Wednesday, July 23, 2014

The New Kid On The Block

When I walked into the woods last Friday, the chick was squawking hungrily. It had been crying on and off for several hours that afternoon, which made me wonder just what was going on.

However, approaching the edge of the clearing, it's cries stopped. Total silence meant he spotted me, I thought. I sat and waited for a long time before I finally heard it cry again. When you're in the woods, sound reverberates yet I knew the sound was not coming from the nest nor it's branches. The sound was beyond the cluster of pines...about thirty feet away from the nest!! Spotting him immediately, these are the best I could get since the young fledgling was hiding behind the pine branches.



Introducing the fledgling...the
new kid on the block

This is the first time I was able to get a picture of any of the immatures perched and away from the nest!! When I emailed Kate, she too was pleased.

After it picks up more flying and maneuvering skills, hopefully I will catch it soaring over the treeline and our yard. Now the education comes...not for us...for the immature. Observing it's parents and other eagles as it begins to venture out into our world, it will learn to hunt and fend for itself. Until it's skills are mastered, it will cry and beg hungrily for food from it's parents.

Did you know that in the first few months many immatures perish?

Salmon Head
When I checked out the base of the nesting pine, there were several skeletons scattered on the ground, mostly around the back side of the tree cluster. Judging from the remains I found, the immature has been fed well, wouldn't you say?

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17 comments:

  1. awesome!! what fun, OM! love that you are seeing all these sightings!! ( :

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  2. Good choice of meals as salmon is one of our favorites as well.

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  3. What a treat for you to see this so close up.

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  4. HI it was great that you hear him, then found him and was able to get these photographs. well done.

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  5. What a stroke of luck that you were able to catch a photo of the little guy out of the nest. Salmon for dinner...sounds good.

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  6. That darn branch obscuring his head. :-) How gratifying for you to continue following the health and status of the new kid on the block.
    Thanks for sharing.

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  7. awesome! sure hope it makes it!

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  8. I sure hope he survives. Eagles are so beautiful. Thanks for sharing JP

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  9. he really looks healthy hiding in the pines.. and the leftovers are proof the parents are great hunters...

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  10. This is so exciting! And he is a fat one, so is eating well. I imagine when he is fully grown, he will slim down.

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  11. You are so lucky to be able to be that close to it!

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  12. Mmmm. Salmon. Not a bad diet, I'd say.

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  13. You were rewarded for your patience. I hope the fledgling makes it.

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  14. It is so cool to see that the eagles are doing so well. I hope all goes with with this juvie.. Thanks for sharing.

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  15. well isn't he the shy little one hiding behind the branches.

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  16. It is such a gift to be able to watch these youngsters..

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  17. Wow, it must almost give a person goose bumps to be this close to one...

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