Playing out at the Southwest Florida Nest (link: http://www.dickpritchettrealestate.com/eagle-feed.html) is a situation that I think for so many is very difficult or even impossible to watch. The older eaglet E3 has been very aggressive toward its sibling E4. We are used to some beak bonking, but at this nest things have taken a much more serious turn. I felt it important to report it, as it is news on the nests.
It is generally understood that this can happen when food is scarce, which I understand it has been the past few days, or when there is something physically wrong with the little one. Today, there is food on the nest, and as I look now, E3 is zonked out in a food coma, and E4 is calling for a parent to feed, to no avail.
This is nature, raw and uncensored, and sometimes, if you are like me, almost impossible to watch, and so other than checking in to get a status, I don’t. Maybe that makes me weak, but humans operate and feel, as humans will do, and for me that means stepping out for a bit when things just get to hard to watch. My best thoughts go to both eaglets on the nest and all who love this nest (I do too – I was one of the first 4 people to “follow” it on ustream when it first came online). I love so much what we see and learn on all of the nests, but in my humble opinion, its also okay to just be human and understand that eagles must be eagles, and adjust as needed. I won’t get into the rescue or not rescue debate, but I do understand so much how very hard it can be.