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By: Pat B (offline) on Tuesday, September 28 2010 @ 09:14 AM EDT (Read 51561 times)  
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West End Nest, Santa Catalina Island - Bald Eagle Cam
(Information about the Two Harbors Nest is in the next post)

Direct link for the West End nest:
http://www.iws.org/bald_eagles/westendcam.html

http://www.iws.org/bald_eagles/nestcam.htm
This page has links to the two Catalina cams and the Santa Cruz Island Cam; Catalina cams now use flash technology, and have occasional ads. The cams are solar powered, so the picture may be less than optimal in bad weather.

This nest, established in 1991, is unusual in that it had three adults for a number of years. The female Dianna (K69) has wing tag on each wing and female Wray (no wing tags,but has a silver leg band) were brought from nests in British Columbia as chicks in 1986 and released together from the Sweetwater Hacktower on Catalina Island. Male K01 (sometimes called "Superman" ) was hatched at the San Francisco Zoo in 2000 and fostered into the Pinnacle Rock Nest; he replaced the previous male who disappeared before the 2006 nesting season at an age of 25. Dianna has not been seen since early in 2008, and there is hope she may have left to form a pair with an unattached male. According to Dr. Sharpe of IWS, Wray and the original male were a pair for a year before Dianna joined them, so she was the junior member of the trio. 22 chicks have fledged from this nest since 1991. Three of the five eggs removed for incubation in 2007 hatched, and the trio successfully raised female K72 ("Earth" ) and males K73 ("Wind" ) and K74 ("Fire" ). One of two eggs removed for incubation in 2008 hatched (though it was out of position for hatching and needed assistance to break out of its shell), and Wray surprised everyone by laying a third egg after the initial two were removed - which actually hatched naturally, although Dr. Sharpe put the chances of an egg from that pair surviving to hatch at less than 5% because of the contamination in the area. Both the incubator chick K65 "Miracle" and the naturally-hatched K67 "Surprise" are female.

In 2009, both eggs were left in the nest, both hatched, and K98 Faith and K97 Joy (both female) fledged successfully, though K98 was found dead in the water 5 weeks later, perhaps while trying to fly to the mainland; K97's transmitter malfunctioned shortly after installation making her hard to track after she left the nest area; she was last seen at Lake San Antonio, California, on July 3, 2010. K01 and Wray raised two male chicks in 2010, K08 Dakota and K07 Aquila; both fledged successfully, but K07 drowned a month later while trying to fly to the mainland. K08's transmitter sent a mortality signal apparently from the mainland about a week after he fledged, but neither he nor the transmitter were found; we're hoping it's an equipment malfunction.


Based on past experience, look for eggs in late February and early March, chicks in early April, and fledging from mid-June to early July.

2010-2011 Season:

  • adults return: Wray, Sept 14, 8:41 am; intruder seen Sept 14, 9:25 am, identified as male K51 (hatched at the San Francisco Zoo in 2005 and fostered into the Pinnacle Rock Nest), and after a couple of weeks Wray stopped chasing him away, and they've begun nestorations; no sign of K01 as of October 15, 2010, though he often doesn't return until November; Update - K01 finally returned January 13; as of February 22, 2011, K51 hasn't been seen since then, though there's speculation he may have gone back to one of the outer islands; K01 was seen alone at the nest until January 23, when Wray returned; they started acting like a pair immediately, and have been together since then.
  • egg(s) laid: February 23, 5:42 pm; February 26, 6:40 pm; maybe March 2, 8:30 pm (seen March 3, 3:52 am)
  • hatched: April 4, 12:18 pm (40 days); April 5, 6:39 am (38 days); April 7, 6:19 am (36 days)
  • banded: May 29 - K12(F), K13(M), K14(M)
  • named by viewers: Aahana, Alerio, Prince Harry
  • fledged: July 2 (89 days); June 30 (86 days); July 2 (86 days)




(2010 screen cap by JudyB)

A note about wing tags: Eagles hatched, fostered or released from hacking towers on Catalina Island have orange wing tags with the letter K and two numbers; the first number is often the year they were hatched - but as there are now more than 10 eaglets per year, the others will get unused numbers from previous years, like K03 at Seal Rocks. Eagles hatched, fostered or released in the northern Channel Islands (including Santa Cruz and Santa Rosa) have powder blue wing tags with the letter A.

(Information from the Institute for Wildlife Studies)

Link to last year's thread for this nest



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By: Pat B (offline) on Tuesday, September 28 2010 @ 09:47 AM EDT  
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Two Harbors, Santa Catalina Island, CA - Bald Eagle Cam

Direct feed for Two Harbors:
http://www.iws.org/bald_eagles/twoharborscam.html

http://www.iws.org/bald_eagles/nestcam.htm
This page has links to the two Catalina Island cams and the Santa Cruz Island Cam; Catalina cams now use Flash technology, and like our HWF cams, there are occasional ads. The cams are solar powered, so the picture may be less than optimal in bad weather.

The male K81 was hatched at the San Francisco Zoo in 1998 and fostered into the West End Nest, while the female K82 hatched from an egg removed from the West End Nest in 1998 and fostered into the Pinnacle Rock Nest; like most of the Catalina adults, they are generally referred to by their wing tag numbers instead of a nickname. They became a breeding pair in 2003, and K82 has laid eight eggs from 2004 through 2008, six of which have hatched. Because of problems with DDT pollution which can make the shell of eggs too thin to hatch naturally, until 2009, eggs from this nest were removed a few days after they are laid, replaced with artificial eggs, and placed in an incubator; when they hatch, the chicks were returned to the nest. This pair raised two eaglets, male K78 and female K79, from the two eggs they laid in 2007. One of their two eggs hatched in 2008, and they successfully fledged female K83 Star, who was seen in Oregon in March 2010. In 2009, it was decided that there were enough productive nests on Catalina Island that the eggs would not be removed for incubation, and both their eggs hatched naturally! Females K91 Thunder and K87 Lightning both fledged successfully; K91 was seen in MacDoel, CA, in June 2010, and K87 was seen on Catalina Island in August 2010. The pair raised female K04 Avalon and male K06 Gabriel in 2010, and were doing well the last we heard.

Based on past experience, look for eggs in late February and early March, chicks in early April, and fledging from mid-June to early July.

2010 - 2011 Season:

  • adults return: female K82, Sept 3, 6:34 am; male K81, Sept 3, 7:24 am
  • eggs laid: February 17, 8:31 pm; February 21, 11:23 pm
  • hatched: Mar 27, 8:24 am (38 days); second egg disappeared March 16 (day 23)
  • banded: May 22, as K18 - link (8 weeks old; appears female from initial measurements)
  • Fledged: June 23, 2011




(2010 screen cap by IrishEyes)

A note about wing tags: Eagles hatched, fostered or released from hacking towers on Catalina Island have orange wing tags with the letter K and two numbers; the first number is often the year they were hatched - but as there are now more than 10 eaglets per year, the others will get unused numbers from previous years, like K03 at Seal Rocks. Eagles hatched, fostered or released in the northern Channel Islands (including Santa Cruz and Santa Rosa) have powder blue wing tags with the letter A.

(Information from the Institute for Wildlife Studies)

Link to last year's thread for this nest



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By: Anonymous: CAL04 () on Wednesday, September 29 2010 @ 10:05 AM EDT  
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:hello: Good morning WE,

6:23 am,
K-51 and Wray on the nest.
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By: Anonymous: CAL04 () on Wednesday, September 29 2010 @ 10:08 AM EDT  
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6:29am,
Wray leaves the nest....
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...followed by K-51.
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Video up later.
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By: Anonymous: CAL04 () on Wednesday, September 29 2010 @ 10:51 AM EDT  
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By: Debs (offline) on Sunday, October 03 2010 @ 03:39 PM EDT  
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October 3 2010

Thank You Cal for the great scaps and video too Very Happy I am still away till Thursday and looking forward to being back on my perch Sitting eagle too!

1234 pm
K51 Wub our male intruder was just in the nest and the ravens were playing their
great game of distract and snatch Titter think the ravens won again Green LOL K51 flew
out of the nest and was in hot pursuit of the ravens and lots of fly bys seen by the nest Grin!

Saw Wray and K51 in the nest this morning and after that I saw a lone eagle Wub looked like
a male~~ never saw a wing bling on the left side.....is sure looked like Superman Wub
but not sure either would be so nice to see Superman yep yep yep!!


May you embrace all the "blessings and gifts" that surround you in your life ... let your spirit soar :-)


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By: Anonymous: CAL04 () on Monday, October 04 2010 @ 11:34 AM EDT  
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Smile Good morning WE!

Hi Debs wave,

Great to hear from you! You certainly have got the "eagle-eye"; am also hoping that the lone eagle you saw yesterday was our Superman. Will be oh-so-glad when you are home and back on your perch here:
Sitting eagle

Busy morning at WE. A few pics of Wray and K-51's first visit to the nest today. Lots of trilling, beaking and then departure. Have a video of the beaking episode and will get it up later. Nodding yes

6:21 am,
Wray arrives.
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Wray.
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6:27 am,
K-51 arrives.
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By: Anonymous: CAL04 () on Monday, October 04 2010 @ 11:41 AM EDT  
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6:32 am,
There were a few episodes of beaking between Wray (ladies first) and K-51 this morning after which Wray decided to leave the nest. K-51 immediately followed her.
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Will get the beaking/departure vid up later.





       
   



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