MEETING OTHER FLEDGLINGS!
Catalina Update: Wednesday, August 3, 2011
Steffani: Hi everybody,
The chicks are on the move!
This week, many of the young eagles have taken trips outside of their territories and the chasing-chicks-around-the-island game has begun!
On Thursday, I surveyed the Seal Rocks area and after a while I spotted K07, Karis, flying together with one of the SR adults.
K08, Scout, was not in the area. After a little while, I spotted another juvenile flying along with K07 but it wasnt K08.
I scanned through the frequencies and, to my surprise, it was K12, Aahana! Its just about a month since she fledged so shes right on schedule; she sure ventured as far as she could on her first trip away from home.
Later that afternoon I picked up the signal from K08, Scout, coming from the Palisades on the back side of the island.
I made a video of these sightings.
Video by eaglegal: K07 and K12 Flying on the East End. July 28th, 2011.
On Monday, I went to the SR area again and neither on of the SR birds were there, only K12.
I didnt get a change to photograph her this time but she went from the SR canyon to the quarry so shes enjoying her time out there.
I searched the east end, the Empire Landing area and parts of the south of the island but didnt find the SR chicks.
Catalina Update: Thursday, August 11, 2011
Steffani: We have had quite a busy week trying to keep up with the youngsters who are exploring all ends of the island.
I have been conducting surveys trying to cover as much ground as physically possible in one day, however, there are times when the eagles decide to go to those areas I dont get to visit in that particular day; and this happens often!
On Tuesday, Pete and I headed out to the interior separately to try to cover the whole island in one day, and it turned out to be a very successful plan!
Pete covered the east end and later the west end while I covered the north and the southern parts of the island.
Right away, Pete spotted K12 (aka Aahana) hanging out by the dump near Avalon.
Throughout the day, Pete and I got moving signals on every single bird except for K07 (aka Karis). I have been searching for her for weeks unable to even pick up a signal. The last time I saw her was on July 25th. By now, it is obvious that she has either left the island or her transmitter has completely failed.
While I was in the south, I got moving signals on K08, K15, K18 and also K12.
By the time Pete arrived to the west end, all six eagles (K12, K13, K14, K15, K18 and K19) had made it out there as well. It was pretty fogged out for most of the day at the places where I went so not much to photograph.
Catalina Update: Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Steffani: Seven out of the eight 2011 youngsters continue to explore Catalina in search of food, perfecting their flights and mingling with other juveniles from different nests. Pete and I try to keep up with their travels!
As Pete drove on the west end ridges, he picked up the signal of all the juveniles except for K08. Luckily, I had picked out Scouts signal the day before at Haypress reservoir, so everyone was accounted for!
On Monday, I headed out to the west end again and managed to get signal on all the birds along the way (except for K07 of course).
It was quite foggy so I wondered if Id be able to see anyone. I know the birds were moving though because the signals where not coming from the same locations as I drove back home.
Catalina Update: Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Steffani:Another week of keeping up with the juveniles and their travels on the island.
Pete has been off island this week and I have surveyed the whole island a couple of times and have managed to get moving signal on all the youngsters .. except for K07, of course .. but unfortunately no visuals.
Catalina Update: Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Steffani: I have continued to radiotrack and search for the remaining seven juveniles left on the island. I dont get to see them very often but I have picked up their signals in numerous places. They have been traveling all over the island.
I have picked up signals from K08, K15, K19, K12 and K18 still keeps making regular visits to the nest.
K13 and K14 have been missing (or on the opposite side of the island) for over a week.
(Pictures courtesy of Dr. Sharpe, Steffani and/or the IWS crew)
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