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By: MaryF (offline) on Wednesday, September 09 2015 @ 08:36 PM EDT (Read 105927 times)  
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Welcome to year three of coverage here on HWF of the Berry College Eagle Cam!!

All of us here at HWF would like to thank Berry College for letting us see a this wonderful view into the life of their resident bald eagles. The eagles have set up a massive nest just behind the school's athletic center. This is the first documented nest in the modern history of Floyd County, Georgia and the first nest in Georgia with a camera---three of them in fact!.

Click on image to download -- Mom+Dad Berry on a warm day - photo by IrishEyes


This page contains the links for all three of this year's cams --

http://www.berry.edu/eaglecam/#sthash.SZoE14WG.dpuf


Link to the Berry College Eagles Facebook page -- https://www.facebook.com/berrycollegeeagles

Weather
http://www.weatherforyou.com/reports/in ... %2Cgeorgia

Click on image to download -- In the golden hour - photo by amd


The Berry eagles enjoy eating fish, coot (waterfowl) and squirrel. The nest is conveniently located near the Oostanaula River, the Berry Quarry and Garden Lakes in Rome, Ga.

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Stats for 2015-2016 ~~


* Eggs laid ~~ Egg # 1 Jan.7, 5:28pm....Start here..Egg# 2...Jan.10 at 7:15pm...HERE


* Eggs hatched ~~. B 6 hatched,.Feb.14 at 7:34pm....38days .. HERE

B7 hatched Feb.15 at 2:20pm...36 days.... HERE

I am posting this link for the record.Feb.17, 2016.

Mom accidentally dragged one chick out of the nest bowl

Video by TNTalons..https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cene97yq-4E

* Branching ~~

* Fledged ~~ May 9, around 11 am; May 12, 10:15 am

* Last seen ~~


Click on image to download -- night-time nestorations - photo by IrishEyes



IMPORTANT NOTE: The nest cam has been installed in an area very close to the nest and which is "off limits" during nesting season. If something happens to the camera (picture shift, damage, blackout, eagle attack,) then repairs will not be made until after the eagles have left the nest. -


Link for the 2014/15 thread for this nest - forum/viewtopic.php?topic=697525#697525



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By: MaryF (offline) on Wednesday, September 09 2015 @ 08:36 PM EDT  
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Some nest history ~~~


Eagles had been reported in the vicinity of the campus for several years. The eagles had attracted the attention of photographers and others statewide. Students and faculty flocked to the site to catch a glimpse of the majestic couple.

2012-2013

The eagles were first spotted on the main campus in March 2012 by a Berry student who reported their presence to his professor. It was an unusual time for eagles to nest and there has been speculation that they may have had a nest elsewhere possibly lost to a storm.

The eagles were seen carrying sticks to build their nest, but to the disappointment of many, they had nested too late to produce offspring. By April 2012 they were gone – but not for long.

In October 2012, the eagles returned to the nest, and in November they were seen mating. Two eggs hatched by January 2013. The eaglets and their parents continued to impress scores of watchers, all fascinated with the sight of eagle parents bringing food to the nest and, later, the wing-flapping of the eaglets in preparation for flight.

Both of Berry's 2012/2013 eaglets fledged during the last week of April. Eaglet 1 flew on April 22 and Eaglet 2 flew on April 28.

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2013-14

The female eagle returned to the nest in 2013 with an injured left leg/foot. We do not know how it happened and it does not hamper her although she will show evidence of her injury for the rest of her life.

Click on image to download --a good look at Mom's leg - photo by IrishEyes

The college added a camera to the tree (Camera 1) for direct viewing into the nest. The eagle couple once again returned to the nest in late September and began “nestorations” in preparation for the season. On January 14, 2014, the first egg was laid, followed by a second egg on January 17. On February 22, one of the eggs hatched and the other egg was seen as non-viable. The eaglet that hatched, B3, fledged on May 22.

Click on image to download -- photo by lianaliesma


Link for the 2013/14 thread for this nest -- forum/viewtopic.php?topic=568593#568593

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2014-15

Berry added a third camera (Camera 2) to the nest tree, and the eagles returned to the nest in September, right on schedule. They once again refurbished the nest and exhibited appropriate mating activity. Two eaglets (B4 and B5) hatched in January and successfully fledged in May.

Click on image to download -- B4+B5 - photo by amd


Bald eagles mate for life, and we are hopeful that we will enjoy their presence at Berry for many years to come.



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By: MaryF (offline) on Wednesday, September 09 2015 @ 08:37 PM EDT  
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Some information about the Berry College Eagles' host --

Click on image to download -- A general overview of the campus

Berry College is a private, independent, coeducational, four-year liberal arts college of approximately 2,100 students. It is located near Rome, Georgia in northwest Georgia about 72 miles from Atlanta and 75 miles south of Chattanooga, TN. There are 47 primary buildings on campus, including 15 classroom facilities and 10 residence halls.

Berry offers an unusually beautiful environment for learning on its 27,000-acre campus. It is the world's largest contiguous college campus. population of deer (estimates range between 1,500 and 2,500). The Georgia Department of Natural Resources oversees about 16,000 acres of the campus, conducts managed hunts and provides recreational opportunities within the department of regulations. However, land Fields, forests, lakes and mountains (Lavender Mountain) provide scenic beauty in a protected natural setting. Designated portions of the campus are open to the public for hiking, cycling, horseback riding, and other outdoor activities. The campus is also home to a large encompassing the academic buildings and other public spaces is a wildlife refuge in which no hunting is allowed. This beautiful campus is a perfect place for a pair of eagles to call home!

Berry College was founded in 1902 by Martha Berry (1865-1942) as a school for enterprising rural boys when few public schools existed in Georgia. A girls' school was added in 1909. Berry became one of the nation's most successful educational experiments, combining academic study, student work and interdenominational Christian religious emphasis. Berry has an excellent record of sound growth. A junior college was established in 1926 and a four-year college in 1930; graduate programs were added in 1972.

Click on image to download -- The Ford dining hall, named for financial contributer to the college, Henry Ford

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More information at these links --

http://rome.11alive.com/news/news/11135 ... ry-college

http://www.gpb.org/news/2012/12/20/berr ... cam-online

http://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/animal ... -eagle-cam

Click on image to download -- The campus church in the snow



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By: MaryF (offline) on Wednesday, September 09 2015 @ 08:37 PM EDT  
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About the Berry Eagles' "Nest" and "Approach" Cameras


Berry is excited to provide live video feeds of the bald eagle nest. Georgia Power once again donated the use of a truck and manpower this year to install two new cameras, camera 1 and camera 2, both with sound. One of these cameras was donated by Axis Communications Inc. Both nest cameras are Axis model Q1765-LE.

Both of the nest cameras are equipped with infrared (IR) technology that allows viewing at night. This light spectrum is outside the viewing range of both bald eagles and humans. When on location at night, no light source can be seen by the naked eye. - See more at: http://www.berry.edu/eaglecam/#sthash.SZoE14WG.dpuf


Although these cameras are high definition, in order to stream video content across the web there will be some reduction in resolution. The nest approach camera, a third camera. is situated on a pole across from the nest tree. It is a Pelco camera and is new for the 2015-16 season.

Many thanks to the awesome Georgia Power crew who make streaming possible--you can see in the picture how high the bucket had to go to reach the nest. Look how high that nest is---one mighty tall crane!!!

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Click on image to download -- Shows the relative size of the nest



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By: MaryF (offline) on Wednesday, September 09 2015 @ 08:37 PM EDT  
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A second nest on campus!!! --


We received the news at the end of the 2013/14 season that there is a second, well hidden eagle nest located on the Berry College Campus.

From Berry College ~~~

"We have waited to share this with our Eagle Friends in order to maintain privacy but we are finally happy to report that the second nest on the Berry campus, in an inaccessible area not open to the public, had THREE eaglets in spring of 2014. We believe they all fledged successfully. These eaglets are called BMC1, BMC2 and BMC3 (for Berry Mountain Campus). We hope the parents will return again this year. We will be checking on them very infrequently as they do not like humans in the area and it is a very difficult area to reach."

Click on image to download -- the Berry Mountain nest in 2014 with the trio of eaglets

In 2014/15 there were no eaglets in this nest.



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By: MaryF (offline) on Wednesday, September 09 2015 @ 08:54 PM EDT  
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From the 2014/15 cam thread---a post by our viewer crayj46 ~~ Thank you crayj46!! Wonderful videos of Mom!! Thank You

"it's taken all morning to get here. Mom Berry visited her nest this morning, i was playing Texas Holdem and didn't get the recorder started quickly enough so missed her landing on the left Y branch. she looks healthy, her left foot and toes are a healthy looking color. she's molted some flight feathers or is still in process. she actually looks larger than the last 2 seasons. to my eye she's fit as a fiddle. 2 video links below, 1st is the live recording then i dug the full visit out of the DVR and will be the 2nd link"

https://youtu.be/ZQg22EfNvKo

https://youtu.be/_EJf3FXDLrU

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"this nest will be my main focus for recording and observing this season. since the cams went live 2 seasons ago i've made 3114 recordings of the Berrys. hope they turn up the volume on the output stream and move back to Ustream so we get the great HD we used to see here"



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By: MaryF (offline) on Wednesday, September 09 2015 @ 09:01 PM EDT  
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From IrishEyes ~~

" WOW! thanks craj 46 for the videos...... wonderful to see Mom." Cloud 9

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"7:19pm
Nest is empty"

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