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Webcam Watching over White-tailed Eagles nest

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Re: White-tailed Eagles Nest Cam Discussion 2011

Post by Kitty KCMO » April 27th, 2011, 9:22 am

Oh no!! A thieving buzzard was watching & waiting for her to leave! He landed, looked, & then something might have scared him away, or else the eggs were covered so well he did not see them.

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And then a tit landed to check everything out. LOL! This is quite a day!
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Post by fireblade1 » April 27th, 2011, 9:22 am

:wave:
Bye bye Daisy
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Hello buzzard
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Post by ame » April 27th, 2011, 9:24 am

a buzzard! :shock: i missed that! :faint:
my camera stops when i upload video.

did you get pictures? -so the buzzard was around keeping an eye at the nest. maybe this is not a good idea for the mallard after all... :unsure:

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Post by Kitty KCMO » April 27th, 2011, 9:26 am

ame wrote:a buzzard! :shock: i missed that! :faint:
my camera stops when i upload video.

did you get pictures? -so the buzzard was around keeping an eye at the nest. maybe this is not a good idea for the mallard after all... :unsure:
Fireblade got him arriving & I got him leaving (above). I heard a buzzard earlier, when I first saw her on the nest. He has been watching. . .
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Post by ame » April 27th, 2011, 9:27 am

here's the video (the last of them). she seems to drill herself down.


a bit earlier she was wagging her tail up-down-up-down rhythmically. could she have laid an egg then?

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Post by ame » April 27th, 2011, 9:30 am

now there are voices of a magpie... :unsure:

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Post by Kitty KCMO » April 27th, 2011, 9:32 am

The article I found (link above) states that the hen only visits the nest about an hour a day, laying one egg per day until she gets a full clutch of about 12. Then she starts incubating. So we may not see her again today. Mallards in Europe are surely very much the same in behavior as in the USA. Now I wonder if she has been here for a few days but we just did not notice her as the nest has seemed to be totally empty.

@Ame-- I think the magpies, & possibly some jays or other corvids, were scolding the buzzard.
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Post by ame » April 27th, 2011, 9:41 am

i checked yesterday's last P-pictures and the nest was empty then. this morning the mallard is in the nest already in the first picture at 5.45. at 6.28 a KBV had come to say hello to her.
http://pontu.eenet.ee/kotkas/2011-04-27 ... -06-28.jpg

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Post by Kitty KCMO » April 27th, 2011, 9:49 am

:bow: We are fortunate that Lussi05 noticed the duck in the nest this morning. I had thought it was empty again, but when I noticed someone had posted a message a short time after me, I went back & saw that Lussi05 had sharp eyes & saw what I had missed.
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Post by alice44 » April 27th, 2011, 9:56 am

Such activity I missed while I was away.

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Post by Kitty KCMO » April 27th, 2011, 10:01 am

alice44 wrote:Such activity I missed while I was away.
:D It's exciting, isn't it? Even if she successfully incubates, how in the world will the ducklings manage to climb out of that deep tangle of sticks & twigs to get over the edge to the forest floor?

Edit, 10:23-- It is late for me, so I will say goodnight. What an exciting time at the cams it has been. I can barely wait to see if the mallard hen comes back to lay more eggs. So keep a good watch, everyone! Enjoy the cams. Goodnight / good day!

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Post by ame » April 27th, 2011, 10:56 am

good night Kitty! :wave:
i don't think the mallard will be back before tomorrow morning, and then you'll have the front seat here at the nest.

it has turned cloudy and the light is better for seeing what's in the nest, but i don't see anything. that's exactly the way it should be if Daisy laid an egg there: it should not be seen. :nod:

(this led me to think of something completely different...)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ifmRgQX82O4 :mrgreen:

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Post by Ziva » April 27th, 2011, 11:47 am

I was so surprised; a duck in this nest! What now, will she come again?
A great picture, Kitty and fireblade1!
Now and than I'm hearing Buzzards, they still are in the area.
Maybe are they now interesting in this nest! :rolleyes:

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Post by asteria » April 27th, 2011, 12:03 pm

There are no eggs in the nest!

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Post by ame » April 27th, 2011, 12:14 pm

here's one of the videos i recorded earlier. this begins a 8.56. there she begins slowly to pump her tail up and down and goes on like that for about 3 minutes. could she be laying an egg here?


the idea is that the egg is to seen by anyone. they are white and have to be covered for not to be seen. i think she was pulling twigs and other stuff in the bottom of the enst bowl before she left. there could be an egg there? :puzzled:

i made a playlist of all the mallard videos from today morning here:
http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p ... 3CA3C1E7B8

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Post by Bleggi » April 27th, 2011, 2:34 pm

fireblade1 wrote::wave:
Bye bye Daisy
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You have always so wonderful pictures - that are on the point exactly. Now I will ask you if you take snapshots one after another one on the open cam or take you the pictures out of videos?
It is so difficult to get a picture at the moment one open his mouth for example. Until I press my botton the mouth is closed again. :slap: :laugh: . However - I love your pics and this one with the duck I will take in my album with your name. I saw the duck sitting in the nest and was wondering what will happen. I am eager to see if she is here again tomorrow.
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Post by ame » April 27th, 2011, 2:50 pm

hello Bleggi! :hi:
i take pictures both from the live cam while i record a video and afterwards from video. i usually miss the right moment when to capture a snapshot from live cam so i have to try and capture good pictures from video. then i just click-click-click.... and hope for the best. unfortunately the picture quality is not very good that way.

when something interesting happens just in front of us then i try to first click a still picture and then start recording and then click-click-click again. the video starts recording actually several seconds after the button is pressed so a short and quick event is often over and the bird has flown before the recording starts.

i think the best chances to get good pictures here is when many people are taking pictures at the same time. then at least one of us gets lucky! :headroll:
i think that all of us can't do it the way Hali used to do: to put the recording on in the morning and then check what has been caught in the evening with fast-forward. Hali got some amazing eagle pictures from the seal beach that way two years ago. :D

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Post by macdoum » April 27th, 2011, 5:30 pm

fireblade1 wrote::wave:
Bye bye Daisy
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Hello buzzard
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Well.!! I'll be flabbergasted and astounded (etc;) to see such a sight.. :rotf:
Now someone should tell that Buzzard that he ababdoned the nest ..it is no longer his.. :mrgreen:
I found this online; Daisy is not alone in highrise nest building.
http://www.patriotledger.com/features/x ... hone-tower
Can anyone remember the (immense ) height of the nest.. :puzzled:
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Post by macdoum » April 27th, 2011, 6:13 pm

This is an example of ducklings taking the giant leap;

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JkBSkFyUyv0

a note about mallards;
A female mallard was present, accompanied by 15 ducklings!! Mallard ducks normally lay approximately 12 eggs between mid-March and the end of July. Eggs are laid over the duration of a couple of weeks. This large clutch means that female mallards actually lay more than half their body weight! As you might imagine, this is a very stressful time for the female. For about 28 days during incubation, the female will sit on the nest. Her brown plumage means she is well camouflaged against predators.
Thanks to LOTL blog today.
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Post by beans » April 27th, 2011, 8:47 pm

When you say Buzzard, are you referring to (what looks like to me) a Common Raven (Corvus corax) on the nest?
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