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By: Debs (offline) on Wednesday, September 14 2011 @ 02:02 PM EDT (Read 48234 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

Direct link to all three cams
http://iws.org/interactive_nestchat.html

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. Superman K01 has orange wing blings to identify him, however, they are only visible now when he has his wings fully spanned as the blings are tucked inside of his wings and often covered by feathers now as opposed to laying flat on the outside. Superman also has a silver band on his left leg and an orange band on his right leg.

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; K98 died while trying to fly to the mainland; K97 was seen on the mainland in April 2011. K01 and Wray raised two male chicks in 2010, K08 Dakota and K07 Aquila; both fledged successfully, but both likely drowned while flying to the mainland; only K07's body was recovered.

2011 was an interesting year. After the nesting season of 2010 and towards the latter part of August Superman K01 disappeared from the area. However, in September 2010 a new young male K51 started visiting the nest and began courting Wray. Over the course of the next four months and based on the behavior observed in the nest it certainly appeared that Wray had accepted K51 as her new mate.

K51 was hatched at the San Francisco Zoo in 2005 and fostered into the Pinnacle Rock Nest.

Then on January 13, 2011 Superman returned to the nest and the young male K51 has not been seen since. Wray and Superman re-established their relationship and together they had three eggs this season, all of which hatched; K12(F)/Aahana, K13(M)/Alerio and K14(M)/Prince Harry and all three fledged successfully.

K12 and K13 were still on the island as of the end of August.
Unfortunately, K14/Prince Harry's body was found in the water between Santa Cruz and Anacapa on August 30th.

Update: K12 Aahana was seen and photographed in Alberta late this summer.
We hope to have updates to share later this year with regards to this family including K51.

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.

2011-2012 Season:




(2010 screen cap by JudyB)

K51-January 3 2011
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Screen capture by Debs

K-01 - Superman-January 13 2011
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This is the first day SM is seen in the nest after returning from his 4 + month vacation.
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Wray feeds her triplets-April 12 2011
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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: Debs (offline) on Wednesday, September 14 2011 @ 02:03 PM 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; both fledged successfully.

In 2011 there were two eggs initially but one disappeared after about 3 weeks; the other hatched. K18(F)/Solitaire fledged successfully, and was still on the island and she was observed returning to the nest until mid-October, almost four months after she fledged, which is rare behavior.

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.

2011 - 2012 Season:

  • adults return: N/A There is food aplenty for this pair so they do not migrate they remain on the island year round.
  • eggs laid: February 19 2012 6:31 pm; February 22 2012, around 8:30 pm
  • sad news: one of the eggs was lost late in the day on March 26; it's not clear if it was infertile and collapsed or a failed hatch, but pieces of shell were removed and no chick was seen
  • hatched: March 29, 11:26 am (39 or 36 days)

  • Passed away: April 20, 2012, early morning hours the chick fought off a fox. But the fox returned when the chick was sleeping and took him around 1:50 am.

  • banded:
  • Fledged:



Meet K82 Mom & K81 Dad Wub- The new cam provides great close up views!
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Scap taken by Debs-January 3 2012 Note Dad K81 is missing is wing bling on his right side!

K18 - Solitare - April 12 2011
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A wee bit of alone time...nice big crop too!
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K18 - Solitare - Wings - June 24 2011
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K81 & K82 and their two letts K04 Avalon and K06 Gabriel - April 4 2010

Screen capture 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: Debs (offline) on Wednesday, September 14 2011 @ 02:03 PM EDT  
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Here are some screen captures that shows Wray anklet and Superman's wing blings mostly visible with his
wings spanned wide open.

January 15 2012
Wrays anklet
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Jan 22 2012
Superman's Wing Blings
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Jan 14 2012
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By: Debs (offline) on Wednesday, September 14 2011 @ 02:03 PM EDT  
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By: Debs (offline) on Thursday, October 27 2011 @ 08:48 PM EDT  
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October 27 2011

A different view to enjoy....looks like Wray is perched on her favorite "pin". I would sure like to see Superman and Wray Wub visit the nest so we can get a good look at them both....seems like forever ago since we had activity in this nest Sad

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October 25 2011

A fishing boat passes by.
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Dad visits the nest.
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By: Debs (offline) on Thursday, October 27 2011 @ 08:58 PM EDT  
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Woo Hoo ask and sometimes you do receive Green LOL
one is in the nest and one is perched on the "pins" proof both are around...
I am so glad to see them both.

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There was a fly by overhead in the nest area; adult in the nest was tracking the bird.
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By: Debs (offline) on Thursday, October 27 2011 @ 09:28 PM EDT  
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Collage of Wray and Superman ...they are so beautiful together Red Heart
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By: Debs (offline) on Thursday, October 27 2011 @ 09:32 PM EDT  
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Wray
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620 pm
Wray still there....but not for much longer.
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625 pm
Wray departs the nest.
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Now time for me to say....Good night too Green LOL


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