Egg-stra! Laid edition! Eagle nest gets ovoid arrival!

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There is egg-citing news from the famous Durbe white-tailed eagles' nest with confirmation that the first egg of the season has been laid.

Viewers watched in webcam wonder as the act was performed Wednesday afternoon courtesy of the Latvian Fund for Nature's live coverage (which you can follow below).

Compared to last year, this year the inaugural egg has been dropped a week earlier, following the nest owners Milda and Voldis' first mating of the season which was also recorded live in true 'Big Brother' style on January 17.

Since March 2017, a pair of white-tailed eagles, named Milda and Raimis, had been the owners of the nest. However there was intrigue at the start of the 2021 season when Raimis mysteriously disappeared, leaving Milda a single mother. Two chicks hatched, but unfortunately died due to lack of food with the absent father no longer around to help out.

Since the end of April 2021, a male, whom the audience gave the name Mr. K, stayed in the nest with Milda. On February 18, 2022, Mr. K was seen on camera for the last time beore he too disappeared without a trace.

On February 20, 2022, a new suitor appeared. He was initially given the temporary name Mr. S, but then renamed 'Voldis' and appears to be a keeper as far as Milda is concerned. More drama will inevitably follow as the season continues.

You can keep track of all manner of avian action with the selection of nestcams (and even an underwater fishcam) here: https://www.youtube.com/@LatvijasDabasfondsOnline

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