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By: heatherj (offline) on Friday, September 22 2017 @ 12:10 AM EDT (Read 271 times)  
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Welcome to the Camp Olave nest thread for the 2017/2018 season.

If you visit the nest you are welcome to post comments and/or pictures here. The nest is located on the Sunshine Coast BC, just north of Vancouver. The nest tree is on private property (Camp Olave - Girl Guides camp) but the nest is visible from the beach in front of the camp. This beach is accessible only at low tide unless you have access through the Camp.

This nest was new to the forum in 2016/2017 but I believe that a pair of eagles has been in residence in this territory for quite some time. I have been watching them since 2011 and have seen adults and juveniles in the territory each year. Then in March 2016 I was excited to find their nest. I watched the nest throughout the season but sadly the nest collapsed sometime in April, May or June. I don't know if the chick(s) survived but I did see a juvenile with the adults later in the summer so I'm hopeful. The eagles built a nest in a different tree for the 2016/2017 season and this time had more success with definitely one and possibly two successful fledges . The nest did collapse again though this time much later in the season - I did see both eaglets after the nest collapse but was only able to confirm 1 successful fledge. I will be looking out for the location of the nest this year and hopefully the return of two eaglets. Smile

This pair are neighbours to the Hendersons and the Brownings

  • 2016 - Nest collapsed in early summer but possibly 1 eaglet fledged
  • 2017 - 2 eaglets seen in the nest. Nest collapsed sometime between July 31 and Aug 5. Definitely 1 successful fledge on or before Aug 14. No details on whether the second eaglet fledged.
  • 2018 - ???



Here are Ma and Pa from Jan 2017 and the eaglets from July 2017. Link to the 2016/2107 thread
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In the map, 2015/2016 nest has an orange circle, the 2016/2017 nest has a red circle and the Henderson nest has a green circle.
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By: heatherj (offline) on Friday, September 22 2017 @ 12:10 AM EDT  
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By: heatherj (offline) on Wednesday, October 18 2017 @ 01:11 AM EDT  
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I visited the territory last Friday and saw one adult perched on one of the pairs favourite trees close to last seasons collapsed nest. Not sure if the eagle was male or female.

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Here are some pics from my visit on Oct 13. The adult was perched on a tree at the west end of the territory looking out to the ocean for quite some time. Then took off and flew right over me before landing on a tree quite close to last seasons nest. From the third picture I'm wondering if this might be the female ..... from the shape of the shoulders ?

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By: Marg (offline) on Saturday, October 28 2017 @ 11:33 AM EDT  
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It is difficult to tell sometimes whether an eagle is male or female Heatherj, I usually go by the head Pa has a sleeker head and Ma is quite a bit bigger (I also look at the neck and the beak). The first picture looks like female whereas the 3rd pic the head is sleeker possibly Pa although it could be the position it's in.
Good pictures and you were lucky to be there while they were in the area. Smile


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By: heatherj (offline) on Monday, October 30 2017 @ 11:10 PM EDT  
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Thanks Marg! Yes it is very hard to tell unless they are sitting next to each other.

I was down there again this morning and this time saw both adults ..... in one of their favourite trees. I took some pictures and will post them later. But I'm very happy that both are back safely Grin


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By: heatherj (offline) on Tuesday, October 31 2017 @ 12:30 AM EDT  
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Here are some pics from last Friday, Oct 27. I saw one adult and one sub adult sitting near last years nest. Both were calling out but it seemed that the sub adult was making most of the noise! At first I thought that they might both be sub adults but eventually decided that the black splodge on the head of the eagle viewed through the trees was most likely part of the tree.

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By: heatherj (offline) on Tuesday, October 31 2017 @ 12:39 AM EDT  
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This morning I saw Ma and Pa together on a tree in the middle of the beach, about half way between last seasons nest and the nest from the previous season. I think maybe Pa above and Ma below. I'm so glad to see them both back safe and sound Smile

And I'll be looking out for nest building - who knows where it will be this year!

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By: stim (offline) on Tuesday, October 31 2017 @ 12:18 PM EDT  
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It's always a relief to know Ma and Pa are back. Hopefully they will rebuild in last year's nest. They well could if both eaglets or even one fledged safely. If they choose another nesting tree I hope it is visible and easily accessible!


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