Half Way There

Watching and learning.

Watching and learning.

The first of the 2013 eaglets was hatched on March 20th and should fledge from the nest around the second week of June. We are half way there!

The two eaglets are getting bigger and BIGGER and are beginning to take on some of the regal characteristics that their wonderful parents exude so confidently. The Eastwood Eagle Watchers and so many others are watching with enthusiasm as the little ones continue to impress us. They can be clearly seen standing up in the nest and even climbing onto the aerie’s rim to watch with wonder the big world that lies just beyond the restrictive limits of their own finite world. As Jim or Cindy fly off to hunt, the eaglets peer off in the distance attentively and anxiously awaiting the adult’s return and their own next meal. As they watch, they are learning more about what being a Bald Eagle is all about.

One of the things that being a Bald Eagle is all about is power and power is exactly what both Jim and Cindy exhibited as a few of us witnessed last weekend. As we watched Jim joined Cindy in the nest and both appeared to grow agitated. Although we could not hear their chattering screams from our distance, I have seen enough “intruder alerts” at this nest and others to realize that something was very wrong. After a few moments Jim leapt from the nest and dove towards the earth and instantly we could see why. As he descended, not one but two other eagles flew up from below the nest with Jim in hot pursuit. From the distance it appeared that the intruders were immature eagles, quite possibly two of Jim and Cindy’s previous offspring.  The power and speed that Jim displayed in that moment was shocking. The intruders knew that they were not welcome in a heartbeat and made no attempt to argue the point! As Cindy continued to scream her displeasure from the nest, Jim defended his territory and his young family with a focused single-mindedness. And as Dad made his point, his captive audience of two young eaglets watched and learned.

Always watching and always learning. Jim and Cindy are inspiring and teaching not only us but their young eaglets as well. Last March they had such along way to go before they could feel the thrill of soaring on eagle’s wings, but now they are half way there.

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Published in: on May 4, 2013 at 1:07 am  Comments (8)  

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  1. I would like to see one a those encounters, but I think it would also scare me.It sounds like raw nature, parents protecting their babies at any cost!! I’m so amazed at the size of young eagles, wow they do grow fast. I have become such a fan of Jim and Cindy, I tell all my friends and family about them and I think my kids think I’m a little wacky! Thats okay, some actually want to go with me to see the nest!! Hopefully I’ll get back there soon.Do the Eastwood Eagle watchers meet there often? Thanks Jim for all that you and the others are doing.
    Polly.

  2. Not as scared as the intruders Holly. The eaglets will match Mom and Dad in size by the end of this month so they have to grow pretty fast. I would think growing at that rate must be painful as bones and muscles, organs and tissue increase in mass. All eagle fanatics are “wacky” by the strict definition of the word, but using strict definitions could be viewed as being legalistic and we are simply eaglelistic. Luckily, Eagleism is known to be highly contagious. The EEW group gathers every June for a picnic and we encounter each other in the field a lot but that is usually the only time we meet other than via email. (That picnic usually includes the members of our group that are closely involved in the Boonshoft Eagle-Cam project as well as photographers, reporters and my fellow founders.) I will post information on this year’s picnic soon.

  3. I was playing golf at Kittyhawk last Tuesday evening and saw out of the corner of my eye a large bird diving towards the lake. I turned just in time to notice the white head of an eagle descending powerfully to nab an unsuspecting fish. I would have loved to capture this on video, but there was no sound or warning as this stealthy predator descended from the skies above. Such a magnificent sight.

  4. Great report Shane! Jim and Cindy often fish that area. I get many reports of them fishing the Great Miami River north and south of Needmore Road near the Kitty Hawk Golf Course and I have followed Cindy and one of last year’s juveniles from Eastwood to that area as they flew ahead of my car while I drove north on Harshman Road. (Let me clarify that last statement. They were fairly high. I didn’t want to imply that they were escorting me down the road by flying just above my hood. [But how cool would that be!])

  5. I sure do enjoy watching the young eagles move about!!! Kind of like watching a mummy/ toddler/or out of control kite. The wings and the legs all going crazy and into each other! Have to love it and laugh! Polly.

  6. They are so comical Polly, that it is hard to imagine how majestic they will soon become!

  7. I was watching the eagle cam this morning and noticed two things. One of the eaglets was tearing what appears to be food. Neither Jim nor Cindy was in the nest so I assume the young eagles are able to shred the food on their own. Also i saw one of the eaglets throw back its head and wondered if they make the same sound as their parents? Always so exciting to watch the daily growth of the young eagles!! Thanks Jim. Polly.

  8. Yes Polly, they are shredding their own food and Jim and Cindy becoming just a delivery service. As the weather warms up the eaglets will not only need the meat but also the moisture it contains as they cannot quench their thirst any other way. They cannot fly to the bodies of water that surround them to bathe, splash or drink like the adults and they bake in that treetop, open-topped aerie. You may be seeing them panting in warm weather to cool themselves but you are very possibly seeing them call out to Mom and Dad for food. Good observations.


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