I wish we could hold our babies like that. That would be just too cool. Steve, approximately when do you think that our big boy will take his first flight?
I just checked out the Blackwater NWR site - didn't know what it was or how the guy in the photo came to be holding an eaglet. They have a great photo of two eaglets with the mother and a links with great photos of eagle flight mechanics and all the different kinds of feathers! The more information I get about this bird and its development, the more awesome it all seems to watch the NCTC eagles.
First flights are 11 or 12 weeks after hatching.
Boy, there is a whole lot of flapping and jumping going on today. I love to watch them doing that. I just get scared that they will not stop when they get to the edge of the nest. Haven't seen mom and dad today though. I bet the babies are getting a little hungry. I swear it looks like they bicker back and forth between each other just like kids. Love it, love it. Thanks for the info, Steve.
Regarding that picture of the man holding the eaglet. That is Dr. Peter Sharpe from the Institute for Wildlife Studies out in California. He's doing pretty amazing work restoring the eagle population at the Santa Catalina Islands. You can check it out here and see more information about him and the eagles (and foxes) he works with: http://www.iws.org/Photos%20and%20Video.html
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