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Re: Ground Observations 2017-2018
« Reply #150 on: December 11, 2017, 08:00:03 PM »
I went to check Hidden Beach... I was hoping to find a Eurasian Wigeon that I spotted last week, and sure enough it was still there, but the photos didn't turn out great. Still, I can add it as a count-week bird for the Christmas Bird Count.

There was a lot of action by the little creek, the same area where the neighbours photographed all the eagles, as Booni showed in her last post.
This creek is a favourite bathing area for the gulls also.
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Hidden Beach, December 11, 1:35 pm
















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Re: Ground Observations 2017-2018
« Reply #151 on: December 11, 2017, 09:13:05 PM »
And here's what happened next...  :ecsmile

There had been a flock of Oystercatchers resting on Grassy Point... and now they started to fly in.
Hidden Beach, December 11, 1:37 pm


They calmly made their way toward the creek.









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Re: Ground Observations 2017-2018
« Reply #152 on: December 11, 2017, 09:37:17 PM »
Meanwhile the creek is still full of gulls!

Hidden Beach, December 11, 1:40 pm







So for the time being, the Oystercatchers head out into the ocean, where it is mixed with fresh water from the creek, and start bathing there. They have a nice soak before they start splashing around.








A few more gulls join them there.








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Re: Ground Observations 2017-2018
« Reply #153 on: December 11, 2017, 10:41:52 PM »
Mother Nature's Spa!    :hearts2
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Re: Ground Observations 2017-2018
« Reply #154 on: December 11, 2017, 10:47:33 PM »
While I was busy taking photos of the oystercatchers, the gulls finally vacated the creek! The oystercatchers saw that too, and some of them moved to the gulls' freshwater bathing pool.
One gull joined them there too.
Be sure to click on the pictures and look at the faces.  Oystercatchers are beyond fabulous. :eclove

Once again a nice soak to start...
Hidden Beach, December 11, 1:42 pm












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Re: Ground Observations 2017-2018
« Reply #155 on: December 11, 2017, 10:58:49 PM »
Rub-a-dub-dub.

Dipping one wing way down...
Hidden Beach, December 11, 1:43 pm


...And stretching the other wing way up...




And now the other side...



And rinse it all out.











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Re: Ground Observations 2017-2018
« Reply #156 on: December 13, 2017, 12:51:04 AM »

Thank you to wren & booni for all the ground observations, much appreciated   :eclove
observations, much appreciated

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Re: Ground Observations 2017-2018
« Reply #157 on: December 13, 2017, 04:29:22 AM »
yes the faces and the photos are  both beyond fabulous - thanks for sharing them Wren :-)

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Re: Ground Observations 2017-2018
« Reply #158 on: December 16, 2017, 11:04:34 AM »
 
Yesterday i got to go out on a lovely old wooden fish boat with a group of birders to do an off shore Bird count!
We*d had fog since forEVER, but the Sun came out all day for our trip.
The water was calm & flat, you couldn*t*ve asked for a better day in december!
We left Ford Cove & went north along Heron Rocks & Norris Rocks then out towards Helliwell & Flora Island.
It was somewhere out there that we started seeing Orca!
You can see the videos i got of them here.
After that we cruised along the north shore of Hornby until we were passing the Nest neighbourhood.
So i was trying to see what i could see of it from the water.
The Shrimp boat was out, as it seems to be every day.
Only now it is a different boat!
Not sure when that switch took place.
i*ll post fotos of the new boat later.
Suddenly i noticed an Eagle flying out from the territory over the water, & i even managed to track them with this video.
This is likely either Dad or Em.
They flew out then did a loop & returned.
i never saw them go down to the water, they just looked down from the air.
In the webcam videos, a second Eagle returns to the first at this same time.
 
december 15 2017 13:15 - Dad or Em flying out over the water near the Prawn boat
 
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y0JIf4DRBtU" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y0JIf4DRBtU</a>
 
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Re: Ground Observations 2017-2018
« Reply #159 on: December 17, 2017, 01:03:48 AM »
How eggciting, booni!   :eclove
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Re: Ground Observations 2017-2018
« Reply #160 on: December 17, 2017, 09:57:42 AM »
 :eclove Thank you booni  wow what a perfect day!

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Re: Ground Observations 2017-2018
« Reply #161 on: December 17, 2017, 10:20:05 AM »
Super!!!!  and another old wooden tug to boot, woweee  :ecsmile

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Re: Ground Observations 2017-2018
« Reply #162 on: December 24, 2017, 12:12:39 PM »
 
It was a beautiful sunny day & i found Em on the Nest!
 
december 20 2017 14:00 - Em on The Nest
 


She flew off towards Grassy Point & a Raven flew in & landed on the stump!
 


The Raven flew off & Em landed again in the Nest.
 

 

 
 
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Re: Ground Observations 2017-2018
« Reply #163 on: December 24, 2017, 01:53:16 PM »
Lovely!

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Re: Ground Observations 2017-2018
« Reply #164 on: December 26, 2017, 11:28:22 AM »
 
That Raven on the stump, i got another foto that i like better but it isn*t sharp.
So i played with it a bit.
 
december 20 2017 14:01 - Raven on the stump
 

 

 

 

 
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