Adult Bald Eagle in flight over a Utah marsh – Nikon D200, f6.3, 1/1600, ISO 400, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 400mm, natural light, not baited
Bald Eagles (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) are powerful raptors, the white eyes of the adults look fierce, they have impressive wingspans and each stroke of the wings is strong. I’ve seen them have fights over prey where I was sure one of the birds might be injured or die from being ripped up by the dagger sharp talons or wounded by the hook-like beak. I have always been impressed by their large size and their exciting aerial maneuvers.
Yesterday a friend of mine sent me a link to an Eagle nest cam in Decorah, Iowa near a fish hatchery that I have been having fun watching so I thought I’d share it. I think it is wonderful that today’s video camera technology allows us to view the nests without distrubing the adults or the chicks while allowing us to observe the behavior on a daily basis.
While watching the Decorah eagle cam yesterday I could see three eggs in the nest. To me it is amazing how gentle the adults are when settling down on the eggs to incubate and how gingerly they adjust the fragile eggs. I’m looking forward to seeing the young eaglets hatch and grow. I did a web search on when the eggs were laid and the first one was laid on February 23rd,usually eagle eggs take about 35 days to hatch so the first egg should hatch around the 1st of April.
While watching the cam I was able to see both adults taking turns incubating, gentle rearranging the nesting material and keeping an eye out for intruders. Late in the evening the cam goes to black & white (after that I could hear a horrible hum) for a period of time and the video stops recording after that. This morning it started as black & white (with that hum) fpr awhile. Even before daylight the adult on the nest began to call.
I’ve been able to hear other birds with my volume on, this morning I was sure I heard an American Bittern and there always seems to be the sound of smaller birds too.
I’m sure I am going to find this fascinating to watch and the camera is close enough to the nest that I should be able to watch the adults feeding the chicks. Enjoy! (Sorry about the brief commercial before this starts)
The wind is blowing hard here and the light is going to be horrible because of the incoming storm, so I think I’ll watch the live feed today to get my bird watching fix 🙂
The Decorah Eagle cam will go off the air when the birds are no longer being seen around the nest.
Direct link: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/decorah-eagles
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