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By: algonquinlover (offline) on Wednesday, December 05 2012 @ 12:15 PM EST  
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Hello everyone :hello:

I just finished posting all of my pics and videos over at Eagleholics Anonymous from the incredible trip I was on to see all of these magnificent Eagles and other wildlife. Sunshinecoast/Marg suggested I bring some of those pics and vids over here as a record of my time at the 2012 FVBEF. Videos are best watched full screen and HD.

It was wonderful meeting up with old friends Evaklk/Kathy, hikerbikergram/Linda and elle/Lynda and meeting new ones from this site. It was nice to be able to put a face to a name (or online handle) when we see the names so many times on the Hancock site. Names and people I remember meeting included Gemini/Sharon, Ellen, Sunshinecoast/Marg and her hubby Earl, lovethebabies/Darlene, Urbaneagle/Larry and Dawn, Karen and her husband Jeff, Pat (MARS), Jewill/JudyW, Laurie and her daughter Sophie, eaglesonly-emme/Mindy, the wonderfully bubbly Karen Bills and of course, the very charming and entertaining David Hancock and his lovely wife Mary Scott. And finally, who could forget the irrepressible and great tour guide we had in mmud/Scott?! Forgive me if I didn't mention everyone as the memory isn't what it used to be. LOL

Without further ado, we begin....

We started in the Chilliwack area with Scott, our tour guide and local ground observer. He showed us many nests and pairs of Eagles that he keeps tabs on in this area. One nest he did not know about was one at the apex of the Chilliwack and Vedder Rivers. It is located near the RCMP firing range and by an unleashed dog park area. Hence, we started calling it the Dog Park nest.

Where the two rivers meet - the Chilliwack is on the other side of the bridge while the Vedder is on this side. Looks like the same river to me! Chin

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One of the Dog Park pair

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It looks like the Eagles have some work to do on this nest. It may be a fairly new one.

Video Camera Out NESTORATIONS AT THE DOG PARK NEST

And then we saw one of them having some breakfast one morning

Video Camera Out BREAKFAST ON THE VEDDER RIVER


Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished. ~Lao Tzu


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By: algonquinlover (offline) on Wednesday, December 05 2012 @ 12:38 PM EST  
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One of the videos I did on the rainy days at the flats

Video Camera Out EAGLE ACTION AT HARRISON MILLS

And I shot this video of a pair in the Vedder canal. Not my greatest work but it was difficult balancing an umbrella trying to keep the camera dry while zooming in to the camera's limit of 140X.

Video Camera Out BATHING BEAUTIES

The sun came out on Thursday Nov. 15. It was beautiful at the golf course. There were not many people there.

The Eagles were trying to dry out after 4 days of steady rain.

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This family was on a tree near the Harrison Mills nest cam fairway (did you notice the feather near the top of the tree?).

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When the male took off, it shook the branch and the female scolded him as she and one of her juvies tried to keep their balance.

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Another of their juvies landed next to her. This video was taken just after Dad left.

Video Camera Out SANDPIPER EAGLE FAMILY


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By: algonquinlover (offline) on Wednesday, December 05 2012 @ 12:49 PM EST  
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Keeping an eye on things

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Beautiful juvie in the morning sun

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Another juvie

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Video Camera Out SANDPIPER GOLF COURSE ON A SUNNY DAY

Video Camera Out EAGLES ON A SUNNY DAY AT HARRISON MILLS


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By: algonquinlover (offline) on Wednesday, December 05 2012 @ 12:56 PM EST  
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Trumperter Swans getting agitated at each other (didn't last long)

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So many Eagles out there!

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Beautiful adult in one of the trees near the airstrip at the Sandpiper Golf course

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For some scenery of the area, here is a:

Video Camera Out PANORAMA VIEW OF THE HARRISON RIVER

And one of the streams that runs through the golf course:

Video Camera Out A RIVER RUNS THROUGH IT


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By: algonquinlover (offline) on Wednesday, December 05 2012 @ 01:09 PM EST  
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When we were on the boat tour with David on Saturday, he gave us many tidbits about Eagle behaviour. I shot this video on one of our 2 sunny days.

Video Camera Out GLIDING BALD EAGLE

We were told by someone on Thursday to come out early Friday morning as that is when you could see the Eagles feeding. So we did just that.

Waiting for breakfast to be served

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Someone already served this juvie!

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Video Camera Out BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY'S? NO, AT HARRISON MILLS!

An adult enjoying some Salmon

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By: algonquinlover (offline) on Wednesday, December 05 2012 @ 01:15 PM EST  
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It was beautiful on the Harrison River that Friday morning.

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The fog was just starting to lift

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One of the locals showing how to cling to a branch with one talon!

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Video Camera Out EARLY MORNING AT THE HARRISON FLATS


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By: algonquinlover (offline) on Wednesday, December 05 2012 @ 01:26 PM EST  
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This tree on the cam fairway was very popular with the Eagles

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Closer view of 3 of them

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Video Camera Out SANDPIPER FAIRWAY EAGLES

David trying to see if the HM nest cam is watching us on our boat tour. He waved from the front of the boat when we got out there but we found out later from Gemini that the camera was not looking that way.

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And last, but not least, the reason all of the Eagles, Gulls, Seals etc. are there

Video Camera Out SALMON AT FISH HATCHERY

It was a fantastic exhibition of nature at it's finest. Thank you to David Hancock for all you have done to help preserve and protect all of this. And thank you to everyone I met for the enjoyable time together. It is a trip I will do again in the future! :thumrht:


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By: Marg (offline) on Wednesday, December 05 2012 @ 04:50 PM EST  
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Fanastic pictures Gord! You certainly did get some great shots and some were on sunny days too.Clapping If we get there next year we must get up early to find more eagles.Green LOL
I have to watch more of your videos.

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