Sometimes, it takes a “not-seeing” moment for me to realize in the next blink, that I am “seeing” something. For instance, that is Kate standing in her nest. In the 1st photo, look between Kate’s left shoulder and the tree branch and note the empty space there. In the second photo, a small darkness has appeared in that same gap. In the 3rd photo the darkness has become one of her chicks! In the 4th photo, the chick has disappeared again. Neat sequence of Kate’s approximately 5-6 week old chick peeking past her shoulder.
Jordan Lake: Time is of the essence when it is cold and the parent eagles need to trade places on the eggs. Eggs left uncovered in the cold winter air will die if left uncovered for more than 2 minutes. Mom Kate was on the egg(s) when I arrived. 2 hours later she started calling and Dad Petruchio arrived. Kate jumped up on the branch next to Petruchio (she is closest to the trunk). They glanced down at their eggs. Dad Petruchio jumped down into the nest and settled onto the eggs and Mom Kate left for some flight time. The whole exchange took 38 seconds. This is a critical time for the eggs and then for chicks up to 2 weeks of age because any disturbance by humans can cause the parents to leave the eggs or chicks exposed too long and the disturbance could quickly become fatal to the new family.
Jordan Lake: Good News for the New Year! First Nest has egg(s). Yes! The eggs were laid at some point after December 26.
1) Mom Kate flew over me, heading out to the lake after she and Dad Petruchio had switched places on the eggs – yep, both the female and male bald eagle help with the incubation.
2) Dad Petruchio landing just above the nest to make sure Momma Kate is ok (you can’t see her).
3) Mom Kate in the nest – her head is just above the brim and she is looking out the right side of the nest. Look for her yellow beak.
4) Both parents at the nest. Mom Kate is standing up in the nest and her head is to the right – she is rolling eggs. Dad Petruchio is above the nest, on the left of the main trunk, look for his white head. I apologize for the photos at the nest, but, the weather did not want to co-operate; fog everywhere.
Jordan Lake: First Nest update. Bald eagles mate for life. Every breeding cycle they renew their commitment to each other by sky dancing and food offerings. Petruchio brings his mate Kate a bird as his commitment offering as they get very near to mating.
Jordan Lake: Momma Kate and Dad Petruchio, the bald eagle parents at First Nest, were busy this morning doing upkeep and repair work on their nest. Kate is due to lay eggs in about 2 weeks.
Kate, who is one big bald eagle, floated past me surveying the cove. She will be laying this season’s new eggs in about 6 weeks.
Petruchio was putting repair sticks into the nest, getting ready for the new breeding season.
Petruchio (look directly above the nest) is taking a break. It was great seeing the pair preparing for a new family!