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Friday, 19 March 2010
You've Got To See This!
Mood:  incredulous
Topic: FamiliesAgain Freebies

OK. Now that I'm calm after last night's internet browser crash, I can tell you what that midnight post was all about.

You may have heard of webcams that show famous places such as the Eiffel Tower, but have you heard of nature cams? I found out about them a year or so ago when I got hooked on watching a female eagle sitting on her eggs. You can find nature cams for almost anything. Today Jacob and I watched an underwater cam showing Bass and other fish swimming by. Click here to find cameras from all over the world pointing at eagles, hummingbirds, bears, deer, boar, fish...almost any animal you can think of.

Our latest craze is watching Molly the Barn Owl and her husband McGee. Molly is sitting on five eggs that are due to hatch any time now. In fact, one is overdue! When I checked a few minutes ago, it still hadn't hatched, but almost 10,000 (yes, that's a one with five zeros) people were watching! McGee isn't usually there, but if you catch the live feed at just right time, you can see him bring in some grub for Molly to eat. The video that I posted last night was of Molly gulping a whole mouse down at one time.

This video shows her downing a rabbit all at once. Don't worry, the rabbit is dead, and there is no blood or guts but it may be a bit graphic for some. What's interesting is that while this was being filmed, Carlos, the great person who put up this camera equipped owl box over two years ago, was doing an online chat session with an elementary school classroom. Most of the video is just of Molly peacefully sitting on her eggs with the voices of the kids asking the questions while Carlos answers them. The kids ask some great questions, and you find out a lot of interesting information about Barn Owls. Toward the end of the video, however, at about minute 26, the action begins to liven up when Molly picks up the rabbit that she had stored away, and begins to swallow it whole.  You have to see it to believe it!

Just click on the picture below to watch the video, and, don't forget to click on the link above to watch Molly live. One word of warning, though. It could get addicting!



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Posted by tink38570 at 1:17 PM CDT
Updated: Friday, 19 March 2010 1:31 PM CDT
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