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VDGIF/Norfolk Botanical Garden Eagle Cam: Spider Webs

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 01, 2009

“Spider Webs”

Eagle Cam viewers have noticed that a spider has taken up residence inside our camera dome. This is not an unusual problem with this type of outdoor camera unit. Much of the accumulated web was cleared by moving the camera through its full range of motion, tearing the web away from the lens. Unfortunately one corner of the camera remains obscured.

We expect the young bird to fledge in a little under two weeks (although this is simply a best guess). This makes any disturbance at the nest site problematic at this point as it might cause the young birds to fledge prematurely. The camera tree is adjacent to the nest tree and accessing the camera requires a climber to ascend over 90 feet, a process that can take some time and create a prolonged disturbance. While we always wish to provide a quality wildlife viewing experience the well being of the eagle is always our primary concern.

We are still able to see a majority of what's happening in the nest and will still be able to watch the eaglets as they develop flight muscle and practice hopping across the nest and from branch to branch.