Harriet and M15 focus on the constant care of their lively Eaglets. The rate at which E15 and E16 are growing requires a great amount of nutrition to fuel their sprouting bodies. Hatching just about 3 short weeks ago, E15 and E16 weighed about 2 ounces and were around 3 inches tall. Darker thermal down feathers have mostly replaced their natal down allowing them to regulate their body temperatures. They gain around 5 ounces per day, are about 1 foot tall and close to 3 pounds. Pin feathers start to emerge on wing tips. E16 is a few days behind larger older E15 but is catching up as both are growing by leaps and bounds.
Harriet and M15 spend countless hours hunting for fish and prey to satisfy their Eaglets voracious appetites. They have been snagging an occasional fish from Anhingas, Ospreys, and Great Blue Herons who fish their pond. Eagles never pass up an opportunity to steal other animals catches. E15 being the dominant of the two eagerly steps up for the first bites of food. E16 bides their time and sneaks in for the steal to get a good share of the meal. Both have become smart and strong as their once wobbly little bodies scoot around the nest, pick up sticks and nesting and peer over nest rails. They spent an overnight alone in the nest while Harriet and M15 perched above ever watchful. E15 and E16 begin exercising with little wing flaps building up muscles for future flights. Their many naps throughout the day enhance their growth spurt.
Harriet and M15 devote their time and energy all for the welfare of their priceless E15 and E16. Mom and Dad imprint upon them many tools and behaviors that will help them flourish and grow into bright majestic young Eagles. Nest Notes by dadsjazz
Ground Video by wskrsnwings
Video by JCsEagleCottage (from SWFEC cameras)
Video by Lady Hawk (from SWFEC cameras)