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This year has been difficult to keep track of what's going on at the Eagle nest I observe and photograph. Since the males original mate was killed last April by a plane at a near-by airport the male has been seen with three different female Eagles. All three are 5 years old. The latest one (above image) seems to be the one he's sticking with because they other two haven't been seen in a while and they've been observed mating on several occasions.
One other surprising announcement by the VDGIF (Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries) as of last April the have deemed this nest and the Eagles that reside in this territory a threat to public safety and the safety of Eagles.
This is their announcement they posted on their website January 24, 2012.
Following the eagle airplane strikes last April at Norfolk International Airport, bald eagles were recognized as a serious strike hazard as part of an ongoing Wildlife Hazard Assessment being performed by USDA Wildlife Services at the request of the Airport. Due to the proximity of the eagle nest at the Norfolk Botanical Garden and the history of airplane strikes involving breeding eagles from this territory the nest was identified as a threat to both human safety and the safety of the bald eagles. A variety of management options are currently being considered by federal wildlife and airport safety experts. As a wildlife regulatory and permitting entity, the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries must remove itself from the Eagle Cam partnership to avoid any conflict of interest. We have been proud to help bring this educational opportunity to the public for so many years and look forward to working with our partners on future endeavors.
Not sure what all of this means but once the gooberment get's involved nothing good comes from it.......