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thanks for the link!
 

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Kinda cool. At 17:12 cam time one of the adults had a fish he was dismembering and feeding the chicks with. The other adult had a pigeon she was feeding bits of to the eaglets.

Two good providers, chicks should do well.
 

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Wanted to bump this up - babies are moving around and one of the parents is hanging out with them.....cool stuff.

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There is something dead (Mouse???) that one of the parents just brought to the nest. It looks like a white mouse???
 

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EAGLES

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.

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THE EAGLETS ARE BEING FED NOW!!!
 

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this is fascinating, they have grown visibly in 48 hours, thanks for posting the link, I check it every day
 

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Maybe the coolest ever. I got half the mill watching that show. Haven't got a thing done in days.

Iggles ROCK regards

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Just checked in on the iggles. Looks like they are NOT having a good morning.

Cold and wet raptor regards

Bubba
 

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I tuned in jsut in my for that. took an hour and a half to do the whole process but it was cool. I can't wait to see Mom return to the nest and see if she notices the bling.
 

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I missed the banding :( , but you can click on about eagle cam, when the next page comes up click on eagle blog and you can get still pictures of the banding, the largest one weighs over 8 pounds :shock:
 

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Here is the link to the page referred to above
http://www.dgif.virginia.gov/eaglecam/

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.
Good stuff!!!
 

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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

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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.
 

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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.

Tom
 
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