The family of eagles at New Hope appear to have survived the horrible weather of the past couple of weeks. I watched as Kate watched over her chicks and got my first glimpse of the newest eagles on Jordan lake.

in the video: Kate is sitting to the right. Petruchio, the father, is off fishing and not in the video. Just below Kate’s feet you can see one chick: look for the 1/4 round grey ball of a head and 1 dark eye. If you can’t see that chick at first, wait until the second chick shows up and you will have a better chance of seeing the first chick. The second chick makes a very, very quick appearance way to the left of the nest. The chicks are head-heavy at this point and often lose their balance until their muscles match their growing large body. So wait for the sudden moment and you can match the color of the heads and appearance of the eyes of the two chicks. Hope you enjoy!

WALK7207 3 yo kicked fish 2015

for some reason this 3 year old eagle too often misses the fish and sends it flying out behind him
sometimes the youngster will return several times to try and catch the fish
he didn’t get a chance to this time: an adult eagle dashed by, lifted the fish and was gone

WALK7681 one foot carry eagle 2015

the eagle does not have the osprey’s specialized roughened talons for holding fish
yet, even if the eagle has caught the fish with just one foot
it makes no effort to get the second foot on the fish or to a better position
this may account for the higher number of drops I see made, especially by the young eagles rather than by juvenile ospreys