2018 Memory Lane Decorah Eagles #2: Dad Feeds Mom
April 8, 2018: Dear Dad brings a big floppy fish, preps it in front of Mom, feeds her one bite, beak bites her and feeds her more while she sits. A priceless partnership!
You can watch the full video here: https://youtu.be/hM0TMmYbFro
Prey provisioning is an important part of eagle courtship. While both males and females incubate, females spend more time incubating eggs and brooding very young eaglets, so males need to be able to catch and share their prey with mates and young. Dad was an excellent provider who knew just what to do when Mom put the teakettle on!
John was fascinated by how delicately Mom and Dad fed their hatchlings, so I decided to do a blog on the subject. ‘Bald eagle tongues and beaks’ was our sixth most read blog of 2018. You can read it here: https://raptorresource.blogspot.com/2018/04/bald-eagle-tongues.html