VDGIF/Norfolk Botanical Garden Eagle Cam: 06/01/2007 - 07/01/2007

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 25, 2007

“Moving Out”

Observers have noted that The youngest male fledgling has been spending less & less and time in and around the nest. Ever since his activity-filled fledging day he has ranged further afield then his sblings. Recently both the Adult male and the youngest male have been roosting away from the nest at night.

The two of them have been located roosting in a pine at a nearby lake, where the young male was loudly begging for food from his father.

Monday, June 18, 2007

“Temporary Outage”

Maintenance work at the Norfolk Botanical Garden will necessitate that the Eagle Cam be taken off-line today. The video feed should be restored by tomorrow morning (if not sooner).

“Learning Fast”

The young eagles at the Norfolk Botanical garden are growing ever more confident in their flight. Observers report seeing the three soaring over the Garden grounds.

Hunting is another story - this critical skill takes time to develop. While the young are learning how to provide for themselves their parents will continue to bring fish to the nest.

Saturday, June 02, 2007

“Making Up for Lost Time”

After a rough day yesterday - the youngest male fledged this morning had had quite a day.

After being chased by crows, he tried his luck with hunting - trying to snatch a mallard duck! After An unsuccessful attempt he flew off towards the airport. He landed on the ground near the berm that separates the Botanical Garden from the airport. He was gently encouraged to fly back into the Garden. He did exactly that - landing on a small branch and hanging upside-down by one foot for several minutes!

Another Fine Mess
Photo courtesy of James Deal

He was spotted in several different sections of the Garden during the day. By late this afternoon he had returned to the nest (in time to be fed no doubt). At the time of this posting all the juvenile eagles were in or about the nest.

Although all three young eagles have fledged - keep checking in on them - they'll continue to use the nest and surrounding area for weeks (perhaps even months). We'll continue to keep you updated on their progress.

Everyone Home for Dinner


Yesterday morning about 10 am, the young male tried to hop from one branch to another next to his sister. He miscalculated slightly and fell about 20 feet to a lower branch. While uninjured - it took him a while to build up the courage to try to fly back up. Around 2 pm he flew to a branch about 15 ft away. He has since made his way back to the nest.

Unsuccessful flights are not at all uncommon. As many as 50% of first attempts may end up with the young eagles on or near the ground. When this happens, the parents continue to bring food to the grounded eaglet and soon enough it takes to the air.

Friday, June 01, 2007

“Two Have Fledged!”

The two oldest eaglets have been edging further and further out on the branches surrounding the nest. Two days ago these intrepid eaglets were mobbed by crows, driving them back to the nest. The parents have been feeding their brood, but much less frequently - attempting to convince the young to leave the nest.

This morning the two eaglets briefly flew from the nest tree! Although their initial sojourn was brief - they have officially fledged! The youngest eaglet will likely follow its siblings lead soon. The eaglets will continue to return to the nest frequently and will still be fed by the parents for some time.