Saturday, May 12, 2012

Young eagle flight practice

We often see juvenile bald eagles – sometimes as many as six or seven – soaring on the thermals along the ridge above the Nisqually River delta and Puget Sound. For the past few evenings, we've seen three or four juveniles flying in formation, practicing air dances. They seem to really enjoy themselves and each other's company.

I believe these birds are all earlier offspring of my favorite nesting pair a few blocks away. Bald eagles generally keep all raptors at least a mile away from the nest. Last year, I saw papa eagle soaring with two juveniles just a block from the nest. Check out my post from last May of flight practice.

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