Birds

Empty Nest

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It has been a couple of weeks since we visited the eaglets. This visit the nest was empty and we only got to see one eaglet and one parent. Hopefully the other eaglet was elsewhere with the other parent. They are obviously feeling more independent and not sticking together like they were last time we saw them… at least I hope that is the case!

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We spoke to a neighbour and heard that they too had only seen one bird and one parent. They said that they have seen the parent still feeding the eaglet.

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The eaglet we saw didn’t seem to like us looking at it and took off, as we got closer.

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However, it put on a lovely show of flight as it went off, which I was able to capture.

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The following day we tracked our little eaglet down again.

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A parent was keeping a close eye on us.

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It was interesting that it took off and landed near the empty nest, far away from where the eaglet was perched. I wondered if it was trying to distract us away from the eaglet, hoping we would not notice the eaglet and that our eyes would follow the parent.

I am a little concerned that we only saw one eaglet and I do hope that all is well with its sibling. It seems a little early for it to be fully independent, especially as we know that a parent is still feeding one. However I read that some do go off and become independent after only 4 weeks and others stay for 12 weeks. Those who leave early often don’t survive their first winter. I guess they haven’t stuck around long enough to really learn the art of flying and hunting.

It could well be that the other is around and just wasn’t close by when we were there, but our neighbour looks out towards the nest and is able to keep a close eye on them. It would be hard to know if we are seeing the same bird each time or the two different birds at different times. All we know is that we haven’t seen two eaglets or two adults together. We certainly saw that one eaglet seemed a lot more eager to fledge and leave the nest than the other, so perhaps that eaglet has decided to go it alone. If so, where is the other adult? Hopefully not far behind, trying to tame the adolescent and teach it a few more lessons before it flees!

 

 

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