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By: JudyB (offline) on Monday, September 19 2011 @ 09:58 PM EDT (Read 49366 times)  
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Carolina Raptor Center, NC - 2012 - Bald Eagle Cam

New link to the hacking tower cam http://www.wcnc.com/news/local/eagle-cam


WCNC Eagle Cam - new link for 2012!
A new streaming cam replaces the 5-second refresh cam for 2012. Smile No sound or night vision - but when all goes well, currently one of the earliest glimpses of eagle chicks.

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The nest is located at the Carolina Raptor Center, near Charlotte, North Carolina. Derek and Savannah are non-releasable eagles who have been at the Carolina Raptor Center since 1998 (see next post for more details). They became a pair, and she laid her first eggs in 2004. They didn't hatch, but in 2006 two eggs hatched; the eaglets Len and Lola were taken to a hacking tower when they were 6 weeks old and subsequently fledged; they have GPS units and can be tracked at the Carolina Raptor Center Eagle Tracking Project. They had one egg hatch in 2008, and that chick Letha was also successfully fledged from a hacking tower, but not tracked. No eggs hatched in 2009; they think the unusually cold weather was responsible, and responded by insulating the pair's preferred nestbox (which is on the ground). The pair laid three eggs in 2010; the first egg hatched, was named Noah (and later determined to be female), and successfully fledged; the second hatched but the chick was not strong enough to survive, and the third failed before hatching. Noah was tracked to Virginia, where they lost the signal from her transmitter; transmitters do fail, so we are hoping Noah is doing well. The pair laid two eggs in 2011 and both hatched successfully, but sadly the younger eaglet (who had seemed smaller and weaker) died when he/she was 26 days; a necropsy was conducted but didn't determine a cause of death; the older eaglet, named Kinsey, was moved to a hacking tower with two somewhat older eaglets who had been rescued after their nest collapsed; we think being with older eaglets encouraged Kinsey to "branch" on the perches in the tower at a fairly young age, and she fledged successfully, not long after her older tower-mates.

There are at least five other adult eagles at CRC, and I think most of them share the enclosure with Derek and Savannah, though they know better than to come close to the nest. I've also seen what appear to be a couple of juveniles in the enclosure in December 2010, though their stories aren't posted yet on the CRC site.

Based on past experience, look for eggs in early January, chicks in mid-February, and fledging from a hacking tower in early May.

2011-2012 Season:

  • cam on: January 6
  • eggs laid: January 18, 4:07 pm; seen January 22, 7:18 am (probably laid overnight)
  • hatched: February 25, 1:12 pm (38 days)
  • named: Carolina
  • to hack tower: Monday, April 9, 2012
  • first perched: Cam was down from Friday, April 20 to Thursday, April 26. When it came back on, she was perched (April 26 = 61 days old)
  • hack tower doors opened: Thursday, May 3, 2012 (68 days)
  • "branched" to outer perch: Monday, May 7, 2012 (72 days)
  • fledged: May 10, 2012 @10:05 a.m. (75 days) (returned to the tower at 2:21 p.m.)
  • last seen: May 26, 2012 (91 days)
  • tower cam off: June 4, 2012





(Information from Carolina Raptor Center; March 10, 2011, s'cap of two tiny chicks from CAL04;May 24 s'cap of Kinsey and her companions in the hacking tower by eaglet999)

Link to the thread for the previous nesting season

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By: MaryF (offline) on Wednesday, September 21 2011 @ 12:11 AM EDT  
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A VERY interesting update for the 2012 season...............


Put a new cam in EagleCam!

Resident nesting American Bald Eagles, Savannah and Derek, have laid eggs and hatched eaglets for the past 6 years in the eagle aviary at Carolina Raptor Center. The world has watched through a webcam -- following the eagle family in good times and bad.

This past year, the large number of viewers and the old technology were continued sources of frustration when the cameras were down and had to be reset daily. Nonetheless, eaglet "Kinsey" provided hours of entertainment for thousands of viewers daily -- as she grew from a grey puffball to a not so gainly fledgeling flapping her wings to build up enough muscle to fly away.

Carolina Raptor Center is raising money to replace the old(and relatively low tech) camera with a more high tech version and the server muscle to support it. Estimated costs include $2,000 for cameras and cables. $2,400 for increased traffic capacity. $2,700 for consulting and integration with our existing website. IBM has offered to provide support by providing a server (if necessary) when Carolina Raptor Center can raise funds for the camera, infrastructure and software that it needs to make it happen.




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By: MaryF (offline) on Wednesday, September 21 2011 @ 12:12 AM EDT  
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Thanks to CAL04 for finding the information below - and to the Carolina Raptor Center for all they do for eagles and other raptors.

"Carolina Raptor Center is located inside Latta Plantation Nature Preserve just 20 minutes north of Charlotte. Latta Plantation Nature Preserve is Mecklenburg County's largest nature preserve and protects over 1,290 acres." Latta Plantation Nature Preserve

Derek, per CRC: "Derek a male bald eagle, came to Carolina Raptor Center in August of 1998 from the South Carolina Center for Birds of Prey (now known as the International Center for Birds of Prey) in Charleston, SC. He was at least seven years old when he arrived. He had been found in December of 1995 with a gun shot injury that resulted in a broken left leg and a broken right wing. Although rehabilitators were able to treat his wing and his leg, Derek is not able to fly well enough to survive on his own in the wild. He lives on display at Carolina Raptor Center, where he acts as an ambassador for the 38,000 visitors that visit each year. For the past several years, he has bonded with Savannah, one of the bald eagles that shares his display aviary.

Savannah, per CRC: "Savannah came to CRC in 1998 from the South Carolina Center for Birds of Prey in Charleston, South Carolina. She was found in the wild with a fractured left wing, and although we are not sure exactly what caused her injury, it is most likely the result of a collision, whether with a vehicle or power line or something else we’ll never know. She has adjusted to life at CRC quite well, and has found a mate here. (Derek)


Derek and Savannah

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By: MaryF (offline) on Wednesday, September 21 2011 @ 11:33 PM EDT  
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reserved--still working

From the CRC....

Eagle Nesting at Carolina Raptor Center

Parent eagles Savannah (F) and Derek (M) had the first successful nesting season in January 2006. This occurred after a first unsuccessful attempt in 2004 and no attempt in 2005. American bald eagles have one winter nesting season each year. Both parent birds came to CRC in 1998 from SC.

•Savannah was found injured in 1995 and suffers from a broken left wing that did not fully recover. Cause unknown. She has limited flight capabilities and is now at least 16 years old.
•Derek was injured through a gunshot to his right wing and has limited flight capabilities. He is at least 16 years old.

American bald eagles had never hatched at Carolina Raptor Center (CRC) prior to 2006. But in 1989 and 1990, Golden eagle chicks were hatched here. One of them was successfully released as part of a hacking (reintroduction) project in the mountains of Georgia. As far as we know, CRC has produced the only captive-hatched bald eagles and golden eagles in North Carolina!


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By: golden1 (offline) on Thursday, November 10 2011 @ 01:46 PM EST  
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There are some nice photos of the Center and the tree trimming day.....Nov. 5th on the facebook site. Scroll up and click the facebook link to view these. They are posted on Nov. 5th at that site.

You can see the netting over the enclosure. Those trees are really high....



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By: golden1 (offline) on Thursday, December 08 2011 @ 10:17 AM EST  
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Two new notices.

The cam is getting an upgrade thanks to our friends at power2give.

Derek and Savannah have had a new renovation to the old eagle aviary thanks to the Charlotte Arborists Assoc.
It looks really nice.



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By: Woodlands Bleu (offline) on Thursday, December 15 2011 @ 10:20 AM EST  
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Thank you Donna!

Am excited about seeing this beautiful pair again and their renovated home.
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By: golden1 (offline) on Saturday, December 17 2011 @ 12:19 PM EST  
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December 17, 2011

From Dec. 15 and 16:

New cam installed......stay tuned for some announcements next week.



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