Wildlife Center president Ed Clark holds the rehabilitated bald eagle, known as #13-0037.
The Wildlife Center of Virginia has become famous for patching up injured bald eagles. A team from the center arrived at the Rappahannock River Wildlife Refuge to an exuberant crowd anxious to witness a female bald eagle's flight back to freedom.
"This was a great opportunity to come see a big bird," says Cynthia Jenkins. She drove two and a half hours from Chesapeake, Va., with her niece Kailyn Stierwalt for the occasion.
"She asked me to if I wanted to come see an eagle released and I've never seen one," says Stierwalt. "I'm on spring break, so I'm like, shoot, let's go see one released."
Just after the release, onlookers were delighted when another eagle appeared to check out the newest arrival.
Some hoped it might be the famous "NX" who was released by the center there last May. She wears a tiny transmitter that allows her to be tracked every week by scientists, as well as visitors to the Wildlife Center website.
But alas, this eagle was too far away for anyone to be able to see a legband. Onlookers watched as the two disappeared, dots in the sky.