Hornby Island Bald Eagles -- Site no long live.(Updated)
Wednesday, March 22 2006 @ 12:05 AM EST
Contributed by: davidh
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.
PROJECTED HATCHING DATES: April 26 and 30.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org --))
Visit our Streaming Video Feeds page for the live video feed
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.
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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.
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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