It is just amazing to have watched these eaglets grow from this little falling over babies into full size birds and fly from the nest. They were born sometime in mid April - the exact date is not know. This picture was taken about May 15 - so they would have been about 4 weeks old at the time.
Here is a picture of them being fed by both Mum and Dad.
As they got older they would rush the parents when they came to the nest. The parents would bring the food in their talons. Sometimes if they came empty handed or is that empty talonned - the eagles would rush and grab onto there feet and pull. As you can see them doing in this picture. This picture was taken sometime in June I think. The first Eaglet (Victoria) fledged from the nest around July 12th. The smaller male eaglet stayed in the nest for 2 more weeks. He was smaller and younger than the female, and as a very small eaglet the old, bigger bird would take most of the food until the male got a bit stronger (after a great salmon feed) and could fight back a bit.
And here is what Sydney the male looks like now. I was watching the live feed the day he decided to fledge the nest. It was interesting to see as he would flap his wings - look like he was going to go and then hesitate, walk about a bit - come back to the edge of the nest and think about it some more. It took him about 5 minutes of back and forth to finally decide to take the leap. Boy can you imagine what a leap it would be! A bit of a leap of faith I think.
He has been flying for about 2 weeks now but he is still coming back to the nest and bringing food to eat in the nest, and resting in the nest for long periods as well.
So needless to say I have been spending too much time watching the eagles and not enough time quilting. I have been busy the last couple of days though. I have finished hand quilting my fish quilt and I am now putting the binding on it. I also have started back to work on the table runner that I started the beginning of June. I have also been working a bit on my Blogger site and with great thanks to Patti from Vancouver Washington I have been able to add some stuff to my sidebar!! I'm pretty excited about my new knowlege of computer code (very limited really). But I must get back to quilting.