Viewers flock to website to watch bald eagles hatch

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A bald eagle sits perched atop a tree branch in a rural area of Abbotsford, B.C., on Tuesday March 31, 2009. (Darryl Dyck / THE CANADIAN PRESS)

A bald eagle sits perched atop a tree branch in a rural area of Abbotsford, B.C., on Tuesday March 31, 2009.

(Darryl Dyck /THECANADIAN PRESS)

A still image of a live stream found Saturday, April 4, 2009 on the B.C.-based website Hancock Wildlife Foundation is shown.

A still image of a live stream found Saturday, April 4, 2009 on the B.C.-based website Hancock Wildlife Foundation is shown.

ANOTHER STORY ABOUT OUR HWF CAMS!!

Viewers flock to website to watch bald eagles hatch

Updated: Sat Apr. 04 2009 11:47:31

 


The Canadian Press

VANCOUVER — The critters inside the eggs, mere days, if not hours from hatching, aren't the only ones with eagle eyes.

Thousands of people from around the world are flocking to the website for B.C.-based Hancock Wildlife Foundation to watch live streaming video of a pair of bald eagle eggs.

Two cameras, set up near a nest in Delta, B.C., first caught the mother laying the eggs in February.

With the eaglets ready to emerge any time now, more and more viewers are tuning in, watching for the slightest sign of their arrival.

"We call ourselves eagle-holics because most of us really are," Karen Bills, Hancock's project co-ordinator, said with a laugh.

Bills said the viewers, many of whom are elderly, some from as far away as Australia and Europe, are watching intently for little cracks in the eggs, known as pips.

The eaglet has a pip tooth at the end of its beak that it uses to break free from the shell. Once the eaglet is out, the pip dries up and falls off.

"The only purpose that it serves is to peck little holes, little jagged holes, all the way around the circumference of the shell and it gradually works its way out," Bills said.

Read the rest of the story here:

http://www.ctvbc.ctv.ca/servlet/an/local/CTVNews/20090404/eagles_website_090404/20090404/?hub=BritishColumbiaHome

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