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D.C. eagle cam captures eaglets hatching

Published: Friday, March 18, 2016 @ 3:42 PM
Updated: Saturday, March 19, 2016 @ 11:41 AM

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After days of anticipation, the first of two baby bald eagles hatched Friday morning, with the second beginning the hatching process Saturday morning.

The Bald Eagle Nest Cam, which can be watched at or, captured the hatching of the eaglet at the National Arboretum in Washington.

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The parents -- nicknamed Mr. President and The First Lady -- welcomed the eaglet at 8:27 a.m.

The parents, like most eagles, generally mate and remain monogamous for life.

Eaglet No. 1, temporarily named DC2, began hatching around 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.

The Washington Post reported Friday that American Eagle Foundation spokeswoman Julia Cecere said she was up multiple times throughout the night to watch the cameras.

The first meal for the eaglet was fish, which one of the eagle parents finished eating while incubating the second egg.

NPR reported that the two eggs were laid Feb. 10 and Feb. 14.

The American Eagle Foundation said it would be watching for the second egg to hatch this weekend. Saturday morning, the foundation posted on facebook that the second egg had began the pipping process.

We have an eaglet! Eaglet #1, which (for now) will be called DC2 in our educational chatroom (as this is the second...

Posted by American Eagle Foundation on Friday, March 18, 2016

The second egg ("DC3") has begun the pipping process on the #dceaglecam! Watch LIVE all day on!

Posted by American Eagle Foundation on Saturday, March 19, 2016