VDGIF/Norfolk Botanical Garden Eagle Cam: All Three Have Hatched

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!

Thursday, March 15, 2007

“All Three Have Hatched”

What a busy few days at the nest! It seems that as soon as I post an entry it's obsolete.

Eaglet # 2 hatched on March 13th and the third was seen this morning. This eaglet hatched either first thing today or possible overnight.

The female eagle is extremely alert right now. You'll notice that she's actively scanning the area, keenly aware of all that's happening around her. At this time eagles are very sensitive to disturbances around the nest area.

The male is hunting, and doing a good job of it. You'll notice fish arranged at the edge of the nest. Observers have counted up to five fish at one time. In addition to the fish the male has brought two gulls to the nest (the 1st chicks 1st meal!). While bald eagles are generally fish hunters, they are opportunistic and will take birds and small mammals.