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Bald eagle, Image created by Hope Rutledge

    This little bald eagle chick is a male. He's hungry, so he's peeping for his parents to bring food.
    He hatched in the spring of 2006 a day or two after a female chick. Female bald eagles are usually larger than males, and in this instance the female was much larger.
    Now the female chick is awake and hungry, too.

Bald eagle, Image created by Hope Rutledge

    At last, here's mom with some food.

Bald eagle, Image created by Hope Rutledge

    I didn't think he was going to survive, because the female ate most of the food.

Bald eagle, Image created by Hope Rutledge

    He fought to reach the food in the parent eagle's beak, but was no match for the larger female chick, and once exhausted he lay down in the nest and his weak peeping was scarcely heard.

Bald eagle, Image created by Hope Rutledge

    It was heart breaking to watch, so I packed up my camera gear and went home.