Good Evening, Fellow TalonNippers!!
Increased activity seems to be the name of the game these days as Arky and Dakota are wingersizing more, working on chores around the nest, getting up before breakfish and generally being more active. They were up before sunrise today working out and doing laps around the nest while waiting for their first toe bite of the day. Carrion was the menu for the morning. First meal was a fish that had seen much better days(looked to be an easy to catch shore dweller) and the next bit of chow seemed to be what my kids called a sail squirrel (one who had too many encounters with car tires). However both were consumed with gusto and the eaglets seemed to be very happy with the meals. Mom seemed to tire of trying to pull some of it apart and swallowed a big chunk of it and departed the meat with the pelt.
The middle of the day saw Mom and Dad fly in several times with new nest furnishings and risk more toe nips in the process. Early afternoon brought the threatened rain but it was a short lived shower and the kids seemed to enjoy it rather than suffer through it. They even did a little wingersizing during the rain, holding their wings up and letting the wind blow through their primaries and secondaries.
After the rain preening and drying out were the order of the day with more wing work thrown in. They also did some chores around the nest rearranging the furniture, cleaning the carpet and straightening up the twigs. BBC panned around early evening and got a great shot of one of Dakota’s talons both extended and balled into a fist. It is strange to look at a talon on these two and try to realize that if you extend your fingers all the way that talon is at least as large as your hand and maybe larger. The lack of size reference on the nest is deceiving. The kids had mystery meat for dinner and settled in after for the evening. As darkness fell BBC again panned to a lovely shot of the pond and all was quiet on the nest.
On to the vids of the day!
MNBound Eagles ~ Morning Calisthenics ~ Grass Delivery ~ Daily Foot Grab
MNBound Eagles ~ Breakfish & Squirrel ~ Mom’s Big Bite
MNBound Eagles ~ P’s In and Out ~ Winging In The Rain
MNBound Eagles ~ Wingersizing & I Can See You Upside Down
MNBound Eagles ~ Nest Chores ~ Wingersizing
MNBound Eagles ~ Shades of Night ~ Close Ups & Panning ~ Time Lapse
And some pics of the day!
It was another lovely day on the nest and I hope you were able to enjoy at least part of it with us!
We’ll see you on the nest tomorrow!
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