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By: eaglet999 (offline) on Tuesday, October 08 2013 @ 10:32 AM EDT (Read 29071 times)  
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Carolina Raptor Center, NC - 2014 - Bald Eagle Cam

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

NEW LINK TO THE CAM------http://www.wcnc.com/weather/neighborhoo ... 98128.html

WCNC Eagle Cam
A new streaming cam replaced 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.


2013-2014 Season:

  • cam on:
  • eggs laid: January 21, 3:46 pm; seen January 25, 7:07 am
  • sad news: one of the eggs was observed broken the evening of February 9..Other egg didn't hatch.Cry

    Link to 2013 -2014 Summary..
    HERE

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    2012-2013 Season Recap:

    • cam on: moved to nest view on or before December 15
    • eggs laid: January 1, late afternoon; January 4, 1:38 pm; January 8, 12:50 pm
    • sad news: one egg was removed by the adults Feb 3, about 5:15 pm - perhaps broken?
    • hatched: February 9, about 1 pm (day 39 if #1, day 36 if #2); third egg did not hatch
    • Tragic news 3/7/2013:
      From WCNC:

      http://www.wcnc.com/news/local/27-day-o ... 20831.html


      HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. -- Early Thursday morning, staff members of Carolina Raptor Center entered the eagle aviary and found the remains of the eaglet hatched on February 9.
      It appears that the almost four-week-old chick was attacked overnight by an unknown predator.

      Enhanced predator protection is in place at the eagle aviary, and there were no obvious breaches in the enclosure, providing little evidence as to the identity of the predator. There are numerous carnivorous predators that are naturally found in Latta Plantation Nature Preserve.

      “We are particularly saddened by the death of the eaglet in this way, because we put forth tremendous effort to protect our birds,” said Executive Director Jim Warren. “The predator protection includes chain link fencing that is dug into the ground to prevent predators from digging under barricades.”

      Savannah and Derek have produced chicks since 2006, and this is the first predator attack in the eagle aviary since the aviary was opened. There is no evidence that any of the resident bald eagles were involved or injured in the incident.

      It is common practice at Carolina Raptor Center to investigate all predator attacks and aviary breaches. The center has informed the appropriate officials at US Fish and Wildlife. Center leadership will provide additional information to the Carolina Raptor Center community of staff, volunteers and friends as it becomes available.

      Carolina Raptor Center extends sympathies to the thousands of EagleCam watchers and supporters who mourn the death of the eaglet.
      The EagleCam is the one of the most popular features on WCNC.com, with thousands of people tuning in every day to watch Savannah, Derek and their family.

      We at NBC Charlotte are deeply saddened to learn of the eaglet's death, and we would like to join the Carolina Raptor Center in extending our sympathies to each of you who love and adore Derek and Savannah the way we do.



      New little one. 2/9/2013 s'cap by mia
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      Feeding. 2/20/2013 s'cap by JudyB
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      Checks feet. 3/4/2013
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      Link to the thread for the previous nesting season





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By: JudyB (online) on Monday, November 04 2013 @ 01:28 PM EST  
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Thanks for setting up the thread for our new nesting season, eaglet!

1:26 pm
The cam is on - and someone is visiting the nest!

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Must admit I'm not sure if it's Derek or Savannah - not always easy for me to tell unless they're together, or I can see them moving. But nice to see one of them. Smile


Added - he's moved around a bit - and I'm thinking this is Derek.

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By: JudyB (online) on Saturday, November 09 2013 @ 11:10 AM EST  
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November 9, 2013

From about 10:10 - 10:30 am
It must be nice to have a grounds crew

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There was also a second person, who was brushing off all the perches, and then they rinsed everything off.

And I think both eagles came to check on their work, though with the shadows I was only able to get a good picture of one.

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By: MaryF (offline) on Tuesday, December 10 2013 @ 01:23 PM EST  
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I caught these two pictures on Facebook yesterday of the new enclosure they are building for Derek and Savannah. Hopefully this will keep future little ones safe from predators!!! ~~~

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By: MaryF (offline) on Friday, December 13 2013 @ 01:26 AM EST  
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Here are a couple more renovation pictures from the CRC. It certainly looks like they are doing a good job making Derek and Savannah's nest more secure! The cam is turned on with no sound and may be viewed while the construction is being finished.


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The old nest "enclosure"...not looking too safe from predators!

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By: MaryF (offline) on Saturday, December 14 2013 @ 02:07 AM EST  
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A short note from the CRC ~~


The Eagle Aviary is currently being renovated in order to keep the eagles safe from predators. We expect that the eagles will be back in starting December 20th to begin the nesting season. You can watch their progress from our WCNC EagleCam available under the "EaCam" tab on our homepage. We are looking forward to a safe and cozy nesting season in 2013.



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