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Offline auroradawn

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Re: Eagle Rivers
« Reply #555 on: December 11, 2013, 04:51:35 PM »
Fantastic........wooohooo!

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Re: Eagle Rivers
« Reply #556 on: December 11, 2013, 05:28:14 PM »
Wow Passerine,  :eceek    how exciting  thanks for sharing this

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Re: Eagle Rivers
« Reply #557 on: December 11, 2013, 06:06:08 PM »
How wonderful Passerine.... such an amazing sight to see!!! I am in awe.

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Re: Eagle Rivers
« Reply #558 on: December 11, 2013, 06:25:08 PM »
Great photos, Pass - really .... my hands would be shaking so much I would not have gotten any at all. Probably would have been  :yeah   

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Re: Eagle Rivers
« Reply #559 on: December 11, 2013, 06:49:48 PM »


Pass, was there a lot of fish or signs of food in the river still? for all those eagles to be feeding ?
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Re: Eagle Rivers
« Reply #560 on: December 11, 2013, 07:03:44 PM »
Typos lots & lots of fish. The thing that's been strange to me is I've been going there for the past 5 or 6 weeks because of lots of fish, But there hasn't been Eagles till today. A couple last week. Lots fish on shore some still swimming, barely & quite a few to wash up yet. Maybe the chilly weather brought them over. :puzzled2

It is an amazing sight, everywhere you look more Eagles. Didn't see Mom & dad, lol. Oh and the orchestra of all the birds & the river, music to the ears.

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Re: Eagle Rivers
« Reply #561 on: December 13, 2013, 08:04:11 AM »
This was featured on CHEK news yesterday evening.  Eagles appear to be returning in great numbers.

Goldstream Park, Victoria, BC.

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Re: Eagle Rivers
« Reply #562 on: December 13, 2013, 11:05:40 AM »
Very nice, Dawn and Passerine.  TY   :ecsmile
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Re: Eagle Rivers
« Reply #563 on: November 05, 2014, 01:59:50 PM »
On November 4, MARS volunteers released the eaglet Camper, originally from the Tribune Bay Campsite nest on Hornby Island, on the estuary of the Big Qualicum River, one of my favourite spots to watch the salmon runs.

The photos and videos from Camper's release are here

I spent that morning walking the estuary of the two Qualicum Rivers (Big and Little). Both rivers ran really full, especially the Little Qualicum, which has no dams regulating it. This made me wonder how long the salmon bounty would last - in big floods the fish carcasses get washed out to sea - but for now there is some food on the banks of both rivers.

The tide was already coming in when I arrived, so I missed the main party, but there were still a few eagles eating on the banks.
Here are some, competing as usual for the favourite perches.

In the first picture you can see the contender coming up from below. His target is a post onto which another eagle (with a bulging crop!) has just landed.
Big Qualicum, November 4, 9:40 am



The whole thing is a game of chicken... 



The younger eagle tries to beak his opponent, but it's all for show, he's already flinched and is only on one foot.








Look at the adult's beak, all glistening from fish oil. Also a nice dark rim on the outer tail feather.




King of the castle... Until the next assailant comes.

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Re: Eagle Rivers
« Reply #564 on: November 05, 2014, 04:45:11 PM »
wow...great series of photos!  Thanks Wren!

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Re: Eagle Rivers
« Reply #565 on: November 05, 2014, 05:39:25 PM »
What great pictures,  best to click on each one and see them bigger.  The glistening beak is wonderful and so are the others.  What a really beautiful place and sure camper will find his way out there being a free eagle.  :ecsmile
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Re: Eagle Rivers
« Reply #566 on: November 05, 2014, 06:48:34 PM »
Thank you so much for your kind comments.

I saw many wonderful things that day!
Mergansers were the most abundant seabirds aside from the gulls. They seem equally at home on rivers, lakes and the ocean. This one I spotted from the bridge on my arrival. She's a Common Merganser, and has to be a female because I spotted some males later on and they were in breeding plumage. The juveniles have a second white patch, right under the eye.

And what is this lovely Mrs eating?
Click on the picture. Looks like a salmon egg!
Big Qualicum, November 4, 9:29 am

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Re: Eagle Rivers
« Reply #567 on: November 05, 2014, 07:06:47 PM »
Further down the river, an eagle takes off with the jaw of a fish.

On the water below him, gulls of all kinds: Glaucous-winged, Thayers, Californias, Mews and some little Bonapartes. Also, two more mergansers out of a large flock that's closer to me.
Big Qualicum, 9:41 am







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Re: Eagle Rivers
« Reply #568 on: November 05, 2014, 07:14:35 PM »
This juvenile, seen mostly in silhouette, has tail tips that remind me a bit of Scootch's, though they are not identical. We can also see the tassels on the secondaries.
Big Qualicum, November 4, 9:43 am








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Re: Eagle Rivers
« Reply #569 on: November 05, 2014, 07:35:05 PM »
feathers sure take a beating
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