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« on: August 14, 2010, 09:21:43 PM »

There are many eagle nests on Hornby Island other than the eagle cam nest. Doug has done an excellent map of the ones he knew of when he wrote his book "The Eagles of Hornby Island" published in 2008. Not all of the nests on the map were used this year, & there are some nests that are active that aren*t displayed on the map. Doug*s eagle nest map



Nest #15 was in a huge tree at the end of a road, on a point near the water.
i don*t know when, but before 2009, a storm broke the tree at below Nest level.
i thought Nest #15 no longer exhisted.
But i am learning that when a Nest doesn*t get used, the eagles who used to use it have often just moved somewhere else.
Last year i heard nothing about eagles in this Nest area.
So i just assumed there was no longer a Nest.

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« Post / Reply #1 on: August 14, 2010, 09:31:49 PM »



Thursday evening Doug got a call that there was an eaglet hanging out on the beach to the right of where Nest #15 used to be.
The eaglet tended to come to the deck of the people staying there, & hang out in the morning & evening, & then disappear for the day.
The man*s son was feeding the eaglet fishing bait anchovies.
The man was worried about the eaglet, & called Doug.
Doug went to check it out the next day, but the eaglet was nowhere to be seen when he arrived.
The man also called me & left a message, so i called him back.
He had called MARS, & described the eaglet, & MARS had told him to capture the eaglet & bring him in.
The man was quite concerned.
So i asked if i could come over & try to capture the eaglet.
The man agreed that i could.
i think he was relieved.
With my heart in my throat, beating way too fast, i headed over there with the capture gear.
The home is right on the water, on a small bank, & there is a deck all around.
i searched the deck first.
No eaglet.
i went down to the beach to look for him.
No sign of him.
An adult eagle flew from my right to my left & landed in the top of a tree.
A-ha!
Now the eaglet will announce himself.
But he didn*t.
i started to walk that way, down the beach.
Then i heard an eaglet calling.
i kept walking, & finally spotted him, standing on a stump on the beach right in front of the bank.
i made my way towards him.
He was watching me, but otherwise did not react to my approach.
i would go closer, with my head down & eyes averted, then i would stop & slowly look up.
If the eaglet was not reacting, then i would do that again.
i got to within three feet of the eaglet!
He didn*t seem to mind at all!
He was looking at me, then looking around.
He*d look at me with one eye, then the other, then with both eyes.
At one point a parent landed in the tree above his head, & he started calling out a storm.
It was as though i wasn*t even there.
i got a good look at him.
He looked in good shape, bright eyes, feathers in good condition, he even had a full crop.
i saw no parasites moving on his feathers.
i walked back up the beach to get the capture gear.
i was terrified of not doing it right, & kept practicing it in my head.
My mouth was dry with fear.
i decided to go back empty handed & observe some more.
i approached using the same method.
The eaglet was gone!
The i realized he had somehow changed position to the upturned root of a stump.
i got to within three feet of him & sat down.
He looked at me, & me at him.
At this point i realized that in my terror, i had forgotten to bring my camera!
i could*ve gotten such a nice video of him sitting there, only feet away.
i observed him again for five or ten minutes.
i decided i wasn*t convinced that he needed to be captured, so went back to my van & drove to a friend*s to borrow their phone & call Maj at MARS.
i learned that having a full crop is not necessarily a good sign.
There can be problems that make a crop full, or because the crop is full, & cannot empty.
i also learned that in capture, an eaglet may throw up what is in their crop & breathe it in.
Not good.
So Maj said to give it two hours, then go back & observe again.
In the meantime, she would make her way to Hornby & observe the eaglet herself.
Yay!
The big guns!
i am off the hook.
So, i went back to my work.
Two hours later, i got a call from the man who had captured Niner.
He was on the island, & had offered to save Maj a trip.
He & i would observe the eaglet again, & he would decide whether the eaglet needed capturing or not.
If so, he would bring the eaglet in to MARS, as he has done before.
So, off we went to look for the eaglet.
Well, no sign of the eaglet on the deck, so we went to the beach.
No sign of the eaglet on the beach, where he was before, either.
The adult was still in that same tree.
i looked everywhere around where the eaglet had been.
i even found fresh poop.
But no eaglet.
i heard eaglet calls!
They were coming from back on the land, & higher up.
i wasn*t sure i was hearing what i thought i was hearing.
But then i heard it again.
So i headed towards the sound.
The sound took me back to the house, & then down the driveway we came in on.
The sound got louder, the further down the driveway i walked.
i finally got to where the sound was the loudest.
In the forest, with a solid floor of ferns & stinging nettle, was where the sound was coming from.
i found Mike & said bring the car.
Then we headed into the forest.
The eaglet calling was getting louder & closer.
i was sure we would find him on the ground amoungst the huge ferns, or perched in a short tree.
Sometimes the calling seemed to come from higher in the air.
At one point the sound was coming from right between where Mike & i were standing.
We were sure we found the eaglet.
But then the calling stopped, & we could not find him or hear him again.
But there was a big fir tree there, & there were many poop shots on the greenery at it*s base.
Had we found the Nest Tree?
It seemed we had.
Was the eaglet back in the Nest?
Or was this a second eaglet?
At this point, i do not know.
i am hoping that the people who are staying at the house now will call us if they see the eaglet again.


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« Post / Reply #2 on: August 14, 2010, 09:42:04 PM »

Mr. Raj and I are rivited to your experience Booni. The eaglet is lucky to be on Hornby Island where the HEART team resides.  heart
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« Post / Reply #3 on: August 14, 2010, 11:40:11 PM »

Oh what an interesting account booni.  I was with you every step of the way (except for the stinging nettles on my bare legs!)  Sounds like this eaglet could be doing OK - I sure hope so.  I am glad that people are becoming more aware of you and Doug and Winterwren - you guys have been kept pretty busy!  love
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« Post / Reply #4 on: August 14, 2010, 11:59:12 PM »

Really appreciate the step-by-step update of "decker".
 We'll all be rooting for the eaglet. Smiley
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« Post / Reply #5 on: August 15, 2010, 01:58:04 AM »

So, not eagle related (but story related) do you know the benefits of Stinging Nettle? I would suggest that it is a great plant for health.  heart
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« Post / Reply #6 on: August 15, 2010, 01:58:43 AM »

Fascinating, Booni!  I enjoyed reading your detailed account and hope that Decker's moving around indicates that he has been eating and has energy, is not dehydrated, and may fly soon.  If the adult eagle is one of his parents, at least the adult is keeping an eye on him.  I also hope that the bait fish is okay and that he's getting enough food.   I guess we'll have to wait and see.   smile

Thank you for taking the time to keep us up-to-date!!!   heart
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« Post / Reply #7 on: August 15, 2010, 07:08:41 AM »

Great account, booni - thank you!   love

Rumor has it that Doug left a salmon head for the eaglet and that he claimed it and dragged it away and that Doug has video.

This is not the first time I have heard Mike mentioned - is this the fellow that Maj calls "Environ-Mike" ? He is the one who carried our Phoenix's body over to her? And also captured Niner? And now helping with Decker? A member of HEART for sure.
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« Post / Reply #8 on: August 15, 2010, 07:20:26 AM »

Doug just showed a video of Decker and the salmon head and also the Elephant Seal lazying around.  He'll show it again at 5 PM nest time today (Sunday).   love
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« Post / Reply #9 on: August 15, 2010, 08:12:34 AM »

Booni, you have such a gift for telling stories.  Have you ever thought of writing a book about your adventures on Hornby Island?  Your readers would be captivated with the mystery, comedy, drama and of course, romance (with the wildlife) about your many encounters.  binoculars

Thank you for sharing your life in the wild with us.  You are truly a guardian angel for the critters on the island.  If I were in trouble, I sure would want you on my team.  Thanks for your updates and entertainment.

PS: Once again, when I retire, my hubby and I would love to move to Hornby Island so I could become your apprentice.  And yes, I'll even carry your rescue gear and camera.
   really?

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« Post / Reply #10 on: August 15, 2010, 08:17:39 AM »

If you can't wait to see Doug's video, there are several hotspots of this morning's showing, made by boonibarb and californiawatcher:

Links to hotspots:

Decker, Part 1 (short).

Decker, Part 2. Also includes beautiful scenery.

Elephant Seal !!
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« Post / Reply #11 on: August 15, 2010, 08:25:51 AM »

Yes, boonib, you would be the author and  the illustrator.  big grin  I would buy it!

Thanks for the hotspots Nancy.


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« Post / Reply #12 on: August 15, 2010, 09:42:46 AM »

Thank you NancyM, Boonibarb & Caliwatcher for the 'history' & hotspots.  With the time difference, it is not always easy for us to see Doug's videos at 5 pm. nest time (about 1 am our time?), so this is muchly appreciated.

Super videos, Doug.  Do hope Decker continues well - he certainly knew what a salmon head was for  big grin   The elephant seal is one cool gal/guy.....blowing bubbles, nonchantly scratching and generally looking as though s/he thinks Hornby is the place to be!
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« Post / Reply #13 on: August 15, 2010, 10:16:02 AM »

Oh I would sure buy that book too.... want to hear all the gossip of Booni's romances.. lol.... with critters!!!!!! at least  big grin 

Here is hoping that you get a chance to observe Decker again and that s/he is alright!!!! Still I worry about Decker till I know that he is okay, but know s/he is in good hands with the HEART team looking out!! binoculars investigate

Thanks for the updates and looking forward to the next one!!!  In the meantime I will get in the long line to buy Booni's book!!!!! nod nod
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« Post / Reply #14 on: August 15, 2010, 10:51:46 AM »

I'm sure glad you tell about it too as I never can get to see the videos. I'm on Wild Blue and ran my bill up an extra $ 20.00 one month thinking I didn't leave it down load long enough and still got nothing for my money sad 
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