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By: JudyB (offline) on Sunday, January 10 2010 @ 09:50 PM EST (Read 23926 times)  
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West End Nest, Santa Catalina Island - Bald Eagle Cam

Direct link for the West End nest:
http://www.iws.org/bald_eagles/westendcam.html

http://www.iws.org/bald_eagles/nestcam.htm
This page has links to the two Catalina cams and the Santa Cruz Island Cam; Catalina cams now use flash technology, and have occasional ads. The cams are solar powered, so the picture may be less than optimal in bad weather.

This nest, established in 1991, is unusual in that it had three adults for a number of years. The female Dianna (K69) has wing tag on each wing and female Wray (no wing tags,but has a silver leg band) were brought from nests in British Columbia as chicks in 1986 and released together from the Sweetwater Hacktower on Catalina Island. Male K01 (sometimes called "Superman" ) was hatched at the San Francisco Zoo in 2000 and fostered into the Pinnacle Rock Nest; he replaced the previous male who disappeared before the 2006 nesting season at an age of 25. Dianna has not been seen since early in 2008, and there is hope she may have left to form a pair with an unattached male. According to Dr. Sharpe of IWS, Wray and the original male were a pair for a year before Dianna joined them, so she was the junior member of the trio. 22 chicks have fledged from this nest since 1991. Three of the five eggs removed for incubation in 2007 hatched, and the trio successfully raised female K72 ("Earth" ) and males K73 ("Wind" ) and K74 ("Fire" ). One of two eggs removed for incubation in 2008 hatched (though it was out of position for hatching and needed assistance to break out of its shell), and Wray surprised everyone by laying a third egg after the initial two were removed - which actually hatched naturally, although Dr. Sharpe put the chances of an egg from that pair surviving to hatch at less than 5% because of the contamination in the area. Both the incubator chick K65 "Miracle" and the naturally-hatched K67 "Surprise" are female. In 2009, both eggs were left in the nest, both hatched, and K98 Faith and K97 Joy (both female) fledged successfully, though K98 was found dead in the water 5 weeks later, perhaps while trying to fly to the mainland; K97's transmitter malfunctioned shortly after installation making her hard to track after she left the nest area; she was last seen on the island in late August.

Based on past experience, look for eggs in late February and early March, chicks in early April, and fledging from mid-June to early July.

2009-2010 Season:

  • adults return: as of early January, there has been little activity at the nest
  • egg(s) laid: Mar 8, seen 5:51 am; seen Mar 12, 7:42 am (cam had been down)
  • hatched: April 14, 1:17 pm (37 days); April 16, 7:27 am (35 days)





(Screen caps by ELNYC-Starr and LoriBeth April 2008)

A note about wing tags: Eagles hatched, fostered or released from hacking towers on Catalina Island have orange wing tags with the letter K and two numbers; the first number is often the year they were hatched - but as there are now more than 10 eaglets per year, the others will get unused numbers from previous years. Eagles hatched, fostered or released in the northern Channel Islands (including Santa Cruz and Santa Rosa) have powder blue wing tags with the letter A.

Link to the thread for the 2007-2008 season

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By: Anonymous: CAL04 () on Sunday, February 21 2010 @ 11:01 AM EST  
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7:49 a.m. PST,
Beautiful Wray enjoys the view. The Pacific is not real peaceful today.
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By: Anonymous: CAL04 () on Sunday, February 21 2010 @ 12:44 PM EST  
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Looks like a rain storm headed in.
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By: Debs (offline) on Sunday, February 21 2010 @ 02:06 PM EST  
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Cal beautiful scaps Thank You

Hope the family can find shelter somewhere!!


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By: Debs (offline) on Sunday, February 21 2010 @ 02:31 PM EST  
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Cal they were both just in the nest Smile

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1132 am
They both back now Left thumb up
Looking all around; wind is brushing their coat feathers Titter

1134 am
They both just flew out again. They look so unprotected from the elements including
lightening!


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By: Debs (offline) on Monday, February 22 2010 @ 10:54 PM EST  
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Feb 22 2010

They were both in the nest before dark; one of
them sat in the bowl briefly. They both flew out
just before dark so cute Wub

Only got a couple of pictures so tried something different Smile

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By: Anonymous: CAL04 () on Tuesday, February 23 2010 @ 05:59 AM EST  
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Very artistic Debs. Grin
Glad to know one was sitting in the bowl.
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By: JudyB (offline) on Tuesday, February 23 2010 @ 11:42 AM EST  
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Thanks, Debs! They're reporting on the CHIL forum that Wray (the mom) spent the night on the nest, perhaps practicing. Lots of activity this morning - comings and goings, nestoration, and I think I saw a bit of bonding. Wub

The cam is back quite a ways with a powerful zoom, and it's windy enough that the pic is a bit shaky - but there's a beautiful view of the ocean beyond the nest.

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