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lunatica Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 03:47 PM
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The parent eagles take turns feeding and caring for the eaglets
Edited on Thu Apr-07-11 03:51 PM by lunatica
I just saw one land on the edge of the nest and take over the feeding while the one that had been sitting on the babes flew off.

Live and learn.

http://www.ustream.tv/decoraheagles
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aquart Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 03:49 PM
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1. And yet, no link.
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lunatica Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 03:52 PM
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3. fixed and here it is again
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MineralMan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 03:51 PM
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2. Yes, that's the way eagles do it.
Lots of birds do that. Were you surprised?
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lunatica Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 03:52 PM
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4. Not surprised. Just happy to know for sure
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MineralMan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 04:02 PM
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7. Part of the reason mammals parent in different ways than
birds is the feeding method. Both sexes participate in feeding the young in most birds. Since only the female mammal produces milk, early parenting is generally done by the female mammal. In mammals which stick together in pairs, the male does other things, such as hunting for food for itself and the female.

Among grazing animals, the pattern is usually different, since food cannot be brought to the nursing female. In most grazing species, the young are born well-developed enough to travel with the female as she grazes.

In carnivorous animals, pairs often do not bond in a way that keeps the male in proximity to its young. Bears, for example, mate, then the male goes on its way, leaving all parenting to the female Cats operate in the same way, except for pride-forming cats like lions.

Humans are mammals, but form more or less permanent pairs. They share parenting to some degree, based on cultural norms, but the female does all the early feeding and most care of infants until they are weaned. Biology trumps sentiment.
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okieinpain Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 04:12 PM
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9. interesting. n/t.
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okieinpain Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 03:53 PM
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5. which we could teach that to some humans. n/t.
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MineralMan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 04:03 PM
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8. See my #5 above. Mammals are different from birds in many ways.
Some of those ways alter child-rearing habits among mammal species.
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DawgHouse Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 06:50 PM
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17. I have a nesting pair of doves off and on all year long
right outside my back door in a hanging fern. They do this too. So interesting to watch!
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virgogal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 03:53 PM
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6. I missed that and I've been watching for hours----left the room for about
Edited on Thu Apr-07-11 03:54 PM by virgogal
10 minutes. Damn.

Most fascinating thing ever IMHO.
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malaise Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 06:25 PM
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15. One eaglet is peeping out from under a parent
Too cute
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lunatica Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 04:14 PM
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10. Both parents on the nest again
Edited on Thu Apr-07-11 04:16 PM by lunatica
Dropped another fish and flew off again.

I've seen video of eagles fishing on the fly. It's astonishing and beautiful.
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Iterate Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 06:47 PM
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16. I've seen them do that several times right in front of me,
twice at much less than 100 ft. It's just as effortless as a person reaching down for a baseball while walking. Swoop, snag, there goes the fish. I spent a lot of time in canoes in a previous life.
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outerSanctum Donating Member (154 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 04:59 PM
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11. What a weenie friggin' eagle.
he should be out bowlin'...
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BlancheSplanchnik Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 05:34 PM
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12. say that to her face!
Edited on Thu Apr-07-11 05:35 PM by BlancheSplanchnik
Weenie! Weenie! Nyahh Nyahhhhh----------WHAP!

feather imprints all over your nose.

hee hee :D
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HopeHoops Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 05:48 PM
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13. They obviously aren't Republicans.
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tnlefty Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 06:19 PM
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14. Not trying to jack your thread, but I like raptors and found this funny
If the link doesn't take you to page 2, it's on page 2 under the section, 'Birds and Bikinis' and the article is headlined 'Eagles and ospreys are flying packrats'http://www.startribune.com/lifestyle/homegarden/8780570...

Lacy bras, bikinis, golf balls, etc. in their nests. Most amused I am. :rofl:
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apples and oranges Donating Member (772 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 06:58 PM
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18. delete
Edited on Thu Apr-07-11 06:59 PM by apples and oranges
delete
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