Courtship and Mating
Bald eagles can mate throughout their life starting from the age of four. They are monogamous, and pair for life.
Courting a mate or renewing the pair bond can be as simple as two eagles perching together, touching bills, preening, and sharing nest building tasks.
Courtship also can be dramatic sky-dancing, high-speed aerial chases. The pair rises up high on a thermal and soar together, whirling and tumbling in flight and then — spiral toward the ground with locked talons — breaking apart just when they’re nearing the ground. Afterwards they go back to the nest or a perching branch to mate. The female lays her first egg 5-10 days after mating.