Sometimes parents just have to give their kids a push to leave the nest and get them to go out on their own. This is even the case with Bald Eagles.
While observing this nest recently, last year’s fledgling returned to the site to visit its parents. Dad and Mom though, busy setting up home for what will hopefully be new arrivals in the coming months, didn’t seem too thrilled to have junior return. They chased the young one off a few times, making it clear it was time for the juvenile to make its own way in the world.
In this sequence of images, after giving junior an earful, mom takes the tough love approach and leaps at her offspring to chase it off. Dim, early lighting made for tough shooting and not the best of pictures but the interaction is pretty neat to see.