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VDGIF/Norfolk Botanical Garden Eagle Cam: OOPS!

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!

Saturday, June 02, 2007

“OOPS!”


Yesterday morning about 10 am, the young male tried to hop from one branch to another next to his sister. He miscalculated slightly and fell about 20 feet to a lower branch. While uninjured - it took him a while to build up the courage to try to fly back up. Around 2 pm he flew to a branch about 15 ft away. He has since made his way back to the nest.

Unsuccessful flights are not at all uncommon. As many as 50% of first attempts may end up with the young eagles on or near the ground. When this happens, the parents continue to bring food to the grounded eaglet and soon enough it takes to the air.