Thursday, May 31, 2012

Feeding baby eagles

My favorite eagle pair have a routine to assure the safety of their youngsters. When we arrived at the nest, papa was watching from mid-tree to the right of the nest. One of the babies was scanning the area outside the nest wondering where dinner was.

Mama flew in to help the babies, cutting up dinner in smaller chunks. I didn't see the second baby but he or she may have been deeper in the nest.

When mama was confident that her youngsters could feed themselves the rest of their dinner, she flew off. Papa was right behind her. What's happening? They wouldn't both leave the youngsters? Then mama circled back past the nest and landed in the same tree that papa had left but in a different position.

Baby checked to see where mama was, then settled back into the nest to finish dinner.

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