Monday, May 08, 2006

May 8




Wet day today. Here's a shot of eight week old eaglets up at Lake Umbagog NWR in New Hampshire, photo by Bill Hanson .

11 comments:

eagle-eyed sharon said...

Thanks for the shot of babies like ours. I am kind of worried about the one on the top of the screen. The other 2 have been up and moving and he is just lying there, looking around. I hope he is okay. Need to see some flapping wings or something. Maybe mom and dad will come to feed pretty soon and get him motivated.

Anonymous said...

Is the eaglet at the top okay. Emily asked about it yesterday and it doesn;t seem too well today.

eagle-eyed sharon said...

He is up and eating right now. Will have to watch for more activity I guess. I just need more to worry about! :O)

eagle-eyed sharon said...

It looks like he just ate pretty good, did his little poop-shooting business, stretched his wings out a little bit and then laid back down. At least all his parts are still working okay!!

sunny said...

Awesome pic! I love seeing close-ups,because it makes them seema little more 'real'. Thanks!

Nilla said...

It looks like those 2 eagletts have bands on their legs? Am i correct in seeing that? Also if so what about their growth? Won't the bands get tight on their legs or do they stretch as they grow? They sure look fierce..lol Just looked and "OUR" Eagletts are sleeping, but before that they were cleaning themselves from being wet.

Steven said...

Don't worry about the bands. The eaglets' feet grom very quickly, and theses bands were likely put on after most of the growth occured. Karen our land manager tells me that most growth occurs in the first few weeks. Also, the band would probably come off before it injured the leg as it would bend open and drop off.

Steven said...

Sorry about my horrific typing. it's "grow" not "grom" and "these" not "theses"

eagle-eyed sharon said...

We forgive you for your typos Steven. I knew what you meant!! :)

Anonymous said...

Steve would you explain how they went about banding the eaglets? I can't imgine doing it when the parents are there, which they were when the eaglets were small and I would think that the eaglets would be a handful now. Just thinking of going up that tree gives me the willies.

Steven said...

Here's what I've been told:

Bald Eagles are generally non-aggressive. If a biologist is going to band the birds, the hardest part may be figuring out how to get to the nest. Once that has been solved, the adults generally will back off, maybe make some noise, and leave the intruders alone. bent discusses this in his natural history on eagles. The young can't really run away or fly off, so getting a hold of them is fairly easy. For a professional, the process goes quickly and the stress on the critters is thus minimized.

We did look into whether or not we should band our critters, and our regional eagle expert (one of the best in the world) said that it would be best if we just let them be, as we (the FWS) have enough banded eagles right now.

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