THOMSON, Ill. (AP) — A nontraditional family of bald eagles is caring for three eaglets that hatched this spring in a nest along the Mississippi River near Fulton, Illinois.
A webcam is allowing fans around the world to watch the interactions of the trio — two males and a female.
Stewards of the Upper Mississippi River Refuge , which set up the webcam in 2011, named the males Valor I and Valor II. The female was named Starr.
The two males stayed together and courted a new female after their first mate died.
The original trio formed in 2013 after the female that was then in the nest chose a new mate. Although Valor I was replaced by Valor II, he hung around the nest throughout the breeding season. In 2017, the female was killed by another eagle.