VIDEO of Ice trying to get his father to feed him is at http://youtu.be/l5KEIkWotRs
VIDEO at http://youtu.be/n-T_L_44l8E
in the video: There was a loud sharp boom – my first thought was gunshot – but I quickly realized it wasn’t.
Poor Ice, however, reacted instantly. He had been perched about 600 feet from the nest when the sound occurred.
It took him about 6 seconds to get back to the place that was safest – the nest.
He was still nervous when he got there and showed it by picking at food and constantly looking about.
Notice how he cues in on the small bird passing by.
Finally Ice leaves and ends up on the perch where he had been when the disturbance occurred (not shown in the video).
In the photo below Ice is making the landing at the safety of the nest – a landing worthy of his parents!
in the VIDEO at http://youtu.be/Nxw8xvvBxdY Petruchio, the father bald eagle, delivers a fish. Wynd, the fledgling, comes to the nest.
She piles into her father and then she immediately mantles – places her wings – over the food as a sign that she now owns the food.
Wynd is telling dad he better not try to take it back. Petruchio stands his ground, not moving away.
When Wynd finally gives to his presence – she lowers her head, mouths with her beak and doesn’t try to look him in the eyes, Petruchio calmly leaps up onto a limb.
Wynd waits quite a while to see what her father’s plans are and when she realizes he isn’t going to demand the fish back she picks it up and moves it out of the confrontational area.
All young ones have to be given a chance to be independent and yet cooperative.
Even eaglets have to learn that some fights are better won by giving the respect they hope to earn back someday with a potential mate.
There is a slow motion portion that shows the interaction.
in the photo below Wynd is mostly hidden behind Petruchio
Wynd gets into trouble: she hasn’t yet learned how to judge wind gusts.
In the video: Wynd is way down below the nest. She is to the left of the trunk of the nest tree.
Watch for her bright yellow feet.
She decides to try for the nest. But the wind catches her.
She would make a great gymnast! There is slow motion of the action.
I wish I had had a bigger viewing area but am glad I at least caught the action.
Size is not always the deciding factor – especially in a territory dispute.
Kate is being escorted out of the established territory of the smaller female above her.
The mature adults will often choose a threat and escort behavior over outright aggression.
Unlike the 3 year old Brassy who wants a fight and looks for it.