Both of the chicks have fledged!
Kate is not too impressed with Cacao’s semi controlled crash landing.
While Cacao is trying to get the landing finished, Caramel comes zipping by.
Kate watches as Caramel makes a landing much further down the tree.
Just like any offspring, Cacao imitates mom even though Kate is still not impressed!
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!
Jordan Lake Bald Eagle Nest Report: First Nest
Cacao is strengthening her wings and gaining coordination.
I call the exercise “wing wapping”.
Caramel watches, bemused as his sister uses most of the nest for her exercising.
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.