Keep an Eagle Eye on Wildlife's Private Life

Web cam focuses on eagles' nest, eggs

By Bruce Felps
|  Monday, Apr 4, 2011  |  Updated 11:09 PM CDT
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Keep an Eagle Eye on Wildlife's Private Life

Raptor Resource Project

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by Bruce Felps

I don’t think I’ve ever been so interested in watching an animal do essentially nothing.

Check out this website and get in on the fun. Go ahead. I’ll wait.

The site broadcasts a live view of an eagle’s nest in Iowa, and it shows a momma eagle, I guess, keeping her little eagle progeny warm, which likely is no small task judging from the sound of the wind whipping around up there.

The pop-up ads are a bit annoying, yes, but the view is fascinating. More than 154,000 people agree, as evidenced by the real-time counter.

That little brown blob-like element in the foreground is some sort of dead mammal, or food as eagles call it.

The site also includes a chat room — open from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. central time — and, sad to say, the site operators from Raptor Resource Project were forced by raging pinheads to lay down some ground rules: no talk of politics, religion, or sports, so zip it, Philly fans, no personal attacks — for Pete’s sake that has to be stated? — and no personal messages or contact information exchanges, although, yes, eagles can be hot.

Raptor Resourse also included a fair amount of information about the parent birds, the landscape surrounding the 80-foot-tall tree in which the nest sits, and the nest itself, and good heavens, it weighs more an a ton.

The web-cam view certainly verifies one important fact: eagles are badass looking birds. Really, Benjamin, a turkey?


Bruce Felps owns and operates East Dallas Times, an online community news outlet serving the White Rock Lake area. He’s seen eagles in the wild but never in concert.
 

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