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Hornby Island Bald Eagle Nest Camera

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The nest is located about 30 meters (100 feet) up an evergreen tree, and is situated on private property about 100 meters from the ocean on Hornby Island in the Strait of Georgia between Vancouver Island and the British Columbia mainland. According to Doug Carrick, the eagles built their first nest in the fall of 1989 and fledged their first eaglet in 1990. 2012 will be their twenty-third year of nesting; they have fledged 20 eaglets in 22 years - just under one a year, which is considered average for eagles in this area. There has been a camera in the nest since September 2004, and it was first connected to the internet in spring 2006. The pair laid two eggs in 2006, neither of which hatched; the camera was offline in 2007 after the line was damaged in a winter storm but Doug reported that they raised and fledged two eaglets (Thunder and Lightning) that year; they did not lay any eggs in 2008. In 2009, they laid two eggs, both of which hatched; the younger eaglet Echo died in a freak accident, after becoming tangled in the female's feathers; older eaglet Hope fledged successfully.

In 2010 they laid two eggs - one of which hatched to produce Phoenix. She was at the flapping/branching stage when she developed a lung infection - which proved fatal. The immediate cause of death was acute bilateral mycotic pneumonia; additional tests were conducted to determine if there were underlying conditions that contributed to her demise, and the final cause of death was acute aspergillosis. The pair also laid two eggs in 2011, both of which hatched; the eaglets, named Alexandra for Alexandra Morton and David for David Suzuki, both fledged successfully.

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Hornby Island - Summary & Thanks to Doug & Sheila Carrick


Hi all:

Hornby Island Bald Eagle Cam -- Summary & Thanks to Doug & Sheila Carrick.

Little did I understand the implications of meeting Doug Carrick back in the fall of 2005.  I was about to address a conservation meeting on Vancouver Island and our host, just as she was about to introduce me, called me aside and asked if I minded them permitting a gentleman to show some video he had taken of eagles on Hornby Island.  I immediately said that would be wonderful and the next 15 minutes changed my life.


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