Video recorded by Elena, LK forum
White-tailed eagle Merikotkas Haliaeëtus albicilla
After a week nothing is left of the white-tailed eagles’ nest. After the storm the adults fed the eaglets frequently (in a storm fishing is not possible even for eagles) and kept close to the nest (providing support to the eaglets?).
The eaglets were hatched on April 13th, 16th and 19th and so are about 10 weeks old, or at an age when eaglets should start flying – if not willingly then with a little ”starvation”. The adults on a neighbouring tree hold the fish in their talons to entice the eaglets to them but until now courage has failed; or has the third eaglet already flown to a tree nearby? This we unfortunately don’t know.
Good that the chicks were already big when the nest fell apart a week ago. Even if the nest had been undamaged the adults must coax the chicks to fly from the nest (who would abandon a comfortable life when food is regularly brought in?).
There is no reason for particular worries; the eaglets call especially loudly when they hear the adults nearby or notice them with food.
See the entries for Sunday in the forum and the video about how the fish is handled. There has been much rain, making the camera lens foggy at times: LINK