Godiva is just in front of the nest.
The 1 year old bald eagle to the far upper right made the mistake of flying too close to the nest.
I sure wish I was equipped to be able to show all of you better photos of this nest.
There are only a couple of viewing points that will not disturb the nest –
they are more than 1000 feet across the cove from the nest.
Hershey is bringing in a fish for his chicks.
Momma Godiva was sitting on the rim of the nest
when she dove off and headed straight toward me.
In mid air she swung over on a wing and headed for the water.
She took to the nest a small fish that was happily consumed by the chicks.
right to left: Kate almost hidden in the branches
one of the chicks is at the nest rim, looking up at his sibling who is standing and wing wapping
one of the chicks, center of nest rim, looking up at mom Kate
one of the chicks half standing and you can see he still has some grey hatching fluff on his head
both chicks are grooming to remove itchy baby feathers as their adult feathers grow in
mom Kate is in the grooming state of mind too
It is with deep sadness that I must report that the chick at the LL&H nest has been lost.
When the rangers saw that part of the nest had fallen they did a thorough investigation.
It appears that the north side of the nest had collapsed. The rangers could not find any remains of the chick.
There had been a really, really rough windy storm in the preceding week and maybe that is what destroyed part of the nest.
My heart, as yours, hopes that Lady Lake and Heritage will do what eagle parents do: come back late this fall, repair the nest and breed again next year.
We will keep an eye on the nest through the coming months and I will add updates of any changes.
I want to say thank you for all the wellness thoughts and prayers for my knee surgery.
My knee is doing great and I sure was happy to finally be back at the lake after 10 days away.
All is fine at the nest.
Here is Kate dashing off to go find a breakfast fish for the chicks.
One of the chicks just below Petruchio’s chest.
I don’t know what the chick was watching, but it was very intent.
Godiva is on the edge of the nest. You cannot see Hershey who has incubation duty and is behind the main trunk.
I am blessed with so many friends among all of you.
One of my friends, who is one of the nest monitors,
went out today to check my nests while I recover from knee repair.
He sent me this video from First Nest and said he hoped it would help with my healing.
Oh, it did! Watch as one of the chicks surveys the world and the other practices wing wapping.
I added 2 freeze frames so you can see expressions better.
And yes, that is poop shooting over the nest edge at the end of the video.
All eaglets instinctively do this to help keep the nest clean.