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Sun Aug 7, 2022, 12:22 PM

Public Display of Affection in Flight


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Reply Public Display of Affection in Flight (Original post)
milestogo Aug 7 OP
Frustratedlady Aug 7 #1
milestogo Aug 7 #2
Frustratedlady Aug 7 #12
milestogo Aug 7 #13
jaxexpat Aug 7 #17
bucolic_frolic Aug 7 #3
aggiesal Aug 7 #4
liberalla Aug 7 #5
milestogo Aug 7 #6
liberalla Aug 7 #18
milestogo Aug 7 #19
Xipe Totec Aug 7 #7
liberalla Aug 7 #11
Marthe48 Aug 7 #8
Bayard Aug 7 #9
IronLionZion Aug 7 #10
SWBTATTReg Aug 7 #14
Joinfortmill Aug 7 #15
irisblue Aug 7 #16
TomSlick Aug 7 #20
imaginary girl Aug 8 #21

Response to milestogo (Original post)

Sun Aug 7, 2022, 12:26 PM

1. We have a lot of eagles around here, but I have never seen that sequence.

Incredible!

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Response to Frustratedlady (Reply #1)

Sun Aug 7, 2022, 12:30 PM

2. It reminds me of pairs figure skating

where they are holding on to each other while spinning across the ice!

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Response to milestogo (Reply #2)

Sun Aug 7, 2022, 02:28 PM

12. Good comparison.

I have several that fly over my house, each day. I may have seen something similar and thought it was two males fighting to be top eagle.

Animals are fascinating. The more I watch them, the more convinced I am that they are good indicators of the climate and what's about to come.

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Response to Frustratedlady (Reply #12)

Sun Aug 7, 2022, 02:31 PM

13. I have never seen this, and had no idea that they did this.

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Response to milestogo (Reply #2)

Sun Aug 7, 2022, 02:44 PM

17. ....or sky divers' mid-air freefalling antics.

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Response to milestogo (Original post)

Sun Aug 7, 2022, 12:31 PM

3. We all know that feeling

"Once I had a love and it was divine
soon found out I was losing my mind." - Heart of Glass, Blondie.

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Response to milestogo (Original post)

Sun Aug 7, 2022, 02:15 PM

4. Mike high club, Bald Eagle style. n/t

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Response to milestogo (Original post)

Sun Aug 7, 2022, 02:16 PM

5. So that is foreplay?

I mean - Wow!

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Response to liberalla (Reply #5)

Sun Aug 7, 2022, 02:21 PM

6. Maybe its just flirting.

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Response to milestogo (Reply #6)

Sun Aug 7, 2022, 04:21 PM

18. "Aerial sky-dancing displays"

Also known as "flirting"
https://journeynorth.org/tm/eagle/annual/facts_courtship.html (a few small photos also)


Bald Eagle Courtship and Mating Facts.

Courtship is a time to develop and strengthen the pair bond, or form a new one.

Scientists have observed some mating behaviors on wintering grounds, but have also seen males and females start courting in breeding areas.

In addition to the spectacular aerial sky-dancing displays, courtship includes nest-building, perching, billing, and preening.

Bald eagles mate from the time of returning to the nest territory in early fall through egg laying, and sometimes a few months after. 

Like most birds, eagles are monogamous. If one of the pair dies, the lone eagle will find a new mate.

Adults may be vocal before, during, or after copulation.

Copulation occurs mostly before egg-laying but happens at other times too.

Gestation period: 5 - 10 days after copulation, the female lays one to three eggs.


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Response to liberalla (Reply #18)

Sun Aug 7, 2022, 04:46 PM

19. Thanks, that's pretty cool.

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Response to liberalla (Reply #5)

Sun Aug 7, 2022, 02:22 PM

7. Soarplay. nt

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Response to Xipe Totec (Reply #7)

Sun Aug 7, 2022, 02:27 PM

11. Very good!

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Response to milestogo (Original post)

Sun Aug 7, 2022, 02:24 PM

8. I saw 2 bald eagles cavorting over a field

on the way to my daughter's house. It was about 2 years ago. They didn't lock their talons, but they were spinning and turning in the air. I cried all the rest of the drive. Just wonderful.

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Response to milestogo (Original post)

Sun Aug 7, 2022, 02:25 PM

9. I dunno

Maybe this is how eagles get divorced.

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Response to milestogo (Original post)

Sun Aug 7, 2022, 02:26 PM

10. Those lovebirds would like some privacy

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Response to milestogo (Original post)

Sun Aug 7, 2022, 02:34 PM

14. Wow. And capturing it all on camera too! NT

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Response to milestogo (Original post)

Sun Aug 7, 2022, 02:38 PM

15. Whoa! Amazing.

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Response to milestogo (Original post)

Sun Aug 7, 2022, 02:42 PM

16. When you found your one...

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Response to milestogo (Original post)

Sun Aug 7, 2022, 09:37 PM

20. Very impressive.

But wouldn't a nice dinner be easier and safer?

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Response to milestogo (Original post)

Mon Aug 8, 2022, 10:57 AM

21. I saw two hawks do this once!

I just caught the end of it and panicked at first, thinking a hawk had one of my chickens. But when I went outside, one hawk was still on the ground where it landed and the other was flying away. I looked it up, and found out they can do this in combat or courtship. Pretty impressive: love that this was caught on video!

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