petroglyphs there, i was peeking over the ledge at the Cormorants down on the cliff.
 
august 27 2017 14:16 - Cormorant
 

 


There was grass at the top of the ledge & i was trying to poke my camera over it without going over the ledge.
 

 

 
august 27 2017 14:16 - Cormorant gular flapping to cool off, as Birds don*t sweat

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Re: Hornby Ground Observations that Aren't Eagle Related - 2016-2017
« Reply #155 on: September 04, 2017, 07:26:19 PM »
 
In the bright hot Sun it wasn*t the best time to take fotos of the fabulous petroglyphs there.
But there were two that kept catching my eye that i don*t remember seeing the last two times i was here.
They look like Humpback Whales!
 
august 27 2017 14:29 - petroglyph
 


i tried fiddling in my foto settings to bring out the contrast or something, but nothing worked.
So i traced the line of the petroglyph to make it stand out a bit more.
 

 
i also fudged this picture of Mount Baker, that you could just see in the distance, to make it more visible.

august 27 2017 14:12 - Mount Baker


 
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Re: Hornby Ground Observations that Aren't Eagle Related - 2016-2017
« Reply #156 on: September 07, 2017, 07:05:07 PM »
Migrations time!

2 days ago, over Nash Bank, a shallow prolongation of Dunlop Point, several hundred Common Murres in all plumages, from worn breeding adults to moulting adults to juveniles.
Here's a small part of the flock. The gull is an immature California Gull.

Nash Bank, September 6, 4:40 pm



Here a Heermann's Gull, with the bright red bill snuck into the shot without my knowing.  I had been looking for these beauties; we only see them at migration time, and this has been a good year of sightings so far.




Here are two adults, still in breeding plumage, but it's a paler brown, worn by a summer of travels.


I had several views of murres flapping their wings; most of the photos are blurry but all show the same weird shapes... An dinky little set of brand-new primaries with nothing at the tip! I hadn't realized that this is a moulting stop for the Murres. They would be flightless now, and dependent on the feed fish of Nash Bank for the high-energy process of growing new flight feathers.





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Re: Hornby Ground Observations that Aren't Eagle Related - 2016-2017
« Reply #157 on: September 07, 2017, 07:19:51 PM »
More Murres...
This is what I think of as the Alcid posture, bill up in the air. Birds of that family are easy to spot at a distance... Swimming as if they own the world.  :eclove

September 6, 4:47 pm 



The juveniles are the ones with a mostly white face and the elegant line curving below the eye. Winter adults will look like that too eventually. When they tip to their side to preen, they look almost all white, making identification trickier.
I think there is only one juvenile in this picture, if any, and it would be the first bird on the left. The rest are all adults in various stages of moult. One adult is fluffing up flank feathers and showing a lot of white.




Here's a nice close view of an adult with just a bit of white on the neck, and with wings tucked deep into those fluffy white flank feathers (like putting your hands in your pockets).





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Re: Hornby Ground Observations that Aren't Eagle Related - 2016-2017
« Reply #158 on: September 08, 2017, 02:03:34 AM »
Thank you  for the photos and  the detailed observations Wren.  :ecsmile now i will know  not to confuse them with a duck nor a loon.  :ecwink The longer I  learn here, the mor I realize how little i know :puzzled2 :mhihi

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Re: Hornby Ground Observations that Aren't Eagle Related - 2016-2017
« Reply #159 on: September 17, 2017, 10:18:35 AM »
 
Had another look at my Painted Lady Butterfly fotos this morning to see if i had one that showed the head area & legs more.
 
august 15 2017 11:31 - Painted Lady Butterfly
 

 

 
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Re: Hornby Ground Observations that Aren't Eagle Related - 2016-2017
« Reply #160 on: September 17, 2017, 11:07:21 AM »
 
All summer i*ve been hearing the distinctive trilling calls of Cedar Waxwings.
i am always heading somewhere & can*t stop.
i would LOVE to get nice fotos of them.
Then one day i swore i was hearing the calls above my garden!
But the Birds seemed to have these big honking beaks like a Grosbeak, & i wasn*t seeing the familiar lovely yellow smooth colouring.
Now that i have time to examine the fotos, yes indeed, this is who they are!
Here is an adult in the lower right, but who is the stripey one?
Turns out this is what the youngsters look like!
 
september 8 2017 14:52 - Cedar Waxwings
 


Two youngsters & an adult.
Look at the lovely yellow tail tips on the adult, & you can see them on the fledgling to the right, too.
 




Sweet youngsters, probably watching what their parents are up to.
There is a Tree in my yard that is full of small red berries now, & this is why they are here.
 

 

 
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Re: Hornby Ground Observations that Aren't Eagle Related - 2016-2017
« Reply #161 on: September 17, 2017, 11:11:55 AM »
 
september 8 2017 14:53 - Cedar Waxwing youngster
 

 

 


 
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Re: Hornby Ground Observations that Aren't Eagle Related - 2016-2017
« Reply #162 on: September 17, 2017, 11:37:16 AM »
 :thumbup: yay booni!

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Re: Hornby Ground Observations that Aren't Eagle Related - 2016-2017
« Reply #163 on: September 17, 2017, 10:28:56 PM »
Beautiful photos, booni.  Two already are puzzles.     :hearts2
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Re: Hornby Ground Observations that Aren't Eagle Related - 2016-2017
« Reply #164 on: September 18, 2017, 03:31:52 AM »
Your beautiful gardens would be heaven for birds Booni  :nod2- no wonder you are blessed with so many gorgeous visitors! :ecwink Thanks for sharing  your photos with us  :eclove