I was at the nest today with some folks from the Bettendorf School District. They are working on some educational materials based on eagles. We did see one of the "babies" for a brief moment, but did not get a picture. I did capture the picture below just after my visitors had left. It was the blimp in town over the weekend for the John Deere Classic golf tournament as it was heading out of town on to its next event.
Here is the deal on the camera. It has not worked since that lightning storm back around June 29th. Our technical folks have tried a number of things from the ground to reset the camera and it has not worked. The only other option is to go up and repair or replace the camera. We are hoping to do that in the next two weeks. We have ordered a new camera so when we bring the old one down, if it can be repaired we will use it as a backup in the future.
Many of you have asked about t-shirts. My local vendor is working on this and we hope to have that ready to go in the next couple of weeks. Once it is ready, we will place a link on the main Alcoa EagleCam page.
I took a trip to the nest this morning and was not able to spot any of our group in the short time I was there. I did however see a flock (right word?) of pelicans, a couple of hawks and an empty turtle shell on the ground below the nest.
I was down at the nest for just a little while today. I did not see anyone around, then off to the far side of the property I spotted one of the parents taking a spin. I was not close enough to get a very good shot...but I did take this picture.
For those interested, my local vendor is still working on the t-shirts. I hope to have something for you soon.
Just when I thought I might not see everyone together, our security camera picked up the image below early this morning. One of the parents and all three of the young eagles on the ground in an open field just west of the nest tree. It appeared at least one of the young ones was eating something. I can tell you from walking around the grounds recently, it is clear they have had several meals on the ground leaving some fur and some feathers in a few piles in different locations.
During the hot days last week we did not see much of anything around the nest. I think our birds found a shady spot and kept still. Yesterday when the heat broke I was able to spot one of the young eagles back in the tree near the nest. At one point he/she even did a little flying just to strech its wings. I suspect we are down to the final week or two that we will see these "babies" before they move on and try to make it on their own.
I wanted to let folks know that our little guys are still hanging around, but spending less and less time near the nest. I spent about an hour near the nest during the 4th and only saw one of them. Below are a few pictures from yesterday of the one and a heron that swung by while I was there too.
As for the camera, we are still trying to figure out the right time to go up to check it. When I know a timeframe, I will post something so you know our plans.
Our technical folks are still trying to diagnose the problem with the camera. It is looking like the lightning during the thunderstorms last Friday may have set off a circuit breaker in the camera. If they cannot resolve the issue from the ground we will have to decide when the right time would be to go up and reset it from a lifting device. I will try to give you an update on Tuesday and possibly some additional photos.
Sorry about the video being locked up all weekend. Hopefully we will get it running again Monday morning. In the meantime here are a few pictures taken today. I did not see the parents while I was there this morning, but I did see all three of our young eagles. Part of the time they were riding the wind together like happy brothers and sisters.