This is SOOOO cool! We have been watching for about 2 weeks. Watch an Eagle sitting on it’s nest in real time. A mother Eagle is sitting on a nest wtih a web cam about a foot way. So you get very close. I don;t know why its so compelling- but it is. The eggs are set to hatch in about 2 weeks- so about end of April. I have been trying to find out more info.
Here is link:
Eagle Eye Web Cam- Watch Eagle Nesting LIVE
Background on the Hornby Island Bald Eagle nest:
This nest is located on Hornby Island in the Gulf Islands area of British Columbia.
This pair has been nesting in this nest for about 19 years
— usually producing 2 young per year.
GETTING THE LIVE CAM:
In September of 2004 Doug Carrick organized that a video camera be placed in the nest.
This was the one month period when the eagles were absent and the climber’s presence
would not deterr future breeding.
He then had the live feed brought to his house across the road so he could see the
live action in his living room — and record the action on his vhs..
That is only the beginning of what is incredible. He got to witness the details
of how the eagles bring in and place the branches and mosses.
He had an incredible view into the nesting behavior of these eagles.
Doug was present when the first egg was laid and had his recorder was going.
What he got on tape is I am sure, recorded here for the first time.
The female’s head is less than a foot from the camera and she goes into labor
— straining and grunting (yes captured on the sound tape) and ending with
her standing up to proudly look down at a beautiful white egg.
It was when I saw that tape that I asked Doug if we could bring this
live action the next year to the world through Streaming Video.
Doug immediately said yes.
The first six weeks of trying to get the bugs worked
out of the transmission didn’t gone so easily.
It appears that the original computer we put in place to do the encoding
was the culpret, however Infotec has made available one of their
professional units and the stream seems rock-solid.
On the other hand, the fact that any high speed Internet is available
on this relatively remote island (2 ferry rides from Vancouver Island!)
is a wonder of itself.
We looked at putting in a radio link but even that would be
next to impossible due to limited lines of sight to this particular
part of Hornby (East side with no direct view of either
Vancouver to the Southeast or Comox to the Northeast) and Texada Island
in the way of a view to Powel River.
WHO IS DOUG CARRICK:
And that is what I asked?
First, he’s the lucky husband of Shiela.
He is also a considerably dedicated conservationist,
a retired school teacher and still an educator
and very fine person.
They are blessed with having a pair of bald eagles
nest just behind their house.
The eagles favorite hunting perch tree is in their front yard.
The very productive waters, the herring spawn is just finishing
this month, seals, sealions, myriads of seabirds, orcas etc. etc.
are their constant front window view.
Other pairs of bald eagles nest on the next points —
also viewable from their living room window.
Doug’s spare time, when not attending their large and fine garden,
is watching eagles, lecturing on eagles and
showing the video of these nesting birds.