CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Two of three eaglets under the care of Carolina Raptor Center have taken flight and the third eaglet is expected to leave the hack tower any time now.
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The doors were opened to the hack tower Thursday morning at 6:30 a.m. because experts at CRC said the eaglets were getting restless. As soon as the doors opened two of the eaglets flew out and they haven’t returned.
Kinsey, the smallest of the three eaglets, remains.
Michele Miller Houck of CRC said eaglets need all of their feathers to take flight and Kinsey didn’t have them all when placed in the hack tower. The other two eaglets had all of their feathers.
“Kinsey now has all of her feathers,” Houck said.
Although the hack tower doors are open and Kinsey is free to fly away, the eaglet has yet leave.
“They don’t go until they’re ready,” Houck said.
Kinsey will continue to be fed fish through a small door in the hack tower by CRC staff until the eaglet can hunt by itself.