Bald eagle chicks are hatched with their arrogance and aggression present from the moment of breaking out of the shell.
These are the 2 fledglings from the H&G nest. Siblings.
They fought for dominance in the nest, and even though they only began flying 3 weeks ago, the desire for dominance is on display.
Upside down. Inside out. All over the sky they flew and practiced the skills they would need in 5 years in order to win a mate.
Ranger Cove Nest
The bald eagle fledgling has been practicing his landings, a lot.
I watched as he came up out of the reeds and headed for a tree.
There was assurance and precision as the youngster stuck his landing.
And the bald eagle arrogance was on display too!
The morning was hot and the bald eagle family was tired of the humidity.
As bald eagles sometimes do, Ranger Dad flew down to the swampy area of the cove and waded into the cool water.
Soon his two offspring decided that the morning was right for some play time at the pool.
Ranger Cove Bald Eagle Nest
Ranger Dad brought a squirrel to the nest this morning.
The squirrel was so heavy that Ranger Dad had to slide in sideways to the nest and slam on his brakes.
The unfledged chick was still in the nest and it promptly pounced on the squirrel.
This made the eaglet fledgling, who was up top on the right hand trunk, pretty darn mad.
So mad that he flew/fell/crash landed down into the nest.
Then it was a free-for all for possession of the squirrel.
Ranger dad stayed out of the fight until he decided that he should be the one to parcel out the food.
One of the Ranger Cove bald eagle chicks has fledged! The other chick is working toward its own first flight.
The fledgling bald eagle chases father osprey and tries to get the osprey to drop its fish.
Then dad Hershey changes the game.