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By: MaryF (offline) on Wednesday, September 21 2011 @ 07:44 PM EDT (Read 106772 times)  
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Norfolk Botanical Garden, Virginia - Bald Eagle Cam

http://www.wvec.com/eaglecam - new link for 2012

Cam link for Mac users - need to check for 2012
http://hwcdn.net/j2r7p9n9/wls/147880-WVEC2.asx

This is a streaming camera and has had night vision until 2011 (but not sound - it's near an airport so it's felt we'd hear more planes than eagles); I believe the infrared light does not illuminate the new nest very well, and streaming the cam through the night is expensive so the camera is turned off for part of the night.

The nest is in a botanical garden in Norfolk, Virginia. The 2007 nest fell apart after the last chick fledged, and the eagles built a new nest for 2008; NBG moved the cam to the new nest. This pair successfully raised 3 chicks in 2006 and 2007.

In 2008, practically everything that could happen did - they produced 2 (or maybe 3) eggs, but then a four-year-old female started harassing the pair, forcing them from the nest for prolonged periods and leaving the eggs uncovered; eventually the parents appeared to abandon the nest, and two no-longer-viable eggs were recovered. Then the original female returned to the nest and was seen mating with the male - and a month or so after the initial clutch, they produced two eggs - which were apparently broken when the nesting parent jumped up to respond to a large bird (maybe a great horned owl) flying near the nest. The next day she laid the third egg of the second clutch - which successfully hatched. When the chick was about 3 weeks old, a photographer noticed a growth on its beak - and the chick was removed from the nest a few days later for testing; the eaglet (named Easter on this forum and Buddy and Poink on others) was found to have Avian Pox and was taken to the Wildlife Center of Virginia (WCV) for treatment. The treatment was successful, but Easter/Buddy's beak was damaged by the pox, and in August 2009 WCV declared that he was non-releasable, “based on a review of the bird’s treatment over the past 15 month, evaluation of the curvature of the eagle’s beak, and the habituation of this young bird to humans.” His beak will continue to need periodic trimming for the rest of his life. The WVC is now training Buddy to be an educational bird for the Center!!

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Buddy in his newly built home at the WCV--9/2011. photo by WCV

2009 was a much less eventful year; the eagles moved back and rebuilt their former nest, and successfully raised three eaglets; the middle eaglet, a female nicknamed Azalea, was fitted with a transmitter, and you can follow her travels at http://eagletrak.blogs.wm.edu/. The pair again successfully raised three eaglets, all male, in 2010; the oldest was nicknamed Camellia and given a transmitter. It will be interesting to compare his travels with those of his older sister. The pair built another new nest for 2011, and NBG again moved the cam.

2011 was another eventful year. The pair again laid three eggs, all of which hatched. On April 26, when the chicks were about 6 weeks old, we heard the tragic news that Mom had been struck and killed by an airplane landing at the adjacent airport. After reviewing options, the experts involved with the nest felt a single adult would not be able to keep up with the needs of three rapidly growing eaglets, so all three were removed from the nest and taken to the Wildlife Center of Virginia, which installed a webcam so viewers could continue to watch the eaglets develop. The three were released in late July, but the middle chick NX, who was fitted with a transmitter shortly before release, seemed too hot and tired to get good height, so was captured and returned to WCV to recover, and was successfully released a month later. There's much more information and links in the 2011 first post and the 2011 summary post.

As of fall 2011, Dad Norfolk has been seen keeping company with what biologists think may be a 5-6 year old female, and she's brought some sticks to the nest, so we are hopeful they will nest in 2012.

Based on past experience, look for eggs in the first half of February, chicks in mid-March, and fledging in early June - but having a new partner may result in a change in schedule.

Added by JudyB:
There are a number of pictures of the eagles posted by the photographers at the Norfolk Botanical Garden - they post in the Norfolk forum - link. Please note that it's OK to post a description and/or a link to one of their pictures there, but they are all copyrighted and may not be posted here without the express permission of the photographer. Thanks!

Added by JudyB - February 7, 2012
I just got the following requirements for posting screen captures - Thanks, Shoebutton - and thanks to WVEC and NBG!

Hancock Forum - great coverage on the NBG Eagles! Glad to see y'all are enjoying this season. I need to ask all of you to do the following on your screen captures - Source Norfolk Botanical Garden: You may use the images for personal use, but all rights are owned by the partnership of WVEC and NBG. there is a copyright symbol at the bottom of the page. When using any screen capture please do not remove the timestamp/cam information. Thank you everyone. I hope to see you on the moderated blog! Regards, NBG Moderator Shoebutton

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By: MaryF (offline) on Wednesday, September 21 2011 @ 07:44 PM EDT  
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This wonderful list was compiled by Debs who has given me permission to use it here........

Here is a snap shot of Ma & Pa Norfolk's amazing life together .

2002 - Ma and her original mate raised - 1 young at the Norfolk International Airport nest
2002 - Unfortunately, the original Male was struck and killed by an airplane in December 2002
2003 - Ma accepts a new male Pa Norfolk and they establish themselves as a pair and raise - 1 young at the Norfolk International Airport Nest
2003 - After the nesting season the The US Fish & Wildlife in consultation with the Virigina Department of Game & Inland Fisheries & the Norfolk Airport decide to remove the nesting tree to encourage Ma and Pa to take up nesting in a safer location.
2003 - Late in the year Ma and Pa Norfolk set up their new home at the Norfolk Botanical Gardens (where they nested ever since).
2004 - Ma and Pa raised - 2 young
2005 - Ma and Pa raised - 1 young
2006 - Ma and Pa raised - 3 young
2007 - Ma and Pa raised - 3 young
2008 - Ma and Pa raised - 1 young - On May 22 Buddy was removed from the nest due to Avian Pox and taken to the Wildlife Center of Virginia where he resides today and he is an Ambassador to us all.
2009 - Ma and Pa raised - 3 young
2010 - Ma and Pa raised - 3 young
2011 - Ma and Pa had - 3 young
2011 - April 26 Ma was struck and killed by a plane
2011 - April 27 the letts were removed from the nest and taken to the Wildlife Center of Virginia; all three successfully fledged.
2011 - Post nesting season Pa Norfolk has established a new relationship with a young female...her estimated age is between 5 & 6 years old.

Together, Ma and Pa Norfolk together raised 22 young, which included 5 sets of triplets. Ma's estimated age at the time of her death was 15 years of age

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Click on image to download Another tribute to Mom Norfolk from Diana-gogee



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By: MaryF (offline) on Wednesday, September 21 2011 @ 07:45 PM EDT  
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Mom Norfolk May she forever fly high and free...we will always miss this beautiful eagle!


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Thank you for this beautiful scap of Mom, BET!! Red Heart



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By: MaryF (offline) on Wednesday, September 21 2011 @ 09:58 PM EDT  
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Because this thread is a celebration of the eagles at the Norfolk Botanical Garden, I thought it would be appropriate to post this video of Mom and Dad Norfolk's baby boy, Buddy. love We have a rare opportunity here with this bird to actually see one of the bobbleheads that we watched hatch (in 2008) grow up into a beautiful adult bald eagle. Buddy is well on his way as he is now 3 1/2 years old!! (How quickly time goes by!!!) Today Buddy moved into his new, beautiful, permanent enclosure that was built using funds that his "fan club" raised. Here is the video showing Buddy moving into his new home.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oryNkmZm ... e=youtu.be

ENJOY!!!

For those of you who don't know Buddy...he was hatched in the NBG in 2008. When he was still very young one of the cam viewers who is also an avid eagle photographer, noticed something unusual on the young bird's beak. After photos of the lesion were reviewed by those in charge it was decided to remove Buddy from the nest and take him to the Wildlife Center of Virginia. He was diagnosed with avian pox, a serious bird disease. At the center he received the best care possible and even had surgery performed by a world famous avian surgeon. He survived the pox but the growth plate on one side of his beak was damaged causing his top beak to grow crossing over the lower beak. In order to eat he must have his lower beak dremmeled every month. WCV deemed him to be unreleasable and decided to keep him as an educational bird. Now today this spoiled, lucky little Norfolk eagle has moved into his very own palace at the WCV. Wub

Here is a link to a tour of his new digs.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_RSYbbD3 ... e=youtu.be



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By: birdofprey (offline) on Thursday, September 22 2011 @ 10:46 AM EDT  
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Thanks Mary! (and WCV) Left thumb up

Look at how white Buddy's head is getting! Wub

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By: golden1 (offline) on Wednesday, September 28 2011 @ 03:59 PM EDT  
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some speculation going on at the Botanic Garden in Norfolk. Congowings is reporting that 2 eagles have been seen at the 09 nest site. Ground observers are identifying one as Pa Norfolk. Much hope is being expressed that he may have found a new mate.....but also saying that it is too early to be sure. They have been together the last few days.

I read this at Raptor Resource and could not find a note to verify it at the NBG cam page. But I join those that are hopeful over this sighting.



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By: Woodlands Bleu (offline) on Wednesday, September 28 2011 @ 08:59 PM EDT  
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Oh golly I hope so Donna! Please keep me informed as I do not normally come to this site - something drew me here tonight.
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By: golden1 (offline) on Thursday, September 29 2011 @ 12:54 PM EDT  
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This picture by Joe Forman is posted at NBG today. Sure hoping.....They were seen near the 2011 nest. Those nests are really pretty close together in the trees.

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