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Author Topic: Hornby Ground Observations that Aren't Eagle Related - 2017-2018  (Read 660 times)
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« Post / Reply #15 on: November 06, 2017, 01:50:41 PM »


Miigwetch for the information, and the photos!
EXTREME GRRrrrrrrrr
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« Post / Reply #16 on: November 06, 2017, 05:10:00 PM »

Very sad,  humans need to be more careful or observant (if a person runs across something it would be nice if they would pick it up).  Nice videos that you shared, Booni
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« Post / Reply #17 on: November 06, 2017, 07:38:32 PM »

Video 1 sounds like a lot of Pacific Loons out there. Sometimes they blend with the horizon line; they’re a large scattered flock, not always easy to see, and their voices carry wondrously.

Video 2, now that I can see it, shows, sure enough, the Pacific Loons mixed in with the Mergansers!
It's apparent now that they are the ones making those sounds.
In winter they look a lot like winter-plumaged Common Loons, but they're actually smaller. On the video we can see the silvery back of the neck on some of the adults.


A note about the Octopus narrative, from someone who has seen the other end.

Octopuses are caught for bait, yes. But they are immediately killed by severing their nerve cord at the base of the brain. The death is instant.

No fisher in his or her right mind would cut a couple of arms off an octopus and then throw it overboard - alive or dead. The post seems to imply that something like this has happened, and from what I’ve known so far, its extremely unlikely. The whole animal is used. They’re considered valuable, at least in the fishing community I worked in. Not killing it first would not only be cruel, it would also make it almost impossible to take any part of it; octopuses are really strong. So even the most unthinking bait-cutter you could imagine would have to kill it, and would not want to waste any part of it, if only to keep his or her job.

Halibut and lingcod prey on octopuses in the wild. Which is why they work so well as bait. Seals are their predators too. An octopus missing arms would have had encounters with a predator before it died, or with a scavenger after it died.

By the way, eagles occasionally tangle with octopuses - literally; trying to catch them in shallow water. It does not always go well for the eagle.
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« Post / Reply #18 on: November 07, 2017, 04:22:17 AM »

Very interesting Wren and thank you so much for clearing that up. I was quite upset to think it was human cruelty.  oh no
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« Post / Reply #19 on: November 21, 2017, 09:18:34 AM »


wren didn*t *clear up* anything.
The observation of how Octopus are treated came to me from a VERY reliable source.
So there are two sides to how Octopus are treated by people who fish.

Yesterday i was outside shaking out Otto*s bedding when i heard the honk of a Trumpeter Swan.
The call was close so i quickly looked up at the sky i could see through the Trees & spotted a V of Trumpeter Swans flying past to the east!
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« Post / Reply #20 on: November 22, 2017, 08:39:16 AM »

 pray humans to be humane and free natural lives for all.  nod
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« Post / Reply #21 on: December 13, 2017, 11:52:12 AM »

 
On my way home i was looking at the calm water in the sunshine at Phipp*s Point when i noticed the lovely orange of Surf Scoters!
i had to park & walk back, then wait for the flock to come to the surface again, then try to find them between the Tree trunks before they dove or were hidden by Trees again.
 
december 12 2017 12:51 - male & female Surf Scoters
 

 

 

 


Look how they all line up behind each other!
 

 
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« Post / Reply #22 on: December 13, 2017, 11:56:24 AM »

 
Look at the puddles where two or maybe three have dived!
The others quickly follow!
You can see a tail, just before it disappears.

december 12 2017 12:52 - male & female Surf Scoters
 


& in this one, check out the cool triangle shape of the splash where the tail just disappeared!


 
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« Post / Reply #23 on: Today at 10:39:32 AM »

 
Yesterday i got to go out on a lovely old wooden tug boat with a group of birders to do an off shore Bird count!
We*d had fog since forEVER, but the Sun came out 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!
i was seeing with my eye but not having luck catching them in time with my camera.
So i tried video & had a bit of luck!
This video was probably my best catch of the day.
 
december 15 2017 11:41 - Orca
 
 
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lgdEd5dKBpY" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lgdEd5dKBpY</a>

There was a young Orca in there somewhere, perhaps this is them?


december 15 2017 12:24 - Orca

 
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-zm1HufRyak" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-zm1HufRyak</a>

There seemed to be a Mum & youngster here.

december 15 2017 12:26 - Orca
 
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AU3RcNF0ovA" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AU3RcNF0ovA</a>

december 15 2017 12:29 - Orca

Mum & youngster & perhaps a third or just one of this same pair?

 
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1DGuEPiFxmw" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1DGuEPiFxmw</a>
 

 
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« Post / Reply #24 on: Today at 11:56:05 AM »

Lovely tantalizing glimpses Booni!   love What a great day and opportunity for you.  thumbup
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