The rescue went well and was fascinating to watch. Here are some pictures I captured.
|Julian Finch, tree climber going up to the nest|
|Julian setting up the cables for the rescue|
|First eaglet in bag and lowered to the ground|
|Second eaglet lowered to the ground|
|Took some extra climbing and stretching to get the third eaglet|
|empty nest and street view|
|All eaglets safe in cages and on their way to the Wildlife Center of Virginia in Waynesboro, VA.|
The dad was in view while this was going on but did not go to the nest. It was said that this dad was the second mate to this eagle mom. The first dad was hit by a plane in 2002. The eaglets will be taken care of with minimal human contact and then released to the wild.
about 3 hours later: the dad returned to the nest with fish. just stood and looked around for about 20 minutes. appeared to try to figure it all out. he did eat from the fish.
some facts: eagles live for 20-25 years. momma eagle was 15 years old. dad is said to be about 13.