The waiting, suspense and tension are finally over. For the fifth year out of eight, the pair of breeding bald eagles at Norfolk Botanical Garden have had three chicks successfully hatch. In typical fashion, the female would not leave the nest from mid-morning to very late in the afternoon. By noon she was up and down often adjusting her position. Perry Mathewes at NBG had their video recording the nest activity and at 1:30pm the female rose from the nest and exposed a widely cracked third egg. At 2:57 the video recorded the first view of the new eaglet. Not until almost dark at 7:28 did this hatchling gain sufficient strength to hold up its head to compete for food with the other bobbing heads of its two siblings.
My students screamed with excitment at the sight of the second eaglet! We are tremendously enjoying this web site. From a teacher’s point of view nothing but outstanding!