HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. -- An eaglet hatched at the nest of Savannah and Derek Saturday at the Carolina Raptor Center and the first feeding was caught on camera.
Around 1:15 p.m. the first eaglet broke through the egg. Folks at the Carolina Raptor Center said Savannah and Derek had been very restless for a few days, turning the eggs often. As soon as the first egg hatched, Derek got very attentive, wanting to switch off with Savannah more often.
A second egg is still in the nest. Eggs hatch in the order they were laid. It can take from 12-48 hours to hatch after an eaglet makes the first break in the shell.
At Carolina Raptor Center, neither parent has to hunt for food. The staff immediately adds another portion of food to the daily feeding. Eagle Cam watchers will notice that Derek brings food to the nest and that the pair shares feeding duty.
Eagles feed their young by shredding pieces of meat from their prey with their beaks. The female gently coaxes her tiny chick to take a morsel of meat from her beak. She will offer food again and again, eating rejected morsels herself, and then tearing off another piece for the eaglet.