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Nest 6-7 - Savoie Farm - 2017-18 season
« on: November 20, 2017, 09:03:16 PM »
This topic is for photos and discussions about Nest 6-7.

This nest is very near Collishaw Point, which uncovers to a mile-long intertidal zone at low tide. That area is always full of birds. I believe it is one of the points on the island where currents from both sides converge, bringing in more nutrients and a very rich sea life. (The other areas where this happens are Flora Islet and Norris Rocks.)
There used to be a small remnant of a previous nest in a neighbouring tree, so this is why this nest came to have two numbers! Two years ago the old nest, #6, finally vanished completely but the double number stayed. (More and more I tend to drop the number 6.)
Last year, in April, a youngster from the previous year was released on her home territory. Around that time, Booni found both adults perched in a tree for a long time; they should have been incubating. She could not locate the nest, though she had visited the area often. The nest is hard to see from land, but Booni is VERY good at spotting nests.
A week later, looking from the water, I discovered that Nest 7 had indeed vanished! It must have crashed to the ground during the winter or early spring.
So there was no issue from this territory last season.

Click here to find last year's postings, and a link to the previous year.

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Re: Nest 6-7 - Savoie Farm - 2017-18 season
« Reply #1 on: November 20, 2017, 09:29:13 PM »
Every photographer has stories of the One Who Got Away.
Here's my latest.

Last Friday, there was a miraculous break in the rain and wind. I put my kayak in the water at Grassy Point and meandered over to  this territory.
As usual, I scanned the treetops, hoping to find a new nest start, wondering if the eagles will rebuild on the site of Nest 7 or choose a different tree. I couldn't see anything. I even thought about the slim chances of seeing an eagle carrying a stick while I was there.

I spend a while around the point, looking at the seabirds and shore birds, then battened down the hatches for the trip home: camera stowed under my spray deck.
Just coming around the point where the nest used to be.... Suddenly right in front of me, flying low, is an eagle... Carrying a great big long long long branch that dangled way below... Flying hard to gain elevation, this one circled back to land and just cleared the bank as I vainly tried to get my camera out and focused. Not a chance.
Meanwhile the eagle has just made it into a gap between trees, but the stick did not! It caught either the lip of the little cliff, or the trunk of at tree, and came down, clack clack clack down the rocks to shore.

Dang! No way to know where that eagle was going with this now!

Eagle circled once again, passing above the water again and I caught this shot.

October 17, 3:45 pm



Hoped for a while that there would be another attempt, but the eagle went to a favourite perch to rest up.
So that's stick's destination remains a mystery.
For what it's worth, this is where the other eagle was... On the old nest 7 tree.










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Re: Nest 6-7 - Savoie Farm - 2017-18 season
« Reply #2 on: November 21, 2017, 08:13:10 PM »
Before this...
Found a few shore birds nearby. A flock of about 75 Dunlins landed, then took off again shortly after, headed toward Grassy Point.

On a neighbouring rock, this little group just opened an eye to check what I was, then woke up more fully.

Collishaw Point, November 17, 3:35 pm






From that spot, near the nest tree I could see a beautiful cascade coming down the rocks.
Only upon looking at the photos on the computer did I spot the figure at the top. Click to enlarge.





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Re: Nest 6-7 - Savoie Farm - 2017-18 season
« Reply #3 on: May 20, 2018, 09:09:49 PM »
Phone call from a neighbour of this nest.
She's seen eagles breaking branches from some dead cedars near her yard.
One huge one two weeks ago, and a smaller one today.
Presumably more while she wasn't watching...
Both times the eagle flew toward the east, further east than I had been looking for a new nest start.
The old nest is still its absent self.
I explained that eagles work on a nest all the time; there could even be eaglets in a new nest; this is not necessarily new construction right now.
She'll keep an eye out, try to see where those branches are going.

Someone is working on Something...


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Re: Nest 6-7 - Savoie Farm - 2017-18 season
« Reply #4 on: May 21, 2018, 04:18:04 AM »
Sounding hopeful   :really

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Re: Nest 6-7 - Savoie Farm - 2017-18 season
« Reply #5 on: July 24, 2018, 02:48:25 PM »
July 22, a little trip on the water, looking for the Something that Someone might be working on.

A week earlier, after checking on Nest 9, I had ridden my bike to the back of this territory, listening for eaglets, and had heard nothing.

From the water it didn't take me long to find what I was looking for.
As the neighbour had observed, the eagles had been airlifting branches eastward from the old nest. And indeed that's where I found the new one, maybe 100 metres east of Nest 7, right by the water, on a tree that towers above its neighbours and had long been used as a perch.
July 22, 8:03 pm



The nest didn't seem very big at all. I see no down flags and no poopshots, no sign of an eaglet having been there.



I was in fact wondering who else might have been buiding such a nest, when Someone appeared... Seemingly claiming this tree. Also giving me a sense of scale. It's not a huge nest but it's big enough to be the start of an eagle's nest.
8:05



This Someone seemed to be finishing a meal, and certainly has a full crop.
8:08



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Re: Nest 6-7 - Savoie Farm - 2017-18 season
« Reply #6 on: July 24, 2018, 09:16:16 PM »
Out on the point, it was the wrong tide to easily find shore birds but there were other new arrivals: some Bonaparte's Gulls, mostly still in breeding plumage.
A small flock were resting on the rocks, and more of them were fishing here and there offshore.
July 22, 8:20 pm











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Re: Nest 6-7 - Savoie Farm - 2017-18 season
« Reply #7 on: July 24, 2018, 10:36:39 PM »
It's looking promising there!   :eclove
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Re: Nest 6-7 - Savoie Farm - 2017-18 season
« Reply #8 on: July 25, 2018, 02:42:27 AM »
Interesting that the eagle is reusing sticks  from the old nest. -  Looks like an attempt to move the nest rather than build a new one.

I am surprised that such an open tree was chosen.  :really

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Re: Nest 6-7 - Savoie Farm - 2017-18 season
« Reply #9 on: July 25, 2018, 09:23:20 AM »
Like many nest trees, it is surrounded by other trees (on three sides, in this case, the water being on the fourth) but stands tall above the rest. The framing of the photo makes it look more isolated than it is.