This morning, while waiting for the fog to lift, I could faintly hear a lot of eagle chatter way down the shoreline.
I couldn’t yet see the eagles, so I got distracted by a huge flock of red-winged blackbirds.
I turned back to look down the shoreline and the sun peeked through.
That is Godiva sitting in the sunshine and Hershey below and to the right.
Good seeing the parents of the H&G nest watching over their territory.
One of the bald eagle chicks flapped, jumped up and down, dashed back and forth …… and took flight.
Sorry I missed the very last of the lift off, but I hope you will enjoy the video anyway.
H&G nest snippets
I think the smallest of the eagle trio may still be with us. The State Rangers, one of the other monitors and I have been watching closely since we saw the first of my video snippets in this movie from 2 days ago. In the first snippet: the large and medium chicks are playing to the right of the main trunk. Mom Godiva is on the horizontal limb in front of the nest. Hershey is in the nest to the left and he appears to be feeding the smallest chick. I wish I had a long enough lens to film the nest directly, maybe one day … in the meantime thank you for putting up with my sway as I use my iPhone to record the video on the back of my Canon camera – which is on LIveView at 10x zoom. One of my friends is working on a jig to mount my iPhone directly behind the Canon so that the recording will be level and without my sway. Hope we can get there sooner than later! The rest of the snippets are family life in the H&G nest – chicks playing, mom and dad nest repairing, a good scratch or two and flights by the parents in and out of the nest.
Godiva caught a big fish and Hershey gave her an escort back to the nest.
You can really see in this photo just how light brown Hershey is colored.
In the video two of the chicks are playing and one of them gets bossy with mom Godiva.
I have not seen the third chick in a week.
The third chick may simply be being pushed to the back, or,
it has lost the competition and passed away. I will keep watching for it.
I apologize for the odd mixture of types in the video.
The oldest of my two cameras is the one I use for video.
It has served me well but is coming to the end of its usefulness.
I am filling my piggybank because I need to replace it. Thank you for your understanding.
There they are, all 3 and Momma Godiva too.
From left to right: Momma Godiva, smallest chick Breeze, medium chick Gale and big chick Nor’easter.
Wind died down. Camera minded its ps and qs. Had some good light to bring y’all a better photo of the trio.