Update from the Nest

Originally published 4/4/16

The eaglet twins, going on 4 weeks, continue to do well, with fresh fish flown in daily by Dad. They have gone from white cotton balls to grey cotton balls as their down feathers darkened. Their feet are growing quite fast, giving them an almost comical look as they seem out-sized for the rest of them.

But their wings are the real growth story. Starting as tiny buds on each shoulder at hatching, the wings are now long enough to wrap completely around their sibling, a touching gesture often seen as they play.

By late June, they will be very dark brown all over, and will be ready for their first flight. But they will still be dependent on their parents for food through the next year. It will be five years before they are fully mature, at which point, their head and tail feathers will turn brilliant white.