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04/02/2011 03:19:06 PM · #26
I have trouble viewing video on my old/slow system, but you might also be interested in these links to Peregrine Falcon nest-cams in the Bay Area.
04/02/2011 03:19:09 PM · #27
baby sighting!

That was so cool! The father flew in, the mother flew off, and the father took over laying on the chick & egg (how does the chick breathe under there?)

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04/02/2011 04:38:33 PM · #28
It's stripping guts from a rabbit and feeding them to the eaglet: my "urban nature" entry is looking very prescient :-)
04/02/2011 04:52:11 PM · #29
I had the stream on all night last night, but as others have said the adult was sleeping mostly. So happy to see the cute little eaglet today! Just watched the parent feed the little one, and now it's nap time for the eaglet. :)

This link can be found on the stream page towards the bottom, but many people may not notice it since they are so engaged with the video. I watched it last night. It's a PBS story on eagles in general, but places a large focus on these eagles and their nest in Decorah. Very educational and at times both sad and heartwarming. It does show scenes of eagles eating some prey so maybe not something your really young children would want to see, but the majority is fascinating to all.

PBS - Eagle Documentary

Dave
04/02/2011 05:41:19 PM · #30
Originally posted by Bear_Music:

It's stripping guts from a rabbit and feeding them to the eaglet: my "urban nature" entry is looking very prescient :-)

Yes, I saw that segment too.
The nest right now gives new meaning to "Dinner is on the table."
04/02/2011 06:51:25 PM · #31
Ah, so that IS a rabbit sitting there on the side of the nest. Nothing like having meals ready to eat! :-)
04/02/2011 08:15:31 PM · #32
Thanks for the post! My daughter was thrilled with it! She just got to see the mother feed the baby. A few years ago we watched robins at our house:
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04/02/2011 08:21:38 PM · #33
Is there any ornithologist out there who could tell us how the 'resident parent' keeps weight off the hatchlings so they don't smother? It does look as if the wings are bracing the bird slightly off the nest, but hard to tell.

I never thought I would actually see an eagle cry/speak, as one of these did a short time ago, so intimately and clearly. (was s/he saying to a mate: "I need relief, it's your turn now"?

Oh, those robins, lovely, PGerst!

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04/02/2011 09:15:05 PM · #34
I would guess that since the birds weigh less than we think, and are mostly feathers, there's still enough oxygen for the little ones. What I'm surprised at is that they don't gore them with those talons.
04/02/2011 09:16:40 PM · #35
Originally posted by sfalice:

Is there any ornithologist out there who could tell us how the 'resident parent' keeps weight off the hatchlings so they don't smother? It does look as if the wings are bracing the bird slightly off the nest, but hard to tell.


Birds don't "sit", they squat, when they are not perching. Their weight is on their legs, not their bottoms. The feathers are fluffed up. That's a nice, warm, cozy, insulated cave under there for baby eaglet to be secure in.

R.
04/02/2011 09:32:53 PM · #36
Originally posted by Bear_Music:

Originally posted by sfalice:

Is there any ornithologist out there who could tell us how the 'resident parent' keeps weight off the hatchlings so they don't smother? It does look as if the wings are bracing the bird slightly off the nest, but hard to tell.


Birds don't "sit", they squat, when they are not perching. Their weight is on their legs, not their bottoms. The feathers are fluffed up. That's a nice, warm, cozy, insulated cave under there for baby eaglet to be secure in.

R.


...and if you watch really closely, it looks like they have curled their talons underneath and are actually walking on top of their feet in the nest. Does not look comfortable at all!!
04/02/2011 09:44:09 PM · #37
Originally posted by Melethia:

I would guess that since the birds weigh less than we think, and are mostly feathers, there's still enough oxygen for the little ones. What I'm surprised at is that they don't gore them with those talons.


ancientimages is correct. Eagles are amazing creatures. When they are protecting their young eaglets after hatching or their eggs before that they instinctively know that they must curl their talons back in a safe position in order to avoid piercing a fragile eggs or harming one of their babies. :) It's just one of the many intriguing facts about Bald Eagles.

Better enjoy these little fuzzy eaglets while we can. They will grow very rapidly. In about 6 weeks they will be almost as big as their parents and they will take their first flight in about 12 weeks time.

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04/02/2011 10:01:29 PM · #38
you can see one of the chicks right now...

Edit: that was fast, she back on top again....Looks like one chick and two eggs left.

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04/02/2011 10:16:05 PM · #39
Originally posted by ace flyman:

you can see one of the chicks right now...

Edit: that was fast, she back on top again....Looks like one chick and two eggs left.


Yes, the eggs hatch in the order they were laid. Takes about 35 days on average. I would expect another one to hatch tomorrow or the next day.
04/03/2011 09:00:52 AM · #40
A second egg has hatched! The adult was just feeding the 2 Eaglets. It was interesting to note that the food this morning was a Robin. Such great hunters these Eagles must be to catch prey as small and quick as a song bird!
04/03/2011 09:10:04 AM · #41
Originally posted by scooter97:

A second egg has hatched! The adult was just feeding the 2 Eaglets. It was interesting to note that the food this morning was a Robin. Such great hunters these Eagles must be to catch prey as small and quick as a song bird!


I remember seeing this image last year.

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04/03/2011 10:18:03 AM · #42
It's feeding time!!
04/03/2011 11:12:39 AM · #43
Yep, those two little ones are sure hungry. Even the very new baby, who can't quite control its head
was getting in on the food action the last time I looked. Earlier, I could only see the two babies and not
the egg, and had serious anxious thoughts about #3 eaglet until later the egg appeared again...
04/03/2011 01:17:27 PM · #44
Some screen shot captures from the live video.

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04/03/2011 08:00:47 PM · #45
Special thanks to the rabbit, the crow and the fish for sacrificing themselves to the future health of the babies.
04/03/2011 08:10:02 PM · #46
Originally posted by hahn23:

Special thanks to the rabbit, the crow and the fish for sacrificing themselves to the future health of the babies.

Sounds as though they're getting a well balanced and varied diet! :-)
04/03/2011 09:25:18 PM · #47
This has been an amazing day. Every time I clicked in there was more drama.
Perhaps the most strange was when #1 eaglet was tossed out of the enclosure by dad, or maybe mom,
and eventually made it back in somehow, after protesting vigorously and teetering close to the edge.

It's gone to infrared now. What will happen tomorrow! stay tuned?
04/03/2011 09:26:43 PM · #48
Originally posted by Melethia:

Originally posted by hahn23:

Special thanks to the rabbit, the crow and the fish for sacrificing themselves to the future health of the babies.

Sounds as though they're getting a well balanced and varied diet! :-)


ummm... I just switched to my computer glasses, and I misread it...

It looked like they had a rabbit, a cow, and a fish. Man, those are strong birds!!
04/03/2011 09:38:00 PM · #49
They tossed one out?? Why??? I never catch the drama. Just watched for a bit and the parent sat for awhile. Gray eaglet poked head out for a bit. Adult resettled and sat some more. Now it's dark.

Sadly, it'll be dark by the time I get home from work every day. Wah!! Keep me filled in, please!
04/03/2011 09:45:51 PM · #50
There are forums at that cam that you can go to, Deb, hereis a reference. Because I don't know what's going on regarding bird behaviour, it's fun to click in on the forums for the educated guesses that come up.

That little lost bird was a scary circumstance for what seemed to be a long time until rescued.

(The main forum reference is at the bottom of the Raptor site. I just clicked around in there until something made sense.)

Also check out the highlight films here and here for some updates.

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