Feed from Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge near Vian, Oklahoma
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Feed from Sooner Lake north of Stillwater, Oklahoma
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1 May 2017: The staff at the refuge thinks the eagle has left the nest, although it is likely still returning once in a while. Local flooding has prevented reaching the area of the nest to work on the video equipment.
24 April 2017: Weather has caused some video equipment problems which we are investigating. In the meantime, enjoy this video of the chick reaching its “branching” stage of development, when it first leaves the nest for a nearby branch as it learns to use its wings.
17 April 2017: The chick stretches its wings and spends more time alone in the nest now that it is older.
29 March 2017: This photo from two days ago shows a young (one-to-two-year old) eagle swooping in near the nest while both resident adults were present. One resident adult immediately chased the intruder away in defense of the nest and territory.
15 March 2017: The downy gray eaglet is rapidly changing into an older chick with dark brown body feathers starting to come in. A steady diet of fish and birds supports the rapid growth and feather development. Here, the female feeds the chick an afternoon meal.
The eaglet stretches its wings as flight feathers begin to grow.
1 March 2017: The nest offers a commanding view of the refuge. The chick is growing!
The adult leaves the nest for a short while.
21 February 2017: Warm temperatures allow the chick to be left unattended for a short time. The adult soon returns with a clump of additional nest lining material in its talons, and proceeds to arrange the nest lining over and around the chick for insulation.
20 February 2017: Time for a meal of fish!
17 February 2017: The weather has improved for the eagle family since Valentine’s Day. This photo shows an adult with the chick at feeding time on a warm, sunny day.
14 February 2017: The second egg is not likely to hatch. Here, a soggy adult helps keep the young chick warm and dry on a rainy Valentine’s Day.
10 February 2017: The first egg has hatched! The stimulation provided by the hatching process compelled the male to begin bringing food to the nest. Here you can see a fish and an American Coot in the nest, along with the chick and the remaining egg.
Here, the first chick is peeking out at the chilly morning! The remaining egg can be seen behind the bill of the adult.