VDGIF/Norfolk Botanical Garden Eagle Cam: 01/01/2009 - 02/01/2009

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!

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

“Eagle Cam 2009”

videoAs many have already noted, the bald eagle pair at the Norfolk Botanical Garden is getting closer to starting their brood for the season. Nest construction continues with sticks and pine straw being regularly brought by both parents. Multiple mating episodes have been noted as well. Some eagles in the area are already incubating eggs, and we'll look for this pair to begin its clutch sometime in the next few weeks.

After an eventful season last year at their new nest the pair returned to their original nest site within the Norfolk Botanical Garden. This of course required that the camera and related equipment be moved to provide coverage. This work was completed in December.

Once eggs are laid, incubation (time to hatching) is about 35 days for bald eagles, but these eagles seem to run about 37 days. Two eggs are most common but this pair has had three egg clutches in the past. Incubation begins with the first egg, although at times the egg(s) may be left for short periods of time. The female will handle the majority of the incubation, although the male will take his turn as well.

On the technical side we continue to work out the details of the network set-up, and short term outages may occur. Please be aware that the camera is monitord regularly and we are aware when an outage occurs.

Several changes needed to be made to ensure that the Norfolk Botanical Garden network was able to deal with all of it's normal business - and still provide a quality feed for our viewers. After lots of hard work a system is in place that allows camera operators to fully access and manipulate the camera. We are still working on the automated system to turn the night vision mode on and off. Bear with us as for now we need to manually turn the night vision on and off. As the eagles are not yet spending the night on the nest we aren't missing anything at the moment