The Nest Webcam Dilemma: When to Interfere with NatureAfter an alarming decline in the 1970s, bald eagles are now thriving, and we get to watch some of them lay eggs and raise chicks with live nest cameras. The webcams draw dedicated fans, and when something goes wrong, they demand that something be done. When a tree leans over, they want to prop it up. When an eagle parent dies, they want the babies rescued. Wildlife organizations have to explain to people that it's just nature taking its course. Policies vary among organizations, but rarely will they interfere with disasters that may befall a nest. Some groups offer pre-made nests, in safer tree, but they cannot make the birds accept them. Some draw a line between saving a bird that suffers from a manmade problem and those suffering from the forces of nature. And they have to educate the public along the way. For example, kestrel chicks don't just fly from the nest when they fledge. They are more likely to fall to the ground, prompting viewers to call and demand they be rescued. Sure, they're in danger, but that's how kestrels do it. A local power company builds safe artificial nests for ospreys, but the birds are just as likely to nest atop power poles. What can you do? Read about nest webcams and the fans who prefer their viewing to have a happy ending at the Colorado Sun. -via Fark#eagle #baldeagle #nestcam #webcam 
Bald Eagle Accidentally Shot by Duck Hunters Learn to Fly AgainA container came one day at Dr. Cliff Redford's veterinary clinic. Inside the container was a bald eagle with an injured wing after being accidentally shot by duck hunters. The injury made the majestic bird incapable of flying. It was an urgent situation, and Dr. Redford was well aware of that. He knew that the bird might not fly again if he did not fix its wing immediately, and so he immediately tended to its care. With the help of his staff, Dr. Redford sedated the bird and performed the surgery. The bird was then transferred to the Shades of Hope Wildlife Refuge rehab facility after its surgery, and there it would spend weeks healing. After a few months of physical therapy and some test flights, the bald eagle (named Wolf because of her aggressive nature) slowly learned to fly again. On one winter day, Wolf was released, and she flew over the frozen Niagara River. (Image Credit: The Dodo/ YouTube) #Wholesome #Love #Birds #BaldEagle
Eagle Nest Cam: Live Feed of Wild Bald Eagle Nest in Florida Shows Ron and Rita with their Eaglet ChicksIn the spring of 2021, heavy storms caused a bald eagle’s nest perched high up in a pine tree in Miami-Dade County in Florida to fail. Two baby eagles fell to the ground, and sadly one didn’t survive.Worried that the bald eagle pair, a male named Ron and a female named Rita, would try to rebuild the old nest (and have it fail again), Ron Magill of ZooMiami and Lloyd Brown from Wildlife Rescue Dade County got permission from the authorities to install a sturdy platform out of a wooden Papasan chair part, plastic mesh, small sticks and dried grasses. They also installed a camera so they can monitor the bald eagles more easily.In November and December of 2021, Rita laid three eggs, which hatched into eaglets that you can see on the live webcam!​If you’re wondering where the nest is located, that information is not released to the public to protect the birds. More information about Ron and Rita’s nest can be found at Zoo Miami.
The Funniest Animals From the 2021 Comedy Wildlife Photography AwardsThe Comedy Wildlife Photography Awardscompetition has just released their 2021 finalists for the world's funniest animals, so how could we not post it on Supa Fluffy?The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards competition was started 7 years ago back in 2015 by wildlife photographer Paul Joynson-Hicks MBE. Tom Sullam and Michelle Wood joined in afterwards and the founders grew the online award to a tradition that people all over the world look forward to every year.In addition to photographs, this year's competition also has funny animals caught on video. This one above is from "Hugging best friend after lockdown" by Rahul Lakhmani.More than 7,000 photographs were submitted to the competition and a total of 42 photographs were selected as finalists. The category and overall winners will be announced on October 22, 2021.#FunnyAnimals #ComedyWildlifePhotographyAwardTake a look at our favorite funny animals and finalists 2021 Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards below: