Intruder At An Eagles Nest

When I arrived at one of the eagles nests this morning about a half hour before sunrise on this cloudy morning. It looked like the male was in the nest moving a stick. It looked like the female perched high on a branch above the nest. I tried to set my camera for the best possible setting for this light or more likely lake off. I ended up at 6400ISO and 400 on the speed Aperture at 6.3 which is as open as I can get. The eagle in the nest that looked like the male. Looked up and started screeching. Then flew up and tried to run the eagle on top off. At first I thought they were going to attempt mating but the perched eagle refused. The male flew to another tree. The eagle perched up high that I think was a female then flew off. The male gave chase and chased it out of sight. When I get home I see that the eagle that was perched above the nest was an intruder. It looked like a female but had a dark spot of feathers on the head and dark tips on a few tail feathers. Ya never know. With the light had been better. I was surprised the pics were as good as they were, good enough to let me see what was really happening anyhow. Still makes me wonder where the female mate was…

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4 Responses to Intruder At An Eagles Nest

  1. It seems odd that the female would just fly off and not come back.
    My camera won’t even do ISO 6400!

    • Jim says:

      New Hampshire Gardener,
      It was not the males mate. I guess it was busy in the nest when that eagle flew in and landed. When it noticed it it tried to run it off. Finally doing so when it flew from the perch high above the nest. The noise is usually to much with that high ISO but these surprised me. Did not have a choice to shoot any lower. Same with the speed. Shot about two stops over exposed…

  2. Ellen Bunnell says:

    Now I’m wondering about the ‘real’ twosome that will have this nest, sad story if they have some how lost one of the two mates. But I suppose it happens. Just curious, from experience, do you know ‘if’ when a mate loses a mate, do they find another. I’ve always assumed that they mate for life. Great pix. You’ve captured the anger in their screech.

    • Jim says:

      Ellen Bunnell,
      I am wondering the same thing after this morning. Pics for the 16th post tomorrow. It sure looks to me like a different younger female. They are supposed to mate for life. I would not think that the male would replace the female this quick if something happened to the other? There are exceptions. Some nests will have three eagles I have read. Time will tell but it sure appears to me that it is a different female the last two days. I thought an intruder as the male seemed to chase it off. But today it did not appear that way? Time will tell I hope…

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