Broken Silence

For several days, perhaps more than a week, the immature had been silent. It seemed very quiet here when I was working in the yard.  Then on Thursday last week, the crying began early and lasted most of the day. Neither the Pres nor I could understand why, yet I didn't go into the woods to investigate. 

 Friday afternoon found the Pres and I out on the deck, watching the feeders and the red squirrels while listening to the immature continue to cry.  I said, "Honey, I'm going to see what is going on. It's like the call of the wild and I can't stand it!"

"Yep" he said half smiling.

Although the crying didn't stop until I was right near the cluster of pines, I also heard a few high pitched chirps and knew it was an adult.

Looking up at the old nest, I couldn't believe my eyes.  There it was....sitting in the nest, crying and crying as one of the adults remained perched in the nearby pines.  Drawing my own conclusions from the behavior of the baby gull at the beach, I thought,
Maybe, when a parent is around, it wants to be treated like a baby.

Suddenly without any noise, the adult, making it's presence known, came from the thick pines beyond the nest and flew effortlessly in a high , wide circle. Then the immature spread it's massive wings and mimicked the adult, following almost the same flight pattern.   

 It ended up here.

On a limb


It thought.

I chuckle to myself when I watch them hide behind the pine branches and wonder if they realize that only their faces are hidden...LOL

Do you know anything about eagle feathers?
If not, read this

You'll be amazed.  
I was.

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EG CameraGirl said…
Although I have seen eagles' nests I have never been that close. Fascinating!
TexWisGirl said…
you can't see me. you can't see me. :)
Linda said…
They are almost like small children who cover their faces with their hands and say, "I'm hiding!" I enjoy your eagle photos. Linda@Wetcreek Blog
E. Beth. said…
awesome, OM!! too cool! ( :
Anonymous said…
Just like little kids....if they can't see you they think you can't see them.
Pamela Gordon said…
How beautiful. I thought maybe it had been abandoned. I guess it was waiting for courage to fly.
Ginny Hartzler said…
Interesting! I thought maybe there was a fox or something else threatening the nest! Maybe your idea is the best!
barbara l. hale said…
He/she is a real beauty! What a great thing to have around! It does seem that they revert to more "childlike" behavior when the adult is around. Sort of like human youngsters.
Felicia said…
well I'm glad he's ok.
Anonymous said…
That must have been an amazing sight!
Karen Lakis said…
I would love to see an eagle close up like that!
Ida said…
I just think this is so amazing and how lucky you are to witness these birds. I also find it strange that it's illegal to have an Eagle feather in your possession.
Susan said…
I think I would've investigated the crying too. So glad everything was ok. I enjoyed your story :)
betty-NZ said…
Such a great opportunity! Thanks so much for sharing.
Alexa said…
Thank you for sharing. An Eagle!!!!
They are awe inspiring....soaring in silence and so effortlessly
I've seen eagles twice...once when a sea eagle swooped down onto to road in front of us to snatch up a goanna as we drove through bushland near the sea. That was out of this world.
The next time when I was driving across state for Sydney to Adelaide. An eagle was standing on a rock by the side of the road in the grass. I had not known that their feathers went all the way down to their feet.
They are wondrous.
Alexa from Sydney, Australia
Anonymous said…
How wonderful to be able to observe this youngster learning the ropes!
Rambling Woods said…
Lol on the begging child.... Glad it was OK.... Great photos and interesting info about the feathers... Michelle

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