Three Bald Eaglets hatched during thunder showers at the American Eagle Foundation's “Eagle Mountain Sanctuary” aviary at Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee May 7 & 8. The proud parents are non-releasable Bald Eagles “Independence” and “Franklin” (Indy and Frank) – both permanently disabled due to gunshot wounds. This majestic eagle pair is in their 11th year of captive breeding at Dollywood. They pair-bonded in 2002, and have already produced 27 eggs and 24 eaglets, most of which have been released into the wilds of East Tennessee.
All three chicks broke out of their egg shells within a 30-hour period, which is unusual in nature, and are doing well.
They can be viewed on the AEF's “live” Eagle Nest Cam http://www.ustream.tv/americaneaglefoundation via four video cameras that keep a close eye on their activities day and night - from snuggling peacefully with one another to occasional bouts of sibling rivalry http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/22453639
The eaglets will be set free into the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains in about 13 weeks. At least one of the birds will be released in a special ceremony to honor fallen U.S. soldiers.
The eagle conservation group (www.eagles.org) promotes a campaign to help Keep America's Eagles Flying Strong and Free – and supports public education and eagle restoration projects nationally.
Cam 1 -- (Pan, Tilt, & Zoom Side View w/sound) http://www.ustream.tv/americaneaglefoundation
Cam 2 -- (Inside Nest View) http://www.ustream.tv/channel/aef-cam-2
Cam 3 -- (Inside Nest View) http://www.ustream.tv/channel/aef-cam-3
Cam 4 -- (Overhead Nest View) http://www.ustream.tv/channel/aef-cam-4
Last yrs release of Indy & Franks eaglets