(Since January 2016, I have been observing and photographing a pair of bald eagles which nested, hatched two eggs, and nurtured the eaglets. The series of photo essays on The Eagle Family can be found at these links: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3.)
Juvenile number 1 is most active, testing its wings in a strong breeze.
At times it looked as if the young ones were unsure what those long things on their sides were for, and they whacked each other as they stretched and flapped them. But they are getting the hang of it.
Hopping from the nest to a branch nearby is one way to practice “flying.”
But once you get there you have to have a firm grip. Without it you could take a tumble.
The juveniles will be fledging very soon. Stay tuned.