04-03-2011 4:18 PM - edited 04-03-2011 4:23 PM
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.
04-28-2011 11:35 AM
Wow! Those kids have big feet! And claws! Beginning to grow feathers! Can't believe how fast they're growing -- they're gonna need to add a room soon!
04-28-2011 12:11 PM
You must have been watching at the same time I was! They were zooming in on the babies, and I noticed those HUGE feet!
Mom/Dad seem to spend less time in the nest. Yesterday, mom/dad left them alone for over 30 min., but I'm sure they were still IN the tree with them.
04-28-2011 7:32 PM
I noticed those huge claws also. No wonder the little ones have problems moving around the nest. Those feet look almost full adult size don't they? Mom and dad were absent when I was watching earlier today but mom flew in shortly and cuddled up to the kids to let them sleep. It was windy.
04-29-2011 7:44 AM
It's probably part of Nature's plan, the feet are awkward so they can't walk and topple over the side?
05-11-2011 7:09 AM
If you have not been following the eaglets recently......#1 is getting really big. I was just watching and he/she is up on its feet, strutting around and spreading its huge wings and flapping them. Practice I presume. It isn't going to be long before this one takes a try at flying.
05-11-2011 7:22 AM - edited 05-11-2011 7:29 AM
I usually try to check in with the family once a day but got busy over the weekend. I couldn't beleive how big those babies got in 2 days!
One of the mods in the chatroom posted that the babies are around a foot tall.
ETA: Not the best pic but shows how big they're getting.
05-11-2011 8:29 AM
If you all want to see some good other earth science / natural stuff, check outr the various webcams from Yellowstone.
05-11-2011 5:31 PM
You're just keeping us all nature'd up, aren't ya, DH!
Thanks for the link, and to skeeter for the pic.
I've been grabbing screenshots, but haven't had time to post them, so here they are. I saw mom this morning pulling the soft stuff out of the middle of the nest; IF I recall, this is what they do to make it uncomfortable to stay, and encourages them to leave. They must be getting pretty close?
They were eating by themselves!
Far right eaglet kept grabbing a stick and trying to move it!
When mom came back, she noticed right away and fixed it! (no photo of that, sorry)
Night shot of mom and a baby with eyes wide open.
These were all from earlier today, and you can see how big the babies are with mom in the nest:
Mom was picking out the soft stuff here, and tossing it!
05-12-2011 8:37 AM
05-13-2011 8:10 PM
Thanks for the link to the NPS webcams, Dave. I didn't get a look-see today but I bookmarked the website so I can go to it tomorrow. Been there more than once. Would love to go back.
05-14-2011 9:32 AM
I really think that eaglet #1 is getting ready to attempt flight before very long. Again this morning I've seen it standing in the nest.....stretching out its wings and flapping them wildly as if attempting to take off. It ain't gonna be long. Mom was there in the nest watching. I wish the operator would zoom back just a little to take in a bit more of the situation and not cut the heads off the eagles when they are standing up. #1 appears to be darn near as big as mom....but it might be an optical illusion because it was standing nearer to the camera.
05-14-2011 1:47 PM
Once they can fly, do they ever come back? Seems I recall that the parents do continue to care for them until they can hunt on their own?
Will be sad to see them leave.
05-14-2011 3:10 PM - edited 05-14-2011 3:10 PM
The folks who run The Raptor Resource Project are adament about NOT giving them names since they are wild animals. The only moniker they'll give them is E1, E2, E3 (the order in which they hatched) and then Mom & Dad.
They are also saying that they will take flight around the Fourth of July. How fitting!