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VDGIF/Norfolk Botanical Garden Eagle Cam: Empty Nest

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, June 15, 2009

“Empty Nest”

This morning we saw an empty nest at the Norfolk Botanical Garden. All three of the young eaglets were exploring the area around the nest, gaining valuable skills they'll need as they eventually disperse and leave the nest area. The oldest of the juvenile eagles (male -band HK) has since returned to perch on a branch adjacent to the nest (hoping for a fish from the adults perhaps?)

We expect to see the young birds return to the nest for feeding over the next few weeks and they may remain in the vicinity for up to 10 weeks. We will continue to monitor the camera and post updates.

This year marks another extraordinary success for this pair - again successfully fledging three young eagles. As we saw last year - with several eggs lost and one young bird transferred to the Wildlife Center of Virginia for care of an avian pox infection - bald eagles face continuing challenges as we look to continue the recovery of this impressive bird.

For those who haven't had enough of the amazing raptors of the Commonwealth - you can view Falcon Cam - which highlights nesting pergrine falcons atop Riverfront Plaza in Richmond at http://www.dgif.virginia.gov/falconcam2008/. These birds are incubating four eggs and we expect to see them hatch by late June/early July.
For updates on the eagle at the Wildlife Center of Virginia check:http://www.wildlifecenter.org/wp/norfolk-botanical-garden-eagle/