Mantling Eaglet

Blackwater eaglet mantlingWe wanted to provide an update on our eaglets — Talon and Soar. Talon seems to be flying. We’ve seen him disappear and reappear quickly numerous times, and he’s been absent for long periods, sometimes even when food is brought to the nest. Soar has been branching, but he doesn’t appear to be in a hurry to fly — even at 12 weeks old.

We did catch a photo today of Soar mantling a meal that was brought to the nest by a parent, and it looked like Soar was super hungry. Mantling is a raptor behavior where a bird protects its food by spreading its wings and body over the meal to prevent another bird from getting it. It’s possible the parents are bringing fewer meals to the nest to encourage Soar to fly, and at some point it will work and get Soar to make the big leap.

We also wanted to mention that we haven’t panned the camera up because Soar is still in the nest, but once both eaglets are flying, we’ll pan the camera up so our cam watchers can see more of the nest branches. Over time the eaglets will be spending less time in the nest itself and more time flying or sitting on the branches.

We have some other interesting eaglet action going on at Blackwater Refuge right now. On our Facebook page recently, someone posted a great photo from the eagle nest at the end of our Wildlife Drive, where we discovered we now have three eaglets — not two, as originally thought. I encourage you to check out our Facebook page to see some of the great photos folks are sharing from around the Refuge. You don’t need a Facebook account to see our page or view the photos, and it’s a great way to see the latest wildlife action at the Refuge.

Thanks to all those who have been sending in their photos for the Eagle Cam Gallery. We appreciate them, since we’re not always watching at just the right time to catch interesting action — like Soar mantling.

Until next time,
Lisa – webmaster
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