Harriet & M15, American Bald Eagle Cam

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Re: Harriet & M15, American Bald Eagle Cam

Post by Solo » January 14th, 2019, 8:10 am

balistar wrote:
January 14th, 2019, 1:01 am
... this was a happy day for both, especially for E13.
As far as i saw almost no bonking during the day, only early in the morning, good and plenty of fish and in the evening both had HUGE crops.17.49 watch that monster crop of E13 ... I'm so happy for him ...
Balistar, thank you very much for your great work here ... that is the best news :D (I like your comments :2thumbsup: )

thank to all for reporting :thumbs:

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Post by balistar » January 14th, 2019, 3:34 pm

Solo wrote:
January 14th, 2019, 8:10 am
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:hi: Solo, thanks very much :innocent:

It's quite interesting to watch their behaviour in the early morning.

My impression from this morning:
After the peaceful day yesterday and beeing stuffed up without being bonked, the E13 gained strength, courage and developed enterprise and play instinct. So E13 dared (harmless) pecking to E12, for example when E12 hit him with its wing when was wingersizing. Of course E12 pecked back (and not as gentle as E13) and E13 went submissive - but it was brave of E13 and important to try it. :thumbs:

So, E13 sure was the one who started the bonking, but there was a reason. In contrast, E12 starts the bonking often without any reason, only when for example E13 is up first and E12 wants to be (or stay) "the big or taller one". And when E13 is wingersizing and touches E12, E12 always bonkes E13.

Later, when E13 started wingersizing again, E12 only showed E13 the beak and E13 stopped wingersizing and layed down. A short while later E13 bravely "payed back", pecked E12 quickly and yet faster turned around getting out of reach :laugh:
That was hilarious.

This morning both did their PS while standing only on their feet and pooping perfectly over the high rails. :thumbs:

After both did very nice wingersizing and preening, laying down again and E12 began to move grasses, E13 began to move nestover fishbones. E13 played very nice with that fishbone, carried it from one side to the other, E12 was watching. Then E13 picked up a "bigger" nestover and moved it back and forth, carried it in its beak, E12 got interest in it too and they both played with it.

Interesting for me - and this i observed also in other nests or previous seasons in this one - is, that (to me it seems so) the one who gets always food and doesn't get bonked, is mostly the lazier one or starts later discovering things and the one who is behind getting food and gets bonked, is faster in developing interests to discover things, playing and for example also starts first watching intensly over the rails.


E12 nicely wingersizing
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Mom (on attic), breakfast can be served now
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E13 - perfectly PS over the rails, standing only on its feet
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Post by Liz01 » January 14th, 2019, 4:03 pm

Side by side :innocent:
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Post by balistar » January 14th, 2019, 4:06 pm

E13 wants to do something, moving his fishbone toy, E12 is watching
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E13 picks up again the nestover fishbone, E12 is watching
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both looking up to Mom on the attic: Mom, we are ready for breakfast
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Post by balistar » January 14th, 2019, 4:12 pm

E13 wants to play with E12, picks up another nestover, a bigger one
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then E12 has the nestover in its beak, they are playing together with it
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ooouu, E13 wants to "play beaking" with E12
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Post by balistar » January 14th, 2019, 4:15 pm

E12 did not like that too much :whistling:
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E13 then does a bit wingersizing
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no breakfast yet, then both layed down again resting
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Post by Sylvika » January 14th, 2019, 5:13 pm

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Eating - at last. It's going nicely, both of babies get and their crops look to be very full. I didn't see if there were bonking moments at the beginning of this meal time.

- Your reports again - soooo :D .

...and then before logging out I see that the other Parent came with a fish again! A Parent, I think Harriet, begins to eat the new fish from its head. That's good for her. The kids can only lie, they are too thick, but they also are watching HOW Mom eats fish head. This is to learn, they think.

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Post by balistar » January 14th, 2019, 5:47 pm

Yeah, Sylvika, a very nice feeding ended up with two really big crops :thumbs:

Yes, there was bonking of E12 in the beginning, E13 had to stay away then and wait for its turn, but as soon as E12 had swallowed the first huge chunks, E13 snatched a few bites quickly from behind, then was allowed to join in the feeding and also got well fed from M.
E13 now is also able to swallow huge chunks.

That was a big "hill of meat" that M has brought and it was gone quickly in 14 min. :laugh:


in the beginning, when E12 was trying to get down a huge piece of meat, M started to feed also E13, E12 spit its piece out (was too big). E12 saw M wanted to give E13 a bite, headed over and bonked E13 down and took that piece of meat out of M's beak
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E12 got a few really large pieces and swallowed them down easily
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Post by balistar » January 14th, 2019, 6:03 pm

Since 10.04 E13 also could eat in peace
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first turned around after getting a bite
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but E12 didn't bonk again and E13 could sit next to E12
and the crop was getting bigger and bigger :D
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Post by balistar » January 14th, 2019, 6:08 pm

E13 kindly watch how E12 is eating
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E12 refuses then the offered bites and feaks beak in the grasses
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E13 pleased to get a few more bites offered from M :D
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Post by balistar » January 14th, 2019, 6:40 pm

M15 was eating from the remaining meat, when Harriet flew in with a fish
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what a nice big whole fish she brought
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M left the nest, leaving the remain meat behind,
H picked up the fish and the E's were watching
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Post by balistar » January 14th, 2019, 6:47 pm

Both watching H opening the fish at its head
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E13 even takes a few nice bites :D
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Then, as Sylvika noticed and mentioned in her post above:
"but they also are watching HOW Mom eats fish head. This is to learn, they think."

both with their full crops are watching carefully HOW H is eating the fish head :thumbs:
learning like in school :innocent: :nod:
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isn't that cute and great ?
BTW: They are 3 weeks old now, (E13 almost 3 weeks, in 5 hours)

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Post by balistar » January 14th, 2019, 7:02 pm

both interested watching
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the red on E13's left wing is NO injury, it's somewhat bloody flesh of the fish head :D
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still eating E13
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Post by Birdfriend » January 14th, 2019, 7:09 pm

balistar! TY for these cute pics and for reporting, it's sounds good so far today! :thumbs: :D
What a crop to burst at E13, yeah!
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Post by balistar » January 14th, 2019, 7:21 pm

Yeah, Birdfriend :hi: ,
and although this crop was to burst, when H finished with the fish head and was cleaning the table, E13 was interested in that morsels, too :laugh:
It looked like E13 wanted to eat all he didn't get in the previous days :D

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Post by balistar » January 14th, 2019, 7:27 pm

feeding E13 over, some harmless beaking between the E's
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E13 climbs up the rails below
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H walked over to the remained meat and suddenly E12 was up again :laugh:
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Post by balistar » January 14th, 2019, 7:31 pm

E12 got a few bites of the meat
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H finished it up, walked to side and E12 seeked shade of H
E13 wanted to follow to the shade, E12 didn't like it - and bonked E13 down :rolleyes:
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meanwhile M was relaxing on the outer attic and watching the area
shortly after H joined M on the attic
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Post by balistar » January 15th, 2019, 12:32 pm

Idyll at Pritchett's
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they almost lost their white down feathers
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E12 still has almost untouched head-downs
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Post by balistar » January 15th, 2019, 12:38 pm

almost completely gray
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H gives a few bites of her fish to both
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they still have big crops from the red meat
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Post by balistar » January 15th, 2019, 12:50 pm

~ 11.30 M brought another UFO,
looks like abdominal wall of a mammal with hair and lots of fat on it - yikes
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the E's are watching carefully how M eats that strange food
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M swallowed that whole thing down
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