Another milestone moment in Decorah!

When we think about the things that an eagle needs to know to produce healthy, successful young, we tend to think about food resources, perching spots, nest building techniques, and learning how to feed very young eaglets. But it looks like copulation might be another learned skill! (skip to 3:21 in the video for the entire sequence).

Note that Mom signals her receptivity very clearly to UME-2. While this copulation failed, it’s still a pretty significant moment in nest life, and a very good example of the importance that copulation plays in pair-bonding!