For the fourth time this 2012 breeding season at Norfolk Botanical Garden the male, whose mate since 2003 died in April 2011, has accepted a five year old, first time breeding, female by mating with her. This female, identified by dark feathers in the top of her head and a few dark spots in her tail feathers, was first seen at the NBG nest at 6:45 pm March 7 and violently driven off by both the male and his then mate, female #3. Subsequent to that event the female #3 has not been observed at the nest since early morning March 8. The new female #4 has tried to win the favor of the male several times, but as of last night March 9 had not been accepted. That all changed early this morning, March 11, 2012, before sunrise. At 6:53 EDT the male was lying in the nest with female #4 on the back branch where she had been all night. The male flew to the branch and unsuccessfully attempted to mount the female. The female then moved to the nest, where the male then appeared to have successfully mounted and mated with this, his 4th five year old female of the breeding season.
A video clip of the action this morning can be viewed at www.norfolkeagles.com– under DeeJays’s Daily Observations or this direct link: