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Published on Feb 11, 2011
The Waiting Game 2-10-11
If correct, the eagles began incubation on January 10. Today is the 29th day. I had hoped to be there for the hatch, but it is still a waiting game. One eagle is always on the nest and the other is never far away. The vigil continues.
-Ron Jolly, ADCNR video producer
Did you know? Eaglets are relatively small at hatching and require nearly three months of development before leaving the nest. Bald Eagles can live an estimated 25 years.
Nest Facts Large nests are most often built in the crowns of tall trees, usually near water. Breeding pairs usually return to the same nest year after year, sprucing up the nest by adding new nesting material. Some nests may reach 10 feet across and weigh 2,000 pounds.
-Keith Hudson, Alabama Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries wildlife biologist