New year, new start for Norfolk bald eagles

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by Joe Flanagan

WVEC.com

Posted on January 2, 2012 at 4:07 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jan 3 at 12:21 PM

NORFOLK – The male bald eagle at the Norfolk Botanical Garden now has a new girlfriend after his former mate died after being hit by a plane, and it won’t be long until WVEC’s Eagle Cam is capturing all the action.

"It obviously didn't take him long to find a girlfriend, because they were together in September, so they have now been working a little bit at a time- a little bit in the morning and a little bit in the evening," said research biologist Reese Lukei.

The male bald eagle is 15 years old and has helped bring 20 chicks into this world. 

In July, three eaglets were released after their mother died and they were treated at the Wildlife Center of Virginia. A bronze statue was erected in her honor.

"It was done as a tribute to the female that died in April. It's just a magnificent David Turner sculpture that has drawn a lot of attention.  It's just beautiful," Lukei added.

Lukei says that usually for the first year or two, a new adult that hasn’t bred before would only have one or two chicks.

WVEC’s Eagle Cam should be up and running later this month. Two cameras focus on the nest while the third camera provides images of the beautiful surrounding area, including various perches used by the eagles when they are not on the nest and one camera will provide infrared night vision.

Several upgrades are planned for the Eagle Cam page on WVEC.com, which will begin streaming 24/7 later this month. Also, sound will be added to the live web stream.

This unique experience is made possible through a partnership of Virginia Department of Game Inland Fisheries, WVEC, and Norfolk Botanical Garden.





 

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