Paul White of Webster Texas, is about to become Houston’s baldest grandfather yet again. Ma and Pa, the bald eagles in his backyard, are signaling it’s nearly time for their annual egg to hatch.
As a retired professional videographer, White has continuously documented and shared updates on the flighty couple since they first landed on his tree to build their starter nest in late 2013. The location, approximately 250 feet from Clear Creek, is prime eagle real estate for fishing and laying their softball-sized eggs.
Despite their luxurious amenities, Ma and Pa have faced hardships on their journey to becoming eagle parents this year, including the loss of an egg. White said the second egg disappeared sometime during his European vacation with his wife, but he remains eager for the arrival of his side chick.
The Whites have witnessed the miracle of life and grandparenthood before, including last year, when Ma and Pa hatched two chicks.
As of 8:46 a.m. CST Friday, White posted on his Facebook there was still no sign of piping, the beginning phases of hatching, but was optimistic it will happen soon:
“We saw the egg at 6:30 and did not see any pip but this is only day 36 so there is no panic. The common hatching time is 36 days so we are watching closely.”