This afternoon, one of the adults carried in a White Ibis and simply threw it into the nest with the two chicks. It watched for a while, then set out tearing at the flesh and feeding the young. Note white feathers from the ibis stuck on the adult’s face. The younger and smaller eaglet is on the right. It appeared quite vigorous. (Click on photos to choose larger views).
While the adult was still feeding the eaglets, the second adult flew in with a large fish. It appeared a bit hostile at first, as if wanting the job to itself. Then both adults resumed feeding the chicks.
One adult is seen offering the eaglets some meat from the ibis:
The adults finally flew off, one to roost to the west in the melaleuca stubs. This one flew to one of the favored perches right along the road to clean its bill.
It had white feathers from the ibis stuck to its plumage, and flesh and feathers on its toes.
The chicks were quite active. Here, the larger one exercises its wings:
The afternoon light was harsh, but did not detract from the beauty of this adult:
This morning, Jill, one of the regular nest watchers, reported: