Camp Olave Bald Eagles, Sunshine Coast, BC - 2018/2019 season

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Camp Olave Bald Eagles, Sunshine Coast, BC - 2018/2019 season

Post by heatherj » Wed Oct 03, 2018 8:58 pm

Welcome to the Camp Olave nest thread for the 2018/2019 season. Old forum thread for 2017/2018 here

If you visit the nest you are welcome to post comments and/or pictures here. The nest is located in Wilson Creek on the Sunshine Coast BC, just north of Vancouver. The nest tree is on private property (Camp Olave - Girl Guides camp) but the nest is visible from the beach in front of the camp. This beach is accessible only at low tide unless you have access through the Camp.

This nest was new to the forum in 2016/2017 but I believe that a pair of eagles has been in residence in this territory for quite some time. I have been watching them since 2011 and have seen adults and juveniles in the territory each year. Then in March 2016 I was excited to find their nest. I watched the nest throughout the season but sadly the nest collapsed sometime in April, May or June. I don't know if the chick(s) survived but I did see a juvenile with the adults later in the summer so I'm hopeful. The eagles built a nest in a different tree for the 2016/2017 season and this time had more success with definitely one and possibly two successful fledges . The nest did collapse again though this time much later in the season - I did see both eaglets after the nest collapse but was only able to confirm 1 successful fledge. I will be looking out for the location of the nest this year and hopefully the return of two eaglets. :)

This pair are neighbours to the Hendersons and the Brownings
  • 2015/16 - Nest collapsed in early summer but possibly 1 eaglet fledged
  • 2016/17 - 2 eaglets seen in the nest. Nest collapsed sometime between July 31 and Aug 5. Definitely 1 successful fledge on or before Aug 14. No details on whether the second eaglet fledged.
  • 2017/18 - 2 eaglets seen in the nest. Nest collapsed sometime between June 22 and July 9. 1 eaglet fledged on or before July 20. Second eaglet possibly fledged on or before Aug 7
  • 2018/19 - 2 eaglets, successfully fledged on or before July 29
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Re: Camp Olave Bald Eagles, Sunshine Coast, BC - 2018/2019 season

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Re: Camp Olave Bald Eagles, Sunshine Coast, BC - 2018/2019 season

Post by Marg » Thu Oct 04, 2018 6:45 am

Heather thanks for opening the thread for this season.
Hoping for a successful season. :)

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Re: Camp Olave Bald Eagles, Sunshine Coast, BC - 2018/2019 season

Post by heatherj » Sun Mar 31, 2019 9:29 pm

My apologies for not posting on this thread for a while but I have been visiting through the winter so her are my catch up observations!

I visited on Nov 11 and saw one adult enjoying the early morning sunshine. No activity on the nest - still collapsed from the endo fo last season. While I was there I saw flybys from 2 juveniles.
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Post by heatherj » Sun Mar 31, 2019 9:34 pm

I visited on Nov 22 on a very grey day and saw 1 sub-adult on a tree near the nest. Still no activity on rebuild of the nest. 1 adult flew overhead but didnt land
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Post by heatherj » Sun Mar 31, 2019 9:40 pm

I visited a few times in December but only ever saw one adult at a time. Still no apparent rebuilding of the nest
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Post by heatherj » Sun Mar 31, 2019 9:48 pm

I visited several times in January and still saw only one adult at a time until Jan 31 when for the first time I saw two adults together :) And they mated while I was there! And in front of the kids sitting a bit further down the beach!

But still no obvious activity on rebuilding the nest
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Post by heatherj » Sun Mar 31, 2019 9:54 pm

My most recent visit was on Mar 18 and I saw that they had decided to rebuild the nest in the same spot! I was hoping they would so that I didn't have to try to find the new one!

On my visit I saw 1 adult and 1 juvenile perched on separate trees but near the nest tree
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Post by heatherj » Sun May 05, 2019 9:29 pm

I visited on Apr 1 and though the tides were a bit high so I wasn't able to get close to the nest but from a distance I could see one adult sitting in a tree near the nest.

Not great light so not a great pic but enough to show that there was still activity around the nest :)
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Post by heatherj » Sun May 05, 2019 10:16 pm

The tides have been against me until a few days ago when I was able to visit on May 2nd. And there was a lot going on at this nest! :)

I could see one adult, I think Ma, sitting on the nest. I wasn't able to get a good view of her face as she was sitting behind one of the big branches but I could just see her tail. She seemed quite high so perhaps there are some young ones? Fingers crossed!
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Post by heatherj » Sun May 05, 2019 10:19 pm

All was quiet at the nest so I turned to watch the gulls as they were feeding in the shallows. One gull caught a crab which another immediately tried to take away. Though it seemed in the end they decided to share it!

But this is just the setup for what happened next ....!
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Post by heatherj » Sun May 05, 2019 10:34 pm

Suddenly all the gulls took off and flew away fro the beach. The two gulls I had been watching each tried to grab bits of their crab but some bits were left behind.

The gulls had scattered as Pa had been perched above near the nest and he had been watching the argument over the crab. He decided to fly down to take it from the gulls. He was able to get most of it, though one piece fell away. I'm sure the gulls would come back for that later!
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Post by heatherj » Sun May 05, 2019 10:38 pm

He carried the crab bits up to the nest and dropped them in front of Ma
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Post by heatherj » Sun May 05, 2019 10:45 pm

Pa didn't stay long and very soon Pa flew off screeching very loudly, flying right over my head. Ma stayed on the nest and didn't look that impressed with Pa's efforts! I didn't see her feed herself or feed any youngsters with the crab.

Pa immediately flew to a nearby tree and started surveying the area probably hoping for another chance to find a meal.

It all happened very quickly but it was definitely a very exciting few minutes :)
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Post by stim » Wed May 08, 2019 12:15 pm

What a timely visit Heather, despite the tide not cooperating. Nicely caught and shared as well! All looks good here.

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Post by heatherj » Wed Jun 05, 2019 11:09 pm

Thanks Sandra!

I visited on May 30 and saw both adults ..... and 1 eaglet! :)
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And 1 little fuzzy eaglet at the left of the nest. Plus no plastic!
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Post by heatherj » Wed Jun 05, 2019 11:14 pm

I visited again on June 3 and nothing to be seen in the nest but one parent was perched nearby and the other flew in shortly after I arrived and headed straight up to the nest probably with a food delivery. :)
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Post by heatherj » Sun Jul 28, 2019 9:37 pm

I visited on June 26 and saw 1 adult and 2 happy looking eaglets, 1 perhaps on a branch? :)
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Re: Camp Olave Bald Eagles, Sunshine Coast, BC - 2018/2019 season

Post by heatherj » Sun Jul 28, 2019 9:41 pm

On July 1 I could just see 1 eaglet head in the nest with Ma and Pa perched nearby looking pretty relaxed

On July 14, the tide was high and I couldn't get down to the nest but I could see Ma and Pa off in the distance perched near the nest
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3) Ma and Pa perched near the nest on July 14
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Re: Camp Olave Bald Eagles, Sunshine Coast, BC - 2018/2019 season

Post by heatherj » Sun Jul 28, 2019 9:52 pm

I visited again on July 25 and the bad news is that their nest has collapsed again with no eaglets visible.
But the good news is that I saw an adult come in with food and definitely heard at least 1 eaglet calling out from a branch above where the nest had been. So 1 eaglet definitely survived. :) I wasn't able to see either eaglet but I hope to visit again later this week to check again. I looked around the base of the nest tree and saw only twigs and branches . SO fingers crossed both survived. :luck:

After the food drop, both adults sat in a shady spot near the nest tree.
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Re: Camp Olave Bald Eagles, Sunshine Coast, BC - 2018/2019 season

Post by Marg » Mon Jul 29, 2019 6:39 am

Thanks for your report Heather. Sad the nest collapsed but good that you heard one eaglet calling. Fingers crossed the other eaglet survived.
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Post by stim » Mon Jul 29, 2019 7:35 am

Yes, thanks for your update Heather. I'm going with the hope that the nest was destroyed by wingsercising activity by 2 fully grown eaglets and that both have fledged. :D Perhaps before they leave you will see them together. :luck:

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Re: Camp Olave Bald Eagles, Sunshine Coast, BC - 2018/2019 season

Post by Mushka » Mon Jul 29, 2019 8:51 am

Thanks for the update Heather, so sorry to read that the nest has collapsed once again. Hopefully the two eaglets were old enough to survive without the nest.

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Post by heatherj » Mon Jul 29, 2019 12:08 pm

Thank you for your good wishes for this family Marg, Sandra and Karen. I think it worked as I popped down there this morning and saw 2 eaglets ..... and in fact 2 fledged eaglets!

:woohoo: :woohoo: :woohoo:

As I was walking down the beach towards the nest I saw - and heard - each of the eaglets do a loop out from the trees over the water. They went one at a time and there was a lot of squealing from the eaglets with the occasional call from an adult that was sitting in the trees. It totally sounded as though the eaglets were saying "Aaaaaaargh - what do I do now" and the adult was saying "Don't worry you'll be OK - just look straight ahead" ..... at least in my imagination! :) I did wonder if it was the actual fledging as they were so noisy. If it was, that would have been such a special moment to see :D

A few minutes later they flew down to the rocks in front of the nest with a bit less squealing this time. They spent some time just looking around the neighbourhood before fly hopping around from one rock to another.

The pics aren't the best as I was shooting into the sun. Plus I didn't want to get too close in case I panicked them and got into difficulties, perhaps even flying into the water . After watching them get used to their new viewpoint from the rocks for about 10 mins I left them to explore the rest of their world. I wIsh the family a successful winter and wish the eaglets long and happy lives. :eag: :eag: :eag: :eag:
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1) First eaglet doing a loop
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3) On the rocks, just looking around....
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4) ..... and up....
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6) They explored some other rocks...
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7) And kept on looking around
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Post by stim » Mon Jul 29, 2019 1:39 pm

Wow! I'm so glad for you to have seen 2 fledglings! It pays to keep checking on them when we can.

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