HK Builds His Nest

HK Builds His Nest

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

A surprise to find HK on one of his favorite towers. This one is within sight of his nest, from his perspective. The Osprey have been active, so HK sightings will begin to diminish.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

A "baby" Eagle visits Honey Bee

I had heard from a friend in the area that a young eagle had been a frequent visitor.  I went to check today and did find this immature Eagle perched in a tree.

It did not stay long but did provide a nice flyby.

This was the only Eagle I observed.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

HK in the Nest

Another opportunity to document HK in his Honey Bee nest. He was there for about 1.5 hours while I was there and was still there when I left for the day.

HK landing.

HK almost making eye contact. 
 
HK feaking.

HK in motion.

Monday, February 27, 2017

HK in the nest. 2.26.17

I found HK all alone in the nest this afternoon. It took a while to find him, as he was hunkered down way inside. But eventually, he showed himself.

Then, showed himself out!

He turned up on a tree, just off S. Independence Blvd.

And left after about 20 minutes. He gave an outstanding fly over! I never tire of these!

Monday, February 20, 2017

HK, Sterling, and some visitors. 2.20.17

Another pretty exciting time at Honey Bee. I found both HK and Sterling together in the cell tower as I arrived. Sterling left first, and was followed promptly by HK.

 I relocated him close to the nest and he offered several portrait opportunities, which I enjoyed immensely.

I went searching for him but instead found an unbanded adult visitor on a tower close to the nest.

When this eagle flew towards the nest I got there in time to see this youngster attempt to land but was promptly driven out by HK I think. This was the closest I have ever been to an eagle in the wild.

When I turned my attention back to the nest, there was one in the nest (pictured) and one in the tree who I could not positively identify. I then left for the day.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

HK and Sterling this weekend plus a juvie visitor

HK and Sterling spent a lot of together time this weekend.  They were on the cell tower.

They chased away a pretty juvie.

And flew around some. This is Sterling.

This is HK.

Sterling turned up on a cypress tree. And promptly left.

They were together on the Osprey nest tower. Lots of photogs saw them there and they showed off. It was 80 degrees! And things were heating up!

They flew to HK's nest together but Sterling left before me. HK is always such a joy to see there though!

He came out for a bit to feak his beak.

And then, HK just waited for her return I think. And I simply watched him as he watched the street activity below.

I don't know if this may be the year where Sterling or another new female comes to this beautiful nest that HK has built. But, it has truly been a special experience watching his life play out on this suburban street and golf course neighborhood in Virginia Beach.

Monday, January 30, 2017

HK at the end of the day

I located HK near the end of the day in a cypress tree. He took off and circled.
 
And grabbed at a fish down stream.

He disappeared for a while but suddenly reappeared for this nice flyby.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Sterling on top

I found HK and Sterling on the cell tower. Suddenly Sterling hopped down and this time she was on top of HK! Being a dominant female, I guess.

Afterwards, they regarded each other. That's Sterling on the right.

HK few down to the Osprey nest tower and picked up a stick in his mouth. He transferred it to his talons in mid air. This was really beautiful to see. He delivered it back to the cell tower.

I left the pair of them there.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

HK and Sterling: Afternoon Delight?

I had been watching HK on a tower.

He flew and suddenly a second eagle appeared on another tower. I drove over there and discovered it was Sterling. They mated or bonded whatever you want to call it.  Very exciting!

Sunday, January 15, 2017

HK Photo Op!

After a couple of failed attempts to find  HK today, I finally located him finishing up a meal in the nest tree.

  He feaked his beak, then flew to a nearby tree.

He walked a branch.

Then feaked his beak several more times! Must have been a messy meal!

He did some preening.

But basically sat around looking gorgeous on a sunny afternoon.