Actually, right now, there's one MAJOR, HUGE, GINORMOUS, BIG way that I procrastinate. And I'm blaming science. And my mom. And cute little feathery things.
Here ya go. Be warned, though, watching birds do almost nothing can get pretty darn addictive!
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I've seen the mama and the papa take turns sitting on the babies (which would get you in sooo much trouble in my world...). I've seen them take turns bringing home the bacon (well, fish, actually, but I'm betting the babies wouldn't mind some bacon. Kind of stir things up in the taste department.) I've seen one of the parents sleeping (head tucked back under wing) all night and the other, God-knows-where. Seriously - the eagle doesn't come home at night? What's he/she doing? Out visiting eagle strip joints? Going on a girls' night? Hooking up with strange eagles of the night? One wonders.
Actually, I wonder. A lot.
This morning I saw both parents feeding the babies. I was heartened to see that these are good parents. They cut up (okay, tear/rip/shred) their children's food into swallow-sized pieces, they make sure each one gets enough to eat, and they even will pull the food back out if one of them has gotten an overlong piece and appears to be choking. They keep a fastidious nesting area (not a fastidious nest, as we won't describe how the babies haven't quite yet mastered the art of, er, eliminating their digested food OUTSIDE of the nest itself, but do a funny/interesting job of keeping it out of where they sleep), always arranging what I'll call windbreaks for the eaglets, and do a good job of rotating around to make sure each baby maintains the correct body temperature.
I wasn't along for the hatching of the eaglets, but I'm going to have to go check out the archived video of the eggs hatching. I'd heard about this site online and with other people chatting about it, but it was on Wednesday night when my mom texted the link to one of my Kids for the umpteenth time (annoying said Child who couldn't really care about baby eagles when there are electronics and friends and school functions coming up), and I texted her to send me the link.
If only I'd known what I was getting into. I've always been fascinated by raptors, eagles and peregrines in particular. And I see this usstream has other cams, including a peregrine one. They also have another one I'm definitely going to have to check out: the hummingbird cam.
If you remember from I Dream of Genies, hummingbirds appear at rather, um, auspicious moments in my story. I might have to do some more research...
Yeah, that's my excuse. Procrastinating is all research.
That's my story and I'm sticking to it.
So, who's seen this video? Who's at least heard about it?
And who have I now hooked on it? (I have it playing on my iPhone constantly...)