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Offline winterwren

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Re: Eagle Rivers
« Reply #345 on: January 06, 2012, 09:30:25 PM »
On December 9, I had to go to Vancouver Island again and I couldn't resist... I did a quick detour to Big Qualicum, and this time I timed it with the falling tide. I now know that this is the time of greatest activity in an estuary.

The day was overcast, so mostly this wasn't the time for exquisite portraits... More for action shots.

This portrait isn't too bad, however...
Looks like this adult is waiting for the tide at river level, or else taking a break from eating.



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Re: Eagle Rivers
« Reply #346 on: January 06, 2012, 09:55:53 PM »
December 9, Big Qualicum.

I thought for a long time that whoever had uneven secondaries was a youngster somewhere in his second year... But I was mistaken. We're still early in the year, and some of the 2 1/2-year-olds still have from 2 to 4 of their longer secondaries... they're really beat up by now, too!

Look at this one, with 3 longer secondaries still hanging on and looking much the worse for wear.




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Re: Eagle Rivers
« Reply #347 on: January 06, 2012, 10:04:09 PM »
Nice Winterwren still has trainingfeathers!!  :biggrin3

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Re: Eagle Rivers
« Reply #348 on: January 06, 2012, 10:09:19 PM »
Big Qualicum, December 9.
A group of harbour seals is napping on the far shore... Look! one of them is sleeping on his back! and I got another tongue shot!  :ecsmile


...And a big yawn...


...And a stre-e-e-e-etch!




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Re: Eagle Rivers
« Reply #349 on: January 08, 2012, 06:06:18 PM »
Booni. in the action shot, any thoughts on the age of that eagle??
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Re: Eagle Rivers
« Reply #350 on: January 08, 2012, 06:23:36 PM »
Wren, they sure looked relaxed!   :eclol
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Re: Eagle Rivers
« Reply #351 on: January 08, 2012, 08:38:50 PM »
January 8, 2011, Chemainus River near Pinsent (sp) corner, black bridge and Westhome road railroad bridge, we counted 60 eagles (plus), at approx. 2 p.m. , in the trees, some 5 to 8 per tree, some high atop, some in lower limbs inbush, some flying.  Most seen there in three years.

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Re: Eagle Rivers
« Reply #352 on: January 08, 2012, 08:40:06 PM »
OOPS, I mean 2012.......

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Re: Eagle Rivers
« Reply #353 on: January 08, 2012, 09:13:17 PM »

Thanks mzlynn1512!
wooohoooo!

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Re: Eagle Rivers
« Reply #354 on: January 09, 2012, 09:19:59 AM »
Thank you so much for posting this, MZLynn, and welcome to our forum!

We welcome information and stats from your neck of the woods any time! Nice to hear that there is  still some food to be had in the Chemainus River. The numbers from the Mainland rivers don't sound too good... So we might see more eagles on Vancouver Island this winter... as long as there is food.

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Re: Eagle Rivers
« Reply #355 on: January 10, 2012, 05:54:12 PM »
Big Qualicum, December 9

You know there's a lot of food when...


...A gull gets a whole fish to himself and nobody jumps on him.


(As you can see, chum salmon are big fish. That one is foreshortened, too.)

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Re: Eagle Rivers
« Reply #356 on: January 10, 2012, 06:22:14 PM »
Big Qualicum, December 9.

...But meanwhile, some eagles are still willing to steal food.

I catch those two in mid-conflict! One of them is down, knocked right off his feet!
9:51:37



Looks like the attacking eagle got his talons tangled into the other one's wing feathers... I told you, sometimes they land right on top of each other... The aggressor looks like he's coming close to 3 years old, so he should know better...

"What the heck! You found your flying permit in a box of cracker jacks, or what?!!!"
9:51:37



They quickly untangle, and dust themselves off.
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All is calm for a few moments...
We can see the age of those youngsters on this shot. Funny how under certain angles the attacker looks younger, but now you can see a clear boundary between his lighter head and darker body. The defender looks like he was born last summer, literally, though that's already quite a lot of white on his breast...
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Then the aggressor remembers his errand... FISH!
(I think his posture looks like something from Maurice Sendak...)
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One quick leap is all it takes... The younger eagle already knows he means business.
9:51:51


Now look at the rightmost eagle under this angle! there's already a collar visible... Is he almost a year old, or is he almost 2?


The victor... For now.
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Re: Eagle Rivers
« Reply #357 on: January 10, 2012, 08:30:07 PM »
Wow Wren!! mid air what a series thank you!

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Re: Eagle Rivers
« Reply #358 on: January 10, 2012, 08:46:10 PM »
What a story in those photos, thanks to your comments about them, Wren!  Everyday drama the rest of us don't get to watch.   :ecsmile

And a gull with a WHOLE fish?!  That's the first time I've seen a picture of that!   :thumbup:
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Re: Eagle Rivers
« Reply #359 on: January 11, 2012, 06:52:18 AM »


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Then the aggressor remembers his errand... FISH!
(I think his posture looks like something from Maurice Sendak...)

A  wonderful analogy Wren ROFL and very true!
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