Good morning, we are pleased to announce that upon investigation of the nest tree we saw no damage to the tree and nest. The camera still appears to be broken and will remain that way until w can climb and inspect it. For more info read our blog post;
Good Morning Eagle Fans: We regret to report that the Eagle Cam was struck by lightning in last night's storm! The surge protector and camera equipment were severely damaged but we're doing our best to make repairs. Stay tuned!
In the meantime, over the past few days Eaglet 1# fledged 6/12/2015 and 2# was last seen branching and practicing flights in the nest bowl.
One of the eaglets has started to branch out on the nest tree, we will keep the camera zoomed out from now on for most of the time to allow viewers to monitor for fledge attempts.
We have looked at the video over the past few days and the dark crawling insects in the nest material are likely carrion beetle larvae. These scavengers are consuming leftover food and detritus from the eaglets meals and help keep more harmful insects at bay such as blowflys.
The eaglets will not be banded this year due to a busy spring schedule, however researchers have looked at the 2 eaglets over time and figured out the sex of both birds in the nest. Read more at the blog;
As the first chick hatches in the eagles nest, here is an informative article covering the development of the hatched chicks, including photos highlighting the development of past nesting chicks over time; Make way for Nestlings
We have identified the male eagle's band, A59, he was banded in 2000 near Rancocas Creek.
The camera is having some issues with its automatic iris/brightness settings, we are aware of the issue and looking into solutions.
The 2nd egg has been laid at aprox 2:20pm!
The 1st egg of the season was laid sometime last night or this morning!
It appears the eagles are beginning to show egg laying behavior in the nest bowl. This is in line with previous year's events.
The encoder appears to be working now so video should stream smoothly.
Also, after some close looks at the bands it appears the male eagle was banded in NJ in 1999 and is either from a nest in southern NJ or warren county NJ. Please let us and the state fish and wildlife non-games species department know if you see the 2nd # on the green leg band on the eagles foot (the state legband format for 1999 is A5X, with the X being the unknown last digit). We will be leaving the camera zoomed in on the nest to observe bands and possible egg laying.
We are encountering issues with the ustream encoder hardware at the camera in what appears to be some network issues (hence the black screen). The camera system itself is still functioning fine and is not damaged, we will update when the problem is resolved. As we are aware of the problem there is no need to email our webmaster.
The Eagle pair has been seen preparing for the upcoming nesting season!
About Duke Farms:
Located on the 2700 acre Duke Farm property in Hillsborough, this eagle nest has been observed on the farm since 2005. In 2008 a camera was setup by Duke Farms in a neighboring sycamore tree 110 feet up, capturing footage of nesting seasons in 2009 and 2010. This camera permits the public to get a unique glimpse of the nesting, feeding and fledgling of Bald Eagles in NJ.
Duke Farms in Hillsborough, N.J., is one of the largest privately-owned parcels of undeveloped land in the state. The mission of Duke Farms is to serve as a model of environmental stewardship and inspire visitors to become informed stewards of the land. You can assist us with our habitat regeneration efforts by volunteering. To see a list of current educational volunteer opportunities, or to learn about our nature programs and tours, please visit www.dukefarms.org.