In the days since E10 and E11 embarked on their first flight, they have been out exploring their territory gaining confidence in their flying abilities and fulfilling their senses of adventure and curiosity. They take off in a split second and fly skillfully and purposely, bounding from one place to another.
They have watched Mom and Dad intently and have been off seeking out some of their favorite perch spots. E10 and E11 seem as comfortable on the ground as they are in the air and perching in a tree. They practice grabbing anything that looks interesting, carrying things in their talons and beaks.
They are mimicking hunting and foraging behaviors. E10 and E11 follow each other from place to place and often perch side by side seeming to display a fondness for each other. In the next moment, they are sparring, taking turns attacking and defending as they work on fierceness. All these behaviors are necessary for survival when they are on their own.
Lessons continued throughout the week as Harriet and M15 delivered food to different places on the ground. E10 and E11 reached new milestones securing the prey and carrying it to a branch to eat. E11 was first to fly with the fish to the snag tree but it fell to the ground.
E10 later went back to find it on the ground and took it to the branch to finish it off. Another first was E10 grabbing the fish delivered to the ground by M15 and flying with it back to the nest to eat it.
Mealtime brings out their aggressiveness as they vie for the food warning off the other and even Harriet and M15 with loud vocals and impressive mantles. They all have engaged in many tug-o-prey battles. They are finding their Big Eagle voices.
E10 and E11 are now fully grown and appear larger than Mom and Dad with their longer feathers to help with flight. E10 and E11 are employing the many lessons learned from their exceptional Eagle Parents, sharpening skills and engaging their keen instincts as they become more and more independent.
These smart and healthy Fledglings are well on their way to earning their Juvenile Eagle stripes, and one flight closer to their ultimate adventure.
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Marysole: E10 and E11 have grown and matured so quickly. E9 didn't mature as quickly i think because he was alone M and H spoiled him..he really was a funny little Eaglet..he had a very bosterous personality. Still miss E9 he was my first to watch grow..
Karen K. Hughes Thanks to the Pritchett family and Southwest Florida Eagle Cam for another season of watching these fabulous eagles. It's going by too fast!
Erica Hille What a great season this has been. Have enjoyed watching from the beginning to see how they have progressed into the teenage stage heading for adulthood. A huge thanks to the Pritchett family and all at SWFEC for sharing this experience with us. It goes by so quickly.
Lynn Paoletti Vick I love these two…Harriet and M too!! I have so enjoyed watching, from the first egg, Dec 26, and egg number two on the 27th…the hatching, feeding and maturing! Thank you so much SFEC, for this awesome experience I have been sharing with my Grandkids!
Anne Marie Yapello-Davis How will we know when they’ve left? Will it just be that they fly out of sight and don’t return the following day? Will they fly off together or one follow the other or will their last flight away be days apart?
Karen Highfield These guys are so much fun to watch…when they allow the cams to find them. I think they've been playing hide and seek…zoomies do a great job scouring the landscape in search of these rascals. I will miss them when they set off on their grand eagle adventures. Until then, most everything else in my life takes a second seat to watching the Es.