This morning I got up early and drove to my daughter’s alma mater, Berry College, with the hopes of seeing the pair of Bald Eagles that have nested there for the past eight years.
I got there just after the sun made its morning appearance, and was happy to find the male Eagle perched on a limb about twenty five yards from the nest.
This guy had a cluster of leaves that kept getting in the way of the picture, so I would wait for a breeze to blow the leaves clear and then fire off a quick shot.
A noise from the nest caught his attention (and mine), and I turned to find his other half lifting her head up.
Evidently, she was calling him back to the nest, and evidently he was not complying as quickly as she would like, so she hopped out onto a branch, restated her request, and then returned to the nest.
This time, he flew over to join her. (Click on the photo so you can see the cool talons better!)
It soon became clear what she was calling him home for! The couple began with a bit of beak nibbling and neck nuzzling…
…then he spread his wings over her…
…and then…I confess to feeling a bit like a bird of prey paparazzi…and I’m thinking that perhaps I should respect their privacy…but I know you are interested…so…well…
…this courting couple coupled!
In case you were curious, Bald Eagles mate for life, and this pair (as far as I have been able to tell) has had 10 little ones survive.
After their brief interlude, the two went back to their regularly scheduled nest guarding.
When I hear the news that the Eagles have eggs in the nest, I for one will not be the least bit surprised!