Fun of (crazy) family - the eagles way! 😀 My entry for contest SMAP #74

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“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..

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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

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Love is in the air
My own click

Mottled wood owl family

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Two is company
My own click

Spice finch family

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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

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Eagle mom and chick family - my entry for#SMAP 74
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Hope you enjoyed the family pics. 😀 Please feel free to comment and let me know your views ...

A big thank you for support

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.

Thanks to HIVE for this wonderful platform. Thanks also to @adalger and for encouraging me by recognizing some of my posts as worthy of Densifying nature project.
Further, thanks to Amazing nature community for welcoming me and showing me their love on some of my posts.

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.

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Lovely bird family life together in the moment.

Eagles do have a rough couple of weeks keeping their little ones in check high up in the trees, who can blame them getting to fly sooner than later!

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@joanstewart Absolutely - the faster the fledglings fly and become independent the better. Even for us humans I think.... Finally, that is what parenting is all about isn't it - to produce capable offspring that will make it's own destiny and support them to get on their feet...
Thank you for your kind words of appreciation for the images.

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Humans children on go slow, never know when they actually ready 😄 home life too good!

Birds and animals most definitely have to get moving a lot quicker.

At the first sigth I thought that it is a Harris's hawk, but then I realized that it is an eagle.

@xplosive It is a Bonelli's eagle usually found in NW Africa, Indian subcontinent and some parts of Europe.

Would love to see Harris's hawk. Do share pictures in your posts if possible.

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It is a Bonelli's eagle

Interesting. I have not heard about it so far.

Would love to see Harris's hawk. Do share pictures in your posts if possible.

I relatively regularly share photos about my Harris's hawk. The last time I shared a photo about her was three days ago (on 2022.06.24): Weekend Engagement 107 - Would you rather (2022.06.24).

@xplosive Thanks - took a look. She looks awesome!! You are lucky!

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I've no idea how you managed to reach the place with the eagle's nest and really sorry your camera was injured. Your photos are striking awesome. I can understand why you choose the eagle for your entry, but the other family portraits are brilliant too.

@nelinoeva True. I am always in a dilemma about which picture to enter for the contest. I chose the eagle one because it took maximum effort and is kind of rare to get.😀
Thanks for your ever present support and encouragement. It feels great to be appreciated

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The pictures you included in this post are fantastic. I epically love the one of the owls. Owls are hard to spot and I have only seen one in this area in the past forty years.

@thebigsweed Glad you enjoyed the post and pictures Yes. owls are really hard to spot. I go out looking for them sometimes specially at night too. Some owls like the one in this post are a bit bold and are out and about in daytime too but some owls only come out at night

These days I'm usually in bed just as the sun is setting.

My daughter just purchased this wood carving. The first outdoor ornament she bought for the home she also just purchased.

This whole eagles family episode is really impressive. Thank you for letting us watch it through your amazing photographs.

Thank you so much. Your words always encourage me. Glad you enjoyed the post

You are very welcome :) Have a good week

Loved the eagle photo, but those finches are definitely the winners!