It is bad enough that Brassy, another eagle, chases Ice every chance she gets.
It is probably an additional insult to the fledgling that a small, hopping mad, parent fishing crow also harasses the immature eagle.
The fishing crow and its mate have a nest at the end of the cove where the eagle family lives.
Like all parent birds, these crows don’t like intruders and will, as here, chase even an eagle.
By the way, Ice’s eye is in mid-blink, and is therefore not showing signs of a possible injury.
I was enjoying Wynd’s flight about the cove when I saw her look over her shoulder.
I lifted my face from behind my camera and saw Brassy bearing down on the fledgling.
Wynd began screaming for parents, her wings and body and feet trying for more speed.
I briefly saw the flash of a parent past my lens then both Brassy and parent dove into the trees and I lost them.
Wynd headed for the nest on the other side of the cove.
Brassy sure knows how to disrupt a peaceful flight of exploration.
Wynd is the lower bird with Brassy almost on top of her.
VIDEO at http://youtu.be/zFaqIllLy8g
NOTE: I decided to leave the audio intact – I wanted you to be able to hear the eagles.
In my excitement I had gotten almost on top of my camera that was recording…so you can hear me and my friend talking about the action – if you would prefer, by all means mute the sound.
In the video: Ice is the fledgling to the right on the branch and Wynd is in the nest eating. Ice notices the chase first.
You get just a blurred glimpse of Brassy above the scene and then Petruchio below. The rest of the chase is out of sight (the chase from which you have seen photos).
This is the ending sequence.
Petruchio returns first – triumphant that he has chased Brassy away. Kate soon follows – watch her weight spring the limb Petruchio is on.
They both express their excitement with head throws, calls and body quivers. The fledglings are safe.
As ever, Kate gets bossy and pushes Petruchio around. He heads out and Kate is satisfied, for the moment.
In the photo below: left to right: Wynd, Ice, Kate, Petruchio.
Eagle Family Report: VIDEO of Brassy attacking Ice is at http://youtu.be/tg2ne8JiKkc
video has a slow motion replay of the attack so you can see the interactions
Yesterday I stood and listened to the screaming alerts of the fledglings as Brassy attacked.
The three year old immature eagle had come from across the cove and went straight as an arrow for the nest.
In the photo: Ice is on the left screaming his terror and defiance and Brassy is the hurtling mass of feathers just above him and to the right.
Ice managed to evade the attack and Brassy actually flew over him and right on across the top of the nest.
For those who like the details, my shutter speed was 1/2500 sec and yet Brassy’s speed still blurred her image.
VIDEO of Ice flying into nest at http://youtu.be/59pWgaa6_UY
NOTE: due to operator error, mine, the video has no sound, sorry. Please turn on some background music and watch.
Ice fledged sometime this morning. That’s him, in the photo, concentrating on his landing.
In the video when Kate the mom shows up with a fish, Ice shows up from the right, flying in for his food.
At first I didn’t see Wynd, then I began to notice action in the limbs above Kate and Ice.
They showed me where Wynd was; funny watching the two birds trying to figure out just what is over their heads.
Turning around on a limb is a difficult exercise and so Wynd, once again, does things the hard way.
She more or less falls back into the nest and promptly moves Ice out of the way and moves him away from the food.
VIDEO of Wynd’s Adventure at http://youtu.be/-xtLieIP77Y
Wynd disappeared from the nest 3 days ago. It was about time for her to fledge so I didn’t fret much the first day.
Day 2 I kept looking for her. This afternoon she returned. I saw her making takeoffs and landings, working her way to the nest.
Then I lost her for awhile only to see her just below the nest in some trees. The way she gets back into the nest is astounding. I managed to get it on video.
Typical eagle she immediately started looking for something to eat. Wynd has fledged.
Ice has watched. He will be fledging soon too.
I just hope he does it in the more normal style of small flights to near by trees for a few days and then the long soars around the cove.
On the video watch below and left of the nest in the trees there and once you spot Wynd be patient as she works her way back into the nest.