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Nest Dunlop Point - 2010-2011 season
« on: September 28, 2010, 08:24:09 PM »

This is the thread for posting fotos, videos & discussion of the Dunlop nest.

This nest is right on Dunlop Point, at the southern tip of Tribune Bay.
i*d pick this nest for an eagle cam.
The vista is magnificent.
Last year, this nest had one eaglet that disappeared sometime at the end of may.

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Re: Nest Dunlop Point - 2011 season
« Reply #1 on: September 28, 2010, 08:28:16 PM »
Today i visited the territory of the Dunlop Nest eagles.
When i first got out of my car, i saw what i thought was bright white fresh blobs of poop on the driveway & the bushes.
Hmmmm.....  :puzzled2
Nah, couldn*t be.

i went on with my day there, & we were sitting outside in the sun, listening & watching & talking.
i heard what i thought was the sound of an eagle, quiet.
Nah, couldn*t be.
Then i heard it again!  :eceek
i looked up at the treetops in the direction from which the sounds came.
i could see nothing.

Later, we walked towards the perch trees.
THERE!
At the top of that perch tree!
An EAGLE!!!!
This is the first eagle i*ve heard & seen since august!
They are coming back!
Hooooraaaahhh!  :biggrin6

Or, maybe that should be Woooooooo hooooooooooooo!!!  :eclove
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Re: Nest Dunlop Point - 2011 season
« Reply #2 on: September 28, 2010, 08:34:04 PM »
Great, Booni!  :thumbup:  It's almost Oct. 2, too!   :eclove
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Re: Nest Dunlop Point - 2011 season
« Reply #3 on: September 29, 2010, 12:45:00 AM »
Oh yay booni!!!!!!! Bring on the eagles and the ground observations!!! Happy, happy, Joy Joy!!  :heart
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Re: Nest Dunlop Point - 2011 season
« Reply #4 on: September 29, 2010, 07:59:30 AM »
WOOOHOOO Booni...and in time for Mishi's visit too  :heart :thumbup: :heart

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Re: Nest Dunlop Point - 2011 season
« Reply #5 on: October 14, 2010, 09:10:47 PM »


i was working next to this Nest Tree today.
There was a great big eagle perched on a branch of the Nest Tree, the whole time i was working nearby.
The big eagle was still there when i left.
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Re: Nest Dunlop Point - 2011 season
« Reply #6 on: October 14, 2010, 10:24:40 PM »
Booni, you had some wonderful sightings today!   :thumbup:
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Re: Nest Dunlop Point - 2010-2011 season
« Reply #7 on: December 09, 2010, 08:00:56 PM »
Today i was working near the Dunlop Nest.
The person i was working with couldn*t wait to tell me about the *big birds*!!
She loves her Eagles.  :eclove
& she knows i love them, so we talk about them a lot.
She showed me the tree where one was perched today, yelling at her, she said.
On the driveway were all sort of poopshots & a large quantity of small white feathers.
It looked to me as though someone had been plucked & eaten.
i don*t know what kind of bird would have so many fluffy white feathers like that.
i didn*t see many large or flight feathers, but some of the larger ones had black tips.
When i got there, i saw no Eagles, so we were getting in my car when she spotted one flying by!
i would*ve missed it.
The Eagle was an immature!
He was soaring around in the brisk wind, & landing on branches, first extending his legs towards the branch.
This is so cool to see!!
Then i noticed that there was a second immature also soaring around the Point.
& there was also an adult perched on the Nest Tree near the Nest, trilling.
Wow!!  :eceek
Now, last year this Nest had an Eaglet who i believe died quite young.  :eccry
They were there, & then they were not.
i saw the Eaglet walking around the Nest, & being fed by a parent.
Next time i went to observe, there was not an Eagle in sight.
However, the year before last, there were two healthy gorgeous Eaglets from this Nest.
Were these them, returned to the Nest area?
Can i just say, Wooooo hoooooo!

Okay, so we walked out to the point to look for these fellers.
They were flying at treetop level, right over our heads.
These birds are HUGE!!
One landed in the tree over our head, extending the legs & feet to grab the branch, then flapping a bit to get a secure grip.
We watched & watched & watched, & the Eaglet watched us.
Did i dare run & get my camera?
i took a chance.
i only got this one foto, before this fella took off again to float in the wind with his sibling.
Look at this cutie patootie!!  :s*

december 9 2010 12:25 - immature Eagle Near Dunlop Nest

Click foto & click on foto that opens to see him up close & look in his eye.


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Re: Nest Dunlop Point - 2010-2011 season
« Reply #8 on: December 09, 2010, 08:27:43 PM »


Okay, so after this foto, both immature Eagles just soared round & round, right over our heads.
It was really hard to catch them with my camera!
i could tell two distinct individuals.
One had intact wing feathers, but was missing a middle tail feather.
The other*s wing feathers looked sort of tattered or like they had gaps in them, some missing or shorter than the rest.
Kind of like this Eagle i saw on Grassy Point.

march 28 2010 14:28:04 - raggedy young eagle over Grassy Point



This is the foto i got of one of the immature Eagles flying around today.
i think this is the one with the missing middle tail feather, but i don*t see the gap in this foto.

december 9 2010 12:28 - Immature Eagle over Dunlop Point


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Re: Nest Dunlop Point - 2010-2011 season
« Reply #9 on: December 09, 2010, 09:00:10 PM »


Later in the day i returned to the area & found this adult in a perch tree near the Nest.
i believe this is the Mum, but i don*t really know.

december 9 2010 2:59 - Nest Dunlop adult in perch tree



Look at her beautiful head feathers, blown by the wind!  :eclove
i left the two beautiful Arbutus trees on either side of her as a frame.
They are so lovely.

december 9 2010 3:02 - Nest Dunlop Adult in Perch Tree


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Re: Nest Dunlop Point - 2010-2011 season
« Reply #10 on: December 09, 2010, 11:08:48 PM »
So, according to the Sibley guide, both of those lovely young ones would be in their second year: they have undergone a partial molt of their wing feathers (one seems to be molting now!) so some long 'flight school' primaries and secondaries from the first summer remain, but some are replaced by new, shorter ones. Also they have more white on their belly than the juveniles; in both photos you see clearly the rounded boundary of the lighter feathers on the breast.

So this all leads me to believe that both of them are the same age. And in their second year of life.

Woohooo indeed.
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Re: Nest Dunlop Point - 2010-2011 season
« Reply #11 on: December 10, 2010, 01:40:22 AM »
Booni, those are GREAT photos!  It's exciting to know that you were right there with them.  I really enjoy your comments and Wren's when you tell us about the eagles and other things you see and do as you go around the island.   :thumbup:    :eclove

I clicked on the picture of the young eagle in the tree and you know what I want to do next... :chuckle  Yep.  It will soon star in its very own puzzle.   :eclol
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Re: Nest Dunlop Point - 2010-2011 season
« Reply #12 on: December 10, 2010, 07:53:05 AM »
Thank you Booni and Wren. The Ground Crew is on the ball! :heart
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Re: Nest Dunlop Point - 2010-2011 season
« Reply #13 on: December 10, 2010, 08:23:48 AM »
I love that we are getting to know some of the larger eagle community on Hornby.  It is such a rich, diverse group and each one is beautiful and special. 

Thank you SOOOO much Booni and Wren for taking and sharing your wonderful photos.  Joyofdogs (and eagles)
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Re: Nest Dunlop Point - 2010-2011 season
« Reply #14 on: December 10, 2010, 08:33:13 AM »
Great photos Booni!

It makes me wonder (and also makes me a little sad)...that such a young eagle would already have such beat up wings.  ?