Some facts about Norfolk Botanical Garden bald eagle wearing purple band HK:
Egg laid Feb 10, 2009 – Hatched March 21, 2009 – Banded April 29, 2009 Purple HK #0679-01346 – Sex = Male
This is a photo (Reese F Lukei Jr) of HK just minutes after he fledged on June 3, 2009
Juvenile bald eagles are well known for being “wanderers” during their first four or five years. We have certainly seen that with Azalea – Purple band HH and sister to HK, who has wandered as far north as the Potomac River and as far south as Mattamuskeet National Wildlife Refuge in North Carolina. We don’t know just how far HK has wandered, but it does appear that he has not flown far from Honey Bee Golf Course on the North Landing River in Virginia Beach, VA during the past year. He is frequently seen there and several photographers have captured his photo. The first that I know about was by Duane Noblick on Dec 26, 2011 –
In the past two months several other photographers took his picture including – Mike Inman on Nov 29, 2012, and Shelly Fowler on Dec 1, 2012 –
As of today Jan 30, 2013 HK was still at Honey Bee and he was captured landing with a fish by photographer Mitesh Raval
By the time I arrived at Ware Neck Rd where Mitesh had taken his photos, HK had vanished. Well, sort of. As I said above he has not wandered far lately. I located him half mile away in the farm field at Salem Rd and Lynnhaven Parkway taking a bath in a mud puddle in the middle of the field.
All photos copyrighted by respective photographers.