This is the first time since early in February that there has not been an adult eagle sitting on the nest when I arrived. The warm weather allowed mom eagle to take a break from brooding. Ever protective, she still kept close watch on the nest and eaglets from just a short distance away.
Only one eaglet was seen on this day, and he only made a brief appearance before ducking back below the rim of the nest.
Soon the male arrived on site. Its easy to tell when he is in the area because when the female spots him flying by, she keeps her eye on him and watches him until he lands. The pair call to each other frequently at these times. If I listen carefully, I can sometimes hear their vocalization even at this great distance.
After the male settled in, the female took to the air and landed in a tree closer to the water’s edge presumably to fish for more food for her growing eaglets.
Interestingly, there is a Red-tailed hawk perched on the transmission tower in the foreground of this picture. This hawk is likely associated with the active Red-tailed Hawk nest which sits in the shadow of the Bald Eagle’s nest. See: Red-tailed Hawk – Juxtaposed