Apr 20 2012
As usual, E2 incubated the eggs yesterday afternoon while Dorothy took a break at the Cathedral of Learning. After she finished her snack she came back to take over incubation duties, but he was reluctant to leave.
She arrived at 3:18pm and asked him to get up, but E2 just looked at her and stayed put. Thirty minutes later Dorothy was still asking and it was starting to get funny. I got emails from Karen Lang and Rob Protz urging me to drop what I was doing and start watching.
By 3:55pm Dorothy’s frustration was quite apparent.
“Get up! It’s my turn.”
Finally at 4:00pm E2 reluctantly allowed a changing of the guard.
Click on the photo above to watch a slideshow of their interaction and the measures Dorothy had to take to get him off the nest. (Hover your mouse over the image to see the caption.)
(photo from the National Aviary falconcam at University of Pittsburgh)
p.s. The webcam has some spots on its weather-proof cover so E2′s face is sometimes obscured, as in the photo above.