Attention eagle lovers, live-cam fiends, and people who just like to stare at fun videos of baby animals: We have a good one for you. At the behest of Metropolitan
Cathy Lanier, no less, National Geographic has a live cam focused on a bald eagle nest in Southwest
DC. It’s home to a mom, dad, and two chicks, who were hatched back in March. It’s
80 feet up in a tree on the Metropolitan Police Academy grounds, which is how Chief
Lanier got involved. The live-cam was her idea.
According to the National Geographic website
that features the 24-hour feed, there’s a lot to see. The chicks, now about eight
weeks old, “start their flying lessons by standing on the nest edge and beating their
wings.” When actual flight begins in the next few weeks, expect to see “the parents
circling nearby, often calling loudly.”
Craig Kopple, a specialist with the US Fish & Wildlife Service’s Chesapeake Bay field office, says
the parents are likely the same eagles who have nested on the academy grounds for
several years. He says the mother typically stays in the nest with the chicks while
the father goes fishing for catfish, shad, and perch in the Anacostia River.