Nesting Florida bald eagles become a Web sensation
Miami, Dec 27, 2012 (EFE via COMTEX) --
A pair of nesting bald eagles have become a sensation on the Web, thanks to a video camera that tracks their every movement around their nest on private property in Florida.
Hundreds of thousands of people from more than 100 countries have enjoyed watching the eagles, who are the national symbol of the United States and were once on the verge of extinction.
The eagles, known as Ozzie and Harriet, have been together about 20 years and are nesting at a site on private property north of Fort Myers, a city on Florida's Gulf coast.
Internet users can see the nest and birds via UStream, a Web site that specializes in rebroadcasting live video.
The live streaming video shows the large birds' movements around the nest, which is by a road.
The eagles have accounts on social-networking sites Facebook (Southwest Florida Eagle Cam) and Twitter (SWFLEagleCam).
"It's fantastic to see them fixing up the nest and bringing fish to eat," property owner Dick Pritchett said.
Curious people and bird lovers watch the eagles from a safe distance and photograph the nest, in which the female recently laid two eggs.
Experts believe that bald eagles, which can cover vast distances when they are young, mate for life.
Bald eagle nests, usually constructed from sticks and branches, are among the largest in the bird world. EFE
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