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Seal Rocks Eagle's Nest 2008/2009; New Nest to Fledging
Topic Started: Sep 8 2008, 08:45 AM (1,547 Views)
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All Eagles All The Time 2008/2009 is an Archival/History in Videos and Still captures showing the various stages throughout the year in the lives of the Eagles on the Seal Rocks Nest on Catalina Island

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This is the SR Nest.................. Farther back...................... Surrounding area

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Season 2007/2008 was once again a successful one for this nest ... although 2 eggs were laid ... sadly one was lost ... but one did hatch and K-62 aka Gulliver successfully fledged at the end of June/08

Please check out the Class of 2008 to enjoy last season’s memories of ‘Nestorations to Fledging’.


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The adult eagles .. K-25 and K-34 .. hopefully will return to the nest later this fall or at the beginning of January to start their Restorations ... aka Nestorations by the A-49 Cruzers ... it will be exciting to see if they bring in sticks and fluff, getting ready for the eggs that could be laid in late February/early March.

The Videos and Stills .. that will eventually be posted here on this thread .. have been selected .. as their favourites ... by the members who have captured them on Nest Watch.
You can see more videos and still pictures ... at a later date ... by visiting the Daily Observations thread. Also known as Nest Watch

We ask you NOT to post comments in this thread. VIEWING ONLY PLEASE! This will enable faster viewing by Dr. Peter Sharpe and the IWS Team ... for record purposes .... and also for Members and visitors to the forum.



** UPDATE ~ ADULTS MOVED TO A NEW NEST ~ No Camera. Thread is now classed as a 'Closed' one.

Information about what is happening on this nest will be posted from the Catalina Updates throughout the season.
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UPDATES RE K-25 & K-34


:clk: Wednesday, January 21, 2009 :clk:

SR ... Their nest has not been visited ... but the pair have been sighted in their territory.
Dr. Sharpe/Pete watched both of the birds land close to each other so at least we know that they are alive and seem to still have a strong bond, which was one of their concerns.

So, either they are late with their nestorations ... or ... they may be moving nests!

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Not close enough to read the tags but pretty sure they are K25 and K34.



:clk: Wednesday, January 28, 2009 :clk:

SR ... the pair has been spotted almost everyday this week and they seem to be together still but no nesting behavior just yet. Steffani has watched them soar above their territory and spend the day perched in the same vicinity but no visits to their nest, suggesting that they are either late or will move their nest somewhere else.

The SR pair seem to be having some "territorial disputes" with the PR pair ... now K-65 and K-56 ... so this may also be a factor.






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UPDATES RE K-25 & K-34

:clk: Wednesday, February 5, 2009 :clk:

Steff: Re Pinnacle Rock and Seal Rocks, the drama and the territorial disputes continue. I have been checking both areas almost daily. I have watched both pairs spend their mornings right where the edges of their territories would meet. I have seen them all take off from the cliffs and fly straight into the ocean, fly around, maybe fish something and come back to the same relative locations.

I watched the SR pair for hours the other day and I finally saw some breeding behaviors. K34 was perched on some bushes and K25 (no RIGHT wing marker) came to her, they vocalized and bonded for a few seconds. Pete mentioned that they do not always necessarily mate at their nests, they would also copulate a common roost place. I was a little bit relieved to watch them bond because we were concerned that they would not breed, now, all we have to find out is where!

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Common roost place................... Together............................... Seal Beach




:clk: Wednesday, February 11, 2009 :clk:

Steff: Since it rained pretty much every day since Thursday, I took advantage of yesterday's sunny day and checked on the Seal Rocks (SR) eagles.
I spotted K25, the SR male, on a rock at the beach. He stood there for a while and then flew towards the SR nest canyon and later perched at one of their favorite fishing/roosting spots.

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:clk: Wednesday, February 18, 2009 :clk:

Steff: Pete and I went to the Seal Rocks (SR) area to look for the birds from two different locations.
We watched the male, K-25, fly back and forth along the coast for several minutes. He perched a couple of times and kept on circling the area. We can tell the adults apart because he has lost his right wing marker. The female showed up eventually. The male came to her and they perched side by side.
They kept vocalizing until the male took off suddenly like going after something. Soon the female took off too.

They were chasing off a juvenile eagle that we could not identify. Neither Pete or I had a good look at it, and while Pete saw something white on the back of the bird that could have been a radio pack, it did not seem to have wing markers. Being such a young bird it would be unlikely that they would have fallen off or faded out so quickly. It is possible to find unmarked youngsters or even adults that either live (“secretly”) on the island or come from the mainland.
The male disappeared after the chase and the young bird flew pass the Seal Beach area and did not come back. The female returned to the nest area and perched a few hundred feet below me.

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.......... K-25....................................... K-34................................ Together............ K-34 no left wing -bling & her right wing-bling is partially off too.





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MARCH UPDATES RE K-25 & K-34

:clk: Wednesday, March 4, 2009 :clk:


Dr. Sharpe/Pete: I spent much of 2/27 in the Seal Rocks territory searching for and watching the birds. I first caught sight of the male soaring above the nearby quarry and then fly past the nest ridge to the west.

A short time later I found the female perched a few hundred feet below last year's nest. She was doing a lot of vocalizing, but it was more of a "whiny" call than a territorial call. It is a sound you usually only hear during the breeding season.

Because it seemed like she was at least interested in breeding this year, but had not visited the nest yet, I began searching the coast and other canyons in the area for a possible new nest.
A couple hours later I saw an adult perched on their favorite point above Seal Rocks.

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The bird later flew towards me and disappeared into the nest canyon.
At that point I decided to hike down the nest ridge, which we'd been avoiding so as not to scare them away from last year's nest, and found the male incubating at a new nest a few hundred feet below the previous nest.

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As of Monday, they had two eggs. I was going to check again today, but the clouds and fog were too thick. I'll show Steffani where the new nest is tomorrow and see if they have more eggs.

I don't think it will be feasible to get a camera on this nest, so I'll likely be taking the Seal Rocks Nest Cam link off our website.



:clk: Wednesday, March 11, 2009 :clk:

The SR nest still have two eggs

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:clk: Thursday, March 19, 2009 :clk:

Steff: Seal Rocks (SR) is also doing ok. I took a few pictures of their new nest location.

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View from the blind................... Closer look...................................Closer.............................. She spotted me!



:clk: Wednesday, March 25, 2009 :clk:

The SR nest is doing just fine. They still have their two eggs.
Video by Steff: SR Nest: March 22nd ~ K-34 Incubating






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CONGRATULATIONS K-25 & K-34 ~ A NEW CHICK!


:clk: Wednesday, April 1, 2009 :clk:

Steff: Last Wednesday morning when I checked the Seal Rocks (SR) nest I wasn’t sure if I was seeing one or two eggs on the nest.
It was very hot and the heat waves made it too hard for me to confirm so I didn’t mention anything.

On Friday morning I returned to the observation spot and even though it was a little blurry it was clear there was only one egg.
However, after the parent stepped out of the nest bowl and walked away, this little fluff started moving right nest to the egg. Evidently, the chick was responsible for the missing egg. Based on our observations, we wrote down on our calendar that they were supposed to hatch around April 4th.
It was over a week earlier than we expected, it might have even hatched before the TH chick, no way to tell for sure.

I was just very happy to see the little critter move, I was relieved.

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The second egg hasn’t hatched yet. It’s a bit unusual that it has taken this long but there’s not way of telling what number egg it is so we’ll keep checking.



Video by Steff: SR Chick 2009



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APRIL UPDATES continued ...

:clk: Wednesday, April 8, 2009 :clk:

Steff: The second SR egg was still present on the nest several days after the first chick had hatched so we were pretty sure it was not viable; the second egg finally disappeared on Monday.

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Video by Steff: SR Nest - April 8/09



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DEDICATED PARENTS!


:clk: Wednesday, April 15, 2009 :clk:

Steff: We check Seal Rocks (SR) every couple of days and their chick is doing just fine; parents are always present, not necessarily brooding all day but definitely looking after their little one.

I was going to take some pictures yesterday since it was overcast, cool and the lighting was perfect but my camera battery died right then so no pictures.



Video by Steff: SR Nest: April 10/09



:clk: Wednesday, April 22, 2009 :clk:

Steff: I am glad to report that the SR chick is doing wonderfully!

We have experienced a couple of exceptionally hot days. Here is a picture of one of the dedicated eagle parents that so diligently provide shade to their young chick.

This is the Seal Rocks male K25

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:clk: Wednesday, April 30, 2009 :clk:

Steff: I am glad to report that all eight Catalina chicks are doing great, some of them are already starting to grow feathers while the younger ones still wear their ‘fluffy’ all-down-feather plumage.

Video by Steff: SR Nest: April 24/09




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GROWING FAST!


:clk: Wednesday, May 6, 2009 :clk:

Peter: Things are a bit slow right now before we start banding the birds at the end of the month. Steffani has taken a week off and Stephanie has come down to cover for her and get experience on another island. All 8 chicks in the 5 nests on Catalina are doing well and were checked yesterday


:clk: Wednesday, May 12, 2009 :clk:

Steph: So this week was a very exciting and different week for me.
As some of you may know already, Steffani went on vacation to visit her family in Ecuador. I came down from Santa Cruz Island to sit in for her on Catalina.
It was a nice change to be down here and help out checking some of the nests.

I visited the Seal Rocks nest several days this week and found the chick doing well and steadily increasing in size. I took a short video of both adults at the nest with the chick. Unfortunately for me, I think I had been seen by the eagles, which is why they were flying around, so I took off after I made sure the chick was moving around the nest.


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Video by Stephanie SR Nest: May 11/09





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MAY 20TH ~ BANDING DAY! ~ INTRODUCING K-90


:clk: Thursday, May 21, 2009 :clk:

Steff: This year, the SR adults decided to relocate their nest farther down the largest canyon of their territory, therefore, challenging us even more to monitor them and figure out how to get down there to band their naturally hatched chick.

Yesterday, Amanda, Stephanie, Pete and I headed down from the ridge looking for a way to reach the nest at 9:30am. After just a few minutes the adults spotted us and started defending their nest immediately and did not stop soaring above us and vocalizing loudly until we left the area. We didn’t know what to expect as far as the difficulty of the hike/climb but it turned out to be a milder version of the hike/climb we do to reach the Pinnacle Rocks nest, which is the most intense climb of all.

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One of the adults screeching at us from a close distance.

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The first view we had of their nest and the 8-week-old chick.

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A close-up view of the nest and the chick.

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Pete holding the chick right before we put it in the eagle bag.

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...........................Out of the bag.

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.................................... Working the bird.

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.......................................................... K90 back on
his nest.


Video by Steffani: SR: Banding of K-90


(The banding video is on May 27th's Catalina Update)




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UPDATES ON K-90


:clk: Wednesday, May 27, 2009 :clk:

Steff: We have been checking on the nests that are not on the web a few times per week and they are all doing great.

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K-90 and his Mom K-34



:clk: Wednesday, June 3, 2009 :clk:

Steff: We checked on K90, the Seal Rocks chick and he is doing just fine.

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The blood result came back .... we got it right .... K-90 is a male




:clk: Wednesday, June 10, 2009 :clk:

Steffani: We have been checking on the Seal Rocks chick and he is doing great, exercising and getting very close, like the TH chicks, to fledging.

Video by Eagle Guy: SR Chick June 8/09




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K-90 ~ FIRST CATALINA EAGLET TO FLEDGE THIS YEAR!

:clk: Wednesday, June 17, 2009 :clk:

Steffani: K90, the Seal Rocks chick, has been exploring the skies for about a week now.

Last Thursday I went to check on him and as soon as I parked my car I spotted the SR adults who seemed to be chasing a juvenile out of their area but definitely not in an aggressive way, which puzzled me.

I hiked to the observation area and I didn’t see the eaglet so I figured it must have fledged. The adults were still flying around and I could hear the eaglet somewhere but couldn’t see it. After walking around for a few minutes I watched all three birds fly together. As it turns out, the adults weren’t chasing a juvenile off, they were “escorting” their chick on what it might have been one of his first flights.
I was very happy to watch him soar and land like a pro!


Video by eaglegal: First Catalina Fledgling of the Year: June 11/09

Ever since, I’ve been hiking all over the place looking for the eaglet.

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K-90 is circled on all photos .....Through spotting scope................K-25 & K-34.......................Nr the bottom of canyon





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K-90 CONTINUES TO EXPLORE!

:clk: Wednesday, June 24, 2009 :clk:

Steffani We have been checking nests and fledglings regularly and they are all doing well.

K90, the SR eaglet, continues to explore his territory and sure making us search for him. We haven’t gotten close enough to take a picture but we know he’s moving around. It will be a little longer before he leaves the nest area, which is when it’s critical to get visuals to make sure they are doing alright.



:clk: Wednesday, July 1, 2009 :clk:

Steffani What a week we’ve had on Catalina! Almost every eaglet on the island has fledged.

I have been visiting all nest areas every couple of days trying to get visuals on the young eagles. That is easier said than done! None of them have left their nest areas yet but even while they remain in their territory, it is a challenge finding them, especially when the weather doesn’t cooperate.

The other day I went to check K90, the Seal Rocks eaglet, and while its radio was giving a normal signal I wasn’t able to see it because of all the fog while just a few hundred feet higher, right on the ridges it is very, very hot.



:clk: Wednesday, July 8, 2009 :clk:

Steffani: All of the Catalina eaglets have fledged but none have left their nest areas so it is still relatively easy to get visuals and definitely “live” signals.


Video by eaglegal:
SR K-90



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K-90 CHECKS OUT THE CITY's GARBAGE DUMP! :lol:

:clk: Wednesday, July 15, 2009 :clk:

Steffani: I am glad to report that all eight Catalina eaglets have been soaring the skies of their territories and the older ones are already starting to wander out a bit farther each day.

I have been checking each nest every couple of days and trying to get al least one visual per week. It is still relatively easy to do so since they continue to come back to the actual nest for feedings but pretty soon, they will all leave the coasts of their nest area and will move into the interior of the island looking for something to scavenge on.

The Seal Rocks eaglet, K90, is the oldest eaglet on the island and this week he ventured almost all the way to town.
I started my East End survey and right at the first gate I got a very strong signal coming from the city garbage dump, which is located on the industrial side of Avalon. I got my radio and antenna out and pretty soon I spotted him being harassed away by many ravens and gulls and before I could get my camera out, he had already flown back to his territory.
A couple of days later, I checked on him again and I spotted him flying from the nest canyon towards the quarry.

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You can hardly tell but there is an eagle inside the circles.




:clk: Wednesday, July 29, 2009 :clk:

Steffani: K90, the SR's juvenile, has left his territory and he’s exploring the adjacent canyons and bays.

Deer hunting season started a few weeks ago on the island so I’m pretty sure our young eagles will soon pick up on that until they learn how to fish.






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K-90 MAKING NEW FRIENDS ~ NOT! :lol:

:clk: Wednesday, August 5, 2009 :clk:

Steffani: This week I have managed to get visuals on all the young eagles.
The fact that they still spend most of the time around their territories does help, but as they get older, they’ll start to wander farther away and pretty soon their parents wont be feeding them anymore so they’ll have to find their own food.

Over the weekend I went looking for K90. I arrived at the Seal Rocks (SR) and K90’s signal was a little weak.

After a few minutes of looking for him it started getting stronger and all the sudden there he was, being chased by two red-tailed hawks.
He was flying really far away and I tried to get some video but against the blue sky you cant really tell there’s anything there.
He finally landed though, so I took one picture and he decided to leave once again.



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:clk: Wednesday, August 12, 2009 :clk:

Steffani: Just as I expected, all of the Catalina Juveniles decided to leave their territories to explore the rest of the island. All at once!

Over the weekend, a friend took me out in a plane to survey the island. I picked up everybody’s signal (except for K97’s of course since that transmitter doesn’t work) I got good signals from K90 & the other juvies at different places of the island.


Video by eaglegal: Catalina's Wildlife: Osprey, Bald Eagle/K-90 and Island Fox.



:clk: Wednesday, August 19, 2009 :clk:

Steffani: This week I have surveyed the entire island several times looking for all the juveniles.

I have not being able to find K90 (SR) yet but I’m hopeful that he is on the opposite side of the island where I’m radiotracking or that he has crossed the channel and is finding enough to eat.





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