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Thursday, June 15, 2017

Hawk raised in Eagle Nest Sidney B.C. Update


A few more EXTRA photos of the little hawk in the eagles nest in Sidney, B.C.




Hawk EXercising photos.   The little hawk is for Macro Monday. He is so tiny.  We are at the letter X this week.

A few hawklet flapping photos for Nature Notes Tuesday.


Hawk photos for Our World Tuesday.


For Wild Bird Wednesday a few more eagles and hawk photos.
I have many more photos but I think my blog readers are probably tired of this hawk topic now even though I am obsessed with it.
I am adding many great links with much better info and video at the end of this blog.  My photos and video are not that good, I should put in a non-cropped photo to show how far away the nest is, next time I will do that.
Some of the photographers have a 600 mm lens and then they put a extender on it.
He is the cutest thing I have ever seen!  Look how white he is.
The eaglet in the nest just is looking at him as he is eXercising.
(the letter X is for our link-up at ABC meme.)
Now he does a little dance.
I can see a Disney Movie to be made about the life of the little hawk, "The Little Hawk that Could" or perhaps you can think of a title for the Disney Movie and add it to the comments below.

All this flapping is to eXercise his wings as he will be leaving the nest in about a week, before the young eaglets leave.
I hope the parent eagles will continue to feed him after he leaves the nest.
I think what will happen is that he will branch out onto branches and then he will still hang around the nest to be fed by the adopted parent eagles.  I hope they continue to feed him as he is peeping a lot for food.
As I post these photos it is really raining here today so I hope little hawk stays dry somehow.
I like these photos the best, he is so white compared to the dark eaglets.

I am publishing a bit early this week and for next week as I have been ill and I have to prepare the posts ahead of time in case I have a relapse.  I am never sure if I will relapse.  Also the status of the little hawk is always a little bit unsure.  I could post these photos and then his status update would have changed by the time someone gets out there to check.
For ABC Wednesday, we are at the letter "x" next week.  EXtra and X marks the spot was all I could come up with.  All the "X's" are for ABC Wednesday.

For the letter X at the ABC Link Up, X marks the spot of the Eagles nest on Vancouver Island, where the heart is near Sidney, B.C. These are my eXtra photos of the little hawk.
MANY GOOD LINKS:
Links to my other blogs on the Eagle and Hawk:
Eagles Adopt Hawk  on my blog
Eagle Raises Hawk Baby  on my blog
Baby Hawk Adopted by Eagle
Links to many videos of them
at my Islandrambles YouTube site

There are many news stories and other videos
I will list some here:
Link to SassePhoto very excellent videos of the hawk
Link to the Hancock Wildlife Page on
this nest
Link to Video by Elle of the Hawk in Nest
This is the first video of the nest by the
person who first observed the hawk.
CTV article on the Hawk in the Eagle Nest
BoredPanda article on the nest
Times Colonist article on the nest
CHEK TV article on the nest
Vancouver Sun article on the nest
Global News story on the nest
National Geographic story on nest
BBC News article on the nest
Smithsonian article on nest
There are so many news articles on this nest that if you
are interested just google it now as the
story has a life of its own.


The video this week is of the little hawk in the nest:
If video not showing it is here at my YouTube










I am on Facebook so you can find me there, link in contact on the top. You can see my Island Rambles Fan Page and also my own Facebook. I have started on Instagram also so you can find my photos there also.

Please click on my blog a few times as my dream is to get my stat count up to 200,000 before I finish.

Thank you to these meme hosts for allowing bloggers to share their story.  Click on these links to find great blogs and photos. This post is for these wonderful bloggers:
The Bird D'Pot  Sunday Thank you Hootin' Anni
MacroMonday 2 Thank you to Gemma Magical Mystical Teacher
I think my hawk photos are my Macros, Gemma.
Nature Notes Tuesday Thank you to Ramblingwoods
Our World Tuesday  Thank you to the Our World Team
Wild Bird Wednesday Thank you to Stewart
ABC Wednesday   Thank you to Mrs. Nesbitt and the Team, thanks to Denise, Roger, Leslie, Troy and all those who have helped in this long-time blog linking site.  Hopefully it will continue at the new host.




HAVE A GREAT WEEK BLOGGERS AND BIRDERS!!

106 comments:

  1. Wonderful story isn't it? I know how difficult it is to get a good bird photo when you don't have all the special equipment. It is so frustrating for someone like me yet I don't wish to invest in all the special equipment since I'm not an avid outdoor & wildlife photographer. I think you did well with your photos though Nora.

    I'm sorry to hear you are feeling poorly and I'm sending my good and healing thoughts your way. Hugs.xx

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    1. Hi Joyful, thanks for your healing thoughts, I need it. Yes I used to have a large heavy lens and a good Canon camera but can not carry them as I am too weak now. Thanks so much for your comment. I really appreciate the time it takes to make a comment.

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  2. That is so very interesting.

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    1. Thanks Ruth, we have blogged together for around ten years now! Thanks so much for your comment. I really appreciate the time it takes to make a comment.

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  3. Hello, your photos of the hawk and eagles together are just awesome. It is amazing they are being raised as a happy family. LOL! Happy Friday, enjoy your day and weekend!

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    1. Thanks so much for your comment. I really appreciate the time it takes to make a comment. It will take me a while to go to your sites. I may not be well enough to reply to all these comments.

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  4. I find this fascinating myself. Thanks for sharing. I do hope that little hawk makes it.

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    1. Ida, how wonderful to see you! The hawk will make it for sure, somehow! Thanks so much for your comment. I really appreciate the time it takes to make a comment.

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  5. Beautiful images of the Hawk, I think that's brilliant, thanks Nora.

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    1. Hi Bob, thanks for the visit and kind words. Thanks so much for your comment. I really appreciate the time it takes to make a comment.

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  6. Very cool! I hope they continue feeding him.

    Kinda reminds me of the kids' show Dinosaur Train.

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    1. Hi Sandi, yes I am sure they will feed him lots of food! Thanks so much for your comment. I really appreciate the time it takes to make a comment.

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  7. Oh Nora...I am not tired of your posts
    Ican understand & appreciate your 'obsession ' - I'd be like you. I am loving these.

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    1. PS....
      Thanks so much for sharing this with us birders at I'd Rather B Birdin'!!!

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    2. Hi Anni, I think I am putting your link to your link-up on twice on my blog but never mind, your pictures are so wonderful. Thanks so much for your comment. I really appreciate the time it takes to make a comment.

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  8. I think your photos are wonderful! Such an interesting situation with the hawk and the eagles. I hope you are feeling better soon.

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    1. Lois, so nice to see you again. Thanks for the well wishes. Thanks so much for your comment. I really appreciate the time it takes to make a comment.

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  9. Nora, what wonderful photos! I sure hope the eagle parents will continue feeding the little hawk, and I sure hope you DON'T have a relapse.

    Blessings,

    Victoria

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  10. Thanks for visiting my blog and for your comments. This is an amazing story about the Bald Eagles raising the Hawk chick. Wonderful photos.
    Yael from PlayingInCatnip.com

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    1. Hi Linda, nice that we reconnected again. I will check out that link, what are you doing about Catnip, oh well I will find out. Thanks so much for your comment. I really appreciate the time it takes to make a comment.

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  11. Dear Nora - This is quite a big news to me that the Bald Eagle couple has been raising a baby Hawk. I may be wrong, but aren’t eagles and hawks natural enemy? It’s so generous of the Eagle couple and this fact is so hear-warming and moving. Thank you for letting us see how they are. Hope you keep your health, I keep my fingers crossed.

    Yoko

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    1. Hi Stardust, thanks for coming ;-) Thanks so much for your comment. I really appreciate the time it takes to make a comment.

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  12. Hello, it is an amazing story. Your photos of the eagles and hawk are awesome. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Happy Saturday, enjoy your weekend!

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    1. Thanks Eileen, I am having trouble getting good shots as the nest is too high up, if you go under you see nothing. Thanks so much for your comment. I really appreciate the time it takes to make a comment.

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  13. OMG, I cannot clearly see the youngs but the story is incredible. I havent heard such a thing! I wish our crows do that instead of eating the orioles chicks. I am excited till they leave the nest, keep us posted. Thanks.

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    1. Andrea I hope to have some better pictures and you will be able to see the hawk better soon. Crows can torment eagles as well and dive-bomb them. But my neighbour saw an eagle eat a crow baby so I guess that is why they hate eagles. Thanks so much for your comment. I really appreciate the time it takes to make a comment.

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  14. This is really interesting. You have got amazing shots.

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    1. Hi Rajest in India! I love how we blog around the world! My shots are not any good now I use a small Panasonic Camera hand held. My movies are all hand held so not so good either! Thanks so much for your comment. I really appreciate the time it takes to make a comment.

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  15. It's a bit like Cinderella and her two ugly step-sisters. I can see how you are fascinated by the drama of the eagle nest. If I have a robin's nest I can see, I always check it regularly. But this situation with the eagles and the hawk is a once in a lifetime experience so it's great your documenting it.

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    1. Hi Jenny! It is like a Disney Story. I hope they make a good story out of it! And I hope the outcome for the hawk stays as positive as it is now. He is on a branch under the nest today. I like all nests, and even a robin's nest is a wonderful thing to see! Thanks so much for your comment. I really appreciate the time it takes to make a comment.

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  16. Excellent series of eagle shots Nora, I'm always on the lookout for those kind of shots. So sorry to hear that you aren't well, I hope you don't have a relapse, perhaps you should take it easy for a while ✨

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    1. Hi PerthDaily! We have blogged for a long time! Thanks for your well wishes. I should take it easy but it is too exciting to see the hawk grow up! Thanks so much for your comment. I really appreciate the time it takes to make a comment.

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  17. Sorry you are not too well Nora. It is a lovely story and of course I am intruiged to know how often this is recorded for these two species. I would have expected the bald eagles to actually eat the smaller bird. Pleased they didn't though.

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    1. Hi Phil, thanks for your well wishes. The story has lifted me up so much and taken me away from a terrible time in my life so I am happy! I think the eagle must have hatched the little one from an egg left in the nest by a Red-tailed hawk because she loves the baby hawk so much and she tenderly cares for him/her. Thanks so much for your comment. I really appreciate the time it takes to make a comment.

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  18. Wow! Very nice and interesting. My wife and I visited Vancouver island last June.
    http://minorusaito.blogspot.jp/2016/07/victoria-in-vancouver-island.html

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    1. Hi Hi Minoru! Yes I remember reading about when you had a visit to see Victoria. You went to Butchart Gardens I think Minoru. If you come again we should meet after all these years. Thanks so much for your comment. I really appreciate the time it takes to make a comment.

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  19. I think the photographer was enjoying herself, too

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    1. Wow Hi Mac, so nice you came for a visit to see me. I am glad we have connected on FB and social media as well. Yes I forget all the bad in the world when I see an eagle or a baby hawk in an eagles nest! Thanks so much for your comment. I really appreciate the time it takes to make a comment.

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  20. Superb photos, Nora! Must have been awesome to watch this!
    Hope you keep well.

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    1. Hi Christine! Nice you came here! It is really addictive to watch and one gets very attached to the baby hawk. Thanks so much for your comment. I really appreciate the time it takes to make a comment.

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  21. Nature has graced you with an amazing slice of life there. I'm sure Mama Eagle will continue to feed her young hawk as needed. She's invested in that young life now. I have to wonder how that hawk egg got inside the eagle's nest in the first place. Thank you for sharing it all so enthusiastically.

    Sending best thoughts to you, Nora. I hope that your health concerns are none too serious.

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    1. Thanks Hilary for your healing thoughts, I think I need them. Yes the eagles are going to continue to feed the little hawk as they think it is their baby! Thanks so much for your comment. I really appreciate the time it takes to make a comment.

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  22. I loved this photo essay.
    r

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  23. This is such a fascinating story.

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    1. Hi Yogi, so nice to know all sides of you on all social media now! It has been years and years but glad I found your sites. Thanks so much for your comment. I really appreciate the time it takes to make a comment.

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  24. Wow - that is an amazing story about love. And such great shots!

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    1. Hi Fiona! All the way from warm Sweden! Hope the dogs are well. Thanks so much for your comment. I really appreciate the time it takes to make a comment.

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  25. Hi Nora: I noticed your comment about Sand Martins on Phil Slade's blog. We have the same species here in North America, we just called it a Bank Swallow. Why we are out of step with the rest of the world is beyond me!

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    1. Great comment David! I looked at those swallows and thought the same thing...must be Bank Swallow! Confusing when they call them Sand Martins, makes no sense at all!

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  26. What an incredible thing to witness! I guess it's one of those things that will never be figured out!

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    1. Hi Betty in NZ, yes I am so confused by these eagles! Thanks so much for your comment. I really appreciate the time it takes to make a comment.

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  27. Interesting photos.
    Hope the birds will not leave their nest when they get disturbed.
    Happy Sunday!

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  28. I hope this adopted baby hawk continues to lead a safe life with the eagles. We could use a little more co-mingling of the different groups since we’re all birds of a feather in this world.

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  29. That's amazing and I loved your photos Nora. Sending you healing thoughts, hope you're feeling better by now.

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  30. What an amazing thing to witness, these little hawks growing up. Have a great weekend!

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  31. Gorgous shots. Thank you for sharing.

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  32. Hi Nora !
    I want to thank you for the lovely comment you left on ~ My little old world ~ and please, accept my congratulations on your shots, this post is truly stunning

    Wishing you a most lovely new week ahead

    XOXO Daniela

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    1. Hi Daniela and you are welcome as you have a lovely blog! Thanks so much for your comment. I really appreciate the time it takes to make a comment.

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  33. Oh what a treasure story you bring us and so amazing that you are witnessing all this first hand ~ such an upbeat post as well ~ which is sorely needed in this world today ~ thank you so much for the wonderful photos and video ~ Lots of healing hugs to you ~ ^_^

    Thanks for visiting my blog ~ ^_^

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    1. Oh Carol nice to have you drop in here! Thanks for your healing hugs! Thanks so much for your comment. I really appreciate the time it takes to make a comment.

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  36. Wow! These are great photos! Take care .¸¸.•♥•.¸¸.

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    1. Hello Birgitta, nice to see you. Thanks for the compliment, my photos are not very good compared to all the great photographers with all their tripods and long lenses. Thanks so much for your comment. I really appreciate the time it takes to make a comment.

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  37. Good to see things are still progressing well.

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

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    1. Thanks Stewart, nice to see you check in. Yes things have gone well for the little hawk. Thanks so much for your comment. I really appreciate the time it takes to make a comment.

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  38. This entire story has been so fascinating, Nora! I do hope the hawk will successfully fledge one day and find its own territory. I love all the photos!

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    1. Hi Pat, nice to see you here and on FB, it is fascinating and I am sure the little hawk will have a great outcome as he is very healthy. Thanks so much for your comment. I really appreciate the time it takes to make a comment.

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  39. Great shots! Just today, the hubby and I were walking our dogs and saw a hawk being chased by about seven or eight little birds. I guess he got into their nests or too close and they went after he like a mob. It was kinda cool to watch these birds dive-bombing him.

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    1. Hi there Fredamans, yes we see crows dive bomb the eagles a lot here. Thanks so much for your comment. I really appreciate the time it takes to make a comment.

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  40. such an amazing experience and beautiful images!! nature, finding it's way, everything works just the way in which it should!!

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    1. Hi Debbie, it is amazing thanks for the compliments. I only have a small camera and lens, others have the big 600 or 800 mm lenses and then then double them with an extender! I can only hold a small camera now as big cameras are too heavy. Thanks so much for your comment. I really appreciate the time it takes to make a comment.

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  41. Thanks everyone for these lovely comments. I truly appreciate your visit to my blog.

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  42. A continuing great story Nora, in this country some Peregrine chicks were left without parents,so they were successfully fostered out to other nests around the country.
    Have a good week , Gordon.

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    1. Hi Gordon, nice to see you here! Yes I have heard of fostering before but can not figure out how this hawk got into this nest. Thanks so much for your comment. I really appreciate the time it takes to make a comment.

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    1. Hi Roger, hope to check into your blog and thanks for all the work you do on the link-up. Thanks so much for your comment. I really appreciate the time it takes to make a comment.

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  44. Nice photos of the hawk and such an interesting story, Nora. I photographs a big nest at a lake near us last week but I'm not sure if it is an eagle's nest or a Great Blue Heron. I need to do a little more research.

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    1. Hi Judy, hope you find that nest and put it on your blog! Thanks so much for your comment. I really appreciate the time it takes to make a comment.

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  45. Fantastic photos and videos Nora!
    Hard to believe that something as predatory as an eagle, starts as a cute little fluff of feathers.

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    1. Hi Pat, nice to see you. Yes baby eagles and hawks are so cute. Thanks so much for your comment. I really appreciate the time it takes to make a comment.

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  46. hawks and eagles are incredible

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  47. How X-traordinary lucky you are to see this so nearby and free

    Have a X-traordinary ABC-day / week
    ♫ M e l ☺ d y ♫ (abc-w-team)
    Preview Round 21, starting july 12th

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  48. Wow, this is so special! Your photos are a joy to see. I can not see getting tired of this. It will end when they fly the nest. Thank you for sharing this. I hope you heal fully and feel wonderful.

    Thank you also for all the links.

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    1. Hi Tammie Lee, Thanks so much for your comment. I really appreciate the time it takes to make a comment. Thanks for your good wishes on my health. I am not tired of watching this little hawk either.

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  49. Amazing captures! So, so interesting aspects captured; never seen such large birds in real (only in documentaries). Many thanks for your lovely series of pictures and videos! the little one is so cute... Nature is fabulous!
    Lots of good health to you and I hope you feel much better; a nice sunny day and weekend, too! Alexa T

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  50. Update: the little hawk is doing well and flapping and exercising his wings around the nest going on the branches. He is being fed by the parents. I am sure he thinks he is one of the eagles and feels like part of the eagle family, he is just much smaller and has different colors. The three eaglets seem to think he is part of their normal family as well. I guess he is a hawk eagle. He should be fledging any day now and hopefully coming back to the nest to be fed for a while as he will have no idea how to hunt. I just hope he does not try to be friendly to strange eagles who do not know he is an eagle hawk.

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  51. Nora, thank you for all the wonderful pictures. I think they are beautiful. I have a hard time getting these beautiful quality pictures like you are taking. I am so sorry you are not doing well. As you get a chance, I hope you do continue to post pictures & videos of our little hawk eagle. I will continue cheering him on & will keep you in my prayers. Take care!

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    1. Thanks so much Joan, could not find your blog but will look again. Really appreciate the time it takes to make a comment. Thank you for caring and asking how I am.

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  52. Update: Little hawk was under the nest on a branch very close to the nest on the same tree and he was fine and happy today. He flapped a bit and moved around on all the branches and was working his way up to the nest when I left

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  53. Wow, amazing capures!

    Irene

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  54. I am pretty sure I've said this before, but please don't worry about visiting me just because I commented .... it is so much more important (and so much luckier for your readers) for you to use your energy to make a post on your own blog. Please don't worry or feel guilty about not having the energy to visit everybody else. I just love seeing your posts and knowing you were feeling well enough to go take some pictures. Take good care of yourself (that's the most important of all).

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  55. I am with Sallie....happy to have you blogging...I am still concerned about this hawk being able to hunt and survive....Michelle

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  56. Thanks for these lovely comments. I will come to each blog when I have time. There has been a lot going on on my Island Rambles Facebook Page and my blog is getting whammed with hits and my YouTube is crazy. I am a shy person and I thought no one would be interested in the topic of the hawk, I just like it for myself. It is overwhelming and I thank my blog friends for sticking with me through this unusual time period. I love your comments bloggers. Thanks to the new readers who have found me and seem to like the hawk story. It is still an ongoing story. I am still going to post my pictures, videos and blog posts on the hawk. I am taking a little break as my husband is ill. I do have many videos and photos that you have not seen yet. cheers, Nora

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Hi!
Thanks so much for visiting my blog on Vancouver Island Nature and Birds.
I love to take photos of places we go to on Vancouver Island and the birds and animals we see.
I love also to get comments so please leave a note for me.
Cheers and thanks again. Nora
Please do not link in a comment, I have to then delete as there is too much spam going on.
Comment moderation is on so the comment does not publish right away.
PLEASE DO NOT PUT A LINK IN THE COMMENT ANYMORE THE WORLD OF BLOGGING HAS CHANGED AND THERE ARE TOO MANY SPAMMERS OUT THERE. I AM SORRY BUT THAT IS THE WAY IT IS NOW.

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