It was a spring like day yesterday. By the way did you set your clocks forward?
It seemed as if the eagles were hanging around the nest longer. They may start setting on the eggs this week?
In the morning one of the eagles flew down and perched low in a pine about 30 feet from me. It was close enough I backed away so I could catch the bird when it flew from the perch.
This Coopers Hawk sailed over the pines I got one shot through a gap in the treetops.
It felt great only needing to wear a light jacket mid-day. We were able to get the kids out of the barn and house. Yes, I said house. We lost one mother kidding and are bottle feeding “Grace” above in the house. The gals put a round washtub in the house filled with hay. When Grace wakes up or plays for a while they place her in the tub to relieve herself. She is beginning to jump in the tub and go potty herself.
The best laid plans are often foiled by mother nature on a farm. March is usually a good time to plan for birthing. It did not work out that way this year with the late winter storms we have had.Finally we had a chance to let the newborn goat kids out.
The new kids having there first chance to get outside appeared cautious except for Grace who jumped, twisted, ran, and kicked whenever my daughter or wife moved away from her.
The house goat was more alert and outgoing then the other kids. We had to keep the other young ones protected in pens from the weather. Now we have to figure how to get the house goat to realize and accept being around her own kind.
The bond between mother and child is special. It is wonderful to observe in any species.
It will take me a while to figure out which kid is which. Our daughter has them figured out but the marking difference on this batch of kids is subtle. Oh yeah, the gals goats are the breed Dwarf Nigerian.
Goats normally have twins with the occasional single or set of triplets. We also lost one kid this time. The kid presenting wrong with just the head out. I pulled the kid from the mother on a contraction as I have done before. This time we were too late in finding the problem birth and the kid did not make it. One thing one learns on a farm is the facts of life and death. Something we must all learn to deal with over a lifetime.
In the sunny afternoon I returned to observe at the eagles nest. In the morning the eagles were bringing food to the nest. Perhaps stocking up for being there longer setting on the eggs. In the afternoon they did a little cleaning up. I got lucky for a second day catching the eagle flying down from the nest with a skeleton in its beak.
Birds will lay all their eggs over a period of days. The eggs do not begin to incubate until they are set on and warmed. A natural clock turns them on the way I understand it. I am certain some one else could explain this better.
There were several folks out photographing and observing the eagles. It is hard not to stop by and watch these majestic birds going about their business. Photography wise I had a good and bad day taking pictures of the eagles. I handled exposing for the bird pretty well especially when the birds were in the shadow of the pines. But…….
When the birds were in the open against a mainly white background of cloud cover I could not get it right. It may be that one can only expose to capture an open shot or a shot in the trees or near the nest?
It may be due to global warming or some other change in the environment. These armored creatures are from South America. We are having an invasion of Armadillos in the “Land Between The Lakes”. According to Wikipedia , due to South Americas former isolation, they were confined there for most of the Cenozoic. The recent formation of the Isthmus of Panama allowed a few members of the family to migrate northward into southern North America by the early Pleistocene. It could be that the Armadillo is still expanding it territory? Not having time to get there and photograph them myself, I asked fellow eagle watcher Ron King to share a couple of his photos of these odd critters. Which he did.
Thank You, Ron for sharing some of your wonderful photography of these placental mammals from the south. You never know what you might see if you get out and about on a spring like day…..