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When we checked on the Bald Eagles this Sunday morning we were happy to find one adult bird on the nest setting eggs. From the various reports I have received it seems likely that incubation began last Friday, January 24, 2014. This exciting development has occurred several weeks earlier than last year when it was mid-February before I was able to confirm that eggs were being incubated.

We arrived at the nest site at around 9:30am, and at the time we could just barely make out the head of the adult bird sitting on the nest. Fortunately just a short time later the second adult bird arrived on the scene and perched himself above the nest.

SIDE NOTE: It is usually very easy to tell the difference between the male and female Bald Eagles because the female is noticeably larger than the male. For some reason, this size difference is not as apparent in these photographs. Because of this I will be referring to the eagle that was originally sitting on the nest as the female, and the one who arrived as we watched as the male.

The adult female was very excited about the arrival of the male. Apparently she really needed a break and did not waste anytime turning the nest over to her mate.

The female flew over to an adjacent tower, but she only stayed there a short while. Soon she was back in the air and headed out over the wetlands in order to hunt.

The male took his time moving down to the nest, and he seemed to have a little trepidation. It sometimes looks to me as if these birds—while certainly highly motivated to tend to the nest—would possible rather be doing something else. I think he had to psych himself up a bit.

And he eventually did. We watched the as the male dropped down onto the nest, where he promptly settled in for the long haul.

At this time we moved to a different viewing location where we hoped to have a better look at the eagle on its nest. From this new spot we were able to easily see the males handsome—but slightly obscured—profile!

Bald Eagle nest in Seagoville, Texas.
Bald Eagle nest in Seagoville, Texas.
An eagle setting eggs.  Incubation is thought to have began around Friday of last week.
An eagle setting eggs. Incubation is thought to have began around Friday of last week.
A short time after we arrived on site, so did the other adult eagle.
A short time after we arrived on site, so did the other adult eagle.
Both adult eagles at the nest.  They are preparing to exchange egg incubation duties.
Both adult eagles at the nest. They are preparing to exchange egg incubation duties.
It is usually easy to tell the female from the male eagle, as the female is noticeably larger.  In the pictures I took on this day the difference is not so clear.
It is usually easy to tell the female from the male eagle, as the female is noticeably larger. In the pictures I took on this day the difference is not so clear.
The female leaving the nest for a well-deserved break.
The female leaving the nest for a well-deserved break.
She flew over to an adjacent transmission tower.
She flew over to an adjacent transmission tower.
Landing on the nearby tower.
Landing on the nearby tower.
The two adult eagles side-by-side on adjacent towers.  As you can see it is difficult to judge their relative sizes from these pictures.
The two adult eagles side-by-side on adjacent towers. As you can see it is difficult to judge their relative sizes from these pictures.
The female soon left the tower to go about her business.  Meanwhile the male prepared to take over the incubation duties.
The female soon left to go about her business. Meanwhile the male prepared to take over the incubation duties.
A different vantage point.
A different vantage point.
From this location we could see that the male was now setting the eggs.
From this location we could see that the male was now setting the eggs.

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