If you have ever wondered what goes on in a bird’s nest when they are raising young, this is your chance for a live view of a pair of eagles incubating eggs and then caring for the young.
Thanks to a camera placed above a bald eagle nest in northern Michigan by Carbon Media Group in a joint effort with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, the Carbon TV Eagle Cam is streaming live video 24 hours a day for all to see.
Located 100 feet up in a tree along the Platt River near the Platt River Fish Hatchery, south west of Traverse City, the nest is currently home to a pair of nesting bald eagles and two eggs. Now the wait is on to see just when the eggs will hatch and to see the efforts the parents will go through to raise their young.
As often occurs, this is not the first time this pair has occupied the nest. Often times birds of prey, such as the bald eagle will return to a nesting site.
“This pair of eagles have been regular visitors to this nest for the past three years,” said Ed Eisch, DNR fish production manager. “We’re thrilled to partner with Carbon Media Group to give people a window into the world of these majestic creatures in their native habitat.”
Unlike many birds, bald eagles are monogamous and it is believed that they stay with their chosen mate for life, though in the event one of the pair die, the other often times will find a new mate. On average the female will lay two eggs but there are cases where three or a single egg is laid. With eggs in the nest, both the male and female take turns in the nest while it is brooded (kept warm and developing) but it is the female that does the bulk of the nest sitting. Once laid, it takes on average 35 days until it hatches. Then it takes anywhere from 8 to 14 weeks for the chicks to be old enough to leave the nest and it will be around five years before they will be of breeding age.
Bald eagles are the some of the largest birds of prey on the North American continent with bodies that can measure anywhere from 28 to 37 inches from the tip of the beak to the end of the tail and with a wing span which can reach 80 inches. With big birds you get big nests and they can rang anywhere from a few feet across up to the largest ever detailed in Florida at 9 feet in diameter and a massive 18 feet high. The nests, as in the one at Platt River, are often used year after year with nesting materials added each time.
With the web camera running 24 hours a day there is a lot to see and with the capability of the Carbon Media Group, if a memorable moment is missed, it is posted so viewers can watch it.
“We’re happy to partner with the Michigan DNR to provide a live, real-time stream of these impressive bald eagles on CarbonTV,” said Daniel Seliger, executive vice president of Content and Marketing at Carbon Media Group. “Users can watch the eagles live at any time on CarbonTV.com from their preferred device and even review the past two hours of footage using our DVR functionality so that not a moment of action is missed.”
So if you have always wanted to see what goes on in a nest when a bird is being raised, head to the CarbonTV Eagle Cam and check it out. Just be forewarned that it can get a bit addictive and you may find yourself watching this bird, the symbol of our nation, a lot longer than you would have expected.
For more information on bald eagles and just about any other bird on earth visit the Cornel University site, All About Birds.
Information on the bald eagle is also available from the MDNR and from the University of Michigan website Animal Diversity Web.
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