VDGIF/Norfolk Botanical Garden Eagle Cam: 08/01/2009 - 09/01/2009

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!

Monday, August 31, 2009

“Azalea has Moved Out”

Azalea has finally left the Norfolk Botanical Garden. She was last seen in the Garden in the afternoon of Friday August 21st. From there she flew to the Northern Neck (or Upper Peninsula) and was located near Kilmarnock by that evening. She has remained on the Northern Neck moving north and spending time around the Little Wicomico River. This shallow body of water near the mouth of the Potomac River affords her ample opportunities for foraging and hunting.

With Azalea's departure the Eagle Cam has ended for the season. You can continue to follow Azalea's progress via her satellite transmitter at

Tuesday, August 11, 2009


Azalea continues to remain in and around the Norfolk Botanical Garden. She continues to fed at the nest by her parents. It is not unusual for young bald eagles to remain associated with their parents for some time after fledging.

One of the regular eagle photographers captured an amazing sequence of photos on Aug. 7th. The male adult passed a fish ( a gizzard shad) to Azalea in flight. Azalea seemed somewhat unsure of what to do with the fish...but eventually took it and flew off. The adult may have been trying to help instill some hunting skills in the young female - by showing her how talons can be used! Check out the rest of the series at

Photo courtesy of Michele Fowler

Thursday, August 06, 2009

“Hanging Around”

One of the juvenile eagles continues to stay relatively close to home. Azalea (band HH) is still spending her time in and around the area of the Norfolk Botanical Garden. She can still be seen on camera, perching in the nest area. As of yesterday she was still being fed in the nest by the adults.

She is widening the area over which she wanders and is spending her nights in various trees in the "brush dump" area of the Garden as can be seen on her EagleTrak page. Once Azalea begins to wander over a wider area, her transmitter will begin to record increasingly valuable data in regards to juveline dispersal and important habitat for eagles. Neither of Azalea's siblings HK and HE, have been seen since July 27th and both appear to have dispersed.