Petruchio flying in to check on Kate.
Kate has stood to roll the egg(s).
The eggs must be rolled every 1-2 hours to keep the embryos heathy.
Petruchio on guard.
H & G Nest
That is Hershey on the left and Godiva on the right.
She has not started laying eggs yet.
Mating in the bald eagle world is noisy, precarious and spectacular.
Hershey, the male, has to balance on Godiva’s curved back without using his talons –
he doesn’t want to cause damage to his mate.
His wings that give him hunting agility now provide Hershey with the brief moment he needs to mate.
Lady Lake and Heritage nest
Another eagle monitor has graced us with two of his photos of this nest.
I am grateful for his input as this nest is hard for me to reach.
You can see Lady Lake brooding – she is sitting on egg(s).
In this photo you get a long view of the nest tree and the nest.
Yay! Kate is brooding too. Chicks in about 30-35 days.
You can just see Kate’s head right at the brim of the nest. She is facing to the right.
If you look carefully you can see her eye between the large limb and a much smaller branch.
Hershey and Godiva H&G
I almost didn’t get this shot as I was packing up and putting my camera away when Hershey flew past.
Against the grey sky you can see that Hershey has nesting material tucked against his tail, trailing some pieces.
I am not sure yet that Godiva is brooding.
This is Godiva (closest to us) and Hershey.
I got fooled earlier today, while looking at images on my camera’s LED.
I thought this couple was the new couple Heritage and Lady Lake.
It wasn’t until Godiva flew out first that I could see Hershey’s color.
My apologies to those viewing the Jordan Lake Wildlife cam Facebook page where I had mis-identified the eagles!
Godiva was in the nest, looking very eagle.
I didn’t see Hershey.
I found Kate and Petruchio way, way down their cove.
That is Kate on the left and Petruchio on the right.
Eagle Nest / First Nest of Jordan Lake
BTW I am changing this nest name to First Nest to help us all keep the nests straight.
This is the very first nest I started monitoring for the Army Corps of Engineers (thank you, A.C.E.!).
Here is Kate leaving the nest after she and Petruchio had spent some time working on it.
Kate should start laying eggs the end of this month.
A little hard to see with the glare of the bright afternoon sun yesterday!
That is Hershey flying up to the nest.
Godiva is sitting on her usual perch on a branch in front of the nest,
Yes, she is hollering – maybe because Hershey isn’t bringing a repair branch?