The golden hour gilds not only bald eagles, but red-shouldered hawks too.
This juvenile was very intent on something across the swampy part of the cove.
His interest pegged up a notch and he tapped his foot in anticipation.
His kee-ah, kee-ah call announced his growing impatience and readiness to hunt.
He glanced intently at me, making very certain I was watching – all youngsters want attention!
Then he launched and I wished him luck on his hunt.
First Nest: Hatch!!!
Since I cannot see into the nest, I have to reply on indirect evidence that an egg(s) have hatched.
Mom Kate is showing one of the behaviors.
In her talons she has a mat of litter that has been soiled by the chick.
All birds keep their nests very clean and remove the soiled nesting materials.
Eagles take the used litter far from the nest before letting it drop to the ground.
Dad Petruchio is showing the other good indicator that there has been a hatch: feeding behavior.
Here he is bringing a small fish to the nest.
He then stands just within the nest, pulls the fish apart and leans over to feed the chick.
It didn’t take Petruchio more than a minute to feed the small chick.
Dad Petruchio often takes a moment, as in this photo, and just watches the chick.
This 2-year-old bald eagle was puzzled and determined.
He knew there had to be fish in the water below.
He was certain of that … or maybe not. Apparently not.
After this single long hard look, he eased back into forward flight and went down the river.
Parent Bald Eagle hand-off of nest duties.
I heard Kate start to call from the nest and knew that she was seeing Petruchio.
He was out of my sight, then I blinked and he was in the nest.
2 blinks later, Kate was out of the nest and way down the cove, heading for the main lake.
Jordan Lake is always full of surprises and contrasts.
It is home to both the largest and smallest raptors in the US.
Both of the birds below were very proud of their catches this afternoon.
American Bald Eagle
length: 34-43 inches weight: 168 oz wingspan 72-96 inches
American Kestrel (also the smallest falcon in the US)
length: 9-12 inches weight: 3.9 oz wingspan 20-24 inches
I visited First Nest today and found Petruchio preening on a limb near the nest.
Having finished getting all his feathers clean and straight, he gave me a hello flight and soared closely over my head.
I thought I would show you the nest … from where I stand to watch the home of Hershey and Godiva!
Can you find the nest?
And, then show you a crop of the same photo and you can see Godiva perched in front of her nest. She hasn’t laid her eggs yet.