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Monday, May 7, 2012

Monday's! They're for the birds



Authored by: Bloodhounded
 I found myself watching young eagles in their nest for hours! I thought it was so cool I wanted to share it with you. Enjoy!




UPDATE 5/7/2012 - This is a re-post from 6/20/2011 with a bunch of stuff added for your enjoyment. 
The Eagles returned and guess what, you got it, new baby eagles. Check back often to follow their growth right through fledgling. This is so cool! And, they added night vision cameras so now you can watch 24/7.


I thought I would share with you a live cam that I came across on NEPAG posted by CJ part of Cerberus1 and good pal Beau. At first I thought, "big deal, an eagles nest", but then I went back and then again and again to see these young eagles just on the brink of fledgling. Once you get past the few second sponsor it's all awesomeness from there.     



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Pretty cool don't you think? Here is some info on them according to The Raptor Resource Project which brings you the Decorah Eagles from atop their tree at the fish hatchery in Decorah, Iowa and hosted on  Ustream TV.


CacheCrazy.Com asks all of the important questions:
When will the eaglets fledge?
The literature says 10-12 weeks after hatch, which puts the estimate at between June 11th and June 25th. Bob believes that the eaglets will fledge closer to the end of June based on last year's fledge and the eaglets' feather development. Their tail feathers need to be long enough and their primary feathers stiff enough for flight.

How high is the nest?
About 80 feet.

How big is the nest?
about 6 feet across, about 4 feet deep; it weighs about 1000 lb.

How old is the nest?
The eagles built it in 2007. A previous nest close by fell when a windstorm broke one of the branches.

Which is the male and which is the female?
It is hard to tell the difference unless they are both on the nest. The female is larger than the male. This female has a ridge above her eyes that goes further back than on the male, and her eyes are surrounded by a greyish shadow; the male has a line around his eyes that makes them look “beadier.” Some think that the male’s head is “sleeker” than the female’s.

What is the history of this pair?
They have been together since the winter of 2007-2008. Her markings at that time indicated that she was about 4 years old. They successfully hatched and fledged 2 eaglets in 2008, then 3 in 2009, and 3 more in 2010.

What is the area around the nest like?
The nest is in a cottonwood tree on private property near the Decorah Fish Hatchery (operated by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources), on the banks of the babbling waters of Trout Run in extreme northeast Iowa. The nest can be seen from the hatchery, but visitors to the hatchery should keep their distance from the nest tree, both to respect the private property where the tree is located and to avoid disturbing the eagles.
Here is a ground-level video of the surroundings, taken in March 2010.This video shows the eagles’ point of view.

Where can I see pictures and videos of these eagles?
RRP provides an archive of 
daily views of the nest over the immediate 24-hour period, taken every 2 minutes. Click on Eagle Dailies.
RRP’s 
Youtube site has many videos.

Who operates and maintains this cam?
The Raptor Resource Project (RRP) maintains the cams, of which there are two, and the feed is streamed online 24/7. Both are positioned on one of the nest’s supporting limbs about 4-5 feet above the nest. The main cam is automated and is trained on the nest. The other cam has pan-tilt-zoom capabilities (PTZ). At dark the main cam switches to infrared (invisible to the eagles) night-time view. Here is a 
slide show of the cam installation in fall 2010.

Who does the panning, tilting, and zooming, and when does that happen?
Bob Anderson, Executive Director of RRP, switches to the PTZ cam when time and weather permit, and especially when there appears to be interesting activity in the nest.

What is the Raptor Resource Project?
Established in 1988, the non-profit 
Raptor Resource Project specializes in the preservation of falcons, eagles, ospreys, hawks, and owls. We establish and strengthen breeding populations of these raptors by creating, improving, and maintaining nests and nest sites. In addition to directly managing over twenty-three falcon, eagle, and owl nest sites, we provide training in nest site creation and management across the United States, reach more than 85,000 people each year through lectures, education programs, and our website, and develop innovations in nest site management and viewing that bring people closer to the world around them. 
Our mission is to preserve and strengthen raptor populations, to expand participation in raptor preservation, and to help foster the next generation of preservationists. Our work deepens the connection between people and the natural world, bringing benefits to both.
Check out the 
links to cams of many of the raptor nests that RRP manages.
RRP also has a 
Facebook page.
We have just started offering some eaglecam merchandise. Visit 
our merchandising page if you are interested.

What’s this about a PBS documentary on this nest?
The Decorah eagle nest was featured in a PBS Nature series program, “American Eagle,” that premiered in November 2008. Filmed by cinematographers Robert Anderson and Neil Rettig in high-definition, the video is available on DVD and 
online.

Here are some pictures of some other feathered friends
that I have taken recently:


These guys came to visit me near our home. I think they escaped from the local "Pheasants Forever" project that is nearby. I love the beautiful colors of the pheasant.
























This guy ran across the road in front of me and my son and was nice enough to stop for a picture. The Chukar was likely stocked.


















Sandpipers remind me of the Jersey shore, fun, sun, relaxation and vacation......wake up! These little guys where chasing me and once I took their picture, off they went.



















I can't leave out my Mallard Duck friends! I think the are one of the most beautiful ducks in our area of the north east USA. The Wood Duck is a close second.



This is BigAl's most awesome picture of an eagle. He saw it roadside and has the equipment and the luck/skill to get such a wonderful picture! I love this picture!



Our own Honorary Author Kim recently had the great fortune to babysit a young gosling and then returned it to his parents. What a great experience and the post at her blog, Snug Harbor Bay tells the whole story and check out the video!



All this "nest footage" got me thinking....
Here are a few shots from my very own nest cam!






Awe look at the little guy all fuzzy and cute, he's just a baby!

I'm starting to like Monday's a little bit more already, how about you?

2 comments:

BigAl said...

Fantastic article BH. I love watching the eagles and the site is one of my favorites. They have grown so much and it will be neat to see them leave the nest soon. I love it because that means we'll have at least three more eagles flying around the USA this year than we did last year. Thanks for using my picture again. It is my favorite picture of all time. Or should I say for right now until the camera comes out again.

Sue said...

This is really neat! I love the nest with the cache in it and your comments on it are so funny. This is really a great blog and I'm glad I found it!
Sue

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