Inside Look At Baby Eaglets [VIDEO]
The Eagles have been in the news a lot this week. No I'm not talking about the Philadelphia Eagles signing Tim Tebow. I'm talking about the family of eagles around York, Pennsylvania. I have been watching the baby eagles since they were a couple of eggs. Now they are growing up big and strong. Mom and Dad are doing a great job taking care of them.
Bald Eagles mate for life and live about 30 years in the wild. They don't necessarily mate every year but when they do 1 to 3 eggs are laid. The 35 days of incubation duties are shared by both male and female. Once the eaglets are hatched the females vigilance is constant while the male provides most of the food.
According to Baldeagle.com the eaglets grow rapidly:
Eaglet Growth - The young birds grow rapidly, they add one pound to their body weight every four or five days. At about two weeks, it is possible for them to hold their head up for feeding.
By three weeks they are 1 foot high and their feet and beaks are very nearly adult size.
Between four and five weeks, the birds are able to stand, at which time they can began tearing up their own food.
At six weeks, the eaglets are very nearly as large as their 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.
When you watch the video look for all the fish in the nest. It's so cool. Enjoy! We love eagles at 961 The Eagle!