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This topic is where people can post photos and videos and observations of things around Hornby that are not eagle related.

It all adds up to a bit more background on the ecosystem that our eagles live in and the interconnected plants and animals that live in it.

To see last year's Ground Observations that are Not Eagle Related, click Here!


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Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
« Reply #1 on: October 12, 2011, 10:11:44 PM »
The waters around Hornby Island are home to many overwintering birds, who start arriving at the end of their nesting season.

I saw the first loons on August 12.
Today at Shingle Spit I spotted some more of the winter regulars... Scoters!

We last saw them in April in This post.  
They were away to their nesting grounds all summer.
And now they're back...



The regulars of Shingle Spit had been down in numbers to half a dozen; but they must have had a good breeding season because there were about 20 scoters today.

At the back of the bay I heard a rattling call and spotted this little fellow.



Belted Kingfishers do nest on Hornby, but they don't use this bay as nesting grounds anymore, so I had not seen any here for a while. Now His Royal Highness is here for the winter.





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Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
« Reply #2 on: October 12, 2011, 10:17:46 PM »
Love the kingfisher Wren, have never seen one or the scoters either... you have some neat birds and duck there including the harliquin (sp) ducks. Really love the kingfisher though, so pretty. Thanks for sharing


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Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
« Reply #3 on: October 13, 2011, 09:40:49 AM »
Our scoters have arrived as well to join the grebes, cormorants and kingfishers.  It looks like a good year so far for our bayducks

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Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
« Reply #4 on: October 13, 2011, 12:26:12 PM »
Blackster, I saw your grebe pictures Here!  Well done! For years, I've been trying to get close enough to the local grebes for good pictures; no luck yet (though with my nice new telephoto lens I might now stand a chance).

I love this time of year, watching the winter birds returning, and seeing the new young tagging along.

Thanks also for the conclusion of the Heron story in the same thread.  :heart



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Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
« Reply #5 on: October 13, 2011, 02:41:12 PM »
Wren I was using my new telephoto lens 100 to 400mm as practice for our trip to Antartica.  We leave Sun until Nov 8 so I will be absent for awhile.  You will really get tired of penguin pictures when I start posting.

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« Reply #6 on: October 13, 2011, 06:26:14 PM »

After Mum left the Peters*s Tree, i realized this little fella was hanging out on the branch where she had been!
A Merlin perhaps?

october 11 2011 10:30 - Merlin in the Peters*s Tree - 191-72



october 11 2011 10:30 - Merlin in the Peters*s Tree - 191-87

Wow, smaller birds move SO FAST compared to Eagles!
i totally missed this guy*s departure, with my camera.


wooohoooo!

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Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
« Reply #7 on: October 14, 2011, 12:04:41 AM »
This thread is so interesting.  It's nice to see and learn about the other wildlife in the area!
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« Reply #8 on: October 16, 2011, 07:41:58 PM »

We got to Buckley Bay a bit early for the ferry so were waiting in line.
i spotted this bird right away!
Don*t they usually have a little sort of frond on the top of their heads & sort of shaggy loose feathers on their breast?
Is that a seasonal, or a male/female thing?
i guess those shaggy feathers are there in the large version of the foto, they just aren*t *deployed*.
& what is the red thing on the right *shoulder* of the wing?


october 12 2011 14:53 - Great Blue Heron at Buckley Bay - 192-2


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Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
« Reply #9 on: October 16, 2011, 07:48:50 PM »
a poop shot maybe??  lol
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Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
« Reply #10 on: October 16, 2011, 07:56:04 PM »
Booni, maybe this is a seasonal difference.  I don't know enough about them to say. When I've seen them in the wild, the GB heron's have has the head feathers that go back and are very pretty.  That's a nice photo!
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Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
« Reply #11 on: October 16, 2011, 09:08:06 PM »

Booni, I'm looking at Sibley, and it looks like maybe this one is in transition between 1st year plumage and adult plumage. The neck is still a bit dark and there are less shaggy feathers on the breast.
I have seen adults with the black head plumes and breast plumes lying flat, too, depending on what they are doing...
Adults and young both have some reddish feathers right at the shoulder and at the base of the alula; this looks like the colour for a young one; the adults show some black feathers around there also - another reason why I think this one is in transition between juvenile and adult plumage.
The gob of red is the right colour and position to be some of the red feathers, but it looks like the wrong shape. It looks like a gob.  So I don't know what is going on.

Here is your own (beautiful, amazing, one of my faves!) post  from 2010 with photos of an adult heron. You can see where the red tracks to on open wings. Look at the last few pictures.
Click here to view.
In those (fabulous) photos, the head plumes are laying flat too.



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Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
« Reply #12 on: October 16, 2011, 09:27:28 PM »

I mentioned elsewhere that I've been trying to photograph grebes for years, without success.

Today I was working on the water... and I had my good camera... and I saw TWO KINDS!!!!
 
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I'm soooo excited.

Look look look!!!

Red-necked Grebe. Not very often seen here. An adult, still in nuptial plumage, but the colour has worn out.



The early-morning light made all sorts of lovely colours on the water... Lucky lucky little Wrennie!

And THEN,

A few hours later...

Really close...



I thought these were Western Grebes, but they're not. Now that I can have a good look, I see that it is a Horned Grebe.

Click to look at the large size: there is a little pale ring around the pupil, inside the red eye.
And grebes have beautiful lobed toes instead of webbed feet. The feet are set far back on the body, like a loon's.
This is an adult in winter plumage.
These are the grebes we usually see around here.

And here this beautiful visitor is preparing to dive...




Gone!


 
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Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
« Reply #13 on: October 16, 2011, 11:28:28 PM »
Fabulous! That rocks!

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« Reply #14 on: October 29, 2011, 10:36:32 AM »

i had to go to Ford Cove to fill up my drinking water bottles.
i always love going to Ford Cove.
It is so beautiful & there is always something interesting to see!
Right now they are working on our ferry docks, so there is no ferry between Hornby & Denman.
There is only a foot passenger shuttle boat between Denman & Hornby for two weeks, landing at Ford Cove.
So i wanted to see what this looked like, happening.
Of course my eye wandered, waiting for the boat to arrive, watching the ferry crew & the locals interacting.
i spotted a Great Blue Heron standing on the breakwater rocks, very close to the dock.
So i rushed down the dock back to my van to get my camera!

Slide Show - october 25 2011 13:01 - Great Blue Heron at Ford Cove


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