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By: gemini (offline) on Thursday, September 01 2016 @ 12:38 AM EDT (Read 63780 times)  
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Discussion, Observations, Screenshots & Videos - Lafarge Vancouver Bald Eagle Nest 2016/17 Nesting Season

The overhead camera is no longer active due to damage sustained when the nest tree was destroyed during a fall windstorm in October of 2014.

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This thread is for Discussion, Observations, Screenshots & Videos solely related to actions / events / occurrences at the Lafarge Nest.

Screenshots and photos and/or links to videos are welcome in this thread as part of the discussion. We welcome all screenshots and videos of the Lafarge Nest captured via the webcams

As a courtesy to viewers with slower internet connections, please limit the pictures in each post to no more than a total of 150,000 bytes (4 to 6 average screenshots), and please do not post animations (though it's fine to post a link to them) - and if you would limit the smileys - that would be lovely!

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Sideview - larger version
Sideview - smaller version

Technical Issues With The Side View Cam:

The sun glare will always break up the picture quality of the camera - especially in the spring while the sun is still low in the sky. As summer nears and the sun moves further north, the problem will likely resolve itself. Clarity of the picture at night is limited due to the distance of the cam from the nest tree.

The Lafarge Cameras

Early on in the 2014/2015 season a severe wind storm split the Lafarge nest tree in half knocking down the nest and our 20 x HD PTZ cam with microphone destroying it. The sideview cam located on the sand tower was unharmed and during the 2015/2016 season provided our only view (Other than our devoted ground observers!) of the Lafarge artificial nest and surrounding area.

For a more detailed view of the Lafarge artificial nest site in relation to the Pandora nest and the surrounding area as seen by the side view cam, our ground observers and google earth, please CLICK HERE.

Map of the area showing the Lafarge artificial nest and the Pandora nest in relation to our other HWF nests: (Click for a bigger version)

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The 2015/2016 season

After successfully seeing his motherless chicks through to fledging in the 2014-2015 nesting season, Pa set off on migration by himself. He returned from migration September 28, 2015, first seen at the Pandora nest by forum member Steamer and then on the artificial nest by forum member JudyB.

Pa appeared to be alone until October 15, 2:12 pm when two eagles were seen together on the artificial nest. Looking back, we now think it is possible that we had been seeing the adult we came to call Lady for a week or two before we saw the two adults together - seeing only one eagle, we had been assuming it was only Pa we had been observing. In any case, the rest of the season Lady and Pa spent the time defending their territory, refurbishing the Pandora nest and bonding. At one point ground observers felt they had observed egg laying and incubating behavior, however there were no chicks forthcoming. We are hoping for a more successful outcome in the 2016/2017 season.

Lady and Pa Lafarge on the artificial nest
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Lady and Pa Lafarge in the Pandora nest (click bigger)
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The 2016/2017 season

Significant Dates - 2016-2017 Nesting Season

Dad Lafarge Returned Home: September 25, 2016

Lady Lafarge Returned Home:October 10 (two eagles observed at Pandora nest by ground observer)

Egg(s) Laid: Mar 27/28, (possible incubation position first seen by ground observers)

Egg(s) Hatched: May3/4 - (Change in parent's approach to the nest bowl and feeding motions observed by ground observers May 4th)

Eaglet(s) first seen: May 21 - one eaglet seen by Eastvangirl and captured on camera May 22nd by Annemie

Eaglet(s) Named: Houdini

Eaglet(s) first portrait: May 28 by urbanEagle



Date(s) Fledged:: Houdini was first seen flying at 10.55 AM the morning of Jul 29 by Steamer

Left the area for fall migration:

Useful LInks


Nest Adoptions for 2017 are now available!

In the 2017 nesting season (September 2016-August 2017) this nest has been adopted by:

~ JudyB
~ gemini
~ Judi

Previous Year's Adoptions

2013
2014
2015
2015-2016

You too can honor your favorite fine feathered family -
and support the work of Hancock Wildlife -
by adopting the HWF nest of your choice -

Click HERE to see how!



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By: gemini (offline) on Thursday, September 01 2016 @ 03:54 AM EDT  
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Note - some of us use the following abbreviations in our posts to describe the different perch points the Lafarge eagle pair use:

AN (Artificial Nest): The AN is a nest on a pole David Hancock built and installed as backup for the dying tree where the eagles were nesting. The nest tree has since been destroyed in a wind storm; however, the eagles have not used the AN for nesting as yet - but they enjoy perching there, and we're hoping....

AN




SA (Square Arch): We're not quite sure what the proper name is, but this is the structure at the edge of the inlet on the end of a large pipe coming from the Lafarge plant. We don't know if it's used for loading barges with finished product or unloading raw materials, but we sometimes see barges there - and we almost always see lots of birds perched on the top railings of the structure (when the eagles are not present that is!)

SA (at the end of the long pipe)


Close up of the SA




**LB (Little Building): The LB, which was actually probably the roof access for the large Versa Cold complex, but it looked very much like a little building when we first saw the eagles perched on its roof, before we pulled the cam back for a wider view and saw the huge building underneath.

**NOTE: This perch site (LB) disappeared with the demolition of the VersaCold plant. The last of it came down on February 24, 2017.



LCE (Left Closer Evergreen) & DE (Distant Evergreen): There are two small green spaces located east of the Lafarge plant site. After the VersaCold plant was demolished the green spaces became visible and we could see that the eagles were using two evergreen trees (the LCE and DE) as perch trees. The LCE is located in a clump of trees in the green space closest to the camera and to the left of the DE. The DE is located in the green space farthest from the camera.

LCE & DE (Click twice for larger panoramic view)
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Close up of LCE


Close up of DE




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By: gemini (offline) on Thursday, September 01 2016 @ 03:54 AM EDT  
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By: IrishEyes (offline) on Sunday, September 25 2016 @ 04:28 AM EDT  
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Sunday, September 25 , 2016.


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By: stim (offline) on Sunday, September 25 2016 @ 12:37 PM EDT  
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9:31 First eagle sighting of the season! Wooh My impression is Lady but it could be anyone. Time to get the cam in closer Judy?
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Someone seems to have moved in closer. Thank You
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By: JudyB (offline) on Sunday, September 25 2016 @ 12:39 PM EDT  
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Quote by: stim

9:31 First eagle sighting of the season! Wooh My impression is Lady but it could be anyone. Time to get the cam in closer Judy?



Just saw it Sandra!

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It took me a minute to stop the patrol I'd only remembered to start a few minutes ago. very embarrassed


Added - thanks for the ID and pictures of the Sharp-skinned Hawks, annemie and stan!

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By: stim (offline) on Sunday, September 25 2016 @ 12:47 PM EDT  
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I'm glad you are here to experience the return as well Judy. Yes, your previous settings of both LB corners will be better for us now that someone is back. For me it's the eyes, those eyes of Lady's, the look of the beak and the full size and shape of the body that make me think Lady is home.

Annemie, you and Stan have come through for us again. Please thank Stan for his quick id for us of yesterday's Sharp-shinned, one who looks to be banded, hawks! Big hugsBig hugs


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By: JudyB (offline) on Sunday, September 25 2016 @ 12:54 PM EDT  
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Here's the new patrol schedule - note that the closeups come after the look at the whole roof, even though they're at the end of the list.

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Other tweaks?


I'm around for another hour or so, and will occasionally check the other perches to see if Pa is around, and will put the cam on patrol when I leave - does that work for you?

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