This sure beats staring up a tree with a pair of binoculars.
Bird enthusiasts, bloggers and the general public alike have been flocking for months now to get an online, round-the-clock, bird's eye view of a much celebrated family of bald eagles.
The two eaglets and their parents found overnight fame by allowing a captive audience to invade their nest via a live blog and video stream called The Eaglecam. And they're apparently just one of many bird and other animal families that can be viewed via Webcam.
Designed by a group of Maine scientists, the Eaglecam was installed in January in Hancock County, near Maine's north coast.
Bloggers have been mostly gushing over images, especially cute ones like the April 10th birth of "Big," mom and pop's first hatched eaglet. Some, however, were horrified at the site of Big pecking his smaller sibling to death.
Blog community response:
"I have been watching both the live Eaglecam and the live Looncam...Yeah I know. I'm a little 'nature' crazy...It has been so educational and entertaining. Two completely different nature soap operas unfolding before my eyes...Yes. It is just THAT addicting. Hey! I don't have hockey to obsess over. I have to have some vice."
--Judy Ann Warren
"I was introduced to this family a few weeks ago. I check on them many times throughout the day when I'm home and at least several times in the morning and afternoon when I'm working...I find it so relaxing to watch them go about their business in the nest, and seeing Mommy Eagle feeding them really appeals to my own motherly instincts."
--Rebecca on MySpace
"Anyone watch that EagleCam they had a little while ago? I have to admit it was kinda cool, but I have been raised on action films and kept hoping one of the camera operators would attempt to grab an egg...I suppose I just wanted to see it buzz-saw up his arm. I sent the link back east and people went nuts over it."
--Sal Dali on Hackingthemainframe.com