|4/10/2012 1:44:00 PM|
Wolftree's golden eagle webcam is running
|Hungry eaglets get a meal in the golden eagle nest on the wall of Whychus Creek canyon. photo by Gary Miller|
The golden eagle nest webcam is streaming on the Internet.
For the third year in a row, a pair of the Golden Eagle have nested and successfully hatched eggs at the Whychus Creek Discovery Outpost (WCDO) in Sisters. Perched on the cliff wall of Whychus Canyon, a large nest cradles two very small eaglets. Each parent takes a turn hunting, while the other nestles over the eaglets to keep them protected from sun, rain, and snow.
"It is so interesting to see the pair trade off with the nest," said neighbor Janet Zuelke. "The larger female is so relaxed and comfortable, stretching over the eggs. Then she will trade with the smaller male. It always seems to take him more time to get settled, and he never looks very comfortable. Last we looked; his head was facing the wall, almost as if he wasn't very happy with his view. He repositioned himself looking out over the canyon, but then his tail feathers were scrunched up against the wall."
All of this action is visible from Wolftree's golden eagle webcam located on the property adjacent to the WCDO, owned by Wolftree board members Janet Zuelke and Forrest Babcock. Forrest, an optical engineer, has connected a telescope to a video camera that is positioned on the opposite side of the canyon approximately 1,000 feet from the golden eagle nest. Undisturbed by the telescope, the eagles carry on their normal lives, giving viewers a fascinating window into the secretive lives of this iconic creature. This year Forrest built a wooden structure to protect the telescope and camera from the severe weather conditions in Whychus Canyon.
Quietly, the eagles sit on the nest. As the chicks get older the excitement grows. Two years ago a chick fell out of the nest. The other eaglet continued to grow, and the eagle cam documented the parents bringing a snake into the nest for a meal. In both years, the fledging was recorded and viewers witnessed the eaglets take their first flights.
Viewers from around the world watch this journey right from their computers. Over the last two years, Wolftree has documented footage of life in the nest, from hatching of the eggs to their first flight.
The Wolftree golden eagle webcam is accessible at www.beoutside.org.
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