That little ball of fluff next to the broken shell is a baby eagle. A brother or sister should also be arriving any day now. It takes eaglets about 35 days to hatch and they are born covered in soft, grey down. After four or five weeks, the eaglet starts to get proper feathers. But it takes 4 to 6 years for eagles to have all of their adult feathers. The adult eagles in this nest – named Samson and Gabrielle – are, I think, 6 years old. This is their first round of babies, and they are having them in a nest originally constructed by their parents (who, unfortunately, seem to have met a tragic end).
It has been fun watching mama trying to feed the eaglet some fish caught from the nearby Intracoastal Waterway.
Hopefully, I can get some better pictures of the fluff ball soon. You can follow along here.