The same webcam that gave wildlife enthusiasts a birds’ eye view of expecting barn owls is now documenting those eggs on the verge of hatching.
Starr Ranch Sanctuary Manager Pete DeSimone installed the webcam in the 100-foot tall eucalyptus tree to keep track of the birds, which hatched seven chicks last year.
Now, hundreds of people are keeping an eye on a couple of barn owls who are about to become parents again.
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The first egg began to hatch Friday morning, and the next egg will likely begin "pipping" in about two days.
NBC 4 was at the owls’ home early Friday and the mother bird seemed to be waiting for some action.
The transformation operates like clockwork: about 30 days after the egg is laid, the chick begins to hatch, DeSimone said.
And thanks to the magic of the Internet, people around the world get a chance to "ooh" and "aww."
Anyone can access the webcam by going to the sanctuary’s website.