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VICTORIA & SIDNEY - Both On the Wing -- VIDEO CLIPS

Victoria/Sidney Nest

David Hancock reports in: July 27 --- Great visit to nest today.

Richard and I arrived at the nest 1000 and saw several long and gracious flights by both Victoria and Sidney -- both were beautiful on the wing and doing very well. Here Ihave posted some video I shot of our kids flying. I only saw two landings by Sidney but both were accurate and gracious. On his last flight Sidney took off out of sight to the west.

Victoria's first flight covered over 2 miles of flying and soaring. Over a two hour period she made about 5 flights out over the nest, the bay and the surrounding countryside. Dr. Bird was also there and we were equally impressed with the strength of Sidneys flights. His second flight took him a long way to the west out towards the northern tip of Pat Bay -- and then he did not return. Both parents sat the entire time (actually one did take a short flight to go over to where Victoria had gone out of sight -- but returned as did Victoria) but they basically spent the two hours on two of their favorite trees overlooking the Bay.

Our babies are well on the way to independence. They will likely spend less time in the nest and a few days after the parents think that they have done enough and both disappear, our kids will enter their independent life. I sure wish them well.

We've had to cut the original video down substantially due to the huge file size it was - far larger than the streaming video resolution you've been used to. Here are the flight bits from both birds - enjoy.

Victoria's Flight
Sidney's Flight

David Hancock

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The following pictures were taken on July 27 by Richard. --- read more ---->>

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Update on Naming of "Victoria" and "Sidney"

Victoria/Sidney NestFirst, much thanks for all the kind comments and understanding. As stated earlier 'naming our kids' was a difficult and 'emotionally charged' issue for most of us.

Our contest had very specific rules set out on the Hancock House forum which we followed.

Read on for more info on our special offer to all entrants:


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Eaglets Get Names

Victoria/Sidney NestPress Release

June 20, 2006 --- from David Hancock, Hancock Wildlife Research Center.

--- The “Live Eagle Watch” Bald Eaglets now have Names: ---

"Victoria" and "Sidney" it is!

Over 11 thousands names have been sent in. The offerings were incredibly personal -- covering every name imaginable -- and some not imaginable or repeatable! Emotions have run high.

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Victoria/Sidney Nest - Chicks Getting Bigger Daily

Victoria/Sidney NestThe new nest site on Vancouver Island, at Victoria/Sidney, has produced a couple of fat and sassy eaglets.

The new camera was installed the first week of May, and shows the two eaglets in the nest in a Gary Oak tree on the Saanich Penninsula near Victoria International Airport. We'll bring you updates and more background information as they grow and mature. In the mean time you can watch them yourself at the Hancock Wildlife Video site.

For more information and background, visit the Vancouver/Sidney Eagle Nest forum topic

Update - May 31 - about 2PM PDT: The camera angle has been changed (crane boom moved right and camera panned back to show more of the area behind the main trunk) and been zoomed out to allow us to see more of the nest now that the chicks are bigger and roaming around the nest more.

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World's Largest Bald Eagle Sculpture

Wildlife NewsMetal Animation Studio Inc. (formerly Masterpiece Stainless Creations Inc.) is very pleased to present "the world's largest steel bald eagle sculpture", a masterwork by artist Kevin Stone, titled "Power and Authority."

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