NORFOLK -- The second eagle egg of the 2011 nesting season has hatched at the Norfolk Botanical Garden bald eagle nest.
The nest in Noroflk is watched by thousands of online viewers around the world on WVEC.com. The Eagle Cam audience was watching with eagle eyes Tuesday for signs of a second hatching.
Shortly after 12:00 noon Tuesday, viewers were thrilled to see a second fuzzy gray head emerge from the nest bowl. They shared their excitement in a live chat room devoted to discussion of the eagles. The chat room has been was abuzz with questions and comments from students watching in classrooms in Virginia and elsewhere.
The first egg of the season hatched Sunday. Reese Lukei of the Center for Conservation Biology at the College of William and Mary noted that the interval between hatchings has followed a predictable pattern with this pair of eagles.
"The eggs produced by the Norfolk Botanical Garden eagle pair in prior years have consistently hatched about two days apart. This is once again what has happened with the appearance of the second eaglet in the nest," said Lukei.
Eagle Cam provides a rare view into the nest of a bald eagle pair in the wild. Through live streaming video, viewers can follow the lives of these birds as they face the challenges of raising a brood of eaglets.
WVEC.com hosts the video feed and posts slideshows of the daily activity at the nest.
Wildlife biologists with the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF) and the CCB maintain blogs that explain the activity at the nest and provide insight into bald eagle biology and conservation.
Eagle enthusiasts can visit the Norfolk Botanical Garden and view the eagles.
Lukei said the third and final egg of the season may hatch by the end of the week.