The waiting, suspense and tension are finally over. For the fifth year out eight years the breeding pair of bald eagles at Norfolk Botanical Garden have had three eaglets successfully hatch. For most of the morning and until late this afternoon the female did not leave the nest. From about noon she was up and down often adjusting her position. Thanks to Perry Mathewes at NBG who was recording the nest activity on video when the female rose from the nest at 1:30pm, we were able to observe a widely cracked third egg. Again at 2:57 the video recorded the first view of the third hatchling. It was not until almost dark at 7:28 did the eaglet gain sufficient strength to hold its head up to compete for food with the bobbing heads of its two siblings.