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Thursday, February 19, 2015

Eagle Cam and Eaglets

For those of you who don't know, Berry College near Rome, Georgia has an Eagle Cam up where viewers can watch eaglets being reared. This year, the nest has two eaglets B4 and B5. One was born on Feb 13 and the other on Feb 14 or 15. I think I have the dates right. There's also a second camera setup with sound and a view from above the nest and an approach camera to watch parents fly in.

Right after the eaglets were born, the weather in Georgia, particularly north Georgia, went in the tank. Rain, freezing rain, and snow are all pelting down on the poor eagle family. But despite it all, the mama eagle has sat on the nest, shielding the babies from cold and wet.

This is a screen cap I took the night the storm rolled in (Feb 16th).

Mama looks miserable, but her babies are warm and dry and they need to be. They're so young that they have no protection yet against this kind of weather.

Watching the nest can become addictive. Last year, these same eagle parents had one eaglet, B3, who was a bit on the spoiled side (if you can say that about an eaglet). Her antics were so much fun to watch. They grow so fast, and before you know it, they fledge.

I just wanted to share this because it is so cool to watch. It is a little boring when the babies are still tucked underneath their parents except when being fed, but it doesn't take long before they grow past that stage and are visible most of the time.