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

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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
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Re: Browning Rd/Paul Beach Bald Eagles - 2018/2019 season

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Re: Browning Rd/Paul Beach Bald Eagles - 2018/2019 season

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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Re: Browning Rd/Paul Beach Bald Eagles - 2018/2019 season

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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Re: Browning Rd/Paul Beach Bald Eagles - 2018/2019 season

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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Re: Browning Rd/Paul Beach Bald Eagles - 2018/2019 season

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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Other adult perched nearby keeping watch
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A juvenile paying a visit further down the beach
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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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Re: Browning Rd/Paul Beach Bald Eagles, Sunshine Coast, BC - 2018/2019 season

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

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

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

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

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

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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