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VDGIF/Norfolk Botanical Garden Eagle Cam: Growing Fast

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!

Monday, May 12, 2008

“Growing Fast”

At just a little over two weeks old, the eaglet is doing well and growing fast! Its second down has grown in, giving it a woolly gray appearance. The eaglet's coordination is much improved and it is now able to move about the nest and hold its head up. Indeed, it has been so mobile that the female has occasionally "herded" it back into the nest bowl.

The flight feathers will begin to emerge over the next two weeks and will appear as dark quills along the edge of the wings. The eaglet will attain its maximum growth rate at about 3-4 weeks of age, adding as much of 1/4 of a pound in body weight daily! These eagles are excellent providers, and the young bird has plenty to eat to fuel this spectacular growth.

We're experiencing another bout of wild and windy weather today but the eagles are riding it out with no problems. Once the nest stops tossing about we'll capture some updated images of the eaglet and post to this page