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By: Anonymous: CAL04 () on Wednesday, May 12 2010 @ 11:06 PM EDT (Read 5860 times)  
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WARNING - PLEASE BE ADVISED - RAPID MOVEMENT AND BLINKING
on the City of Dublin's Golden Eagle cam. Viewers inclined to migraines and/or seizures should proceed with CAUTION.

Click HERE to WATCH the City of Dublin's Golden Eagles (Aquila Chrysaetos) Bella and her Eaglet, Fallon.

Information below is from the City of Dublin's "Eagle Cam" page.
http://www.ci.dublin.ca.us/DepartmentSu ... p;SL=eagle

"Background and Purpose:
The unique climate, terrain and vegetation within the open space area of the eastern portion of City of Dublin has created a optimum physical environment for a breeding pair of Golden Eagles for at least sixteen years (documented years). In 1994, the City established a Golden Eagle view-shed buffer zone between private open space and development to preserve the habitat of the species. As an enhancement to the golden eagles habitat in eastern Dublin in November 2004, the City's consulting biologist, Grainger Hunt, an expert in the study and research of the species, recommended certain measures be instituted to further ensure the continued protection of the Golden Eagle pair given the proximity of several approved residential subdivisions near their nesting tree and habitat. During that time, the female bird known as "Bella" has successfully fledged one to three young almost every year.

The City of Dublin has implemented the consulting biologist's recommendations, and has established this web link to a video camera focusing on the nesting pair of Golden Eagles in their eastern Dublin habitat during the breeding season. The use of this camera does not disturb the birds, but provides educational information on the eagles' sensitive habitat and a better understanding of the nature of the Golden Eagle and its life during the annual nesting season from January 1st to July 1st. In addition, the camera is also consistent with the City of Dublin's continual effort to promote renewable resources. All of the transmitting and camera devices are powered by solar energy.

City Staff routinely monitor and maintain the video camera and the resulting views. The City requests that viewers of this video do not physically trespass or intrude into the preservation area and the Golden Eagles' habitat which is on private property, but enjoy the view from the City's website through the lens of the Golden Eagle Camera."

Unique Opportunity:
The Golden Eagle video camera offers a unique opportunity to the public through the viewing of the Golden Eagle in its habitat on the City's website, and also the opportunity to preserve its sensitive habitat area. Few cities in the United States have nesting Golden Eagles in close proximity to residential areas that continue to produce offspring annually. Additionally, Dublin is the first city in California to initiate such a program for this species."

Facts about the Golden Eagle:
The Golden Eagle is the most numerous and widespread of all large eagle species in the Northern Hemisphere. They typically select open country in the Western United States, Canada, and Alaska for habitat. However, the distribution of this species and its habitat is decreasing within its range. Golden Eagle populations within California have declined since the 1940's, especially in urban areas and areas that are rapidly developing.

Golden Eagles are considered birds of prey using their keen eyesight to hunt and feed on a variety of prey such as small mammals including ground squirrels and jackrabbits. Areas selected by the birds for building large stick nests are usually inaccessible to predators such as cliffs, tall trees, and high tension towers. The nesting period generally ranges from January 1st to June 30th, with peak activity from mid-February through April.

Golden Eagles are masters at soaring. With their large wingspread - 6.5 to7.5 feet - these birds can soar for long periods of time with little wing flapping. They may catch rising masses of warm air to carry them in a spiral fashion upward high into the sky. If the bird spots prey while soaring, it can tuck its wings and swoop at speeds up to 200 mph to claim it. If you are close enough, the bird may sound like a low-flying, small airplane. The birds may also hunt from a favorite perch."

Information above is from the City of Dublin's "Eagle Cam" page.
http://www.ci.dublin.ca.us/DepartmentSu ... p;SL=eagle






       
   
By: Anonymous: CAL04 () on Wednesday, May 12 2010 @ 11:19 PM EDT  
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Newsletter: http://www.ci.dublin.ca.us/pdf/2010%20N ... Update.pdf

"YES! SHE CAME BACK!
“BELLA” 2010
By: Dean Baxley

What exciting news it was on November 20, 2009 when we were advised by one of the biologists assigned to monitor the golden eagle habitat that Bella and her male partner had returned to the habitat area to mate. The only question now was: Would they return to the Eagle Cam nest that a year earlier they had vacated prematurely? Our concerns ultimately vanished when on January 8, 2010 one of the eagles was observed on camera in the nest for the first time. From this date on, Bella and her mate would be seen every so often preparing the nest to lay eggs. New sticks and
twigs would have to be brought into the nest to replace those blown away by the wind or removed by smaller birds.

Sometime early on the week of February 7th it was confirmed that Bella had laid at least one egg. Because the Eagle Cam does not view directly into the nest, it is impossible to determine exactly how many eggs she lays each year. However, it was very easy to determine that eggs had been laid because Bella and her mate all of a sudden began taking turns keeping the eggs warm during this critical incubation period. While one parent is on the eggs, the other can be seen foraging for food or perched on a favorite adjacent hillside fence post looking out for whatever dangers might arise.

The best news of all was heard on March 20th, when we received word from the biologists that an egg had hatched. Those recently viewing the Eagle Cam have been able to observe the bobbing head of an infant eagle in its white downy coat of feathers. It is always a treat to observe the
eaglet and one of its parents at feeding time. Some Eagle Cam viewers may find it kind of hard on the eyes to watch as the parent rips away the meat of its prey and feeds it to its eagerly waiting youngster. Being the only offspring this year, this eaglet should be well fed as there is no
competition for food.

Soon the eaglet will trade in its white downy feathers for brownish colored flight feathers. Eagle Cam watchers should be able to see the transformation take place in the month of May. I have already seen the eaglet stand up in the nest on a few occasions, spreading its wings, telling the whole world he is impatiently waiting to fly. By this summer, the eaglet, for the most part, will no longer be seen from the Eagle Cam. It will have successfully fledged the nest teaching
itself how to fly utilizing the nearby hill slopes. Once it has learned to soar, its chance of growing healthy into adulthood increases tremendously.

It was also pleasant to hear that the tree wherein the Eagle Cam nest is located was formally annexed into to the City of Dublin on March 11th. Bella and her family can now officially be called residents of Dublin.

Bella’s tree and the surrounding 127 acres have also recently been placed in a permanent conservation easement. The conservation easement where Bella resides will be maintained in perpetuity for the protection of wildlife. This area will be retained in its natural state, providing a habitat for wildlife and plant communities present in the area as mitigation for impacts from earlier development associated with Dublin Ranch. Time will only tell how Bella, year after year, will adapt to her ever changing surroundings. I do feel confident that sufficient measures have been considered and implemented to ensure her return for years to come.

To recognize Bella’s return and successful egg hatching, the Community Development Department thought it would be nice to give Bella’s’ sole newborn a name of its own. A city wide contest was held to determine what the eaglet’s name should be. Of the 24 names that were entered into the contest, Jeff Baker’s entry, “Fallon”, was the winning name given to the eaglet. Lets all hope that next year we might have a chance to give names to two or more of Bella’s
hatchlings."





       
   
By: Anonymous: CAL04 () on Thursday, May 13 2010 @ 08:20 PM EDT  
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Needless to say, this is not an easy cam to watch for obvious reasons. However; I have watched a few times today until I started feeling motion sickness. Oh My

4:49 pm PDT,
Adult feeding chick.
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2nd adult (parent?) flies onto nest.
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View of chick (right of parent at 3 o'clock).
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Maybe with a clear day and no wind it will be easier to see the activity on this interesting nest.





       
   
By: Anonymous: CAL04 () on Friday, May 14 2010 @ 02:21 PM EDT  
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11:14 am,
Please see upper right branch. (This cam needs an anchor!)
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Same pic but enhanced for light (solar). Might be best to watch in the afternoon.
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By: MaryF (offline) on Friday, May 21 2010 @ 09:53 PM EDT  
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WOW!!! That is one bouncy cam!! I think I mught have seen the eagle..Green LOL



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By: Anonymous: CAL04 () on Saturday, May 22 2010 @ 10:46 PM EDT  
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Thanks for taking a peek, Mary.

Would be oh-so-nice to be able to get a better view of the eagles. At least we know they are here. Grin





       
   
By: Anonymous: CAL04 () on Thursday, February 10 2011 @ 03:36 PM EST  
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Grin Hello Dublin,

The cam is up and running. These 2 links work:

Dublin, CA - Official Website:
http://www.ci.dublin.ca.us/index.aspx?NID=217

Dublin, CA Eaglecam:
http://ca-dublin.civicplus.com/admin/Do ... =1061&DL=1

12:16 am,
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Think maybe I see feathers. Will need to catch this nest when the light is right. Cam seems to be operating better than last season.

Add: I put in a voicemail call to ask if I could get added information on the nest. Will post if I get a reply from the gentleman who works with the biologist.

Add: Reply PHONCON: To paraphrase: This is a highly protected habitat. The eagles are nesting. Last year the eagles laid eggs the week of February 7th. (City of Dublin)





       
   
By: Anonymous: CAL04 () on Saturday, April 09 2011 @ 02:10 PM EDT  
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11:00 am,
Eaglets in the nest with parent.
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Solar powered cam in the shade - cannot see much most of the time.

Found this article:
http://www.guidemehome2sanfranciscoeast ... rnia-eagle

"February 28, 2011Bella, the Dublin, California EaglePosted to Kathy Mardiros

Last year I wrote about Bella, the golden eagle, who calls Dublin, California home. Bella is again stopping construction of new homes until her babies are able to fly away. Construction is stopped until July 1, when it is expected the fledgling eaglets will be able to fly on their own.

For years builder agreements in the area have limited noise and construction near the nest. A solar-powered camera was also installed to monitor activity in the nest.

Bella has called Dublin home since 1989 in a pair of trees on the eastern edge of town. Since Bella has been monitored, she has given birth to 22 fledglings and had at least 3 different mates.

The Livermore Valley in Southern Alameda County has one of the largest populations of golden eagles in the world. The birds begin nesting in January until the beginning of July typically laying 1 to 3 eggs each year.

You can visit Bella’s webcam on the City of Dublin site at www.dublin.ca.gov and then search for “eagle cam”.

Posted by: Kathy Mardiros"





       
   



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