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RaptorCam Irresistible

by Frank Mungeam

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Posted on May 4, 2007 at 1:17 PM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 4 at 2:39 PM

When we added a Raptor Cam to's web site, I thought people would enjoy it but we had no idea how popular it would become.

This spring, a pair of Red-tailed Hawks chose a fire escape outside the viaLanguage office in downtown Portland to make their nest. Not long after, mom laid a pair of eggs and the watch began.

Two chicks hatched, on April 18 and April 20, and folks have watched ever since with "rapt" attention as the Raptor Cam documents this circle of life.

We started saving one image a day from the Raptor Cam and put together a DAILY SLIDESHOW that captures the progression of the chicks from hatching forward. Some days, it's a little gruesome, with a bloody and headless mouse in the nest, part of the day's dinner. Other times, it's touching, as mom feeds her chicks. It's also amazing to see how quickly these chicks grow!

KGW Reporter Nancy Francis did a great interview with Dieter Waiblinger, the office manager at viaLanguage who has become quite a fan of his new office mates, even though he admits the Hawks are killing his staff's productivity :-)

Here at KGW, I catch people checking out the camera on our web site as I walk past their desks.

Then Wednesday, I got a call from Katy Muldoon at the Oregonian. She told me our RaptorCam was her new favorite link. She wrote a great story that appeared in the Friday Oregonian about the RaptorCam and the great collaboration between the Audubon Society, our team and viaLanguage that has made it possible to share these images with the public.

Some time later in May, a bittersweet exciting yet sad day will come - the day the babies fly the nest! You can bet we'll be watching closely.

And, thanks to the response, through our partnership with the Audubon Society of Portland, we'll be re-locating our Raptor Cam to another nest to continue to offer this unique perspective on wildlife in our city.