Friday, January 28, 2011

Favorite Things Friday - Eagle Cam

It's Friday, so that means Favorite Things Friday again inspired by Shay over at Quilting in my Pajamas.  Check it out, and join in!

This week my FTF is the Norfolk Botanical Gardens' Live Eagle Cam.  It's just been turned on, and the viewers are anxiously awaiting the laying of the eggs.  The eagle pair have already been spotted mating on camera (eagle po.rn?) so the wait for eggs is on.  This pair have been nesting together in NBG since 2003.  This is their 3rd nest location, and they have been successful in raising multiple chicks most years.
Here is a breakdown by year:
2004 - 2 eaglets
2005 - 1 eaglet
2006 - 3 eaglets
2007 - 3 eaglets
2008 - A tumultuous year - 2 eggs laid, and intruder female forced resident female from nest.  Eggs not viable.  Nearly 1 month later, resident female returned, laid 2 more eggs.  A couple of nights later, something spooked her, she jumped up and broke both eggs and laid an additional several days later.  That egg hatched, and a couple of weeks later, viewers of the webcam noticed a growth on the eaglet's beak.  Eaglet was removed and examined and diagnosed with avian pox.  He was treated and is now thriving at the Wildlife Center of Virgina, unable to be released.
2009 - 3 eaglets
2010 - 3 eaglets
2011 - CAN'T WAIT TO FIND OUT!

Seriously - this is an addiction, with no cure.  I can't wait to tune in each day to see if there area eggs, then to see if they've hatched, then to watch them learn to eat, learn to stand, learn to stretch their wings, and much more.  And then, like anxious parents waiting for their children to take their first steps, we wait for them to fly. And when they do, we are overjoyed and completely devastated at the same time!

Male on the left, Female on the right.
It's amazing to me, that people from all over the WORLD tune in and watch this cam that is in my own back yard.  It's about 4 miles from where I sit to type this.

Won't you tune in with me this year???

AMW

13 comments:

Shay said...

I think they were hiding or off have morning tea or something when I looked afew minutes ago. I'll go back and have another look soon.

How cool is that stream? Ive never seen a bald eagle except on TV ...

thanks for sharing that - I cant wait to see the eggs too!

Nanci said...

I love this cam. Also the African watering hole one is awesome. The night stuff can be so informative.
Thanks for the reminder.

Alisa said...

What a great favorite! Last year, The Kids and I were obsessed with an Owl cam. It was so much fun to check in with them.

Cynthia L. said...

I have never looked at this site before, but will go over and see what is happening. I am sure it will be addicting. I love to see baby animals of any type. I just hope nothing bad happens, it would break my heart.

Thanks for telling me about this!

P. said...

That is so cool! Thanks for the link.

Logopaedchen/Kirsten said...

wow thanks for sharing - that might get us a new addiction...

Kirsten's Cooking said...

very cool - can't wait to check it out!! I can see why you'd be addicted :) Hope I can find that African watering hole, too!

Marg said...

Now that is a great favourite. I've checked them out a couple of times, but they must have been out to lunch and now it's pitch black and I can't see a thing. I am definitely going to keep on checking back though, so that I get to see them. Thank you for posting about the nest.

Sarcastic Quilter said...

Oh yes, I'll be watching! We saw a bald eagle circle around our property this fall before the crows (f-ing crows) chased him off. The hubs said if he was circling and landing it meant we were in his "fly zone" and he'd be back but I've been searching the sky to no avail. Beautiful, beautiful birds.

Shevvy said...

Oh! I've seen both of them. Beautiful.

Kate said...

Very cool, though they must be out getting breakfast this morning. Thanks for sharing the link. Kiddo loves following the life and times of animals.

Baa-Me Kniits said...

Oh WOW!!!!! That is fantastic, just the thing for me and my animal crazy boys....Eagles, how wonderful. Isn't modern technology amazing!! Looks like I will have to find the best time of day to check them out as the time difference could be a problem :-) I have just been doing the same thing with my guinea fowl, not quite as awesome but its still nature and we love watching the little ones hatch and then learn to fend for themselves. It must be quite a moment when the baby eagles learn to Fly!! I'll be watching and Thank You for sharing :-)

Baa-Me Kniits said...

I saw them!!! They are beautiful and I am addicted!! :-)