SWFEC Nest Notes: Reaching For Higher Perches

2022-03-07 20:34:51 GMT

E19 and E20 are turning ten weeks old and are breezing through many milestones along their journey. Their magnificent wings catch the wind lifting them higher and higher with more control and courage. E19 winged up to the veranda branch just off the nest for the first time. E20 wanted to join in all the activities and fly hopped to the branch two days later. E19 and E20 moved on and off the veranda branch, with sights set on reaching higher places.

E19 and E20 perched on the veranda branch and soaked in the views from new perspectives. They felt the space and freedom to extend and flap their wings without limits. They stepped back to the nest with caution, winged around the nest, and seemed to rejoice in their new accomplishment. Mom and Dad guide and encourage E19 and E20 in practicing instinctual behaviors and sharpening learned skills.

E19 and E20 are more capable of securing food deliveries and feeding themselves. E20 grabbed, mantled, and ate a whole live fish brought to the nest. E19 sometimes stays back and waits to get fed from Mom or Dad. Mom was teaching them when she landed in the nest with a fish and proceeded to eat. E19 and E20 watched with surprise when she did not attempt to feed them. Her message may have been to steal and quickly eat the food before someone else does. It is now time for E19 and E20 to be assertive and aggressive at meal time regardless of who has the food. Their survival depends on it. The lessons become more challenging as E19 and E20 progress. Harriet and M15 will no doubt assure these young raptors will thrive in the wild and excel in the ways of Eagle life. Nest Notes by dadsjazz.

Photo by Anja Edleman (captured from SWFEC camera)

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