Watch the Most Thrilling Moments of the Bald Eagle Nest Cam

We watched more than 40 hours of hatching and feeding to bring you the most exciting (and cutest) clips of the new eaglets.

March 22, 2016 - Two eaglets recently hatched at the U.S. National Arboretum in Washington, D.C. Known for now as DC2 and DC3, the bald eagle chicks have been enjoying their first meals of fish, which the parents have been taking turns collecting. The nesting pair, named "Mr. President" and the "First Lady," had their first eaglet a year ago in a nest at the top of a tulip poplar, which prompted the installation of two video cameras. Volunteers organized by the American Eagle Foundation take turns operating the cameras as people from around the world watch live. See the adorable highlights from DC2 and DC3's first days.

What's next for eaglets DC2 and DC3?

Video © 2016 American Eagle Foundation, EAGLES.ORG
Associate Producer: Jed Winer

In Washington, D.C., someone is usually watching you. But for the last few days, two of the district's most heavily surveilled residents have also been two of its newest. 

DC2 and DC3 are the newly hatched bald eagles in the National Arboretum. DC2 began hatching on March 17 and emerged the next day. The sibling, DC3 hatched a few days later. In between pips, the parents—nicknamed Mr. President and First Lady—took turns keeping their new babies warm and bringing them fresh fish to feed on.

All of this excitement was captured on a live camera feed operated by the American Eagle Foundation. (Meet the camera's operator.)

In mid-May, officials will take blood samples to determine the eaglets' sexes. At that point, there will be a public vote to give DC2 and DC3 new names. By June, the babies won't be babies anymore, and will take trips out of the nest to explore and to find food. All of this will be captured on the live cam. (Read more about America’s majestic national symbol.)

The thrill of live nature cams is that you can watch things like hatchlings emerging from their eggs or bald eagles returning to the nest with fish in their talons. But in between the action, there's a lot of time where a parent is just sitting on the hatchlings, keeping them warm and making viewers wonder whether their browsers froze.

The above video shows the highlights from the new eagles' first few days out of the shell. 

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