This is one of the few times I have seen both the chicks go after the same morsel of food.
Notice that the unhatched egg is no longer visible. I don’t know if they carried off, or if it just finally got buried in nest material.
One of the things that has really surprised me has been the constant remodeling of the nest. Here the male (I think) has brought back a new branch. He hasn’t trimmed it yet, so it obscures the rear chick.
The adult bird really has no idea how big this branch is, and just smacked the chick in the foreground with it.
The chicks are beginning to stretch their wings.
As the chicks grow, they are becoming more active, and more curious. The chick in the background has been wrestling with the piece of wood, while the one in the foreground seems to be checking out the camera. Notice that their juvenile feathers are coming in.
It was a windy day in Platteville — the nest was rocking back and forth a fair amount. This chick very deliberately stood up, spread it’s feet, and started stretching it’s wings, evidently enjoying the feel of the wind going over them.
The eagle chicks are now a month old.