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Hancock Eagle Cam News


Hornby Island Eagle Cam

Hornby Island Eagle nest laid 2 eggs this season! The first (Hope) hatched on April 27th. The second (Echo) hatched on April 30th. Both chicks were thriving. On May 11th, Echo somehow got stuck to mom under her tail feathers. She tried for approximately an hour to get him unstuck and then flew off. He was found dead at the base of the tree by Doug Carrick. Doug gave him a beautiful burial location in his garden. Hope continues to do very well! She was 12 weeks old on July 20th and fledged on July 21st.

Echo Memory by Diana Zabunyan
Echo Memory by Diana Zabunyan
Picture of Hope taken by birdofprey
Picture of Hope



Sidney Nest

There were 3 eaglets again this year. Last year this pair successfully raised 3 chicks and have done so again this year! Breeze hatched on April 8th and successfully fledged on June 27th. Hero hatched on April 10 and successfully fledged on July 7th. Tiny Tink hatched on April 14th. As Tiny Tink was almost a week later than the first sibling, it was questionable in the early days as to whether he would survive and very painful to watch the bullying on the cam, but he learned very quickly to outsmart his older siblings for food in spite of the difference in their sizes. Tiny Tink involuntarily fledged on July 4th when he was accidentally bumped off the nest by Hero. Although he had been spotted by ground crews, it was 9 days before he made it back to a nest (old nest) for cam viewers to see for themselves that he was doing well. (Below is new eaglets, and fledglings at old nest on July 14th)

Sidney eaglets as babies
captured by lovethebabies
All three Sidney fledglings, July 14
captured by lovethebabies


Delta 1 Nest

Delta 1 nest was a surprise to everyone this year. Last year the nest crumbled under the weight of the 2 eaglets exercising their wings. It was unexpected that this young pair would use this nest this year but they did, without the necessary restorations to the nest. They had 2 chicks. First chick hatched May 11th and the second (Bandit) hatched May 13th. There was instant concern for the eaglets as the nest was so small. During the night on June 3rd, the oldest eaglet fell off the nest and died. Following that sad occasion, David Hancock created a safety net which he and Karen Bills installed around the base of the tree to catch Bandit if he fell. Fortunately, it was not needed and was removed on Saturday, July 11th by David and Karen. Bandit continues to do well on this small nest! He has learned to balance himself well and continues to exercise his wings. Thank you to Bev at O.W.L. for watching over this nest and being prepared for a rescue of Bandit if necessary!

Delta 1 by Eiguoc
captured by Eiguoc on June 2nd
Delta 1 July 28 by lovethebabies
Captured by lovethebabies on July 28th



Delta O.W.L. Nest

Our Delta O.W.L. Cam is presently off-line. There are 2 cams for this nest. The close-up cam is infra-red! This was the first year of breeding for this young pair and their two eggs did not hatch. They were amazing parents and vigilantly sat on the eggs long past the expected hatch dates. We hope to see them back next year!

Delta OWL by Janner
captured by janner

Delta OWL by lovethebabies
captured by lovethebabies
Delta OWL by lovethebabies - night cam
captured by lovethebabies
Delta OWL by terrytvgal
captured by terrytvgal


FledgeFest 2009 July 8th at Sidney Nest


Comments from David Hancock on FledgeFest:


A big thank you to all who took part in organizing this great event! Terry Baker, thanks for all your hard work in pulling together another successful FledgeFest! FledgeFest took place on Wednesday, July 8th at the Sidney nest. The home base and lunch venue was Holy Trinity Anglican Church in North Saanich. This church overlooks Patricia Bay and Saanich Inlet. It is the oldest church in North Saanich. Lunch was a selection of Safeway Select Cafe' Sandwiches, potato salad, fresh veggies, fresh fruit, bottled water/soft drinks. Safeway did not charge for the “tools of feasting” as David called them – utensils, plates, etc.

Weather wasn't great but didn't stop eagle fans from enjoying the day and having a chance to meet people, putting faces to the names on the forums.


People who attended:

David Hancock, Surrey, BC

karenb (Karen Bills), Langley, BC

Helen55 of Victoria, BC

Mr. & Mrs. Sunshinecoast, Davis Bay, BC

Mr. & Mrs. Edkeagle (Ed/Pat), Blaine, WA

Mr. & Mrs. Lantz_56 (Richard C/Alice and daughter), Lantzville, BC

Arbutus (Jo), Sidney, BC

Mr. & Mrs. Elle (Ian/Lynda), Victoria, BC

Patricia, Brentwood Bay, BC

sassyk (Kay), Victoria, BC

EnthralledInVic (Sheri), Victoria, BC

Mr. & Mrs. Parrotlady1 (Cathy), Yorba Linda,CA

Mr. & Mr. Terrytvgal (Alan/Terry Baker), Coquitlam, BC

CEIT (Catherine Drever), Victoria, BC

Gemini (Sharon), North Vancouver, BC

bluejay111 (Linda), Langford, BC

Mr. & Mrs. Ceilidh (Dennis/Barbara), Qualicum Beach, BC

jammy (Barb), Cobble Hill, BC

John Simpson, Campbell River, BC

sidneyboy (Doug), Sidney, BC

Mr. & Mrs. Humanity (Bill/Christine), Langford, BC

Malibou (Shirley), Victoria, BC

PacNorWest (Doug), Bellingham, BC

Beej, Nanaimo, BC

Whalleyworld (Brenda), Surrey, BC

dar (Darlene Collins), Victoria, BC

Wendy Klassen, Surrey, BC

George Gould, Surrey, BC

Mary & Laurie Trusty, Surrey, BC

Elaingrace (Elaine Kallal), Nanaimo, BC

pucksma (Sally), Gonzales Bay, Victoria, BC

Carmie, Victoria, BC

sandra gee (Sandra), Nanaimo, BC

Grace Mariager, Sidney, BC

Peter & Karen Saunders

Swissy (Nancy) and daughters (Corina/Natalie), Victoria, BC

Cora Anne, Sidney, BC

Frog_Barf (Rodger), Victoria, BC

Harrymilt (Harry-ace photographer), Victoria, BC

Link to Harry's video of FledgFest:


Link to Pastrudel's website to see more pictures:


We invite you to view comments and other pictures at the FledgeFest 2009 Forum:


Ma Sidney by Pastrudel

some of the group by Pastrudel

by sandra gee
 Sidney Ma by harrymilt
Ma Sidney by Harry


Wendy Klassen's Painting Daily Quotes



Fundraising for Fiscal Year, June 2008 – June 2009


Funds raised for 2008/09 Fiscal year was $22,831.51. Thank you everyone for your generous contributions!





Fundraising Needs for 2009/2010

Education and Research


Bald Eagle Annual Clean-up, Refit & Re-store Project:


Our CAM projects are presently in urgent need of funding for the annual clean-up, re-fit and re-store. We have a window for this work, when the adult eagles have left on migration and before they return in October. This is an annual event and we will be listing this Project that way. Your contribution is a way of saying thanks for keeping the CAMS going!


  1. Two Sidney Nests: Each of the Sidney nests must be accessed with a 130 lift/bucket and all 3 cams cleaned — and you know what of!!!! Then we want to replace one of the wide angle cams with an Infra-Red camera so we can see what happens at night. We will also have to re-run about 600 feet of underground wiring, add in another encoder and have both Richard and Ken come over to Vancouver Island to assist David with the electronics. This kind of project, if we can do it in one day – partly weather dependent: $5000.00

  2. The Hornby Island Nest: will again require considerable attention and a couple of trips by Richard and/or Ken: $2000.00 
    Doug has his friend climb the nest and clear the lens. HWF is then responsible for the electronics and transmission.

  3. Delta 1 Nest: needs a new cam, a new encoder and considerable time up a lift and with Ken checking and proofing all connections costs are approximately: $3000.00

  4. Delta O.W.L. Nest: we will need two encoders (last year we borrowed Delta 1 encoders) so this will entail clean-up and electronic double checking: $4000.00

  5. Quilchena Nests: we have a cam in one nest but need to redo it and purchase a second cam, 2 encoders and transceivers: $6000.00
    This nest lost its female due to a fight with a neighbor and electrocution in 2009. We wish the new pair good luck.

Summary of Cleaning, Repairs and Replacement Costs for 2010 Season:


Sidney Nests (2 nests, 3 cams) $5000.00
Hornby Island Nest (2 cams) $2000.00
Delta 1 Nest (2 cams) $3000.00
Delta O.W.L. Nest (2 cams)  $4000.00
Quilchena Nests (2 nests, 3 cams)

Total $20,000.00



Your donations to assist in this is much appreciated!

Donations: While it is possible for you to request that the sum be allocated to your favorite site, we would like to pool the sums received so that it can be used where most needed!


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Update on Delta 1 Nest:  On July 30th, Bandit fledged prematurely when a limb broke off of the nest tree and startled him.  He has been taken to O.W.L. to build up his strength and practice his flight skills.  Please watch for announcements for his release at:

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American Bird Conservancy Petition to EPA

Conservation & Preservation



American Bird Conservancy Petition to EPA to Revoke Import Tolerances of 13 pesticides


American Bird Conservancy (ABC) requests that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) revoke the import tolerances for the following pesticides: cadusafos, cyproconazole, diazinon, dithianon, diquat, dimethoate, fenamiphos, mevinphos, methomyl, naled, phorate, terbufos, and dichlorvos. These pesticides are highly toxic to birds, and are used in crops that many species of U.S. migratory birds use as habitat during the winter months when they migrate to Latin America. All of the pesticide uses for these tolerances have been cancelled in the U.S., most with the determination that they present environmental risks to birds. Approval or maintenance of import tolerances for hazardous pesticides is tantamount to giving U.S. approval to foreign countries for the use of pesticides known to present hazards to U.S. migratory birds. American Bird Conservancy believes it is the obligation of the EPA under the requirements of Executive Order 13186 to avoid or rescind regulatory actions that adversely affect migratory birds.

Billions of U.S. migratory birds over-winter in countries that currently have registrations for these pesticides, including the major countries listed for importation of coffee, bananas, citrus, other fruits, and vegetables. Many coffee farms (especially shade grown) resemble a natural rain forest, and provide valuable habitat for neotropical migratory birds. These birds may potentially be exposed to pesticides that have import tolerances. Maintaining a U.S. import tolerance allows Central and South American countries to continue using these pesticides on crops for which the U.S. has already determined there are unacceptable risks for protected U.S. migratory birds. American Bird Conservancy believes the EPA must act immediately to protect U.S. migratory birds on their wintering grounds as well as in the U.S. by cancelling import tolerances for these pesticides. Doing so will not only potentially save millions of neotropical migratory birds but will also encourage the use of legal, safer pesticides and non-chemical practices by foreign growers, at least for those crops that are imported into the U.S.

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Suzy the tiger leaves Highlands for ranch life

Wildlife News




320-lb tiger Suzy in her Highlands home pen.

320-lb tiger Suzy in her Highlands home pen.

Photograph by: Debra Brash, Times Colonist

Suzy the tiger has left the Highlands, and her previous owner says he's out about $30,000.

"It's done," said David Bennett, who built an enclosure for the animal at his property on Millstream Road. "She is out of the Highlands. Now everything can go back to normal."

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Necropsy reveals impaled whale may have been sick


VANCOUVER — The dead fin whale dragged to shore by a cruise ship had no food in its stomach, indicating it may have been sick, preliminary results from a necropsy reveal, said Paul Cottrell, marine mammal coordinator for the department of fisheries and oceans.

The female whale also had a thin layer of blubber, he said. While a thick layer indicates good health, providing a good layer of insulation and indicating the whale has been foraging, a thin layer doesn’t necessarily suggest bad health, Cottrell said, before explaining the thin layer of blubber may merely be a result of nutrients lost when the whale had been producing calves.

But the middle-aged whale wasn’t likely reproducing anymore at this stage in her life, according to the official.

Cottrell said it’s still unclear if the impact if the ship killed the whale or if it had been dead already. The final necropsy report should be completed within a couple of weeks, he said.

The necropsy was performed at the Institute of Ocean Sciences in Sidney, on the west coast of Vancouver Island, and took about seven hours to complete.

A barge is now towing the whale to “put it back into the marine ecosystem,” Cottrell said.


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Whale impaled on cruise ship in Vancouver


A whale was impaled on the front of a cruise ship that pulled into port in Vancouver Saturday morning, witnesses said.

Jeff MacDonald, who was at Canada Place watching the ship come in, said seeing the impaled mammal "was a shock. You don't expect to see something like that and, you know, there's a lot of people staring at it — it's a very sad thing to see — and you kind of wonder how it would happen in the first place.

"It wasn't something you wanted to see on a nice Saturday morning in Vancouver."

Christianne Wilhelmson, the managing director of the marine conservation group Georgia Straight Alliance, said incidents like this are all too common.

"It's kind of a tragic example of what happens when ships meet whales … There's more and more tanker traffic, there's more and more cruise ship traffic and what you have is an animal that's trying to make its way through all this."

Wilhelmson said that traffic makes a lot of noise underwater, which confuses the whales.

"They can't talk to each other, they can't hear their environment. We're going to have more incidents like this," she said.

"It's very possible that what happened here is the animal just had no idea the ship was there and this tragedy happened because of that."

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