In my post for the delivery of the first egg of the season on Feb 3 I wrote ” the process of forcing the egg out can take a few minutes to about a half hour or more”. The first egg took 3 minutes. The second egg took 27 minutes.
At 3:58pm today – Feb 6 – the female leaned over and began to strain. It soon became obvious that this delivery was going to be longer. Unlike the first egg delivery when the female was alone, this time the male was there, arriving at 4:04 with a fish. After much straining with the male nervously looking on and pacing about the nest, the second egg finally arrived about 4:25pm. We got the first look at 4:26, after which the male left the nest. Appearing to be completely exhausted, the female began incubating and rested for about 25 minutes then got up and took a look at her two eggs. After that she ate the fish that her mate had brought to the nest during her delivery. In the last photo, note the first egg (in back) has been stained from wet pine straw, compared to the matte white of the brand new egg.