VDGIF/Norfolk Botanical Garden Eagle Cam: Growing quickly

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 08, 2009

“Growing quickly”

All three of the eaglets continue to do well. The difference in size since they hatched is remarkable. Bald eagles grow rapidly adding on average 105g(males) -130g(females)of body weight per day - more then any other bird in North America.

All three chicks continue to feed well. Not every chick is fed during every feeding - this is not a cause for concern as this pair feeds their young quite frequently. You can see the light down that the chicks hatched with being replaced by a heavier darker grey woolly down. The chicks ability to self-regulate their own body temperature is improving, allowing them to be unbrooded for longer periods of time.

We are aware of the problems with the camera. Sometime on April 6th certain camera functionally was lost. While the camera is still broadcasting and operators are able to access it - we are not at this time able to either move the camera or turn on the night vision capability. We are in touch with the camera manufacturer and will continue to work to solve this problem.