HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. -- A quick look at Savannah's nest this morning in the the eagle aviary at Carolina Raptor Center showed there are still two eggs.
It’s been about 32 days since Savannah laid the first egg and it could hatch today.
IF the eggs hatch, which we expect them to do in the next day or so, they should hatch in the order they were laid. Because we don’t know exactly when the second egg was laid, we don’t know the exact timing or spacing by which this might happen.
Eaglets work hard to hatch, using their egg tooth to break through the shell. The egg tooth is a pointed bump on the top of their beak. After the first crack in the shell is made, it can take 12-48 hours for an eaglet to hatch. Savannah will likely become very protective at this time, protecting the hatching eaglets from any perceived danger in the aviary.
Then it is Derek’s time to shine, providing for his new family by bringing food to feed the eaglets, who will eat every couple of hours for the first few days.
Soft down covers newly hatched eaglets, and their eyes are partially closed. They depend entirely on their parents for food and protection; their wobbly legs are too weak to hold up even the weight of their tiny bodies.