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« on: June 23, 2018, 10:11:09 AM »


This Nest territory is at the end of a private dirt road where there are only two houses nearby so quite a quiet area.
The Nest Tree was struck by lightning in 2016.
It seemed for a while the Eagles were building a Nest in another Tree, & then we lost track of what they got up to.
This year they were back to using the Lightning Tree, according to the neighbours.

To read last year*s topic & find links to previous years, click here.
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« Post / Reply #1 on: June 23, 2018, 07:06:52 PM »

 
The neighbours of this Nest reported activity in the Lightning Tree so yesterday i went to see if i could see or hear anything.
i was walking around & around, listening & looking back, trying to find my old view spots into the Nest.
i sure wasn*t seeing or hearing anything.
i was zoomed in, trying to photograph the Nest when i saw some regular movement in there that might have been wind in the branches, but i wasn*t sure.
i finally realized it was Eagle feathers moving around.
An adult seemed to be tearing at food & feeding!
Eventually i hear some happy squealing, so for sure at least one Eaglet at this Nest.

Here is the Nest, which seems to have suffered a slide towards the water.
 
june 22 2018 13:45 - Brigantine Nest in The Lightning Tree
 


Watch the area to the left of the adult.
You*ll see a quite young Eaglet there!
There is still mostly fluffy grey down with only small patches of dark feathering visible.
Not the big brown Eaglets we are seeing elsewhere.

june 22 2018 13:58 - parent Eagle feeding young Eaglet
 
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QhCuW9ew9C8" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QhCuW9ew9C8</a>

My car is parked under the Nest  Tree & it is actually a good view spot into the Nest, so i am standing there taking fotos when i am discovered by the adult.

june 22 2018 14:08 - parent Eagle on The Nest
 

 


A lot of Eagles will spot me, but not care, then others, like this one are not happy with me being there looking up at them.
i think it was in this very same territory that i heard uk-ukking for the first time.
i am getting uk-ukking, so it is time to go!
 
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KCT4ESgAZTI" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KCT4ESgAZTI</a>


i was reminded of sort of similar calls that Semi made!
Semi*s calls are a LOT louder & clearer so i am still comparing the calls of the adult & Semi in my head.

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zob7GJaEvTs" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zob7GJaEvTs</a>

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NUYqjLIu5ys" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NUYqjLIu5ys</a>
 
link to my fotos page -  
 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/
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« Post / Reply #2 on: June 24, 2018, 01:31:05 AM »

Great sleuthing and recording Booni!  thumbup
Maybe get the heck away faster when parent clearly not pleased that you are there  lol
 Dont want any talons strining you!  oh no
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« Post / Reply #3 on: July 07, 2018, 09:42:57 PM »

After stopping by the Wiig nest I had a good look at this one.
At first, nothing...
Then just bits of brown feather ends and downy bits.
Then an adult flew in!
And started feeding motions!
July 7, 3:14 pm



Well hello there!
3:15



So now the eaglet is up and the adult is still making feeding motions down in the nest bowl.
Also I'm seeing some movement between the adult's head and the eaglet.
A second one?
Ummm... actually the photos show dirty white feathers.
Now this explains it... 


One eaglet. Two adults... One was there all along, invisible. Enough food for all.
The one who brought food has a mantle feather sticking out slantwise.
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« Post / Reply #4 on: July 07, 2018, 10:17:51 PM »

That eaglet has a nice full crop.
The adult is still eating.
The other adult further back on the nest might be eating too, we can just see a bit of the neck and head, head down much of the time.
July 7, 3:16 pm



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The lighter bit by the adult eagle's feet is part of the tail of the other adult. This nest is wider than it looks!

First adult moves onto a branch.



Second adult's head visible below right. The perched adult has a nice-looking crop too.



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« Post / Reply #5 on: July 08, 2018, 02:45:37 AM »

 eek! looks like nest half built - where is the rest?
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« Post / Reply #6 on: July 08, 2018, 07:44:46 AM »

Thank you for the updates Wren!
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« Post / Reply #7 on: July 08, 2018, 08:47:39 PM »

Jeav, it seemed to me that in the year after the tree was hit by lightning, the nest looked thinner and more difficult to find. It's possible that some of it fell down, or even got dismantled when the eagles made another nest start last year.
From the ground the nest doesn't look very big, but it's way high up there and evidently large enough to hide an adult and eaglet at the same time.
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« Post / Reply #8 on: July 08, 2018, 09:01:56 PM »

Meanwhile... That first adult eagle hops to another branch.

July 7, 3:20 pm






Then that one flies away.
The other eagle is still in the nest.








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« Post / Reply #9 on: July 08, 2018, 09:45:52 PM »

After a while, the eaglet tries begging from the remaining eagle, flattening low into the nest with beak sloped upward, but the parent is having none of it and hops to the nearest branch, just as the other one did.

July 7, 3:23 pm



Then off that one goes.



I was hoping to see some post-meal wingercizing from the eaglet but not much happened. I caught one little flap a long while later, then the eaglet settled in for another nap.
Nice view of the feather shafts, though. Still a way to go before flying day  here.

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