Millions watch bald eagles nesting
Chicago - A new US reality show has gone viral on the internet featuring a life and death struggle, a love story and a bird’s eye view of - an eagle family.
More than 11 million views from 130 countries have been recorded by a streaming video of a nesting bald eagle couple in Decorah, Iowa.
The first egg was laid in February, the eggs were incubated for weeks and the eaglets finally emerged.
The idea was hatched by biologist Bob Anderson, who installed a live video feed from an 24m aerie, now showing at www.ustream.tv/decoraheagles.
Anderson, 60, is the executive director of the Raptor Resource Project, a non-profit based in Decorah.
He attributes the popularity to the clarity of the feed that allows a close view of the majestic birds with white feathers on their head and dark bodies and the tiny, vulnerable, fuzz-ball eaglets.
"It is the wonder of having modern technology linking to the wonder of nature, and once people watch it they take ownership," said Anderson.
"The world loves it," said Anderson, who now operates dozens of bird cameras across the nation and receives funding from a company called Xcel Energy in Minneapolis.