The eaglets were removed from the nest this morning and are on their way to the Wildlife Center of Virginia in Waynesboro. There was concern that the father would not be able to provide enough food for them as they grow.
This link is provided by one of our local television networks, donations, and the Norfolk Botanical Garden, which a pair of eagles has claimed as their home turf since building their first nest there in 2003.
It is a live cam that provides a peek into the daily life of these grand birds, from the laying of the first egg until the young depart, usually late June or early July. Three eggs were laid in February, and the last one hatched March 17th.
Before fledging, the young eaglets are removed from the nest one by one, and fitted with a tracking device so their movements can be recorded by the Center for Conservation Biology, affiliated with the College of William and Mary, and Virginia Commonwealth University.
If your travels bring you to southeast Virginia, be sure to include the Norfolk Botanical Garden on your list of “must-see” places to visit.
A lot of information regarding the eagles, and some great pictures are available on the links mentioned. Have you had the opportunity to observe something like this in your area? Please share! And let me know what you think of “our” eagles!
Great photos here, also: http://www.norfolkbotanicalgarden.org/get-involved/keep-the-camera-rolling