Camp Olave Bald Eagles, Sunshine Coast, BC - 2017/2018 season

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Re: Camp Olave Bald Eagles, Sunshine Coast, BC - 2017/2018 season

Post by heatherj » Wed Jun 27, 2018 11:14 pm

My apologies for not posting in a while ... but I have been visiting the Olaves!

On June 11, Ma and Pa were on different trees on opposite sides of the nest. But both pics were into the rising sun so are quite blown out :(

Pa was also sitting within sight of Pa Browning, though they seemed to be pretending to ignore each other!
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.... and Ma to the east.
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Pa Browning at bottom left and Pa Olave at top right
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Re: Camp Olave Bald Eagles, Sunshine Coast, BC - 2017/2018 season

Post by heatherj » Wed Jun 27, 2018 11:18 pm

Meanwhile there were definitely two eaglets and they were feeding on something with feathers!

Sadly, as is often the case some bits of plastic around the nest :(
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Re: Camp Olave Bald Eagles, Sunshine Coast, BC - 2017/2018 season

Post by heatherj » Wed Jun 27, 2018 11:30 pm

On June 22 i two sleepy eaglets and one adult watching over the nest. :)
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Re: Camp Olave Bald Eagles, Sunshine Coast, BC - 2017/2018 season

Post by Marg » Thu Jun 28, 2018 6:51 pm

Thanks for the update and pics Heather. :)
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Re: Camp Olave Bald Eagles, Sunshine Coast, BC - 2017/2018 season

Post by stim » Fri Jun 29, 2018 9:52 am

heatherj wrote:
Wed Jun 27, 2018 11:14 pm
My apologies for not posting in a while ... but I have been visiting the Olaves!

On June 11, Ma and Pa were on different trees on opposite sides of the nest. But both pics were into the rising sun so are quite blown out :(

Pa was also sitting within sight of Pa Browning, though they seemed to be pretending to ignore each other!
I love that you caught the 2 adults perched fairly close but ignoring each other. And how great to see 2 youngsters! Well done.

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Re: Camp Olave Bald Eagles, Sunshine Coast, BC - 2017/2018 season

Post by heatherj » Wed Jul 11, 2018 10:15 pm

Thanks Marg and Sandra!

The tides were perfect on July 9 so I was able to walk along the beach to visit the nest. I saw one adult perched on a tree near the nest. I think it was Pa because he just looks so sleek. The 2 eaglets were sitting up in the nest with one perched on a branch. As is usual one bigger than the other but both looking healthy and happy. Both were quiet and didn't call out at all while I was there so hopefully that means they are well fed. The one on the left was in a bit of a funny position but that could be because s/he was perched on a sloping branch? But it does mean that s/he has branched! :)

There was a small flock of gulls on the rocks below the nest and I think Pa was eyeing them up for likely candidates for a late breakfast! He was in exactly the same spot and position when I left
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Re: Camp Olave Bald Eagles, Sunshine Coast, BC - 2017/2018 season

Post by stim » Fri Jul 13, 2018 11:56 am

That is a strange perch posture Heather! I wonder what it was up to.

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Re: Camp Olave Bald Eagles, Sunshine Coast, BC - 2017/2018 season

Post by heatherj » Fri Jul 20, 2018 7:58 am

I was wondering if the eaglet maybe just had something really big in his/her crop?


I visited the nest yesterday and ..... there was no nest! But everyone was OK.

Ma and Pa were perched nearby and one eaglet was on the branch where the nest used to be so easy to see. But it took me quite some time to see the other eaglet. Eventually I saw a brown tail poking out from behind some branches close to Ma and Pa. Phew!

Lots of twigs and branches at the base of the tree so I guess it's a new nest next year. I think they had a partial collapse at the end of the season last year and a full collapse much earlier the previous year. Building a stable nest is a tricky thing.

So 1 fledge and 1 branch, though perhaps unintentionally!

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Re: Camp Olave Bald Eagles, Sunshine Coast, BC - 2017/2018 season

Post by stim » Sat Jul 21, 2018 9:35 am

Mixed emotions here. Great to find both eaglets safe and continuing to mature. Very sad that the nest is gone. Let's hope the new one is easy to find next season!

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Re: Camp Olave Bald Eagles, Sunshine Coast, BC - 2017/2018 season

Post by heatherj » Sun Jul 22, 2018 9:28 pm

Yes Sandra I agree. Definitely mixed emotions. And I think that looking back at my July 9 photos, the nest had already mostly collapsed even then. I will post a few photos from different dates for comparison further down.

But first some pics of Ma and Pa from July 19. As I walked towards the nest, Ma and Pa were perched close to the nest tree. Ma on top and Pa below I think. Then the next pic is from below the lower eagle who I think is Pa.
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Ma and Pa perched near each other and near the nest tree
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Re: Camp Olave Bald Eagles, Sunshine Coast, BC - 2017/2018 season

Post by heatherj » Sun Jul 22, 2018 9:33 pm

And now a pic of where the nest used to be! With one eaglet sitting on the branch - I would expect this to be the younger of the two? I don't see his/her feet. They might just be hidden behind the bend of the branch or perhaps that s/he is not yet able to perch?

Then another angle of the same eaglet.
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Re: Camp Olave Bald Eagles, Sunshine Coast, BC - 2017/2018 season

Post by heatherj » Sun Jul 22, 2018 9:35 pm

After quite some time hunting around I eventually saw a brown tail and yellow feet poking out from quite close to Ma and Pa but definitely away from the nest tree. I couldn't get a good view of this eaglets head but i's good to know that s/he had survived the nest crash :-)
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Re: Camp Olave Bald Eagles, Sunshine Coast, BC - 2017/2018 season

Post by heatherj » Sun Jul 22, 2018 9:43 pm

Here are some pics of the nest to show that the collapse had already started in June.

I walked as close as I could to the bottom of the nest tree but there were lots of wild rose bushes at the base so that wasn't very close. But I did see piles of twigs and sticks that most likely came from the nest. At that point I hadn't seen the older eaglet so I was trying to see if there was an eaglet on the ground. Luckily I didn't see one! :)
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Nest on May 28. Messy but intact!
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Nest on June 11. Perhaps some branches starting to slip already?
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Nest on July 9. Most of the branches had gone
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Re: Camp Olave Bald Eagles, Sunshine Coast, BC - 2017/2018 season

Post by stim » Mon Jul 23, 2018 4:54 pm

These eaglets had to spend a good few weeks without a full nest. That they both survived all this time is marvellous. :thumlft:

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Re: Camp Olave Bald Eagles, Sunshine Coast, BC - 2017/2018 season

Post by Mushka » Wed Jul 25, 2018 8:47 am

So happy to read that two eaglets managed so well after the nest collapse. Thanks for all the updates and pictures Heather.

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Re: Camp Olave Bald Eagles, Sunshine Coast, BC - 2017/2018 season

Post by Marg » Wed Jul 25, 2018 3:34 pm

Heather good to know that both eaglets are o.k Thanks for the pictures. :) :)
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Re: Camp Olave Bald Eagles, Sunshine Coast, BC - 2017/2018 season

Post by heatherj » Sat Aug 04, 2018 1:09 pm

I'm hoping to get to see this nest this weekend. The tides haven't been very helpful the last 2 weeks.

But I'm hoping that everyone will be gone off by now. But you never know!
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Re: Camp Olave Bald Eagles, Sunshine Coast, BC - 2017/2018 season

Post by heatherj » Tue Aug 07, 2018 12:08 pm

I visited the nest this morning and I was wrong in my previous post.... they are still around! :)

I saw 1 fledged juvenile perched away from the nest tree so s/he had definitely fledged. The juvenile was quite calm and quiet so I don't think s/he was hungry but definitely very curious spending a lot of time looking around and watching me. I was there for about 30 mins and didn't see or hear any adults or the other juvenile. I was about half way back down the beach when I heard an adult calling from behind me and turned round to see an adult fly in to a tree very near where I had seen the juvenile perched. My viewpoint was right into the sun so I couldn't see if it was a food drop but I did manage to get a few pics so when I upload something might be obvious. :)

Back at the beach entrance I saw an adult on the dead tree that the Brownings use a lot. After about 10 mins of me watching, that adult flew off towards the Browning nest so it could have been one of the Brownings. Or perhaps someone passing by?

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Re: Camp Olave Bald Eagles, Sunshine Coast, BC - 2017/2018 season

Post by stim » Wed Aug 08, 2018 8:52 am

So good you saw 1 fledgling! :thumlft: I hope the other was around, just not visible. Or perhaps off and away. Looking forward to your pics!

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Re: Camp Olave Bald Eagles, Sunshine Coast, BC - 2017/2018 season

Post by heatherj » Wed Oct 03, 2018 9:19 pm

:oops2: :oops2: :oops2:

I am very sorry, but better late than never! At last, here are the final 3 pics from last season from my visit on Aug 7. One eaglet on a tree near the nest tree and then 1 adult that arrived as I was half way back down the beach.

So overall a successful season. Definitely one eaglet fledged and possibly two. Another nest collapse but again, Ma and Pa still managed to raise one or more eaglets.

:bravo:
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Re: Camp Olave Bald Eagles, Sunshine Coast, BC - 2017/2018 season

Post by heatherj » Wed Oct 03, 2018 9:21 pm

Thread for 2018/2019 season is here

I'm still finishing setting that up but once thats done I will lock this thread
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