VDGIF/Norfolk Botanical Garden Eagle Cam: New Year... New Nest!

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, January 24, 2008

“New Year... New Nest!”

The Norfolk Botanical Garden Eagles are back!

Following the end of the 2007 nesting season a sizable portion of the nest collapsed. This isn't unusual as eagle nests are quite massive. This fall the adults began to refurbish the old nest. To our surprise observers at the Norfolk Botanical Garden noted that the eagles were also working on a new nest site.

Although the new nest was within view of the old camera location, the picture was far from perfect. We played a waiting game to be certain that the birds would actually utilize the new nest. Once we were all reasonably sure that this was indeed the place the camera was moved to provide good coverage. The new nest is approximately 70 yards to the NW of the original site.

The eagles have been busy working on the nest and have mated at least twice in the past week. Both eagles have been spending an increased amount of time at the nest site. And the female had her first meal in the new nest on January 21st. She brought a small gull to the nest and commenced to feeding, she was in no mood to share with her mate.

New this year is the ability to view the camera at night. With the addition of an infrared lightsource the EagleCam has nightvision! This light is undetectable to the eagles, but will allow us to see what an eagle family does once the sun goes down.

Keep checking back, this blog will be regularly updated with new information about the Norfolk Botanical Garden Eagles!