The lake level was so high that I could not see the nest.
The sky was sunny, but I was not because I wanted to see the chicks branching.
I had turned around to go back to my truck when a shadow blew past me.
Not a sound had been made in the cove. Yet, here was Kate at a high speed heading for the nest.
She didn’t have a fish. She did look angry.
Into the branches around the nest Kate disappeared.
No sounds. I waited another 30 minutes then had to leave, wondering why the dash to the nest.
Drat!!! Pollen!!! I found Caramel on a branch above the rim of the nest.
This activity is called branching and will lead to jumps and flights to higher limbs directly above the nest.
The branching can go on for up to about 2 weeks or last 2 days; depends on how precocious the chick is.
The next step is flight from the safety of the nest: fledgling.
I just wish the pollen hadn’t obscured the first photo. Sigh.
Caramel is standing of a branch that is unseen. He seems a little startled that he is above the nest.
Okay. Now to get back to the safety of the nest. Jump and flap.
Look at me! I have landed! I am safe.
Wow! I really did it. Branched a whole two feet or so from branch to the nest. Oh, wow!
Ranger Cove Bald Eagle Nest
Dad Ranger was telling the world that this was his tree, nest and eaglet.
I finally got to see a chick. The chick is about 3 weeks old.
There may be a second chick, but I haven’t seen it yet.
Dad Ranger and his chick.
That is Mom Kate shredding a fish for Cacao the bald eagle chick.
I don’t know what Cacao is contemplating … or maybe she is just digesting the fish.
Cacao is begging for Petruchio to feed her.
So Dad Petruchio and Cacao both look to see if there are any scrapes left over.
Ranger Cove: Bald Eagle nest and Osprey nest
I was finally able to get to Ranger Cove!
Bald Eagle Nest
Ranger Mom was sitting on her eggs/chicks. The eggs may have hatched but I couldn’t be certain yet.
Ranger Dad did a fly-by, but was too quick for me to catch a photo of him.
The autumn and winter weather took down the osprey’s old nest. No problem.
The parent ospreys picked another tree and are hard at work on a new nest.
Here Dad Osprey supervises the delivery of a new nest stick by Mom Osprey.
I am not sure that I really want to know what Dad Osprey is saying about Mom Osprey’s apparent landing point!