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Bald Eagle nest cam: Sooner Lake , Oklahoma
« on: January 26, 2012, 11:48:43 AM »
Bald Eagle nest cam: Sooner Lake, Oklahoma :



Live Bald Eagle Nest Camera
Feed from Sooner Lake north of Stillwater, Oklahoma


http://www.suttoncenter.org/pages/live_eagle_camera

Two cameras show the close up nest  view and the wider angle view of the whole nest.


Sutton Avian Research Center, www.suttoncenter.org. provides the access to these cam'd nests  and are the copyright owners and source of any screen captures  and videos.

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Re: Bald Eagle nest cam: Sooner Lake, Oklahoma
« Reply #1 on: January 26, 2012, 02:36:09 PM »
This was the first eagle nest I watched, starting in 2009.  I've just been reviewing the information on the Sutton website - there's lots there! It seems that this pair's original nest tree in the lake (probably an old dead snag) fell over in a storm and Sutton arranged to put up the pole nest for them, with cams, for the 2009 season. Sutton says this pair had raised 25 young in 15 years prior to 2009, so a well-experienced set of parents.

But they had some hard times in 2009, 2010 and 2011.

The first egg of 2009 was laid on February 6; second one on February 9; third one on February 13.

On February 24th a huge black trash bag blew into the nest and spent 24 hours before a concerted effort by Mom and Dad worked it close enough to the edge that the wind would carry it away again.  These are the only eagles I know who could be cited for littering.

The first egg hatched on March 21 - but I have no idea which of the three eggs it was.  The other two never hatched.  On April 1 Mom flew off the nest with an egg stuck to her belly feathers and when she came back it was gone.  The third egg was buried in the nest.

On June 9th the eaglet hopped up to the crossbar for the first time - do we call this barring? It's not really branching!

On June 16 the eaglet officially fledged.  The eaglet and her parents hung around until September before leaving the area for a period.
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Re: Bald Eagle nest cam: Sooner Lake , Oklahoma
« Reply #2 on: January 27, 2012, 11:08:29 AM »
This is the very first screen cap I ever made.  Must have been shift change on the eggs.  February 26, 2009.



I wish I had pictures of the trash bag incident.  It was amazing to watch.  A standard size black plastic trash bag was covering three quarters of the nest. The two eagles spent hours trying to figure out how to move it away from the nest bowl.  They pulled and pushed, got tired, left the nest, turned the eggs and then turned their backs on the bag. Then they would try again.  The second day Dad finally managed to unhook it from whichever stick it was snagged on and it blew over to the side of the nest.  And eventually a gust of wind caught it and lifted it away.
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Re: Bald Eagle nest cam: Sooner Lake , Oklahoma
« Reply #3 on: January 27, 2012, 11:09:32 AM »
I don't know why I have a gap from late February to mid March.  More photos may turn up in another folder somewhere!

But here are a series of pictures showing the growth of the eaglet.  And the plentiful food in this nest.  

Noontime on  March 17 - RAT!
 

Late afternoon the same day
 

late afternoon on March 19 - a very nice fish.  The Suttons wanted to be sure there would be plenty of food for the eaglets when they arrived!


March 21 first day of Spring!  and Spring is what the people I was chatting with back then decided to call the let who hatched this day!  I'm guessing this was the first meal.
  

Two more pictures from evening of that same day.  



March 23 - lunchtime



March 24, early evening, lots and lots of food!  


March 26, midday
 

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Re: Bald Eagle nest cam: Sooner Lake , Oklahoma
« Reply #4 on: January 27, 2012, 11:10:02 AM »
Sooner Lake images from April 2009 to come
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Re: Bald Eagle nest cam: Sooner Lake , Oklahoma
« Reply #5 on: January 27, 2012, 11:10:30 AM »
Sooner Lake images from May 2009 to come
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Re: Bald Eagle nest cam: Sooner Lake , Oklahoma
« Reply #6 on: January 27, 2012, 11:11:03 AM »
Sooner Lake images from June 2009 to come
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Re: Bald Eagle nest cam: Sooner Lake , Oklahoma
« Reply #7 on: January 27, 2012, 11:22:09 AM »
2010 was a hard year to be watching the Sooner eagles.  First of all they dilly dallied around for a long time before they finally decided to nest in a tree near the lake - which made it very difficult for Sutton to get the cam up and running.  Sutton kept the WA lake cam up too as the birds used that nest like a summer camp.  And fishing/hunting platform.

Sometime between February 14 and March 5 they laid three eggs in the tree nest.  The first egg hatched on March 28.  The second one hatched on March 30.  On April 1 the second chick fell from the nest and died.  Sutton's post about that day is sad - they had to be sure no one thought this was an April Fool's joke.

The eagles in Oklahoma are what is known as the southern race of eagles and they are smaller than the birds from British Columbia, who are in turn smaller than the birds in Alaska. The tree nest - and even the lake pole nest - is smaller than the nest we are accustomed to watching as well.  But even taking that into account, the tree nest was a poor excuse for a nest.

On May 3 the first chick hatched backed up to the edge of the nest at night, made a poop shot and overbalanced and fell to his death.  He was recovered from beneath the tree a day or so later.  There is a long Sutton post about this accident.  At first they thought a predator might have caused his death, but it does appear to have been accidental.

The third egg proved not to be viable though it was still in the nest with the eaglet until he fell.  On May 5 a pair of vultures descended on the empty nest and gave it a thorough cleaning, extracting food remnants from deep in the bedding and eating the addled egg.

A sad sad story.
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Re: Bald Eagle nest cam: Sooner Lake , Oklahoma
« Reply #8 on: January 27, 2012, 02:15:53 PM »
Let us hope for Better things for this pair  for 2012. They have been observed working in the the pole nest . Also Mating on the cross bar of that nest. A few days ago the male gave the female  the gift of food on the nest. This is good indication of the intention to use this nest for this year .

Working on the nest .

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Re: Bald Eagle nest cam: Sooner Lake , Oklahoma
« Reply #9 on: February 10, 2012, 01:38:05 PM »
Friday 10th Feb . Eagle  arrives on the nest .

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Re: Bald Eagle nest cam: Sooner Lake , Oklahoma
« Reply #10 on: February 23, 2012, 12:06:12 PM »
23 Feb 2012 .
Eagle on nest eating .12.00pm

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Re: Bald Eagle nest cam: Sooner Lake , Oklahoma
« Reply #11 on: March 02, 2012, 08:34:41 PM »
Word has it that the Sooner eagles have decided to keep the lake nest as their dining room.  Today there was dead coot ripening there most of the day.  They supposedly have eggs in the old tree nest - the one they lost two lets from a few year back.  They have really built up the nest this year and shouldn't have a similar problem.
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Re: Bald Eagle nest cam: Sooner Lake , Oklahoma
« Reply #12 on: March 02, 2012, 08:36:04 PM »
This is a copy of a post I made in the Vian thread a little while ago.

Sutton has made several posts in the blog below the cam which mention siblicide or Cainism.  Some of us have not seen any evidence that this occurs in Bald eagles, although it does occur in other eagle species and other raptor groups.  My guess is that several people (besides me) have written to Sutton expressing concern about this and today they posted a long entry on the subject, together with several citations of academic papers on the subject. The chatters below the cam have also commented on it.

This is a very long entry and I hesitate to copy and paste the whole thing here, but if you want to read it, go to this link http://www.suttoncenter.org/pages/live_eagle_camera  and look for the March 2 entry below the cam and below the chat space.
"If you slow things down, you notice things you hadn't seen before." - Robert Wilson, director, author, videographer

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Re: Bald Eagle nest cam: Sooner Lake , Oklahoma
« Reply #13 on: March 03, 2012, 02:26:21 PM »
Sat march 3rd . Eagle on post just looking around . Waiting for its next meal ?

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Re: Bald Eagle nest cam: Sooner Lake , Oklahoma
« Reply #14 on: March 09, 2012, 12:40:36 PM »
Happy news today from Sutton.  All of a sudden this afternoon the closeup cam on the Sooner Lake nest became a closeup cam on the Sooner Lake tree nest.  Mom is sitting in the nest brooding three eggs!



"If you slow things down, you notice things you hadn't seen before." - Robert Wilson, director, author, videographer