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.
I found this pair of bald eagles, one beside the other, perched in this large pine at Jordan Lake.
They are a new pair to me…I wonder if they have a nest here or are they migrants?
I think the male is the one closest to me.
Fish for breakfast for Kate in 4 quick steps:
1) Kate sees Petruchio catching a fish and starts hollering for her food.
2) Petruchio flies into the nest from behind Kate,
flies over her back and drops the fish.
3) He pauses for a split second at the rim of the nest.
4) He is off again for more food.
time elapsed: 17 seconds
this pair of adult eagles chased each other on and off all day
wish I knew if they were sizing each other up for partnership
I do not know why the lead eagle’s tail is orange – the feathers are suffused with the tint
Petruchio is dropping off a fish to Kate.
Look carefully: you can see her head directly below his breast.
You can also get a feeling for how much bigger Kate is than Petruchio by comparing the two heads.
Petruchio was at the nest for 43 seconds by my time stamps on the photos.