cairistiona: (Cute)
I got a good glimpse at one of the little eaglets this morning:
Sweet little fuzzy bobblehead... )

Eagles :)

Feb. 24th, 2014 11:56 am
cairistiona: (Happy Aragorn)
Good news from Decorah! Mom Eagle laid her first egg of the season yesterday! So now when you check out the Eaglecam, you'll see Mom or Dad on the nest all the time.

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Watch live videostream here.
cairistiona: (Happy Aragorn)
This is probably of particular interest to [livejournal.com profile] ellynn_ithilwen... the Decorah eaglecam is up and running today as they test and fiddle with new cameras. I watched it for quite a while, because Mom Eagle was on the new nest, which this year will have cameras. Yay! *does happy dance*  I missed watching them sooooo much last year.

There goes my productivity today... )
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An FYI:  the eagle cam has been back on... and sometimes off... for the last week as they finalize the upgrades to the equipment. It's not officially back on for live streaming but every time I've checked over the past few days, it seems to be running.  Not a lot of activity yet, but now and then Mom & Dad show up with sticks as they start readying the nest. Even when they're not there, it's lovely to listen to the sounds of nature.

I'll post again when it's "officially" online.

http://www.ustream.tv/decoraheagles
cairistiona: (Default)
An FYI:  the eagle cam has been back on... and sometimes off... for the last week as they finalize the upgrades to the equipment. It's not officially back on for live streaming but every time I've checked over the past few days, it seems to be running.  Not a lot of activity yet, but now and then Mom & Dad show up with sticks as they start readying the nest. Even when they're not there, it's lovely to listen to the sounds of nature.

I'll post again when it's "officially" online.

http://www.ustream.tv/decoraheagles
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After several days flying out to branches and often spending the entire night on the branch, the two oldest eaglets have fledged!   This doesn't mean they've left the nest for good, but it means they've flown away from the tree into the "wild blue"... or at least around in the sky above the tree and the farm and the hatchery.  I believe they'll actually stay around the nest for up to a year as Mom & Dad teach them how to hunt.
D13 takes off, and other photos and news from RRP... )
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After several days flying out to branches and often spending the entire night on the branch, the two oldest eaglets have fledged!   This doesn't mean they've left the nest for good, but it means they've flown away from the tree into the "wild blue"... or at least around in the sky above the tree and the farm and the hatchery.  I believe they'll actually stay around the nest for up to a year as Mom & Dad teach them how to hunt.
D13 takes off, and other photos and news from RRP... )
cairistiona: (Default)
Look what I found this morning when I pulled up the webcam!  D12, the oldest of the 3 chicks, has branched!  It's a bit of an optical illusion because of the camera angle, but that branch is about 5 feet below the nest and he's probably about 6 feet away from the nest (he's about 3 feet tall so I'm guesstimating), so branching isn't just a stroll out there for the eaglets.  They have to polish their flying and landing skills and make sure they're strong enough flyers to fly up and back to the nest.  Apparently D12 felt ready and so now she sits, lording it over her two siblings who are still wingercizing and hovering over the nest. *g* 

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Here's an explanation of the learning-to-fly process from the Decorah Eagles website FAQ:

"When will they fly?
Learning to fly is a process. They are currently wingercizing. This entails flapping their wings and hopping. Late in the wingercizing phase, a gust of wind will lift them accidentally, and they will hover over the nest because their muscles are strong enough to hold their wings in the correct position and their flight feathers are long enough to sustain the lift.
Branching comes after that. Branching is defined as a small hop and lift onto the closest branch. Unless there is a panner present at the time, we will not see this first very small journey away from the nest to the branch.
Fledge or first self-propelled flight away from and back to the nest tree comes last.
The whole process last 10-13 weeks."

cairistiona: (Default)
Look what I found this morning when I pulled up the webcam!  D12, the oldest of the 3 chicks, has branched!  It's a bit of an optical illusion because of the camera angle, but that branch is about 5 feet below the nest and he's probably about 6 feet away from the nest (he's about 3 feet tall so I'm guesstimating), so branching isn't just a stroll out there for the eaglets.  They have to polish their flying and landing skills and make sure they're strong enough flyers to fly up and back to the nest.  Apparently D12 felt ready and so now she sits, lording it over her two siblings who are still wingercizing and hovering over the nest. *g* 

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Here's an explanation of the learning-to-fly process from the Decorah Eagles website FAQ:

"When will they fly?
Learning to fly is a process. They are currently wingercizing. This entails flapping their wings and hopping. Late in the wingercizing phase, a gust of wind will lift them accidentally, and they will hover over the nest because their muscles are strong enough to hold their wings in the correct position and their flight feathers are long enough to sustain the lift.
Branching comes after that. Branching is defined as a small hop and lift onto the closest branch. Unless there is a panner present at the time, we will not see this first very small journey away from the nest to the branch.
Fledge or first self-propelled flight away from and back to the nest tree comes last.
The whole process last 10-13 weeks."

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The "little" ones are now 8 weeks old, and nearly as big as Mom! It's funny how they still let out their high-pitched squees when Mom or Dad arrive with food. Though all three can self-feed now, it's adorable seeing Mom and Dad still feeding those big old babies. :)

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They're busy "wingercizing", or hopping up and down while flapping their wings. They're not hovering yet, though. That should come next week.

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The "little" ones are now 8 weeks old, and nearly as big as Mom! It's funny how they still let out their high-pitched squees when Mom or Dad arrive with food. Though all three can self-feed now, it's adorable seeing Mom and Dad still feeding those big old babies. :)

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They're busy "wingercizing", or hopping up and down while flapping their wings. They're not hovering yet, though. That should come next week.

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[livejournal.com profile] ellynn_ithilwen updated her LJ here just yesterday, and I thought I'd show you how much change those little guys have gone through in just a day! 
Evidence of my eagle addiction... )
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[livejournal.com profile] ellynn_ithilwen updated her LJ here just yesterday, and I thought I'd show you how much change those little guys have gone through in just a day! 
Evidence of my eagle addiction... )
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The Decorah eaglets are getting bigger all the time.  Look at those hobbit feet!

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The Decorah eaglets are getting bigger all the time.  Look at those hobbit feet!

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One of the eggs is starting to hatch!  There's a notice on the website that the first "pip" or hole in an egg, was spotted at 2 pm CST, just about 15 minutes ago!  Woot!  A viable egg!  I haven't seen it yet, but as it takes about 24-48 hours for the full hatch, there's plenty of time to watch the wee little eaglet emerge. :)

Watch here.   And take a look at the egg with the pip here.  Photo's a little blurry but you can clearly see the hole and the crack. :)

*does pippy-ity-doo-dah dance*
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One of the eggs is starting to hatch!  There's a notice on the website that the first "pip" or hole in an egg, was spotted at 2 pm CST, just about 15 minutes ago!  Woot!  A viable egg!  I haven't seen it yet, but as it takes about 24-48 hours for the full hatch, there's plenty of time to watch the wee little eaglet emerge. :)

Watch here.   And take a look at the egg with the pip here.  Photo's a little blurry but you can clearly see the hole and the crack. :)

*does pippy-ity-doo-dah dance*
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If you haven't been peeking now and then at the Decorah Eagle webcam but are still interested in the goings on of the Eagle household, you might be interested to know that the first hatch of the 3 eggs is expected any day between March 23-25... and the first "pip", which is when the hatchling starts breaking the egg, could come as early as today.  So some excitement coming up! :)

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