GOOOSE, NEAT SEEING THOSE PICTURES, I live in DE. and have impoundments with release ducks on them from last fall. I also have eagle problem!! They get about 25% of my 800 ducks!! i'VE watched eagle nest on-line at BLACKWATER WILDLIFE REFUGE in Maryland .
WHEN THE BABIES HATCH OUT ,DADDY EAGLE GOES HUNTING....I've seen a lot of activity last couple of weeks. My ducks are nervous.
I dont feel so bad losing ducks knowing little eaglets back at nest enjoying them. Eagles to me like apple pie and CHEVROLET.
I have been checking on the eaglets regularly as I had always thought there were never more than 2 babies that were allowed to survive. I thought any more were "killed off". Not so here...3 healthy babies although one is considerably smaller than it's 2 siblings.
Now that the eagle babies are almost -sorta -a little around the edges starting to look like raptors I have a billion questions. Hopefully Melagris or someone can help out.
How do the parents go about teaching them to fly? It looks like a "one easy lesson" kinda thing, but....
Once they do learn to fly, who teaches them to hunt and how is that accomplished?
While this learning operation is going on will other raptors (or anyone else) take advantage of their vulnerabilities?
How long will the family unit stay together?
Kinda getting attached to the little beggars and would hate to see something happen to them regards
Last Wednesday or Thursday afternoon I went to the website and there was an animal in the nest which appeared to be feeding on scraps. I t was a scare because the video began to fail while I was watching. The animal was on the edge of the video and I could not tell what it was, maybe a raccoon. When I returned later the animal was gone and all three babies looked fine.
The eaglets will learn to fly on their own. They will do lots of flapping from the edge of the nest, even taking little takeoffs and landings at the nest. They will also practice soaring with their wings out while standing on the nest.
A couple of years ago outside of the hospital I was working at a pair of great horned owls stole a red tailed hawk nest. They raised two owlets there. I worked second shift and would go out on my lunch break and watch them in the evening. They would do lots of flight training. One night I went out and one the owlets was in a different tree. After a few minutes the other one flew/fell into another tree.
About a mile from there a pair of eagles has nested the past two years. Last year the nest failed. This year they have been successful. It is the most urban eagle nest in Ohio. It's about 1/2 mile, as the eagle flies from one of the busiest interstate exits in Columbus.