I've gotten a series of questions regarding the terms branching or fledging. Branching refers to the hopping about and jumping from branch to branch around the nest. Fledging refers to the birds first flight and generally results in the bird landing in a different tree or on the ground. At this point I have observed one of the birds launching into its first flight but have not yet confirmed the other bird. This observation is perfectly in line with our expectations as these birds are now almost 12 weeks old.
The immature eagles will remain in the area and in and near the nest throughout the next two months or so while the parents continue to feed them. Many thanks for all of you comments. Let's hope that the birds continue to fare well!
All the Best,
BioDiversity Research Institute