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Re: Heron Rocks Nest - 2018 season
« Reply #15 on: January 30, 2018, 09:46:32 PM »
Eggciting to 'catch' an eagle in flight, wren!   :thumbup:
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Re: Heron Rocks Nest - 2018 season
« Reply #16 on: January 31, 2018, 06:11:49 PM »
Another eagle in flight... Just at the end of first year, with just 3 brand-new secondaries standing out darker and slightly shorter than the initial set.
January 24, 1:30 pm











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Re: Heron Rocks Nest - 2018 season
« Reply #17 on: February 01, 2018, 03:25:02 AM »
great shots! WOW :thumbup:

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Re: Heron Rocks Nest - 2018 season
« Reply #18 on: February 01, 2018, 09:50:57 PM »
So interesting to see the wings in such detail, wren!     :investigate2
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Re: Heron Rocks Nest - 2018 season
« Reply #19 on: February 03, 2018, 09:11:46 PM »
So this time at least I know in which area the cow bones and skin are...
I've been seeing eagles jockeying for space beyond a row of rocks in that area too.

But when I finally tiptoe close enough for a view, it's again the same eagle I see, the young one with a dark mark on the edge of the left-side gape.
The food has moved with the tides and is a bit further out, jammed between two chunks of wind-sculpted sandstone.

January 24, 1:53 pm



1:55



Different angle today. Look at those light-coloured feathers on the back!




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Re: Heron Rocks Nest - 2018 season
« Reply #20 on: February 04, 2018, 09:16:54 PM »
There was a young Glaucous-winged Gull nearby, maybe working at the far end of the cow leavings, or waiting for a turn.
At any rate, leaving a rock between it and the eagle, still the same one. That eagle again stayed there for over an hour. On this series of photos the crop is fuller than at the start.
Every so often another eagle would fly above. The young eagle would sound a few rusty-hinge trills, without pausing in eating. There was no further challenge, but then I was not very far either, alternating my attention between the eagle and the Black Scoters on the water.
I timed this series of photos to have the gull and the eagle showing themselves above the rocks together.

January 24, 2:05 pm







Again we can see those light mantle feathers.





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Re: Heron Rocks Nest - 2018 season
« Reply #21 on: February 07, 2018, 08:38:17 PM »
I've been there for almost an hour and that eagle is still eating!
Calling to other eagles from time to time, and they leave her alone.
But I suppose the crazy photographer is a deterrent too.
The same gull is still there also.

January 24, 2:45 pm


Crop is just a little bit full...   :eceek





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Re: Heron Rocks Nest - 2018 season
« Reply #22 on: March 08, 2018, 11:48:01 AM »
 
We are having a Herring Festival here!
Last year was the first year & now it is a yearly event.
Last evening was a Herring-centered art show at The Hall as the opening of the Festival.
Artists enter their artwork & i think things go to the highest bidder with half going to Conservancy Hornby Island & half going to the artist.
i haven*t seen the show yet but i bet it is fabulous.
Jackie Hildering is speaking to a sold out crowd at The Hall about Humpback Feeding Strategies on friday night.
i can*t wait!
Then all day saturday is Herring School with three different speakers.
saturday night is The Herring Ball with dancing & food & music.
As part of the Festival, a generous local fella is taking people out on his lovely old wooden fish boat, Sun Corona.
He does three tours a day on wednesday, thursday, friday & sunday, 10:00, 12:00 & 2:00pm.
He is one of the speakers on saturday.
i got to go out with him yesterday!
We got to see Heron Rocks & Norris Rocks with all the Sea Lions & Eagles, then we carried on to Flora Island to see the Sea Lions there off Helliwell Provincial Park.
i lucked out to spot this Sea Lion with some kind of rubber band around their neck, the luck was to get a half decent foto, which is not easy for me anyway, from a boat.
This is one of three spotted this week, & i have reported all to DFO (Department of Fisheries & Oceans) & to the Vancouver Aquarium.
i will post about that under the HEART topic.

march 7 2018 12:23 - entangled Sea Lion on Norris Rocks





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Re: Heron Rocks Nest - 2018 season
« Reply #23 on: March 08, 2018, 09:41:44 PM »
Oh dear, hope they can help get that off him... will not be easy I know!!!

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Re: Heron Rocks Nest - 2018 season
« Reply #24 on: March 15, 2018, 11:04:31 AM »
 
We were going on a boat trip to Flora Island because i was hoping since first spotting them december 15 2017 to get another sighting of the Sea Lion with the band around their neck.
We never did see that one, but we did see two others on Norris Rocks which is off Heron Rocks.

march 5 2018 12:40 - entangled Sea Lion on Norris Rocks



This one was two days later.

march 7 2018 12:23 - entangled Sea Lion on Norris Rocks



i managed to get just this one foto of a pair perched at Heron Rocks.

march 5 2018 12:19 - Heron Rocks pair





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Re: Heron Rocks Nest - 2018 season
« Reply #25 on: March 16, 2018, 03:37:04 AM »
Thank you Booni for following up on the sea lions. The eagle photo is beautiful  as well.  :eclove

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Re: Heron Rocks Nest - 2018 season
« Reply #26 on: March 28, 2018, 08:59:37 PM »
Down to Heron Rocks to count gulls.

On the way to the beach, I found a view of the nest, from the public path at that!
And then, a switch-over!

March 27, 4:15 pm



And then later, an 'eye' shot. The other eagles has returned meanwhile and is perched nearby, out of the frame.
4:22




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Re: Heron Rocks Nest - 2018 season
« Reply #27 on: March 28, 2018, 09:47:42 PM »
 :thumbup: wren!
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Re: Heron Rocks Nest - 2018 season
« Reply #28 on: March 29, 2018, 03:55:39 AM »
Super good timing and shots!  :ecsmile

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Re: Heron Rocks Nest - 2018 season
« Reply #29 on: July 05, 2018, 09:38:26 PM »
From the same spot, July 4.
Two eaglets moving around as I arrived, just caught them with the binoculars.

Then a brief visit by one of the parents - alerting from neighbouring tree, the calling some more from the nest.
July 4, 5:35 pm



Adult takes off again. The second eaglet is partly visible behind the large branch.


A bit later, another visit with a long feeding. Unfortunately that big branch and the slope of the nest hid all the action except a bunch of brown backs.
The eaglets already had ballooning crops to start with... Now they're really really full.
5:50