NAME GAME

I was visiting my friend Romeo! The sunset light was fantastic! He had just caught a fish and headed over to his favorite eating spot,a small rocky islet that’s protected by shallow waters. A few minutes after ,I see this other darker coloured eagle coming from the east,from their nest island,Beck.

I instantly realized It was his youngster coming over to get some of daddy’s catch! The eaglet came in like a hurricane! Poor Romeo,It was all he could do to get out of the way! Romeo promptly grabbed his dinner and came over to where I was watching,our meeting spot,his throne.

Remember that eagles carry food with their powerful talons. So when he perched onto his throne,he did so with just one foot! The other was holding the fish! I was very impressed!

I looked back at the eaglet and it looked dejected. This is the final stage of fledging. Up to this point the eaglet would of been fed by both adults,but to get it used to not always getting what it wants,they reject feeding it. It will become hungry enough and start searching for food on it’s own, while mum and dad watch at a distance.

So in celebration of this young eagles coming of age,I would like to put up another “name game”!

This is Romeo and Juliette’s offspring and I “think” it’s a male?

The person who chooses the best name, gets a picture of this beautiful eagle!

50 thoughts on “NAME GAME

  1. How endearing an Eaglet, well done to witness this, Wayne. Great Blue Herons do that as well – they feed the fledglings reliably and then stop. I watched as an adult male GBH turned on junior when junior wanted to fish in the adults stretch of the cove as the fledgling had for weeks without incident. That youngster looked shocked when it’s parent chased it off without sharing a morsel of the fish he had just caught. Aren’t you glad human parents don’t do that? Great photo and commentary, Wayne.

      1. Thanks Wayne. I chose something gender-neutral on purpose.

        The best-ever bird name I’ve heard of is from the author Barbara Kingsolver. One of her children was raising turkeys as a project. Kingsolver had explained that we don’t give names to birds that will become our food, only to pets. One young turkey was especially hornery and fighty and Kingsolver’s daughter insisted on giving it a name despite the rule. And what was that turkey named? Thanksgiving Dinner. Teehee

  2. I like the name Oberon, Wayne. King of the fairies in Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. An adorable picture. I wonder if I stop feeding my youngsters if they’ll leave (Nah! they get their endless washing done at home – haha!)

  3. How about Tybalt? Funny how the adults train the youngsters to try to get their own food – like heading a baby a spoon and telling him or her to dig in!

  4. Poor kid with no more spoon-fed rations by the parents. This was interesting learning why your eaglet friend is feeling dejected. How about calling him/her “Rustler” as now this eaglet must rustle up its own grub?

  5. I am catching up here again, so this eagle may already have a name I’ll suggest “Excalibur” for a male and “Elowen” if a female. Elowen is Cornish and means “Elm”

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