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Re: Ground Observations 2017-2018
« Reply #195 on: January 28, 2018, 08:53:08 PM »
Beautiful series, booni!    :eclove
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Re: Ground Observations 2017-2018
« Reply #196 on: January 29, 2018, 07:54:23 AM »

I long for a drive-by or three.
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Re: Ground Observations 2017-2018
« Reply #197 on: January 30, 2018, 11:50:09 AM »
 
We have seen the Moon so rarely this winter!
It is always cloudy & raining!
Last evening i looked out my front door & there was light in my driveway?
i realized it was the Moon coming up!
 
january 29 2018 18:09 - The Moon
 

 

 
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Re: Ground Observations 2017-2018
« Reply #198 on: February 05, 2018, 04:22:50 PM »
Amazing pics Booni. Thanx so much for sharing. I almost feel that I am actually there too! So glad that dad is healing. :thumbup:

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Re: Ground Observations 2017-2018
« Reply #199 on: February 09, 2018, 11:24:16 AM »
 
We had a spot of Sun, & i found Dad & Em high up in The Babysitting Tree.
i am always keen to see how Dad*s beak is looking, & the Sun gives good lighting of the area, so a good opportunity.
Unfortunately, the Sun is coming & going a bit.
Dad is also quite high up in the Tree, i would be able to see his beak better & clearer if he were lower down somewhere, so i will keep trying.

february 8 2018 14:59 - Dad in The Babysitting Tree



Em has bloodstains around her beak & face like she has been eating something.

february 8 2018 14:59 - Em in The Babysitting Tree









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Re: Ground Observations 2017-2018
« Reply #200 on: February 09, 2018, 11:29:40 AM »
 
You can see Dad*s distinctive feather in all the fotos of him.

february 8 2018 14:59 - Dad in The Babysitting Tree







Dad*s beak looks fabulous from this side!



february 8 2018 15:01 - Em in The Babysitting Tree



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Re: Ground Observations 2017-2018
« Reply #201 on: February 09, 2018, 11:34:36 AM »
 
february 8 2018 15:01 - Dad in The Babysitting Tree





Em was moving food down from her crop.
Watch the head movements in the following fotos.

february 8 2018 15:02 - Em in The Babysitting Tree





She never used to look at me, but now she does.



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Re: Ground Observations 2017-2018
« Reply #202 on: February 09, 2018, 11:39:26 AM »
 
Still moving food here.

february 8 2018 15:02 - Em in The Babysitting Tree







This is the clearest picture i got of Dad that day.
i still don*t know what that flap is sticking out of his injured beak.
Someone asked if it is a scab?
But you*d think Dad would have scraped it off by now.
The area around the hole actually looks pretty good, like it is healing inwards a bit, & not so raw.

february 8 2018 15:03 - Dad in The Babysitting Tree





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Re: Ground Observations 2017-2018
« Reply #203 on: February 10, 2018, 08:21:35 PM »
Today the cam showed many, many visiting eagles.
Returning from my work in the late afternoon, I saw a young eagle in Foster's Fir and stopped for a few photos in the thin remaining light.

February 10, 3:48 pm







One of my reject photos, overall too dark, showed a flashy 'sequin' of herring scales catching the light from the eagle's beak!

After I took these photos, I spent a while at Grassy Point, scoping the distance. There were huge flocks of birds way out there, all at rest or on the move. Report from birding friends on Denman Island speak of herring balls earlier in the day, particularly northwest of Grassy Point, where the birds were thickest on the horizon.



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Re: Ground Observations 2017-2018
« Reply #204 on: February 12, 2018, 11:36:30 AM »
 
Two days later, here are my fotos from that same day.
i did a driveby on my way out, & spotted this GORGEOUS youngster on the top of Gregg*s Tree!
i could hear Dad & Em calling, i think from the Babysitting Tree but i never spotted them as there were people in the yard there.
This looks like a three year old who will soon be entering their fourth year!
Lovely swirls of black in the yellow beak, eye colour now more yellow than brown, & the distinctive eye strip of the three year old turning to the more white head of a four year old.
This could be Scootch!  :hearts2

february 10 2018 14:40 - immature Eagle on Gregg*s Tree



i*m posting this foto because you can see that on the left side of the beak there are Herring scales!
So perhaps there was some sort of feeding event today, out front of the Nest territory!



In this foto, you can see there is still a lot of dark feathering on the back of the head.



i*m sitting in my van on the side of the road & she is watching me.
i don*t want to scare her away!
So i sit very still.
i am not looking at her with my eyes but i believe Birds see the reflecting end of the glass lens, which is like an eye.
This picture also shows the Herring scales.



Craning her head to look at me!
Sometimes they do this before they take off.
Please don*t take off!
Hopefully this is just curiosity.



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Re: Ground Observations 2017-2018
« Reply #205 on: February 12, 2018, 11:54:22 AM »
 
She*s mostly looking ahead at the water, & to the right at The Babysitting Tree.
So i have to sit & wait til she looks back this way, towards mishi*s Tree, to take a foto.
Looking straight up at Eagles like this is often not a good foto.
So i am lucky she is checking me out.
In these ones she catches the light nicely.

february 10 2018 14:45 - immature Eagle on Gregg*s Tree











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Re: Ground Observations 2017-2018
« Reply #206 on: February 12, 2018, 12:01:24 PM »
 
i could sit here all day, but Otto is squeaking & getting impatient.

february 10 2018 14:46 - immature Eagle on Gregg*s Tree





i drive away, having managed not to scare her off.
When i come back after our walk, she is still up there, but the light is gone.

i continue on around the block & spot this lovely youngster low down on Fosters* Fir!
You can see this one has Herring scales on the beak too!
Not sure who this one would be.
No one is chasing them off.
They are not even a year old yet!
A juvenile.

february 10 2018 14:46 - juvenile Eagle on Fosters*s Fir





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Re: Ground Observations 2017-2018
« Reply #207 on: February 12, 2018, 08:17:12 PM »
The eagle seems as interested in you as you are in her, booni!    :nod2

If it is Scootch, maybe she recognizes you.    :eclove

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Re: Ground Observations 2017-2018
« Reply #208 on: February 12, 2018, 09:20:43 PM »
What a beauty!!  :heart

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Re: Ground Observations 2017-2018
« Reply #209 on: February 12, 2018, 09:40:00 PM »
Back on January 27... I stopped at Grassy Point after work and found this whole collection of birds on the rocks.

January 27, 1:35 pm

Thayer's Gulls, Black Oystercatchers, one Black Turnstone below them on the right, two Common Mergansers on the left, Black-bellied Plovers (the larger shorebirds) and Dunlins (the smaller ones mixed in).

I'm sneaking closer, aiming for a big rock I can hide behind; on my way I see three Killdeers; one of them is pretty close... they don't seem disturbed, maybe because the pounding waves mask my sounds and my own movement doesn't stand out as much?
1:42



From behind the rock I have a slightly closer view and only my head is visible.
Here are the Mergansers. They're really skittish usually, but on this visit they only occasionally glanced at me. One Thayer's Gull preening above them. Crashing surf in the background.
1:45



A better view of the Oystercatchers, with one Black Turnstone below right. Another Thayer's Gull above. I'm supposed to get used to calling them Iceland Gulls now.