3 eaglets banded at Norfolk Botanical Garden

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by Joe Flanagan

WVEC.com

Posted on January 18, 2012 at 4:22 PM

NORFOLK -- The eaglets at Norfolk Botanical Garden are about two months old.

On Wednesday, the little ones were ID banded and the oldest, named Camellia, had a transmitter fitter to her.

It was a real team effort by folks at the Garden, the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, the Center for Conservation Biology and Nuckols Tree Service.

The three eaglets weigh nearly eight pounds.

"They've really grown in a lot of their brown feathers and that's the juvenile plumage they'll actually leave the nest with, so they've got tail feathers and wing feathers," said Steven Living of the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries.

Officials say the eaglets have another three or four weeks in the nest before they begin venturing out.

The transmitter put on "Azalea" last year has allowed officials to track her movement from the northern Chesapeake Bay to Eastern North Carolina.

 

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