Tree Top Canoodling

As you know, we have a mated pair of bald eagles that have been regularly in attendance around the marsh area for several weeks. Yesterday morning I was set up and watching the male of the pair when who should suddenly come swooping in but the lovely Mrs. Eagle. She landed on the branch next to him and they seemed extremely happy and excited to be together. They began calling loudly and then started touching beaks and nipping at each other’s necks. At one point Mrs. Eagle was rubbing her face against his back and shoulder. They continued calling and acting quite animated before finally settling down but continued to make eyes at one another.

After a short while it was apparently time to leave and she left first, launching herself off the branch and surprising me by swooping so low that she jumped right out of my frame. Seconds later it was Mr. Eagle’s turn and he also jumped off and flew out after his mate. It was a fun and exciting event to witness! 

Bald Eagle Pair in Tree

Bald Eagle Pair in Tree

Bald Eagle Pair in Tree

Bald Eagle Pair in Tree

Bald Eagle Pair in Tree

Bald Eagle Pair in Tree

Bald Eagle Pair in Tree

Bald Eagle Pair in Tree

Bald Eagle Pair in Tree

Bald Eagle Pair in Tree

Bald Eagle Pair in Tree

Bald Eagle Pair in Tree

Bald Eagle Pair in Tree

Bald Eagle Pair in Tree

Bald Eagle Pair in Tree

57 thoughts on “Tree Top Canoodling

  1. Absolutely beautiful pictures! Would like to have been there to hear them cooing to each other.

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  2. Actually I think the conversation goes like this;

    ‘have you seen that idiot with the camera/’

    ‘hahahahahaha’

    ‘let’s go give him a surprise!’

    But seriously, lovely photos, brought a smile to my face.

    • That’s probably close to what happened. Heh heh
      Actually later in the day I got pics of one dropping a ‘deposit’ from his perch in the tree. Glad I was not directly under him.
      Dopey eagle. 😛
      Happy you liked the pics! 🙂

  3. Wow, what great pictures. What a terrific series of these beautiful birds and their relationship to each other. Would have love to have been there to see them, however, your pictures are the next best thing to being there.

  4. I love hearing eagles talk. It always makes me smile because looking at them, you’d think their voices would be deep and low, but instead out comes these little high squeaks and cackles. Fantastic photos, Phil, and what an exciting time you must’ve had getting to watch this happen!

  5. I’m so touched by seeing (and reading) how they nipping at each other’s necks and she was rubbing her face against his back and shoulder. Thank you, Phil!!

  6. Wait a minute, is canoodling an official birding term? In fact, I’ve been guilty when I caught two red shoulder hawks doing the same thing. Although I see a lot of screaming and nagging here. LOL ! What a wonderful experience Phil.

    • Oh yes, canoodling is an official scientific bird behavior term. But only us with top secret security clearance get to know this type of info. 😯 😉 They were squeaking and squawking at each other but getting along wonderfully!

    • Thanks, so glad you liked these eagle pics! Could be a ways off before they start a family. That male looks to me like more of a teenager then a full grown adult who is ready to take on the responsibilities of a family and a mortgage on a big new nest. He just might be more into flying around and having fun at this point.

  7. What awesome creatures birds of prey are! Do the bald eagles mate for life? We have osprey that visit the Lake District here in the UK every year and were always the same pair, until a year or so ago, when a new lady appeared with the male!

    • Thank you very much Maggie and I believe they do indeed mate for life. This pair has only recently gotten together and although they seem to be happy we do not know for sure if they will stay together permanently and raise a family here but we sure hope they do. The male seems rather young and could just be a teenager that has other interests besides taking on adult responsibilities. 🙂

  8. How cool is that!! But isn’t it a bit early for mating? I doubt that you have an early Spring over there, right ? But the behavior shows definitively a pure flirting. I don’t know about these eagles, but many birds stays a lifetime together.,
    regards Thee

    • Glad you liked these eagle photos! Not too early for mating (we have seen evidence of it) 🙂 They can begin a courtship and mating process even earlier then this. It has to be early in order to have Spring young in the nest.
      This pair is likely not quite at that stage yet and we do not know for sure if they will stay together as full time mates and raise a family nearby but we hope they do.

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