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Offline ccfan

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Re: Nest #21 - Whaling Station - 2011 season
« Reply #15 on: July 13, 2011, 06:13:04 PM »
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Re: Nest #21 - Whaling Station - 2011 season
« Reply #16 on: July 13, 2011, 08:13:24 PM »
Another great lesson, Wren.  Thank you so very much.   :heart

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Re: Nest #21 - Whaling Station - 2011 season
« Reply #17 on: July 15, 2011, 07:40:17 PM »

wrennie!  :biggrin6
Fun, fun, fun!
i had SUCH a good day that day, checking out Nests with you.
& you are WAY better than am i at getting your fotos up & out there!  :thumbup:
Okay.
i LOVE the foto in your post July 3 2011, 5:28 pm that shows the Mum cachunking in the upper part of the Tree, while the Dad is right below her on the Nest with the Eaglet!  :eclove
Then the Intruder!
i LOVE the Intruder!
i would guess that this is a two year old Eagle, an immature, & that they are in their second year.
i see the white *cap* on the head of a two year old, the eye stripe, & the definite change in feather colour between the browner head & neck feathers, & the whiter belly feathers.
There is almost a line there, where the colouring changes.

i LOVE the sequence, July 3, 5:46.
In the second & third foto, look at the fierce look on her face!  :eceek
i LOVE that look.
In the third foto down, look at Dad & his yellow beak, looking at Mum.
But look!
Below Dad*s beak is ANOTHER beak!  :mhihi
The Eaglet!
You can see the Eaglet in the fourth foto as well.
You need to click the fotos to see them huge to see the Eaglet really well.
wooohoooo!

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Re: Nest #21 - Whaling Station - 2011 season
« Reply #18 on: July 15, 2011, 08:12:15 PM »
Wow! I hadn't noticed, Booni.
Thanks so much for pointing it out. I knew the eaglet was there somewhere, but I didn't know my photos showed a part of him... or her.

Hey, now that you're helping me see the details, something else pops out. This afternoon we were talking about waviness on feather margins (For everyone else, Booni taught me that one way to tell vulture feathers apart from eagles' is that the vulture feathers have soft wavy margins... And I was noting that eagle feathers sometimes have a waviness to them, albeit a different kind.) In the July 3, 5:46 sequence, the third photo shows what I was talking about. Look at Mom's primaries!

And just in case someone argues that flight is causing the waviness, here is a link to a drop-dead beautiful photo of Mom Hornby... Click twice on the picture and look at the primaries! So I would say that flight magnifies the waves, but they are there... sometimes... not always... and they are very different from the soft margins of a vulture's feathers.

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Re: Nest #21 - Whaling Station - 2011 season
« Reply #19 on: July 16, 2011, 01:39:39 AM »
We're learning a lot from your discussion and photos, Booni and Wren!  :thumbup:

Thank you for sharing them with us!   :eclove
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Re: Nest #21 - Whaling Station - 2011 season
« Reply #20 on: August 18, 2011, 11:42:59 PM »
I'm now pretty sure that I am posting these pictures under the right nest... But I'm not positive.

On Monday, August 15, in the morning, I was just getting out of my truck and gloving up to go pick up Oriole, the orphaned seal pup, when Booni pointed down a driveway...




Whoa! I'd never seen an eaglet perched on a roof before!
Was this little one okay?


Booni sneaked closer to the house with her camera... (She know the owners.)
I'm hoping she will post some awesome close-ups!
I hung back... and heard a whoosh of wings and this is who flew right behind Booni's back!



Click to enlarge the picture... Looks like that adult is carrying something!


That eaglet on the roof sure got excited!







Well, that one doesn't have any trouble flying!








There is a second part to this story, but it will have to wait for another day.
Good night!


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Re: Nest #21 - Whaling Station - 2011 season
« Reply #21 on: August 19, 2011, 12:04:00 AM »
Left us in mid-air, Wren?!   :eclol
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Re: Nest #21 - Whaling Station - 2011 season
« Reply #22 on: August 19, 2011, 07:15:41 AM »

wren, in that last foto, in it*s largest size, the third primary on the right wing has an unzip(?) deep into the feather. :investigate2
wooohoooo!

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Re: Nest #21 - Whaling Station - 2011 season
« Reply #23 on: August 19, 2011, 10:06:33 PM »
Ok, I see that, Booni, but that part of the feathers does not show in the photo sequence I'm about to show...
On the other hand, have a good look at the first left primary in the last two pictures... especially the next to last. There is a narrowing, then a small nick near the tip.

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Re: Nest #21 - Whaling Station - 2011 season
« Reply #24 on: August 19, 2011, 10:36:00 PM »
Ok, here's the second part.

That same day, August 15, at 10:50 we returned from the beach, the seal pup named Oriole safely tucked into a tub, on her way to the rehab centre.

We soon realise that we had an escort!
Two eaglets were gliding toward us, coming from the direction of Nest 21. Slowly, slowly, hardly a feather moving.
I quickly grabbed my camera!

Here's the first eaglet...


No dings on the first left primary on that one... a nick on the right fifth.

Same eaglet again... turning, circling over us... Slightly clearer picture, but not all feathers showing.



Here's the other one... Click and look at the first left primary!



Second one again... getting the landing gear out! Too bad about the wire, but that first left primary shows better here... I do believe that this is the roof eaglet!



...And landing in a perch tree...



...And a few seconds later the other eaglet lands on a lower branch of the same tree!



So now, who are they?
Initially we thought they might be from nest 20; It is further away than nest 21, but the parent flying with food was headed in that direction... except that there is also another huge perch tree right nearby in the same direction - so maybe the parent was headed there?

With the photos of the Tova look-alike at Nest 20, I have proved beyond a doubt that these cannot be the two twentylets. There is no feather damage on either of them.

So, the oldest, healthy twentylet, visiting her neighbour from nest 21? Possible, I suppose... But flying together, landing together in a shared perch tree... It looks like siblings to me.

So my theory is that we have a surprise second eaglet at nest 21!

Booni probably has clearer photos with more detail... Booni?
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Re: Nest #21 - Whaling Station - 2011 season
« Reply #25 on: August 19, 2011, 11:39:59 PM »
This is a fun, real-life mystery story being solved before our eyes, through yours, Wren!   :eclol    

Booni, do you have more to share with us to help advance the story?!   :eclove
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Re: Nest #21 - Whaling Station - 2011 season
« Reply #26 on: August 19, 2011, 11:47:05 PM »
This is interesting because I have read somewhere (was it one of the other local nests?) about "tassles" on wings.  In the first 3 photos of your last post, wren, in the enlarged photos, you can see tassles/fringe/strings or something on the ends of the wing feathers. I wonder if this is abnormal, or perhaps something that you/Booni are just now starting to notice, now that you have so many high-quality pictures from all angles and with various lighting.  These seem to show up best where there is backlighting above the wings.

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Re: Nest #21 - Whaling Station - 2011 season
« Reply #27 on: August 20, 2011, 07:32:25 AM »
Booni and Wren --- I can not begin to describe how incredibly gifted you both are with your cameras and words ..... you manage to capture your story in your cameras and have the ability to give us the verbal details and we can be right there with you .... You are many times blessed ..... I would like to thank you for all your updates and pictures - your dedication and appreciate for these amazing creatures is apparent .... living so far away I don't know if I will ever have the chance to visit Hornby but through you both I get to "visit" there often ... THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart   .... May you both find water and shade and peace in all your days

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Re: Nest #21 - Whaling Station - 2011 season
« Reply #28 on: August 20, 2011, 12:37:36 PM »
Marjy, I only started noticing the thread-like tassels at the end of the eaglets' secondary flight feathers this season... and yes, it has to do in my case with being able to take clearer pictures.

I think Booni already knew about them... She was the one who drew my eyes to them in the first place.

It seems that all the eaglets start out with those lovely tassels at the end of their feathers. I would guess they wear off in the first weeks of flight. I'll be looking for them from now on, when I visit the salmon rivers in the next few weeks, and again when the eagles return in the fall, to see how long they hang on.

Wolf2falcon... Thanks for your good wishes... What a beautiful way to put it.

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Re: Nest #21 - Whaling Station - 2011 season
« Reply #29 on: August 22, 2011, 07:15:58 PM »
Wren, thanks so much for your reply.  It's a fascinating new topic to investigate!  I can't wait to hear more of your intriguing stories from "the field!!"  I appreciate your sharing them SO much!  :hug