As of 7:00am this morning – Jan 30 – Azalea appears to be in flight between Salem Rd and Dam Neck Rd in Virginia Beach. She did spend the balance of the past three days in the Hillcrest/Edinburgh neighborhood. Here are her data points – YELLOW arrow Jan 27 at 1:00am, PINK pointer Jan 27 at 11:00am, GREEN pointer Jan 28 at 10:00am, BLUE pointer Jan 29 at 7:00am, ORANGE pointer Jan 29 at 11:00am, and WHITE arrow Jan 30 at 7:00am.
We are always learning. That is what research is all about. This project has been especially successful because of public involvement in following the activities of Azalea, Camellia and KE. As you have seen in the past few posts while Azalea has been in the Hillcrest area, the “eagle” photographers have provided excellent images of Azalea. Well, on Jan 27 two photographers, Duane Noblick and Holly Smith, captured photographs of Azalea with a very large bullfrog. In the words of Dr Bryan Watts, Director of The Center of Conservation Biology “Wow, what a photo! I have studied diet in this species for 15 years and have not documented frogs.” Photo 1 Duane Noblick, photo 2 Holly Smith – used with permission and copyrighted. Frogs are supposed to be hibernating this time of year, so why was this frog out in the open on a day when the temps stayed about freezing? Click on maps and photos to enlarge.
Hoping for an HK/Azalea family reunion at Honey Bee!
It’s been informative and entertaining to see all the pictures of Azalea taken over the last few days by local eagle photographers. Thanks to Reese and CCB whose tracking has made these possible.
Now for the soap opera question: Will her erstwhile “boyfriend” follow her to her next location?
i love it!!!!!!!!
Wow! These are great pictures. It was interesting to read that Dr Watts has never seen an eagle with a frog. Definitely something new to learn! Thanks to the photographers for giving us this info. I was on my way to see her when I read she had left the area.
Thank’s Duane and Holly >So who knew..This is so funny..Eagle’s eating frog’s bet this isn’t the first time Az had frog leg’s.Reese my pond frog’s come out on warm day’s I also have my pond black turtle ( don’t know what kind) sitting in the sun on 50 degree day’s..
These are both amazing shots!!!! Azalea trying a new dish…. Frog Legs … Well, they eat fish and eels…. why not….
How wonderful…I am loving the pictures!!! Thanks bunches to all…
Amazing!! I had no idea she would eat a bullfrog. I went down to Hillcrest several more times but only got to see her that one time. It was so exciting to see her!! Thanks for all you do to help the eagle population rebound!!