Eagles are one of my favorite animals to photograph, observe and teach about through the Fort Collins Natural Areas public education programs. But I was just pondering, as I edited some pictures of groups of eagles from the past couple of weeks, how do they meet their mates?
Most eagles in the Colorado and Nebraska area are on nests now, yet there are still quite a few eagles at area fishing holes. Most of the eagles at the fishing holes are juveniles. Young eagles don’t mature until four or five years of age so they wouldn’t be concerned about “dating” until they are older. But what about the adults at these group gatherings? Why are they not on nests? Potentially they might live further north and thus nest later so bulking up for the completion of their migration makes sense. But what about the single eagles?
Adult eagles mate for life. If a pair cannot successfully produce offspring, they will find new mates. And eagles that lose a mate due to death will find new mates as well.
So the question I am pondering is this, “Do the adult eagles in the convocations that gather at fishing holes in the winter use these areas as a type of singles bar for eagles??”