Surrey Reserve 2021-2022 Observation and Discussion

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Re: Surrey Reserve 2021-2022 Observation and Discussion

Post by JudyB » Thu Jan 13, 2022 7:47 am

Continuing....

She (?) moved back out onto the west perch at 3:23 am; I think I'm seeing the darker area on the side of the face we noticed yesterday.
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She stayed there until 4:58 am, when she woke up, did a bit of preening, called softly once or twice then did some alarm calling; I think I heard the male calling as well.
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She went into the nest at 4:59 am. I don't know if she stayed there or flew off, but my guess is that she stayed in the tree. At 6:24 am, and adult who is likely her carefully edged back out onto the west perch. It was interesting to watch - she was looking down and placing her feet carefully, obviously not comfortable moving onto the branch in the low light.
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Here's a video to go with the action on the west perch at 3:17 am; I wrote some more about the video on the next page, mostly about how the infrared light that lets us see the eagle does not help the eagle see where she is watching - which demonstrates to me that it really does not interfere with their lives!

:vid: A Bump in the Night? (2:30)

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Re: Surrey Reserve 2021-2022 Observation and Discussion

Post by JudyB » Thu Jan 13, 2022 8:09 am

Continuing....

When I got to the computer at 7:21, I moved the South cam to show both adults.
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The one on the West perch flew off at 7:23, not calling, but possibly seeing something of interest. The other one followed a moment later.
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I suspect that it was the female on the west perch and the male on the little perch, but they both looked fluffed up with pouffy hairdos, so that's mostly based on where we've seen them in the past.

It's now 8:07 am. I didn't see any additional activity, I'm out of both cams, and I'm stepping away from the computer. Have a good day, everyone!

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Re: Surrey Reserve 2021-2022 Observation and Discussion

Post by Sandy_W » Thu Jan 13, 2022 11:03 am

10:50 am I am not good with the Id's for the eagles but this one has dark eyes and a long front neckline. Would that be the male? The eagle came to the nest, vocalized a little and dug around the nest.
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Re: Surrey Reserve 2021-2022 Observation and Discussion

Post by Sandy_W » Thu Jan 13, 2022 11:04 am

10:55 am in rollback, after sitting and watching, the adult eagle flew off.
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Re: Surrey Reserve 2021-2022 Observation and Discussion

Post by Lynne » Thu Jan 13, 2022 12:01 pm

10:55am - replay - eagle flew to distant tree
real time -
11:56am - continues on distant tree
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Re: Surrey Reserve 2021-2022 Observation and Discussion

Post by JudyB » Thu Jan 13, 2022 12:45 pm

Thanks, Sandy and Lynne! I'm still not good at telling who is who either, but the male does have very dark eyes, and the head looks male-like, so maybe?

From the dvr....

At 10:49 am, as the adult was landing in the tree, a second adult came in from the left, heading towards the upper branches; she (or maybe he) is in the far right in the first s'cap and I circled them in the second.
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The only reason I saw that is because I two eagles flying out of there and went looking back to see when the first one arrived up there. It's not an easy place to see them with all the branches in the way - but they've been up there quite a bit so I keep an eye on it.


The activity you both caught happened next (and great job following the one who went to the distant perch!), and then they both stayed in those spots until about 12:03 pm.
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All these s'caps click quite a bit bigger.

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Re: Surrey Reserve 2021-2022 Observation and Discussion

Post by JudyB » Thu Jan 13, 2022 12:52 pm

Jumping ahead to 12:03 on the dvr, the adult in the upper branches of the tree took off, and shortly afterwards the one in the distant tree took off. I couldn't see where they went, though saw some activity in the distance, then two eagles chasing each other and either courting or challenging each other in mid-air, flying from right to left and out of sight, and then two eagles came back and landed in the upper branches. They left around 12:09 pm - the last part of the video is a brief closeup of them on the upper branches just before they flew off.

:vid: A Bit of Action at Surrey Reserve (2 min)

A couple of pictures from the video:

Action at the far left (cropped):
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Zoomed in on the upper branches as one leaves (click twice to make much bigger):
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I'm going to see if I can record the activity between the two from full screen in slow motion.

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Re: Surrey Reserve 2021-2022 Observation and Discussion

Post by JudyB » Thu Jan 13, 2022 3:14 pm

3 pm
Here's a slower motion version of the two eagles, cropped from full screen. They initially appear from the right, fly across the screen out of sight, occasionally coming very close or possibly in contact with each other, and then two eagles reappear from the left and head companionably to the upper branches over the nest. I didn't hear any calling during the flight although I was watching from the South cam, which is further from the action than the North cam; I heard them clearly once they landed in the tree.

:vid: Romance in the Air? (1 minute)


I just listened to the North cam during that time period, and didn't hear any calling until the pair were settling into the upper branches above the nest.

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Re: Surrey Reserve 2021-2022 Observation and Discussion

Post by JudyB » Thu Jan 13, 2022 4:02 pm

One final video, out of sequence

This is from 3:17 am and goes with my posts on the previous page.

:vid: A Bump in the Night? (2:30)


I'll include the description I posted on YouTube as well:

January 13 2021, 3:17 am - the two eagles who appear to be making our Surrey Reserve eagle cam nest their home both slept in the nest tree last night, this one on the nest support on the left that we call the west perch, and the other one on a branch a little higher up on the other side. The video starts with her(?) dozing, and then being startled awake by what seems to be something (an owl?) flying very close. Whatever it was, she called out, then went to the nest briefly. A thing I found interesting is how carefully she felt her way as she moved on the branch in the dark; we've been told many times that the infrared light we use to watch the eagles at night doesn't disturb them because they can't see it - and it seems to me that this is evidence of that; I can see the support clearly on the camera, but she needs to feel her way. (Both eagles are relatively new to the nest, and will learn to move quickly in the dark as they spend more time here). She was in the nest for a couple of minutes and I paused the recording for that since the cam was focused on the perch - and then I turned it back on to watch her carefully return to her chosen spot.

The new male has been here since November 11; we first saw a new female on December 31st, so if this is the same new female (we think so, but it's hard to be sure) she's only been around for 2 weeks - so it's not surprising that she's still learning her way around. You can read more about the transition to this potential new pair on our forum - I'd suggest starting with the timeline here - viewtopic.php?f=114&t=584#p501051 ~JudyB

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Re: Surrey Reserve 2021-2022 Observation and Discussion

Post by CC398 » Thu Jan 13, 2022 4:37 pm

1637 - HI all. I'm logging in to the cams to check out this incredible sunset
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Post by CC398 » Thu Jan 13, 2022 5:12 pm

A great sunset followed by one of our Eagles arriving who then decided to perch out of sight. :angry:
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Post by CC398 » Thu Jan 13, 2022 5:19 pm

1718 - The New Female (I think) lets us have a peek :rh:

ADDED: Looking again, this could be the New Male something tells me. I'll keep watching
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Post by CC398 » Thu Jan 13, 2022 5:33 pm

This was so nice to watch Judy :rh:


:vid: Romance in the Air? (1 minute)
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Re: Surrey Reserve 2021-2022 Observation and Discussion

Post by JudyB » Thu Jan 13, 2022 5:48 pm

CC398 wrote:
Thu Jan 13, 2022 5:33 pm
This was so nice to watch Judy :rh:


:vid: Romance in the Air? (1 minute)
Thanks, CC - and I love your sunset shot!

Have a good evening, everyone!
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Re: Surrey Reserve 2021-2022 Observation and Discussion

Post by JudyB » Thu Jan 13, 2022 6:02 pm

5:57 pm
Hard to be sure, but I think the male brought in a bit of food, and the female came in from the west perch to claim it - what do you think, CC? If so, this is the female on the left with the food, and the mail showing off his magnificent profile.
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Unless they switched positions when I wasn't watching. :puzz:

Tail of the one eating.
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Happy to see them both, whichever is which - and they do seem more comfortable together than Res and the new male did. Hoping for the best - and now I really must say goodnight.

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Re: Surrey Reserve 2021-2022 Observation and Discussion

Post by CC398 » Thu Jan 13, 2022 6:09 pm

1755 - Some Eagle chatter before the possible new mate arrived and perched above the other Eagle.

The new arrival quickly floated down to the nest and the perched Eagle joined them. I think the perched Eagle was in fact the New Female and the new arrival was the New Male who brought a meal for her as any good suitor would.

The New Male is on the right.
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Post by CC398 » Thu Jan 13, 2022 6:13 pm

The New Female quietly claimed her meal and the New Male moved to the same perch he stayed on last night to keep watch.
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Post by CC398 » Thu Jan 13, 2022 6:21 pm

1819 - She finished the meal and returned to her perch, tucked her head and fell asleep. I guess she was just waiting for supper.

1821 - He warns someone while she sleeps.
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Post by CC398 » Thu Jan 13, 2022 6:52 pm

1847 - Both Eagles take quick naps but are more often quietly watching/listening
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Post by CC398 » Thu Jan 13, 2022 7:01 pm

The New Male
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Re: Surrey Reserve 2021-2022 Observation and Discussion

Post by JudyB » Fri Jan 14, 2022 5:58 am

5:46 am
Good morning, everyone, and happy to see your computer is hanging in there, nightowl!

I heard calling from the other room, and came to my computer to see that the adult on the west perch had moved, and when I pulled the cam back for a wider view, I found they were on the east perch.
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Quick look at the north dvr shows that the one on the upper branch left for a little bit, but they are back now.

Quick check of the south dvr shows that the one on the south branch was doing some calling at 12:51 am, and then moved to the nest, again stepping carefully in the dark.
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Reading back quickly, I see it's the male on the branch above the nest and the female who was on the west perch and is now on the east perch - which would have been my guess, just because eagles do seem to have their preferred spots for hanging out.

5:56 pm
The male has looked as if he was doing a ps three times in the last few minutes - but I suppose it could partly be a stretch or something.


Checking the north dvr a bit more carefully, it looks as if the male left his branch at 12:51 am, possibly to go to the little branch closer to the nest, or maybe to the nest to join the female. No idea what was going on, but they obviously were both aware of it. He returned to the slanted branch at 2:19 am, and was looking around for a bit before settling in again.

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Re: Surrey Reserve 2021-2022 Observation and Discussion

Post by JudyB » Fri Jan 14, 2022 6:16 am

6:09 am
The male is back to sleep with head tucked in; I took a quick look with the North cam and couldn't really tell if the female was tucked in, but she appears to be comfortably resting if not sleeping.
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I've put the north cam back on the nest since it will soon be getting light, and moved the south cam a bit so it includes the west perch in case the female decides to go back out there:
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While I'm here -
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Nice to see it above freezing!

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Re: Surrey Reserve 2021-2022 Observation and Discussion

Post by JudyB » Fri Jan 14, 2022 6:20 am

6:17 am
Maybe not quite yet - both were alerting. I pulled the cam back, but couldn't see what disturbed them.
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6:19 am
Quiet again - I'll put the cam back closer, and then I'm logging out and will be away from the computer for a while.


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Re: Surrey Reserve 2021-2022 Observation and Discussion

Post by JudyB » Fri Jan 14, 2022 7:26 am

7:21 am
Male down to the nest.
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Female joins him.
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One up to the little perch, the other one checking the nest - not sure which is which.
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I'm thinking the one on the nest looks bigger, so likely the female, but will need to watch the dvr to be sure.

And the one on the nest flew off at 7:25 am, with the one on the little perch following a minute later.

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Re: Surrey Reserve 2021-2022 Observation and Discussion

Post by JudyB » Fri Jan 14, 2022 11:51 am

11:50 am
I just did a quick check of the dvr and didn't see any activity.

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Re: Surrey Reserve 2021-2022 Observation and Discussion

Post by JudyB » Fri Jan 14, 2022 12:24 pm

12:19 pm
We have a very unusual visitor - it looks to me as if this (sub-adult?) eagle has no tail feathers! :w00t: They are perched on the top of the Douglas fir near the nest, and happily our resident pair either haven't noticed or are ignoring them.
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And they flew off at 12:22 pm, and I heard some calling right afterwards, so they may have seen one of the resident pair approaching.

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Here is a choppy and occasionally poorly focused video of the visit - I was trying to get a closer look at the tail area in the first part, but our cams were designed as security cams so the focus very well looking down, but the protective cases curve at the top, so they don't focus as well when pointing up, as we had to do here. I used it to get the s'caps above and am including it for the record, knowing that gemini will be making a more professional version tomorrow.

:vid: Eagle Missing Tail Feathers (9:47)


Based on the darker areas on the head, I'm thinking this is a sub-adult, maybe almost five years old - but it's also possible that the eagle got into something dirty or sooty; I tried to zoom in for a better look at the feathers on the head, but couldn't focus clearly at that angle.

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Re: Surrey Reserve 2021-2022 Observation and Discussion

Post by JudyB » Fri Jan 14, 2022 12:33 pm

12:27 pm
An adult eagle (I suspect one of the new pair who appears to be claiming the nest) arrived at the semi-hidden perch area in the upper branches; a second adult came in a moment later.

I need to do other things, but will try to keep an eye on the cam. I've zoomed in on the upper perch, and am logged into the cam; I'll log out if I leave the computer, or if I see it move, showing another zoomer is here.
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While I'm thinking of it, I have a video of the tail-less eagle arriving, and he/she seemed to be flying all right, though having some trouble balancing on the tip-top of that tall tree. The eagle had their wing feathers extended most of the time, perhaps to help with balance - though that looks like a challenging place to perch even with a full set of feathers.

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Re: Surrey Reserve 2021-2022 Observation and Discussion

Post by JudyB » Fri Jan 14, 2022 5:01 pm

4:59 pm
I've been busy with some personal stuff, but came back to the computer to see one of the adults up on the slanted branch and the other one eating on the nest.
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I'm going to log in for a closer look, assuming they wait for me.

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