Kate was incubating.
Petruchio went looking for a new stick for the nest – nests are in constant need of repair.
Watch for Petruchio’s feet as he snaps the branch from the dead tree.
Once he gets the stick to the nest, he places it where he thinks it should go.
Kate, being Kate, gets up and checks out the stick placement.
She screams her approval and then bails out of the nest.
It is Petruchio’s turn for doing some of the incubation.
Kate is sitting on egg(s)!
I believe she laid them yesterday, Christmas Day.
In the slide show you see her make a 90 second flight of 2 round trips.
She cannot leave the eggs without her body heat for more than about 2 minutes in this kind of weather.
I don’t know if she was looking for Petruchio to see if he was bringing food or she just needed some wing time.
That little white sliver in 2 of the 3 last photos
is what we will most often get to see of Kate while she is incubating.
Stay tuned: hatching in about 35 days.
All the parent eagles are busy repairing nests and getting ready for a new season of eaglets.
This is Petruchio eyeing the repair work on the nest.
He soon left to get another branch or a talon full of soft material for the nest cup.
This is Momma Kate headed across the cove.
Kate is usually one of the very first to begin laying eggs – usually between December 24 and January 1.
right to left: Kate almost hidden in the branches
one of the chicks is at the nest rim, looking up at his sibling who is standing and wing wapping
one of the chicks, center of nest rim, looking up at mom Kate
one of the chicks half standing and you can see he still has some grey hatching fluff on his head
both chicks are grooming to remove itchy baby feathers as their adult feathers grow in
mom Kate is in the grooming state of mind too
Quiz meets his mom when she flies in. He aggressively checks out her talons – hoping she has a fish. Mom Kate does not. There are several short clips of Quiz “trampolining” – strengthing his wings and legs. Notice that he is getting air under his feet!
video is at https://flic.kr/p/FJyNwU
In the photo below: Mom Kate is on the perch limb to the right.
Quiz has his back to us and is to the far left of the nest.
Kate is ignoring Quizzical.
He plays with a piece of the nest while Kate feeds herself.
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