A worldwide audience has been expectantly watching the nest in Newington Nature Reserve through EagleCAM since Wednesday, when the first egg was predicted to hatch, and the action hotted up this morning at 1.30am with the first clear view of the chick.
The chick hatches and does the work itself with their special “egg tooth”, a hard lump on its bill, which it uses to push its way out of the shell.
A big job for a little fluffy chick, it took nearly 42 hours from when a slight bulge in the egg shell appeared.
The parents’ role in this process is to cover the eggs and keep them warm.
We are delighted by the arrival of this White bellied Sea-Eaglet and will be keeping a close eye on the nest through the 24-hour live EagleCAM, as the second egg has also pipped and is expected to take a shorter time to hatch.