The Bald Eagles that I have been following; named Sam and Loretta, have successfully brought their three Eaglets to “flight preparation” age with tireless feedings.

Photos by Buddy Walker

Each parent carefully cleans his/her beak before and after each feeding.  It seems to take a half hour of hunting to bring in prey.  While Sam and Loretta tag team the hunt, the resting parent is always perched on or near the nest.  The parent returning with prey calls the waiting Eagle with soft bell-tone signals before landing in the nest.

Uno, the Eaglet in this photo was the first to hatch and will be first to be instructed in flight and launched in about four weeks.  His siblings, Dos and Tre are visible in the nest.  Younger, their feathers are less mature.