Field Rd Bald Eagles, Sunshine Coast, BC - 2019/2020 season

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Re: Field Rd Bald Eagles, Sunshine Coast, BC - 2019/2020 season

Post by heatherj » Mon May 18, 2020 8:10 pm

Thanks Sandra! I always look for Miller too but the juveniles don't ever seem to fly low enough to look for a band :( Yes, please pass along to David if you think he would be interested.
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Re: Field Rd Bald Eagles, Sunshine Coast, BC - 2019/2020 season

Post by heatherj » Sun May 31, 2020 9:37 pm

Early on May 4 I saw Pa looking particularly handsome on a branch right above the nest. He might have just delivered breakfast as he was quite interested in something going on in the nest

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Re: Field Rd Bald Eagles, Sunshine Coast, BC - 2019/2020 season

Post by heatherj » Sun May 31, 2020 9:46 pm

Late on May 5 Pa made a food delivery

Ma and Pa in the nest after Pas food delivery
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Pa leaving while Ma feeds the eaglet(s)
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Pa waiting on a side branch while Ma continues to feed the eaglet(s)
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Re: Field Rd Bald Eagles, Sunshine Coast, BC - 2019/2020 season

Post by heatherj » Sun May 31, 2020 9:55 pm

In mid afternoon on May 6 another food delivery by Pa. It was quite a warm day with a bit of a heat haze so not the best pics. It looks as though Pa had a bit of a tricky landing and from the last pic it looks as though Ma wasn't too impressed with his delivery :)
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Re: Field Rd Bald Eagles, Sunshine Coast, BC - 2019/2020 season

Post by heatherj » Sun May 31, 2020 9:59 pm

Late afternoon on May 8 Pa made a delivery of fresh fish. I'm not sure what kind they are but from the close crop they seem small ...... maybe herring???

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Re: Field Rd Bald Eagles, Sunshine Coast, BC - 2019/2020 season

Post by heatherj » Sun May 31, 2020 10:06 pm

Lots of excitement late afternoon on May 13 when Pa returned to the nest with a heron. It looked to be an adult heron so would feed the eaglet(s) for quite a few meals I should think.

He perched above the nest after his delivery probably to rest after carrying such a heavy load. But very soon a juvenile appeared and he set off to escort the juvenile out of the area........
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Re: Field Rd Bald Eagles, Sunshine Coast, BC - 2019/2020 season

Post by heatherj » Sun May 31, 2020 10:22 pm

.... but the juvenile was very reluctant to leave and there was quite a chase, sometimes Pa in front and sometimes the juvenile. With a lot of shouting at each other!

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Re: Field Rd Bald Eagles, Sunshine Coast, BC - 2019/2020 season

Post by heatherj » Sun May 31, 2020 10:25 pm

They were flying right overhead so my camera was having a hard time working out which way was the right way up :) But it was an amazing 3D chase!
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Re: Field Rd Bald Eagles, Sunshine Coast, BC - 2019/2020 season

Post by heatherj » Sun May 31, 2020 10:32 pm

The juvenile was extremely persistent and several times Pa had to set off to chase him/her away. But eventually Pa saw the juvenile off and landed back in his favourite tree to proclaim victory :)
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Re: Field Rd Bald Eagles, Sunshine Coast, BC - 2019/2020 season

Post by heatherj » Sun May 31, 2020 10:57 pm

Late evening on May 13 I saw my first eaglet in the nest. An adult was feeding definitely one but perhaps even two?

The head of an eaglet just visible above the edge of the nest
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The head of an eaglet just visible above the edge of the nest
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The adult feeding the eaglet
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The adult reaching further into the nest perhaps feeding a second eaglet??
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Re: Field Rd Bald Eagles, Sunshine Coast, BC - 2019/2020 season

Post by heatherj » Sun May 31, 2020 11:08 pm

In early afternoon on May 14, Ma and Pa were feeling pretty good about everything as they spent some time circling together overhead, including getting photo bombed by one of our resident nesting violet green swallows :)

Pa circling overhead
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Ma circling overhead with her distinctive talon and slightly more beaten up feathers than Pa
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Ma passes a Violet-green swallow in mid air
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Re: Field Rd Bald Eagles, Sunshine Coast, BC - 2019/2020 season

Post by heatherj » Sun May 31, 2020 11:16 pm

I saw a couple of food deliveries on May 14 and May 15

Pa watches from a side branch as Ma feeds the eaglet(s)
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Both adults in the nest
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Re: Field Rd Bald Eagles, Sunshine Coast, BC - 2019/2020 season

Post by heatherj » Sun May 31, 2020 11:18 pm

One adult on babysitting duty on May 17
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Re: Field Rd Bald Eagles, Sunshine Coast, BC - 2019/2020 season

Post by heatherj » Sun May 31, 2020 11:21 pm

Another glimpse of an eaglet on the evening of May 18 ...... looking perhaps a bit bigger? But definitely good to know that at least 1 eaglet is surviving. :D

The location of the nest makes photographing the nest in the late evening really tricky as the sun sets right behind the nest so please excuse the haziness of the pic.
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Re: Field Rd Bald Eagles, Sunshine Coast, BC - 2019/2020 season

Post by heatherj » Sun May 31, 2020 11:22 pm

And another babysitting pic from the morning of May 19

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Re: Field Rd Bald Eagles, Sunshine Coast, BC - 2019/2020 season

Post by stim » Mon Jun 01, 2020 10:01 am

Wow Heather, what grand visits and photo ops you have achieved since your couple moved nesting spots. It does look suspiciously like you have 2 youngsters this year. I look forward to visiting whenever you have time.
The juvie looks to have yellowing in its beak but I couldn't determine if it was wearing a band. :thumlft:

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