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online webcams for viewing wildlife

Posted Jan 14 2013 9:53pm

In addition to game sites, you can find several sites now for viewing wildlife. Over the last couple of years, these sites have multiplied so that viewing a variety of eagles, owls, hummingbirds and other birds as well as a variety of other kinds of animals from wild to domestic: puppies, kitties and more. Whatever your preference, you are sure to find a site that suits your preferences. Ever since the Decorah eagles’ nest became popular, people have flocked to these sites to watch wild birds and other animals as they lay eggs and raise their young.

The best way to find them is to go to a couple of reliable sites that also include chat rooms.  SportsmansParadiseOnline  is one site with varied and very active chat rooms. They have added a lot of webcams, so you can choose from a good mix on that site. If you go to some of the other online streaming sites directly, like  Ustream  and WildEarth , you will find an even greater variety; the chat functions at these sites can vary widely from moving too fast to not much activity at all. If you don’t care about chatting and just want to view, the chat functions won’t matter. For joining in the chat, you will need to log in to their site; otherwise, you can view without chatting or needing to log in. Some sites, like SPO, use your existing social networking sites, like Facebook or Twitter so you don’t need to create a new login for chatting.

If you are just starting out with your viewing and want to see what’s available, you might try SPO first. It is an easier way to find wildlife videos, whereas Ustream takes a bit more hunting. SPO simply uses the Ustream or other live stream at their site, so viewing a nest will be the same whether you view from SPO or Ustream (or other live stream) directly. The only difference will be that SPO has the added and more sophisticated feature of chat.

Keep in mind that the busy time for viewing is early spring for much of the US. A few sites in warmer climates are available, but most of the eagle or owl sites will have eggs and hatchings in February and March. Then, the real fun begins as we watch the baby birds grow as their parents feed and care for them. You might think this is something that would hold no interest. But, I thought that when I took my first peek at the eagles’ nest at Decorah a couple of years ago, and now I’m an avid watcher.

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