When "Not" is Good

Intentionally planning my first visit into the woods when I knew the adult eagles would NOT be around, I had both cameras with me.

Although I didn't plan on the fallen cedars, the obstacles did NOT affect my determination.

The view from the clearing remains just as breathtaking as ever.  Since there was no sign of the adults, I felt safe in approaching the nest to get a few shots, knowing I would NOT disrupt them in anyway.

Did you know that the standard buffer zone around the nesting tree is usually a 330 foot radius?  Maintaining this buffer zone reduces disruption and increases the chance of successful nesting.

When a pair returns to their previous nesting site, they freshen it by gathering new sticks from the ground or broken limbs of nearby deciduous trees.   

Freshening the nest with green sprigs of white pine is an indication to other birds that the nest is occupied.
The green mound you see beyond the blurred (sorry) jagged, broken pine branches is the nest.  

Both adults share the incubation of the eggs, split into four hour shifts, giving the mate the chance to preen, hunt and feed.

When eggs are in the nest, the incoming adult will step into the nest with it's toes balled up to prevent their talons from damaging the egg (s).  A very unstable way of moving, the adult will raise it's wings for balance.  This will continue for the thirty five days that it takes for an egg to hatch.   By the second day out of the shell, the adult begins feeding the chick the food brought to the nest by the mate.

Surrounded by numerous tall thin pines, their nest, which sits about 100-110 ft up, is NOT in a massive four or five foot wide pine but rather in a thinner one.  Their dead tree is located opposite the cluster of pines, giving the off-duty mate a clear view.

Believe it or NOT, I was glad I did NOT see the adults that day.  I've been told that sometimes, the adults will return to their nesting area, but build a new nest if they felt or feel threatened.  Our eagles apparently do NOT feel threatened.  YEAH!

So far so good.  Here's to another successful nest this year!!

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Oh you are so lucky to have Eagles we only have all different kinds of Hawks and I am very protective of them. Beautiful shots and thanks for the useful info. Hug B
They probably were out looking for you! They were all "Where's that nice lady that always comes to spy on us? Let's go give her a wingspan show..."
Your photos are wonderful!

But it scares me.... Your forays... How do you know, know, know that the Eagles will not be around???

I'd not want to have an Eagle upset with me. -sighhhhhh-

OK, you live there, and you know what you're doing. I can stop "fussing" now. lol....
Anonymous said…
Looking forward to the reports and pictures.
MadSnapper said…
i love those trees, here in our preserve the Eagles are on man made poles, so are our osprey in the park, 2 giant nest like this, both on light poles...
Inger said…
It's so amazing that you have that so close to your home. I'm looking forward to following the eagles for another year.
TexWisGirl said…
gives a new perspective on 'walking on egg shells.' :)
E. Beth. said…
i enjoy buffer zones. in more ways than one. ha. ha!! ( :
Rambling Woods said…
I would LOVE to have eagles in the area.. Thank you for being respectful of them...Michelle
Ann said…
Thanks for the walk through. I enjoyed the sights and the fresh air :)
Betty said…
Maybe you've said it before and I missed it, but how far into the woods do you have to go? Is it a half mile, a mile??
Mimsie said…
Thank you so much for sharing such a delight with us. We city dwellers don't have such wonderful experiences at our doorstep. Eagles are glorious creatures (in fact one of our Western Australian Aussie Rules football teams has an Eagle as its mascot.....i.e. West Coast Eagles). An eagle is often carried onto the ground prior to a football match on the arm of one of the supporters. I am thinking it may be one from a local wildlife place where injured eagles and other creatures are cared for.
Mary said…
Gorgeous trees!
Anonymous said…
Love your last capture of the trees! Am envious you get to see eagles so often. Only get to see them when I'm in the N. of Yosemite Nat. park from a distance!

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