Camera offers up-close eagle watching
Eagles are becoming more common here in New York state, especially along the Delaware River and along the shorelines of the Catskill reservoirs. As exciting as these birds are to see in the wild nothing beats being able to watch as they go about their everyday activities and as they tend to their young in the nest.
Thanks to the Pennsylvania Game Commission, which has partnered with Comcast Business, bird watchers and wildlife enthusiasts around the world can tune in the Game Commission’s website and get an up-close and personal look of an eagle pair as they tend their young.
For the second-straight year “The Eagle Cam” has been installed at a nest 75 feet high in a tree in the small town of Hanover, in a location adjacent to Codorus State Park. The tree was chosen because eagles have nested for about 10 years and have successfully fledged young there many times.
Last year nearly 1.5 million people from around the world tuned in as a pair of adults successfully raised a pair of eaglets that fledged from the nest in late June and set out on their own. This year things will be even better for eagle viewing because of the pair of high-definition cameras installed to provide different angles and views. Viewers will be treated to not only the sight of the eagles but to their sounds as well because of the microphones installed within the camera units.
Despite all the careful preparation by Game Commission field workers, things sometimes go wrong. Last year a squirrel gnawed through the microphone cable, rendering the sound portion of the video useless. Those who tuned in late in the season found the image of the eagle nest was blurred because one of the eaglets pooped on the camera lens. As the saying goes, “stuff happens.”
While there are no guarantees the eagles will nest in the tree this year, officials are optimistic of their return because a pair of eagles have been seen adding material to the nest which indicates eggs may be laid later this season.
Game Commission officials said it will be several more weeks before it’s known whether eagles will nest there for sure, and if they do it’s equally uncertain if any eggs laid will hatch. Even if they do no one knows if the eaglets will survive. It’s nature in the raw and anything can happen. In case you previously missed this amazing glimpse of eagles in their natural habitat tune in by going to the Pennsylvania Game Commission website at: www.pgc.state.pa.us. Just click on the eagle cam icon found near the top of the homepage. The live stream can be accessed on the page that will open.