OK, admittedly, I'm a total geek when it comes to this kind of thing, but are you as infatuated with the Dakorah Eagle Cam this year as I am? While I was watching it the other day, I took these still shots of Mom when she was feeding her little tykes. Aren't they sweet?
She's such a majestic and fairly formidable-looking bird, but she's amazingly tender with her little wobbly-headed wee ones.
I watched as Papa flew in to the nest and dumped a fresh fish in front of her. Now, I always thought that birds basically regurgitated food into their babies' mouths, but our Mother here tore off bits of the raw fish (and even seemed to know they had to be tiny bits,) and gently and patiently fed each of her offspring.
It's hard to imagine that even though they're so tiny and helpless now, before too long, these little guys will be fledging. I so hope I get to see them do it! If you haven't ever watched them, click the link above and see if they're up to anything. (There are moments when nothing's going on, but when they're up and about, it's great fun.)
In the meantime, Saturday, I'm driving up to Virginia to see my 89 year old former father-in-law. Sadly, he's not doing too well, and I want to visit him. Eric is flying down from Massachusetts, so I guess I'll get to see my own offspring, as well, which will make me happy, but the trip will be a bittersweet one.
Hopefully early next week I can get back to picking up a paintbrush again. Until then, enjoy the eaglets. They really are adorable.
I realized this week that this is my blog's anniversary. That went fast!
"The older I become, the more I think about my mother." (--Ingmar Bergman)