The week was a very active one as we watched E10 and E11 continue building their confidence and strength, working out their spectacular wings in the wind and hovering higher and higher. They ventured out farther on the branches looking for new places to go. E10 being more adventurous was first to make it to the veranda branch. E10 then executed a daring short flight up to the attic branch for the first time to take in a new perspective from a new branch. The trip back to the nest was done gracefully. By week’s end, E10 could launch from any point up to the attic and back with the greatest of ease. As has been the usual sequence of events, E11 curiously looked at E10 way up there and took the leap up to perch with their sibling a few days later. They both looked comfortable and secure on the attic branch holding on in the windy conditions and even relaxing one foot like Big Eagles. Their confidence shows as they perch on the veranda or the nest rails while sleeping overnight. E11 took branching one step farther and made a hop over to the porch branch first winging away as E10 watched. Part of that branch was lost in the hurricane so there is only room for one at a time. E1o took a turn on the porch the next day. The outer and higher branches are theirs for the perching as they prepare for new horizons.
Food deliveries by Harriet and M15 have been interesting and are now mostly a drop off and fly away from being mobbed and having toes grabbed by hungry Es. E10 made it to the table first more often and has been more aggressive in keeping the meal with impressive mantles. It seems mammals and fowl prey have been on the menu more days as E10 and E11 begin to de-fur and de-feather their own meals. Harriet and M15 give plenty of room and freedom to E10 and E11 to practice their learned skills. Mom being Mom will still come to their aid and give them a few more pointers. Harriet ate some of the prey and seemed to make them take the food from her. Tug-o-prey between E10 and E11 and also between them and Mom and Dad teach them the art of the steal. All valuable skills they will need when they are on their own.
The coming weeks will reveal more adventures for E10 and E11 as they employ all they have learned and practice to date. Soon they may find themselves on the many other branches of their nest tree or they may take the ultimate first flight away to a place nearby. It has been joyful to watch the progression of these two spirited Es under the exceptional care and watch of their extraordinary parents, Harriet and M15. Nest Notes by dadsjazz–
Video by Lady Hawk (captured from SWFEC Cameras)
Ground Video by wskrsnwings