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Monday
Apr042011

Live Eagle Cam Draws Internet's Attention

Ryan McVay/Digital Vision(DECORAH, Iowa) -- For millions of people, a live video stream showing the inside of an eagle's nest has become an online obsession, with two cameras documenting every moment of the birds' activity, 24 hours a day.

Over 11 million people have clicked on the live feed of an eagle family in Decorah, Iowa, waiting for three little eaglets to hatch in front of the cameras as the mother and father watch carefully over their new brood.

The live stream is operated by the Raptor Resource Project, an Iowa-based non-profit dedicated to preserving birds of prey. The Decorah eagles built their nest in 2007, and the organization rigged up cameras last fall.

So far, two of three eggs have hatched, with the third eaglet expected to peck its way from its shell within days. The two fluffy gray chicks can be seen and heard chirping on the feed, craning their necks for food as their parents try to keep them warm. The eggs were laid at the end of February.

The enormous nest, over five feet wide, is perched high atop a cottonwood tree near the Decorah Fish Hatchery. Two cameras are attached to the tree's limbs a few feet above the nest, equipped with infrared nightvision and the ability to pan and zoom to capture every detail, including the bloody food that the parents bring back to the nest.

According to the Raptor Resource Project, the eagle pair have been together for several years and have now successfully hatched eaglets for the last four years.

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