Check this out! (And thanks to Eagleholic for the heads-up about this.) One of the eagle cams that I don't watch just laid an egg. And you can see the egg drop and bounce when it is laid. No doubt about when that egg was laid! Check the video at the link above and watch closely at the :39 second mark.
The Upper Mississippi River Bald Eagles are on hatch watch! I looked in on them just now to get a link for this blog entry and looky here! That's a baby sitting tall and looking around!
The second egg hatched today at the Harrison Bay Eagle nest, 21 hours after the first hatch! This is our first look at the newest hatchling. HB9, who hatched yesterday, is on the left. HB10 is on the right.
HB9 is already showing curiosity about the world around him/her. HB10 is to the right, down in the soft grass.
They both perked up for food, but I don't know if any of the bites hit their target.
This is only two hours after HB10 (on the right) hatched! What a strong baby!
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I grabbed some nest footage a few days ago and never got it posted. And now it's old news... But I'm still going to post this one shot that shows how well the Berry College pantry is stocked. I see 6 whole and partial fish and a coot!
Pam Monahan has been spending some time out at Honey Bell Golf Course, documenting the life of Bald Eagle HK.
Nests are attractive to other Eagles since they can be a source of food: eggs and babies that are left unattended as well as pantry items (such as in the Berry College nest above) can all provide food.
Get ready for hatch watch at Harrison Bay! We will be in the hatch window this week! I'm going to start watching tomorrow, but it may be another day before we see signs of hatching.
There are 3 new posts about Bald Eagle HK on Pam Monahan's blog. It was dinner time on 2/19. Then she got not only HK, but also a couple of younger Eagles on 2/20, including a beautiful white belly. I'd judge the first sub adult as a 4th year, with a lot of white on the head, a dark eye stripe, and mostly yellow beak. The white belly later in her post is probably a second year Eagle. Maybe a third year Eagle. Then HK was working on the nest on 2/23.
I didn't realize that there was a near disaster a couple of days ago at the Berry College Eagle nest until I came across the B7 Escapee (6:35) video that someone else had posted. It was a scary moment, but with a good outcome! It's also a great example of how well these parents dealt with such an unusual situation.
I made the rounds of a few cams today. The Berry College pantry is well stocked!
Mom fed for a while, then finally offered some pieces to the chicks. But she was so far away, they couldn't reach. She eventually stepped closer with some bites for the chicks.
One of the chicks was trying so hard to climb out of the nest bowl to get some food. The other chick kept grabbing its butt! (A little sibling rivalry, but no harm done.) Check out I'm Trying To Climb Out & You're Not Helping! (2:32) Technically, Harrison Bay Eagles will be in hatch watch in a week and a half. But I'm thinking we won't see a hatch for almost two weeks...
The Northeast Florida Eaglets are so big already! They are almost two months old. They must be getting plenty of food, neither seemed interested in feeding and the parent was left to eat in peace.
The Southwest Florida Eaglets were like book-ends in the nest.
There's a new post today for Bald Eagle HK. I am so hoping for an egg this year!
I watched the Southwest Florida Eagle nest for a few hours today. I saw some sibling rivalry, but nothing too bad. It looks like E8 is learning to lay low until E7 has been fed. I saw E8 get plenty of food today. I didn't see anything too concerning while I was watching and E8 seems to be in fine shape. Here's my s'caps from the day. Mombrellas are good at shading the babies from the hot sun:
That looks comfortable.
Mom hopped onto one of the nest branches so she could survey her territory:
That is a HUGE crop on E8! Being fed here by Dad while Mom feeds E7.
Zoomer gave us nice close-ups of Mom feeding E7:
Here's an animated gif of one of the bites:
Afterward, Mom dropped down onto a branch and did some feaking. She better be careful with her tongue hanging out the side!
That's all the cool stuff I got from 3 hours at the nest today. Here's a video of A Good Day At The Nest (28:48). I got the screen captures above from this video.
There's new pictures of the Africam Black Eagles. Check here and check here. Both are great sets of pictures.
There is some sibling rivalry at the Southwest Florida Eagle nest. E7 is beating up E8. I also heard some concern about E8 not getting any food. But there were 5 fish delivered to the nest today. As long as food is plentiful, E7 will get its fill and leave E8 alone to eat. There was a good feeding for E8 this evening. E7's crop is huge and E8 was left alone to eat.
There's another post today about Bald Eagle HK, and he's carrying on with a new woman... I want to see an egg in his nest, and if Sterling won't give him one, maybe this new lady will...
I checked in at the DC Eagle nest yesterday. I'm so happy to see that they have this nest on a cam now! They have two eggs, laid on 2/10 and early 2/14. Will they lay a third egg? The time to watch to find out is overnight tonight into tomorrow... It looks like the cam is of good quality and gives a good view of the nest.
What a big 24 hours for the Berry College Eagles. B6 hatched at 10:17PM last night and B7 hatched less than 15 hours later at 2:55PM this afternoon. This is the first look at B6 this morning after the infrared light was turned off:
Mom's left leg is still bothering her. Here, Dad gets his first look at B6 while Mom stretches after incubating overnight.
The other egg has a pip.
B6 has already mastered the peek-a-boo!
At 1:55PM this afternoon, the overhead cam shows that B7 is mostly out of the shell.
At 2:12PM, B7 is still head-first in the shell.
B7 is finally free of the shell at 2:55PM! Mom is trying to get ahold of the empty shell to remove it from the nest bowl.
Here's a couple of family screen captures. B7 is still weak from hatching.
There's a new blog post for Bald Eagles HK and Sterling and their visitors today. Pam Monahan is doing a great job documenting HK and his adventures.
The Africam Black Eagles had new camera equipment installed as part of an upgrade. It looks like the cam is just set to do a tour of the area since it's not currently nesting season. Here's a video of A Tour With New Cam (5:22). There are also some new pictures. Check this link and this link.
It was a long day of trying to see the pip. Here's when I saw a pip. I'm not sure if this is one egg or if they both have pips. Here's all the interesting s'caps I could find. In this first one, the pip is in the egg closest to Mom, right along the line of her neck:
Finally, the morning nest exchange...
I'm beginning to think that staying in the incubating/brooding position for long periods of time causes Mom's injured leg to act up. She has started to get less stable and often uses her wing(s) as a crutch.
They were telling somebody off!
Looks like the hole is getting larger.
There was a funny moment at the nest today. Mom's maternal instincts are kicking in. Mom Tries To Feed Dad (2:22).
Berry College pronounced hatch at 7:34PM based upon hearing the chick chirp. But you can hear a chick chirp when it's still in the shell. But there's no doubt at 10:17 when we get a view of the empty egg shell.
Here is a video of the moment above when the empty shell was revealed and a short time later Mom removes some of the shell from the nest bowl. I think at one point you can see a chicks body against the white of the other egg. But so far, that's the best look I've had at the hatchling. Here's the video: First Hatch B6! (2:02)