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.
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…
It seems that Shadow paid a twilight visit To Jackie just after the infrared light came on so the she could leave the nest, only to return in a few minutes. There is interaction between the two that compelled that I do my best to capture it. So, here you are…
The mated pair [as they continue to sit on non-viable eggs]. Jackie has the yellower beak and the flatter head. As a female, she is the larger of the two. Shadow has a blemish above his right eye, having been apparently injures in fighting a bald eagle intruder Monday, 03/02/2020. The injury seems to be recovering well. Thanks to the Big Bear Eagle Cam Operators for the zoomed-in video. Aren’t they a handsome pair?
I know there are countless others who support this effort, the Friends of Big Bear Valley being one. They installed and maintain the camera that we enjoy to watch the nest. As a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization they need public support. You can donate to them at their site.