“Fly like an eagle”

Boy, those baby eagles grow up fast.  I didn’t get to see them for a few weeks and now they are sitting up looking like a grown up.

The oldest one was flapping his wings pretty hard but wasn’t getting too much height yet. I’m sure it won’t be long. I don’t know if I’ll make it back before they fly away.

One of the proud parents in a snag close by.

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All grown up.

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It’s rare to see both parents sitting together on this nest.

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The big baby was showing off his wings. The smaller baby stayed hidden behind the big trunk.

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I guess he was practicing his pose.

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At one point one of the parents moved over to the nest.

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Then back over next to his mate.

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I took a walk around the area and of course something happened.

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From across the pond I could see a juvenile eagle trying to invade the nest. The parents were screaming at him and chased him away.

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It could have been last year’s baby coming back for a visit but the parents didn’t want any part of it.

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Things started to settle down so I headed home for lunch.

These were taken in early March.By now the babies are probably flying around and getting ready to leave. We had another great year with this nest. I’m sure the proud parents are ready to head back up north for the summer.

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Growing up fast

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There were 2 baby eagles on the nest. One was much older and was flapping pretty good. He didn’t appear ready to take off just yet.

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One of the parents brought a half eaten fish.

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Family portrait

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The other eagle watching over the family.

It’s that time of the year. Baby eagles being born all over the Tampa Bay area. The nest closest to my house has produced twins again. The babies are big enough to see from the street so I stopped by on a late Saturday afternoon in mid-February. They seem to be doing well. I’m hoping I can get back over there before they fly away.

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Parent eagle coming in for a landing – Skywatch Friday

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I was standing there waiting for something to happen at the eagle’s nest when I saw one of the parents flying up. For once, I was paying attention and was able to get the above and below shots.

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He looks so majestic with his wings spread out.

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I give this landing a “10”.

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And then he just sat there.

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The baby was yelling for his food.

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“Maybe I’ll try to go get my own food.”

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“Or maybe not just yet.”

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Baby has a little fish tail hanging out of his beak.

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Is he using that hay straw on his beak as dental floss?

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The younger one was sitting patiently while the older one ate first.

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Mom started feeding one of them.

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Baby has a beak full of something.

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One of the parents keeping watch.

Another Sunday afternoon at the horse farm. They were pretty active this afternoon. It was nice and cool and the parents had brought in food early.

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Baby eagles all grown up

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A normal sight, the parent watching over the kids.

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A view of both baby eagles on the nest.

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The oldest perched on a big branch. Already looking regal.

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Practicing his takeoff.

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We have lift off!

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He didn’t fly around the afternoon I stopped by in mid-march. He was flapping pretty hard but never officially took off while I was there. By now he’s probably flying pretty high. This was my last stop of the year. I’ll leave them to their soaring and check back next year. It’s great to see both are doing well. Maybe I’ll see them flying over a busy road soon.

Some eagles, a chicken and a peacock

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I see a parent sitting on a branch near the nest.

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The other parent was on the nest with two babies. Eagle babies are not cute when they are this age.

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One is sitting up pretty good here. They grow up so fast. I’m not sure how old they were when I stopped by. Probably 2-3 weeks? The light at this nest is tough. In the morning I would be taking pictures directly into the sun so I stopped there late one afternoon and the sun is on the side. I can’t go around since the nest is sitting in the middle of a horse pasture. The nest is extremely tilted on one side so you can only see the babies on the shady side at this point. Once the babies are much bigger and sitting fully up, I should be able to see them from the sunny side but it’s still very far away.

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The parent was wiping it’s beak off after feeding the babies.

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A chicken close by was running around.

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The farm near the eagles have several peacocks running around.

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While I was there, one of the males was strutting around.

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Even from the back they are pretty cool.

A quick stop by the eagle’s nest back in early February proved the babies were growing up.  Recently I’ve noticed more eagles flying around the Tampa bay area. Twice in the last month I’ve seen them flying low over my car while on a busy interstate. Do other people notice them? Probably not, they’re busy texting while driving instead of noticing the birds.

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