VDGIF/Norfolk Botanical Garden Eagle Cam: Eaglet in Norfolk

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!

Sunday, April 27, 2008

“Eaglet in Norfolk”

After a long weekend of watching and waiting we finally have an eaglet. Throughout the day both Sat. and Sun. the adults were restless, frequently peering down into the nest bowl as they incubated. Occasionally the female on the nest would assume a brooding posture, slightly higher in the nest, thus creating a pocket of space. All of this attention was to the industrious chick, busy struggling out of its egg!

Video captures posted to eagle watching forums show a brief, but definite view of the eaglet at 3:50 pm. This is great news considering the struggles this pair have endured this year. True to form this pair had an extended incubation with the egg hatching on its 37th day. Until the eaglet gets a bit larger we'll be limited to brief glimpses of grayish down.

Now we chronicle the growth and development of this eaglet until the day it fledges in 8-14 weeks.