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'Eagle cams' across the US live-stream eaglet births (VIDEO)


An Osprey eagle with three eaglets sits on their nest in front a US flag painted on the Vehicle Assembly Building at the John F. Kennedy Space Center April 28, 2011 in Cape Canaveral, Florida.


Roberto Gonzalez

Eagle cams, which allow viewers to live-stream the births of the majestic birds, are once again all the rage as hatching season begins. 

As of Monday, the Eagle cam in Decorah, Iowa had over 4 million views and over 52,000 current views, Long Island Press reported.

Last year, Decorah's Eagle Cam was the most popular feed on Ustream in 2011, with thousands tuning in to watch the little eaglets hatch, according to Wired

Wired has been keeping a close watch on the Decorah camera, and reported on Monday that one of the eaglets was hatching. 

The Alcoa Eagle Cam in Davenport, Iowa welcomed three new eaglets on Monday, KWCH of Iowa reported. The Alcoa web camera showed the new birds' mom and dad Justice and Freedom feeding and caring for their young, according to KWCH. 

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Eagles in Iowa typically lay eggs in late February or early March, which hatch in late March or early April. The eaglets grow quickly and are ready to fly by late May or early June.

The first Decorah egg was laid on February 17 and was expected to hatch on March 23 or 24. The other two eggs are likely to hatch in the upcoming two weeks, according to College News. Each eaglet take between 12 to 48 hours to hatch, so avid Eagle Cam enthusiasts have plenty of time to soak up the wonder of watching baby eagles be born. 

Iowa isn't the only state to adopt the Eagle cam trend: there is also a popular live stream out of Richmond, Virginia (whose two eaglets have yet to hatch), and cities all over the US have set up cameras near nesting sites in order to chronicle eagle chick births, College News reported. 

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