Earlier today, E8 was retrieved from its nest at the Southwest Florida Eagle Cam in North Fort Myers as a result of a fishing line that was caught around its left leg and brought to CROW Clinic.
Upon arrival, E8 received an examination and radiographs to determine if there were any broken bones or internal injures. Radiographs indicate that there are no broken bones but showed signs of dehydration and weight loss.
Because of swelling in the leg, there is concern about nerve damage due to the lack of blood flow. More will be determined tomorrow once the swelling has reduced.
E8 is currently receiving food, fluids, antibiotics and plenty of rest. We will share an update tomorrow.
Nature can be so cruel sometimes. E7 has been pecking on E8 all day today. It's hard to watch. The parents don't do anything. E7 was getting all the food cause E8 was balled up trying to avoid the pecking. Later after E7 was full and went to sleep, E8 finally ate some fish. It will be interesting to see how this plays out.
The Eagle cam website says this about sibling rivalry.
It’s been a tough few days at the nest as many have observed the aggressive actions of sibling rivalry. Survival of the fittest isn't a catch phrase in the Bald Eagle world, but necessary to continue their species. Sibling rivalry varies between nests -depending quite a bit on the amount of food provided. Even when food is abundant, it is not uncommon to see some sibling competition – lessons learned which will help them cope when they are on their own. In general, the first 20 days is when aggression is seen, but can be longer. As they get older, sibling rivalry lessens. There are no “bullies”, just eaglets trying to survive.
Parental interference between sibling aggression is uncommon although adults have been observed ending the aggression by merely stepping between the eaglets; by adopting a posture that suggests a feeding, but not presenting any real food; or begin brooding. Adults have even been seen to take hold of aneaglet’s beak to end the aggression.
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i guess night time isn't the best time to watch birds----but the 'mama' did wake up & kept shaking her head. I couldn't figure out if it was bugs or rain bothering her. could see the little bald babies & hear them 'peeping.
David; do both parents stay with the babies or just 1? (i thought maybe i'd see both parents in the nest?) TY for bringing this up again