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By: MaryF (offline) on Thursday, September 15 2016 @ 04:54 PM EDT (Read 100 times)  
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HWF would like to welcome you to year seven of our coverage of the Alcoa-Davenport eagle cam starring Liberty and Justice!!


Click on image to download - Justice and Liberty


Alcoa-Davenport eagle cam link -- http://www.alcoa.com/locations/usa_dave ... glecam.asp

(Both of the cams for this nest are available at the above link)


Another cam link -- http://livestream.com/accounts/17484665/events/4957012



Link to the FB page -- https://www.facebook.com/groups/108382145999121/



We would like to thank Alcoa for providing us with these cams. They allow us to have a unique view, complete with it's own perch, so that we might peek into the lives of this beautiful pair of Bald Eagles.


Click on image to download - Liberty on the perch

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About Alcoa Davenport Works, Iowa, USA---

Alcoa Davenport Works has a longstanding commitment to the environment
The plant has conducted annual briefings for local environmental groups for the past 20 years
The plant has reduced air emissions by over 97% since 1988
The eagles nesting at Davenport Works hatched and fledged a pair of eaglets in 2010 and a single eaglet in 2011 and triplets in 2012. In 2013, two eaglets fledged-- and last season in the spring of 2014 one eaglet named Rudy was fledged.

The plant installed the original camera in November 2010 and installed a new camera in October 2011. Another new camera was installed at the end of 2012. We lost this cam due to a lightning strike and a temporary one was installed on a rented lift which was taken off line in mid July of 2013.

Since then-in September of 2013- the original cam has been replaced and a second cam with a long distance look at the nest was installed. Together these two cams offer us a very different look into the lives of this eagle family Two years ago, in 2015, the cams were upgraded and the views slightly changed. They were able to back it up and raise the angle a bit to get a little wider shot of the nest.


Click on image to download - A different view of the nest from cam #2


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Link to last season's thread -- forum/viewtopic.php?topic=826210#826210




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By: MaryF (offline) on Thursday, September 15 2016 @ 04:55 PM EDT  
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A little information about the nest---

The pair of eagles who "reside" in this nest are beautiful Liberty, the female and handsome Justice, the male


Liberty seems to have a lot of gray in the feathers sweeping back from her eyes and a larger brow bone. Justice has larger neres and some dark around his golden eyes. Liberty's tail feathers are more straight across than Justice's and of course Liberty is quite a bit larger than Justice.


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The nest is built in an oak tree near the Mississippi River near the Alcoa Davenport Works plant and is about 80 to 85 feet above the ground.

This nest was originally built in 2009

This pair does not migrate--they remain in the area of the nest all year.

Employees and the community helped name the eagle pair Liberty and Justice.


Click on image to download - Where is that Justice?


This pair of bald eagles joined the Alcoa Davenport community in Iowa in 2009. They built their 7-foot nest on Alcoa's 400-acre facility in a tree near the Mississippi River. In the spring of 2010 they fledged a pair of eaglets and later that year we installed our first Eaglecam. In 2011 one eaglet named Freedom was fledged from the nest. Alcoa launched a new camera with improved video streaming for the 2012 season and more recently they replaced that cam with another brand new one for the 2013 season. This cam has been replaced as it was damaged and a second cam for long distance viewing was added for the 2013-2014 season. More upgrades were done for the 2015/16 season.

In the fall and winter Liberty and Justice use the nest to eat and to prepare the nest for the next season. Eagles nesting in Iowa typically lay eggs in late February or early March and the eggs hatch in late March or early April. The eaglets grow quickly and are ready to fly “fledge” in late May or early June. Alcoa is proud that their unwavering commitment to environmental sustainability is helping conserve precious natural resources.


Click on image to download -- I love this shot from cam 2! Liberty coming right at you!







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By: MaryF (offline) on Thursday, September 15 2016 @ 04:55 PM EDT  
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After not having any luck in 2015 with either eggs or eaglets, the 2016 season did not disappoint. We had 2 eggs and 2 healthy eaglets!!


Click on image to download -- Shortly after hatch-about a week old.


Stats for the 2016-2017 nesting season --


* Egg(s) laid --

*Egg(s) hatched --

* Eaglet(s) named --

* Banded --

* Branched --

* Fledged --

*Last seen --

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Click on image to download -- Youngest in the back--Older one in front--not sure why the cam was fogged- about 3 1/2 weeks


Click on image to download -- Naming day! Star, the older is female. Sky, the younger eaglet is male. Poor Liberty is having a bad hair day. About 1 month old



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By: MaryF (offline) on Thursday, September 15 2016 @ 04:55 PM EDT  
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On the morning if May 30th, when the eaglets were between 7 and 8 weeks old, we participated in a research project being conducted by West Virginia University and supported by USF&W service. The process included bringing both Star and Sky down to ground level for some testing, banding and the placement of transmitters. Their migration from the nest will be followed for at least the next five years to help understand migration of bald eagles in eastern Iowa and western Illinois.


Click on image to download -- Both eagles on the ground waiting for the banding process


The transmitters are (only about 60 grams). They are held in place by high-tech ribbons that do not irritate and should not wear out. They were connected in a way they will not interfere with the eaglets "crop" or wing movement and there is enough space so muscle development will not make them too tight.


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Here are both Sky and Star safe in the nest and looking good several weeks after banding.


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By: MaryF (offline) on Thursday, September 15 2016 @ 04:56 PM EDT  
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The 2016 season was not without drama! On June 14th the nest and area had a severe and heavy rainstorm.


Click on image to download --eaglets in a very bad storm


In the morning the eaglets were nowhere to be found and half of the nest had broken away and tilted badly. Both eaglets had slipped off the nest and gone to the ground!!


Click on image to download -- half of the nest dangling


They were both found safe and sound and uninjured on the ground. They were taken care of on the ground and eventually put up in a tree near the nest tree. Eventually they made their way back up to the nest where they finally fledged normally. Both were gone on their eagle adventure by August 19th.


Click on image to download -- Branching the hard way Grin



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By: MaryF (offline) on Thursday, September 29 2016 @ 07:31 PM EDT  
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the first update of the year from Alcoa --


Monday, September 26, 2016

We have been working with Mediacom to fix our upload speeds for the better part of a week. today is about as bad as it has been and they still have not diagnosed the problem to be able to fix the issue. Hopefully they will get a resolution in the next few days. I have lowered the resolution of the feed to try to keep they online and even doing that is not always working. if I tried to go back to a higher resolution it will not even feed the signal out.

There is water from the river starting to creep in below the nest. It will be at least a week or more before it goes down enough for me to really be able to go down and take a good look to see if I can spot any additional nest building activity. Several weeks ago we provided a few piles of various sizes of sticks below the nest to help encourage Liberty & Justice to begin work to repair or rebuild. We have talked with U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service about the nest. Since the nest is not completely destroyed they are not inclined to give us a permit to do anything to the nest. We will just have to watch and see what happens next with our pair.


Here's Justice making a late visit to the nest today

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