(Since January 2016, I have been observing and photographing a pair of bald eagles which nested, hatched two eggs, and nurtured the eaglets. Part 1 of a series of photo essays on The Eagle Family can be found here.)
This morning the male Bald Eagle flew in with a fish for the juveniles. These parents seem to bring fish or shore birds for the young to eat. I’ve seen no evidence of other types of prey.
The second-born began to tear at the fish, and the first-born looked on as if to say, “You’re not eating my portion, are you?” I don’t think it has anything to be concerned about, however. The first-born was noticeably larger than the second, and was advanced in flapping its wings and practicing flying, so he/she need not fear being overtaken by the second. It came up with a feather from a past meal, but it got to the fish as well.
This is the first-born practicing his eagle look. He’s got it down pretty good, I think.
The female circled the nest a couple of times this morning as she guarded the area while the male hunted.
She landed in a tall tree after taking perches in two other locations, perhaps to let me know she has her eye on me.
I imagine it won’t be too much longer until the first-born attempts flight. Both juveniles are flapping their wings and hopping, especially in a strong breeze. I hope to be there to see it.