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Offline carly

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Re: Bald Eagle - Northeast Florida / Romeo & Juliet
« Reply #15 on: December 25, 2018, 17:03 »
Egg hatched, baby was alone at the time- the female kept stealing the food Romeo had for it so he was likely out getting more.   An eagle came by and grabbed the baby and flew off with it.  Likely one of the females..it's gone  :'( :'( :'( 

ps:  I read all this on an eagle blog site - didn't watch as I had a feeling it wouldn't end well.

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Re: Bald Eagle - Northeast Florida / Romeo & Juliet
« Reply #16 on: December 25, 2018, 17:04 »
The situation at the Northeast Florida eagle nest has ended in tragedy.

Today I watched for hours as the little one struggled to free him/herself from the shell. Romeo was gone somewhere, probably with the fish-stealing adult female. After all of his devotion to incubating his eggs, he left at the worst possible time.

The little one put up a brave, valiant fight to hatch, and was almost out of the shell. Romeo should have been there to protect, assist, and keep the little one warm. He was not there.

At 5:08 p.m., the adult female returned and killed the tiny chick. It was over in moments, and she left with the chick. Romeo returned and went back to incubating the first egg, which will not hatch.

It was absolutely heartbreaking to watch the events at this nest.  :'( :'( :'(

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Re: Bald Eagle - Northeast Florida / Romeo & Juliet
« Reply #17 on: December 28, 2018, 10:01 »
A lot of people were hard on poor Romeo for not being there when his chick hatched but not only were there several females battling it out, a new male is on scene now with a female.  So likely he was also having a challenger as well as trying to sort everything else out.  Their web site has photos of the new pair in the chat pane - links to photos that were taken when they were on the nest together.  The buried the remaining egg and re-arranged the nest a bit.
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Re: Bald Eagle - Northeast Florida / Romeo & Juliet
« Reply #18 on: January 10, 2019, 04:40 »
Since there has been no sighting of Romeo and Juliet, this nest has been visited by several eagles and Yesterday I read on the NEFL. site, good news may be on the horizon.

" AEF-NEFL GOOD NEWS FROM THE HAMLET!! Unfortunately Romeo and Juliet haven’t been sighted, but we haven’t lost hope on that! However, we may have the next best thing - as the male that is “claiming” the nest closely resembles Samson. Samson (and Delilah) were offspring of Romeo and Juliet hatched in December of 2013. Through observation, this male appears to be 5 yrs of age and after serious collaboration among the AEF-NEFL Team, we have drawn our speculations by intensely reviewing photos of the male that is currently at the nest from photos of Samson. We compared details (both sides) of their beaks, nares, ceres (which are different on the left side from the right side) and they remain consistent. The male also visited the nest twice in June 2018 and once in July 2018 with dated photos to substantiate. The final indisputable characteristic is the middle toe that is somewhat flat (smashed). Many of the AEF-NEFL Cam Volunteers have been on staff since the inception of the NEFL cam program. We credit Camera Operator, cynmari_AEF, who has been diligent on the cams since day one. She knows the eagles and off-spring on cam better than anyone. She has memory of Juliet stepping on Samson’s toe when he was in the nest (see photo). The photo from June 2018, as well as today clearly show the flattened toe (see photos). Thanks also to Camera Operator, jd_AEF, for capturing many photos that helped us determine this finding and resemblance. Be certain that we are well aware that there is no way to positively ID the Male. With the insight the live cams provide combined with our diligent cam staff, we have hope and good reason to believe that we could have Samson back in the nest!"