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Bald eagles make their home on grounds of DC police academy

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Bald eagles in their nest on the grounds of the MPD police training academy (Image Courtesy: National Geographic) Bald eagles in their nest on the grounds of the MPD police training academy (Image Courtesy: National Geographic)
WASHINGTON -

A bald eagle perched at least 80 feet up atop a towering tree. It's quite a sight.

"It kind of grabs your gut,” says Metropolitan Police Department Chief Cathy Lanier. “They're beautiful birds to begin with and so patriotic.”

The birds have made their home on the grounds of the police training academy in Southeast Washington and it is getting crowded. Two eaglets have hatched.

"We think that they hatched in March and we think that they're somewhere between six and eight weeks old now," says Barbara Moffet, a spokesperson for National Geographic.

National Geographic is the reason we are getting such a close look. They have mounted a camera in a nearby tree.

The baby eagles have just gotten to the point where they are starting to flap their wings. They are trying to build muscle and courage.

"As they get bigger, they stand on the edge of their nest and start flapping their wings to kind of try out flying,” says Moffet. “My understanding is that around 11 weeks, they start their actual flights."

The adult eagles have already been named Michelle and Barack. Chief Lanier thinks the young should be named too. Her suggestions: Justice and Liberty.

Online:

National Geographic Eagle Webcam


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