Baby Eaglets Back On Eagle Cam

This has been a sad week for the eagle’s nest in Norfolk, Virginia.

But many are pleased that the three eaglets have been rescued and now are safe and healthy and will grow to adulthood in a protected environment.  When full-grown they will be released into the wild.

As they grow and become adult-sized you can watch them, and also participate in a dialogue with experts, and others who care.

Watch the eaglets here.

A continual link to the web cam remains on the right-hand side of this blog.

Video: Male Eagle Returns To Nest After Eaglets Removed, Female Eagle Killed

There is no way not to cry over this video.  I will just leave it at that.   The male eagle had brought a fish back to help feed the eaglets.  He is standing on it in the nest.  Though this video does not show it he will carry the fish out of the nest and fly away.

For the past weeks these eagles have been a part of this blog.  From the laying of an egg, to three eggs, the hatching, to the feedings, and banding….these little guys and their parents have brought lots of joy to this blog.

On Tuesday the mother eagle was killed by a jet.

On Wednesday the three eaglets were removed for the best interests of the young ones, as well as the stress level of the adult male.  The amount of food that would be required as the eaglets increased in size, the hunting involved to match the caloric intake required for growth, and the protection that the eaglets would require all would have added a great amount of stress for the surviving parent.

Today the male eagle returns to the nest and must have wondered what made the world turn upside down.

There is just no way not to cry.

Video And Pictures Of Eaglets Being Rescued From Nest Following Death Of Mother Eagle

It was decided for the best long-term interests of the three young eaglets that they be taken from the nest and cared for in a special place until they are old enough to be released as adults.   The mother eagle was killed by a jet on Tuesday. Part of the emotional process looked like this today.

The images on Wednesday at Norfolk Botanical Garden were sad — a lone male eagle soaring over an empty nest, three women laying flowers at the base of the tree that held the nest, and the eaglets being removed one by one and taken to the Virginia Wildlife Center in Waynesboro, Virginia.

 The young eaglets were brought to the wildlife center and then examined.

Baby Eaglets Removed From Nest After Mother Eagle Killed by Jet

Yesterday the mother eagle that is part of the eagle cam located on the right-hand side of this blog was killed by a jet.

This morning park staff  made a decision on how to handle the three babies in the nest.  The eaglets were removed from the nest this morning by park staff. 

All eaglets on the ground and are in the Car. Steve Living will be driving them to WCV.

One option discussed was to leave them and see if the father could continue to raise them alone. It is possible he could, but it is also very possible he could not continue to provide enough food as they grow and need a higher calorie count. There was a concern it would reach a point of no return and it would be difficult to remove the eaglets. It would present the problem of being too late to remove them for their survival. There is a reason it takes two parents to raise the eaglets.

Another option would be to try to foster them out to other nests. That would require finding three nests with eaglets at the exact right age. There is also the concern the foster parents may reject these eaglets.

The final option was to take the to the Wildlife Center of Virginia, where they will be cared for until they are old enough to take care of themsleves and be released to the wild

We all want what is best for the male. We have to remember that it would be a long time stress for him to raise and train all three eaglets on his own. Although this is very sad now and our hearts are breaking, he can now mourn and go on with his life, feeding himself, staying healthy so he can eventually begin searching for another mate.

We really have no way of knowing what the male will do at this time. I expect he will return to the nest at times and eventually will carry on. He will eventually seek out a new mate – as the female did when she lost her previous mate.

Mother Eagle Killed By Jet, Three Eaglets In Nest. Can Male Eagle Raise Them To Maturity?

UPDATE

 The eaglets were removed from the nest this morning by park staff

All eaglets on the ground and are in the Car. Steve Living will be driving them to WCV.

One option discussed was to leave them and see if the father could continue to raise them alone. It is possible he could, but it is also very possible he could not continue to provide enough food as they grow and need a higher calorie count. There was a concern it would reach a point of no return and it would be difficult to remove the eaglets. It would present the problem of being too late to remove them for their survival. There is a reason it takes two parents to raise the eaglets.

Another option would be to try to foster them out to other nests. That would require finding three nests with eaglets at the exact right age. There is also the concern the foster parents may reject these eaglets.

The final option was to take the to the Wildlife Center of Virginia, where they will be cared for until they are old enough to take care of themsleves and be released to the wild

We all want what is best for the male. We have to remember that it would be a long time stress for him to raise and train all three eaglets on his own. Although this is very sad now and our hearts are breaking, he can now mourn and go on with his life, feeding himself, staying healthy so he can eventually begin searching for another mate.

We really have no way of knowing what the male will do at this time. I expect he will return to the nest at times and eventually will carry on. He will eventually seek out a new mate – as the female did when she lost her previous mate.

Female eagle that was killed today pictured above.

Much sadness today for the lovers of the eagle cam located on the right-hand side of this blog.  Over the past many weeks we have all loved to stop and take a look at the comings and goings of this new family.  We have so much enjoyed the adult eagles that were working hard to raise the three eaglets.  I have been so proud to post about these little guys and the adult eagles that have brought so much hope these past weeks as we watched.  I know from the information I see about how readers interact with my blog that this web cam was viewed by many of you. 

Today there was a very sad turn of events.

A plane landing at Norfolk International Airport struck and killed the female eagle from the botanical garden between 8:30 a.m. and 8:50 a.m.

 A US Airways regional jet coming from Philadelphia was preparing to land at 8:50 when the pilot reported the bird strike.  

For a series of photos of this particular eagle please click here.

Shank says the eagle was reportedly feeding at Lake Whitehurst with another eagle when the strike was reported.

With a crowd of people watching, the father of eaglets born at Norfolk Botanical Garden returned to the nest at 6:45 p.m. Tuesday, hours after their mother died.

“I’m literally, I’m shaking. I’m happy. I’m crying. I’m excited, you know, and I’m hoping he can take care of ’em,” said Shelly Fowler after seeing the return.

Fowler is a photographer who has chronicled the lives of eagles at the botanical garden since 2004. She was among several people who stood in Renaissance Court watching the nest Tuesday evening.

“If he can take care of ’em for another month, you know, they’ll make it,” Fowler told 13News.

The adult male eagle had been seen in a nearby tree Tuesday afternoon. To the relief of thousands of online Eagle Cam viewers, when he returned to the nest in evening, he fed a fish to the hungry eaglets.

There are concerns by biologists about whether the male can provide for the brood in the nest.

“These eaglets are right on the edge of being able to feed themselves if something is brought to the nest, but we will be watching to see if the male helps them eat. If he doesn’t, they will likely have to come out of the nest,” said Lukei.

Lukei said there are cases of single adult eagles raising broods on their own. He added that a decision will be made by Wednesday about what will be done with the three eaglets.

“They had a breakfast this morning, a big catfish, but with these temperatures we’re having, if they are not fed eventually, they will become dehydrated,” said Lukei.

The commentary from the moderators on the web cam site has been sad and reflective concerning the death of the female eagle.

Today has been one of sadness, tears, breaking hearts and then joy! We have been so fortunate to observe this lovely family for so long, see the eaglets hatch, learn so much and then leave. We have watched the male and female interact in ways that made our hearts smile. We need to remember that this female eagle gave us so much, that she will live on in our memories and in her offspring. We can be sure that the eaglets in this nest will have a very good chance of surviving, whether in this nest or elsewhere – more than most in the same situation ever have. We have to hope that the male will find a new mate and that we will be given the opportunity to watch a new family evolve. 

I want to thank everyone for their wonderful comments and concern. I want to thank my fellow moderators for their support and friendship. All of us have been drawn together by this wonderful pair of eagles – a truly amazing thing in itself. Yes, we are all feeling sadness today and probably for many days to come, but we have each other to share it with and to learn from this sadness, that life goes on and soon we will be laughing and smiling as three little eaglets plop around on those funny looking feet, flap those huge wings and eventually soar in the clouds – and their mother will be so proud.

Then there was this comment that added the right touch.

Comment From AMANDA-WIMBERLEY TXAMANDA-WIMBERLEY TX: ] I WAS WATCHING EARLIER AND NOTICE THAT THE BABIES WERE HUDDLED TOGETHER AND ONE OF THE LARGER BABIES SPREAD IT’S WING OVER THE OTHER TWO IN SOME KIND OF REASSURANCE GESTURE. IT WAS SOOO SWEET AMONG A SAD TIME.

Video: Eagle Brings Duck To Feed Eaglets In Nest

I am so fond of these little eaglets, and just impressed with the grace and power of their parents.  It is amazing to see how this show of nature is playing out on the eagle cam that can be found on the right hand side of this blog.

First up, a duck is brought for lunch to the nest.  Specifically, a male surf scoter duck.  This species is sometimes called a “skunk-head” due to the white patches on their head.  This sea duck is typically found in marine waters, or on large brackish rivers.

I might mention that at the start of this next video there is also a fish that has been brought to the nest, and you can see it is still breathing as the eagle places one of its feet upon it to get at the duck.

I want to add just a couple of pictures that show the cute little guys, and one of both their parents on the nest.

Eagle Egg In Nest….Eagle Cam Action Begins

And we are underway…..

Eagle Cam can be found all season long on the right-hand side of Caffeinated Politics.

The female is in the nest, brooding her first egg.  She is intent on keeping it warm and safe. There is one egg. She laid it at 2:49pm. EST on Thursday.  As for the number of days between this egg and another could be anywhere from 1-4 days usually, but could be as many as 6 days apart.

Below she is sitting proudly…..the male eagle better be around to take over the warming part as she will be hungry soon and need to swoop up a fish.  Earlier this week (prior to the egg being laid) the male eagle brought back a fish to her as she was sitting in the nest.

Eagle Cam Is Back, First Egg Due In Few Weeks

(Should we assume this is a sign the economy is getting better when new nest construction is on the rise?)

The first egg of the season will be seem sometime in the next few weeks!  Spring is coming!

Last year CP promoted an eagle cam from Norfolk, Virginia.  It was a most remarkable experience to watch the process unfold from getting the nest ready, laying eggs and waiting for them to hatch, and then the wonder of watching the younguns’ grow…and GROW…until they took their first tentative flight to a near-by branch.

This year the eagle cam is back, and will be featured throughout the summer on CP.   Please be aware that you may need to install Adobe to your computer to see this cam.  Adobe is safe, and will allow for this web cam to bring a daily adventure to your computer.  If you get an ‘error’ box when viewing the cam please just refresh the page.

This web cam can be checked into at all times, though the pattern of eagle behavior varies. For now the best time (but not the only time) to see the parents are in the early morning.  That will all change in time.  Once the eggs are laid there will be constant activity. 

There are some night-time hours when the cam is off, and at times here and there when adjustments to the camera or such are being made.  For most daylight hours the cam is up and making folks go “aaawww” all over the planet.

There is also a moderated forum on the right side of the cam that allows for insight into these birds. 

Nuggets such as this can be found in the forum….

 I don’t think the cold weather will keep them from mating. I remember last year when the female laid the first egg on January 31st, in snow that had accumulated in the nest. There was a great deal of concern, but it was actively incubated & the eagles added nesting material underneath it, and all turned out very well!

and…

A female bald eagle’s body length varies from 35 to 37 inches; with a wingspan of 79 to 90 inches. The smaller male bald eagle has a body length of 30 to 34 inches; with a wingspan ranging from 72 to 85 inches. Their average weight is 8-15 pounds. An adult’s wingspan is approximately 6-8 feet wide.

Norfolk Botanical Garden is the site for this nest and the future home for this year’s eaglets.   The pair built a whole new nest this year, which is quite a feat when one considers the size of the nest, and the complexity of it.  The male is the ‘adjuster’ and is often seen removing and replacing a stick or branch to make it perfect.  Old nests are often used over and over after some repairs, but this year these two decided on a new location to raise their eaglets. Eagles will have a number of nests they call home and for whatever reason use different ones from season to season.

The parenting pair had three babies in 2010 and has successfully raised 15 eaglets in their eight years at the Garden.  The nesting season typically runs from mid-to-late summer.

Here are a few photos of what has taken place so far, and gives a tone for what follows as the season progresses.

 

Is it any wonder that teachers use this site for educational purposes and folks like me are drawn to it daily for updates on these amazing birds?