For Chapter One of this story refer to Virginia Dept of Game and Inland Fisheries (DGIF) web page http://eaglecam.tumblr.com.
At 9:55am June 13 I received an urgent phone call from photographer Shelly Fowler telling me that one of the Norfolk Botanical Garden juveniles was in the water in the canal in front of the nest tree and that another photographer, Duane Noblick, had jumped in the canal to rescue the eagle. I was watching the cam at the time and had just seen 3 juveniles and both adults in the nest. See DGIF site for this part of the event.
I rushed to NBG and phoned Lisa Barlow, a licensed raptor rehabilator with whom I have worked for many years. Upon arrival at NBG I was assisted by NBG security guard JC and Shelly in locating the juvenile eagle under some bushes. The eagle made a short run to a denser patch of underbrush where I was able to capture him (Bill Bauer photo). It was the youngest of the three NBG eagles banded NE. He was still soaking wet. Lisa met me at NBG and we gave NE a very close exam and found no injuries (Duane Noblick photo). It is most usually best to get wildlife back in their natural habitat as soon as possible. and Lisa and I determined that NE needed to dry off and rest for a few hours. With the assistance of Scott at NBG, we located a wire cage and placed NE in a windy spot out of public view to rest and dry off (Reese Lukei photo). After another exam by Lisa about 2:45 (Reese Lukei photo), NE was released behind his nest tree but never made it far off the ground (Reese Lukei photo). NE made a couple more trips under the bushes, but was recaptured and we determined it best to let him rest more (Reese Lukei photo) before another attempt to release. Lisa Barlow kept NE overnight for him to eat and rest and will take him to a veternarian this morning for an exam. Plan to release NE at NBG sometime later today. Stay tuned.