Good evening to everyone from "the Nest" in Sidney, BC
This afternoon, just before my 2nd radio interview with Pamela McColl on CFAX 1070 , it hit! What hit, you ask? ... Well the fact that from here on, life at and around the nest will be quite different.
When I arrived around 12:30 PM, I could not see the remaining Eaglet but later realized the last one to fledge is still just branching around the nest. I have to say, the hit for me was an empty feeling to realize that some visits in the future will be very pale in comparison to the past 4 weeks of daily visits. (Today is week 4 to the day for my documenting this amazing quirk of Nature)
And this is the first day I did not actually see LittleEagle, though I did hear the little creature from 2 locations around 3:30 PM after an Adult Eagle arrived nearby.
There were also several flights around the nest by the 2 juvenile Eagles and its amazing to watch them gracefully glide past overhead and make pretty decent landings in the treetops.
I will be back at the Nest again in the morning , as David Hancock and Christian Sasse are reportedly going to be on location.
It will be interesting to hear Davids thoughts on what is the next likely scenario for LittleEagle.
I will be adding a few images shortly from today... Hope you enjoy them...
All the very best to you and a special thanks to Pameal McColl for sharing the airwaves today with LittleEagle.... TerryV
On my way home from Sidney this afternoon, I saw an adult RedTailed Hawk , stopped my vehicle and managed a couple of images in the bright light. I'm guessing from the size, this is a mature RedTail female... These are quite large cropped photos, as she didn't allow me to get too near. (Could this beautiful bird be LittleEagles Mom???)
Good Morning, nest watchers!
Pamela McColl has asked me to do an update today live from the nest of LittleEagle.
Time will be at 1:45 Pacific.
For the latest news go to CFAX 1070 Victoria BC ...
And Welcome to Kelowna listeners today.
Best wishes to everyone affected by the BC interior wildfires.... Lets hope for some rain with no lightning.
Another picture perfect Summer day here on the Peninsula, and life seems good at the nest... I think.
The big news of today is that Eaglet 2 has fledged... Yes, sometime today, because when I arrived just past 7PM only 1 eaglet remained in the nest... the other 2 were making short flights all evening!
600 or so photos later and a short video will keep me up late once again sorting through the hi-lights.
I did see LittleEagle, and photographed him in a couple of spots and once being chased by a crow... Not sure how those turned out, but if its too late tonight, please have a look and I'll have a selection posted.
LittleEagle was tucked in to a nice perch across the road from the nest when darkness fell. I do believe he has spent the night out of the nest ever since fledging on June 23.
LittleEagle well fed & content as Eaglets branch out and begin to fledge... Todays Photos and video *
Happy Monday to everyone!!!
Sorry for my bit of a lull in reporting on the LittleEagle events last couple of days... Back on track today and trying to multitask (yeah.. pretty much impossible for me) however... I did spend a couple quality hours at the nest this evening. The faithful league of LittleEagle watchers were all out in force and continue their nestside curiosity daily. While I was shooting photos this evening at least 20 people chatted on the street and talked of the days events.
I understand Global TV was there once again shooting video of the nest.. I do hope the little fellow made an appearance, but not certain. He was rather elusive this evening, but I was comforted in hearing from a dear person that lives nearby and closely observes of how he had several good meals during the afternoon. Mom came in with fresh food offerings and 2 of the 3 Eaglets were out on far limbs, practicing their aerial manoeuvres, so he basically had the food all to himself!
Young Eaglet number 1 takes an evening flight
Today was spent off Island and a very enjoyable afternoon visiting David Hancock and his fans at Davids home! It was a special treat to be there... Thank you, Karen for making this possible!!!
The African Crowned Crane is one of the inhabitants of Davids Wildlife refuge... An oasis for birds and bird enthusiasts.
A wonderful variety of snacks were set out for the small crowd of invited guests to enjoy! There was also a silent auction with a number of lovely items for people to bid, including a special piece that I shot and printed of LittleEagle and siblings.... Christian and his lovely wife were busy streaming the auction online and getting bids for the foundation from around the world... Way to go!!! Hope that one raised some funds for the Hancock Wildlife Foundation!!!
The day was a beauty .. warm, calm and just a touch of cloud.
I did hear that LittleEagle was very vocal this morning from a friend who visited, but didn't get to the nest site myself and I am missing the little creature so tomorrow I will be back and bring you folks a full report! ... All the very best... TerryV
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Good Morning to everyone!
Yesterday afternoon, I spent a couple hours at the nest site and along with doing the radio interview with Pamela McColl on CFAX 1070 ,(who by the way does a great job of this... Thank you, Pamela for making the interview go so smoothly) I watched a juvenile Eaglet fly across me. Since I could only observe 2 Eaglets in the nest, I presumed that this was one of the youngsters that had just fledged.... It may have been, but it may also have been from a different family group... Not sure. I did however speak to a couple from the USA, here on a holiday who had seen the juvenile sitting with an adult. That makes sense because right behind this flying youngster came Mom & Dad .. then Mom followed.
Just to let you great people know... I have been asked to do a live on-air report on CFAX (a local Victoria BC) radio station. Click CFAX 1070 button below to link you to this station!
I'm off to the nest now... so stay tuned for the latest Nest News in a couple of hours (by 10PM Pacific) cheers... TerryV
It sure is getting crowded .... I mean in the nest and on the street below! As we basically reach a plateau on this nesting Eagle +1 scene , the mood will change from exhilaration, wondering "what next" to LittleEagle sightings and reports. There must have been 25 or more visitors watching tonight, all with cameras, binoculars, phone cameras, and some even packing lawn chairs to see the next event unfold.
The Eaglets were as active today as I have ever witnessed , with much flapping, branching and short flights across the nest.
Meanwhile, LittleEagle, our favourite boy (well, mine for sure) made repeated flights around the neighbourhood, chased a hummingbird, or as 1 keen nestside observer said... The hummingbird chased him!! :)
This evening was a bit long inbetween nest food drops, so the kids were more subdued vocally... Mind you, LittleEagle kicked up a ruckus from various perches and at 1 point he made his way up into the nest, hopscotching through the boughs, strolled through the nest, weaving between the giant babies that occupy it.. When I see these siblings together , some ancient vision crosses my mind and I am transported back in time, gazing wide eyed at hungry Pterodactyls ...
Honestly these birds are monsters, especially contrasted because I have spent months observing this years batch of Rufous Hummingbirds... From micro birds to ...yes.. Monsters.
I shot a 2 minute video this evening with the Eaglets bathed in golden light... LittleEagle seems to remain out of the nest most of the time, waiting for an opportunity to dash in and dine, which he does with regularity.
This evenings visit to the nest saw lots of activity both in the air, surrounding trees and on the ground. (Hello to all the interested watchers that come to check on LittleEagle daily)
When first arriving this evening, the Eaglets were all very busy wandering around the nest and stretching/flapping in the early evening light. I could hear a mass of crows nearby harassing some poor creature and thought it must be our celebrity Hawk! Turns out LittleEagle was sitting close-by in a tree , and I was fortunate enough to investigate and managed a few nice images in lovely light.
There were quite a few trips into the nest by the adult Eagles, bringing both food and nest repair material from the hardware store! :)
Greetings from Southern Vancouver Island. Please feel free to say hello or comment on any images or about wildlife, photography , etc My email can be found on the contact page link above.