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Sunday, March 27, 2011

We're Having Twins!

No, not me, silly. The eagles.

I keep forgetting to tell you all, but David Hancock (of the Hancock Wildlife Project) has put up permanent cameras in the eagle nest on my father's property here in White Rock. While we were in Hawaii (the day after the tsunami, actually), the female eagle laid an egg. Two days later, she laid another. This is unusual, especially since she had twins last year. Pickin's must be good out there for her to be able to lay two eggs again!

The eggs will hatch 35 days after being laid, so here's the link if you're interested in watching the live camera feed. (in case the link doesn't show up in the text, here's the website: http://www.hancockwildlife.org/index.php?topic=White-Rock-Eagle1) Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on the Play button for either the wide angle or close up feeds. I prefer the close up, so I can watch the wind ruffling their feathers and see the eggs when they shift in the nest. This pair of mates has been together for a while, and you may recall the posts about the baby twins last year. Very entertaining to watch them trying to figure out how to fly :)

It's really cool to watch mom and dad taking turns sitting on the eggs, but around April 19th or 20th, we should have some new chicks to meet. How amazing is that? The cameras are crystal clear, and also have night vision so you can watch the eagles after dark. I hope you'll check it out and let me know what you think.

4 comments:

Katie Reus said...

That is so cool! I hope you'll be able to share more pictures once the twins are born :)

Kaylea Cross said...

I'll make sure to post some. I already have a particular fave I saved on my desktop for a future post. Should be neat to watch the chicks grow up and then fledge.

Wynter Daniels said...

We just saw an eagle this morning on our walk. I always double take when I do because I live in the city (well, the suburbs, really). Must be way cool to see chicks from birth.

Kaylea Cross said...

Hi, Wynter. Yeah, I'm looking forward to seeing the little ones when they hatch! Very cute.