Baby Eagles Released Today

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A mother bald eagle was killed in April by a jet at Norfolk International Airport. Biologists did not believe the father eagle would be able to bring enough food for the 3 baby eaglets, so at 5 months old the babies were taken from their nest at Norfolk Botanical Gardens to Virginia Wildlife Center. The eaglets were taught to fly, and interact with other eagles at the center. They will be released today at a ceremony that is expected to draw a large crowd. Through video the eaglets became a web sensation, and have a large fan base. From The Washington Post.


hunter25's picture

Great story and I'm glad they

Great story and I'm glad they were able to save them. I never got the chance to watch the web cam that was set up while they were growing but heard a lot of people talking about it. Like everyone else I get to see quite a few eagles now on a pretty normal basis as they follow the river systems regularly here in Colorado. We have a bunch on the Colorado river all the time and the smaller rivers as well. I've never tried to get a picture as I never seem to have a camera with me when I see them.

Great success story, I wish there were more of them.

deerhunter30's picture

I love to here stories like

I love to here stories like this. It is nice to see people out there still care about nature and what it has to offer.

Hopefully these birds are released and they grow to be great eagles out in the wild.

In Iowa were I live we get tons of bald eagles that have there babies right here on the mississippi river. The family and I usually go down to the locks and watch these magnificent birds catching fish right offf the top of the water and soaring high in the sky.

These birds dont look to  big when you see them out in the distance, but when they get close they are alot bigger than what you think. Just amazing what mother nature has to offer.

groovy mike's picture

sounds like

Sounds like another classic case of sexism that divorced fathers know all too well ! lol

I'm glad it all worked out for the little ones though.


arrowflipper's picture


First of all, kudos to the  organization that took the initiative to help out these birds.  I am just wondering how they knew they needed help?  Did they have some way of monitoring the chicks health or something?  How did they know the father was not capable of taking care of them?  At any rate, great job.

I never get tired of seeing eagles.  I live in an area that I see 5 to 10 per week.  I will often stop just to watch them.  We have three active nests in our area and I will often see both mom and dad pearched near the nest.  I am amazed at how attentive they are.  From what I can tell, the same pair returns to the same nest every year.

One of the best times I had was watching a young eagle dive on a duck.  Each time the eagle would dive, the duck would dive under.  I have to give it to the eagle, he/she didn't give up.  Sooner or later, it was successful in harvesting the duck.  I also watched an eagle take out a crow.  Man, you should hear all the other crows screaming at the eagle.  That big old bird just sat peacefully eating his lunch while all those crows put up a huge racket.

Bottom line, I'm glad to see an institution step in and take care of the eaglets.

Ca_Vermonster's picture

In most cases, I don't

In most cases, I don't believe in stepping in and taking over for nature.  However, if you can do something in this situation, I guess I don't have a problem with it.  The chicks probably would have dies, so it's good to see they have grown, and are well enough to be realeased.

Bald eagles are really beautiful birds.  My son was the first to spot one in our recent trip back to Vermont.  He got a real kick out of it.  Don't know what he liked more, the fact that he saw a bald eagle, or the fact that he saw it before his Dad

GooseHunter Jr's picture

Wow pretty cool story!!  I

Wow pretty cool story!!  I have been seeing alot of bald eagles lately, especially while out waterfowl hunting.  Make me get all warm and fuzzy inside to see them out in the wild and doing well.  We have an archery range that will get shut down at time because of bald eagles are nesting.  I have been able to get some good pictures of them, but I hope one day to get that once in a lifetime picture of one.