VDGIF/Norfolk Botanical Garden Eagle Cam: 07/01/2009 - 08/01/2009

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!

Thursday, July 23, 2009

“Still Around”

The juvenile eagles continue to frequent the nest area, both to perch and to take advantage of the food brought by the adults. Occasionally the adults bring food and none of the juveniles come to eat - a sign of their growing independence.

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Thursday, July 16, 2009

“Barriers Down”

On July 15th, the barriers around the nesting area at the Norfolk Botanical Garden were removed. This exclusion area is in place from December 15th through July 15th and ensures that any disturbances to the nesting eagles are minimized. Staff at the Norfolk Botanical Garden have access to the exclusion area once per week to continue with the maintenance and upkeep of this area of the Garden.

At this point in the development of these young eagles, the nest and nest area are becoming somewhat less important as they expand their horizons. We continue to see the young birds around the nest area....for how long? We'll have to watch and see.

Thursday, July 09, 2009

“Still Around”

Although all three of the young eagles are spending increasing time away from the nest area...they still retain at least some bond to the nest . Yesterday evening all three returned to the nest to feed on a fish brought in by one of the adults. Each of the juveniles (and the adult) managed to get a share.

Maps of the recent movements of Azalea show that she is spending considerable time away from the nest at the "dump", an area where the Norfolk Botanical Garden disposes of landscape debris and clipping. This area is a favorite perch for the adults and Azalea is regularly joining them there. The map indicates that Azalea still returns often to the area in and around the nest