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04/20/2011 09:41:21 AM · #226
Their feet are getting so big!! :)
04/20/2011 11:47:49 AM · #227
Have others been following the little videos offered on the page?
I could not resist this one called Poop shoot geyser. It's also a reminder that these babies are developing quickly!

Another adorable video is the one where Mom solves an 'unfortunate situation' and gets a minute E1 back into the bowl.

Edited to add:
And since that Decorah site is like peanuts - you can't eat just one - when I was back there a few minutes ago, I found the link to the Amy Reis blog that explains something of what is going on.

Message edited by author 2011-04-20 14:48:18.
04/21/2011 05:26:57 PM · #228
I was just watching one of the adults eating, with baby sitting and watching as though to say "what about me?" Of course the good parent couldn't neglect him for long. Now the next one seems to be waiting in line.

And now... I've never seen them left alone for this long before.

Message edited by author 2011-04-21 18:01:25.
04/21/2011 09:39:55 PM · #229
Sniff.... I never get home in time to see them in daylight... :~(
04/21/2011 09:57:17 PM · #230
Originally posted by Melethia:

Sniff.... I never get home in time to see them in daylight... :~(


Does your phone have web access? I watch during my workday when I get a chance.
04/22/2011 01:32:37 AM · #231
The signal in the building where I work is too weak to carry video, unfortunately. I'll check in on them over the weekend.
04/22/2011 07:11:10 AM · #232
whoa! We have a bully!!

Mom and dad have been gone for awhile now. All three were moving around. E1 (I think it's e1 or maybe e2), just pecked the other two quite hard.
04/22/2011 09:34:47 AM · #233
Originally posted by vawendy:

...e1 or maybe e2), just pecked the other two quite hard.


Why, that little pecker! Sorry, couldn't resist!
04/22/2011 12:54:28 PM · #234
LOl - Kirbic, maybe that's why they don't give 'em names. that one would last for life!

Looks as if the parents have really cleaned up the nest with new materials and branches, after all the snow and wet recently.
Of course, now the rain drops on the camera seem to indicate more wet weather.

And yes, that E1 is an aggressive little bundle. "Survival of the biggest!"
04/23/2011 05:39:17 PM · #235
Little ones are by themselves right now. Nice to be able to see them for awhile uninterrupted. Parents hopefully are out hunting since there isn't any food at the moment.

04/24/2011 08:48:18 AM · #236
The little ones seem to be left alone quite a lot now.

My mind has already started thinking ahead to when they are ready to fly and wondering how they can get it right when they live so high up in the air. When a human child learns to walk, it fall a lot. When these little ones learn to fly, there will be no room for errors as the ground is so far away. It's a really frightening thought.
04/24/2011 08:51:26 AM · #237
One of the parents just arrived with fish so fresh it was still alive. The poor thing was wriggling around, trying to escape, but then the adult bird started ripping pieces out of it, so it's certainly dead now.
04/24/2011 09:03:33 AM · #238
This particular live web cam will continue to broadcast until June or July. I'm looking forward to seeing the development of feathers and the preparations for flight. When they leave the nest, they are said to have fledged. I think we'll all be surprised at how instinct takes over and it just happens naturally.

When the eaglets are alone in the nest, we can rest assured that at least one parent is perched nearby.

They like fish and there is a fish hatchery on the land below.
04/24/2011 01:33:31 PM · #239
I'm glad I can see them twitching a bit. They're so stuff, they're flopped over -- looks like a massacre. It's pretty funny looking. :)
04/24/2011 01:54:36 PM · #240
Originally posted by GinaRothfels:

The little ones seem to be left alone quite a lot now.

My mind has already started thinking ahead to when they are ready to fly and wondering how they can get it right when they live so high up in the air. When a human child learns to walk, it fall a lot. When these little ones learn to fly, there will be no room for errors as the ground is so far away. It's a really frightening thought.


Their first flight is probably another 8 to 11 weeks away. During that time they will grow and be as big or nearly as big as their parents, but will still look different in color. Their feathers and faces will be mostly brown with some white underneath. It will take a few years before they get their white faces and are old enough to mate. Usually 3 to 4 years for that.

I've seen a number of documentaries and videos on eagles, and it's going to be fascinating to watch them prepare for flight. Obviously they have to grow their feathers which comes soon. They will become "wing aware" and will start building up strength in their wings over time by flapping their wings vigorously throughout the day while still in the center of the nest. When they are a little stronger they will perch themselves on the edge of the nest and flap their wings like crazy while holding onto the nest with their talons. They will not even attempt to fly until their wings are strong enough and they know they are ready. They will also take "practice flights" by basically flapping their wings and jumping to the other side of the nest. At some point the braver ones will fly short hops from the edge of the nest to a VERY nearby branch.

Then...all of a sudden when you least expect it the juvenile eagle will perch on the side of the nest, wait for a good breeze and just go for it! Sometimes even if the juvenile eagle is hesitant to take it's first flight, but the parents (normally the mother actually) know they are ready for it they will wait until the juvenile eagle is on the edge of the nest and they will literally swoop in from behind and push the young one out of the nest. Basically a sink or swim type of act. It can come across as kind of harsh, but it's down out of instinct and encouragement.

Dave

04/24/2011 02:55:18 PM · #241
whoa! Look at the difference in size of e1 & e3!!
04/24/2011 04:19:32 PM · #242
Just saw two of them fighting. The one has been lying with its head down ever since. I hope it's not injured.
04/24/2011 04:36:59 PM · #243
Originally posted by GinaRothfels:

Just saw two of them fighting. The one has been lying with its head down ever since. I hope it's not injured.


I saw that, and thought the same thing. It did look like he got a good thunk to the head, but I think he's just got the super tired baby thing going on. His head was resting on the stick for awhile, and then just slid off in slow motion. He's stretched his wings and legs since then. Actually, now that I've checked back he's moved over a bit and turned around.

Man, these little guys are cute. Every time I check in mom or dad is sitting on them. This is the first time I've seen them by themselves.
04/24/2011 04:48:21 PM · #244
Seems to be okay. He's sitting up now. I can't believe how hooked I've become on this site.
04/24/2011 06:10:40 PM · #245
Odd. Alice's link a few pages back to the raptor blog has morphed into a link for a book on Amazon....
04/24/2011 07:29:15 PM · #246
Originally posted by Melethia:

Odd. Alice's link a few pages back to the raptor blog has morphed into a link for a book on Amazon....


LOL - Deb, I had to check. I'm glad to report that my link to the Poop Shoot Geyser still takes you to the (er) poop shoot. And the Amy Reis blog still works for my computer, at least. Don't know about that Amazon book (although they sure do have my number for kindle books!!!)

04/25/2011 12:09:53 AM · #247
See next post

Message edited by author 2011-04-25 00:11:53.
04/25/2011 12:11:35 AM · #248
Originally posted by sfalice:

Yes, Deb, I hope you can too. They are remarkable little creatures.

I came across this blog by Amy Ries at the site who gives more facts about this family and eagles in general. Amusing to note that the eaglets' legs seem to grow faster than other portions of their anatomy.


It was from this first post - and you can see that the embedded link is an Amazon thing. The link in your next post does indeed work for the blog. VERY odd...
04/25/2011 11:01:08 AM · #249
Originally posted by Melethia:

Originally posted by sfalice:

Yes, Deb, I hope you can too. They are remarkable little creatures.

I came across this blog by Amy Ries at the site who gives more facts about this family and eagles in general. Amusing to note that the eaglets' legs seem to grow faster than other portions of their anatomy.


It was from this first post - and you can see that the embedded link is an Amazon thing. The link in your next post does indeed work for the blog. VERY odd...


LOL - well, I didn't go back far enough to check this post out. Easily explained. I was fecently on Amazon, looking at that book and probably wasn't careful enough in getting that one cleared out before trying to post the next link, (Moral, always check your links before posting, Alice.)
04/25/2011 11:57:28 AM · #250
My day is just not complete without this link! They are lolling about today like my kids on Spring Break!
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