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Bald Eagle Mom

I have seen hens do the same. But this is different. There is something awfully moving about seeing a big creature, with a beak that is a weapon, being so careful, so hesitant.

Actually, it could be the dad eagle. I think he sits on the nest too. Whichever one it is you can see them carefully turn the eggs, and count them, and make sure to sit without squishing anything, and to put the warmest softest feathers onto the clutch. Look at how carefully the big eagle steps. Those feet are weapons.

I wonder if dinosaurs moved on the nest that way?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=asf7X7BkGW4


*****Edit. Turns out the mom eagle is 30% bigger. She has a much bigger mouth and a heavy brow ridge. Dad eagle is smaller, his white is more brilliant, and he has a black ring around his eye.

Still hard to tell without seeing them together.

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anteros_lmc
Mar. 30th, 2014 11:54 am (UTC)
That's a big chicken! XD
eglantine_br
Mar. 30th, 2014 03:32 pm (UTC)
Here is Archie, on watch, as a pteradactyl lands in the foretop! "WTF" sez Archie.
anteros_lmc
Mar. 30th, 2014 09:47 pm (UTC)
Suspect Archie spent much of his naval career saying "WTF?!" :}
amaraal
Mar. 30th, 2014 12:02 pm (UTC)
Nature is awesome. Have you seen the other vids too? The one with the camera on a falcon's back? Wuow!
eglantine_br
Mar. 30th, 2014 03:33 pm (UTC)
I looked at some of them. There is one showing mom on the nest and dad asleep on a nearby branch. He had his head under his wing.

There was another showing how to tell girl and boy Bald Eagles apart. (Useful.)
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