Upon my arrival this evening around 8:30 , I was told about an early afternoon incident!
LittleEagle had flown onto the roof of a nearby house.. The crows spotted the little fellow and did their bad business against hi! The person who told me this story said she heard his cries and came out to see what was happening. LittleEagle faced a barrage of crow assaults , then bolted off to some nearby trees. The forst photo is where I saw him this evening. Even here with all the branches around him, the crows still went for him.. Dang Crows!
Evening food?? delivery just past 9PM
Canada Day fireworks barge heading towards the Sidney waterfront! As I write, its going to happen soon! Congratulations CANADA, on a great 150 yeqrs!
Just a quick report to let you know that under a watchful small crowd for the past 2 hours or so, LittleEagle has been in the nest, visiting with his siblings and enjoying the sun!... A few minutes ago, as I left he flew down and is perched below the nest in the shade!... Its a very warm day here on Southern Vancouver Island.. The area is overloaded with people and cars... Canada turns 150 years old tomorrow
Happy Canada 150 Day .. More later this evening with photos! .. TerryV
LittleEagle was in a playful mood this evening and delighted me by making his appearance just for me and 1 other watcher, plus a lovely Welsh Terrier, (woof woof) during the golden light just before sunset.
After allowing me to photograph him and his 2 Eagle siblings , he disappeared to the back of the nest .
After some minutes when I was the only one remaining, and packing to leave, I noticed some rapid movement in the middle of the nest .. fired away and got 3 low light shots of LittleEagle rocketing out of the nest
I was about to head home, when I thought.. I bet LittleEagle will be near the beach , watching the sunset... I headed down there and within 2 minutes of scanning.. There he was... High in a large tree looking West... A bit tricky to see in the above and first photo, but he is there, I assure you!
And the flight he made this evening was so strong... so accurate and so fast... I was really impressed with the progress he's made in a few days.
Thanks to everyone who comes here and enjoys this ongoing story... It is my pleasure to be your LittleEagle news reporter! All the best... TerryV
I arrived at the nest just before 8PM and quite a crowd was on the street... I do feel rather sorry for the residents, who I'm sure are beginning to wonder if they will ever get their neighbourhood back. Mind you most of the residents I speak with are as involved with this story as the rest of us are. Thank you to all those dear people who do live near this nest.. You have been most gracious!
Back to LittleEagle ...who spent an hour or so in the tree beside the nest , soaking up the evening sun! I saw several food deliveries this evening , took quite a few really bad photos, and a few that look to be not too bad! Plus 7 minutes of 4K video, around 9:30 and it was so dark that I could barely see... Both adult eagles showed up just around 9:25 and there was much rejoicing and squeaking from LittleEagle... The video shows the adult Eagle bringing food over to the little guy and a lot of fast paced chomping.
So everyone will go to sleep tonight with a full tummy.. A nice feeling indeed!
*** A new video page just added*** Last nites's video now on my YouTube video channel :)
Look closely at these 3 images.. Adult drops a Herring from left talon.. It is visible falling past the Eaglet, then reached the nest in the 3rd photo. This sequence was shot in RAW @ 14 frames/second!
Todays LittleEagle story is one that parallels the upcoming vacation season. I just returned from the nest site where 1 Adult Eagle performed a couple of flights in, one to bring food for the Eaglets and another just to check on them.
Meanwhile, LittleEagle sits comfortably in an adjacent tree enjoying the morning Sun! He does call loudly at times , as is his habit and this allows the parents to always know his location even when hidden amongst the green boughs.
I actually have a number of things to do today, so couldn't stay past 10AM, but I am guessing LittleEagle will dash back to the nest for food at some point this morning.
Photos will be up shortly and I'll be back there again this eveing for the next report. All the very best to everyone.. Have a Happy Wednesday...... TerryV
I spent a golden hour this evening at the nest.. No sign of the adult Eagles, but I do suspect they were busy hunting, as it is the best time of day of opportunities!
All 4 siblings were posing for a photo shoot when I arrived around 8PM .. LittleEagle returned to the King of the Castle spot, then flew down into the nest .
All 4 looking well fed, relaxed and happy! To see this tranquil scene made me happy as well!
A big thank you to "Neetu" and GLOBAL TV for showing some of my images on their news special , featuring this unusual Natural event!
Cheers from Southern Vancouver Island.. Terry V.
LittleEagle was first seen by myself around 7:30 this morning. He was in the lower branches of the tree that the crows chased him to last evening just around sunset. He was keeping quite a low profile, but found a sunny spot and did a great job of avoiding the local newspaper press who were there for a couple hours getting the latest story. (Greetings to the Times Colonist folks whoI spoke with today)
About the time my decision to head home and finally get some breakfast, LittleEagle flew across to the Nest Tree and worked his way up , hopping and making short flights to the tree. Today he chose to enter from the back and when he flitted into the nest there was quite a racket.. So much squawking as to make all of us on the ground wonder.. Even one of the adult Eagles flew in, landed and hollered at the kids.
I held my breath wondering what had happened, then sure as always, LittleEagle strolled out, found his regular favourite spots and enjoyed the sun.. posed for photos and waited for the brunch to be delivered.
And it was , pretty much like clockwork as I was finally packing up my gear at 11:59 AM!
So.. food, family , sunshine and another day of contentment!
As always I will sort through todays best images and post them as I have time!
Thanks so much for stopping in........ TerryV
A great afternoon of observing! I don't usually go to the nest midday because the overhead sunlight can be so harsh for photos, but I was worried that the little creature was hungry and not being fed!
I arrived about 3:15 this afternoon and there was no sign of LittleEagle.. Then I went walking the beach and surrounding area trying to spot him. While oceanside, I heard that plaintive calling that is so recognizable and realized that LittleEagle was indeed in the nest area... I went running back towards the cries , only to have just missed one of the adults bringing food, and there in the nest was our favourite little creature, acting very baby-bird like, with wings outstretched and amazingly one of the Eaglets seemed to be feeding him. Beak to beak , Just like I have seen the adults do. This may have just been at the end of the meal where 2 animals check each other out, but please look at the photos above.
After this, LittleEagle completely stretched his wings and enjoyed the warmth of the afternoon sun!
I waited for another hour ++ but never saw more food come in, howver I'm now certain that everyone is getting their fill and the family group all seem to be getting along famously!!!
*** Just so everyone knows .. I have been using "him" in reference to LittleEagle, but it is completely unknown at this point if we are observing a he or a she :)
Have a Happy evening...... Terry
* Late evening just before sunset, I watched a flock of crows go after LittleEagle who flew off the nest over to a nearby tree. They eventually went away but certainly gave LittleEagle a life lesson!
I was a bit later to the nestsite today (around 6:30) Our favourite little character was heard immediately upon my arrival... very vocal! "He" was first seen in a new location , but in another nearby tree within a close visual of the nest.
LittleEagle moved from tree to tree this morning, and called loudly, inbetween periods of sitting silently in the morning sun.
His adoptive family was also very vocal, with numerous visits by the Adults bringing in a variety of food, but mainly fish by the looks of the photos I shot.
As I was just leaving aroind 9AM this morning, LittleEagle was attempting to get back into the nest and had just made a rather clumsy hop upward, grasped onto a branch jutting out from the nest and his weight pulled it out.. then he tumbled and dropped back into the branches.... I'm sure he wasn't hurt, but everyone there let out a loud "ooohhhh" Being back to the nest seems like his only chance of feeding, as his parents have not been seen bringing him anything directly.
Photos up again today as I have time... Cheer's from Vancouver Island... Terry V
Sorry I wasn't nestside last evening, but I made up for it this morning... Just home since being there from 5:30 AM and around 1000 images to sort through! Plus I might need some breakfast.
LittleEagle doing very well and is currently back inside the nest waiting for the next food delivery form Mom or Dad.
I also had the closest look so far of the little creature, shooting photos for about 10 meters!
Picture up here ASAP
Happy Sunday... Terry
March 2018 .. I just received notice that my blog has been awarded a distinction of being one of the top 100 photography blogs in Canada.
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