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Thread: Edmonds Eagles 2014/15

  1. #171
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    After visiting the marsh Friday afternoon (7/24), I stopped by the Hutt Park eagles nest. I set up the 5DIII + 500L + 1.4x teleconverter and took all shots with +1&1/3 exposure compensation due to the poor light up in the nest.

    Initially junior was just sitting in the nest.
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    Then he started flapping.....
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    followed by hopping.
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    "Branching" and gliding should not be far away. The eagles typically leave Edmonds for two months starting in mid August, so junior has about three weeks left to develop flying and hunting skills.
    Last edited by Bill Anderson; 07-25-2015 at 11:20 AM.
    Bill Anderson; Edmonds (near Seattle), WA.

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    Brings back memories of 'our' nest, Bill. Good shots.

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    The 2014-15 Edmonds eagle season will soon be drawing to a close as our locals usually disappear for two months between mid August and mid October. I have heard various thoughts as to where they go, but I imagine it is somewhere the salmon are spawning. Predictions are that this year's low, warm rivers will adversely affect salmon spawning, which in turn could affect the eagles.

    I spent an hour Tuesday morning (8/4) on Sunset Ave. while my son worked out at the gym. The Seattle bound Empire Builder caught me by surprise as I was photographing birds with my 7DII + 100-400L II zoom. The lens was a little bit much for photographing the train, but I did not have time to retrieve my 7D + 70-200L from the car.

    Shell Creek spit is in the background of this photo. It is exposed during low tide and attracts birds that come to drink and bathe in the fresh water.
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    I did not notice anything unusual in the photos until I downloaded them at home last night. Something at the spit caught my eye. Close cropping revealed an eagle on the spit in close proximity to geese. I am surprised the geese would get that close to an eagle. The eagle is probably one of the Hutt Park pair. I checked their nest earlier in the week and it appears their baby has recently fledged.
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    Last edited by Bill Anderson; 08-05-2015 at 07:05 AM.
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    After lunch with Terry, my son Daren and I were headed to the marsh when I turned up Pine St. on a hunch. I was hoping to see the merlin perched in the Pt. Edwards eagle tree at the top of the hill, as has happened on rare occasion. I was very much surprised to see an eagle perched there instead. It is probably one of the Pt. Edwards pair. I had not seen either of them for over two weeks and assumed they had gotten an early start on their two month leave of absence, for they did not have babies this year.

    Daren got this nice shot with the 7D + 70-200L zoom.
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    I got closer shots with the 7DII + 100-400L II zoom.
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    Our national bird gets no respect.
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    The time was about 1:30pm. I was hoping for some takeoff shots, but the eagle did not budge. I told Daren that the eagle could sit there for two seconds or two hours, so we left for the marsh. The eagle was still in the tree when we arrived.
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    After returning home, we came back to the marsh about 4:30pm before running some errands. The eagle was still perched on the tree and remained there for the hour or so we were at the marsh. I was surprised at how the gulls would go out of their way to make a few passes at the eagle. Some of the gulls flew from Olympic Beach and Harbor Square across the marsh, a distance of nearly a half mile, just to buzz the eagle and fly back.
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    I wonder if the eagle was looking for its mate. I don't know if mated pairs travel together when they leave the area.
    Last edited by Bill Anderson; 08-05-2015 at 09:55 AM.
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    Nice to see at least one of the pair. Nice work too, Daren!

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    Monday (8/10) one of the Pt. Edwards eagles was perched on the family tree at the top of Pine St. I think it was the female. I am surprised she hasn't taken off yet for her two month vacation since she did not have any babies this year.

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    Updating the eagle thread just to keep track of the locals. One of the Pt. Edwards pair continues to hang out rather forlornly in town.

    Thursday (8/13) I caught it on the Pine St. family tree in the early afternoon while I was at the marsh.
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    Later in the evening it flew across the marsh from the direction of the marina.
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    It perched on a tree on the fish hatchery grounds and remained until 8:00pm when I had to leave.
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    Tuesday (9/29) I saw an eagle carrying a fish over Pt. Edwards while I was at the marsh. The return of an eagle to our area signals the end of the 2014-2015 Edmonds eagle season. I'll start a new thread for the 2015-2016 season when I get a better shot to post.

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    Last edited by Bill Anderson; 09-30-2015 at 06:14 AM.
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    Nice EIF, Bill

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