VDGIF/Norfolk Botanical Garden Eagle Cam: Egg #2

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!

Tuesday, February 05, 2008

“Egg #2”

The Eagles at the Norfolk Botanical Garden have a second egg. The second egg was laid close to dusk on Monday February 4th, two days after the first egg was laid. While we we not able to actually get a glimpse of this egg (the nest bowl is fairly deep) the female's posture and behavior were consistent with egg laying. Two eggs is common for Bald Eagles while three (as laid by this pair in 2006 & 2007) is very unusual. There is often a significant delay between the date of the first egg and any subsequent eggs (last year there was a full week between egg#1 and egg#3). We'll continue to monitor to see if any more eggs are forthcoming.

The youngest sibling in a nest is often at a disadvantage. The first to hatch have the benefit of their parents undivided attention, getting all the food. They grow rapidly and get a head start on later hatchlings. This larger eaglet dominates at the nest, often receiving the lions share of food deliverd by the parents. Food must be plentiful and the parents good hunters to successfully raise a brood of three eagles.