This year I was fortunate to have a friend witness my home nest Bald Eagles' Ricky and Lucy mate. We then determined five days later that an egg was laid. The first egg was laid on the 18th of March. On April 24th the thirty-five day incubation period came to a conclusion and the very next day both Ricky and Lucy became very defensive and vocal at their nest tree. A Seagull would fly by and the both of them would break out in calls to warn off the curious bird. I spent the majority of the 24th at the nest photographing my Eagles as they defended their home and their newborn eaglets.
Eager to see the eaglets I spent a few hours every day since the hatching standing at the ready with my camera on my tripod with remote in hand. Ricky and Lucy's nest is located on a bluff very close to a road. Most days I am at the nest many people curious about what I am looking at will pull over and ask questions. This is where I shine with my love for the Eagles and these Eagles specifically. I do not hold a degree in wildlife biology or anything. My love from them stems from when I was a little guy living in Chugiak, AK. The experience that led to my love for them occurred when a rather large Bald Eagle landed outside my parents bedroom window. I stood there staring at this eagle and she did the same to me for several minutes before taking off. After that experience I was looking at books about them at my school library, counting them on trees as we drove to and fro all over Alaska.
Fast-forward to moving to Sequim, Washington. The move up was a long drive from Temecula, California. I had been looking forward to seeing my first Bald Eagle in 15 years. One afternoon my Dad asked if I would like to go have a look around. We hopped in our truck and drove all around Sequim and ended up on Marine Drive, the street that the bluff runs along. I saw a Bald Eagle perched high in a tree and that was the first Eagle in 15 years that I had seen. We drove down the street and I saw two Bald Eagles in a tall dead tree. One was up top and the other midway down. I took a brief video with my cellphone and we moved on. I had no idea there was a nest there when I took the video. Finally I started exploring on my own and discovered there was in fact a nest.
After meeting a few other photographers at the nest I bought a camera and entered into the digital age of photography. I befriended the other "dedicated" photographers there and began spending hours upon hours there photographing and taking video. After a while I decided to put up a website and sale my work. I have built up a reputation in my town as the "Eagle photographer" and that I find rewarding as well. I named the Eagles Ricky and Lucy a few months into watching the nest and made them well known via Youtube and Facebook.
Now back to the 2013 Eaglets. After they hatched I had people pulling over asking if they had eaglets and how old they were and so on. I answer and often spike more interest in them after I formally introduce them as Ricky and Lucy. They are a hit with almost everyone who meets them. These eaglets being almost 3 weeks old now are becoming visible. As of Cinco De Mayo one eaglet was spotted and photographed. Credit to that goes to my friend Bill who has the first actual photos proving the eaglet was there. As the days continued on the eaglet was spotted more and more and the other one as well. One of the couples living in a house in sight of the nest confirmed that Ricky and Lucy had once again had two successful hatches.
As time goes on they will become larger and more visible. Growing at 6oz a day these eaglets will be large and dark gray in a matter of a couple weeks from now. I will be posting various photos here but for now go to https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.584973698192926.1073741835.471710786185885&type=1 to see the first album of the new eaglets.