Evidence of two chicks!
First hot day makes the little one pant
Huge wings, even on a 2-month old
Bald Eagle fledglings are flying this way and that, usually crying while they fly or rest. It would be surprising to say the least to find this fellow on the railing.
The two of them followed me as I was returning home!
A very dramatic but very short leap onto another rock
He's just enough bigger and stronger to intimidate . . .
Of course, the one I've been calling "he" is probably a "she." Female Bald Eagles are larger than males. I thought the one on the left was larger because "he" hatched earlier--simply a bad guess, most likely.
First sight of the nest this year . . .
She cried and ducked as the tiny swallows dive-bombed.
Mom Eagle carrying lunch (don't look too closely)
How fast they grow!
Not a bad view
Mom was in the next tree--both babies crying and crying
Too close! I didn't know he was there!
Sis up on top watching the sprinkler fun
At first I thought there was just one chick
Mom fishing, unsuccessfully
Resting after first flight
Get out of my way, I'm a beginner!
As they perfect their flying skills, they land in all sorts of environments--fun for an eagle-adoring photographer.
Sis finds a new toy and gets to play with it first.
The little one decorated mom!
She brings a small lake creature . . .
Dad brings a fish!
Dad bringing a good-sized catch!
He cries and flies
The logistics of flying to the nest are complicated
Their coloring is protective--very hard to spot them in the trees.
I was right under him in my kayak
Looks like an odd nautical-style flag here.
But not for long . . .
She retires diplomatically
Mom or Dad flew in from behind me--brought a small fish
A little practice time
Mom finds small chick to feed her chicks
The larger eaglet has fledged and somehow made it to the opposite side of the island
Typical posture, hovering over food and crying
Competition for food
Probably a local from last year or the year before. On his way to adulthood
He tries to stand on a boat antenna that has a hinge and spring.