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VDGIF/Norfolk Botanical Garden Eagle Cam: FRESH Fish

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!

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

“FRESH Fish”

One week has passed since the last of the three eaglets hatched. All three are growing quickly and are highly active. The youngest sometimes has a bit of a hard time during feedings, but the adults are providing plenty of food and all three chicks seem to be getting adequate food.

The male twice brought live prey to the nest this morning. First the male landed with a VERY much alive American Eel. The eel created much excitement at the nest as it escaped...at least temporarily. It was recaptured and brought back to the nest. later in the morning the male brought what appears to be a Hickory Shad to the nest. Again this prey was still very active and flopped around the nest. Although these eaglets are still too young to deal with prey themselves this exposure to live prey items is the first step in their development as hunters.

A sharp eyed camera viewer captured both feeding episodes and has posted them:
Eel: http://s468.photobucket.com/albums/rr50/DJ4352/NBG%20Eagle%202009/Apr%202009/?action=view&current=TheGreatEelEscape.flv

Hickory Shad: http://s468.photobucket.com/albums/rr50/DJ4352/NBG%20Eagle%202009/Apr%202009/?action=view&current=FreshFish.flv