Tuesday, March 8, 2011

My love of birds.

If anyone knows how to turn off this stupid HIGHLIGHT feature, PLEASE fill me in, I can't find it - it won't let me select "none" .. Damn Tecnology!   ANYWAY:

Now, I Love Birds.  Of all kinds - mostly the larger, predatory type birds - but as a rule, if it has wings and flies I Love It.  (Okay, I love Penguins too!)

It's an obsession that I've had for as long as I can remember - and something I'm passionate to learn about.  I used to have a bunch of "bird books" but I'm not sure where they ended up (totally sucks right??).  I'm constantly trying to learn new things, specifically about Bald Eagles, Owls and Falcons, and other larger species.

Last night my dad emailed me a link - to a live video feed of a pair of nesting Bald Eagles in Dechora, Iowa.  They have been in the same spot since 2007, and have been monitored ever since.  They are not banded, just watched, and enjoyed.  Together they have successfully hatched and fledged 2 eaglets in 2008, three in 2009 and three more in 2010.  Currently, they are incubating three more eggs - the first one was laid the 23rd of February, followed on the 26th by number two and then on the 2nd of March by number three.  

I am hoping these three eggs all result in three successful, healthy and happy eaglets, that will eventually enter the wild and live long lives.

For those interested here is the link - be warned ... I've been on it all day, and have been typing this short blog for 6 hours.  true story.  It is incredibly addictive, and just so magnificent to watch ... even if they don't do much more than fluff the nest, rearrange a stick or two, roll the eggs, and switch spots - it's still marvelous for me.

For those that want to know more about bald eagles (since that's what this video is) you can find tons of information, just by googling ... oooooor you could scroll down a bit, click any of the links I provide - or read my quick list of facts .. either way, happy learning!

OH RIGHT -- there is another pair of nesting bald eagles in Norfolk at the Botanical Gardens, they also have some eggs incubating, these are a week or two ahead of the Dechora Eagles, and could hatch any day (if I'm right), you can find THAT video - here, if you're so inclined.

Bald Eagle Wiki Page (I know Wiki isn't the MOST reliable source, however, it does have a ton of information and it can easily be cross referenced.)

For those of you that want more than Eagles - there are cameras out there for the Peregrin Falcons of NY, There is an Owl Camera (complete with a family of 7 newly hatched babies) out of California, and many many more.   Most of these cameras, are run off of donations - and are privately owned and operated, many are non-profit.

I was able to see Bald Eagles in the wild - twice - and only twice in my life time.  So far.
Once at my parents house, on the lake - and the second time - I had my camera Handy, and I was unbelievably lucky, to have captured these shots.

Gorgeous - isn't he?

1 comment:

Jessi said...

I've been following this next since 2009; amazing, isn't it?

As for the highlighing, did you try changing it in HTML, or otherwise? Contact blogger for support if all else fails.