|Welcome to IWS Eagle Forum. We hope you enjoy your visit.|
You're currently viewing our forum as a guest. This means you are limited to certain areas of the board and there are some features you can't use. If you join our community, you'll be able to access member-only sections, and use many member-only features such as customizing your profile, sending personal messages, and voting in polls. Registration is simple, fast, and completely free.
Join our community!
If you're already a member please log in to your account to access all of our features:
|Santa Cruz Island Update; Sad News Aug 13, 2008|
|Topic Started: Mar 15 2010, 03:42 AM (181 Views)|
|Harpo516||Mar 15 2010, 03:42 AM Post #1|
Hi everyone I have an update from the Northern Channel Islands. Unfortunately I have sad news to report. On the 8th of August at 7:40 in the morning while surveying the North Shore of Santa Cruz Island I found A-65 dead. He was floating in a Giant Kelp patty in the eastern harbor of Twin Harbors. He was head down floating and entangled in the Giant Kelp at Twin Harborís. I was on a boat surveying for him when I found him using his radio transmitter. I had received of his location that morning when I downloaded the Satellite signal sent by the GPS transmitter on his backpack.
We quickly took him back to the housing, and put him in a freezer. A-65 will be sent to the Eagle Repository. We are unsure why A-65 Died. We speculate that he could have attempted to go to the water and got tied up in the Giant Kelp forest. The aggressive mobbing of gulls could have also forced him into the water. When I surveyed his body for injuries there where none. He was fresh and could not have been dead for more than 8 hours.
The movements of A-65 in the previous days indicated to us that he was healthy, moving between coves and cliffy terrain on the north shore of Santa Cruz Island. He had stayed to the west of Pelican Harbor near Twin Harborís.
This is difficult news to tell you after the adverse hurtles A-65 had gone through to be back healthy and free on Santa Cruz Island. There were many people who participated in getting Skye back to his home. The wilderness is a difficult place to survive and sometimes even extra help canít guarantee survival.
I am glad to report that A-64 is healthy and enjoying the great foraging beaches on the West End. He has been seen mostly on Christie Beach and I have photos of him perched on the cliffs of Christie Point. He jumped and soared into the ocean winds and demonstrated how well he has become at soaring. I soon lost a visual of him after he flew several miles to the north.
Another day I located A-64 at the same location where Stephanie took pictures of him on a log. After a few hours he flew to the north.
At that same moment the Sauces Pair, A-02 and A-28 soared past me along the cliffs to the north of Christies Beach.
I was able to see both of those adults aggressively usher another BAEA away from their territory. Several pursuits lasting a dozen minutes were interesting to observe. This unknown BAEA could possibly be A-24 a four year old that has been seen on west end near Frasher Point.
I was also able to locate a third year BAEA on the north shore of Santa Cruz Island. I took several pictures of him. I could only make out the second number as a four when looking through my binoculars. With the help of looking one particular picture with different lighting we now believe it may be A-54. A third year BAEA that was thought to have died in 2006 over the ocean, after the loss of GPS data sent by the transmitter. We are exited to have possibly located a healthy BAEA that was thought to have been lost.
|« Previous Topic · Weekly Updates 2008 · Next Topic »|