The female was low in the nest with the top of her head visible. At 08:30 she stood on the rim and she assumed a new position. As I took my leave ,at 09:00 ,she was low in the nest. A short Eagle story, my wife and I were in the Keys for the weekend. On our return north we saw a Eagle on the side of the road [ US 1 ] north of Key Largo.
We arrived just before 10:00 AM this morning and as Al noted, the (presumed, though the bird's forehead is quite low in this view, suggesting it could be the male) female was deep into the nest, sometimes not visible at all. We watched for only about 15 minutes and she never changed position except to sometimes look up so that her eyes or part of her beak was visible. Clearly, Incubation has commenced, with the first egg most likely deposited on Saturday DEC 7 and expected hatch date of JAN 12 2014. Her mate was not in sight.