January 20, 2014



i'm glad i don't watch. nature can be cruel (as humans can, too.)


That would indeed be hard to watch. If the cam wasn't there, of course, nobody would be the wiser. We're peering into Nature's private doings.


I think that sometimes, even in the bird kingdom, one sibling can be more dominating than the other. Our daughter had two birds (in the lovebird family). A male and female. She was very dominant, pecking the smaller brother. She would even sleep in his food dish so he couldn't eat. They eventually worked things out, which is what it is hoped that the eaglets do. Your photos are amazing.


This is common behaviour in the Eagles nests. We have had similar behaviour in our cams here. Not in all the nest cams but some were very bad. The firstborn or dominant eaglet will demand more food as this is the way the strongest survive for the species. If you read up on it it is documented in a lot of researchers notes. At some point it stops. They brought in a crane and removed fishing line from one eaglet here I think. But it is illegal to interfere in any way. I guess what mattered to me the most was that the eaglets got a huge amount of food so the smaller one could grow in size. When the food deliveries increased from the parents it seemed better. They were too full to fight. Now owls on the other hand are very loving and affectionate to each other when young. Sorry for all this.


Oh Sallie--the eagles are SO beautiful and these are great photos of them! This weekend we saw two eagles on top of the rock off shore--it was very exciting!
PS: Yes, we truly can't control many of the things that bother us...


Oh dear. This is why I stopped watching nests. Not all nestlings survive and this can happen. But I watched a barn owl nest where 2 of the youngest could not compete and starved to death on camera. So I don't watch. I hope the other baby makes it. ... Michelle


It must be very upsetting to have to watch this, and hard to accept without being able to do anything. I think of you often, Sallie, when I turn to my daily bird calendar, - so often the birds are some that we will never see here, but I have seen photos on your postings from Florida....

Lady Fi

Wonderful shots of those eaglets! I do believe this kind of behaviour is natural.


I remember seeing a smaller lamb pushed away from the feeding trough in the rush,on a Western isles croft.I was concerned, but the crofter just said "That's nature".


Such cute eaglets Sallie but it's touching to read about their behavior. I do hope everything turns out just fine in the end.


Sallie, your eagles shots are awesome..I guess it would be hard seeing one eaglet being mistreated by the other. From the comment I read above it all works out for both eaglets. Thanks for sharing, have a happy day!


We have to remember that nature is hard ! But, like you, I don't like to see such thing !
I hope all'll be better soon.

Carole M.

these photos are amazing; I love the finale' - two grand raptors


Sometimes it is very hard watching animal behaviour. I hate seeing animals eating another.


Fantastic shots of the eagles. I used to have trouble watching the birds when I kept many feeders up year round because there would be some that get picked on. I don't see it as much now that I just supply water year round and put out food on the deck wall when it's especially cold. Strange because when I did my major feeding I literally had dozens of feeders but there was one bird that would get pecked at and who had sick looking eyes. I'll never forget that.


They are grand birds but I don't think it would be advisable to stick one's nest in the nest, so to speak. One's beak would be tweaked, perhaps permanently.

Lovely shots, Sallie. You will let us know how it all turns out, right?


Ah, heck, I forgot to proofread my comment: I meant to say, of course, "stick one's nose in the nest." Sorry Sallie!


Nature is a cruel world to be in, this is why we are better off not getting too involved in it, we don't understand and it sure does not make sense to us...I cant watch any nature programs unless its about plants! Your eagle shots are awesome!


Oh that would be difficult to watch. I saw a nature show on PBS recently where a certain bird (forgot the species) would lay two eggs, five days apart. If the first chick survived and was healthy, it would kick the second chick out of the nest after it hatched, where it struggled and died. It broke my heart to witness that. All of the females of this species did the same. Scientists think the bird lays the second egg as insurance in case the first one doesn't make it. But that doesn't explain the eaglet situation here. Maybe the older one is just a mean bully like some kids in the school yard. I love your shots of the parents here!

Karen, Pixel Posts

I have hawks frequent my backyard that snatch the songbirds. I cringe when I see it coming, but let nature take it's course. I hope the little guy survives. Those are terrific shots!

gordon williams

Look On the bright side Sally, at least there will be one more eagle in the sky soon, and who knows maybe two.
All the best Gordon.


Fascinating and very sad to see such behavior. The photos are wonderful Sallie. I read that parents in the wild often seem to be bullying their young on occasion, but are actually teaching them to be wary of predators. It doesn't sound like this can be attributed to this situation though, especially if the previous babies were treated a lot better.


agreed, trust in mother nature. Imagine the days before web cams etc, you wouldn't be any the wiser. Great to document the daily lives of these creatures though.... tfs


What wonderful shots Sallie! I would love for them to be near me. I think we have to trust nature and hope things work out.

Joe Todd

Hi Sallie... Almost sounds like a reality TV show LOL great photos


A great serie, beautiful bird!

Hootin' Anni


Now hear this....

I am soooooooooo jealous!!!

Beautiful. Simply beautiful.


Magnificent birds! I hope they'll both make it.

Carole M.

your photo-series is beautiful Sallie


Majestic! I love the pair perched together basking in the sun!

NatureFootstep Photo

I think they are individuals too. Different temper and different strength. Thanks for sharing. :)


Oh. I wonder if the bully is a boy...Rooster tendencies it sounds like...and a passive girl.

I'm glad I can't see.



Those are impressive birds, and I suspect they're establishing dominance just as most animals do.

To answer your question, the USS Iowa is moored in the Los Angeles area, and is open to the public.


That breaks the heart! I suppose nature's sense of compassion is different from ours. Still, I would like to adopt the gentle soul....


Dearest Sallie;
Wow, great pictures of proud looking Eagles. Well, nature sometimes provide us deliberate thoughts. I'll read the others comments later more, my friend. I understand the way you said "We all have a tendency to ascribe human emotions and characteristics to the birds" Maye hard to see the selection (hope I'm making legitimate comment)

Lots of Love and Hugs from east to my dear friend in America, xoxo Miyako*


It is a general trait in many birds to pick on the weakest one. After all, it is a fight for life and usually only the strongest survive. If you cannot assert yourself in the nest, there is a good possibility that you won't make it in the outside world either. It is a dog eats dog world that we live in and instead of exhibiting our bleeding hearts over eagle chicks, we could look around and help someone in distress in our own population.


Hi, Sallie! I've been tuning in to the eagle cam once in awhile and once again we learn that "nature ain't for sissies"! As you said, it can be tough to watch but we must trust that Mom Nature knows what's best.

Wonderful photographs! Hope you're enjoying your winter so far!

Lavender Dreams

How interesting. We haven't watched them as much this year but it's nice to read your post and get caught up. My brother in law watches them regularly. Enjoy your week sweet friend!


Wow!!! Such stunning photos! Absolutely amazing!


Nice pictures - I think this behaviour is common in many species. The oldest bird has a better change of surviving this way - in years where food is scarce this behaviour is important, as it probably means at least one chick survives - if food was scarce and was then split between two chicks there would be a good chance that both chicks would die.

Genetics moves in ways that are sometimes difficult for us to cope with!

Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne


Beautiful eagles. It is hard to watch nature in action. I miss the eagle cam our botanical garden used to have.


Hope things are going better at the eagle cam. It is part of nature that is so hard. But it is related to the amount of food available. I think I will have to look at that cam and then make a better reply.


Whose eagle cam is this? Is a university that's doing this? You got some really up-close and personal pics of the family.

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