Iowa Bald Eagle nest cam

Adult Bald Eagle in flight over a Utah marsh

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.

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  1. LARRY May 21, 2011 at 10:32 am

    could you scan just a bit farther away from the nest so we can see all the activity ? Thanks, really enjoy the site !!!!!!

  2. LARRY April 24, 2011 at 2:39 pm

    just wondering if anyone knows how keen the chick’s eyesight is at this stage

  3. kelsey April 23, 2011 at 3:15 pm


  4. kelsey April 23, 2011 at 3:14 pm

    i love the eagles they have names to small, mediemand ×large

  5. maria feros April 6, 2011 at 7:41 pm

    i heard about this on the news lastnight, i’m from australia & i’m hooked!! i actually watched the third egg hatch this morning before i took my daughter dancing. it was beautiful, the male arrived just as the egg was hatching & almost looked as if they both, mother & father, just enjoyed the moment. i couldnt rip myself away from the screen!!

  6. buddie April 4, 2011 at 5:27 pm

    Is that a dead beaver in their nest today?

    • Mia McPherson April 4, 2011 at 5:59 pm

      I thought it might be a muskrat, looks too small to be a beaver

  7. Juliana Neuwirth April 3, 2011 at 2:18 pm

    Oh and by the way, Liz, that is a river under it that makes all the noise

  8. Juliana Neuwirth April 3, 2011 at 2:11 pm

    I can hear children and a dog in the background and the eagle heard it too, and looked over the nest to see. Fun to watch!

  9. J. Baker April 2, 2011 at 5:52 pm

    OMG!!!!!!! This is the coolest thing ive ever seen! <3

  10. Deb fossum April 2, 2011 at 10:20 am

    My cats and I have really enjoyed watching the eagels. My husband and I have gone trout fishing at the stream that is below the The area is beautiul. Thank-you for allowing us to watch these eagles, it,s great!

  11. oakland April 1, 2011 at 1:04 pm

    I cant get my laptop to put the eagle on my screen and im mad

    • J. Baker April 2, 2011 at 5:53 pm

      Ok, try another computer

  12. Liz D. April 1, 2011 at 11:39 am

    It IS the wind. In Iowa, the wind is a constant except on rare occasions. Lived there a long time an dmiss it!

  13. Thresa March 30, 2011 at 2:18 pm

    Now this is reality TV!!

  14. LARRY March 30, 2011 at 12:18 pm

    Really a neat site….can’t wait for the eggs to hatch and feeding begins….Awesome….THANKS !

  15. hannah March 20, 2011 at 4:46 pm

    this is a great website for young kids to learn about how birth works and other stuff and i love this website because i love birds and animals so much!

  16. Juliana Neuwirth March 20, 2011 at 12:42 pm

    Is the constant sound a waterfall below?

  17. juliana neuwirth March 20, 2011 at 12:40 pm

    What is the sound that is constant in background? Cant be the wind all the time, so is it a waterfal or something down below?

    • Mia McPherson March 20, 2011 at 1:10 pm


      It seems that at times during the day someone moves the camera around, you can see horse, barns, and they tip the camera down too and below the nest it looks like a very fast moving river. Sorry I can’t help more but I’m just a watcher too.

  18. trinity and hanna March 19, 2011 at 7:59 am

    the bald eagle is amazinggg i wish i kept one of the babies

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