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Post by AllyKass on Fri Apr 09, 2010 4:58 pm

ok,thanks, (but i afraid i cant see this time)
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Post by caysa on Fri Apr 09, 2010 7:36 pm

Hmmm, that might be interesting! Thanks!
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Post by Bisky on Tue Apr 13, 2010 7:39 pm

These big thugs must have eaten the three cute little fluffy eaglets!

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Post by AllyKass on Tue Apr 13, 2010 8:19 pm

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Post by caysa on Tue Apr 13, 2010 8:32 pm

OMG - its happening so fast!!!
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Re: American Bald Eagle - Norfolk Botanical Gardens (Virginia)

Post by Bisky on Tue Apr 20, 2010 5:28 pm

The eagle biologist just posted:

April 19 marks a major milestone for two of the three eaglets. For the first time NC and #2 fed themselves. Between 7:05 and 7:24 this evening NC first stood on the fish and pulled pieces off (photo #1), and then chick #2 did the same (photo #2). It takes muscle, coordination, balance and the ability to stand up before eagles can feed for themselves. For the past few days all three eaglets have been observed pecking at a fish while one of the adults stood on the fish. For the next few days the adults will still feed the chicks, but by next week the chicks will be on their own to feed on food brought to the nest and left for them.

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Post by caysa on Tue Apr 20, 2010 5:29 pm

Imagine how wise nature is....
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Re: American Bald Eagle - Norfolk Botanical Gardens (Virginia)

Post by AllyKass on Tue Apr 20, 2010 5:42 pm

it is like the eagles school, which they now must pass
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Re: American Bald Eagle - Norfolk Botanical Gardens (Virginia)

Post by Bisky on Tue Apr 20, 2010 6:12 pm

Yes, really important lessons to learn!

The biologists are going to try to re-band the two younger eaglets and put a transmitter on one of the three on May 5 at 10:00 a.m. Botanical Garden time. They will all be taken down from the nest again, and also weighed and measured again -- it may be more apparent whether they are male or female now that they are older.
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Post by Bisky on Wed May 05, 2010 3:03 am

Please see the post above -- Today is the day of the banding and choosing which one will get the transmitter!!

It will happen at 17.00 Estonian time. It will be much less of a show this time because of the age of the eaglets. As you can see from the picture below, there is some concern that they may be frightened and try to fly off the nest. The crowd that was watching from below last time will not be allowed to get into the eagle area today.

There will be an additional camera set up for us to watch what is happening to the eaglets on the ground. There will be a link to the ground cam on the usual eagle website.

I need repair service on one of my appliances, and I think he will be here during the banding; but I'll try to catch some screenshots if possible.

They are close to mom's size



This one is really good at flapping its wings. It is even trying to branch already (although it stays on the part of the branch closest to the nest.)

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Post by AllyKass on Wed May 05, 2010 5:36 am

transmitter and banding,ok ,but then their heads going white??
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Post by caysa on Wed May 05, 2010 7:08 am

Woot, I must try to remember!! Thanks, Bisky!!!
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Post by Bisky on Wed May 05, 2010 3:57 pm

Here is the link to the camera on the ground showing the table where the little guys will get weighed and re-banded.

http://www.wvec.com/video/featured-videos/eaglecam-ground.html
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Post by Bisky on Wed May 05, 2010 4:03 pm

They don't appear to be afraid -- the parents are circling overhead.

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Re: American Bald Eagle - Norfolk Botanical Gardens (Virginia)

Post by caysa on Wed May 05, 2010 4:10 pm

I was a bit late, now I see only an empty man lift.... Where are the eaglets??

Ok, better now !!!
What have the guys lost?????
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Re: American Bald Eagle - Norfolk Botanical Gardens (Virginia)

Post by Bisky on Wed May 05, 2010 6:14 pm

Just as I thought, the repairman was here during the banding; but I got a few pictures.


Fitting the transmitter. It is going on the oldest eaglet. Its sex is still undetermined since its weight and measurements do not fit within normal guidelines for sexing. It is given the name Camellia for tracking purposes -- the other two will not get names (they were determined to be males).



Hoods were put over their heads to calm them -- it worked because they dozed in the grass during most of the re-banding, weighing, and measuring.



Ready to go back up to the nest. Last time, all three fit in the bag -- today they are transported one at a time. They are now 8 1/2 pounds, 7 1/4 pounds, and 7 1/2 pounds.

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Re: American Bald Eagle - Norfolk Botanical Gardens (Virginia)

Post by AllyKass on Wed May 05, 2010 7:12 pm

i like name camellia
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Post by Bisky on Wed May 05, 2010 7:15 pm

I like that name, too.

Last year's eaglet that got the transmitter was named Azalia -- they use flower names since the nest is in a botanical garden.
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Post by AllyKass on Wed May 05, 2010 7:24 pm

ehhe, good idea! Laughing
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Re: American Bald Eagle - Norfolk Botanical Gardens (Virginia)

Post by Bisky on Wed May 05, 2010 7:39 pm

Here he/she is back in the nest with the new transmitter.



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Post by caysa on Wed May 05, 2010 8:10 pm

It looks odd, but I guess they do manage fine with those gadgets!
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Re: American Bald Eagle - Norfolk Botanical Gardens (Virginia)

Post by Bisky on Wed May 05, 2010 8:29 pm

They said that the straps will biodegrade in three years and the transmitter will drop off. Does anyone know if the same is true for the black storks here with transmitters?
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Re: American Bald Eagle - Norfolk Botanical Gardens (Virginia)

Post by Bisky on Thu May 27, 2010 12:06 am

I haven't checked on these guys for a while, but it looks like two are branching. The oldest is expected to try a little flying by next Monday!

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Re: American Bald Eagle - Norfolk Botanical Gardens (Virginia)

Post by ergee on Thu May 27, 2010 12:12 am

All those birds grow so fast..as soon as they are out of the egg it
starts..with all the food they get!
So on Monday we will have to watch!! Hope he will find back to the nest after his first soloflight!
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Re: American Bald Eagle - Norfolk Botanical Gardens (Virginia)

Post by AllyKass on Thu May 27, 2010 7:01 am

they are big!!!but not yet white head,wil lit happend after then they can fly already?
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Re: American Bald Eagle - Norfolk Botanical Gardens (Virginia)

Post by caysa on Thu May 27, 2010 7:50 am

They look like ravens
Glad that mom and dad knows they are eagles!
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Re: American Bald Eagle - Norfolk Botanical Gardens (Virginia)

Post by Bisky on Thu May 27, 2010 2:22 pm

Ally, the young eagles' head and tail feathers do not change to white until they are at least four years old.
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Re: American Bald Eagle - Norfolk Botanical Gardens (Virginia)

Post by AllyKass on Thu May 27, 2010 2:43 pm

Bisky wrote:Ally, the young eagles' head and tail feathers do not change to white until they are at least four years old.
ou slap yeah its eagles world ,here not change quick things, but then they can breed?
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Re: American Bald Eagle - Norfolk Botanical Gardens (Virginia)

Post by Bisky on Thu May 27, 2010 2:54 pm

AllyKass wrote:
Bisky wrote:Ally, the young eagles' head and tail feathers do not change to white until they are at least four years old.
ou slap yeah its eagles world ,here not change quick things, but then they can breed?

Yes, they are fully mature between four and five years old.
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Re: American Bald Eagle - Norfolk Botanical Gardens (Virginia)

Post by AllyKass on Thu May 27, 2010 5:28 pm

Bisky wrote:
AllyKass wrote:
Bisky wrote:Ally, the young eagles' head and tail feathers do not change to white until they are at least four years old.
ou slap yeah its eagles world ,here not change quick things, but then they can breed?

Yes, they are fully mature between four and five years old.
ok,thanks! (if i will ask one time more,then maybe i can remember finally all that stuff clown )
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