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04/06/2011 07:54:52 PM · #101
Originally posted by GinaRothfels:

The third one is half way out of the egg now.

Roger that.
04/06/2011 08:13:10 PM · #102
You know what? The male is slightly less responsible as an eaglet caretaker, but he is darn good as hunter provider. His display of "largesse" captures, on behalf of his family is truly impressive. We can forgive him for occasionally allowing the chicks to "pop out" of the nest shell once in awhile. The "mom" rules the roost. But, the "dad" is an important part of the equation. We just don't really know if his turn on the nest will be uneventful. (Anthropomorphizing in the tradition of Walt Disney. LOL!!!)

Message edited by author 2011-04-06 20:15:53.
04/06/2011 08:21:58 PM · #103
He seems to be providing far more food than they actually need. Good thing that nest is so big.
04/06/2011 08:48:38 PM · #104
Originally posted by GinaRothfels:

He seems to be providing far more food than they actually need. Good thing that nest is so big.

He's an experienced parent. He's trying to get ahead of "the curve" based on instinct and past experience. Wait 'til you see how fast the eaglets outgrow the nest.
04/06/2011 08:52:31 PM · #105
This might seem like an ignorant question, but where does the other parent sleep at night?
The two or three times that I have popped in the livefeed after dark there was always only one parent by the nest
04/06/2011 08:57:46 PM · #106
Originally posted by Fiora:

This might seem like an ignorant question, but where does the other parent sleep at night?
The two or three times that I have popped in the livefeed after dark there was always only one parent by the nest

Usually right in a higher branch of the same tree. Or, in a branch very nearby. On occasion, the camera will scan/pan the area. And, the other parent will be on guard. Good question!
04/06/2011 09:04:36 PM · #107
Don't know about eagles but my pigeons share the sitting. The hen sits most of the time leaving only briefly for water. The cock sits from about 10 am until about 4 pm. Same schedule after the hatch. They share equally in the feeding. When not sitting they will exercise and eat during the day and sit on a perch at night, near the nest and will run off any intruders. Pigeons are very protective. I think these habits are true with most if not all birds.
04/06/2011 09:10:51 PM · #108
Male and Female eagles share equally in most duties, but the female does more of the brooding in most cases. The male eagles are usually smaller than female eagles as it aides in speed and agility for hunting.

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04/06/2011 09:16:32 PM · #109
You can just see the male ? in the background now.

Message edited by author 2011-04-06 21:18:18.
04/07/2011 02:05:56 AM · #110
Video of the third egg hatching. Welcome to the world eaglet number 3! :)

Third Egg Hatching

04/07/2011 10:20:00 AM · #111
The video feed was down for a while this morning. Back up, as of now. Three strong eaglets! All being fed and eating. I think the 3rd eaglet hatched (yesterday) is pretty strong. The feeding episodes are really great to see. Worth your time!
04/07/2011 10:40:51 AM · #112
The mother actually flew off and left them unattended for a minute or two now. I got quite a good look at one trying to walk around before she came back.
04/07/2011 10:48:21 AM · #113
Originally posted by GinaRothfels:

The mother actually flew off and left them unattended for a minute or two now. I got quite a good look at one trying to walk around before she came back.

That's dad on the nest right now. They swapped out. You are correct about the mom leaving for a few minutes. And, it was an unobstructed view of the three eaglets.
04/07/2011 10:49:20 AM · #114
I started watching for the first time a few minutes ago. That one little guy was making me a little nervous until momma got back. Now I'm hooked.
04/07/2011 10:50:19 AM · #115
Originally posted by hahn23:

That's dad on the nest right now. They swapped out. You are correct about the mom leaving for a few minutes. And, it was an unobstructed view of the three eaglets.


How can you tell which of the parents is which?
04/07/2011 10:51:56 AM · #116
Originally posted by GinaRothfels:

Originally posted by hahn23:

That's dad on the nest right now. They swapped out. You are correct about the mom leaving for a few minutes. And, it was an unobstructed view of the three eaglets.


How can you tell which of the parents is which?


Their T-shirts. :)

Seriously though, they have some different markings on their faces and the mother has more spots on the back of her head. The male...as is normally the case wit eagles is a bit smaller as well, but since you don't often see them together right now it's hard to discern that. Female eagles also have a deeper beak....and the red T-shirt. LOL. :P

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04/07/2011 10:53:52 AM · #117
Originally posted by GinaRothfels:

Originally posted by hahn23:

That's dad on the nest right now. They swapped out. You are correct about the mom leaving for a few minutes. And, it was an unobstructed view of the three eaglets.


How can you tell which of the parents is which?

FAQ excerpt: "It is hard to tell the difference unless they are both on the nest. The female is larger than the male. This female has a ridge above her eyes that goes further back than on the male, and her eyes are surrounded by a greyish shadow; the male has a line around his eyes that makes them look “beadier.” Some think that the male’s head is “sleeker” than the female’s."
04/07/2011 10:54:08 AM · #118
Originally posted by cynthiann:

I started watching for the first time a few minutes ago. That one little guy was making me a little nervous until momma got back. Now I'm hooked.


We've had a pair of spotted thick-knees (known in South Africa as dikkops) living in our garden for the last couple of summers. So I've been through all this up close and personal, except that our birds live on the ground, not in a nest. Made if very easy to get hooked on this site.

Sadly our dikkop babies have never survived for more than a couple of weeks. I hope these guys do better.
04/07/2011 10:57:03 AM · #119
Originally posted by hahn23:

Originally posted by GinaRothfels:

Originally posted by hahn23:

That's dad on the nest right now. They swapped out. You are correct about the mom leaving for a few minutes. And, it was an unobstructed view of the three eaglets.


How can you tell which of the parents is which?

FAQ excerpt: "It is hard to tell the difference unless they are both on the nest. The female is larger than the male. This female has a ridge above her eyes that goes further back than on the male, and her eyes are surrounded by a greyish shadow; the male has a line around his eyes that makes them look “beadier.” Some think that the male’s head is “sleeker” than the female’s."


Thanks.

I had the same problem with our dikkops, but the male seemed to be the more aggressive. Once I had that worked out, I discovered by examining their photos that the female had a distorted beak. It made it much easier to tell afterwards - as long as I was looking at them with binoculars.
04/07/2011 11:00:23 AM · #120
Wow, they are both on the nest now. As the kids get bigger, will they both start feeding them at the same time?
04/07/2011 11:05:38 AM · #121
Had a good view of them eating a minute ago. Now the parent has moved between the babies and the camera.

I really haven't got time for this but I can't drag myself away from the computer.
04/07/2011 11:36:50 AM · #122
Originally posted by DCNUTTER:

Video of the third egg hatching. Welcome to the world eaglet number 3! :)

Third Egg Hatching

go to 6:32 and you can see the other parent swoop by way down below from left to right!!!

this is absolutely fascinating!
04/07/2011 12:23:00 PM · #123
Originally posted by Skip:

Originally posted by DCNUTTER:

Video of the third egg hatching. Welcome to the world eaglet number 3! :)

Third Egg Hatching

go to 6:32 and you can see the other parent swoop by way down below from left to right!!!

this is absolutely fascinating!


I noticed that too last night when I watched it. I agree..extremely fascinating to watch!
04/07/2011 12:46:23 PM · #124
Fresh fish for dinner!
04/07/2011 01:25:03 PM · #125
Originally posted by Skip:

Originally posted by DCNUTTER:

Video of the third egg hatching. Welcome to the world eaglet number 3! :)

Third Egg Hatching

go to 6:32 and you can see the other parent swoop by way down below from left to right!!!

this is absolutely fascinating!

Yes, even though by now we know the ending, it's still spellbinding.

And, wow, they sure have a smorgasbord for their dining pleasure now.
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