Eagle Live Cam On Catalina Island: Wray And 'Superman's' Eggs To Hatch By Easter (VIDEO)
Although the bald eagle was once hunted and poisoned almost to extinction, it has made a remarkable recovery since 1972, when it was classified as Endangered. Today, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has upgraded the bird's status from Endangered to Threatened. The banning of the pesticide DDT has also helped to improve the bald eagle's chance of survival which had caused the shell of the eagle's eggs to become too thin.
Currently on California's Catalina Island, a bald eagle live cam is streaming live footage of two majestic eagles keeping watch over three precious eggs expected to hatch around March 31. The live stream features two eagles, a female named Wray and a male nicknamed "Superman". These two eagles have made their home in a nest high up on the Catalina cliffs. The female, Wray, laid her three eggs at the end of February and then in early March.
Dr. Peter Sharpe has been studying bald eagles on the island for years. In 2007, he witnessed the so-called "Easter Miracle" of four bald eagles hatching without human assistance. It was the first time that had happened in more than half a century, according to the Catalina Island Conservancy. As for the new eggs, “We expect the first egg to hatch around Easter, give or take a day," said Dr. Peter Sharpe of the Institute for Wildlife Studies in a press release.
The camera, is being operated by The Pet Collective in conjunction with the Institute for Wildlife Studies and began streaming footage in February. It will continue to do so through April 24. Although the Institute for Wildlife Studies has filmed Wray and Superman before, "the collaboration with The Pet Collective brings an even wider audience to the work they do and the live cams," according to John Singh from The Pet Collective.