Norfolk Eagle Cam

  1. Wednesday, April 27, 2011

    Eagle Cam Chicks at Norfolk Botanical Garden Get Bands

    VDGIF video captures month-old bald eagle chicks being removed from their 80-foot-high perch and lowered to the ground, where biologists from the Center for Conservation Biology attached bands to their legs, and assessed their overall health before returning them safely to the nest. This video was shot just 5 days before the eaglets’ mother was struck and killed by an airplane at the Norfolk International Airport, which is adjacent to the Gardens and the nest site. The adult male eagle of the nest—seen in this video in the skies above the nest—continued to feed the chicks, but biologists say he would be unable to provide enough food for all three as they continue to grow. After considering all options, wildlife experts made the decision to remove the eaglets from the nest and place them at the Wildlife Center of Virginia, where they will be cared for until they are old enough to be released into the wild later this summer.