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Ground Observations 2018-2019

Started by boonibarb, October 02, 2018, 06:43:35 PM

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boonibarb


The 2018-2019 Ground Observations topic begins here today!

To see what happened last year, & find links to the previous seasons, go here.
wooohoooo!

boonibarb

 
i*ve been driving through the neighbourhood looking for Eagles pretty much every day.
Today i was hearing Eagles from my yard!
On my drive through the neighbourhood i spotted THIS Eagle in The Babysitting Tree!

october 2 2018 15:24 - Eagle in The Babysitting Tree











link to my fotos page - 

https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/
wooohoooo!

AJL

Yay booni, a pretty girl with a dark feather spot!  ♥ 
There is nothing in which the birds differ more from man than the way in which they can build and yet leave a landscape as it was before.  ~Robert Lynd, The Blue Lion and Other Essays

boonibarb

 
october 2 2018 15:24 - tail feather spot







link to my fotos page - 

https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/
wooohoooo!

NancyM

Gorgeous! 

(great photos, booni - is this the new camera?)

winterwren

Two returning eagles...

Female-sounding one in the BST, barely visible from the cam; she would have been on the opposite side from that view:
October 3, 12:30







Second eagle atop the WA cam:



Focusing on back feathers here.







nubchai


boonibarb

 
i took way too many fotos today, so this will take a bit of time to catch up.
i will start with just this one for now.
This Eagle was making the calls while i was there.
Another Eagle was in Fosters* Fir.
Fotos to come.
(Yes, Nancy)

october 3 2018 12:46 - Eagle on the wide angle cam




link to my fotos page - 

https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/
wooohoooo!

Tigerlady105

So nice to see eagles are back!  Thank you booni and wren.    :thumbup:
Commit random acts of kindness and senseless acts of beauty.

"When one tugs at a single thing in nature; he finds it attached to the rest of the world". ~John Muir

boonibarb

 
Okay, so this post should go BEFORE my first post above.
A friend was at Hidden Beach & caught fotos of this Eagle coming in slowly from above.
Here is what she observed - 3:20 in the afternoon, flew slowly over, very high, I had time to get 5 shots, then banked and took off to the southeast. Never returned while I was there...'til 5ish.
So, this was when we had those snarking northwest winds.
wren posted fotos of the waves that were crashing at Grassy Point, & the sea Birds that seemed to be enjoying the conditions.
In my fotos of this same Eagle in The Babysitting Tree, she is really clinging to her perch branch & the Tree is rocking from side to side & i am having trouble keeping her in the camera frame because of the movement.
In stevi*s foto, you can see the breaks in the zipping of the primary & secondary wing feathers on her right side.
We are seeing these same breaks in the wing primaries of the Eagle perched on the wide angle camera.
i thought it was cool that stevi caught her flying in from Hidden Beach!
Then i lucked out & caught her in The Babysitting Tree not long after!

october 2 2018 15:20 - Eagle over Hidden Beach - by stevi kittleson





link to my fotos page - 

https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/
wooohoooo!

boonibarb

 
Continuing from where i left off above.

october 3 2018 12:50 - Eagle on the wide angle cam



She was making two note calls.



Calling.



Checking me out.
& not alarmed at all.



Looking towards mishi*s Tree/Niner territory.



link to my fotos page - 

https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/
wooohoooo!

boonibarb

 
i carried on to check out the rest of the neighbourhood to see if someone else was around.
i found THIS Eagle in Fosters* Fir.

october 3 2018 13:06 - Eagle in Fosters* Fir





They always look like they*re seeing something & are upset & about to take off, but then they don*t.
Not at all sure what they are seeing.





& here again.
This time seeing something near the water.



link to my fotos page - 

https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/
wooohoooo!

boonibarb

 
i can hear the Eagle on the wide angle cam still making her two note calls.

october 3 2018 13:07 - Eagle in Fosters* Fir









A good-lookin* Eagle!



link to my fotos page - 

https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/
wooohoooo!

boonibarb

 
i carried on through my drive-by route.
There was no one in The Peters* Tree.
i was excited to see what looked like a skinny youngster in The His & Hers Tree!

october 3 2018 13:14 - Great Blue Heron in The His & Hers Tree





Preening.



You can hear the Eagle on the wide angle camera calling during this video of the Great Blue Heron.



link to my fotos page - 

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wooohoooo!

jeavverhey

 :ecsmile The observations of local residents are both helpful and reassuring to me. I think returning eagles are a bit early this year? I love the ID referrences - dark tail feather, white mark on dad, etc. And of course, a picture is worth a thousand words  :thumbup:  Thank you Wren and Booni, friends and neighbours, for sharing your magical island with all of us.