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White Rock eaglets being fed on CU cam
White Rock

 

White Rock Nest


On a private portion of the White Rock bluff overlooking Boundary Bay is a small grove of evergreens. One tree, only about 100 feet from the back porch of a home, has an eagle nest in it. The owners have donated the installation of two cameras for us to watch this active eagle nest, one in the tree near the nest (close up), and one in an adjacent tree overlooking the nest tree (wide angle) with a view of the bay in the background.
 
Two chicks were successfully raised to fledging in the summer of 2010 before the cams were installed.  We watched two chicks, Charlie and Delta, mature and fledge successfully in 2011, and two eaglets, Echo and Foxtrot, in 2012. The 2013 season found our adult pair fighting off several intruder eagles, and we think it possible that a young pair won control of the nest; they laid two eggs, but weren't consistent at incubating, and the eggs apparently stopped developing after a few weeks, and were eventually lost to intruders.

A pair of adult eagles arrived at the nest in the fall of 2013 and although no one is sure it is the original pair, the couple successfully raised two eaglets, Indy and Jules, in the 2014 season.  The pair returned to their territory for the 2015 season to fledge two more eaglets, Kilo and Lima. The nest, having weakened over the years, took a beating from the youngsters and slowly disintegrated over time, ultimately resulting in the nest slipping from the tree shortly after fledging took place. 

The adults returned for the 2016 season and built a new nest on a neighboring property and even though our cams were too far away to view the family close up, we could watch from afar as they raised yet another pair of eagles.  This nest also fell down shortly before the eaglets fledged but the youngsters were strong enough to survive by perching in nearby branches where their parents continued to feed and care for them until they fledged.  For a detailed account of the nest history click here.

 

Link to the White Rock Topic Page, with additional stories


Link to the White Rock Discussion Forum 

 


White Rock eaglets on wide-angle cam
White Rock

Both Adults at Delta 2 Nest

Delta 2

 

Delta 2 Nest

 

This was originally a red tail hawk nest, rebuilt by bald eagles in 1998-99. Then when the eagle nest was disturbed by someone climbing the tree, it was abandoned.  The adult eagles moved, to be the first local pair to nest on a nearby high tension power line tower.

 

The red tails re-occupied the site for a couple of years until they were attacked by the eagles who rebuilt the nest in 2010 and produced two young that season. This is a super large tree with strong branches and should serve as a nest for many years to come. 

 

The first camera was installed in 2011 and a second high definition PTZ cam was added in 2012 allowing the world to watch as two eaglets fledged in 2011 and two more in 2012. The chicks of 2012 were named Linux and Goldwing, in memory of the HWF’s very dear friend and supporter, Richard Pitt.   Unfortunately, Goldwing succumbed to an unknown illness at just over 7 weeks of age.  Linux remained healthy and fledged on time. Two eggs were laid in 2013 but only one hatched.  The chick, known as Tux, thrived and eventually grew into a handsome young eagle.  

 

Our eagle pair returned for the 2014 nesting season.  Unfortunately, Mom Delta broke her left leg in February of 2014, but she soldiered on and amazingly went on to lay two eggs and along with her devoted mate successfully raised two eaglets named Ariel and Hunter.  Both adults returned for the 2015 season.  Mom Delta still limping with her broken leg went through the motions of preparing for young by working on the nest and mating with her partner.  However, due probably to Mom Delta's injury there were no eaglets forthcoming for the 2015 season.   

A late summer windstorm in 2015 destroyed the nest tree, nest and cams.  However, when the adults returned for the 2016 season, they accepted a newly seeded artificial nest hastily erected by HWF.  Two eggs were layed and Ace and Pippin were hatched.  Unfortunately, then youngest chick, Pippin succumbed to what was believed to be a respiratory disease at 6 1/2 weeks of age.  Ace continued to thrive and went on to fledge on time.

 

 Link to the Delta 2 Topic Page

Link to the Delta2 Discussion Forum

Delta 2 eaglets waiting for lunch 2012
Delta 2

Harrison Mills Nest North 

Harrison Mills Nest

 


The Harrison Mills nest is located in the community of Harrison Mills, BC.  The nest, barely visible from the ground, is 172 feet up in a huge Douglas fir on the 10th green of the Sandpiper golf course situated on the edge of the Chehalis - Harrison river flats.   

The 2 HD PTZ cameras mounted in the tree will allow us to view the nest life in detail and see the  surrounding perch and feeding trees as well.  To the northeast, we can also see an incredible view of the Chehalis - Harrison Flats where the Tower Cams are located and the world's largest gathering of bald eagles annually occurs 

The history of the Harrison Mills nest is not known other than the pair did produce at least one chick in 2012.  Based on David Hancock's research (here), we think that one of the previous adults may have died, and a new pair may have moved to the nest after development interfered with their traditional nest in the winter of 2013.  Sadly, for the first time on a Hancock nest, we witnessed the results of sibling rivalry in 2013 as Bogey, the younger chick, succumbed to attacks and denial of food by the older chick Birdie, probably triggered by a shortage of food, and made worse because Bogey was four days younger and very much smaller. Birdie went on to claim everyone's heart and we happily watched as she fledged in late summer. 

The adults returned for the 2014 season and Mom laid one egg. Unfortunately, although the pair diligently incubated the egg it was not viable and did not hatch.   In 2015 both adults returned from migration looking strong and healthy.  Nestorations began immediately and bonding and mating took place resulting in two beautiful eaglets, Driver and Putter.  Happily, after a relatively uneventful and peaceful upbringing, HWF members watched them successfully fledge right on time on July 25 and 29 respectively. 

Both adults returned once again from migration for the 2016 season.  Two eggs were layed and Sandy and Piper hatched.  Sadly, inspite of Mom and Dad’s diligent parenting the youngest chick, Piper, did not survive past 3 1/2 days.  Sandy, however, thrived under Mom and Dad’s care finally fledging, albeit a little later than usual, at 92 days of age.

 Link to the Harrison Mills Topic Page

 

Link to the Discussion Forum


adult at Harrison Mills Cam nest Harrison Mills Nest South

Three Lafarge eaglets branching 2012
Lafarge

 

Lafarge Nest

 

The Lafarge downtown Vancouver concrete plant is on the waterfront of Vancouver's inner harbor, beside the main CP rail tracks and sidings, in the heart of Vancouver's busy container and grain port facilities.  The nest tree is alone on the property, right on the water's edge and outside the property's fenced area. An artificial nest structure, designed by David Hancock, sits beside the tree where it can be used by the eagles both as a perch and as a replacement nest site if something happens to the tree.
 
The Lafarge pair successfully raised three eaglets in 2011, even though the oldest was very big, and the youngest almost a week younger.  In 2012 history repeated itself as the parents again successfully reared 3 chicks to fledging.  A new PTZ cam, installed for the 2013 season, gave us a “bird’s eye view” of this very special eagle family, and the eagles again laid three eggs, all of which hatched; however, the youngest eaglet didn't survive the hatching process, and the middle one died after a week and a half for no obvious reason.  Happily, the oldest chick survived and thrived, fledging successfully.  

The 2014 season saw Mom and Dad Lafarge fiercely defending their nest against possibly two other different pairs of eagles attempting to “steal” their territory.  They successfully won the battle and went on to raise two chicks. In the fall of 2014, a windstorm destroyed their tree and nest but the pair remained nearby to defend their territory.  In the 2015 season the pair moved back to their old nest on Pandora Street which they had abandoned when they moved to the Lafarge site.  Ground observers eventually confirmed two chicks hatched.  Sadly on June 13, when the eaglets, Pan and Dora were approximately 8-9 weeks old, Mom Lafarge was accidentally electrocuted while being harassed and chased by crows.  Dad Lafarge went on to assume full responsibility for the care of his motherless eaglets and amazingly they both flourished and fledged on time.    

Dad returned to his territory in October for the 2016 season accompanied by a beautiful female,  dubbed "Lady Lafarge" by HWF members.  However, even though Dad and Lady appeared to bond over the next few months, they did not produce a family this year.  Perhaps next year.

 

Link to the Lafarge Topic Page

Link to the Lafarge Discussion Forum 

adults working on nest, courtesy of cococat9
Lafarge
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Harrison - Chehalis Cams - Story of a River
Story of a River
 

Harrison - Chehalis Cams: Story of a River  

World's Largest Gathering of Bald Eagles

The following sites (featured below) are clustered around Harrison Mills, BC, where the largest concentration of Bald Eagles was documented (7362 on Dec 18, 2010 within 1.5 km. of the Tower Cams!!).  This is also the site of the annual Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival.  When the spawning salmon have died off and been eaten out, the Chehalis Underwater cam will only show a few trout, not the thousands of salmon presently passing the cam.  The Chehalis Tower cams will show only a few non-breeders and some of the 6 pairs of locally nesting eagles, but the Harrison Mills Bald Eagle Nest cam will be showing the bald eagle breeding cycle.

 


Chehalis Flats as seen from the Chehalis Tower
Chehalis Flats Tower East

 


Chehalis Estuary Camera Tower 

The Chehalis Estuary is home to our Chehalis Estuary Camera Tower.  Within the view of PTZ cameras that are mounted on the tower in the middle of the estuary, you will see vistas of eagles, swans, and other birds that come to this area to gorge on the fish carcasses as they make their way up to the spawning grounds. 

The juvenile eagles are here, as well, fresh from fledging in the past months, and ready for some of their first major meals. They've been farther up the BC coast at other estuaries but now are heading for the Chehalis as it will remain largely ice-free for the rest of the Winter and gets large runs of all 5 major species of salmon over the coming months.   

Unfortunately, the tower and cams were destroyed by severe weather in late November of 2015.  There are no plans at this time to replace the tower.

Link to the Chehalis Estuary Topic Page

Link to the Discussion Forum

three eagles as seen from the Chehalis Tower
Chehalis Flats Tower West

Chehalis Underwater Cam
Chehalis River Underwater Cam

 Chehalis Underwater Cam

The Chehalis River Hatchery is a salmonid enhancement facility operated by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans near Harrison Mills in the province of BC in Canada.  They use modern fish culture techniques to produce coho salmon, chinook salmon, chum salmon, pink salmon, steelhead trout, and sea-run cutthroat trout

 

The fish are released into to the Chehalis River and the Harrison River where they migrate to the Fraser River and out to the Pacific Ocean. Those that have not been caught in various commercial and sport fisheries then return to the Chehalis and Harrison Rivers, and the hatchery to spawn.  Our underwater cam is at the hatchery entrance, providing a window into what’s happening as the fish make their way to the rivers where they were released and carry on the cycle of spawning and dying.

 

If nature cooperates and all things are right in the world of salmon, you may just see all five species of salmon and trout swim lazily by our cam at one time or another. 

 Link to the Chehalis Underwater Cam Topic Page

Link to the Discussion Forum

 

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