It’s Eaglecam time! Two eagles are nesting at the National Arboretum, appropriately enough nicknamed Mr. President and First Lady. The first eaglet hatched today, and there’s another egg that should hatch this weekend. Mama Eagle looks very noble while she sits on the nest on High Alert. The set-up is very fancy: two cameras, one of which provides a close-up and the other a broader view of the entire nest. Apparently Dad delivered a half fish for lunch but luckily it’s been consumed by Mom and Baby.
Here’s a shot of the baby as it was hatching. Photos are courtesy of © 2016 American Eagle Foundation, EAGLES.ORG.
Eagles are huge critters. I met a couple when I was volunteering at the Raptor Conservancy of Virginia, including one who was hit by a metro train and managed to live two days next to the tracks. We had to commandeer a metro train to get to it and then it took a team of people to capture it.
Closer to home, Minion Man reports a day of allo-feeding and flirting honks from Gwen and Stephen. But it’s supposed to snow this weekend, which I fear will discourage our lovebirds from getting down to the serious business of nest-building. Stay tuned!