Hornby Island Bald Eagles -- Site no long live.(Updated)


Hornby Island Bald Eagles laid their first egg of this season at about 1745 (5:45PM) on March 21, 2006!!

Second egg was laid March 24. (Incubation takes about 36 days)

Both eggs were infertile and disappeared in early May.


During the last 24 hours -- APRIL 16 -- over 400,000 people tuned into this site for a few minutes to all day. "I wonder how many people will be watching the days of the hatch. -- hopefully I will!!" David Hancock

NOTE: because so many people are tuning in, when the site viewing capacity has been reached and you will sometime get jerky motion or a black screen. Just keep refreshing until you get in. Sorry for the popularity -- but of course you are the problem. But I am so honored out eagles are being appreciated. Happy Viewing. --- David

This Streaming Video is provided by Doug Carrick and Hancock Wildlife Research Center

(( -- We are very open to getting some sponsors to help offset the cost of this site and development of other sites -- Contact: David Hancock david@hancockwildlife.org --))

Visit our Streaming Video Feeds page for the live video feed

Site 1 - Streaming Video Feeds - featuring Bald Eagle Nesting -- Hornby Island, British Columbia

Note:The huge number of people viewing the site has pointed up a number of items that have previously not been tested under such a load. Infotec is working on their server systems to make things run the way we all want it, but this does take time. We expect that problems will continue to crop up from time to time as we all deal with the popularity of the nest video. Please be patient with all of us and if you have problems getting on or with the feed being jerky or slow, wait a while and try again. The technologies being used have not been put to the test like this before with a single, high-bandwidth feed.

VIDEO FOR SALE: Doug has made copies of the 37 minute Bald Eagle Nesting (I call it Eagles in Labor) video on DVD and copies are available through this WEB site at $19.95 or $25 with shipping and handling.

----- Call: Free Call: 800 938-1114 or email: sales@hancockwildlife.org

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Details on Nesting Eagles: read more .....

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.


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.

EGG LAYING: Doug was present when the first egg was laid and had his recorder 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. I 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 Inernet 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 site 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.

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Authored by: Anonymous on Friday, March 31 2006 @ 10:18 AM EST Hornby Island Bald Eagles -- Live Streaming Video (Updated)
This is the most unbelievbable thing .. it is riveting
All the best with this project and spreading the word about this majestic creature
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  • More Bird Cams - Authored by: Anonymous on Thursday, April 06 2006 @ 10:56 AM EDT
Authored by: Anonymous on Sunday, April 02 2006 @ 09:31 AM EDT Hornby Island Bald Eagles -- Live Streaming Video (Updated)
Thanks very much for sharing this great video feed with the world !!! I am sure by the the time the chicks hatch the whole Family they will be famous !!~~~Will be truly amazing to see the menu @ dinner time ~~~~ Keep up the great work the "world" will be watching
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Authored by: Anonymous on Sunday, April 02 2006 @ 10:47 AM EDT Hornby Island Bald Eagles -- Live Streaming Video (Updated)
Wow! Amazing! Thank you so much for sharing this!
I am so excited..to see what the Eagles are doing.
I wish I was rich, I would donate tons of money to this event and research! I do wonder, if everyone sent in say $10.00...with this many people watching, it would add up so quick!

Is there a way to tell male from female?
What is the time difference there...I am on the East Coast. It seems to stay daylight there about three hours later than here.
Thanks again....amazing! :)
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Authored by: Anonymous on Tuesday, April 04 2006 @ 09:55 AM EDT Hornby Island Bald Eagles -- Live Streaming Video (Updated)
I can't see the eagles anymore :( All I see is a video of a man talking about the Infotec company. Is the cam down?
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Authored by: Anonymous on Tuesday, April 04 2006 @ 03:16 PM EDT Hornby Island Bald Eagles -- Live Streaming Video (Updated)
Grade 2/3 from Whistler is now tuning in to the Bald Eagle nest.
We have her 'nesting' in the corner of our classroom on the computer monitor for all the kids to watch throughout the day.
Today, we got to see her turn around in her nest, giving us a peek at the two eggs. We also got to hear her calling which caused a complete silence in the classroom while every child listened. It was so neat!
We'll be watching in anticipation of the eggs hatching.
Thank you for allowing us this opportunity to observe a real eagle nesting!
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Authored by: Anonymous on Thursday, April 06 2006 @ 02:50 AM EDT Hornby Island Bald Eagles -- Live Streaming Video (Updated)
This is wonderful watching the eagle, but Tuesday and Wednesday I only saw the male eagle. Has anyone seen the female come and change shifts? I'm not familiar with how much time may pass before one of the adults will return to the nest.

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Authored by: Anonymous on Thursday, April 13 2006 @ 07:01 PM EDT Hornby Island Bald Eagles -- Live Streaming Video (Updated)
I was able to winess a switch while watching yesterday, simply amazing
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Authored by: Anonymous on Thursday, April 13 2006 @ 07:13 PM EDT Hornby Island Bald Eagles -- Live Streaming Video (Updated)
An amazing site!!!
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Authored by: Anonymous on Monday, May 01 2006 @ 04:11 PM EDT Hornby Island Bald Eagles -- Live Streaming Video (Updated)
I observed on the morning of Friday April 28, 2006 what appeared to be one of the eggs hatching. When the sitting eagle stood up, I could see what appeared to be the head of the eaglet's struggle to break out of the egg.

Shortly after that all I could view were reruns of the eagles sitting.

How could the embroy be sterile when I saw one of the eggs hatching? Whats happening in the nest? Show us either an empty nest or the hatching. Please
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  • Egg hatching? - Authored by: Anonymous on Wednesday, May 03 2006 @ 08:59 AM EDT
  • Egg hatching? - Authored by: Anonymous on Wednesday, May 03 2006 @ 12:17 PM EDT

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