I think there is more to come…
Over the last two weeks, I have written and published the above 7 articles about a pair of bald eagles, Jackie & Shadow, who are nesting 100’ above the ground in a 120’ Jeffery Pine Tree that sits 7,000’ above sea level at Big Bear Lake in Southern California, northeast of San Bernardino and about 100 miles northeast of Los Angles.
The eagles have been, and continue to, incubate the two eggs Jackie laid mid-January. Of course, those eggs are no longer viable, if they ever were. You may imagine there is interest in the status of the eggs and the mated pair. The Livestream Cam has 9.19K YouTube Subscribers–several thousand watch and chat daily.
My blog articles contain photographs [screen captures] from the 24/7, 365 camera operated by the FriendsofBigBearValley.org. I add my commentary to the events of the day, as they relate to the pictures I choose to capture and share. You can see them in my Flickr Album titled 2020 Big Bear Eagle Cam. There are just over 200 pictures that have been viewed over 125 times. Many have even made it into the top 25 of my Flickr 2020 Most Interesting Album. I invite you to visit both. Thank you.
The “infamous eggs”, now nearing 60 days since they were laid—normal bald eagle eggs hatch in 35_44 days. These have be classified as non-viable by experts, yet some hold out hope for a miracle. It matters not that a eaglets size would far exceed an eggs capacity in this time period. Still, Jackie, the mom, and Shadow, the dad, have not buried the eggs, have not eaten the eggs, etc. The ravens have not made off with them. Yes, the parents continue to incubate them.
Jackie is a brooding eagle. It is her instinct to sit on the eggs until they are no more—hatched or lost to nature. Some of the viewers are saddened—they cry at the thought of Jackie & Shadow pining about this clutch not hatching. I give we are each entitled to our view and our emotions. My reading and experiences put me in a different place. Over time, they are expected to spend less and less time at the nest. They are so doing now.
So, if you will, the egg watch goes on. What will be their ultimate demise and how long will it take? Whatever it is, I want to capture it in photographs. For now, the eggs remain above the fluff…
See these screen grabs in my 2020 Big Bear Eagle Cam Album, now with over 200 pictures from 02/22 thru 03/07/2020.