VDGIF/Norfolk Botanical Garden Eagle Cam: Still Waiting

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!

Friday, March 07, 2008

“Still Waiting”

We're still watching as we wait to see if this pair will produce a second clutch of eggs. Bald Eagles are known to replace egg when removed from the nest. Given that a good deal of time had passed between the laying of the first clutch and their eventual removal, the Eagles phsyiology (egg & sperm production) may have required a bit of time to reset into a breeding mode. The adults continue to breed (at least as recently as March 2nd) and refurbish the nest.

Egg production demands lots of energy, although the food supply seems to be plentiful. In the picture below note the female's full crop (temporary food holding pouch in the throat) and the bit of fish in her talons. This is the remains of a fish that she stole from an Osprey in mid-air.

Bald Eagles have been recorded laying eggs into the 1st week of April in Virginia, so we still have 3 weeks or so for this pair to produce a second clutch