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.
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.