VDGIF/Norfolk Botanical Garden Eagle Cam: Stretching Their Wings

The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, in partnership with the Norfolk Botanical Garden and WVEC, is providing a rare glimpse into the life of two bald eagles and their offspring!

Friday, May 26, 2006

“Stretching Their Wings”

Now 10 weeks old, the eaglets are getting closer to leaving the nest. We anticipate that this will happen sometime in the first few days of June, so be on the lookout! The eaglets continue to exercise their wings in preparation for the big event, as in the photo still below taken from the EagleCam. Flapping their wings across the nest and to adjacent limbs allows the eaglets to develop muscle strength, flight coordination and landing ability as they prepare for their first flight from the nest. If you are following the EagleCam, you can also expect to begin noticing the eaglets spending time out of the nest, sitting in the branches of the tree. This behavior, known as “branching”, is also a natural lead-up to fledging from the nest. Once the eaglets fledge, you may not have seen the last of them! The juveniles will remain in the general area for several weeks, perfecting their flight and foraging skills, and will likely continue to use the nest as a feeding platform for some portion of this period.

Eaglet stretching its wings on May 24, 2006