Feeding time for eaglets caught on camera

Feeding time for eaglets caught on camera

Credit: Amy Lehtonen / WCNC.com

Feeding time for eaglets caught on camera

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by NewsChannel 36 Staff

WCNC.com

Posted on March 24, 2011 at 1:05 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jan 2 at 8:50 PM

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. -- Two young eaglets at the Carolina Raptor Center are becoming more and more adventurous as they continue to grow.

The eaglets are about three weeks old now.  They're old enough to regulate their own body temperature so you won't see Savannah and Derek sitting on them anymore.

Many eagle cam fans voiced concerned over the weaker of the two eaglets.  Last week it was obvious by watching the eagle cam that one was significantly weaker than the other.  It often lay limp in the nest and the stronger eaglet would peck at its head.

But Carolina Raptor Center staffers say don't worry, the eaglet is now much stronger.  They've increased the food and in the last week the weaker eaglet has grown much stronger.

NewsChannel 36 was at the nest Thursday during feeding and it was hard to spot that weaker eaglet. They both seem equal again.

"They look like little fuzzy, grey sort of puff balls still," said Michelle Miller Houck, with the Carolina Raptor Center.

This is the first time since 2006 that two bald eagle eggs have successfully hatched at the Raptor Center.

"You don't ever know if it's going to happen or not. They'll sit on the eggs 33 to 35 days and then you sort of keep your fingers crossed and hope," Houck said.

In a few weeks, the eaglets will be taken to a 30-feet tall hack tower, which looks similar to a tree fort, where they'll learn to live on their own.

"They'll learn about being outside and on their own. They're lucky this year because there are two of them," Houck said. "It's going to be a little easier for them to get acclimated to the wild than being by themselves because they will have each other."

The eaglets will be released around 12 weeks old, but they won't have the distinguishing bald head until they are about four years old.
 

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