An eagle family update

In the middle of March my neighborhood eagle babies were as big as their parents. They were hopping around and moving around the tower near the nest.

One of the parents flew in with a squirrel and both babies attacked the parent. I’m sure both were hungry that morning. The older one usually gets to eat first.

The parent dropped of the meal and left. At this point they were bringing back several snacks each morning. These babies were eating a lot.

The younger one just sits there and watches his big sibling eat first. If there’s any left he’ll get the rest or wait for a parent to bring in more food.

A few days later it was dark and cloudy with a storm moving in so I stopped for a quick visit and caught one of the babies eating while the other was sitting high up in the tower. If the nest was in a tree this would be called branching, where they start hopping around from branch to branch but in this cause they are working their way up the tower.

Another week later and the oldest was still eating first. He eventually stopped and let the younger one eat but not without a “I can already fly” attitude.

A few minutes later a parent flew in with a small fish (in his left talon).

He dropped off the fish and took off again.

After a full meal everything was quiet for a while.

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Getting some air

Early March at the neighborhood eagle’s nest. One morning I got there and heard one of the parents screaming from a tree nearby. She left right after I snapped this and showed up at the nest later with a snack.

These were all in the first week of March. The oldest baby got to eat first and then the younger one got what was left. Most days several snacks were brought to the nest. One morning I was there for an hour and they brought in 2 fish and a squirrel.

After the eldest finished eating he was showing off his flight skills.  He was getting pretty high up but his landing was always wobbly.

One of the parents flew off. Probably the Mom who had been there all night.

A week later I stopped by on a cloudy day. Rain was coming in but I wanted to see them before the storm hit.  One of the babies was really enjoying his meal. It looked furry so I’m thinking a squirrel. Most of the earlier meals looked like fish.

A few days later and they were really getting some air. At this point both parents would be missing most of the morning. Only to stop by to drop off food for the babies.

 

Neighborhood Eagle watch Part 1

I’ve been keeping an eye on my neighborhood eagles. They are in a high utility tower across from a field so they are pretty far away but I can get a good look at them and their lives. The above were taken in early February. I could still only see one baby. I couldn’t see the other baby laying down in the back. Mom was bringing in a fish for breakfast.

Ten days later I could see both babies. One of the parents had brought in a fish with a bunch of seaweed. At this point the parent was dropping off the food on the nest for the babies to eat on their own.

Five days later the babies were quietly sitting on the nest with one of the parents sitting on top of the tower. I heard the adult yelling and it looks like the other parent was flying in. I think she was yelling at him for being gone so long. “Where is breakfast?” She asks. They yelled for a few minutes and one took off with the other one flying off behind him. The kids are like “We are still hungry!”

“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.