Friday, January 22, 2021

Marco’s Newest Resident

Calusa soars high over the nest area.

Calusa soars high over the nest area.

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Paleo and Calusa are the proud parents of a healthy 6-10 week old eaglet. They are proud to let all residents of their adopted home, Marco Island, know that they will be very busy for a while, tending to the duties of new parents. This little guy has a voracious appetite and does not like to go hungry. Both

Feeding time for the eaglet, after which the fledgling sunk completely into the enormous nest bow. Photos by Jean Hall

Feeding time for the eaglet, after which the fledgling sunk completely into the enormous nest bow. Photos by Jean Hall

Paleo and Calusa will share feeding and hunting and duties round the clock.

The young eaglet is fed raw meat from the moment it is born; eagles do not regurgitate their food like some other animals do. The eaglet will grow very rapidly, gaining almost one pound per week. They are eager to test their wings and will attempt to

Paleo during the nest building phase.

Paleo during the nest building phase.

fly from 10-13 weeks.

So, how can you tell which one is Calusa or Paleo?

Visually, it is difficult to tell them apart, but Calusa is larger and heavier than Paleo.

When you are in the vicinity, look up and you are sure to see one of us flying back forth from the nest with freshly caught “baby food.”

It is a happy day for us!

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