Now how come I never knew about this when it was still happening?
Basically, the story is this: a retired accountant in Vancouver set up a camera to observe the nest of a pair of bald eagles near his home. He shared videos with friends, and eventually somebody offered to put up the live feed online. Now okay, two eagles fussing over their nest, that’s fine, but then one day a couple of eggs made their appearance. “By early May, when one egg mysteriously vanished and the fate of the second hung in the balance, the website’s popularity spread like wildfire.” The site attracted as many as 10 million hits a day. Sadly, neither of the eggs made it, and it’s still uncertain why.
It’s a sad and inspiring story at the same time. Sad because the eggs never hatched, inspiring because so many people cared enough to monitor their progress. I can only hope that this whole thing would result in more support for wildlife protection rather than just be a one-time sensation.
When I read the title of the article I was so excited because I thought the eagles would be our very own Philippine Eagle, which, I have to say, is much more guapo, and possibly even bigger, than the bald eagle. But I realize now that it’s a very slim possibility. For one, Philippine Eagles are so rare you would be quite lucky to see one in the wild, much less locate a nest. Also, they nest high up in forested mountains, not in somebody’s backyard. The most we can see is the eaglets bred in captivity, which are cute and inspiring as well but of course it’s just not the same if they’re not in the wild where they should be.
I used to cut out articles and pictures of Pag-asa, the first Philippine Eagle bred in captivity. I was about twelve or thirteen at the time, I think. Now, more than a decade later, I’m still chasing after stories of eagles, and I don’t think I’ll ever really stop.