To foster appreciation of the Earth’s creatures, Explore.org specializes in setting up live cameras that capture animals in their natural habitat. Any time of the day or night you can check in with the live streams documenting nests of owls, eagles, and, especially adorable, hummingbirds.
In one hummingbird nest in La Verne, California, Little Bella the hummingbird has been nesting in the branches of a ficus tree since at least 2005. She diligently raises up to four or five broods every year, in a nest about the size of a golf ball.
In one video, you can see the two chicks hatching from the precious eggs that are slightly bigger than a Tic Tac breath mint.
After about two and a half weeks, the eggs hatch and Bella will discard the shells, protect her babies and feeds them a diet of insects and nectar.
At this age, while the chicks wait for their mother to return with more food, they nestle together, nearly bursting from the tiny nest, and stick out their long needle-thin tongues.
The babies fledge 21-25 days from hatch and are ready to discover the joys of flight.
Led by Charles Annenberg Weingarten, Explore.org uniquely combines global grantmaking for wilderness causes, filmmaking, and photography as tools to educate and inspire.
See what Bella and her chicks are up to right now—at a time when the chicks are nearly ready to fledge and could take flight at any moment—at the live streaming webcam here.
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