We have a beautiful pair of resident adult BALD EAGLES in the Siletz Bay area. The pair caught my eye yesterday morning while driving south from Lincoln City. I stopped at a turnout and watched as they courted one another.
One landed on a branch, followed closely by the other who was flapping its wings and chattering.
He seemed to be showing off (I don't know which was which, but it seemed that the first was the female and it was the male who was flapping and yapping).
Finally he threw his head back and yipped, then settled down, inching slowly down the branch closer to the other eagle.
I've seen them numerous times but didn't realize they were the same individuals until I read more about Bald Eagles mating and nesting in this study BALD EAGLES (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) NESTING IN OREGON AND ALONG THE LOWER COLUMBIA RIVER, 1978-2007, kindly sent to my by co-author and researcher Frank Isaacs.
When I left them, they were seated shoulder-to-shoulder, staring out at the bay.
How cool is that!?!