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Eagle cam: Mothers may have tough time watching Mother Nature at work

A Decorah Fish Hatchery bald eagle feeds its chicks before a web camera. (Mary Regist / Courtesy photo)
A Decorah Fish Hatchery bald eagle feeds its chicks before a web camera. (Mary Regist / Courtesy photo)

WILDLIFE -- Excitement has turned to concern as we watch the drama in the eagle nest. On Sunday, it ws clear the web cam operator was zooming in frequently to let viewers see what might be unfolding.

It was exciting to see the third eaglet hatch Wednesday afternoon, but now it's unclear whether the latecomer -- born nearly five days after the first eagle -- will survive.

Stay tuned along with millions of viewers -- more than 30 million views as of this weekend -- watching as a bald eagle family emerges in a northeast Iowa nest under the watchful eye of a web cam that's capturing the activity live at the Decorah Fish Hatchery.

From the smorgsbord of food items... fish, bunnies, ducks ... the adult eagles tend to feed the most food to the most aggressive chicks -- a bit of survival of the fittest at work.  

The oldest eaglet often crawls over the top of the weaker eaglet to get its fill, and has been observed picking on the little one. On Sunday the youngest chick was hanging in there. I watched a feeding at 11:15 a.m. and it looked like the littlest chick was getting its fill! 

The family will do fine with just two eaglets, but the chat indicates that viewers are hopeful and anxious.

If you want a review, here are some highlight clips of the major developments:

First hatch 4/2/11.
24-hour collage
of first egg pip and hatch

Second hatch 4/3/11.
First glimpse
of second hatchling

Third hatch 4/6/11.
of the third hatch

Click here for a  tutorial on telling the difference between the male and female bald eagle adults, which share the duties of raising the young.

Rich Landers
Rich Landers joined The Spokesman-Review in 1977. He is the Outdoors editor for the Sports Department writing and photographing stories about hiking, hunting, fishing, boating, conservation, nature and wildlife and related topics.

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