Thursday, March 29, 2012

America... hatching

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From Wired:

The trio of baby eagles that hatched on live webcam for an audience of thousands have finally left the nest.
Two of the nearly-grown eaglets hopped from their nest in a cottonwood tree in Decorah, Iowa, to a nearby branch around 10 a.m. yesterday. The third eaglet followed later that afternoon.
“They’ve reached the time to fly,” said Bob Anderson, executive director of the nonprofit Raptor Resource Project, which operates the cameras that stream the family of eagles to the internet.
The eaglets’ feathers and wing muscles are developed enough for flight, but they haven’t fully fledgedthe nest yet. They’re doing a pre-flight stretch called “branching.” The next few days to a week will probably be spent hopping back and forth from branch to nest to branch again, Anderson said. The eaglets might even venture up to some higher branches, out of view of the camera.

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