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WATCH LIVE: Nest cam captures birth of baby bald eagle

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

Updated: Saturday, March 19, 2016, 12:24 PM

The eagle has hatched.

Well, one of them has, at least.

A day after a live bald eagle nest cam caught the birth of a tiny eaglet at the U.S. National Arboretum, nature lovers are eagerly awaiting the hatching of its still-shelled sibling.

The eagle parents — nicknamed “Mr. President” and “The First Lady” — fed fish to their tiny hatchling Saturday morning, as the second egg slowly began to crack, the live stream showed. Two cameras have been focused on the Washington D.C. nest all week.

The second hatchling could break free of its shell soon, and anyone with Internet access can watch the action unfold.

Eagles Mr. President and The First Lady tend to their newly hatched baby in their nest at the U.S. National Arboretum.American Eagle Foundation

The hatching process often takes hours or days. The first birdie started to peck through its shell Wednesday night, and finally emerged Friday morning.  

But be warned: The live stream shows a real-life, wild nest and anything can happen.

“While we hope that two healthy juvenile eagles will end up fledging from the nest this summer, things like sibling rivalry, predators, and natural disaster can affect this eagle family and may be difficult to watch,” a warning on the live stream video read.

The U.S. National Arboretum sits along the Anacostia River in the nation’s capital. The parents brought a fish, possibly an American Shad, to the nest Saturday, and were seen feeding it to their first hatchling.

The parents brought a fish, possibly an American Shad, to the nest Saturday. American Eagle Foundation

The parents brought a fish, possibly an American Shad, to the nest Saturday.

Enlarge The second hatchling could break free of its shell soon. American Eagle Foundation

The second hatchling could break free of its shell soon.

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The parents brought a fish, possibly an American Shad, to the nest Saturday.

The District of Columbia Department of Energy and Environment said the eagle parents have been nesting at the arboretum since October 2014. Last summer, the couple raised one eaglet.

With News Wire Services. Stream © 2016 American Eagle Foundation, EAGLES.ORG.

mwagner@nydailynews.com

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