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All About our Associated Cams

Australian Sea Eagle chick with Mom
Australian Sea-Eagle

Australian Sea-Eagle 

The White-bellied Sea-Eagles we're viewing, perhaps the most famous pair of eagles in Australia, reside in Sydney’s Olympic Park, nesting high in a Scribbly Gum tree in the Newington Nature Reserve and feeding in the Parramatta River. The nest has been used by a succession of Sea-Eagles over the years and by this pair since 2008.   In 2012  they built a new nest about 25 metres above the ground in yet another Scribbly Gum tree located about 75 metres east of their previous nest.


They feed opportunistically on a variety of fish, birds, reptiles, mammals and crustaceans, and carrion. Although the White-bellied Sea-Eagles breeding season extends from June to January/February depending on what part of Australia they come from, look for eggs from this pair in the first or second week of July and incubation lasting for 6 weeks.  The lifespan of the White-bellied Sea-Eagle is thought to be around 30 years.


Link to the White-bellied Sea-Eagle Topic Page with much more information

Link to the White-bellied Sea-Eagle Discussion Forum 

Pot Plant Owl checking her eggs
  Pot Plant Eagle Owl

Pot Plant  Eagle Owl 

This cam, located in Johannesburg,  South Africa, features a Spotted Eagle Owl known affectionately as Pot Plant Owl.   Having to adapt to the destruction of their natural habitat due to urbanization, the pair was forced to leave its natural nesting habitat to subsequently nest in a potted plant on the balcony of a suburban home – hence the name Pot Plant Owl.


While Pot Plant Owl is busy laying and incubating the eggs, Pappa will bring prey consisting of small mammals, birds, insects, frogs, and reptiles to the nest.  The cam is online for the nesting season only, which takes place from August to December.  Eggs are generally laid towards the end of August and the incubation period lasts approximately 32 days. The Spotted Eagle Owl has a life span of up to ten years in the wild and up to twenty in captivity. 

Link to the Pot Plant Eagle Owl Topic Page

Link to the Pot Plant Eagle Owl Discussion Forum

Fluff the Hummingbird with her hungry chicks in Victoria, BC
Victoria, BC

Victoria, BC

Eric Pittman has been recording several families of Anna’s Hummingbirds in Victoria, British Columbia, including Tweet and Fluff.  Their nesting season is from December to August. During that time period the female will lay two eggs almost every six weeks. In fact, when one batch of chicks gets too large for her to sit on, she will make another nest and lay another two eggs and she sits on those while still feeding her nearly fledged chicks!  Unlike eagles, who share incubating and feeding duties, the males here protect the nest territory but are rarely seen on cam.

Thanks to Eric Pittman for an interesting look into the lives of one of our smaller birds!

Link to the Victoria Hummingbird Topic Page

Link to the Victoria Hummingbird Discussion Forum

Black eagle Mom and chick
South African Black Eagle

South African Black Eagle

The Black Eagle Cam is situated in the Walter Sisulu National Botanical Gardens, in Roodepoort, Johannesburg, South Africa. This specific nesting site has been documented as far back as the early 1940’s and it is estimated that the current mating pair are the third or fourth descendants from the first documented nesting pair.   These eagles are the last of a once much larger population that inhabited the mountain ridges of Johannesburg. 

Weighing up to 4.8 kg this is one of Africa’s largest and most spectacular eagles. Their traditional prey base was the dassie (Rock Hyrax), but their numbers have been reduced primarily by stray and domestic dogs, so the eagles have adapted their diet to include guinea fowl, francolin and red rock rabbit.

Black Eagles form life long mating bonds.  However, they will replace their companion should something happen to them. Egg laying normally occurs in mid-May followed by a lengthy incubation period of 44 to 45 days. 

Link to the South African Black Eagle Topic Page 

Link to the South African Black Eagle Discussion Forum 

Whitehorse, Yukon Bald Eagles
Whitehorse, YT Bald Eagle

Millennium Trail Eagle's Nest - Whitehorse, YT

Known as the Millennium Trail Eagle’s Nest, this nest is situated along side the Yukon River in Whitehorse, Yukon. In 2006 extreme weather conditions knocked down the original eagle’s nest. Yukon Electric (YECL) crews helped to rescue the two stranded eaglets and have since constructed a permanent nest base and mounted it atop an electric pole donated by YECL. The crew continues to monitor and maintain the nest as needed.

In 2012 the Yukon Electric Whitehorse office installed a PTZ webcam. Due to the significantly northern location of this nest, it was unnecessary to install Infra Red night vision as the nest is viewable by natural light for all but approximately two or three hours a day. Live viewing began in 2013 after a pair of eagles decided to call it home! The nest’s prime location next to the Yukon River allows for an abundance of fish to be caught by the parents and brought to the nest thus producing healthy, well-fed eaglets that are a pleasure to watch.

Thanks to Yukon Electric for providing this amazing look into the life of eagles in the North.

Link to the Whitehorse Bald Eagle Topic Page 

Link to the Whitehorse Bald Eagle Discussion Forum 


Turtle Bay, Bald Eagles
Turtle Bay, CA Bald Eagle

Turtle Bay, CA

The camera was initially installed by CalTrans (the California Department of Transportation) to make sure that nearby highway construction didn't have a negative impact on the eagle nest. Back in the fall of 2007, Caltrans had tried to discourage the eagles from nesting so near a planned highway project by placing a large cone in their nest, but the eagles were not easily discouraged and public sentiment favored the eagles - so CalTrans decided to work with the eagles and the public, installing a camera to make sure they weren't disrupting the nesting behavior - and making it available to the public

The construction project was completed, and the Turtle Bay Exploration Park took over the cam! However the eagles moved to a new location so we were not able to watch them in 2012. Money was raised to move the cams to the new location for the 2013 nesting season, unfortunately shortly after it started streaming, the wide angle cam was apparently damaged when a limb fell down, so the view was limited. Again money was raised and the cam was repaired for the following season.

The original resident pair were named Liberty (F) and Patriot (M). However, Patriot was lost to what is believed to have been a territorial dispute in 2013. Liberty remained in the territory, chose a new mate who was subsequently named Spirit, and after an unsuccessful first year have returned for what we hope will be a successful year in 2015. For a more detailed history please click  HERE .

Link to the Turtle Bay Bald Eagle Topic Page 

Link to the Turtle Bay Bald Eagle Discussion Forum 



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