10 months ago
Last edited at 5:21PM on 2/7/2013
Well our nest must be large to accommodate our families. Our nests size varies but are usually at least 6-8 feet in diameter if not larger. Also, they are built in large tall trees and have to withstand the winds. Us females are a bit larger than our mates. We usually lay 2 or 3 eggs per season. One of us adults is always with the eggs so they do not freeze. Once the chicks are born, one of us stays with them at all times until it is safe enough to leave them for very short periods. By this time the chicks have thick feathers of their own. After a little more time, the chicks can be left alone for several hours while both of us adults are out hunting and getting food. The chicks eat a LOT.
Something to note, our white head & face feathers do not appear until an eagle is about 5 years old. Until then bald eagles are often confused with golden eagles.
My friend is a bald eagle. I have alerted her to the presence of your question. In the meantime, I would recommend viewing "The Rescuers Down Under" in which a golden eagle (and nest) is prominently displayed.