Sunday, October 20, 2013

Matlacha's Bald Eagles Return

This pair of bald eagles, who I call Fred and Wilma, has been nesting on one of the mangrove islands just north of Matlacha for several years now.  They return to the same nest at the beginning of the fall and stay until the end of the spring. 

The most interesting thing about this pair is that they've managed to produce three successful fledglings for the past three years.  From what I've read this is extremely rare for this species.  Laying and hatching three eggs is common for bald eagles but the last chick to emerge is often killed by the older two.  Mother Nature is tough. 

Obviously there are some good family dynamics going on for this pair so I'm looking forward to watching them over the next few months.  Give me a call if you want to see them for yourself.