I have Seen Vultures do it to, Dry their feathers and GBH do the same after diving for fish, but this is the first Eagle I've seen. There was a redtail circling and she may just be a warningI think they do that to cool off
Have you ever seen a GBH sit like that?? That is to funny.
I've watched them for over 4 months now and never once seen this display until this morning. I also saw the pair come to the nest with a fish and a osprey right behind them. No pictures they came from behind me and in the blind that direction is blocked from view.I saw one of the dam eagles do this in 2005. I was thinking how strange it looked when the belly feathers came out like that. Excellent photo by the way.
Yes I've seen many of the poses when mate is coming or even when the mate is coming being chased by another bird. I've seen when turkey vulture started circling the nest The Call and attack from above. They do communicate for sureI have seen them use this pose for a variety of reasons, some I have noted include shading the eaglets from sun or hard rain, after a long chase or flight after hawks other eagles - getting rid of excess heat, and also when sitting and spying other birds off in the distance.
The sighting of other birds in a distance was a pretty common occurrence with our pair at the nest, I think it might have to do with making sure that HEY, I AM HERE! GOT IT?
Have you noticed the low head down near the feet with head lowered when the other mate is nearby and flying around? This movement was quite common with our pair once the chick hatched, and I used it to "watch" my back, when I saw the female lowering her head I automatically grabbed the 200VR with 1.4x my other camera to get a shot as the other bird flew in from behind me.
this is what I mean, the pair always seem to do this when the other was returning, Of course it could be as simple as to avoid getting hit too!
Thanks Allot LouieExcellent capture.
Hey all. :smile: Usually when the wings are spread and the belly feathers are fluffed, heat is being released. Don't know if this is always the case in bald eagles, but in some cases it may be.