Feed from Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge near Vian, Oklahoma
Feed from Sooner Lake north of Stillwater, Oklahoma
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15 March 2017: The downy gray eaglet is rapidly changing into an older chick with dark brown body feathers starting to come in. A steady diet of fish and birds supports the rapid growth and feather development. Here, the female feeds the chick an afternoon meal.
The eaglet stretches its wings as flight feathers begin to grow.
1 March 2017: The nest offers a commanding view of the refuge. The chick is growing!
The adult leaves the nest for a short while.
21 February 2017: Warm temperatures allow the chick to be left unattended for a short time. The adult soon returns with a clump of additional nest lining material in its talons, and proceeds to arrange the nest lining over and around the chick for insulation.
20 February 2017: Time for a meal of fish!
17 February 2017: The weather has improved for the eagle family since Valentine’s Day. This photo shows an adult with the chick at feeding time on a warm, sunny day.
14 February 2017: The second egg is not likely to hatch. Here, a soggy adult helps keep the young chick warm and dry on a rainy Valentine’s Day.
10 February 2017: The first egg has hatched! The stimulation provided by the hatching process compelled the male to begin bringing food to the nest. Here you can see a fish and an American Coot in the nest, along with the chick and the remaining egg.
Here, the first chick is peeking out at the chilly morning! The remaining egg can be seen behind the bill of the adult.