Wings over Pittsburgh: Overhead and on screen, the eagles cause a stir

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Two new Pittsburgh residents have raised celebrity-watching to new heights.

Ever since February when three eggs were spotted in a bald eagles’ nest in Hays, high above the Monongahela River, bird-watching has become a habit for thousands, thanks to a camera installed by a Murrysville-based security camera company PixController and improved environmental conditions that mean fish are plentiful for the birds’ diet.

The parental pair who fledged an eaglet last year, too, signaled the start of something big on the morning of March 28 as they stood looking at their eggs, perhaps because they could hear their first hatchling as it started pecking. By 4:30 p.m., the baseball-size eaglet was clearly visible and, two mornings later, a second eaglet hatched. The third egg’s future is not yet known.

Watching the nest’s activity is addicting (sorry, boss), with every sudden movement by the mother triggering fear of an invasion and every takeoff by a parent in search of food engendering awe at the creature’s soaring beauty and power.

Smart technology has succeeded in bringing nature up close and personal.

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