Janet’s Note: It’s been fairly quiet in the nest the past few days, Mom and Dad switching out to give one another breaks from warming the eggs…some wind, some light snow, a few animals or birds that Mom or Dad have had to flap away from the nest periodically. Mostly, they patiently keep watch over the eggs and observe what’s going on in the rest of their territory from where they are.
There are times when I thought, “Gee, wouldn’t it be nice to just be able to sleep the whole time we humans are pregnant,” but then I watch these eagles and see them actually yawn every now and then, and I think they must get rather tired of not being able to get out and ride the winds.
I continue to be amazed at how gentle these huge, fierce raptors are with their eggs as they turn around in the nest, land and takeoff, and so very carefully and gently turn the eggs. Those of you who haven’t watched this before will be impressed with the parenting skills you will see demonstrated once the eggs hatch.
The pictures in this post are of Dad taking his turn and squawking at Mom to get back and give him a break at one point. They have such an unusual squeaky voice, it still makes me chuckle with affection when I hear them.
It is such a privilege to be able to observe this whole process so carefully. I thank all the people at Raptor Resource Project for making it possible.