“Having children is like living in a frat house—nobody sleeps, everything’s broken, and there’s a lot of throwing up.” – Anonymous
Ever imagined the mighty eagle, which knows no bounds, cooped up in a nest 24x7? That is what the family does to it - well, for a few months anyways..
The poor eagle mom and dad, by turn, have to feel like being in a frat house with a messy youngster (or two), traipsing around, messing up a carefully built net and trying their best to crap and fall out at every opportunity!😀😀
The watchful eye of the mother, the naughty chick and the general state of the nest is all apparent in this picture I took couple of years ago..
Eagle family - watchful eye of mother
my own click
The mighty Bonelli's eagle, which soars as high as 2000-3000 meters and has the strength to lift dogs and small monkeys, get tied to the ground (in a figurative way) when it wants to have a family.
Not unlike us humans - the free spirits that we are when we are young - partying, travelling as we like and moving from one partner to another without a single care in the world, get settled and find a home when we find the final loved one and want to have a family.
The eagle parents carry sticks and carefully construct a nest high up on trees. The nest is located such that the parents can keep an eye on the surroundings and is also built strong to withstand gusts of wind, with interwoven sticks. The nest is then nicely lined with soft leaves. It looks so cozy and pretty..
However, then come the chicks and order turns into chaos !
Fluffy white fuzzy furballs start waddling around the nest soon. They eat, prance around, sleep and crap. They somehow o to the edges of the nest to take a dump ... instinct I guess! However, then they just seem to love to toddle around the edges of the nest. Precariously living on the edge! Mother or father try their best to keep them under the wings and not let them up to a lot of mischief. However, kids are kids - they WILL get into mischief.
Therefore, the parent eagles have many sleepless days and nights till they are ready to push the chicks out to fly.
I found the whole family episode of eagles fascinating. I have seen some other families too. Owls, Spice finches, parrots etc. Here are some nice family clicks...
Rose ringed parakeet family
Love is in the air
My own click
Mottled wood owl family
Two is company
My own click
Spice finch family
Family sticks togehter
My own click
However, due to the drama involved with the eagles and their chicks, my favorite family pic remains this one reproduced in it's full format below and is my entry for SMAP #74
Eagle mom and chick family - my entry for#SMAP 74
My own click
Hope you enjoyed the family pics. 😀 Please feel free to comment and let me know your views ...
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Thanks to c/hive-106444 (Feathered friends community) for providing this wonderful opportunity to present my experience and photographs. Thanks to @barbara-orenya and @melinda010100 for all the support and encouragement to this community. Special thanks to @nelinoeva also for starting the Species hunt initiative. My posts are not exactly in that format but have all the necessary info and Good original Photos. Further guidance will be very much welcome.
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Note: All images and collages in this blog are created by me, based on photos clicked by me personally and/or free vector images from Pixabay. Any other sources, if used, are indicated as image credits below the picture.
Quotes used, if not credited, are either from unknown authors or are proverbial old sayings.