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Offline Bluewing4

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Re: Eagle Rivers
« Reply #315 on: January 02, 2012, 06:37:51 AM »
 Fantastic, Wren... the photos and information.  Healthy looking bear too.

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Re: Eagle Rivers
« Reply #316 on: January 02, 2012, 06:04:02 PM »
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Re: Eagle Rivers
« Reply #317 on: January 02, 2012, 08:31:30 PM »
December 8, Big Qualicum.

A 1 1/2-year-old in flight.
Note the pale cap, the uneven secondaries, the conspicuous collar, but still no pale feathers on the chin and the beak is still dark.



A different youngster of the same age, pursuing a juvenile. First the juvie was chasing the youngster, and then they switched. Neither of them was carrying anything. So go figure.



Yet another 1 1/2-year-old...
Note the big nicks on the primaries. It's not from malnutrition, because the ones on the other wing are in good shape.



And yet another one...
#3 landed above him and to the left.
They're all similar, yet all different.



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Re: Eagle Rivers
« Reply #318 on: January 02, 2012, 08:55:27 PM »
December 8, Big Qualicum.

Gulls fighting over a piece of fish.



I saw that twice that day, and it's starting to make sense. The salmon carcasses sink to the bottom of the river. The gulls cannot dive very deep. So when someone comes up with a tasty chunk, everyone wants it. This explains the commotion when the sea lions were surfacing with a fish.

This doesn't explain why the gulls don't get nearly as excited about the pieces of fish that are on the riverbank. Maybe the ones at the bottom are fresher? But the gulls seem to be oddly selective about who they steal food from at other times too.

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Re: Eagle Rivers
« Reply #319 on: January 02, 2012, 09:23:37 PM »
December 8, Big Qualicum.

Oh, how I wish this next series of photos was clearer. I'll post them anyway.
Have a good look at this juvenile.
BIIIIG crop!
But also...
Look at those ragged feather tips.
On some of the pictures, you can see that the ragged pattern is very consistent from feather to feather.
I'm wondering if this is what Twentylet might look like now!
Click Here to see photos of Twentylet shortly after he fledged.
There was an eaglet named Tova in Campbell River two summers ago who had a more pronounced version of the same problem, so I tend to think of it as the Tova syndrome.

If you click on the pictures, you'll see that some of the secondaries still have their threadlike tassels despite the damage!












Very blurry, but look at the tail on this one.



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Re: Eagle Rivers
« Reply #320 on: January 03, 2012, 12:19:16 AM »
 :eclove love the tandem flights!

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« Reply #321 on: January 03, 2012, 10:09:36 AM »

The adult takes off!

december 8 2011 11:26 - Little Qualicum Eagles - 197-128




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« Reply #322 on: January 03, 2012, 10:37:02 AM »

More of the snoozing Sea Lions!
Look at the fella in the center of the foto, fast asleep, & taking a breath!

december 8 2011 11:28 - Little Qualicum Sea Lions - 197-137





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« Reply #323 on: January 03, 2012, 10:39:39 AM »

december 8 2011 11:29 - snoozing Sea Lions - 197-141

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Re: Eagle Rivers
« Reply #324 on: January 03, 2012, 10:41:03 AM »
wow booni I would love to see sea lions out in the wild like that you  are so fortunate

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« Reply #325 on: January 03, 2012, 10:44:31 AM »

december 8 2011 11:30 - Little Qualicum snoozing Sea Lion - 197-144



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« Reply #326 on: January 03, 2012, 02:51:11 PM »

We left the seashore & stopped at this area which was all fenced off to protect the area for birds.
There were PILES of birds there, & we could hear Eagles in the distance.
This spot was right beside the road, & you can see there are many Mallard drakes & ducks & a Great Blue Heron.
The yellow arrows mark the Salmon carcasses in the foto.
There were many of these too.
LOTS of action at this spot.
Too bad we couldn*t get closer.
The area is right in a residential neighbourhood.

december 8 2011 11:48 - Little Qualicum bird sanctuary - 197-146




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« Reply #327 on: January 03, 2012, 03:29:53 PM »

Just down the street from the bird sanctuary, wren spotted this good looking youngster in a tree in someone*s yard.
i tiptoed my camera closer & closer til wren dragged me away, saying we needed to go back to the wilds & out of the neighbourhood.

december 8 2011 12:04 - Little Qualicum Eagle - 197-153




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« Reply #328 on: January 03, 2012, 03:40:37 PM »
It's wonderful to see the sea lions and birds through your eyes, Booni and Wren!  A group of sea otters floating together is called a "raft."  I wonder what a group of sea lions floating like that is called?

Sea otters keep their flippers in the air when they're floating, because the flippers don't have fur on them for insulation.  Is that the same for sea lions?  Inquiring minds want to know...   :ecsmile

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« Reply #329 on: January 03, 2012, 04:05:41 PM »

This looks to me like an Eagle who hatched three years ago this coming spring.
Look at the golden coloured cap, the lighter brown almost golden brown eyes, the dark neck feathers that end suddenly at a line on the breast, the much lighter beak.
This youngster looks a lot like Schmee/Semee/Semi, the young Eagle who was brought into MARS after connecting with the windshield of a semi truck.
Read about her on the MARS thread!

december 8 2011 12:04 - Little Qualicum Eagle - 197-155




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