Goodbye, Robin.

As I sit here stunned and saddened by the death of Robin Williams I harken back to the first time i met him. It was while I was working on a Blake Edwards film in 1984. We were shooting a wedding scene at a church in Santa Monica for a film called Micky and Maude. I was sitting at my cart doing what I normally did, recording and playing back what we were shooting, when I became aware of a presence behind me. I turned to look to see who it was as many of the crew would look over my shoulder at my monitor to watch the action as it happened. I was surprised to see a quiet, reserved man who I didn’t recognize at first as being one of the people who would normally show up in that spot. As I turned to get a better look it hit me who he was. I asked if I could do anything for him and offered him my chair so he could see my monitor better. He declined and said not to make a fuss as he was just there to talk to Blake about a project they were thinking of doing together. He didn’t want anyone to make a fuss and tried to act like just another spectator to what we were doing. He was very kind and self effacing and didn’t act like a star at all. We talked a bit about his work and I told him I was a big fan and that I hoped he and Blake would do a project together as I would love to work with him also. He said that he hoped it would all work out, too. He seemed embarrassed by the attention people were paying to him and it appeared he wanted to be treated just like everybody else. I was impressed by this and it made me like him even more. He and Blake never did get that project off the ground which is sad as the combination of the best comic and the best comedy director would have resulted in a phenomenal movie , in my opinion.

As it turns out I did have a chance to work with him in 1997. I was hired to work on a film called “Father’s Day” that starred Robin and Billy Crystal. Ivan Reitman of “Ghostbusters” fame was the director and with such a combo it seemed that it was going to be non-stop laughs from the word go. It was and we all had a great time making the movie. There were some days when we did scenes with a crowd of extras where Robin would be so busy entertaining them that we had trouble actually getting the movie made. It was all great fun, everyone had a great time and I am sad that that was the only project I got to work with him on.

The world has lost one of it’s greatest entertainers today. Robin’s body of work, that ranged from a goofy alien to a serial killer to a disc jockey to an inspiring teacher to any of the other roles he took for his own has few equals in the pantheon of movie stars. His humanitarian work with Comic Relief points up what a good soul he was behind the scenes also. He was a marvelous human being and we will all miss him. And I will miss a friend and colleague who was kind, generous, and the funniest man I have ever known. Rest well, Robin! You earned it.

 

 

Nest Update 6 August 2014 – A Farewell From Firetruck1988

Another season has come and gone at the mnbound nest cam.  Dad seemed to have his OSD under control this season and mom is still mom.  This season did not go quite as planned as you are all aware.  I was really excited when mom laid the the third egg and was saddened when Skye died.  You may have noticed that I was not as active as a mod this season as I was last season.  This was due to starting a new job back in March that kept me away from the cam and chat several days a week.  I plan on spending my time until the cam returns watching sea eagles and the Florida cams.  My mod avatars are washed and are now hanging up for the off season.  The mod team will gather again when the cam returns sometime early next year.  Until then we will stay in touch with each other.  I cannot wait to see what surprises mom and dad will have for us next season.  Fly free and safe Arky and Dakota keep out of trouble.  Until next season this is firetruck1988 signing off good night going 10-8 (available) from mod duty.

Nest Update 5 August 2014 – A Good Bye Until Next Season From Eaglesoarfree

What a privilege it has been to watch our amazing eagle family again this year! Mom and Dad entertained us with many antics….Dad’s OSD, stick placement “disagreements”, Mom and Dad staring each other down over a couple of tasty fishies! Then the biggest surprise of all…3 eggs!! A first for this nest! Even though beautiful Skye was only with us for about a week, she will remain in our hearts forever!! She will be the angel that will watch over Arky and Dakota as they soar high and free in the sky!

Arky and Dakota brought us many memorable moments…bonkfests, wingercizing, clown feet, hissy fits, squeefests. We rejoiced as they reached each new milestone…standing up, walking, branching, and finally fledging and growing into the strong, proud, fierce eagles they have become.  May you always soar high and free!

I want to thank MNB and BBC for bringing us these incredible views of the nest and the surrounding area with the best cam on the net by far! It was so breathtaking to see the world through the eagles’ eyes! BBC’s cam gnomes certainly outdid themselves day after day bringing us gorgeous views and we got to see many different wildlife. Talon’s blog was such a treat to read when I missed something happening on the nest. His humor, compassion, and love for this eagle family was evident by the dedication he showed by writing the best blog (and picture captions) on the net! Thanks Talon!

Birdbrain and dragonlainey there aren’t enough words to express my gratitude for all of your hard work on the vids this season. The wonder and beauty in your vids helped me see what I missed and also will give me something to watch in the off season when I am going through “withdrawls.” Your talent and dedication are much appreciated.

Our chatters were once again the absolute best! No matter what the circumstances you always followed our only rule: Be Nice. It was such fun discussing and learning about our eagles but it was also fun to share personal experiences. We became a family because of this amazing nest and I look forward to seeing all of you in the 2015 season!!

Nest Update – 3 August 2014- All Good Things..….Part One

Good Evening, Fellow BaldEagleVidLovers!!!

I have decided to split this final blog into several parts. Tonights portion will be a salute to the fine folks that have labored tirelessly to bring us the highlights of the season and preserve them for us to view as we wait for the cams to come back up on a new nesting season next year. The next parts will be end of the season blogs by the moderators that started the season at MN Bound and ended it with us at For The Love Of Nests and Critters. Then I will try to wrap it all up with my final eagle blog of the season. That’s not to say I’ll be hiding till next season, it’s just I will be discussing more mundane things than eagles in the off season.

Before the season began I was informed by our superb videographer of last year, 989Razzle, that she would not be able to be with us this year as she was moving house and that getting it ready, selling it, finding a new house and actually moving would leave her no time to do vids. She suggested several people to fill in and when I queried them if they could help us out 2 (actually 3) said they would be glad to. Birdbrain56 and Dragonlainey (Rick and Elaine Black) graciously offered their services to help preserve the season for us. As we know Birdbrain had to stop early in the season for personal reasons. We would like to express our extreme gratitude for what she did contribute and that we would be glad to have her back on the team again someday.

As for Dragonlainey what can I say?? They did a marvelous job for us under their own, at times, trying circumstances. At last count I believe they said they were over 400 vids for the season and if you have never done one let me tell you that is one heck of a lot of work and dedication. They were even doing vids for other nests at the same time! They always came through for us and we appreciate each and every video they made. So, THANKS Elaine and Rick, for a job well done!

Elaine has put together a retrospective of the season in 14 parts that are listed here below. They are divided up in categories so find your favorite activity and start there!

MNBound Eagles ~ 2014 Season Recap ~ “Flights”

http://youtu.be/dMgXRsXrlGI

MNBound Eagles ~ 2014 Season Recap ~ “The Trunk”

http://youtu.be/CmrBWT3xhgE

MNBound Eagles ~ 2014 Season Recap ~ “Stick Play”

http://youtu.be/GhEPgVS7nrE

MNBound Eagles ~ 2014 Season Recap ~ “Misc. Clips”

http://youtu.be/W2RlsiNg6Fw

MNBound Eagles ~ 2014 Season Recap ~ “Intruders”

http://youtu.be/p5P6pGnz1gM

MNBound Eagles ~ 2014 Season Recap ~ “PS ~ Pooh Shoots”

http://youtu.be/GTj8XsAqOiA

MNBound Eagles ~ 2014 Season Recap ~ “Eggs”

http://youtu.be/xUOW0j37qTs

MNBound Eagles ~ 2014 Season Recap ~ “Beaking”

http://youtu.be/bbXSAWIq6Wo

MNBound Eagles ~ 2014 Season Recap ~ “Early Feedings”

http://youtu.be/4AZyZ1mlCGw

MNBound Eagles ~ 2014 Season Recap ~ “Nudges”

http://youtu.be/o-9xKnryo-M

MNBound Eagles ~ 2014 Season Recap ~ “Dad’s Bath”

http://youtu.be/c8MFeOlr0yQ

MNBound Eagles ~ 2014 Season Recap ~ “Mayhem. Mantle, & Meals”

http://youtu.be/_xMGS3EonfQ

MNBound Eagles ~ 2014 Season Recap ~ “Wingersizing”

http://youtu.be/eOU0_KXtFjY

MNBound Eagles ~ 2014 Season Recap ~ “Close Ups”

http://youtu.be/f8kXUtygd7c

We’ll be back tomorrow with the next section of the end of the season blog. Until then, Keep Looking Up, You May See A Bald Eagle!!

TalonStrike

Nest Update – 31 July 2014- And So It Goes..….

Good Evening, Fellow FellowTravellers!!

The day on the nest, which turned out to be the penultimate day of our 2014 season, was a lot like the rest of the days this week. The cam was parked on the nest for a good part of the day and we only had some short viewings of the juvies as they bounced around the tree squeeing at Mom and Dad to bring them something to play with. We could hear them both near and far away and when the cam pan man did show up he scanned around to all the usual places but they were nowhere to be seen.

During his scan the Great Blue Heron was spotted in the bushes in the pond that are all that remain of Goose Island, otherwise known as Atlantis. The cam became a GBH cam for a good portion of the afternoon as we watched an exercise in avian patience that is a hallmark of a GBH on a hunt for snacks. His patience was rewarded several times as he caught and swallowed what were probably frogs and maybe some minnows that might still exist in the pond.

Toward the end of our time with the GBH what has to be one of the best fly ins we have seen occurred. Who I think was Arky came flying from the far perch right through the frame and gave us a great highlight to almost end the year on. The vid and some really great scaps are below.

In case you didn’t see my previous post this was posted on the MN Bound Live Eagles page about 3pm today:

We want to thank all of you for another wonderful season at the eagle nest. Tomorrow will be our last day of live broadcast from the nest. We will be turning off the camera for the 2014 season and looking forward to 2015. We hope you have all enjoyed watching and learning once again this year – another successful year at the Minnesota Bound Eagle nest! From all of us at Minnesota Bound and Broadband Corp, thanks for watching, and we’ll see you next year!

It is kind of short notice and it would have been nice to have a little bit more warning but a lot of us felt that it was coming soon even though we have had no communication from MNB at all. Tis better to be over with quickly.

Tomorrow late afternoon and evening we will have an end of the season chat at the For The Love Of Nests and Critters Ustream page. Please join us as we relive the season and look forward to next year.

The rest of the evening at the tree saw a few more fly ins and outs and both of the juvies showed up for a squee session on the nest and lower branch. They did a double fly-off to wherever they are spending the night these days and we listened as they squeed at the sun going down. Dad came home and parked on his favorite perch as darkness overtook the tree.

On to the vids and pics of the day.

MNBound Eagles ~ Quick Visits ~ Morning Highlights ~ July 31, 2014

http://youtu.be/_vhDPVxk2zo

MNBound Eagles ~ “Juvie & Blue Heron” ~ With Slow Motion ~ July 31, 2014

http://youtu.be/0UH80KR_xZ4

MNBound Eagles ~ Flight & Double Flight by Arky & Dakota ~ July 31, 2014

http://youtu.be/Xdqt6yPKq7I

And some pics from today!

Lovely collage of the fly in by Elaine Black. Thanks!

Lovely collage of the fly in by Elaine Black. Thanks!

there goes

Doesn't that heron know there are no fish in there??

Doesn’t that heron know there are no fish in there??

What noisy neighbors!! I think I'll try the next pond down!

What noisy neighbors!! I think I’ll try the next pond down!

Dakota, why u hide under there??

Dakota, why u hide under there??

My final daily (mostly :-) ) blog of the season will coincide with the cam shutdown tomorrow night. I will continue to post updates as warranted and will try to keep you abreast of happenings in other parts of the cam world. I may even enumerate my dealings with the labyrinth of the health care world which has already been an adventure and we haven’t even gotten to the juicy parts yet!

We don’t have an exact time for the shutdown but I feel it will be after full dark tomorrow. There was no indication whether or not the Social Stream at the cam will be shut down also. I guess we will have to wait and see.

We will see you in the tree tomorrow!

TalonStrike

If you have been wondering where the mods went we are here: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/for-the-love-of-nests-critters. Also click to join the MN Bound Chatters group on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/MNBoundEagleViewers/. It is a closed group so just click and one of the admins will add you toot-suite. Thanks!

Cam Update 31 July 2014 – Cam Shutoff Tomorrow

Just announced on the MN Bound Live Eagles page about an hour ago:

We want to thank all of you for another wonderful season at the eagle nest. Tomorrow will be our last day of live broadcast from the nest. We will be turning off the camera for the 2014 season and looking forward to 2015. We hope you have all enjoyed watching and learning once again this year – another successful year at the Minnesota Bound Eagle nest! From all of us at Minnesota Bound and Broadband Corp, thanks for watching, and we’ll see you next year!

 

TalonStrike