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2014-2015 Nesting Season for Romeo & Juliet

 

Romeo and Juliet and babies.

 

For 7 documented seasons, Bald Eagle pair “Romeo” and “Juliet” have returned to their nest high atop a Longleaf Pine tree to renew their bond and raise a new family of eaglets. This year, a second HD camera was added (for a total of 3 HD cams on the nest), allowing for unparalled views in the daily life of these eagles. Hundreds of thousands of viewers watched all the activities in the nest.

 

1-12-15-Nick-and-NoelOn Dec. 23, 2014, the first egg hatched and was soon followed by the second egg, which hatched on Christmas Day. A contest was held for AEF members to “Name the Nestlings.” 360 members entered the contest. The named pairs were narrowed down to 5, and then the entire membership was allowed to vote for their favorite selection. “Nick” and “Noel” were the winning names– appropriate for the Christmas season in which they were hatched.

 

The gender of the eaglets is never certain. However, when they reach full-size at 10 weeks old, there are certain indicators (including size), which provide evidence to make a good educated guess as to whether they are male or female. We do know that both were  strong, healthy eaglets, and learned skills they will need to be successful in the wild.

Nick & Noel - 7 weeks old.
Nick & Noel – 7 weeks old.[/caption]

 

End-of-Season Scrapbook ~ by Lil O’Rourke Gillar

 

  

Nick & Noel ~ Memories for a Lifetime ~ by Dragonlainey

 

 

From Egg to Fledge 2015 ~ by Sandy Fink

 

 

 Schools Participate In “Classroom Chats”

 

Several classrooms across the country found us and arranged for private educational chats”with AEF’s knowledgeable moderators and expert cam operators. The ages of the students have ranged from 4 years old to high school. Teachers submitted questions in advance to our Classroom Coordinator, Gretchen Butler, who in turned shared them with the moderators so they could be ready to quickly answer all the questions and be prepared to post informative links, including videos. The cam operator is an integral part of this virtual classroom, and pays close attention to the topic so that the camera can show the students specifically what is being discussed.

 

It has been extremely gratifying to hear how the students and their teachers have responded to this experience. Many regular visitors to our chat forum “perch” (watch but do not chat) during these private chats and learn along with the students.

 

Two Little Eaglets

by Jim Weller

Two little eaglets
way up in the tree.
Two little eaglets,
looking down at me.

 

You sit there in your aerie
staring at the sky,
and every time you flap your wings
my heart lets out a sigh.

 

Silly little eaglets
hovering o’er the nest,
Don’t you know that you can fly?
Your wings will stand the test.

 

Do you care that I’m waiting here
to see you soaring high?
I’m tethered to the earth below,
but you, you own the sky!

 

If I were an eaglet
and could do what you can do,
without a moment’s hesitation
I would launch into the blue.
 

(But wait! One’s perched upon the edge!
It leans into the breeze!
It spreads its wings! Then hops back down.)
You’re such a little tease.

 

I know that you are old enough,
your wings are sure and strong.
Dancing high across the sky
is where Eagles belong.

 

You’re made for inspiration.
You can make the mute heart sing,
rejoicing in your majesty
borne on outstretched wing!

 

“Why don’t you fly?” I ask out loud,
“When will you learn to soar?
I know that you are ready.
What are you waiting for?

 

Then deep within my spirit,
the eaglets speak somehow.
They say, “We’ll take that leap of faith
when we hear God whisper, ‘Now!’ “

 

The Bald Eagle
by Don R. Wilkins, Motley, MN, ©2007

My Aerie, built on craggy cliff,
or in a tree top high.
I soar above the reaching hills,
on lifting winds I fly.

 

I raise my young with tender care,
until they fly away.
Their destiny to fly alone,
it is but Nature’s way

 

My prey I seek with piercing eye,
grasp with talon strong.
Then lift into the endless sky
to sing my victory song.

By strength of wing will soar on high.
My future yet to be,
to glide beyond restricting Earth.
Eternity to see.

 

My place in Nature is secure.
I’m viewed now with respect.
A Symbol for the strong and free,
I fly with no regret.

 

With courage yet unquestioned,
there’s challenge in my cry,
I lift to heights, unhindered,
An EAGLE… flying high.

 

The Eagle’s Nest Stands Silent
by Jim Weller

The eagle’s nest stands silent
Her annual labor done
She’s proven herself trustworthy
Each battle fought, she’s won.

 

As wandering eagles see her
Without a word she’ll say,
“This territory’s taken!
You’d best be on your way!”

 

Through the blistering heat of summer
While standing high and proud
She’ll chant of former glories,
But not a word aloud.

 

Crowning autumn’s canopy
She will breathe a quiet sigh
As her master and her mistress
Dance across the sky.

Speechless through the snowfall
Atop that barren tree
She’ll patiently anticipate
The things that are to be.

 

Then just before the springtime
She will end her time of rest
And sing anew a song of joy
With new life in her breast!

 

The eagle’s nest stands silent
Yet has so much to say
If we just pause to listen
As we hasten by today.

 

Videos from this nesting season ~

 

Romeo & Juliet: A New Chapter Begins – 4-24-15 – by Dragonlainey

 

AEF_NEFL Eagles 2014-2015 Nick & Noel Memories for a Lifetime – 4-15-15 – by Dragonlainey

 

From Egg to Fledge 2015 – Northeast Florida – 3-12-15 – by Alsoknownas Animallover

 

Featuring Larry the Lizard – April 9, 2015 – By Mocha Mama

 

Noel & the Knuckle Bone – April 3, 2015 – By Dragonlainey

 

Sub-adult Visits Nest – Mar. 30, 2015 – by Dragonlainey

 

Noel’s Scary Owl Encounter – March 28, 2015 – by Dragonlainey

 

Nick Comes Home For Breakfish – Mar. 22, 2015 – by Dragonlainey

 

Never Ending Day – The Barred Owls Are Back – Mar. 21, 2015 – by Dragonlainey

 

Oops! Sorry Nick! Noel Bumps Nick Off Branch – Mar. 21, 2015 – by Dragonlainey

 

Nick is Home and Perched With Noel – March 21, 2015 – by MochaMama

 

Nick Returns! – March 21, 2015 – by Dragonlainey

 

Noel Leaves – Larry Visits – Noel Returns – March 20, 2015 – by Dragonlainey

 

Nick Fledges – 8:09 a.m. EST – Mar. 19, 2015 – by Dragonlainey

 

Noel Returns to the Nest – Mar. 16, 2015 – by Dragonlainey

 

Noel Takes the Leap and FLedges – Mar. 16, 2015 – by Dragonlainey

 

Noel Fledges! 9:34 a.m. – Mar. 16, 2015 – by MochaMama

 

Busy Young Eaglets at Sunrise – Mar. 15, 2015 – by Dragonlainey

 

Noel’s Branching Adventures – Mar. 15, 2015 – by Dragonlainey

 

Sustained Hover & Big Girl Branching – Mar. 15, 2015 – by Dragonlainey

 

Foggy Morning Show Down – Mar. 10, 2015 – by Dragonlainey

 

A Fish and Big Air – Mar. 14, 2015 – by Dragonlainey

 

A Day of Branching and Perching – Mar. 11, 2015 by Dragonlainey

 

Noel Goes to the Attic – Mar. 11, 2015 – by Dragonlainey

 

Climbing, Big Air, & Noel Preening Nick – Mar. 9, 2015 – by Dragonlainey

 

Nick Branches – March 8, 2015 – by Mocha Mama

 

Branch Day Highlights – March 8, 2015 – by Dragonlainey

 

Just Like Big Sis – Nick Branches – March 8, 2015 – by Dragonlainey

 

Noel Branches and Flies to V-Trunk – March 8, 2015 – by Dragonlainey

 

Nick Gets Air & Climbs the Trunk – March 7, 2015 – by Dragonlainey

 

Milestone for Noel – March 3, 2015 – by Dragonlainey

 

Nice Fly-in With Fish – March 3, 2015 – by Mocha Mama

 

Action Packed Morning – March 1, 2015 – by Dragonlainey

 

Planning to Branch Out – Feb. 28, 2015 – by Dragonlainey

 

It’s Nice to Share – Feb. 27, 2015 – by Dragonlainey

 

Li’l Miss Attitude & Her Squirrel – Feb. 25, 2015 – by Dragonlainey

 

Catchin’ Some Air – Feb. 25, 2015 – by Dragonlainey

 

Squirrel Tug-O-War – Feb. 24, 2015 – by Dragonlainey

 

Testing Their Limits – Feb. 22, 2015 – by Dragonlainey

 

Awesome Delivery, The Claim, The Share, & The Steal! – Feb. 22, 2015 – by Dragonlainey

 

A Pellet, Food Deliveries, & Juliet’s Awesome Fly-in! – Feb. 18, 2015 – by Dragonlainey

 

A Visitor in the Nest Tree – Feb. 18, 2015 – by Dragonlainey

 

Wing Hops, Playing In The Rain, & Bath Time – Feb. 17, 2015 – by Dragonlainey

 

Dancing Wings – Feb. 17, 2015 – by MochaMama

 

Juliet Preens Nick (Allopreening) – Feb. 16, 2015 – by MochaMama

 

Learning to Use Their Wings – Getting Stronger! – Feb. 16, 2015 – by Dragonlainey

 

Intruder Returns – and a Beautiful Sunset! Feb. 13, 2015 – By Dragonlainey

 

Today’s Highlights – Exercising, Food Deliveries, Self-Feeding – Growing Up – Feb. 11, 2015 – by Dragonlainey

 

Noel Gets a Lesson in De-furring – Feb. 10, 2015 – by Dragonlainey

 

Nick’s Long Tail & Noel’s “Selfie.” Feb. 9, 2015 – by Dragonlainey

 

Great Double Fly-In With Breakfish – Feb. 9, 2015 – by Dragonlainey

 

Both Eaglets Self-Feeding, Close-ups – Feb. 1, 2015 – by Vicki Harley

 

A Squirrely Morning! (Great Fly-ins) Feb. 1, 2015 – by Dragonlainey

 

A PS and a Fly-By – Jan. 31, 2015 – by Dragonlainey

 

NE4 Self Feeding – January 28, 2015 – by Dragonlainey

 

Big Fish for Breakfast – Cam goes from IR to full color – Jan. 28, 2015 – By Dragonlainey

 

Morning Play Time & NE4 Casts a Pellet – Jan. 27, 2015 – By Dragonlainey

 

Eyes Are the Window to the Soul – Jan. 26, 2015 – By Dragonlainey

 

Fish For the Taking – Literally! Jan. 25, 2015 – By Dragonlainey

 

Waking Up Wet – Jan. 24, 2015 – By Dragonlainey

 

Fish Fiesta – Jan. 22, 2015 – By Dragonlainey

 

Playtime & Possible Pellet From NE3 – Jan. 21, 2015 – By Dragonlainey

 

Walking Upright & Sibling Playtime – Jan. 20, 2015 – By Dragonlainey

 

Becoming Buddies – Jan. 19, 2015 – By Dragonlainey

 

Twin Fish and Larry the Lizard – Jan. 18, 2015 – By Dragonlainey

 

Growing Butterballs – Jan. 17, 2015 – By Dragonlaiey

 

NE4 Says “Look What I Can Do” – as he self-feeds! Jan. 16, 2015 – By Dragonlainey

 

Growing Pains – Awkward & Curious – Jan. 13, 2015 – By Dragonlainey

 

Eaglets Play Peek-A-Boo on a Rainy Day – Jan. 11, 2015 – by Dragonlainey

 

Attitudes, Personalities, & Clown Feet – Jan. 10, 2015 – By Dragonlainey

 

Some Really Big Bites for Both Babies – Jan. 9, 2015 – by Charlotte Gobbens

 

Learning to Walk – Baby Steps – Jan. 7, 2015 – by Dragonlainey

 

Afternoon Excitement – Jan 6, 2015 – by Dragonlainey

 

Up Close & Personal in the Hamlet – Jan. 5, 2015 – by Dragonlainey

 

Out of the Nest Bowl – Jan. 2, 2015 – by Dragonlainey

 

Juliet Makes Sure Both Eaglets Get Plenty to Eat – Jan 1, 2015 – by Charlotte Gobbens

 

Look How Big I Am! – Jan 1, 2015 – by Charlotte Gobbens

 

New Year’s Day Family Dinner – Jan. 1, 2015 – By Mochamama

 

NE3 is One Week Old – A Feeding Showing How Mom is Careful that Both Get Enough! – Dec. 31, 2014 – By Charlotte Gobbens

 

Beautiful Foggy Morning – Chow Down – Cuteness Overload – Dec. 28, 2014 -By Dragonlainey

 

Soft Conversation – Happy Talk! – Dec. 27, 2014 – by Dragonlainey

 

NE4 Hatched On Christmas Day! – Dec. 25, 2014 – by Vicky Harley

 

There (S)he Is! NE4 Hatches on Christmas Day – By Charlotte Gobbens

 

NE4 has pipped! And a cameo appearance by NE3 – Dec. 24, 2014 by Dragonlainey

 

From Pip to Hatch (music “Anticipation” by Carly Simon) – Dec. 22-23, 2014 – by vharley

 

From Pip to Hatch – Dec. 22-23, 2014 – by Charlotte Gobbens

 

There (S)he Is! NE4 Hatches on Christmas Day – By Charlotte Gobbens

 

Another NE3 feeding – Dec. 23, 2014 – by Yamibike

 

First Feeding – Another Video! – Dec. 23, 2014 – by Charlotte Gobbens

 

First Feeding – Dec. 23, 2014 – by Mochamama

 

Tiny Talons and a Belly Button – Dec. 23, 2014 – by Jody Naimo

 

Baby Love – Mum Sees Her Little One – Dec. 23, 2014 – by Charlotte Gobbens

 

A cute little beak breaks through the shell as pip is underway – Dec. 22, 2014 – by Dragonlainey

 

Juliet Returns and She’s Listening! Dec. 21, 2014 – by Dragonlainey

 

Long Visit from Young Juvenile Eagle at the Nest Tree – Dec. 19, 2014 – by Dragonlainey

 

It’s All About Those Eggs! – Dec. 18, 2014 – by Dragonlainey

 

Romeo’s Nearby Getaway Perch – Juliet Nibbles Romeo – Dec. 7, 2014 – by Dragonlainey

 

A Day in the Hamlet With Romeo & Juliet – Stunning Closeups – Dec. 3, 2014 – by Dragonlainey

 

Two Wet Eagles – Dec. 3, 2014 – by Dragonlainey

 

Juliet Gets Wind Blown – Dec. 2, 2014 – by Dragonlainey

 

Intruder Swoops Close to Nest – Romeo Reacts! – Nov. 30, 2014 – by Dragonlainey

 

Juliet Rolls Her Eggs After Midnight – Nov. 26, 2014 – by V. Harley

 

Sunday Morning in the Hamlet – Cute Clips of Changeovers – Nov. 23, 2014 – By Dragonlainey

 

Saturday Morning Communication and Teamwork – Nov. 22, 2014 – By Dragonlainey

 

Juliet Lays Second Egg – Nov. 19, 2014 – by MochaMama

 

Romeo Takes Over – Nov. 16, 2014 – by Dragonlainey

 

Juliet Lays First Egg – Dual Cam View – by Dragonlainey

 

Juliet Lays First Egg – Nov. 16, 12:52 p.m. – by Dragonlainey

 

Juliet Lays First Egg – Nov. 16, 12:52 p.m. – by MochaMama

 

Breakfish time – Romeo Brings Fish – Closeups – Nov. 13, 2014

 

Beautiful Clips from a Rainy Day -Don’t Miss This One! Nov. 10, 2014

 

Soggy Day, Lovely Music – Beautiful Moments – Nov. 10, 2014 – by V. Harley

 

Intruder Buzzes Romeo & Juliet – Nov. 9, 2014

 

Making Final Preparations – Nov. 5, 2014

 

Another Night of Romance in the Hamlet – Nov. 4, 2014

 

Catch of the Day! – Nov. 4, 2014

 

The Sounds of Love – Mating – Oct. 28, 2014 6:49 p.m. EST

 

NEFL Morning on the Nest – Oct. 27, 2014

 

Romeo & Juliet in Stunning HD Dual Cam Quality – Oct. 26, 2014

 

A Beautiful and Vocal Sunset – Oct. 25, 2014

 

Settling In for Sweet Eagle Dreams – Oct. 23, 2014

 

Noon Time Nestorations – Oct. 23, 2014

 

Dual Fly-in to Start the Day – Oct. 23, 2014

 

Beaky Kisses – Oct. 22, 2014

 

Morning Highlights – Oct. 21, 2014

 

A Long-Legged Visitor – Oct. 21, 2014

 

Romeo and the Stick – Who’s Winning? Oct. 20, 2014

 

Action Packed Everything! Wed., Oct. 15, 2014

 

Crystal Clear Morning – Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014

 

Early Morning Chores – Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014

 

Fly-ins & -outs, Nestorations, A Young Visitor – Oct. 10, 2014

 

Sunday Morning in the Hamlet – Oct. 5, 2014

 

Juliet is Blanketed in a Glorious Sunset – Oct. 4, 2014

 

Great Clips Showing Cam Clarity – Sept. 28, 2014

 

Trees R Us – Sept. 28, 2014

 

Team Work! – Sept. 25, 2014

 

Dual Cam View & Nestorations – Sept. 23, 2014

 

Nestorations at NEFL Eagle Nest – Sept. 22, 2014