Friday, June 30, 2006
Thursday, June 29, 2006
Wednesday, June 28, 2006
Time to dry out here after alot of rain. Here's another entry from Bent on eagle plumage:
"In fresh juvenal plumage the young eagle is uniformly dark colored "bone brown" to "clove brown" above and below; the flight feathers are nearly black, but there is usually a slight sprinkling of grayish white in the tail. This plumage is worn throughout the first year without much change, except by wear and fading, the under parts fading to "hair brown." After the first annual molt, the next summer, the plumage becomes paler and much mixed with white in very variable amounts. Individual feathers on the back, scapulars, and breast are more or less extensively white, those of the breast and belly being largely white in some specimens. I am not sure whether this is a second or third year plumage, or both; if the latter, the third year is whiter than the second. The tail is more extensively mottled with white than in the first year, and the feathers of the crown and occiput are broadly tipped with pale buff.
After the next annual molt the plumage of the body becomes darker, much like that of the adult, but lightly tipped with white below and mottled with white on the rump and upper tail coverts; the latter and the tail are now quite extensively white; the head is mixed with white above, about half white and half brown, or nearly clear, dirty white below. This is probably the third year plumage. At the next annual molt, early in the fourth year, the bird assumes a plumage that is practically adult, with a pure-white head and tail; but usually remaining signs of immaturity are seen, such as a few brown feathers in the head and some dusky mottling near the tip of the tail. The length of time required to assume the fully adult plumage does not seem to have been positively determined, and it may take longer than I have estimated.
Adults and immature birds have one complete annual molt, which is very gradual, and prolonged through spring, summer, and fall. The flight feathers are molted mainly during July, August, and September."
Tuesday, June 27, 2006
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Wednesday, June 14, 2006
From a post by Sharon at 6:41 this am:
6:41 a.m. He is at the lauching pad. Been moving his wings a little bit, trying to get up the courage. Just back over to 9 o'clock and did a little poop shoot and then back to the lauching pad. Lightened that load a little bit! Oh my God, he just spread his wings out, he has the look. Nope, folded them back in! Doing a lot of flapping all over the nest. Back at the launching pad, looking around. Just moved a little closer to the edge. He wants to really bad! He is so close to the edge, his head gets out of camera range sometimes. He keeps spreading his wings out like he is going to and then back in. It is 6:50 now. A little head bopping going on. Camera freezing up a little bit. Wings back out. Now back in but head still bobbing. My heart is racing. Head keeps going out of view. 6:56 a.m. Wings back out. 6:58 a.m. SPUNKY HAS FLEDGED!!!
Tuesday, June 13, 2006
I know that we talk eagles here, but I just saw this astonishing photograph on the Patagonia Website and had to share it. Please indulge me.
The photo caption reads:
A school of salema cut a wide berth for a Galapagos sea lion. Cousins Rock, Galapagos Islands, Equador. Photo: David Doubilet
Seeing our eagles are fledging , maybe need to get a little wildlife variety going here...
Monday, June 12, 2006
Sunday, June 11, 2006
Friday, June 09, 2006
Thursday, June 08, 2006
Tuesday, June 06, 2006
Monday, June 05, 2006
Lots of activity today and some speculation here that the oldest could have fledged or may fledge soon. More when we know more.
Update: 11:20 had a good visit with some guests from the blog. Our concensus right now is that none of the eaglets has fledged yet. Thanks everyone for coming, we'll post a few pictures soon.
Saturday, June 03, 2006
Friday, June 02, 2006
We are doing a lot of maintenance on our closed circuit tv systems today and that is impacting the cams--they are down right now.
In the meantime, I'll post a number of shots taken by NCTC folks recently. The one above was taken by Todd Harless and shows one of the adults in their watch over the nest mode.
More pics soon.