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Re: Southern Vancouver Island Wildlife

Post by sassyk » Wed Jun 13, 2018 11:59 am

Otter at McNeill Bay on June 11th.
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Re: Southern Vancouver Island Wildlife

Post by sassyk » Sat Jun 16, 2018 10:35 pm

Owls at Beacon Hill Park this evening. The lighting wasn't too good as it was getting dark.
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Re: Southern Vancouver Island Wildlife

Post by elle » Sun Jun 17, 2018 11:16 am

I saw the owls at Beacon Hill Park yesterday too , Kay.

Female Barred
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Re: Southern Vancouver Island Wildlife

Post by elle » Sun Jun 17, 2018 11:19 am

Great Horned Owl at Beacon Hill. Actually saw 2 of them but one was too hard to photograph.

Peek a boo
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Nap time


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Too tired to finish the prey?
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Re: Southern Vancouver Island Wildlife

Post by sassyk » Tue Jun 19, 2018 3:21 pm

I can't figure out what prey the GH owl had :puzz:
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Re: Southern Vancouver Island Wildlife

Post by elle » Tue Jun 19, 2018 5:47 pm

Kay: I think it is a crow.
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Re: Southern Vancouver Island Wildlife

Post by sassyk » Fri Jun 22, 2018 10:09 am

Saw this Red-tailed Hawk near the Willis Point eagle nest on Wed. The eaglets saw it too :w00t:
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Saw this Downy Woodpecker near the Coles Bay eagle nest on Wed.
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Re: Southern Vancouver Island Wildlife

Post by sassyk » Fri Jun 22, 2018 10:14 am

Saw a family of California Quail on the path leading into Centennial Park on Wed.
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All the little chicks went scurrying across the path to the other side. We counted at least 12 chicks.
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Re: Southern Vancouver Island Wildlife

Post by sassyk » Fri Jun 22, 2018 10:24 am

We saw this rabbit (or hare?) on the path into Centennial Park, watching the quail.
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We saw this gorgeous sub-adult bald eagle perched in a snag across from the Pendray Farm on West Saanch Rd. on Wed.
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Re: Southern Vancouver Island Wildlife

Post by sassyk » Sat Jun 23, 2018 7:11 pm

I went to Beacon Hill Park for a short while last evening to find the owls. I was in luck :woohoo: I spotted the fledgling owlet first then one of its parents a few minutes later. The parent was up very high and half hidden behind the branches so I couldn't get a clear photo of it. I did get a couple of the owlet :thumlft: It didn't matter where I stood to see it that leaf was always in front of its head :roll:
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Re: Southern Vancouver Island Wildlife

Post by sassyk » Fri Jun 29, 2018 8:16 pm

On June 27th we saw a bunch of cows on the former Epicure property on W. Saanich Rd. 2 of them were behind the yellow tractor when we arrived and came out to see who was at the gate. One came right up to the gate and was licking a piece of plastic that was stuck in the dirt then tried to eat the little purple flowers.
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Re: Southern Vancouver Island Wildlife

Post by sassyk » Fri Jun 29, 2018 8:24 pm

On June 27th while watching an adult in the eagle nest at the Deep Cove Winery, we heard a 2nd adult squawking down by the beach. We went to investigate and there were several Turkey Vultures flying around over the beach. When we approached the beach the eagle flew off over the water; it was perched in an Arbutus tree and we didn't see it so no photo. After the eagle flew off the vultures flew in and perched in the Arbutus tree. One flew down onto a rock at the edge of the embankment.
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Re: Southern Vancouver Island Wildlife

Post by sassyk » Sat Jul 07, 2018 1:04 pm

I went to visit the Barred Owls in Beacon Hill Park last night. Unfortunately, I left it too late to get decent photos; there wasn't much light. Also, my camera wasn't cooperating with focusing on the subject :roll: The owlet was perched on a branch screeching at Mom who was perched quite low in a nearby tree. The owlet flew from tree to tree and at one time I heard it crash landing in the bushes. It wasn't hurt; it just flapped up to another branch. Several times Mom flew to different branches and the owlet followed. It was a good practice session for the owlet :thumlft:

I managed to get a few photos that were half-decent. This is Mom on the low branch.
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The owlet just before it flew to another branch to join Mom.
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Mom on one of the many branches she flew to.
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Re: Southern Vancouver Island Wildlife

Post by elle » Sat Jul 07, 2018 6:52 pm

What a sweetie owlet :rh: Thanks Kay. Ian and I walked through Beacon Hill Park this afternoon and saw Mum Barred Owl with her owlet. It was nice to see they were not being harassed by too many photographers. Also saw one GHO in the usual spot. Only one today. And no photographers.
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Re: Southern Vancouver Island Wildlife

Post by sassyk » Sun Jul 08, 2018 5:02 pm

There were quite a few fledgling herons in the park; some flying quite well, some landing on the top of bushes :D

2 nests with young flapping their wings. It gets crowded in those small nests :ohmy:
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This one looked very scared, huddled on top of a bush at the side of Goodacre Lake.
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2 in this nest.
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Re: Southern Vancouver Island Wildlife

Post by sassyk » Sun Jul 08, 2018 10:07 pm

I went to see the Barred Owls at Beacon Hill Park this evening. The owlet was perched on the same branch as the last time I was there. It was snoozing and preening and watching me. I heard Mom hooting from a few trees over but I couldn't see her. I was the only one there at that time and I left for awhile to go see the Great Horned Owls. They were both perched in the same tree snoozing. One opened its eyes, scratched and shook, then closed its eyes and went back to snoozing. The other one half opened one eye then it also went back to snoozing. When I got back to the other side of the park to see what the owlet was doing, it was still perched on the same branch and Mom was perched in another tree down the path. There were a few people there watching and one lady who had never seen an owl in the wild before was absolutely thrilled. Mom flew to another tree closer to where the owlet was and watched as the owlet made its way closer and closer to her, stopping along the way to pick at a few leaves. It flew to the open fenced area and landed down low in a tree. Mom also flew to a nearby tree to keep watch. There were quite a few people watching by that time and the owlet jumped down from the tree, landing on the path where it was having fun playing with leaves, cones, sticks, bugs. Mom flew to a closer tree and watched it. That is where I left them. I recorded some videos that I will upload tomorrow, and will also post some photos. It was a fun night :woohoo:
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Re: Southern Vancouver Island Wildlife

Post by sassyk » Mon Jul 09, 2018 12:29 pm

Some photos of the Barred Owlet at BH Park last evening. One photo of Mom perched in the tree at the end of the path. Lighting wasn't so good there.
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Owlet sleeping.
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Owlet preening & cleaning its foot.
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Re: Southern Vancouver Island Wildlife

Post by sassyk » Mon Jul 09, 2018 12:32 pm

Owlet perched on different branch stretching its wings.
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Re: Southern Vancouver Island Wildlife

Post by sassyk » Mon Jul 09, 2018 12:33 pm

Owlet getting very sleepy.
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Re: Southern Vancouver Island Wildlife

Post by sassyk » Mon Jul 09, 2018 1:38 pm

A few photos of the Great Horned Owls at Beacon Hill Park last night.
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This one was not in a good position for photographing.
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Re: Southern Vancouver Island Wildlife

Post by sassyk » Tue Jul 10, 2018 11:10 am

One of many videos I recorded on July 8th of the owlet in Beacon Hill Park.

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Re: Southern Vancouver Island Wildlife

Post by sassyk » Fri Jul 20, 2018 10:04 pm

I went to visit the Barred Owlet at Beacon Hill Park this evening. It started out a nice night but unfortunately clouded over by the time I got there. I heard the Mom hooting from a short distance away and the owlet eventually flew from tree to tree towards the hooting and out of sight. It is not so fluffy now. I managed to get one poor quality photo :(
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Re: Southern Vancouver Island Wildlife

Post by sassyk » Tue Jul 24, 2018 12:38 pm

I spent some time with 'Woody' the owlet in Beacon Hill Park yesterday. He was trying and trying to expel a pellet without success. His Mom brought him a Rock Pigeon but he wasn't hungry. I went back a little later after visiting the Great Horned Owls at the edge of the park and 'Woody' had still not expelled a pellet. He looked very tired and the other lady who visits every day said he looked like he had a hangover :D
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Re: Southern Vancouver Island Wildlife

Post by sassyk » Tue Jul 24, 2018 12:40 pm

More photos of 'Woody'. He had lots of visitors yesterday while I was there.
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Re: Southern Vancouver Island Wildlife

Post by sassyk » Tue Jul 24, 2018 12:43 pm

The second time I was there 'Woody' was a bit more active, watching all his visitors, preening and stretching.
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Re: Southern Vancouver Island Wildlife

Post by sassyk » Tue Jul 24, 2018 12:46 pm

Last 2 photos of 'Woody' climbing up the branch and stretching.
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I saw only 1 Great Horned Owl on the other side of the park.
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Re: Southern Vancouver Island Wildlife

Post by sassyk » Tue Jul 24, 2018 3:46 pm

I saw a Mom Raccoon with her baby in Beacon Hill Park yesterday afternoon. The baby was hiding behind the trunk of a tree across from the Barred Owl's nest tree. The Mom was eating something at the base of the owl's nest tree.
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There were a few seals enjoying the sun on the rocks offshore at Saxe Pt. Park yesterday afternoon. One had a pup.
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Re: Southern Vancouver Island Wildlife

Post by sassyk » Thu Aug 02, 2018 3:01 pm

One of a few fledgling Cooper's Hawk at Saanichton Bay Park on July 29th.
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Adult facing the other end of the path.
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Re: Southern Vancouver Island Wildlife

Post by sassyk » Fri Sep 07, 2018 12:38 pm

Esquimalt Lagoon - Sept. 5th

Juvenile Black Oystercatcher
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Adult Black Oystercatchers
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Re: Southern Vancouver Island Wildlife

Post by sassyk » Fri Sep 07, 2018 12:40 pm

More birds at Esquimalt Lagoon - Sept. 5th

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