Thursday, February 23, 2012

Bald Eagle Chicks Off Matlacha

A pair of bald eagles have nested on one of the mangrove islands just north of Matlacha each winter for several years now.  They always hatch at least one chick but just the other day I floated by their nest and three heads popped up to look at me.  Mom and dad were close by but kept their distance while I took some photos.  This is the first time I've seen this many chicks in an eagle's nest and even though I doubt all three will survive, it's a very cool thing to have just a few minutes from the dock.