Saturday, January 03, 2009

THE EAGLES ARE BACK

Actually, they first showed up in November, sitting on the osprey box, but we were not sure if they were OUR eagles or just an occasional eagle passing through. By OUR eagles, I mean a nesting pair that will stay and nest here. Seems they decided this seemed like a good place to stay, and, in spite of the bad weather, lots of rain, cold temps, 60 mph winds, they got busy fixing up the nest. Interestingly, they seem to prefer the Osprey nest box for their, um, playground... at least that is where all the on camera mating seems to be taking place. Back in the nest, mama has a nice soft cup formed. They also seem to be practicing eating in the nest as there are frequently small bones or a piece of a fish left behind.



I am not sure if this is our same couple from last year. If I remember correctly, Papa did not seem too great in the food provision department. Mama had to go find most of her own food and then feed the babies. SO, hopefully if this is the same pair, they will have a bit of maturity this year and do a bit better.
You can go to http://www.friendsofblackwater.org/camhtm2.html for a minute by minute update of both the osprey platform and the eagle nest PLUS lots of other material on the birds.

6 comments:

ancient one said...

Very interesting post.. ha ha.. I hope they are the same Eagles and like you hope the male has matured.

Ginnie said...

You are so lucky to have this near by. A wonderful post.

Marla said...

These photos are so cool! Aren't Eagles so majestic?

Tossing Pebbles in the Stream said...

Very interesting to be able to watch.

Ralph said...

That's pretty interesting, I would bet they are the same as last year.
Ralph

Wildflower Cabin said...

Wow, what photos and what an awesome gift to have eagles nesting right there!! Is that a trail cam you are getting the photos from? Very nice!
Janice