Decorah eagles preparing for more eaglets

Published On: Feb 09 2012 10:08:04 AM CST   Updated On: Feb 09 2012 11:00:00 AM CST

DECORAH, Iowa -- A pair of eagles, made famous by their internet eagle-cam, have returned to Decorah.

slideshows_icon[1] LIVE STREAMING: Decorah Eagle-Cam

The eagles gained international attention last year when over 206 million people watched the hatch and fledge of three eaglets over live streaming video.

The Raptor Resource Project (RRP), a non-profit group that specializes in the preservation of falcons, eagles, ospreys, hawks and owls, has two cameras fixed on their nest, offering a live stream 24 hours a day.

"Because they have servers around the world, it's like watching live TV. Some people call it the best bird cam on planet earth," said Bob Anderson, director of the RRP, in a previous interview.

The eagle's nest is located 80 feet above the ground in a cottonwood tree, stretching almost 6 feet across and weighing an estimated 1,000 pounds.

According the the RRP Facebook page, the eagles have been spending more time in their nest and the RRP wouldn't be surprised if the first egg is laid earlier this year.

Three eggs were laid between February 23rd and March 3rd of last year. Millions watched the activity of Mom and Dad Eagle before all three hatched in early April 2011.

The RRP fitted one of the 2011 eaglets, dubbed D-1, with a satellite transmitter on July 12, 2011. D-1 was tracked to northwestern Wisconsin and northeastern Minnesota before returning to Decorah in late December.

The group has had a camera focused on the eagles for five years and has been streaming it for the last few years.

The Decorah eagles hatched and fledged two eaglets in 2008, three in 2009, three in 2010, and three in 2011.