I've just spent five minutes watching a sleeping eagle breathe. This is one of the nesting Bald Eagles in Decorah, Iowa. The nest is illuminated at night; you can check in on these birds 24 hours a day. At about 9:25 p.m. Thursday one bird was on the nest, head tucked into a wing. When I watched closely I could see the bird's body expand and contract as it drew a breath. It was inhaling about once every seven seconds. There is no wind tonight, so noise from the neighborthood can be heard; the bubbling of the river below the nest, the sound of an occasional vehicle passing on the road just across the stream. This is extremely cool stuff. I recommend it, day or night. The address is www.ustream.tv/decoraheagles.

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