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Helliwell Nest - 2016-2017 Season
« on: December 21, 2016, 05:41:46 PM »

Okay, i say this about all the Nests, but this Nest is in a beautiful spot.
It is a Provincial Park with a lovely & well-visited walking trail.
A lot of the trail is through the woods, then you come out onto these gorgeous high cliffs that look towards Vancouver in the distance.
On the north side of the Park you look across at Texada Island.
Then there is Flora Island, with all sorts of interesting plants growing plus a huge assortment of Birds & water mammals.
From land or water, this is a beautiful place to visit.
Pretty much any time of year except late august & all september you can find Eagles here.
There is one Nest that you see from next to the trail in the woods, where you used to be able to see right in to what the Eagles were doing.
Then that Nest fell from use & one further inland near the old bent Maple was in use.
Then one year they went next door to private property to Nest.
Last year, we aren*t sure what they did, but wren spotted a youngster in the Park late august.

Last year*s topic & links to past years can be found here.
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Re: Helliwell Nest - 2016-2017 Season
« Reply #1 on: December 21, 2016, 06:13:35 PM »
 
Today we went for a walk in Helliwell.
The wind on the bluffs was just blasting, so we walked through the woods & came out on the trail in the deep dark woods where all the big Trees are.
Then we walked out towards the water.
The whole time you could hear Eagles screeching.
When we came to the corner where you used to be able to look up to see the old Nest there, i saw an Eagle on the Nest!
Just as i was looking up another Eagle flew over & this Eagle was screeching.
 
december 21 2016 11:36 - Helliwell Eagle on Nest
 


Look how full the crop is on this Eagle!
The down feathers are being pushed out from underneath the brown feathers, it is so full.
There seem to be fresh sticks on the Nest?
Those orange ends seem fresh.
 


Close up of the crop.
 


A bit of a zoomed out view to show the deep Nest.
i wonder if this Nest is in use again this year?
 

 

 
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Re: Helliwell Nest - 2016-2017 Season
« Reply #2 on: December 21, 2016, 06:23:24 PM »
 
We walked out to the beach, it wasn*t so windy on this side, to look back & see if there was a Nest there but the tide was right in to the shore & you could only look straight up at the Trees.
But there was an Eagle there!
Is this the mate of the one on the Nest?
 
december 21 2016 11:53 - Eagle in Helliwell
 

 

 

 

 

 
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Re: Helliwell Nest - 2016-2017 Season
« Reply #3 on: December 21, 2016, 08:10:59 PM »
Is that the older nest, closer to the water, or the one we see from the strange mossy maple tree near where the trail forks?
Either way, looks like some new branches here!

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Re: Helliwell Nest - 2016-2017 Season
« Reply #4 on: December 22, 2016, 07:58:27 AM »

The older Nest!
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Re: Helliwell Nest - 2016-2017 Season
« Reply #5 on: December 22, 2016, 02:48:53 PM »
It'll be fun to see which one is chosen!
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Re: Helliwell Nest - 2016-2017 Season
« Reply #6 on: May 05, 2017, 08:33:37 AM »
 
We went for a walk to the Oak Grove in Helliwell & spotted a few Eagles of all ages soaring along the wind blowing up from the cliffs.
This Eagle was perched in the beautiful old big Trees on the edge of the forest where it meets the grassy fields.
He seemed to be a drifter, rather than one of a nesting pair, but i don*t really know.
He is also stained on his head by eating Seal or Sea Lion.
 
may 2 2017 11:28 - Eagle in Helliwell
 

 


Even from as far away as i was, he didn*t like me poking my camera at him & flew off, which is why i suspect he is a drifter.

On our way back through the woods to the parking lot, all the lovely Oregon Grape were in bloom.

may 2 2017 12:35 - Oregon Grape
 

 



 
 
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Re: Helliwell Nest - 2016-2017 Season
« Reply #7 on: February 21, 2018, 09:19:12 AM »

Catching up with some fotos i never had time to post at the time!
On this day it was our Herring Festival & a local fella was taking people out to see the action on his lovely old wooden fish boat!
We first went by Heron Rocks & Norris Rocks to see the Sea Lions & anyone else hanging out there.
Then we continued out to Flora Island, where there were also lots of Sea Lions & Eagles.
We came upon Sea Lions snoozing.
Look how lovely the water under the blue sky is!
You couldn*t*ve asked for a better day for our outing.

march 19 2017 11:08 - Sea Lion flipper



Coming up for air, while still snoozing.







& there were Eagles!

march 19 2017 11:11 - young Eagles on Flora Island



On our way back.
One of Hornby*s First Nations* names is Hole in the Sky.
We often have blue sky when there are clouds everywhere else.
This foto shows that.



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Re: Helliwell Nest - 2016-2017 Season
« Reply #8 on: February 21, 2018, 09:35:19 AM »
 
We were on a walk in Helliwell & down on the beach was all this lovely Herring Roe!
If you click on this foto then click again, you can see a few of the eggs have two eyes in them.
Others are popped, however.

march 27 2017 11:30 - Herring Roe on sea weed



Lots of eyes in this one.



& a beautiful young Eagle!
They have Herring scales on their beak & down feathers on their talons!



There were huge drifts of loose Herring Roe washed in on the tide.
This stuff would be better off stuck to Sea Weed & Kelp under water, but we have no Kelp any more.
Not sure how well the washed up eggs survive.
Definitely better if the Sun doesn*t come out.





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Re: Helliwell Nest - 2016-2017 Season
« Reply #9 on: February 21, 2018, 09:41:37 AM »
 
march 27 2017 11:32 - Herring Roe





That yellow is all Roe.





We carried on around the Park & spotted this gorgeous youngster near the bluffs.
Someone just entering their year of turning two!



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Re: Helliwell Nest - 2016-2017 Season
« Reply #10 on: February 21, 2018, 09:44:09 AM »
 
The youngster was perched close to an adult, whose facial feathers are stained with the fat of Sea Lion or Seal.
i LOVE the brown markings on the white feathers of the breast!

march 27 2017 12:43 - young & adult Eagle





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Re: Helliwell Nest - 2016-2017 Season
« Reply #11 on: February 21, 2018, 09:37:49 PM »
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