VDGIF/Norfolk Botanical Garden Eagle Cam: All Three have Hatched

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!

Sunday, March 14, 2010

“All Three have Hatched”

As of Sunday March 14th, all three of the bald eagle eggs at the Norfolk Botanical Garden have hatched. The second chick was seen in the early morning hours on March 13th, having hatched at some point during the night. At approximately 12:30 pm a pip was noted in the third egg. Early this morning pieces of the third eggshell were seen and shortly after 9:00am the third chick was seen being fed.

It wasn't until shortly after 2:00pm that all three chicks were seen at the same time. The third chick wasn't fed in this video, but still has the absorbed yolk to hold it over until its ready to join in regular feedings.
These three young eaglets will grow rapidly over the coming weeks. Apart from increasing in size one of the first notable changes will be the replacing of their fluffy down with a heavier, gray woolly second down. This second down is typically grown in at about two weeks, by which time the young birds will be able to thermoregulate (control their own body temperature) and won't need to be brooded as much by the adults.