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Autumn Colors Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-24-11 11:44 AM
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Eaglets - learning to feed themselves next?
Edited on Sun Apr-24-11 11:55 AM by Autumn Colors
I just saw something interesting. I've noticed that the parents have been leaving parts of animals/fish in different parts of the nest now instead of all at one or two areas. A little while ago, E1 found one of the fish and held it down with its talons like the parents do and tried to pull at it. I think he got maybe one bite out of it. While this was going on, dad noticed and watched intently. Usually, he's looking around constantly, keeping an eye on everything, but he just stopped and seemed very interested in this. I wonder if they're putting the food around the nest so they all start doing this to learn how to break open the food and eat.

I also saw dad use his talon to scratch his head before. That was a new one for me. LOL

:P

Oops.... sorry: http://www.ustream.tv/decoraheagles

EDIT: I hear kids in the background. I want to see mom fly in carrying an Easter egg she snatched.
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Webster Green Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-24-11 11:53 AM
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1. I think that's what they're doing.
Wow! The chicks are growing so fast!

http://www.ustream.tv/decoraheagles
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proud2BlibKansan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-24-11 11:55 AM
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2. Wow. They are getting so big!
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sabrina 1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-24-11 12:04 PM
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3. They have such huge feet.
I love watching them topple over, face first, when they are tired.

The mom and dad are leaving them alone more often also.

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Lisa0825 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-24-11 12:12 PM
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4. They have gotten so big in the last few days!!!
And they have more fluff so they don't have to be kept warm under the parents as much.
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Libby2 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-24-11 12:41 PM
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5. Several times when I have
watched, I've seen children playing.
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lamp_shade Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-24-11 12:43 PM
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6. I watched a nest 2 years ago. Mom and Dad continued feeding those spoiled little brats until
they were about 2 months old.
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Motown_Johnny Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-24-11 01:16 PM
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7. someone is moving the camera around and playing with the zoom

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OmmmSweetOmmm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-24-11 01:33 PM
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8. Mom and Dad have also been leaving the babies home alone for periods of time.
I keep worrying that they're going to fall out of the nest!
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OmmmSweetOmmm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-24-11 01:55 PM
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9. The biggest baby is now trying to feed a smaller one! Big smiling sigh..... :)
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malaise Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-24-11 01:59 PM
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10. Very cool
:D
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OmmmSweetOmmm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-24-11 02:49 PM
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11. The babies are still alone and I just heard an owl..... :(
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Autumn Colors Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-24-11 03:50 PM
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12. Oh no, I missed that! How funny! (nt)
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OmmmSweetOmmm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-24-11 04:10 PM
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16. It was really sweet. They do have to learn too about becoming good parents. :)
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OmmmSweetOmmm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-24-11 03:59 PM
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13. The parents have come back yet. :(
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malaise Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-24-11 04:02 PM
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14. No they've been gone for ages
I saw the young ones all looking in the same direction and suspect the parents are flying around - they have to teach them to fly. I wonder if they start bringing less food into the nest to force them to learn to fly and hunt for themselves.
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OmmmSweetOmmm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-24-11 04:09 PM
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15. They seem to undeveloped to start flying yet, so my guess this is a lesson in feeding
themselves (and each other! lol!)

If we left our kids alone at that stage of development, we'd be in an awful lot of trouble.

Do you think there's an Eagle Child Protective Service nearby???

:rofl:

and :hi:
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Autumn Colors Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-24-11 04:17 PM
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17. OMG
Edited on Sun Apr-24-11 04:18 PM by Autumn Colors
E1 just tried to nibble on E2's foot!!! He backed off immediately. Guess it didn't taste too good.
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malaise Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-24-11 04:35 PM
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29. Bwaaaaaaaaaaaah hahahahha
:rofl: :hi:
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inna Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-24-11 04:19 PM
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18. OMG. WTF is going on? Guys, I'm afraid this is not good.
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Autumn Colors Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-24-11 04:22 PM
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19. What is all that squealing I keep hearing?
Do you have any idea what that is?
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inna Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-24-11 04:27 PM
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20. my sound is completely off right now, unfortunately

but "squealing" does not sound good.

god, i hope they are ok.
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Autumn Colors Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-24-11 04:28 PM
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22. I don't know
It doesn't sound like the call the parents make to one another. A while ago, E1 was putting his/her head back and I thought it was trying to answer back to whatever it was or call one of the parents back, but I don't think the sound is coming from any of the eaglets.
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ScreamingMeemie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-24-11 04:28 PM
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23. They're whining, just like any toddler does.
;)
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OmmmSweetOmmm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-24-11 04:30 PM
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25. They're hungry and now scrounging around by themselves for something to eat. They are so close to
the edge of the nest and I'm starting to experience acrophobia!
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ScreamingMeemie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-24-11 04:28 PM
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21. Nothing's going on. The parents leave them for longer periods
as they get older. There is a parent on a nearby branch. A few days ago, when the chicks looked "alone", Bob panned around so you could see the parent on the branch. These parents have never lost a chick, and raising three chicks to fledge is amazing. They've done it before. :)
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Autumn Colors Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-24-11 04:30 PM
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24. Oh, I know, but I keep hearing something make this weird noise
... I just heard some big wings flapping by. I think one of the parents just flew in, but isn't in the nest.
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ScreamingMeemie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-24-11 04:32 PM
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27. There is a farm below with horses. As the eaglets have gotten
bigger, lots of times the parent is right off screen on a branch. No worries.
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inna Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-24-11 04:31 PM
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26. really? cool, thanks! nt
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OmmmSweetOmmm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-24-11 04:33 PM
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28. Are you sure Mom and Dad aren't at a local casino betting away the nest? On a serious note,
I wish Bob would pan to one of the parents again. I'd feel a lot better. :)
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ScreamingMeemie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-24-11 04:36 PM
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30. The panning camera has a bunch of gook on the lens, per one of the chatroom
mods. Bob (or assistant)did say that the parents are right nearby. :) I got that from the chat room.

My friends and family are about to have me committed for having this cam on in the background all day. It's getting worse than Panda Cam.
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inna Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-24-11 04:36 PM
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31. who's Bob?
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ScreamingMeemie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-24-11 04:37 PM
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32. Bob is the man who made the cam possible. He's the one who pans
in and out. He began the Raptor Resource project on this nest. There is a great PBS documentary on this nest and this pair of birds. He's been watching them for a few years now.
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inna Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-24-11 04:38 PM
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33. very cool, thanks. nt
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ScreamingMeemie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-24-11 04:39 PM
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34. You can hear the parents talking right now.
:)
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Autumn Colors Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-24-11 04:41 PM
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36. I have headphones on
and jumped! haha
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OmmmSweetOmmm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-24-11 04:41 PM
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37. That was not only cool, but reassuring for....me!!!!
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Autumn Colors Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-24-11 04:40 PM
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35. I hear the parents
Either one or both of them making lots of noise now.
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OmmmSweetOmmm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-24-11 04:46 PM
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38. Finally, one of them just returned. I was on another window and I heard the swooping sound
of the wings. :)
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Autumn Colors Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-24-11 04:47 PM
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39. Not sure I want to know what dinner is....
Edited on Sun Apr-24-11 04:48 PM by Autumn Colors
Looks like it's been there a while, though.

EDIT: Did she just leave and take dinner with her???
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Autumn Colors Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-24-11 04:50 PM
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40. Did mom just give them a hint?
Edited on Sun Apr-24-11 04:52 PM by Autumn Colors
She pulled an animal up from the main pile of food, ripped off some fur and flew away with it...

OK, kids... here's where most of the food is ... let's see if you can help yourselves.
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inna Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-24-11 05:11 PM
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41. omg! tough love, or what??

:rofl:

personally, i think they're way too young, but what do i know! especially, eagle-wise! :D
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Autumn Colors Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-24-11 05:19 PM
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42. me neither
Have no clue about eagles except what I've seen on this cam.
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malaise Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-24-11 05:21 PM
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43. It's a great education
I hope we're around when they take their first flight
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tnlefty Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-24-11 08:00 PM
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44. I've been away from home all day and for the second time in
Edited on Sun Apr-24-11 08:02 PM by tnlefty
roughly 30 mins. both parents are on the nest. Earlier one parent was feeding 2 eaglets, and one parent was feeding the third and him/herself.

From what I read, they leave the carrion in the nest for later, when they're trying to encourage the fledglings to fly. They basically starve them out of the nest, but will help them get the hang of things, and will feed them if they must for a couple of weeks after they're forced to fly at around 12 wks.

My son and I saw a bald eagle Friday afternoon, and it's pretty rare around here. It hit a ditch by a busy highway, obviously after something, but we didn't see it fly back up so we don't know what it was trying to catch in the ditch.

Oh, and as long as they use those talons to scratch their heads and not mine, I'm all cool with it! :rofl:

edit: fixed typo, and I hope there aren't any others....
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