Sunday, July 1, 2012

Eagle flight school

Things are hopping in our favorite eagle's nest – branching, actually. The babies have lost their down and look like grownups except, of course, they don't have the bald eagle's white head and tail. That won't happen for 3-5 years.

Juvenile eagles have larger wings in relationship to their bodies and appear to be bigger than their parents. These larger wings act like training wheels on a bicycle.

For the next week or so, the babies will practice lift-offs and landings, grasping branches – and pretend prey – in their talons. Their parents have built a nest that is like Gymboree for eagles with lots of places to practice and be protected from falling.

It will be interesting to see if they take turns practicing. I only saw one branching last night, while her brother watched. I didn't even see him until I downloaded these images from my camera.

Can you spot both babies in this photo? Hint: they look a little like giant pinecones.

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