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 Lake Casitas Eagles, Ojai, California -2013 - Bald Eagle Nest Ground Observations
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By: urdognu (offline) on Wednesday, May 17 2017 @ 10:01 AM EDT  
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May 14, 2017

A nice visit with the eagles on Mother's Day with my son. Within a few minutes after we arrived, the male left the nest, flew around the nesting area and perched next to the female. Little big one in the nest was active while we were down along the lakeshore. By the time we climbed back up to the nest area, junior was snoozing again.

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By: urdognu (offline) on Thursday, May 18 2017 @ 05:18 PM EDT  
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Nearly Same Size As Adults; Seven Weeks Tomorrow~5-18-17

At six weeks, the eaglets are nearly as large as the parents.
At eight weeks, the appetites of the young birds are at their greatest. While parents hunt almost continuous to feed them back at the nest the eaglets are beginning to stretch their wings in response to gusts of wind and may even be lifted off their feet for short periods.


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By: urdognu (offline) on Thursday, May 25 2017 @ 07:11 PM EDT  
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Preparing for Branching; 8 Weeks Old; Food Delivery; Bird Bomb~5-25-17

Before the eaglets learn to fly they have to build their upper body strength by exercising their wings. The eaglets will wildly flap their wings and jump up and down. This is fondly referred to as ‘wingersizing’. Eventually they will hop/fly across the nest until they are ready for the next stage - branching.
Usually branching occurs around 2-3 weeks before an eaglet will fledge (fly for the first time). Mostly two weeks.
Branching is the process by which the young birds hop out of the nest onto the limbs next to it. This is a small step towards eventual fledging. Branching allows the birds to begin to really stretch their wings, improving their coordination and balance while building the muscles they'll need for flight. Bald eagles fledge, or leave the nest, any time between 9 and 14 weeks...average time is four weeks.

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By: urdognu (offline) on Friday, May 26 2017 @ 08:02 PM EDT  
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Developing The Grab & Carry With Talons & The Wing Hop ~ 5-26-17

The last phase of development as nestlings is neurological or the learning of coordinated movements. This includes walking, feeding, and flying. The final month of development is consumed by acquiring the coordination needed for movement and flight.

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By: urdognu (offline) on Friday, May 26 2017 @ 08:03 PM EDT  
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continued...

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By: urdognu (offline) on Saturday, May 27 2017 @ 06:42 AM EDT  
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Mr and Mrs Lake Casitas...photos by Joe P Powers


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By: urdognu (offline) on Thursday, June 01 2017 @ 08:21 PM EDT  
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9 Weeks Old; Mom & Dad Soar Together; Fish Delivery~6-1-17

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By: urdognu (offline) on Monday, June 05 2017 @ 05:18 PM EDT  
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It's All About Wingin' It ~ 6-4&5-17

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Dad perched on the far left, Mom on the far right... and of course little big one in the nest.
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