I realize it is Nature's way, but I found it difficult to watch the family this morning.
The first pic shows just after a shift change, 8:03am edt (12:03UTC):
This second one shows the parent feeding the eaglets:
Images courtesy of: Live Bald Eagle Nest Cam | HDOnTap.com |
While the parent moved from the left to the right side of the nest, the eaglets, especially the one labeled with the arrow were engaged in battling each other for feeding rights. The arrowed one, I believe, is the first one to hatch lets call him #1, the other #2. The more aggressive #1 has always been closest to the cam.
#1 would peck #2 so hard that #2 would lay face down and remain motionless for a few seconds, but would revive to try and get fed, there was one time #2 didn't move for about a minute while #1 was being fed. Eventually #2 did get some food, but from what I'm watching #2 will either die from starvation or fratricide
unless Nature balances the relationship somehow because the parent will not interfere.
Yes I realize it is Nature's way, but for me, seeing this up close and personal is different than watching other animals make a kill on Nat Geo or Discovery channel. Unfortunately television programming has hardened my heart, and I must try to change that.