I finally got a chance to see the Riverside Nest for about an hour on Thursday and was amazed how much the eyasses had developed in only a few days.
The weather cooled off this weekend, which made for an enjoyable time hawk watching. These pictures are from Saturday and Sunday.
After not having had a chance to visit the Riverside nest since Monday, I was rewarded on my Friday evening visit by lots of activity by both eyasses, and wonderful views of the both parents who perched ten feet from each other for over an hour.
Having both parents together allowed me to confirm a wonderful field mark for telling the two apart. The female has only a hint of a black band at the end of her red tail feathers, while the male has a dark black band.
I arrived on Monday just after a feeding to find two hot and sleepy eyasses. Not much happened except for a brief visit by the parents. As I left the park, the mother was on a nearby tree and the father was on a lamp post above the Boat Basin Café.
The eyasses have begun to get aggressive about who gets each piece of food. They're so well fed by their parents, they don't need to fight for food. But instinct is instinct, giving us a few comical tug-o-wars!