First it was the Bronx Zoo Cobra, tweeting from B&H Bagels on the Upper West Side. Now a pair of red-tailed hawks have taken over downtown Manhattan — and they’ve got their own Livestream channel. On the ledge outside the the 12th-floor window of New York University President John E. Sexton, the hawks, named Violet and Bobby, are taking turns sitting on three eggs. The New York Times, which is streaming the video live on its City Room blog, says the eggs are expected to hatch any day now.
Live nature cams have been popular since the early days of the ‘Net. One of the oldest ones my family watched, the AntCam, is still on the air. The Wildlife Cam is another good source for finding live webcasts, including at the moment a bald eagle with nestlings, complete with audio tweets (the bird noise kind). And Jess McNally collected a few more good ones for Wired Science last September.
If you’ve got a favorite live nature cam, let us know in the comments!