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Re: Ground Observations 2017-2018
« Reply #240 on: March 02, 2018, 07:59:16 PM »
Diving for herring...
March 1, 9:27 am at Grassy Point
















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Re: Ground Observations 2017-2018
« Reply #241 on: March 02, 2018, 08:50:37 PM »
 
A little later in the day, & the Sun comes out for when i go down to this same spot to check out the goings on.
There were TONS of Gulls, & this ONE youngster in the midst of them!
 
march 1 2018 12:20 - young Eagle in midst of Gulls
 
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vXj8pNG2E1w" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vXj8pNG2E1w</a>

i saw this youngster catch at least one Herring.

march 1 2018 12:23 - young Eagle in midst of Gulls

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=alfFc70RtI0" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=alfFc70RtI0</a>

& this was some of the Sea Lion action!

march 1 2018 12:28 - Sea Lions
 
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=95HSOk1E4pM" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=95HSOk1E4pM</a>

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Re: Ground Observations 2017-2018
« Reply #242 on: March 03, 2018, 07:35:48 AM »
Wonderful photos and videos!  That could be Dad diving for herring in your photos wren.  Note the dark spot at the cere - he has that still-healing remnant of his injuries too. 
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Re: Ground Observations 2017-2018
« Reply #243 on: March 03, 2018, 10:23:19 AM »
 
Catching up from a few days ago.
On my driveby through the neighbourhood there are certain Trees i always look for to see if there are Eagles there.
This is the first one i pass.
 
february 27 2018 11:39 - young Eagle in The Fork Tree
 


No one else spotted til i reached Grassy Point.
i am pretty sure this is Em.

february 27 2018 11:43 - Em in The His & Hers Tree
 

 

 


On my next driveby, i spot this Eagle in The Babysitting Tree.

february 27 2018 12:54 - Eagle in The Babysitting Tree
 



 
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Re: Ground Observations 2017-2018
« Reply #244 on: March 03, 2018, 06:38:02 PM »
That could be Dad diving for herring in your photos wren.  Note the dark spot at the cere - he has that still-healing remnant of his injuries too.  


A closer view of that same eagle.
Grassy Point, March 1, 9:27 am



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Re: Ground Observations 2017-2018
« Reply #245 on: March 03, 2018, 06:59:51 PM »
I just found another photo of that same eagle.

Grassy Point, March 1st, 9:31 am



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Re: Ground Observations 2017-2018
« Reply #246 on: March 03, 2018, 07:45:25 PM »
Different eagle here: a sub-adult with just a faint crescent of dark feathers on the cheek and a few dark tips on the tail.
The eagles are starting to disperse, to the end of Grassy Point, to perch trees, or to the big circle forming and reforming far aloft on a thermal.
March 1, 9:30 am








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Re: Ground Observations 2017-2018
« Reply #247 on: March 03, 2018, 07:51:32 PM »
Meanwhile more and more gulls are arriving.
Even in this tiny spawn area they manage to catch some herring. But competition is intense.
Grassy Point, March 1, 9:31 am



I'm pretty sure the large one with pale eyes and a big dark wing patch is a Herring Gull. They are uncommon here, but a few do show up for herring season, why not?
The other gulls are Glaucous-winged (grey wing tips) and Iceland, aka Thayer's (dark wing tips with big white dots).
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Re: Ground Observations 2017-2018
« Reply #248 on: March 03, 2018, 07:59:43 PM »
Eagle perches are also at a premium.
These two youngsters had to sort out their wings when the one facing us landed too close to the other one.
March 1, 9:35 am







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Re: Ground Observations 2017-2018
« Reply #249 on: March 04, 2018, 08:50:43 AM »
 
On the webcam we were seeing Eagles everywhere!
There had been a small Herring Spawn to the left of Grassy Point in the pebbly bay there.
By the time i got out there it was a bit quieter, Eagle wise, but there were still lots of Eagles perched & flying back & forth overhead.
i started at the Nest area & there were Eagles in Gregg*s Tree & Constables* Fir as well as The Babysitting Tree.
 
march 1 2018 10:52 - Eagle in Constables* Fir
 


A beauty!
 


march 1 2018 10:53 - Eagles in The Babysitting Tree
 


march 1 2018 10:54 - Eagle in Gregg* Tree
 


march 1 2018 11:08 - Eagles in The Babysitting Tree
 


Looking up at another, on the top.

march 1 2018 11:10 - Eagle in Gregg* Tree


 
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Re: Ground Observations 2017-2018
« Reply #250 on: March 04, 2018, 08:59:05 AM »
 
Some of the individuals.
 
march 1 2018 11:10 - Eagle in The Babysitting Tree
 

 

 


march 1 2018 11:11 - Eagle in Gregg* Tree
 


i carried on after that & next stop was The Peters* Tree & Hope*s Tree.
Found this youngster peeking out.

march 1 2018 11:24 - young Eagle Hope*s Tree
 



 
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Re: Ground Observations 2017-2018
« Reply #251 on: March 04, 2018, 09:06:52 AM »
 
Then i carried on to Grassy Point, where it was a riot of Gulls & Sea Lions & lots of people there watching & photographing & commenting.
You can see the beautiful milky blue water in these.
 
march 1 2018 11:35 - Gulls & Sea Lions after Herring Spawn
 
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8UUeYxmSpkU" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8UUeYxmSpkU</a>

march 1 2018 11:37 - Gulls & Sea Lions after Herring Spawn
 
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march 1 2018 11:50 - Gulls & Sea Lions after Herring Spawn
 
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Re: Ground Observations 2017-2018
« Reply #252 on: March 04, 2018, 06:45:09 PM »
A plethora of happy eagles, booni!    :thumbup:
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Re: Ground Observations 2017-2018
« Reply #253 on: March 05, 2018, 09:27:30 AM »

Wow, just wow!!  Wish I was there :eclove
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Re: Ground Observations 2017-2018
« Reply #254 on: March 06, 2018, 03:59:24 AM »
I am putting Hornby herring spawn on my bucket list!   :thumbup: