So I promised to take you someplace beautiful...Here's a link to a hummingbird nest. Live from the west coast. "Nest cams" are becoming increasingly popular online; the tiny video camera embedded in the nest doesn't seem to affect the birds at all. Or, perhaps, they are finely feathered divas. They go about the business of laying eggs, hatching them, feeding chicks, and banishing the weak--my favorite kind of reality show.
Eagle Nest Cams rounds up the best of the show, from Maine to Victoria, British Columbia; things are quiet over at the owl's nest in Austin, Texas. The Eastern bluebird nest in Pennsylvania shows five gorgeous blue eggs. But where's mama? Ah, she's back, and in position on the nest. And, while we're at it--just to balance all this modernity with a step back in time-- take a look at these beautiful bird illustrations by John Sill (see image).
You may ponder all kinds of philosophical and social questions about why we are so mesmerized by these violations of bird privacy, all in the comfort of your own pajamas. Now, what happens when we find out that enormous, bird-like creatures from an alien planet are watching us on nest cams?