VDGIF/Norfolk Botanical Garden Eagle Cam: Testing 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!

Monday, May 07, 2007

“Testing Their Wings”

The high winds over the last two days had the eaglets hunkered down low in the nest. Observers reported a dizzying experience trying to keep tabs on the birds as the nest tossed to and fro in the wind.

The wind didn't prevent at least one of the eaglets from stretching their wings. Young raptors can use the wind to experience lift with their wings. This is an important step in learning to fly, allowing the birds to learn how to control themselves by flexing and altering the shape of their wings. Playing with the wind allows them to begin to do this, while over the "safety net" of the nest.