Damage to EagleCam's wiring and cables. Click on photo for enlargement.
Repairs to the Bald Eagle WildWatch camera were attempted in late December, prior to the US Fish and Wildlife Service cutoff date (January 1st). Our team of tree climbers, video and internet technical staff, and biologists worked with the private landowner to evaluate what we'd need to do to get the camera up and running before nesting season in 2015.
Last year, the young in this nest tree put a lot of wear and tear on the nest AND the cabling that connect to the camera and video system: the protective covering has been stripped and that impacts the video delivery and picture quality. In our last round of repairs, our team worked to repair the damaged cable sections, but we are still having some quality problems - the video looks like someone put netting over the picture.
Unfortunately, we can't get up in the nest tree now (January–February) because we might disturb the adults as they look for a place to nest this year. We are hoping they choose the nest site with the camera, even if the video quality isn't ideal. Currently, both adults have been seen in the area and heard nearby. We will stay tuned to see if they come back to this site. Until then, you can watch the EagleCam Pre-recorded Videos.
Our WIldWatchCam has been located in a 100-foot tall Douglas-fir tree on private property in North Puget Sound, directly above a nest site that a pair of eagles has chosen for a few years. A bald eagle pair usually establishes a number of nests in different areas and may choose a different site each year, so we are thrilled if they come back to this site with our camera.
In 2014, this nest was occupied January through mid-July. The pair produced two eaglets who put a lot of wear and tear on the nest and video equipment during their pre-fledging stage (kind of like toddlers in a playpen!). The nest eventually collapsed under their abuse, which is normal as the young bounce around testing their wings, but – good news – both eaglets successfully fledged. Eagles can and do rebuild nests in the same place every year, especially where they successfully reproduced.
Thanks for your interest and stay tuned for updates!
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