Hundreds watched the first eagle egg hatch. Curious to see how the nest life unfolds? Follow the feathered family live right here.
Birdwatching normally requires skills, patience and physical presence. Too exhausting or unpractical? Lucky for you, Zooom.no lets you bird-watch from your own living room. On their webpage you'll find live around-the-clock broadcasts of wild Norwegian animals in their natural habitats. Particularly birds.
But not just any birds. For the third season running you can peek into the nest of a white-tailed eagle couple, named the Baron and the Baroness, at Smøla on the coast of Nordmøre. This spring is the sixth mating season they spend together, and once again a bird-friendly camera captures this tree-top life. Night and day, week after week.
See what's going on in the eagle's nest right now:
The two previous seasons the couple took turns incubating their eggs for 38 days before they hatched. This year, the same thing happened. After exactly 38 days, the first eaglet emerged from its egg.
Northern-Europe’s largest bird of prey, the fourth largest in the world
The female is larger than the male
Its wingspan can measure up to 2,65 metres
It can weigh close to 7 kilos
They eat mostly fish and seabirds, but also mammals
Males and females take turns incubating and feeding their eaglets
They can live for up to 50 years, in Norway the record is 33 years
The population density is highest on Smøla in Norway
Among the 50 white-tailed eagle couples mating at Smøla, Zooom’s expert team considered the Baron and the Baroness most likely to produce offspring.
In 2015 they parented two eaglets, Jeppe and Nille. Last spring the Baroness laid another two eggs, and after 38 days of incubating, Storm and Stille were born. While Storm would grow up and eventually leave the nest, Stille died dramatically and was eaten by Storm and their mother.
“Stille had had problems for a while before it died, and I am quite sure that there was something seriously and fundamentally wrong with it, although I'm not sure what exactly," said Zooom’s eagle expert, Espen Lie Dahl, in an interview at the project’s webpage.
Whatever the reason, Dahl is certain Stille didn't die due to any lack of food.
"There is an abundance of food here for the white-tailed eagles. They can feast on mackerel, baby seagulls and goslings.”
The Zooom team was met with strong reactions after Stille’s death. But, as Dahl points out, the white-tailed eagle is a scavenger who is used to eating lifeless animals.
“I also don't think they see it as cannibalism like we do. To them it's just food, so it's not so surprising, but I'm not sure if it is common or not.”
He understands their reactions, though, seeing these are eaglets they have formed a relationship with.
“At the same time I think it is important to put our human emotions aside when we view this. This is nature, and there is another set of rules here. Animals don't see things the way we humans do.”
Zooom calls itself “the only channel that will give you a sincere view of what goes on in nature.”
They broadcast wild animals and Nordic nature, including the northern lights, “without the use of censorship or filters”. The Zooom team sees it as their communal responsibility to show the nature as it is, in their words: “beautiful, raw and brutal”.
Long before games on smart phones made people behave strangely in their outdoor search for virtual creatures, Norway was a Mecca for the real thing: birdwatching all year around.
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