VDGIF/Norfolk Botanical Garden Eagle Cam: Signs of Hatching for Second Egg

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!

Friday, March 12, 2010

“Signs of Hatching for Second Egg”

We have seen a clear pip (initial hole at the end of the egg) in the second egg. This is an outward sign that the hatching process is moving along. This hole will be enlarged as the chick works to hatch out of the egg. The chick will continue rasping at the egg with its egg tooth until the two halves of the egg fall apart. This process may happen relatively quickly but can take days.

An eagle cam viewer managed to capture a video that shows the pip.
Also note in this video that the 1st chick is being fed and has been quite frequently today. The female delicately tears tiny chunks of fish to feed the tiny eaglet, which probably weighs somewhere in the neighborhood of 3 ounces. the male has been bringing in plenty of fish and they are stocked in the nest for easy access. the fish are gizzard shad, a common fish in nearby Lake Whitehurst, and a frequent prey item for this pair.