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Lafarge 2017/2018 Eagle Nest Discussion/Scaps/videos

Post by gemini » Mon Jan 15, 2018 3:00 pm

The Lafarge nest cam has been discontinued. Please go HERE for the latest reports and updates of this nest.


Lafarge Vancouver Bald Eagle Nest 2017/18 Nesting Season
This thread is for Discussion, Observations, Screenshots. Photos & Videos solely related to actions / events / occurrences at the Lafarge Nest

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The Lafarge Vancouver Bald Eagle Nest discussion forum is somewhat unique among the family of HWF nest cams in that it no longer has a camera focused on the nest. In October of 2014 the nest tree along with the closeup camera were destroyed during a windstorm. The eagles then moved back to their original nest located approximately seven or eight blocks east of the Lafarge site.

The sideview cam located on the sand tower was unharmed and now provides our only view of the Lafarge pair. Fortunately the Artificial Nest (AN) located on the former nest tree site was not harmed by the storm and the eagles still return to watch over their domain, perching hour after hour on the AN. Our loyal observers continue to monitor the Lafarge family with screenshots and observations from the sideview cam and photos of the eagles and the nest tree from the ground. Consequently, an exception has been made and photos may be posted in the Lafarge discussion thread. We welcome all screenshots and videos of the Lafarge site and nest tree area captured via the webcams and by ground observers as part of the discussion.

As a courtesy to viewers with slower internet connections, please limit the pictures in each post to no more than a total of 150,000 bytes (4 to 6 average screenshots), and please do not post animations (though it's fine to post a link to them) - and if you would limit the smileys - that would be lovely!

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Sideview - smaller version

Technical Issues With The Side View Cam:

The sun glare will always break up the picture quality of the camera - especially in the spring while the sun is still low in the sky. As summer nears and the sun moves further north, the problem will likely resolve itself. Clarity of the picture at night is limited due to the distance of the cam from the nest tree.


Map of the area showing the Lafarge artificial nest and the Pandora nest in relation to our other HWF nests: (Click all photos for a bigger version)
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For a more detailed view of the Lafarge artificial nest site in relation to the Pandora nest and the surrounding area as seen by the side view cam, our ground observers and google earth, please CLICK HERE.
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Re: Lafarge 2017/2018 Eagle Nest Discussion/Scaps/videos

Post by gemini » Mon Jan 15, 2018 3:17 pm

Significant Dates - 2017-2018 Nesting Season

Pa Lafarge Returned Home: Sept 21;

Lady Lafarge Returned Home: Sept 27?? (See video HERE)

Lady and Pa Seen together for the first time: Oct 6, 2017, 8:26 am
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Link for Additional Posts from the start of the 2017-18 nesting season on our old forum


Eagle return dates from past years:

2011-2012 Both returned Sept 25;

2012/2013 Ma, Sept 26; Pa, Sept 27;

2013-2014 Ma, Sept 26. Pa, Sept 29;

2014-2015 Ma, Sept 22; Pa, Sept 27;

2015-2016 Pa Sept 28; Lady (new mate for Pa) unsure; Two eagles seen together Oct 15. Looking back, we now think it is possible that we had been seeing the adult we came to call Lady for a week or two before we saw the two adults together.

2016-2017 Pa Sept 25; Pa appeared to be alone until October 10, pm when two eagles were seen together in the Pandora nest tree by ground observer Diana


Notable Dates 2017-2018

Egg(s) Laid: Mar 28/29? Approx. (Incubation behavior first observed) **However, since feeding behavior was first observed Apr 30, working back, egg laying, having taken place a minimum of 35 days earlier and allowing for few hours to pass before the first feeding, would make the date around the 25th or 26th of Mar.

Egg(s) Hatched: April 29/30 approx (confirmed feeding behavior first observed Apr 30); May 11 - parents appeared to be feeding 2 chicks

Eaglet(s) first seen: #1 - May 11; #2 - May 13

Eaglet(s) Named: #1 - Apollo; #2 - Artemis

Eaglet(s) first portrait: May 15

Date(s) Fledged: #1 – Jul 23, 12:45 pm (first seen flying); #2 – Jul 23, 1:23 pm (first seen flying)


Useful LInks: Nest Adoptions for 2017/2018 are now available!

In the 2018 nesting season (September 2017-August 2018) this nest has been adopted by:

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Previous Year's Adoptions

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2014
2015
2015/2016
2016/2017

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Re: Lafarge 2017/2018 Eagle Nest Discussion/Scaps/videos

Post by gemini » Mon Jan 15, 2018 4:01 pm

The 2016//2017 season

After spending the 2015-2016 season defending their territory, refurbishing the Pandora nest and bonding, Pa and Lady left for their annual migration, with Pa having been last seen July 15 and Lady last seen July 17.

They returned on schedule, Pa on September 25 and Lady October 10 ......
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...... and took up residence in their nest on Pandora street where they were observed by our ground observers!

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Post by gemini » Mon Jan 15, 2018 5:50 pm

We were also able to view our pair diligently defending their territory from the sideview cam as one of their favorite perching spots, the roof of the VersaCold plant, was slowly demolished around them. Undaunted by it all, Lady and Pa perched on the roof almost daily until the day the last of it came down when they moved seamlessly to the AN to continue their vigil.


Just under 2 hours before the LB went down!
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Lady not giving in willingly!
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Letting the world know they weren't leaving!
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Post by gemini » Mon Jan 15, 2018 6:22 pm

The new view of the old VersaCold site as seen by Lady and Pa from the AN:


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Post by gemini » Mon Jan 15, 2018 7:26 pm

All the while the demolition was going on around them Lady and Pa continued their courtship ......
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........ resulting in one eaglet (named Houdini for his/her ability to hide from our observers) being produced the following Spring.
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Houdini grew up to be a fine looking eaglet.
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Houdini was observed flying for the first time on July 29. We hoped to see him/her on the AN but it was not to be. However, we were able to follow Houdini's progress through the observations and photos of our loyal ground observers, Annemie, Steamer (Stan), Eastvan Girl (Christine), urban Eagle (Larry) and Stim (Sandra).

The family was last seen before they left on their migration about August 19. We look forward to an equally, if not more, productive season upon their return for the 2017/2018 season.
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Post by gemini » Mon Jan 15, 2018 8:50 pm

Note - some of us use the following abbreviations in our posts to describe the different perch points the Lafarge eagle pair use:

AN (Artificial Nest): The AN is a nest on a pole David Hancock built and installed as backup for the dying tree where the eagles were nesting. The nest tree has since been destroyed in a wind storm; however, the eagles have not used the AN for nesting as yet - but they enjoy perching there, and we're hoping....

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SA (Square Arch): We're not quite sure what the proper name is, but this is the structure at the edge of the inlet on the end of a large pipe coming from the Lafarge plant. We don't know if it's used for loading barges with finished product or unloading raw materials, but we sometimes see barges there - and we almost always see lots of birds perched on the top railings of the structure (when the eagles are not present that is!)

SA (at the end of the long pipe)
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Close up of the SA
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Post by gemini » Mon Jan 15, 2018 9:53 pm

LCE (Left Closer Evergreen) & DE (Distant Evergreen): There are two small green spaces located east of the Lafarge plant site. After the VersaCold plant was demolished the green spaces became visible and we could see that the eagles were using two evergreen trees (the LCE and DE) as perch trees. The LCE is located in a clump of trees in the green space closest to the camera and to the left of the DE. The DE is located in the green space farthest from the camera.

LCE & DE (Click twice for larger panoramic view with eagle on DE)
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**LB (Little Building): Formerly a favorite perch site:
The LB, was probably the roof access for the large Versa Cold complex. When we first saw the eagles perched on its roof and before we pulled the cam back for a wider view and saw the huge building underneath, it looked very much like a little building.
**NOTE: The Little Building disappeared with the demolition of the VersaCold plant. The last of it came down on February 24, 2017.
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Post by gemini » Sun Feb 25, 2018 11:45 am

Hi Everyone! :wave:

Welcome to our new home! :hi:

Still no cam - but we are hopeful that it is coming back soon! So keep checking!
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Post by steamer » Mon Feb 26, 2018 2:34 pm

It appeared to be Lady on the very top of the Pandora nest tree at 1.50 PM folks :)

Certainly had the view of the whole neighborhood! :yes:

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Post by Eastvan Girl » Tue Feb 27, 2018 11:52 am

Hello everyone,
Glad I got onto the new forum - thanks for setting this up.
On Sunday while walking home from work I walked near the Pandora tree and one of our pair flew over me to the nest carrying 2 or 3 sticks. I guess they are starting to make repairs on the nest and getting ready for the new season. Yay!!!

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Post by Eastvan Girl » Thu Mar 01, 2018 10:36 am

Hi Everyone,
Well our pair are both at the tree right now and there is a third bald eagle soaring above their tree and that has really grabbed their attention. They were both looking skyward and calling out. Earlier in the day one was in the nest eating. They have both been hanging around the Pandora tree a lot these days.

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Post by Eastvan Girl » Mon Mar 05, 2018 9:23 am

Good morning everyone,
Lots of activity at the Pandora nest this morning. Both eagles have been there all morning. One flew in with branches earlier and Lady spend a long time in the nest moving sticks and branches about while Pa hung out on his favourite branch.

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Post by gemini » Mon Mar 05, 2018 1:02 pm

Thanks for the updates, Eastvan Girl, Annemie and Stan - if it weren't for your ground observations we wouldn't know what was going on with our Lafarge pair! Every week I keep hoping this is the week we will get our cam back!
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Post by JudyB » Mon Mar 05, 2018 5:01 pm

I talked to Ken this afternoon, and he's hoping he can get to Lafarge this week - keeping fingers crossed!

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Post by steamer » Wed Mar 07, 2018 4:16 pm

During my walks to and from work I spot one or both eagles on the top rail of the AN. Don't see them on the Pandora nest much but it's just a timing issue for sure :yes:

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Post by Eastvan Girl » Thu Mar 08, 2018 7:37 am

Good Morning,
Well Steamer maybe that is where they have been hanging out because for the past 2 days I haven't seen them at the nest. (Unless Lady is hunkered down in the nest bowl and I can't see her).

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Post by steamer » Fri Mar 09, 2018 10:21 am

One of the pair was sitting smack dab in the center of the Pandora nest bowl at 9.15 AM folks. Looks promising for egg time :luck:

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Post by JudyB » Fri Mar 09, 2018 1:10 pm

That is exciting, Stan! And I do think they spend time away from the nest as it gets close to time for eggs, Eastvan Girl - maybe like a mini-vacation!

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Post by steamer » Fri Mar 09, 2018 3:41 pm

JudyB wrote:
Fri Mar 09, 2018 1:10 pm
That is exciting, Stan! And I do think they spend time away from the nest as it gets close to time for eggs, Eastvan Girl - maybe like a mini-vacation!
I went home early from work Judy with the stomach bug and again was greeted with the sight of one of the pair perched at the edge of the nest.... sticking around close to home for sure. This was around 1.25 PM.

At the same time I was alerted to the sound of crows and eagles and looked to the west and saw the other member of the pair with a large gathering in tow about a 100 ft up in the air...quite the sight!

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