The latest satellite data shows that Azalea has been in the Kings Grant section of Little Neck in Virginia Beach since Feb 10. It shows she has been visiting Witt Park on Kings Grant Rd opposite Blueridge Ct. A lot of ducks and geese gather on Kings Grant Lake there, so many in fact that the recent Virginia Beach Winter Wildlife Festival had a tour to Witt Park. The satellite data shows that Azalea has been there too. So, I went there after posting her location on this blog this morning.
She was right there!!. I saw her right after getting out of my car with only my binoculars, sitting on a branch maybe 150 ft away. I returned to my car, grabbed my camera and as I started back toward her she took off. These are not the best photos but in Photo 1 you can see the antenna. In photos 2, 3 and 4 you can see the bands on both legs, but the photos are not clear (500 lens, handheld).
I know the lady who owns the house on the corner of Blueridge Ct. Her husband and I started a Boy Scout Troop in 1974. Anyway, she and her sister saw Azalea yesterday, but not being birders had no idea it was an eagle, let alone a famous eagle – Azalea.
good job reese!!!
Awesome Reese! Congratulations!!
Azalea – Looking good girl!!!
Happy Valentine’s Day Azalea! This is great news… I’m happy to see your photos and hear you’re doing well. I pray you have a long and healthy life. Yippee for Azalea!
And thank you Reese for posting these photo. You’re the best 🙂
Very cool, I guess this tell alot,about where they go , looks like they pretty much like the area they are born in ,
WOW !!! Reese, I just knew she was looking for you!! So happy you got a quick visit and photos.
There’s our girl! Thank you Reese!
Thanks for sharing the photos of Azalea. Its so nice to see her again and she is beautiful.
Thanks for sharing the photos of Azalea. It is so nice to see her again and she is beautiful
She looks beautiful. She’s growing up. Thanks for all you do to support these beautiful birds.
GREAT JOB REESE!LOVE IT! THANK YOU!
Good for you Reese. Woo Hoo!
Congratulations on getting photos again, Reese. Perhaps your friends can just give you a call the next time Azalea decides to visit their neighborhood 🙂
Thanks for the images, Mr. Lukei, what a treat for you!!!
Such a wonderful Valentine’s gift she has given you and all her followers. She looks great. Thanks for sharing
The pictures of Azalea are awesome. The year she was hatched was the first year I started watching the NBG Eagle Cam. She holds a special place in my heart. Thank you for posting. Godspeed Azalea!
You win Reese! Sorry Shelly, maybe you will photograph Camellia!
Oh, Reese, I’m so happy you got pictures of our Diva. She looks great. You must have been ecstatic.
I hope she hangs around and you get to see a lot more of her.
How awesome Reese!!! She was waiting for you, and I love the pictures, you have proof!
WOW. Thank you!
I spent the last several days at Little Creek Reservoir looking for Camellia,the last day on Sat. by boat and no luck. You have paid your dues Reese with your time looking for Azalea and got the million dollar shot, congrats Thanks for all the time you put into this keeping us up to date,I really enjoy your posts.
Thank you so much for the photos. As she is my adoptee, I have missed seeing her grow up until today.
I am so grateful that you took the time to find her.
Reese, Lucky Lucky Reese!
And Lucky Us. This is super. You were so CLOSE to her. I bet that was thrilling! Darn it, why do they usually fly off?
Thanks So Much for Looking for Her and Finding Her. Again! (Jan 19th) Sightings once a month would be perfect!
Reese, that is so exciting!! Congratulations for locating where she would be and getting the pics to prove it! I know this is a very metaphysical question, but is there any other evidence that young eagles return to their natal territory around egg laying time? Here both Camelia and Azalea seem to be showing up very near where they were hatched, around the time they were laid as eggs. Wonder if somehow the time and place are imprinted in them.
Response – Paula, I am not certain that there is a connection between their being here now and it being egg laying time. Last year this time Azalea was in North Carolina.
Oh Reese! I can only imagine the thrill it must have been to see her. She probably recognized you too! And, pictures to boot! Maybe she’ll visit your front/back yard yet.
Oh Reese how wonderful that you got to see her yet again. It does my heart good to see her and know she is well. NO ONE is more deserving to see her than you.
It brings tears to my eyes to see her beautiful face …I really love her a lot ♥♥
Thank you so very much
Absolutely Reese wins!!! I conceded a while ago – but Azalea still makes me go out and look for her – I don’t understand why – but I guess it’s the thrill of the hunt, so to speak!! Whoo hoo again, Reese. Now go find Camellia!!
Oh Reese once again you have made all of us happy. Thank you so much.
Thanks so much Reese! She looks fantastic!
Reese: These are wonderful pictures! It’s so interesting to see how different her coloration is already. I learn more and more each day from your eagle project and NBG. I’m a new eagle watcher; just came aboard last year after the babies had hatched. This year I’m getting to know how much work this project involves for all involved. I have joined the garden, given to the eagle cam and gave some Bucks To Buddy. I can’t think of a more worthy group! Thanks for all the pleasuree and knowledge you bring us!!!
Response – Your support is very much appreciated. Thank you
Way to go Reese. Love it that you not only got pictures of her first but that you got them second and the ONLY ones out there. I agree with Shelly, go find Camellia now. YOU should be the one to find and get that picture too. No one is more deserving
Beautiful pics. So glad to see she is doing well and she looks healthy. Thanks for posting.
Azalea came to wish you a Happy Valentine’s Day Reese! How exciting!!! Great photos. She sure is beautiful – like her mom!!!
So glad you got to see her again! She is truly beautiful…just like her parents! She looks likes she is healthy and doing well. Thanks for the pics and the updates. Thanks for all your time and effort to bring these to us!
so glad you got a chance to take these!! so good to see her 🙂 <3<3<3
Mr. Lukei, At 2pm today, 2-15, I saw a beautiful
young eagle soaring blissfully over the intersection of VB Blvd and Great Neck Rd. MADE MY DAY. Cannot wait for the next update of the tracking of your eagles to determine whether it was Azalea or Camellia. Thanks so much for the pictures and all that you do.
I introduced my 4 yr old grandson in NOVA to the Eagle Cam on Sunday, and he asked if he could take my laptop to school to show his friends. No, but I guess now I should buy him a computer so he can watch the nest, too.
Response – Mimi – I think Camellia has flown back north, But I will check to see just where Azalea was at 2Pm today. She was still in Little Neck this morning.
Thanks Reese for taking and posting the fantastic photo’s of Azalea!!!! Glad to see my “adopted” eagles are doing well!!
I saw Cammellia this morning at 7AM I saw him perching in my back yard on the dam separating lake from River for the last few days, but didn’t see the antenna until this morning.
Oh my gosh – I am sitting here with tears flowing down my cheeks. How absolutely wonderful to see our diva again! I am so thrilled that YOU were the one to see her and get her pictures. Reese she has been looking for you for a couple years and finally you two connected. She is so smart and finally has learned to pluck feathers – something we wondered about a while back. Reese – I think this was her Valentines present to you. Thank you, Thank you!!!!!!
Thank you Reese for sharing the pictures of Azalea. She’s beautiful!!