E17 and E18 have graduated to Juvenile Eagle status now that they are flying everywhere. The breezes and other birds giving chase help them along their way. They enjoy the pond trees and snags while perching in the warm afternoons. They take dips and sips in the water and chase each other around the pond bank. E17 and E18 are flying higher and farther on their daily excursions around the territory.
Harriet and M15 begin to encourage E17 and E18 to follow them to favorite hunting and fishing areas. Food was scarce on some days prompting E17 and E18 to search for Mom and Dad. They are on the lookout for an incoming meal and stay close together in case the food arrives. They battle for possession of the prey, engaging in keep-away and stealing back and forth. E18 took a leftover piece of an armadillo to a pasture snag to finish eating. These clever and crafty tactics are a necessity for their survival.
E17 and E18 ventured to the West pasture snag where Mom and Dad were building a second nest early in the Season. Soaring in the North skies together was a new and exciting experience for them. E17 and E18 are in charge of the pasture when Harriet and M15 spend time away. Mom or Dad usually stop by to check on them at dusk and may stay the night or roost nearby. These impressive Juveniles will remain in the area a while longer to fine-tune their skills. In their own time, they will heed the call of the wild well equipped for Eagle life.
Nest Notes by dadsjazz
Header photo by wskrsnwings
Ground Video by wskrsnwings
Video by Lady Hawk (captured from SWFEC cameras)