Bald Eagles Nesting at Turtle Bay, Patriot and Liberty Raising Two Eaglets

by Larry Jordan on April 17, 2011

Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) with Eaglet photos by Larry Jordan

This pair of  Bald Eagles (Haliaeetus leucocephalus), Patriot and Liberty, have been nesting at Turtle Bay since the fall of 2004.  They fledged three eaglets, two years in a row, in 2009 and 2010, and have two, very cute nestlings this year.  You can read their full story here.

I took these photographs a week ago, on a sunny day with temperatures in the low 70’s.  With the leaves of the cottonwood tree in which the eagle’s nest resides just beginning to emerge, the nest was in nearly full sunlight and the eaglets were panting.

In this photograph, I believe is Liberty, the female, getting ready to leave the nest.  You can see the two eaglets below her outstretched wings.

After she leaves the chicks are staring off after her and panting.

A few minutes later she returns but appears to have nothing with her, you know, like a fish.

But wait, it appears that there is already food in the nest as she begins tearing off pieces of sushi and feeding it to the nestlings

You can see one of the eaglets in the back, the other one is down in the nest where Liberty has been reaching down with pieces of food.

She is shading the nest with her body

As she looks overhead, possibly at her mate, or possibly at the Red-tailed Hawk that had flown over earlier.

She is very aware of everything going on around the nest. She may be wondering what I am looking at as she stares back at me.

Notice that her right pupil is more dilated than the left from being shaded for several minutes while her left eye was exposed to direct sun.  I recorded some video of Liberty on the edge of her nest, apparently very content with her new eaglets.

You can watch a live cam of these Bald Eagles at the Turtle Bay Eagle Cam site. You can also see more great bird photos at Bird Photography Weekly!

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Kristi Hines April 17, 2011 at 9:18 pm

Great captures. I watched the live webcam of a bald eagle hatching – I didn’t realize it took them so long to get out. Those are some strong, determined babies!


Mike B. April 17, 2011 at 9:52 pm

Great photos Larry! Incredible shots of the chicks. Oh, and the adults weren’t too shabby either.


Nicole April 18, 2011 at 2:01 am

Gorgeous photos, Larry!


MaineBirder April 18, 2011 at 2:47 am

Great photos and video Larry! I never tire of seeing Eagles. Our local pair has repaired the nest and probably just laid eggs.


Raw Thoughts And Feelings April 18, 2011 at 3:47 am

Your photos of the eagles are exceptionally gorgeous! She is such a magnificent bird.


Hilke Breder April 18, 2011 at 6:39 am

Great post and video! It always amazes me how gentle these eagles are in feeding their offspring!


Martha Z April 19, 2011 at 7:41 am

This is a wonderful series, Larry. I guess I should try to get back to Redding before the eaglets fledge.
Watching animal behavior, especially with their young is always fascinating.


Modesto Viegas (Portugal) April 19, 2011 at 10:06 am

An excellent work, Larry!!!


gwendolen April 19, 2011 at 9:38 pm

Wonderful post Larry. I just love seeing those eaglets. So cool.


Nicole April 19, 2011 at 9:53 pm

I had to come back and look at these again.
You know, I’ve never seen little Eaglets.
Seeing how she protects them is just amazing.
Such wonderful birds!


Dina J April 22, 2011 at 6:15 am

Great story. I love the one with the baby sticking out it’s tongue. Most of our babies here in central Florida are already flying. We lost one this past Monday. Haven’t heard back yet on the test. You get attached watching these babies and then your heart breaks.


NatureFootstep April 30, 2011 at 9:06 am

not often you can see eagle chicks. Thanks for sharing it. 🙂


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