One Month Until “Action!”

One month from today someone at the Boonshoft Museum will yell, “Action!” and both eagle cams will begin streaming live video of the 2012 nesting season. At least that is the plan. As you can see by my photo above the pole for the second camera has been erected and the cabling has been installed. The plan is to mount and activate the camera well before the area around the nest becomes a greater concern for the eagles. As you can see the new camera will be considerably closer and it will have a clear view of the northwest side of the nest. The wall of the nest on this side is lower and should allow the camera to capture better images of the activities up there. Another plus is that most of the arriving and departing flights are through this access point.

I am often asked about the height of the nest in that sycamore tree. The answer I give is “pretty high”. They say that a picture is worth a thousand words, so I have provided a picture to save on typing. The nest is so high in the tree that there is no practical place to mount a camera above it. It may look unsteady up there but Bald Eagles are remarkably good at choosing a suitable platform for their nests and are talented contractors. Their nests can be as large as a car and weigh hundreds of pounds and some have toppled their trees but this sycamore appears very healthy and well-rooted.

Also the constant remodeling of the nest is making it more and more impressive. If you look closely at the very bottom of the nests you will see a mass smaller diameter sticks. This is what is left of the original Great Blue Heron nest that Jim and Cindy acquired through a forced eviction of its occupants in late 2010. That heron nest was the size of the other nests that are still visible in the tree. You can clearly see why I used the word “impressive”.

Jim and Cindy are doing well and staying within a few feet of each other. They are also staying relatively close to the well field. This week several other Bald Eagles were spotted along the Great Miami River including three adult birds. As the nesting season approaches unattached adult eagles are looking for mates and paired eagles are looking for nesting sites. This can lead to squabbles with adults with established territories, like Jim and Cindy. Roger Garber was able to capture some fuzzy images of one pair of adult birds as they played together in the sky, swooping towards each other and then rolling over talons-to-talons in mid-air. This is typical eagle courting behavior and is an amazing thing to see. If you are around any local lake or river keep an eye to the sky. There may be a ballet, or a battle, unfolding above you.

Published in: on January 16, 2012 at 4:35 am  Leave a Comment  

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