Dan Gomola Wildlife Photography | A Brief Encounter With Bald Eagle Siblings

A Brief Encounter With Bald Eagle Siblings

August 11, 2016  •  8 Comments

For several years, a pair of Bald Eagles have been nesting on the same flooded swamp in the 2,856 acre Maurice K. Goddard State Park in Mercer County, Pennsylvania.  The nest is located about 180 yards from the road making photography of the nest challenging.  Most of the time the eagles are in the woods line near the nest making Bald Eagle close-ups impossible.

This year the pair of eagles successfully raised two healthy looking fledglings.  Now that they are full-size and playing around the pond, they can be found in locations with better photographic possibilities.

This photo blog is about one day, July 17, 2016, when I decided to pay the eagles a brief visit.  Both juveniles were playful on this day.  I caught them flying from tree to tree sometimes even fighting over the same perch.  I made several photographs on this day and I'd like to share some of them with you.

I remember this moment when this juvenile was calling and watching its sibling approach, seemingly expecting it to share the same perch.

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Apparently, its sibling didn't share the same idea, leaving this one watching for the others' destination.

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Sometimes birds will land in the craziest places.  With all the dead trees and open limbs in this swamp, it tries to land on this!

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Shows you what I know.  Now both eagles think this is a good place to land.

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At least one found a little more comfortable spot to sit until they discover their next adventure.

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Even though they are only about five months old, they already have this flying thing mastered.  Wings up!

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Jump and flap!

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One part of this day I wish I could share is when they landed in shallow water at the edge of the swamp.  Both eagles went there several times to splash in the water.  All I could see were wing tips and water splashing so there aren't any photos to share.

Below is one of the eagles landing on an intermediate perch before continuing into the water.

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I hope you enjoyed the photos of these Bald Eagle kids being kids.

Thanks for looking,



Marianne Rockhill(non-registered)
These pictures are magnificent.
Jim Weixel(non-registered)
Thank you for sharing!
Very nice
Kim Ashbaugh(non-registered)
I thoroughly enjoyed your post. Excellent shots!
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