I’m sure everyone is wondering, in light of the EagleCam, how eagles actually DO IT. They’re going to be producing eggs in a month or so, and we’ll all be watching, but before that a certain act must ensue. How, exactly, do eagles copulate? Do their sharp talons hurt each other? How long does it take?
Never fear, YouTube has the answer. They have everything, so if you just search for “eagle sex” you’ll find a pair of bald eagles filmed in flagrante delicto:
As in most birds, the act takes only a few seconds (seven by my count), and is preceded by a lot of mutual singing. If you watch carefully at the end, you’ll see the female light a cigarette while the male flies off to brag to his buddies.