I give you many scenes from today. The male is in the beginning with a messy face. We think it is from a fresh kill yesterday. We see Blair incubating and the male comes in from above. You can always tell something is about to happen if you watch closely. After they leave the perching branch, we see what we believe is the male swooping up to the balcony branch just over the nest. And finally, we give you Blair in the prettiest of sunsets on her nest. Enjoy!
Video is of Blair flying and she meets up with the male. You can really see the size discrepancy. Later I saw Blair go into a deep dive and headed down to the nest and lost her behind the hill. I couldn't get her on video. Then, as I was heading out of the valley, the male came down out of nowhere and did his acrobatic moves and dropped into the nest. Sadly, I missed that too. You can see them both on the nest and then leave to the side branch. Not long after, she left and was soaring around. The sun made it really difficult to see let alone try and get video.
I drove towards Arcadia and checked out the two closest nests over there. One was incubating and I saw the other pair perched albeit at a long distance. In all I saw 8 eagles near Arcadia. I then drove to Galesville to check on our love birds there. I saw them both this morning as well as the other pair outside of town, and the Lake pair was perched side by side again. It shouldn't be long there before they are on eggs. I hope you enjoy some of the action.
There was so much action today. Blair was in and out with the male. Lots of calling. It could be nervousness with the farm auction across the highway, but there could have been some immatures or other eagles in the area too. It was strange that she was the first one off the nest most of the time he came in. In that case, it would be normal for the male to be off first and defending. They gave us a lot to consider.
Blair is sitting on the eggs with her beak on her back. If you watch to he eleven second mark the male flies in and then starts yelling at him. Then at the 19 second mark he flies out to the side branch. Then he starts yelling! The he flies back to the nest and when he comes in Blair leaves and he had had a chance to sit on the eggs. At the 57 second mark he should have sat on the eggs because he was looking straight at he eggs. At the 1 minute and 20 second mark he flies away to the side branch. There was a lot of flying in this video!
Blair and the new male are calling. The new male left. The new male was on the side branch, and now Blair left the nest. They both are calling. Both are on the side branch. Blair is calling.
Video by Keith Byer.