Posted by: rlukei | 2010/06/01

NE Fledges May 31 12:30pm

NE Fledging 5-31-2 Cary Lynch
NE Fledging 5-31 Cary Lynch
NBG Eagles NE Fledge return 5-31-1
NBG Eagles NE Fledge return 5-31-6

Do I fall or fly??? NE had to make a very quick decision at 12:30pm May 31 as he attempted to change his position on an upper branch in the nest tree and appeared to loose his footing. Fly it was and photographer Cary Lynch was ready for the action and in the right place at the right time as NE became airborne, spread his wings and flew to an oak tree about 100 feet beside the camera tree – photos 1 and 2 above. It is normal for a first time fledgling to take a long rest after that initial flight from its nest tree, and NE did just that. At 3:15 NE returned to a branch of the nest tree with both his brothers watching – photo 3.  In photo 4 he seems to be saying “did you see that? – I did it!”

All three of the eaglets at Norfolk Botanical Garden have now fledged as follows:

NC – Camellia – May 27 at 8:09pm returned to nest tree at 8:11pm – 78th day

ND – May 29 at 6:52am returned to nest tree at 7:30am – 78th day

NE – May 31 at 12:30pm returned to nest tree at 3:15pm – 79th day

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Responses

I watched NE’s fall/fledge. No doubt he was as surprised as we were but he got it right. 🙂 His siblings response with all the flapping was priceless.

Cary got some terrific pictures!
Kudos, Cary!!
The video Ann placed on the forum showed how the brothers appeared to offer support to NE as he went over the side of the nest.
They flapped their wings, almost as if to say “Do this! Do this!Flap like this!”

Great pictures Cary! NE looks very proud of himself!!

Reese, I love your narratives, thank you so much for keeping us up to date and being our eyes when the camera is out. It is comforting to know that you are there watching over our precious eaglets.

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