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VDGIF/Norfolk Botanical Garden Eagle Cam: Azalea Returns

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, June 17, 2009

“Azalea Returns”

Azalea finally made her return to the nest yesterday afternoon. In a clear indication that these young birds are beginning to see each other as competitors, there were some somewhat antagonistic interactions between the siblings. When Azalea first returned she engaged her sister (HE) and both tumbled from the nest this was captured by an Eagle Cam viewer http://s468.photobucket.com/albums/rr50/DJ4352/NBG%20Eagle%202009/Jun%202009/?action=view&current=AzaleaHEfall.flv. Both eagles were fine.

This was followed shortly after by a prolonged scuffle between the two femaleshttp://s281.photobucket.com/albums/kk240/nbgeagle/?action=view&current=1721-1.flv . Following her prolonged absence from the nest (3 days) Azalea needed to reestablish herself with her siblings. As these birds become increasingly independent their tolerance for sharing extremely close quarters with each other may decrease.

Shortly before 7pm one of the adults which Azalea claimed and ate.

The first map from Azalea's satellite has been posted by CCB. It shows that Azalea remained in the vicinity of the nest (generally within about 600 feet) but moved about quite frequently. The satellite transmits Azalea's position once an hour so the map doesn't form complete diary of her whereabouts. It does provide a good summary of her movements throughout the Norfolk Botanical Garden. Too see the map go to http://eagletrak.wmblogs.net/2009/