Iowa Bald Eagles ready to hatch their eggs. LIVE!

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Iowa Bald Eagles ready to hatch their eggs. LIVE!

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Two Eagles....in the nest.....with eggs just about to hatch.  I believe it is a live video.  I noticed that there are an awful lot of folks watching.  This is in NE Iowa near the town of Decorah.  NE Iowa is pretty much dairy country....hilly and lots of forest and woods with cliffs and rock formations.  Not too far from the Mississippi River.   Have a look while it is is still daylight.

 

I rushed to get this posted for all our wildlife lovers. Hope I'm correct on my facts.

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Can't wait to see...vidcam feed doesn't work w/Touch. Smiley Mad

Thanks for the baby analysis, skeeter.

I was watching the family in NJ earlier; hardly any viewers. Smiley Sad
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Rough winds still at the nest; poor mom is freezing. Smiley Sad

 

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My wife was waiting for the next test at the Doctors on Thursday and showed her that on my Android phone.  She was captivated.  She normally doesn't seem to interested in web cams and such but she thought that was cool.  We wound up showing others in the waiting room, too.

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I was watching Human Planet last night.  They had a small camera attached to an eagles back.  The weight of the camera didn't affect it at all.  And the footage was really cool.  A real birds eye view.  Very impressive.

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Snow and 36, mom is soaked to the skin. Smiley Sad  How will the babies survive?  Looks like it's so cold, she can't even lay all the way down.

 

 

edit--guess I wasn't the only one concerned, and supposedly, they can deal with this quite well!

http://www.petethomasoutdoors.com/2011/04/snow-covers-popular-bald-eagle-nest-in-decorah-iowa.html?c...

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Looks like the snow's melted, but still very windy up in their nest.  See the little ones moving around so must be ok.  Just fascinating to watch this!

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I know!  Have to check on them a couple times a day (there goes my b/w cap!).

 

I noticed above the feed, they have the link below.  They give updates above the feed, and LOTS more info on the link.  Others were worried about the snow, too.

 

The eagle family made it through the day. Go to http://raptorresource.blogspot.com/ for more.

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I love the shot of Momma holding her wings out over the kiddos (can hardly call them 'babies' any more!).

 

It's phenomenal how fast they've grown.  Some have speculated that E1 is female because of size.  Also, someone said that when there's 3 eggs, 2 will be female and 1 will be male in order to keep the species going.  That would explain the size of E1 & E2 and the fact that E3 is somewhat smaller.

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Interesting, as I would have thought E3 was smaller because he hatched last.

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E3 has grown fast.  We'll just have to wait and see. Eventually they will all be about the same size, with minor differences.

 

Since there is no human intervention, the only real way to know will be once they get older and get their mature feathers and other characteristics that differentiate between males and females. 

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I still feel guilty for spying on them. Smiley Very Happy

 

I read that they won't get the adult coloring, with white head and tail until about 3 yrs.?

 

Sure wish I had the Internet when I was a kid in school!

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I've checked on them a couple of times today.....most recently just now.  Mom was gone earlier and the 3 eaglets were all by themselves.  But she flew in very shortly and it wasn't long before she started feeding them.  Just now she's working on the nest.  All three little ones are completely visable.  I suspect she's building it up to try to keep them corraled for the night.  As they get bigger they are obviously getting bolder and I imagine this is when accidents happen.

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Like skeeter mentioned, I cannot believe how BIG they are now!  Saw mom was soaked today, so guess there was rain?

 

I saw dad leave the nest yesterday, while mom was out, but I have a feeling he doesn't go far.  He was squawking at something overhead, so bet he had to defend his territory (the fish hatchery).

 

I came across this video online (or can be bought) about a pair in this same location (guess it's the same dad).  Be prepared to be sad if you watch it. Smiley Sad  Just amazing how any of them survive.  But happy parts, too. Smiley Happy

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spd2demun wrote:

 

I came across this video online (or can be bought) about a pair in this same location (guess it's the same dad).  Be prepared to be sad if you watch it. Smiley Sad  Just amazing how any of them survive.  But happy parts, too. Smiley Happy


 

Yes, it's the same male.  I knew there was some sadness so I FF thru those parts but to see him woo this new, younger female was interesting.

 

Some have wondered if he's so attentive now because of what happened the first time around.

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I was amazed at what a good dad/mate he was back then!  Funny how he kept rearranging the furniture (sticks) she would bring, isn't that role-reversal? Smiley Very Happy  If he didn't do those early feedings, the babies may not have survived. 

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