At nine weeks of age Camellia (NC) has taken a giant step toward fledging and independence. The first photo above by photographer Duane Noblick taken at 9:35am May 15 clearly shows Camellia out of the nest and doing what is called “branching”. This is a process of leaving the nest, gaining balance and coordination, a lot of exercising to build up their pectoral muscles in order to be able to take flight. As Camellia gains confidence he will move further out on this and the other branches. The other two eagles will also be doing so in the next couple days. There were observations by several others that have Camellia taking his first steps on this branch on May 12th. The second photo was taken about 1:15pm May 12 by Bobbi Monaghan.