You’re outside every chance you get, but there are times when you have no choice but to stay indoors. It could be anything from a rainy weekend to some unforeseen event, but sometimes you’re just couchbound. One of our favorite ways to pass the time is live webcams from scenic locations around the world. There’s something special about watching it live because the thrill of discovery still exists. If something unique happens, you’ll still be the first to see it (along with whoever is there in person).
Here are our top ten webcams for outdoor enthusiasts.
The Northern Lights in Churchill, Manitoba
If you’ve been lucky enough to see the Northern lights, you know how surreal the experience is. It looks like a fantasy world that can’t possibly be real, yet there it is. Another bonus of this webcam? You just might see a polar bear out for a walk.
Decorah Eagles in Iowa, USA
The Decorah Eagle nest was built by the Raptor Resource Project team, and the eagles have been returning for years. It’s next door to a trout hatchery so they have plenty to eat and feed their cute little eaglets.
Wildlife in Transylvania, Romania
Big bear, red deer, roe deer, wild boar, fox, rabbit, and wolves are just a few of the things that come out at night in Romania. You never know what you’re going to get with this one!
Cheetahs, lions, elephants, giraffes, impalas, baboons, warthogs, owls, Egyptian geese, genets, meercats, waterbuck and porcupines. Yeah…it’s a lot. This webcam at this watering hole is set low to the ground to provide the perspective of a cheetah.
Bella Hummingbird’s Nest
Hummingbird nests are notoriously hard to spot. Think about it – how many have you seen? This one provides a rare look into the nesting behaviors of the Bella hummingbird.
Chesapeake Conservancy Osprey Cam
Watch a pair of ospreys devour fish while nested above the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland. Also, their names are Tom and Audrey.
Wolong Grove Panda Cam
An unlimited supply of bamboo combined with a playground makes for happy pandas. The residents of the Shenshuping Gengda Panda Center in China’s Wolong Valley are always engaged in adorable nonsense.
The GRACE Gorilla Cam
The GRACE Gorilla cam features Grauer’s gorillas in the Republic of Congo. It’s located next to the Tanya Nature Reserve and is a sanctuary for 300 gorillas (8% of the remaining wild population).
Homasassa Springs Underwater Manatee Cam
Homasassa Springs Wildlife State Park provides a refuge for injured and ill manatees. They hang around until they’re healthy enough to be released. It’s hit or miss to catch them on the cam, but when you do, it’s quite the sight.
American Eagle Foundation Nest Cam Florida
We added a second eagle cam to the list because, well…we love them. This one has two eaglets, and the camera quality is impressive. The fun thing about eagle cams is that you never know that they’re going to bring back for dinner.