DECORAH IOWA BALD EAGLE BABIES GROWING FAST — 2011

Adult Bald Eagle photo from Web

Eaglet feeding time

The Decorah Eaglets have grown rapidly and no longer look much like these fuzzy bobble-heads of a few weeks ago.

I show the following screen captures with apologies.  Will try to replace these with better images, but meanwhile… The eaglets aren’t cooperating this morning — mostly hanging out too close to the camera.  Maybe a parent placed food there.  Also, there’s something wrong with the webcam lens — rain splatters or something.  Anyway, you can see the change in the eaglets’ size and plumage. 

Decorah eaglet. Note dark features

The youngsters’ fuzzy down is nearly all gone or covered by dark feathers — like hooded characters you wouldn’t want to meet in a dark alley.

If they’ve just eaten when you check the webcam, you’ll likely find them flat on their faces  — looking as though there had been a massacre — except they are breathing.

(They look really terrible under the infra red night light). 

Then one will doubtless scratch some itchy pin-feathers and discard a bit of down. 

Soon one will start flapping its HUGE wings and hopping around the nest — disturbing anyone who is still napping.

Hopping and flapping.

When two of them flap and hop simultaneously, it’s a commotion.  Maybe you’ll see all three of them at it.  (While I watched, one gawkward wing hit a parent on the head.   Patient parents, those fierce birds!)  Check out their website.  http://www.ustream.tv/decoraheagles

WORTH READING:  RRP blog at the Decorah website by Amy Ries.  She covers a long list of topics from raptor banding (raptors being eagles, falcons and the like), to the effect of day length on eagle activities, to stages of babies growth  and other well done topics.   She includes many photos of the birds, scenics and banding teams rappelling down cliff faces to the nesting sites while trying to avoid rattlesnakes.  Her stories are gripping.  Amy is on the banding team and bears the scars inflicted by young birds’ talons, so she knows what she’s talking about.   I recommend her.

:} Smiles

 

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One Response to DECORAH IOWA BALD EAGLE BABIES GROWING FAST — 2011

  1. Ree Wilson says:

    LOVE THE DECORAH BALD EAGLES, ESPECIALLY THE SNORING ONE. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK. REE WILSON

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