By Dr. Becker
Using webcams to allow humans to observe wildlife without disturbing them or removing them from their natural habitats is a wonderful use of technology.
I hope you enjoy these live shots as much as I did!
A red-tailed hawk couple has been nesting on an 80 foot light pole at Cornell's athletic fields for the last four years. The university decided to install a camera just this year to get a closer look at the pair and their offspring.
The female bird, "Big Red," estimated to be about 9 years old, laid three eggs sometime in March. The babies hatched around mid-April. The camera has captured the parents bringing prey to their young, including voles, pigeons and squirrels.
Papa bird, dubbed "Ezra," is smaller and lighter in color than his mate, and is at least 7 years old.
A rare California condor couple, Sisquoc and Shatash, take care of their chick, Saticoy, hatched on March 10.
This looks like a pretty Spartan nest for baby Saticoy, doesn't it? But actually, condors in the wild nest in cavities like caves, rock piles or holes in very large trees. At San Diego's Safari Park, the condors are provided with an elevated nest box. They aren't interested in adding nesting material – the egg (just one) is laid right on the substrate of dirt, pebbles and woodchips.
California condors are classified as critically endangered. There were only 22 in existence in 1982. But thanks to conservation efforts since then, today there are about 400 birds in breeding facilities and in the wild.
Decorah Eagle Cam
A family of eagles lives in this nest near a fish hatchery in Decorah, Iowa.
This pair of bald eagles built their first nest in this spot off the coast of southern California in 2006. This is a new nest and they have two new eggs.
Over a dozen live nest cams – including eagles, falcons, owls, and turkey vultures – many with recent or upcoming hatches.