Azalea left Virginia Beach and crossed back into North Carolina about 11:00am April 3, and flew directly to the NC Tidewater Research Station and private catfish farm arriving about 2:00pm. That means she covered about 100 miles in 4 hours or less. Azalea remains there doing as she has in the past. Flying about the catfiah farm during the day and the communal roost with other eagles at night. White data point is at 10:00am April 6.
Reese, When Libby & I visited the NC Exp Station/Farm while at their fish ponds we noticed someone in a Jeep riding the banks of the catfish pond and shooting at something over the water from time-to-time. I asked the Director and he told me they could shoot a limited number of cormorants. I hope they don’t get trigger happy and fire at an eagle. The director told me he thought the eagles got most of their catfish from stealing from other birds.
Thanx for all your good work.
Response – It is my understanding that the operators of the catfish farm have a permit to dispose of cormorants and are aware it is illegal to injure an eagle.