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We have at least two baby Bald Eagles as of March 13, 2013. Based on what I can determine from these grainy pictures, the eaglets are between one and two weeks old.

When I arrived on site today, the female was sitting still in the nest as is the usual. She gave me the impression that she was still incubating eggs (maybe there is one more to hatch). Soon, however, the male arrived with food, and that is when the the action really started.

The male stayed just long enough to drop off his catch. He then flew to the top of an adjacent tower to keep watch. The female immediately went to work on the prey animal. The two adult eagles called to each other throughout the entire episode. It was noisy on site today.

The nest is very far away, and even through a telephoto lens it was difficult to discern exactly what was going on in the nest. But, I could tell that the female was tearing off pieces of the kill. I just couldn’t be sure what she was doing with them at the time. It was possible that she was only feeding herself.

It wasn’t until I after I arrived home that I could be sure about what I had witnessed. Using a computer to zoom in on the pictures allowed me to see the two eaglets being fed by their mother.

The female eagle calling to her mate.
The female eagle calling to her mate.
The nest from another angle.
The nest from another angle.
She is still calling to her mate.  He is very nearby.
She is still calling to her mate. He is very nearby.
The male arrives with food!
The male arrives with food!
The female begins pulling at the delivered prey, and the male begins to exit.
The female begins pulling at the delivered prey, and the male begins to exit.
The male stayed at the nest only long enough to drop off his catch.
The male stayed at the nest only long enough to drop off his catch.
The male landed on top of a nearby tower.  There he continued to answer his mate's calls.
The male landed on top of a nearby tower. There he continued to answer his mate’s calls.
The male is on top of the tower to the left.  the female eagle is on the nest to the right.
The male is on top of the tower to the left. the female eagle is on the nest to the right.
The female eagle worked diligently to pluck off small pieces of meat.
The female eagle worked diligently to pluck off small pieces of meat.
The two eaglets at last make their appearance.
The two eaglets at last make their appearance.
Feeding of the eagles continued for over 30 minutes.
Feeding of the eagles continued for over 30 minutes.
I estimate the age of the eaglets to be one week, give or take a day or two.
I estimate the age of the eaglets to be one week, give or take a day or two.
One last look.
One last look.

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