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Hanover Bald Eagle Blog #29

Posted by theresa on June 24 2019 | Categories: INNOVATION

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This past Tuesday many of us were shocked to witness the fall of a Hanover eaglet from the nest. As confirmed by viewers who know the individuals well, the 12-week-oldeaglet referred to as Star was knocked out of the nest, likely by Liberty the mother. Upon review of the footage, the scramble for ownership over a fish seems to be at the center of the commotion resulting in Star’s exit. Educational coordinator for the eagle cam at the American Eagle Foundation in Tennessee shared that during her years of bald eagle observation, she has noticed that 12-week old eaglets are notably “grabby,” and become increasingly feisty towards parents at this age.

Hanover Bald Eagle Blog #28

Posted by theresa on June 17 2019 | Categories: INNOVATION

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Flight is one of the most enviable gifts that exists within the animal kingdom, and although humans have done an impressive job at recreating the experience via our technological advances, nothing quite compares to the natural grace of a bird. To achieve aerial prowess, a young eagle must develop the anatomical necessities that make flight possible. Many groups of animals such as mammals exhibit a wide diversity of anatomical structure, yet the basics of the bird body are very similar across all flighted species. It turns out, there are only so many ways to achieve flight.

Hanover Bald Eagle Blog #27

Posted by theresa on June 07 2019 | Categories: INNOVATION

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At this stage, the visits by the adults are primarily prey deliveries. In an earlier blog, we discussed what bald eagles can eat, yet deciphering what the family is actually eating requires nest observations. Luckily, we have that option!

Hanover Bald Eagle Blog #26

Posted by Tiffany Sears on May 31 2019 | Categories: INNOVATION

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One of the first things we often wonder when we observe nest cams is whether or not the nestlings are male or female. With mammals, this mystery is relatively easy to solve. With birds, it depends heavily on the species. Raptors can be especially challenging because they are less likely to offer external clues such as variation in plumage colors and pattern. For many raptors, we rely mostly on size.

Hanover Bald Eagle Blog #25

Posted by theresa on May 24 2019 | Categories: INNOVATION

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Many of you are likely wondering when the Hanover eaglets will begin to show signs of wanting to leave the nest. While we can’t say for sure they ever truly want to leave the free food and good company of their home, bald eagles often fledge around 80 days after hatching. We are now at about 50 days since the first egg hatched.

Hanover Bald Eagle Blog #23

Posted by Tassia Bezdeka on May 10 2019 | Categories: INNOVATION

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The appearance of the Hanover eaglets has changed rapidly over the course of the last week, most notably in the transformation of their feathers. As with many patterns in the natural world, however, there is a method to the madness.

Hanover Bald Eagle Blog #22

Posted by Tiffany Sears on May 03 2019 | Categories: INNOVATION

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While the Hanover nestlings engage in a variety of activities, we can all agree that a large portion of their time is spent catching z’s. They feed, sleep, defecate, and then sleep some more.

Hanover Bald Eagle Blog #21

Posted by Tassia Bezdeka on April 26 2019 | Categories: INNOVATION

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This season (as in seasons past), we've had the memorable pleasure of watching the eaglets projectile poop directly onto one of the cameras. That’s right, this week we’re going to discuss projectile pooping... Look out below!

Hanover Bald Eagle Blog #20

Posted by Tassia Bezdeka on April 19 2019 | Categories: INNOVATION

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Now that winter has drawn to a close, the temperature extremes faced by the Hanover family have shifted from cold concern to hindrance by heat. This week we have witnessed both parents and hatchlings engaged in what looks suspiciously like panting. In birds, we call this behavior “gular fluttering,” so named because the area of skin on a bird’s neck is called the gular and they will flutter this skin as a way of dissipating heat. Birds do not possess sweat glands, and therefore they engage in other physiological and behavioral methods to cool off.

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