Eaglets are on the way! You can witness live and up close the moment the chicks hatch on the D.C. Eagle Cam. The nest (and camera) is located in the National Arboretum in Washington, D.C. The eagle parents have been named Mr. President and the First Lady in honor of their location.
If you want to try and guess the hatch dates/times of the eggs, use hashtag #dceaglecam on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook with your prediction (Eastern Standard Time). For more information, visit Eagles.org.
Learn more about eagles at our bald eagle facts page.
UPDATE 1: The first eaglet started hatching around 7:30pm EST on March 16.
UPDATE 2: In case you were wondering what bald eagles look like when they sleep…
UPDATE 3: The first eaglet hatched at 8:27am on March 18!
All images © American Eagle Foundation.
Meet our featured animal, the bald eagle!
Here are five fun facts about bald eagles:
- The bald eagle is one of the largest raptors in the world.
- Bald eagles can reach speeds of up to 160 km/hr (100 mph) when diving.
- Using thermal convention currents, bald eagles can climb to up to 3000 m (10,000 ft.) in the air. They can soar for hours using these currents.
- Once coupled, bald eagles will mate for life.
- Bald eagles build enormous nests, called eyries, out of sticks. These substantial nests have been known to weigh up to 900 kg (1 ton).
You can watch in real time the lives of two bald eagle chicks and their parents on National Geographic’s live eagle webcam! The eagle nest (called an eyrie) is located in Washington D.C. The young eaglets, who were born in March, are covered in brown feathers. They won’t develop their characteristic white heads until they are about 4-5 years old.
Like bald eagles? You can see more live eagle cams here:
To learn more about bald eagles, see our Bald Eagle Facts page.