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Re: Ground Observations - 2011-2012 Season
« Reply #630 on: January 27, 2012, 01:06:32 PM »
Those crows are braver than I am!   :eclol
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Re: Ground Observations - 2011-2012 Season
« Reply #631 on: January 27, 2012, 05:24:21 PM »
January 9.

12:45  A sub-adult and a younger eagle are flying together.



Slowly, almost casually, the younger eagle tips nearly upside-down... Practising his sparring moves maybe? the sub-adult did not make any aggressive move that I could perceive.



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Re: Ground Observations - 2011-2012 Season
« Reply #632 on: January 27, 2012, 05:27:57 PM »
January 9, 12:50

A first-year youngster is feeding on the remains of the dead seal.



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Re: Ground Observations - 2011-2012 Season
« Reply #633 on: January 27, 2012, 07:11:48 PM »
January 9, 12:58.

Crows are still chasing the eagles over Sandstone Point. Now 2 more youngsters appear over the point... And one of them... Well... Look for yourself!








It looks to me like this is a youngster in his or her second year... If that is the case, that would be Phoenix's age, so this cannot be a relative.



The youngster soon shed that crow escort...


...And flew across the first row of trees, and out of my sight, heading straight toward the Nest!  :eceek

A few seconds later, I heard Dad (presumably still on the Babysitting tree or near it) trilling up a storm! I wonder what happened there. Did that young one actually try to bring a stick to the nest??? And, if that is the case, was the attempt successful???

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Re: Ground Observations - 2011-2012 Season
« Reply #634 on: January 27, 2012, 07:16:38 PM »
This stick-carrying one is a warrior! Excellent series, wren!

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Re: Ground Observations - 2011-2012 Season
« Reply #635 on: January 27, 2012, 07:34:26 PM »
Thank you Wren...those crows are real wise guys!
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Re: Ground Observations - 2011-2012 Season
« Reply #636 on: January 27, 2012, 07:34:52 PM »
Thanks Booni and winterwren for the amazing pictures.
David and Alexandra Would be about 9 or 10 months old now. What would they look like? Have either of you seen any young eagles this year that appear to be the same ages as D&A?

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Re: Ground Observations - 2011-2012 Season
« Reply #637 on: January 27, 2012, 08:13:46 PM »
Mother Nature, the young eaglet eating from the seal carcass in my recent post is the same age as Alexandra and David. That is how they would look now.

It would be impossible to tell them apart from other first-year eagles, unless they have some unusual interaction with Mom or Dad.

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Re: Ground Observations - 2011-2012 Season
« Reply #638 on: January 28, 2012, 07:05:29 PM »
January 9...

I hadn't realised until I looked at the close-ups, but this here is the same eagle I first saw on the big arbutus branch below the Peters' tree...
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She has now moved closer to Hidden Beach. I can tell it's the same eagle by the secondary or large wing covert feather sticking out of her back...


Both times I saw her, I was struck by how much she looks like Mom. Something very similar in the shape of the head and beak, and the way she carries herself.  :heart
This eagle would be between 4 and 5 years of age.





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Re: Ground Observations - 2011-2012 Season
« Reply #639 on: January 28, 2012, 07:27:23 PM »
That eagle does have a bit of Mom H's looks, doesn't she!!
If indeed one of Mom's legacy, it would have to be either Thunder or Lightning, from 2007. Those two would be 5 this spring.

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Re: Ground Observations - 2011-2012 Season
« Reply #640 on: January 28, 2012, 08:06:22 PM »
January 10.
At last there is some good light for photography, so I head off to the Nest Neighbourhood as soon as the sun clears the tree-tops.

Dad sure loves his Babysitting Tree... Here he is again. He's got one foot tucked up into his feathers, and a full crop.
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Re: Ground Observations - 2011-2012 Season
« Reply #641 on: January 28, 2012, 08:19:17 PM »
January 10, 9:25.

There's a youngster in Hope's tree!
It's a very foreshortened view from where I am, but I manage a picture...



...And while I tiptoe away to a better angle, I disturb a juvenile who was feeding on the seal carcass! Now I feel bad...



...But I still catch another shot of the young eagle in Hope's tree... With his opaque eyelids closed. Looks very strange in the sun.




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Re: Ground Observations - 2011-2012 Season
« Reply #642 on: January 28, 2012, 08:36:34 PM »
Great photos, Wren!  The blue sky and sunlight really help us to see the feather details!  Wonderful images of the eagles on non-sunlit days, too!   :thumbup:
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Re: Ground Observations - 2011-2012 Season
« Reply #643 on: January 28, 2012, 08:46:23 PM »
January 10, 9:30 am.

Meanwhile, Mom has joined Dad in the Babysitting tree.

Mom has a funny face on this one...



9:44



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Re: Ground Observations - 2011-2012 Season
« Reply #644 on: January 28, 2012, 08:57:26 PM »
Auroradawn pointed out on the chat that, on the first picture of Dad seemingly alone on the Babysitting tree, you can see a little bit of a white head above him and to our left... So, when I came around to the other side of the tree, I simply came in view of Mom, who had been there all along!