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PostPosted: Sun Apr 22, 2012 6:05 am    Post subject:  Reply with quote

April 21, 2012  evening
Hoping late this week ustream will have the Richmond eagles back on cam.
We are told it will be from the ground - up - not in a tree.


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April 21, 2012 evening
Hoping late this week ustream will have the Richmond eagles back on cam.
We are told it will be from the ground - up - not in a tree.
Richmond Eagle Cam to return with more-distant view

The popular Richmond Eagle Cam is coming back.
April  25,  2012   Scientists plan to restart the camera in the next few days and show nest views from the ground.
The initial views won't be as dramatic as when the camera was mounted just above the nest,
but they will allow fans to continue to follow Virginia and James and their two chicks.

And in about a month, when the young eagles step out on limbs to flap their wings, the views should be good, said Bryan Watts, director of the Center for Conservation Biology.
"It's always exciting when they get out on their limbs," Watts said.
The chicks, now 5˝ weeks old, should fly from the nest in mid-June.

Virginia and James unexpectedly left the nest April 13, so scientists took down the tree-mounted camera the next day to remove anything that might be spooking the birds.
The parents returned April 16.

Scientists on Friday mounted the camera on the ground, next to a house about 25 yards from the nest.
The work took just a few minutes, Watts said. "We were trying to minimize any kind of disturbance."
After some technical adjustments, the camera should be running this week, Watts said.

The Eagle Cam went online Jan. 16 and drew more than 1.5 million page views from more than 130 countries.
The camera is a project of the conservation center and the Richmond Times-Dispatch.
http://www2.timesdispatch.com/new...to-return-with-more-di-ar-1866556
http://www2.timesdispatch.com/news/local/richmond-eagle-cam


April 24   Scientists will soon restart the Richmond Eagle Cam by showing nest views from the ground.
The initial views won't be as dramatic as when the camera was mounted just above the nest, but they will allow fans to continue to follow Virginia and James and their two chicks.
When the time comes for the young eagles to test their wings and eventually take flight, the views should be better, said Bryan Watts
http://www2.timesdispatch.com/new...gle-cam-restart-ground-ar-1865084


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 26, 2012 4:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

April  26,  2012  
Richmond Eagle cam is live again  
Mounted on the ground, the camera began showing the nest of parents and their 2 chicks shortly after 3 pm today.
The Eagle Cam drew 1.5 million viewers from more than 130 countries during a 3 month run that began in mid-January.
Scientists took down the camera April 14 out of concerns that it might be bothering the adults, which left the nest the day before.
The birds returned April 16.

In its current alignment, the camera doesn't offer the dramatic view of looking right down into the nest,
but it shows the side of the nest and the pine limbs around it.
When the chicks start stepping out on limbs in about a month, the new view should be even better than the old one,
said Barbara Slatcher, a volunteer who helps operate the camera.
(That must be obxbarb in chatroom.)
http://www2.timesdispatch.com/new...d-eagle-cam-is-back-on-ar-1871970
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 28, 2012 9:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

April 27, 2012
I tuned in to our new live cam about 6 am.  
I am glad there is a button to mute some ads!  There is no sound on cam.  Sad

Screen caps #1 and 2 taken at 6:25 am
I saw parent and both chicks.  NOT easy to get pics - they move so fast!
The picture is so still I refreshed thinking it froze, but its fine.  No wind.

7.15 am  parent came in on LEFT side of nest and is probably feeding R2.  Thats my guess.

April 28, 2012
Cam is working fine, no sound.  Its a bit jerky - parents appear and vanish, you dont see them fly.
We get brief and quick glimpses of chicks.  We really dont know who is who but they enjoy guessing.  Wink

Richmond Eagles April 28, 2012 morning feed video
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H_xjBiCIBzY&feature=youtu.be

Dr Watts will present 'Eagles of the Chesapeake' May 4 from 7-10pm.
Includes dessert reception and a garden night hike. Bring your flashlight!  Cost is $25
Part of NBG Eagle Festival which is May 5
http://www.norfolkbotanicalgarden...ograms-events/calendar/events/633

The cam is now streaming LIVE from the area - at ground level  Smile
http://www.ustream.tv/richmondeagles

Richmond Eagles New Cam Close-Ups 4-30-12 noon
VIDEO
even got Mom on her branch!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ob9447nReRY


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PostPosted: Wed May 02, 2012 5:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bald Eagle Chick Development
Eaglet Growth - The young birds grow rapidly, they add one pound to their body weight every 4 or 5 days.
At about two weeks, it is possible for them to hold their head up for feeding.
3 weeks they are 1 foot high and their feet and beaks are very nearly adult size.
4/5 weeks they can to stand, and begin tearing up their own food.
6 weeks, the eaglets are very nearly as large as their parents.
8 weeks, the appetites of the young birds are at their greatest.
While parents hunt almost continuous to feed them, back at the nest the eaglets are beginning to stretch their wings in response to gusts of wind and may even be lifted off their feet for short periods.

3/4 weeks eaglet is covered in its secondary coat of gray down.
In another two weeks or so, black juvenile feathers will begin to grow in.
While downy feathers are excellent insulators, they are useless as air foils, and must be replaced with juvenile feathers before an eaglet can take its first flight, some 10 to 13 weeks after hatching.
http://www.baldeagleinfo.com/eagle/eagle4.html
http://eaglenest.blogs.wm.edu/2011/04/30/bald-eagle-chick-development


Eagles of the World
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g2fPCOhJLvI

Jungle Eagle
http://www.pbs.org/wnet/nature/episodes/jungle-eagle/full-episode/7324


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PostPosted: Tue May 08, 2012 7:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Typical of me, I listened to the last one first.

Eagles of the Chesapeake: An ecological portrait by Dr Bryan Watts, CCB
Held May 4 - 6, 2012  at NBG (Norfolk Botanical Garden)  Eagle Symposium, Norfolk, Virginia
Other presentations include: The History and Update of the Norfolk Botanical Garden Nesting Eagles by Reese Lukei,
Tracking The Bald Eagle: lessons on foraging, roosting and nesting through satellite telemetry by Libby Mojica,
Emerging Eagle Policies by Ed Clark, Leadership in the Hurricane of Change by Jim Martin and a
Moderated Panel Discussion with Reese Lukei, Jim Martin and Ed Clark.
The Bald Eagle Buddy made his debut appearance with Ed Clark.
http://cj.myfreeforum.org/about3182.html


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PostPosted: Thu May 10, 2012 4:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

May 9, 2012  Ustream outage, many live eagle cams down
USA could not access many of the ustream eagle cam nests for hours today.
Explanation here.
http://cj.myfreeforum.org/about3173.html

This blog page 1, Watts, rescue
http://cj.myfreeforum.org/about3100.html

This blog page 2
New cam, Cindy, chat with Watts, Bald Eagle Chick Development
http://cj.myfreeforum.org/ftopic3100-14.php

2012 eagle nesting season, several nests
NBG, Decorah, Minnesota, multiple pages, images
http://cj.myfreeforum.org/about2340.html


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PostPosted: Sat Jun 02, 2012 8:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bald eagle rescue May 31, 2012 - hung up in tree by string.   NOT Richmond nest.
http://www.bclocalnews.com/news/155998305.html

video
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gMeuO1L6wuQ

Young Richmond Eagle Cam birds nearly ready to fly June 02, 2012
RICHMOND, Va. --
The two Richmond Eagle Cam chicks are about ready to fly on giant wings.
The younger bird, a male called R2, could make the leap today, said eagle expert Bryan Watts. The chick was hopping and lifting itself agilely into the air by his nest Friday afternoon.

"It sure looked like it was begging to go," Watts said.
Big sister R1 might take wing a day or two later, Watts said.

Then again, the chicks might surprise us and wait a little longer. These birds have been all about drama.
Looking like dirty cotton wads after hatching in mid-March, the young birds are now about the same size as parents Virginia and James.
R1, the first hatched, sports a wingspan of about 7 feet. She is a bruiser, about 30 percent larger than R2, whose wings span a mere 6 feet or so.

Eagle Cam viewers got so distressed when R1 viciously pecked R2 in those early weeks that some turned off their computers. The pecking would get worse when R1 was hungry.
The robust health of the chicks now is a testament to the skill of the parents at bringing them fish.

"I think it turned out well, and that means the parents were able to provision both chicks," said Watts, director of the Center for Conservation Biology, a research group.

The Richmond Eagle Cam is a project of the center and the Richmond Times-Dispatch. It has drawn more than 1.7 million page views from more than 100 countries.

Even after the eaglets take to the air, they will get fed by their parents until they learn to fish on their own.
After a few weeks or months, the birds will become independent. They could stay close to Richmond or fly hundreds of miles away.

"Some are homebodies, and some are wanderers," Watts said, "and I don't know why."

The chicks are dark brown. Bald eagles don't get their classic white heads and tails until they are about 5 years old.
After R1 and R2 start looking like mature adults, they will start acting that way, seeking mates and chicks of their own.
http://www2.timesdispatch.com/new...ds-nearly-ready-to-fly-ar-1959853

NO DOUBT the smaller, younger male fledged first!  Smile
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t0ADZmuPiGY&feature=youtu.be
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Richmond Eagles June 3, 2012
R1 sits on a branch to the right of the nest and enjoys the morning sun.. when  R2 lands in the top of the nest tree. He leaves, loops around and eventually lands in the nest tree.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OBvpv0VE7nc&feature=youtu.be

Smallest eaglet takes flight
R2, the youngest and smallest of the two Richmond Eagle Cam chicks, is on the wing.
The male eaglet was perched on a limb beside big sister R1 Saturday when, about 8:05 a.m., he simply launched himself into the air.
"We were all kind of surprised," said Barbara Slatcher,a volunteer who helps run the Eagle Cam. "He just up and left" without any of the usual flapping or wing stretching.

Quoting a teenage Eagle Cam viewer, Slatcher said, "He never even said good-bye."
The fledgling disappeared for about 9 hours — it was a beautiful day for an outing — before returning to the nest tree about 5:20 p.m.
One of the two young eagles made a short flight Friday about 7 p.m. The evening was drizzly and nearly dark, so experts couldn't tell which eagle it was.

The bird made sort of a "trial run" and returned after a few minutes, Slatcher said.
R1 is expected to take flight today or tomorrow. The chicks hatched in mid-March.

As R1 perched near the nest Saturday, one of its parents would occasionally fly by and call to the youngster with a sort of flute-like chuckle.
Even when R1 and R2 are flying, parents Virginia and James will continue to feed them until they learn to catch fish.
The young birds will strike out on their own after a few weeks or months. They could stay around Richmond or wander hundreds of miles away.

The Eagle Cam is a project of the Richmond Times-Dispatch and the Center for Conservation Biology, a research group. It has drawn more than 1.7 million page views from more than 100 countries.
The nest is near the James River in Richmond.
http://www2.timesdispatch.com/new...st-eaglet-takes-flight-ar-1961639


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