Golden Beginnings – Part 1
Through the assistance of some friends, I have been granted access to a pair of nesting Golden Eagles. Evidently these eagles have nested in the same location for five years, each year starting with two eaglets. Every year one of the eaglets has fallen from the nest prematurely and perished. Last weekend I made my first trip to the nest and discovered that the pair is again starting with two eaglets, which were probably 4-5 days old at that time. So long as I don’t feel like I am disturbing the birds, my intention is to return each weekend to get pictures that document the growth of the youngsters. This post will cover weeks 1 and 2. (Reminder, click on the images to see them in a much larger format!)
The nest is about 40 foot off the ground in a Ponderosa Pine tree, located in the Bull Mountains of eastern Montana.
I try not to approach too closely to the nest unless the parents are gone hunting. If they are present, I shoot from a fairly safe distance away with a long lens, so these images are cropped to a large degree.
Last week (week 1) only one of the eaglets was very active, and it wasn’t until my third trip to the nest that I discovered that there were in fact two eaglets hatched.
When I first arrived at the nest today, both of the eaglets were sleeping…
Then the trouble-maker started to wake up, I will call this one Rowdy for now!
With nothing else to do, Rowdy decides his dear sibling should be awake, too…
Rowdy then picks a fight with his nest-mate…
Evidence that sibling rivalry starts at a very young age! However Rowdy lost this battle, and is laying low in defeat behind the proud victor!
Check back next week to watch the next episode of the real showing of Survivor!
Sibling rivalry is nothing new, and has been documented among the human race all the way back to Cain and Abel. The potential for sibling rivalry is built into the family dynamic, as the writer of Proverbs understood: “A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.” Proverbs 17:17.