Camellia has really been busy flying about several neighborhoods in Norfolk, VA. On the previous map Camellia was across Lake Whitehurst from Norfolk Botanical Garden at 6:00am July 17. He flew from there back to Algonquin on Crab Creek off the Lafayette River. He flew back and forth across Crab Creek to Talbot Park and to the North Branch of the Lafayette River and the Roland Park and Cromwell neighborhoods. He spent the night of July 18 in Algonquin. On the afternoon of the 18th Camellia flew to the Norfolk Airport and east side of Lake Whitehurst. From there he flew to the entrance road to Norfolk Botanical Garden and spent the night again July 19 where he had on July 14 – on the small island on north side of the NBG entrance road before the Fee Booth. From NBG the morning of July 19 he made a brief flight back to the Elizabeth River between Military Highway and I-64, then back to Algonquin where he is as of 1:00am July 20 (this morning) – white arrow. Click maps to enlarge.
How exciting to have Camellia back in the neighborhood!
Coming home for a reunion? Cool!
Thank you Reese. Very interesting. I bet our great photographers find Camellia…!
Reese, can you please program Cam’s transmitter to stay away from the airport?? Thanks for all your tracking, so great to know he came home.
I wonder how often the other eagles from this nest have come around and we don’t even realize that they are here.
Reese, Has there been any additional consideration of putting a transmitter on one of the three from this year? I think it would be interesting to see how often they go to NBG, WCV and Berkeley Plantation. I would also wonder if their unusual circumstance might cause a higher morbidity rate. Not that I want to see anything bad happen. But I don’t know if it’s been studied that there isn’t more harm than good done when Eaglets are fledged in captivity and unable to learn how to forage from their parents.
Response – Chris7 – Once the 3 eaglets were removed from their nest at NBG that changed the situation with them and from a research point of view CCB no longer considered fitting them with transmitters. There are numerous studies that have shown that survivorship of rehabbed birds is much lower than wild-reared birds. As a result, rehabbed birds have at least one strike against them. Banding ethics dictates that if a bird has one strike against it we should not add a second, and therefore it is our policy not to add to that by attaching a transmitter.
Have there been any physical sittings of Camellia?
Response – Kay I think you mean sightings. Camellia was seen several times a couple months ago, but there have been no reports lately. I suspect he is being seen almost daily because of the residential neighborhoods he has been visiting, but by people who just do not know who Camellia is and what a special bird he is.
OMG……I grew up in Talbot Park. My Mom still lives there. Camellia was only one block from our house! LOADS of pine trees and the Lafayette River fishing!
I saw a young eagle flying near the Willowwood bridge sometime in the middle of the week–not sure what day. Maybe it was Camellia, but there are others in the area too.
Response – Very possible it was Camellia, but you are right, two other eagles fledged in Algonquin and may still be close by.
I have seen Camellia numerous times flying over the Elizabeth River by the bridge near the Elizabeth Shores & Wayside neighborhoods. I have parked near the Wayside Inn to watch and even saw him perch in a pine tree across the road. It’s exciting to know it’s Camellia (dates corresponds with the EagleTrak) and that I’ve watched him grow up on the Eagle Cam!