Need a weekend timewaster? Try the Eagle Cam, a live feed of a bald eagle nest in Norfolk Botanical Garden, Virginia. The eagle pair being observed on their nest appear to be superstars in terms of reproductive success: where most bald eagles raise a single chick (despite laying two or more eggs; the strongest chick usually either outcompetes or kills its sibling), these parents have successfully fledged 15 chicks in seven nesting seasons. This year, they’ve laid three eggs, and all three have hatched. (The third just emerged on Thursday, 17 March.)
Unlike many such cams, this one changes focus and zoom depending on what’s happening, giving a good viewing experience. Last night I watched the female feeding her three chicks, and it was a treat. Just now I tuned in to get a screenshot, and lucked out when the male appeared on the nest, food in claw. He’d brought a fish for his mate, and proceeded to tear off little bits and feed them to her as she brooded her chicks beneath her wings. You can see a food handoff above.
No sooner had I put that screenshot in my post than the female stood up, revealing two fuzzy gray heads beneath her. (The third is probably still snoozing.) I can see that this cam is going to be running in my browser quite a lot for the next couple of months…
(Hat tip to Caren.)