This female Bald Eagle might have just been happy about not being stuck on the nest anymore. Her little one hatched a few weeks ago and that has given her some freedom to move around after spending 35 days almost entirely sitting in the nest.
She never strays far though, keeping close watch and protecting her offspring. Here she is perched on a branch only a few feet from the nest where the eaglet is. Dad was in a tree 50 yards away and calling so she returned the favor with some vocalization of her own.
This image was taken this past Sunday and unfortunately I never did get a good view of the baby raptor. I could see its back as it moved around but that was about it. Hopefully on my next visit I will get a nice look at it.