Bald Eagles In Western Kentucky In Early September

The eagle pair I have been following are still doing early nest work now and then. They got a stick hung up again on a branch that come up. This branch frustrates the female she is always chewing on it. The hang up seemed to cause a bit of irritation to the female. She got a little snappy at the male and grabbed his leg as he flew up to try and ride the stick down. This apparently caused him to stop and watch her work. She did get the stick off the hang up and placed.¬† Then later did a little pecking at him. This pair do not peck at each other¬† as much as other pairs I have observed. A lot of foul weather heading our way from a tropical storm coming out of the gulf. Will get out and photograph when I can…

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4 Responses to Bald Eagles In Western Kentucky In Early September

  1. Mary S. says:

    These last few posts with the eagles “repairing” or “upgrading” their nest are spectacular. Now only do they show the work the eagles put into their nest, but they show the wonderful and fascinating interaction between the pair. I could watch that all day, I think.
    Then there are the building skills of the eagles: In today’s case, the female eagle, as you indicate, seems determined to get the incredibly long branch “unhooked” with a “don’t do anything; I’m going to get this the way I want it, one way or the other” attitude.
    I’ve also noticed in I don’t know how many posts what seems to me the incredible weight these birds “that fish” can carry in the huge fish they lift out of the river. Coupled with that is the length and complexity–by which I mean the branches that have other branches that once grew out of them they pick up, fly with, and arrange. Seems to me they get the balance just right with little trouble to be able to carry and fly with these long branches.
    I don’t know what amazes me more–the consistent and well tho’t out “story” you tell in pictures of how the eagles build the nest or the beauty of the how you compose each photograph. I especially like in today’s post the last series of photos from #21 down where you have the green of the meadow, the blue river running, the brown of the eagle and the dead wood–all just right. These last few series of posts are particularly beautiful. MCS

    • Jim says:

      Mary S,
      It is a pleasure to be able to watch this for sure. One thing the still photos can’t show is how they will often perch and study the branches around them. Sometimes grabbing and what looks like testing them. At times one will break off in their beak and they will carry it that way. Other times they will fly up and land on a branch and flap up and down until it snaps off. Many times they just pick one off the outside on the fly and almost don’t slow down. The female seems to test herself on how big a branch she can carry. This morning for the second time I have observed the could not make it up to the nest with the branch, too heavy. This morning she tried to carry back up to a perching tree that she regularly flies to the nest from, to give it another go. The branch broke off when she landed. Early this years she had a large fish. After flying along way with it she landed low on the nest tree. Rested, then flew back to the tree she often flies from to the nest. She made it to the nest with the large fish on the second try. I can’t figure out the placement as they are constantly rearranging. The only thing for certain is they don’t like sticks poking straight up in their line of vision. The work like crazy to get them down. Chewing and pulling and tugging. Sometimes giving up and trying again later. One time this morning I saw one lay a shot heavier stick on top of one to weight it down. Yep, it is fascinating to watch…

  2. I hope the storm is a weak one. My son just told me a hurricane is heading to Delaware where he is too.
    Great shots of the eagles!

    • Jim says:

      New Hampshire Gardener,
      They are not saying a lot of wind, but possibly a lot of rain. Which we could use some rain now. Hope the storm misses your son as well. Thank You…

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