A juvenile eagle got a little too close for comfort today. Harriet showed the visitor it wasn't welcome while the E's & dad looked on.
Lots of action at the nest today as we had a juvie visitor flying over the pasture and trying to land on the attic branch. E10 & E11 are on the church side snag and M is on the ground eating. Harriet flies to the attic first and alerts with warning vocals.
The juvie comes screaming while trying to land on the attic – Harriet immediately flushes it out of the tree. Harriet gives chase and they lock talons in mid air (not seen with the cams but photos and eye witness reports by local ground photographers). The juvie flew away – they both are fine – no injuries. Cam1, cam2, cam3 and the 360 cam coverage included!
Weekly Nest Notes: Wonder to Wander
E10 and E11 are awake and active at first light, filled with renewed energy and curiosity. There is a twinkle in their eyes as they wonder where their next flight will take them. Then in a flash, they are off to wander to new places.
They have been observed soaring high up in the thermals to areas beyond the pasture. They have discovered Yonder Pond across the road where they can perch in peace from the pesky crows. It has been a challenge to keep up with these thrill-seeking Juveniles.
E10 and E11 are sharpening their skills and abilities and are becoming well equipped with all that is necessary to survive on their own. They got their “Eagle” on when E11 fiercely defended the nest from Juvenile Eagles flying through the territory and flushed out a sub-adult Eagle that landed in the nest tree. E10 remained on the snag tree branch with their food secure from the intruders.
A full house this evening in the nest! It's amazing to see them grow, learn & thrive together as a family.
Southwest Florida Eagle Cam
Harriet and M15 continue to educate and encourage E10 and E11 in the ways of Eagle life allowing them their independence but also stepping in when needed. Dad spent an afternoon at the pond with E10 and E11 showing them how to take a proper bath. M15 changed up the food deliveries landing at different places on the ground or a nearby snag tree causing E10 and E11 to work for their meal. Harriet remains in Mom mode as she watches over her young Raptors.
She stayed close to offer support when windy weather moved through the area. Harriet never misses an opportunity to teach lessons, especially with food as she battles with E10 or E11 for their meal and finishes it off. Finding and keeping food will prove crucial to their survival. Most evenings E10 and E11 have perched alone as Mom and Dad roosted elsewhere within their view.
E10 and E11 take in all the sights, sounds, comings and goings in their territory. They wander with courage and ease as Juvenile Eagles making their way to wonderful places.
Georgie Palmer-Celli They sure got big fast. My favorite E9 never forget him/ her
Curt AndLeslie Stevens Love that eagle family!!! Thanks to the Pritchett family and the entire staff for making this possible!
Lillian Hawt Hoping that they stay together. If they are male and female is it possible that in the eagle family they might become a couple?
Kim Mears-Kodobocz Thank you Dadsjazz. Your Nest Notes are very informative and beautifully written. I look forward to each weekly update. As much as I still miss E9, I can only imagine how much I’m going to miss these two beauties when they leave. They are going to take a piece of my heart with them
JoAnn Bailey Thank you for the posting, just so beautifully written. It is just a mater of time now and they will be off on their own journey. It has been such a great season with the two. I love the closeness they have been with each other. I had many laughs watching them.
Peg Turner Thank you so much for the weekly nest notes, I absolutely love reading it. Since the season is too quickly coming to an end, thank you to SWFEC and to the moderators and especially the Pritchett's for this opportunity to watch these majestic birds
Trudy LeVerrier I have loved following this nest for a few years now but this seems to have been the best. The new nest as withstood the elements and the kids are growing in leaps and bounds. I only wish someday to see at least one of them return as an adult just as beautiful and regal as mom and dad. Thanks to the Pritchett's for a great education, you're never too old to learn stuff.
Darlene Schumacher As always great recap of their week. Thank you for the weekly nest notes and thank you Pritchard family for allowing us these views of these magnificent raptors.
Nancy Woodruff There were some of the funniest selfies this week. Upside down head tilts galore! I told a friend of mine, "if you think that doggy head tilts are cute, wait til you see these!" And again, dadsjazz, thank you for your wonderful notes. We love them!