NewsChannel 36 has partnered with Carolina Raptor Center again this year to bring you pictures as Savannah, a bald eagle in captivity due to injuries, takes care of her nest. Her mate is Derek.
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This winter Carolina Raptor Center staff built Savannah a new nest with insulation to help protect eggs from freezing temperatures. On Jan. 5 staff observed one egg in the nest and several days later discovered two more. Bald eagles usually lay two eggs an average of three days apart. Savannah has THREE eggs in her nest. She has been lying on her eggs and meticulously tending to the nest.
Carolina Raptor Center has seven bald eagles on display in the Betty J. and J. Stanley Livingstone eagle aviary. All of the resident birds at CRC have injuries that prevent them from being able to survive in the wild.
The nesting pair of bald eagles, Derek and Savannah, came to CRC from South Carolina in 1998. Both birds are approximately 16 years old. Derek was the victim of a gunshot wound to the right wing, which left him with limited flight capabilities. Savannah was found in 1995 with a fractured left wing, which left her with limited flight as well.
Last year thousands of people followed Savannah on our live web cam after she laid her first egg on Jan. 25, 2009. Three days later she laid a second egg. Savannah left the nest after 51 days of incubating her eggs. It's very likely that the eggs froze during the first snowfall of the year when temperatures dipped to the low teens in early February.