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Browning Rd/Paul Beach Bald Eagles, Sunshine Coast, BC - 2018/2019 season

Post by heatherj » Wed Oct 03, 2018 9:41 pm

Welcome to the Browning Rd/Paul Beach nest thread for the 2018/2019 season. Old forum thread for 2017/2018 here

If you visit the Browning Rd nest in Wilson Creek on the Sunshine Coast BC you are welcome to post comments and pictures here.

This nest was new to the forum in July 2016 though the nest has been occupied for at least 26 years. The nest is on private property but can be viewed from the beach and from the trail to the beach. To view the nest, find the Paul Beach entrance about half way along Browning and follow the trail to the beach. Its a little rocky in places but not too bad. Turn right at the end of the trail and go down over the rocks to the pebble beach then look back to the left of the yellow house. You can also get a side view of the nest from about halfway along the trail down to the beach. Just look to the right over the yellow house.... though from this angle you are looking directly over the house so please respect the occupants privacy :)
  • 2014/15 - Nest collapsed near the end of the season but the lone eaglet was seen alive and well in the area after this, so we hope that the eaglet survived
  • 2015/16 - 2 eaglets Big Browning and Little Browning. BB fledged on or before July 27, LB a week or so later
  • 2016/17 - 2 successful fledges. First around July 23, second around Aug 5
  • 2017/18 - Adult spotted brooding in nest on Mar 28 but sadly no eaglets seen
  • 2018/19 - 1 eaglet. Fledged on or before Aug 8. :)
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Post by Marg » Thu Oct 04, 2018 6:35 am

Looking forward to a successful season here Heather! :)
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Re: Browning Rd/Paul Beach Bald Eagles - 2018/2019 season

Post by heatherj » Mon Apr 01, 2019 9:32 pm

Thanks Marg!

Catching up on my observations through the winter before getting stuck into the new season.

I first saw an adult in the territory perched in one of their favourite trees on Oct 4 but I guess no way to know if it was Ma or Pa :)

S/he flew off shortly after I arrived.
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Post by heatherj » Mon Apr 01, 2019 9:36 pm

But on Nov 17 I would say this is definitely Ma and Pa perched on top of the nest tree :)

Also a flyby from a juvenile

And the nest looking pretty good
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Post by heatherj » Mon Apr 01, 2019 9:44 pm

On Dec 6 the adults sat watching the world go by while some juveniles soared on a thermal out over the water, maybe the kids paying a visit?
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Post by heatherj » Mon Apr 01, 2019 9:47 pm

One of the kids came to visit again on Jan 11, a much greyer day than my previous visits.
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Post by heatherj » Mon Apr 01, 2019 9:49 pm

On Jan 31, Ma and Pa were perched on their favourite lookout tree
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Post by heatherj » Mon Apr 01, 2019 9:50 pm

On Mar 18 a sub adult came to visit
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Post by heatherj » Mon Apr 01, 2019 9:52 pm

I visited today and saw one adult sitting on the nest with the other adult keeping watch from a nearby tree :)

All seems to be progressing well at this nest! :)
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One adult settled down in the nest
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Re: Browning Rd/Paul Beach Bald Eagles - 2018/2019 season

Post by stim » Tue Apr 02, 2019 3:23 pm

Great sightings and report Heather. Hoping for another successful season here. :D

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Post by heatherj » Mon Apr 22, 2019 8:35 pm

Thanks Sandra - I hope to get down there again later this week. :luck:
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Post by heatherj » Sun May 05, 2019 9:23 pm

I visited again on May 2 and foud everything proceeding normally. At first I couldn't see anyone in the nest but after a few moments a white head popped up and I saw one adult, I think Ma, peeking over the edge of the nest, firstly at me and then into the nest. I was there for about 15 mins and she sat quietly the whole time. I didn't see any evidence of any eaglets but all seemed peaceful.
Then when I was at the other end of the beach heading towards the Olave nest I looked back and saw Pa sitting on a tree near the nest keeping watch.

So fingers crossed but all looks well at this nest! :luck:
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Post by stim » Wed May 08, 2019 12:17 pm

Looking good here too Heather. Sounds like you had a good eagling day!

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Post by heatherj » Wed Jun 05, 2019 10:31 pm

Thanks Sandra! Yes, all seems to be going well for this pair this year. :)

I visited again on May 30 and there was nothing to see in the nest. One adult was sitting on top of the nest tree having a bit of a wash and brush up. It must be quite tricky getting to those feathers at the base of the tail!
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Post by heatherj » Wed Jun 05, 2019 10:41 pm

Then the other adult, I think Pa, who had been perched out of site swooped down to the water and began to fish almost right in front of me - a beautiful sight indeed!

He missed on the first swoop but came around again and managed to pick up a small fish. He tried some mid air acrobatics on the way back to the nest ....perhaps to get a tighter grip on the fish? In the last pic, there is a little fish shaped blob at the bottom left but I'm hoping that's a different fish jumping and that he didn't drop it!

I was at the wrong angle to see if he went back to the nest and by the time I was able to see the nest he wasn't anywhere to be seen. But fingers crossed he made iot back to the nest with the fish :)
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Post by heatherj » Wed Jun 05, 2019 10:49 pm

And then on June 3 I visited and saw 1 eaglet. Pa dropped off a meal and made a swift exit so the eaglet must now be able to self feed. And there's a chance that there were 2 eaglets as some of the body shapes just seemed a bit strange for one eaglet.

Like so many nests on the Coast a large piece of plastic had appeared since my last visit but hopefully with the winds today that will have blown away. I will try to get down there this weekend
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A little head just peeking out from behind the greenery at the left of the nest
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Pa arriving with something fishy looking.....
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... drops off breakfast ...
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.... and quickly leaves again ...
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This is the pic where I thought the shapes and feathers looked a bit strange for 1 eaglet.
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Post by stim » Thu Jun 06, 2019 8:35 am

What an enjoyable visit with so much going on, pictures to enjoy. Thank you for sharing such entertaining visits! Good to see happening what should be happening, except for the plastic. It does look relatively loose though, like a hopeful sail for the wind. :love:

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Post by heatherj » Sun Jul 28, 2019 8:59 pm

Catching up on my postings for this nest ! :(

I visited early on June 26 and nothing going on at the nest thought happily that large piece of plastic had gone :)

From further along the beach I looked back and could see one adult perched near the nest with the other one perched near the entrance to Jack beach. That adult was drying off in the sunshine. Perhaps fishing for breakfast or drying off after a rain shower?
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Post by heatherj » Sun Jul 28, 2019 9:05 pm

On July 1, the eaglet was exploring the nest. The pics are taken about 1 min apart. While 1 adult was on the favourite perch tree further down the beach
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1) Eaglet peeking over the edge of the nest
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2) Eaglet on the other side of the nest
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3) Adult perched further down the beach
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Post by heatherj » Sun Jul 28, 2019 9:13 pm

On July 14, I saw both adults perched at the far end of their territory on a favourite tree. One adult did a flyby and showed some pretty tattered tail feathers, almost as if something had taken a bite out of his/her tail!
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1) Ma and Pa very interested in something
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2) Very tattered tail
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Post by heatherj » Sun Jul 28, 2019 9:16 pm

A visit to the nest on July 22 showed 1 eaglet perched on a branch beside the nest. Yay!

And on July 25, Ma and Pa looking pretty relaxed further down the beach

Again on July 29, Ma and Pa looking relaxed on their favourite perch tree
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1) Eaglet noticing me on July 22
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2) Eaglet checking out the neighbourhood on July 22
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3) Snails eye view of Ma and Pa relaxing on July 25
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4) Ma and Pa relaxing again on July 29
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Post by Marg » Mon Jul 29, 2019 6:41 am

Thanks for the pictures and report Heather. :D
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Post by stim » Mon Jul 29, 2019 7:19 am

Very encouraging Heather except for the very tattered tail feathers! Thank you! :rh:

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Post by heatherj » Thu Aug 15, 2019 9:16 pm

I visited the territory on Aug 8 and saw one adult down the beach in hunting mode. There were a couple of flybys and then s/he landed on the perch tree and as you can see there was quite breeze that morning.

Next I headed down to the nest and saw the eaglet perched on top of the nest tree. So one successful fledge! :)

I watched for a while and s/he seemed quite happy there so I started to walk back to my car. I was half way back when I heard excited eaglet calls so ran back to see the eaglet in the nest eating something and an adult now perched at the top of the tree perhaps eating a bit of the the catch of the day. The adult flew away soon after. So I'm guessing that the adult hunting down the beach had been successful!
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1) Adult hunting over the water
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2) Adult holding on tightly in the breeze
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3) Eaglet perched on top of the nest tree
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4) After a food drop to the eaglet the adult stayed on top of the tree
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5) Eaglet in the nest
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6) Eaglet in the nest
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Post by heatherj » Thu Aug 15, 2019 9:19 pm

I visited on Aug 12 and saw the eaglet perched on the favourite family tree at the entrance down to Jack Beach. S/he seemed to be holding a small Douglas fir branch and having a spot of bother holding onto it and the perch. I did wonder if it is was caught around her/his feet but as the eaglet flew away s/he seemed to be playing with it and eventually dropped it.

I headed down to the nest tree shortly after and the eaglet was back at the top of the nest tree .... minus the twig! :)
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1) Having difficulties holding onto ....
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2) ... the twig ....
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3) .... and the perch!
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4) Flyover still holding the twig
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5) Still flying and playing with the twig
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6) Back at the nest tree but no twig
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