chasing the eagle first en masse

Tuesday, April 16, 2002
Good Evening
WEATHER: Max. 9.1 ºC »» Min. 4.9 ºC »» Reset 6.1 ºC »» Rain 4.4 mm
MARINE LIFE: 1 mature bald eagle, 2 pair geese. The eagle spent most of the day on the southeast rocks then near sunset flew over to the high point on the northwest ridge of Gr. Race.Every 15 minutes or so the eagle circled Gr. Race. The gulls and Oyster catchers all took to the air noisily, chasing the eagle first en masse, then breaking off into smaller groups of 7-8 gulls. The eagle returned to the ridge,but the gulls took 5 minutes or so to settle back down then all was quiet again for about 10 minutes until the eagle took flight again.This activity went on until it was almost dark and the eagle headed off towards Bentinck Island.The gulls have quite a number of distinctive calls that are associated with everything from courting to reacting to danger. It does not take long to recognize these various calls.
HUMAN INTERACTION: 4 ecotour boats and 1 pleasure craft through the reserve today.posted by Carol or Mike S at 7:07 PM
Good Morning
WEATHER: Sky Overcast »» Vis. 12 Miles »» Light Rain »» Wind North 11 Knots »» Sea 2 Foot Chop »» Low West Swell
posted by Carol or Mike S at 6:35 AM