How can I view the nest?
The Delta OWL Eagle Cam is being made available through a partnership between the Hancock Wildlife Foundation and WildEarth. To view the cam, just go to our "Live Cameras" page - http://www.hancockwildlifechannel.org/i ... =cam-sites - and scroll down to Delta OWL. You'll be able to choose between two views of the nest, a close up view of what's happening in the nest itself, and a wider view that will let you see the eagles flying in and out.
The cams are being broadcast using Flash technology, which is a bit different than the Windows Media Player technology we used for our cams last year. We've set up a thread with helpful hints for adapting to Flash - the link is How to View and Capture from Flash
If you have been watching the cams successfully, and at some point cannot see one of them, please check this thread:
Report Cams Down, Cams Back Up, and Forum Errors
So if this is a bald eagle nest, why is it called Delta OWL?
O.W.L. is the Orphaned WildLife Rehabilitation Society in Delta, BC, and the nest is in their general area. As those of you who were watching our cams in 2008 may remember, O.W.L. cared for Delta Dan, who fell out of the Delta 1 nest and needed some extra help to get ready for the fall migration. And they were there again in 2009 to help Bandit, when he also fell out of the too-small nest.
Is there any background on these eagles?
This nest was new in 2008, and while the pair built a nest and spent time there, they did not lay any eggs (not uncommon for the first year of a new nest). They laid two eggs in 2009, but sadly the eggs did not hatch, although they continued to incubate for at least two weeks past the likely hatching time. Part of the nest collapsed as they were rebuilding it for the 2010 season, and they've divided their time between trying to fix it, trying to start a new nest, and possibly being a bit lost (though that's assigning human characteristics). A raccoon has been seen in their nest several times, adding to the difficulty of rebuilding it for the 2010 season. They did not nest in 2010, and in the end the nest was completely destroyed by wind, but Hancock Wildlife Foundation and O.W.L. were able to shore up the nest with reinforcing in September 2010, in preparation for the 2011 nesting season. This pair laid 2 eggs in 2011 and tended them diligently, but they didn't hatch; the first may have been fertile - some of us thought we saw a pip and heard peeping; the second was recovered from the nest by David Hancock after the eagles stopped incubating and analysis showed it had not developed, suggesting it was infertile, though it might also have stopped developing in the first few days. Additional branches were added to the nest in fall 2011 when the cams were cleaned.
(Updated February 2012 by JudyB)
Where is the nest located?
The nest is located in the district municipality of Delta, a little south of Vancouver, B.C., Canada, not far from the Tsawwassen Ferry terminal.
Click map for larger picture
(map by bociany)
What time is it at the nest?
Pacific Daylight Time (GMT - 7 hours)
Set your profile to GMT-7 to show nest time on your posts to the forum.
What is the weather like in the Vancouver area?
Click on this link for the daily forecast. Select the "Imperial Units" button for conversion to Fahrenheit temperatures.
Where can I learn more about eagles in general?
There are many resources for learning about these beautiful birds.
David Hancock has written a book about The Bald Eagle of Alaska, BC and Washington, which can be purchased through Hancock House publishers. Additional books will be available later this year.
There is also information posted here on the forum. Please enjoy exploring the following links for more general information about eagles:
Season of the Bald Eagle in Southern British Columbia[/size]
Hancock Biology References
Frequently Asked Questions about Eagles