E17 and E18 are making great strides on the way to their first flights. Strong winds over the week encouraged the exercising of their magnificent wings. While E18 is more cautious and fly hops with purpose, E17 hovers high above the nest and back with controlled landings. Once E17 reached the attic branch, frequent trips there were made with ease. E18 watched and looked for the way to get up there. E17 peered into the camera lens for a selfie session as Eaglets have done in the past. E17 perched with Harriet for a while on the attic and enjoyed the new perspective.
Harriet and M15 impart more lessons and examples to their intelligent, energetic Eaglets. Food deliveries have been plentiful some days and scarce others. Food will not always be readily available when they are on their own. E18 has become more assertive at meal drops, keeps their catch, and warns E17 away. Harriet intervenes to hurry them along, engaging them in stealing and tug-o-war over possession. She lets them win sometimes and keeps the prey, too, because she can. Their survival will depend on their ability to snag meals from other Eagles and animals in the wild. They are becoming fierce competitors for the food with Mom and Dad.
E17 and E18 are capable and ready to experience more of life away from the comforts of the nest. Adventure await them as they give in to the wind and let it transport them to new places. Timing is everything, and it is excitingly close to the time to fly. Nest Notes by dadsjazz
E17 and Mom on the attic branch.
Ground Video by wskrsnwings
Video by Lady Hawk (captured from SWFEC cameras)