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Mavis

YES!! It looks good! Been waiting for this. Thank you, Alcoa!!

Cristine

Beautiful shot! You can see the whole nest, the Alcoa branch and the other camera. And one of the Eagles is in there, right now! Thank you, Alcoa.

Cherrycarol

Does this cam scan?

Jo Ann

Thank you. Both views will be great!

Cristine

4:52 CT Oh, both in the nest now! It's amazing to see how they "come in for a landing!"

Arri

Love it! Even though it makes me feel a little queasy.

Mavis

Ok..I'm excited and this is our first run with the new cam. I can only get a couple of seconds before it freezes up and has to be refreshed. Sound stays on but picture freezes.

I am not complaining...it can stay like this...just giving you feedback in case you are not seeing what I am. And...it may be just at my end. That does happen...problem at my end and not yours.

Love the new view.

sandy baker

Looks good what a different view for sure and closer to babies then we need close up . Thank you guys good work

Gabby

I think it's an excellent view. Sometimes being real close doesn't give you an overall experience, this does. Two thumbs up!

sandy baker

How cool both mom and dad there same time

Judith Hart

Great shot of Justice circling the nest from below, landing in the nest with a large branch.

Bea Griffore

I am in awe! Spectacular!!! Imagine the screen shots we will be getting from this angle....WOW!

Thanks Mr. John and Alcoa!

Coleen Perilloux Landry

I just saw the two of them flying in with sticks to repair the nests and watched them "talk" with each other as they worked. How wonderful. Thank you.
Coleen Perilloux Landry in New Orleans

Judith Hart

Does this seem early for them to be so far along with the nest? Anyone remember last year? It almost looks like it's ready for eggs.

R L ML

They put on a great show for us for the 20 minutes I saw them. If the one one the nest sees the other coming with a stick it hurries off. Doesn't want to get bonked.

Great to see them soaring in and out.

Thanks Alcoa.

Cherrycarol

It is going to be great to be able to watch them fly in & out of the nest. Great screen shots coming for sure. Mavis I didn't have any freezing problems. Pretty soon the nest will be up to the y branch. Thanks Alcoa & Mr. John. Carol

John L.

Love this new camera. Can't wait for the duel feed. Great work Guys!

Jo

WOO HOO! 2nd cam up! Great work Mr John! Can't wait til I can see eggies in that nest tho!

Just in case others didn't know, here's a video of Juliet laying her first egg in NE Florida nest: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YRLTNOicGEw
Main link to the nest is http://www.eagles.org/programs/ne-florida-nest-cam-ptz.php
Just thought I'd share but can't wait to see what Liberty and Justice have in store for us this year!

Mavis

Hey cherrycarol...thanks for that input!! That's what I wanted to know...if the freezing was at my end. I dropped a lot of junk off my browser and restarted...much better!

Mr. John...this is a nice surprise! You did good.

Judith Hart

Liberty and Justice working early this morning on their nest.
Is that a white truck waaaaay down there at about 10 - 11 o'clock. Makes you dizzy looking down.

Bea Griffore

Good morning Judith and everyone else. This is so cool watching from this cam! I'm not sure what white you are asking about. I see the other cam and some white a ways below that which looks like it's on the same branch that cam is attached to. You also asked yesterday about the nest looking so ready already and if we remembered last year at this time. I think it was Mavis who said at Thanksgiving last year it still looked a mess.

L or J is in the nest, looking around and it looks gloomy out there, no sunshine. It also looks like we are zoomed in a bit more than last evening. Currently 37°.

I checked on the WCs and they have a down day today.

HAGD & IBBL

Jo

WooHoo I took the chance and tuned in while up for a "potty break" and I finally get to see, I believe, Liberty on the nest! YAY I LOVE this view of the nest! Mr John, you done good! Thank you thank you thank you!! I'm so excited waiting for our laying season to start. That nest looks amazing! And Liberty is simply gorgeous! Yay! I finally get to see one of "my" eagles. Now I can go back to bed and have sweet eagle dreams!

Jo

Hey, is it just me or does that nest look ready for eggs and a family? C'mon L & J put some eggies in there!

Bea Griffore

Hold your horses Jo! It's too early. They do their laying in Feb.

Mavis

Judy, I looked and was getting drunk from looking down....just grab another cup of coffee...real coffee...not decaf!!

Bea, sorry we won't see the cranes fly this morning. Thanks for the update and please keep us informed.

Got some fun screen shots this morning for L and J on the nest. In one shot, L was on the Alcoa limb and J was flying in...they BOTH flew into the nest at the same time. Amazing shot...didn't say good...just amazing. Love this new view, Mr. John. It looks a little more focused this morning. Didn't have any freezing problems either....so glad that was on my end yesterday and not the system. I love the little (in this case...big), surprises you throw out to us.

Judy...I still think they have a ways to go on the nest. It still looks a mess. I agree with you though, it seems like Liberty is sure "feeling" it out a little too much. I wondered if the early snow Davenport had would throw their biological clock out of kilt...hope not. After we survive the holidays...the first of the year is the perfect time to settle down with good coffee and friends and enjoy the peace the nest offers us.

Good morning everyone.

Cherrycarol

Jo Glad u finally got to see them. I have my puter on at work so my customers can watch.

Bea Griffore

Carol, you are so good to your customers! I would stay at your salon way past my appointment time just to be able to keep watching.

Ahhh, the train going through! Sounds way better than when it seems like it's going through my backyard.

Bea Griffore

Mavis, I think some of the "mess" you are seeing won't be changed....it's the way the sides are after years of building on top of the old nest. Gosh, if they tried to "fix" the messy sides further down the whole thing might crash!

Dan L

Love the second camera view!!! Thank you Alcoa and Mr. John.

Mavis

Bea...I don't look for them to "clean up" the sides. Afraid the whole thing may fall apart if they do. The inside of the nest is a mess...especially on the right side. I have to admit...they are there more often now than they were this time of the year last year. It seems that way, anyway.

I did notice Fearless and friends were up and about this morning. One even jumped up within sight of Liberty. She just looked over at him and didn't give him a second notice. I thought that was cute. Those little fellas serve a role in keeping the nest free of bugs and it is like Liberty knew that they "belonged" there....and were safe.

Amber

I like the other camera view better. Much better "birds" eye view of the eggs, the hatching and feeding!!

Bea Griffore

Patience Amber. They are working on a dual feed so you will have your pick of which cam to view.

I love this one. Imagine what a snow storm is going to look like! But I do like the one looking directly into the nest too. So happy we are going to have a choice of cams or even be able to watch both at once.

sandy ross

thank you for the view. it looks so different from the one we are used to. should be an interesting season with the new ones coming and having two views to choose from.

such a cool view

gregory

NEATO-- that IS way keen

I know most of the vets here but am not familiar with the newbies. for the newbies- do not despair. this new view is only an enhancement. you will be privy to the close up soon. the rest of us have anticipated this for almost a year. that's why we are posting a little on the giddy side.

gregory

so I guess this is a camera aimed south.
wonder what it will appear like when the nest is rocking one way and the new cam is rocking the other--ooohh. even though we dread the snow-- I bet it will be beautiful.

gregory

my only disappointment is that I cannot see the river this year on the old cam view.

gregory

JUDITH-

I looked and looked for that truck. could that be you are seeing the other camera.

Cristine

Good morning all! Getting on a little late this morning. Have a headache I am trying to shake. How wonderful you all got to see the eagles this morning, especially you, Jo! This view of the nest will be a totally new watching experience. We can actually see how big the nest has become over the years. I wonder what it looked like in the first year compared to now? Cherrycarol, you said yesterday that it soon may be as tall as the "Alcoa" branch and I think you might be right! Liberty and Justice sure have been busy adding a lot of new sticks and nesting material. It's had to imagine how big that nest actually is, just by looking at the picture. Years ago, when our daughters were younger, we took them to the annual "Bald Eagle Days Expo" in Rock Island. It is held every January here in the quad Cities. (This year it will be the week-end of January 10th. thru 12th.) There, they had this giant replica of a Bald Eagle nest. It was amazingly big! All four of us were able to stand it it comfortably, and have our picture taken. Wish I could find that picture now, and figure out how to post it!
I checked in with the Whooping Cranes too this morning, Bea. They were busy eating pumpkins in their holding pens when I was watching. Sounds like they may just have to stay put for the weekend with the strong South winds. Hard to fly with a headwind like that!
I can hear the music again this morning at the nest. I think the wind must be carrying the sound from across the river. Is that possible?
Rain is a'coming this weekend, but it's supposed to be 53 today, 58 tomorrow, and 61 on Sunday. Woo-hoo! Guess this our Indian summer. I'd better get outside and enjoy it.
Have a great day.

gregory

YO --

has anyone figured out how we will monitor both cams and post at the same time?

Judith Hart

Forget what I said about the truck, my eyes were not open wide enough. The so called truck now appears to be a white clip stuck on the tree. Sorry

gregory

JUDITH--
you are cracking me up!

That is the camera we have been looking through for the last years. god bless anyone who can make me giggle.

gregory

MY MOTHER USED TO SAY--

amongst those I cannot like or care for- I cannot find a reason why.

BUT= those I truly love and like- there is one common attribute. THEY MAKE ME LAUGH!

Raptures Are Awesome

Love it!!!

Cherrycarol

Gregory the new cam is facing north east. The other one faces towards the river south west.

Cherrycarol

We have color now1

Judith Hart

Before the second camera was shut off, wasn't it facing the opposite side of the nest? If so, then Deadwood must be off camera to the right••••I THINK••••

Mavis

Count me out of that conversation!! I've been told by a person of good authority that I have no sense of direction!!

Been watching and waiting on L and J. Mr. John will have to pan the cam when it snows to give us "Southerners" another treat!!

Mavis

6:21 EST

I was watching the nest...waiting on L and J...let the dogs out...came back and it was dark! Guess I missed them this afternoon.

Have you all noticed that there is not much "dusk"? It is like someone turns the lights out and it is dark..like snap! I did check the nest last night and it was totally black. Could not even see the outline of the tree..BUT...there is this little red "eye" that shines back at ya...looks sinister and spooky....

gregory

oops--

I thought the old cam aimed north or nw

gregory

wait a minute.
the nest is east of the river-- right?

gregory

nope--
your right- the nest is west of the river and the old cam DOSE indeed face south east. I remember now.

gregory

or west or something like that. I was wrong but i am still confused. going to google earth in the morn and get my bearings.

Mavis

December 06, 2012

View from Above

I have seen a lot of comments this week on exactly what is below the nest and where the river runs.

I will not go into specific coordinates, but the picture below gives you an idea of the nest tree (just north of the building) and the fact that the Mississippi River is just slightly south of the tree and the building. The camera actually faces to the west-southwest. This time of the year with all of the leaves off the trees along the river bank, it is possible to spot a bit of the river in that upper left-hand corner of the screen depending on the mode you are using and exactly what level of zoom we have on the camera.


The above update, (Dec 6, 2012), was by Mr. John .....

Jo

Cam faces this way, nest faces that way...don't ask me lol they don't call me "wrong way Jo" for nothing! I'm just glad the cams are looking AT the nest! And I can't wait to see some eggies in it! Two views, who'd'a knew! Wonderful that Mr John is so clever and resourceful...and generous enough to get two cams for us to see all the coming excitement. I can't wait!

Trying to "waste time" so I can stay up long enough to get a morning view of the sunrise on the nest, but I don't think my eyelids are going to co-operate...they're sliding South as I type so I'd better get to bed while I can still walk...IF I can still walk!

Y'all have a wonderful day and I'll check in later.

Yeah, Mavis, that red eye is kind of sinister looking isn't it! Especially in the middle of the night! :P

Judith Hart

They're both in the nest, working away bright and early. They look crowded.

gregory

the nest may look very different when we get our down shot back. they have brought in a lot of new stuff. does the new cam have a zoom?

Cherrycarol

that was cool. It looked like a juvie flying by the nest. Really windy & rain today. Loving this view!!

Mavis

8:48 EST Nov 16th

Good morning all. Enjoyed the morning fly ins and outs. I agree that more sticks seem to be coming into the nest than are being moved about. They have about 3 months before the big egg event so maybe they are gathering what they can while they can. When snow covers the ground, the sticks may be more difficult to find. The nesting area does seem smaller but cleaning up that right wall should help. Hey...I don't know how to build a nest so who am I to give pointers??


Bea Griffore

Good morning everyone. Wow that nest is bobbing around today! The action has been so neat to see this morning - both L & J there and in and out of the nest. Love when they fly out and dip down and out of camera view. Don't think I realized before that they did that on leaving the nest. Makes this view even more informative!

Mavis, good detective work finding Mr. John's clarification on cam direction. We all know the river runs east to west in this area, which is crazy to even think about! It's that very direction change right here in the QCA that gets people all turned around, not knowing for sure what direction they are going. I still have to close my eyes at times, visualize the river and get straightened around in my head. And to think I've lived in Iowa for 37 years....still get mixed up at times! Good thing all birds have a better sense of direction than I do!

Time to get busy. Have a great day everyone.

gregory

we will win another spot on the 25 most interesting again this year. no doubt.

Gabby

It's the red spot I hope we lose. I bet it's for zeroing the camera on the subject, and I also bet there's a way to turn it off. It's very annoying.

gregory

at first- I thought the red spot was some rope or yarn. then we saw it at night. I concur it is center of view. this cam may have an advanced capability to focus on the subject and correct itself as the situation dictates. I have tuned it out of my mind and rarely notice it.

gregory

whoa!!!

did anyone see that amazing entrance. my stars-- that one entrance was worth ALL the effort into the new cam!

Cristine

I don't mind the red dot. It's a nice splash of color in an otherwise dull, drab November landscape :)

gregory

doesn't really say much-- MY mind is often tuned out.

gregory

that explains your delicious SOUP. a little spice is always nice.

gregory

WELL --

they are gone for the moment, but ive watched since 8 am and the are always in and out. one fly in was very majestic! the swing around the nest often without landing.
BUISIEST day so far. lots of clumps for bedding and plenty of new sticks!

gregory

well--
they are back right away-- the REAL renovations are starting. for those who think it ready- its not really. - when it is finished, it will have the walls built up and the nest will be finely lined with straw. then there will be bowl of very, very fine grass in the middle. soft as a baby bottom.

gregory

YO -MR. JOHN--

can we have a HEADS UP on how to manipulate the website when every thing is working in unison?

gregory

as the nest looks better and things come into order, my house looks worse and chores are undone. this is an addiction!

Cristine

11:45 CT The rain is starting to move in from the SW, and the wind is picking up even more. I think I heard the weatherman say last night that we might have gusts up to 40 MPH with this storm system. Maybe that is why L & J have been so busy in the nest this morning. They "know" it's going to be nasty the next couple of days. I think we saw that behavior last winter, too, when a snow storm was coming.

gregory

uh-oh--

gregory

that came very fast!

Judith Hart

Perfect shot....a blob of rain centered right over the nest. Looks like a halo.

gregory

I saw those drops of rain pushed away from the lens. they may freeze up when it gets too cold

gregory

the HALO is interesting as hovers just over!

Chuch Howarth

The morning of 11/16/13, in case you missed some of the action. A flyby.

http://smg.photobucket.com/user/WrongNo2/media/Alcoa%20Eagle%20Cam/Flyby.mp4.html

Cristine

Great little video! Thanks for sharing.

Judith Hart

Thanks Chuck, good catch, that was quick as a wink. Juvie or turkey?

Cristine

That's what I was wondering, too, Judith. I tried to pause it to get a better look, but I can't tell.

Chuch Howarth

It has a white tail, so I don't think it was a juvie....

Cherrycarol

The flyby this morning I'm not sure what it was. I was working while watching. Bot L & J was there & Justice was telling it off.

Cherrycarol

Good Morning. Liberty flew in at 7 & stayed awhile. Nice & warm out now 60 but it's going to drop all day. We got some rain last night. Doing book work so I'll keep watching to see if they come back. Have a good day everyone.

Bea Griffore

Good Sunday morning to all. I saw both L & J early this morning. Don't even know for sure now what time that was 'cause I don't think I was awake enough.

Carol I actually have 63° at my house. Also got a weather notice for a tornado watch for parts of Iowa and Illinois until 4 this afternoon. JUST A WATCH but still....strange for this time of year.

Nobody home at the nest.

Bea Griffore

10:30am CT Nest is bobbing and I have rain, hard rain at my house. Wonder if it will be at the nest soon.

Judith Hart

Bea.....Line of thunderstorms approaching the Quad Cities.
http://radar.weather.gov/radar.php?rid=DVN&product=N0R&overlay=11101111&loop=yes

Bea Griffore

Thanks Judith. We have had a non-stop thunder rumble for at least 10 minutes. Everyone in this area: stay safe! I almost can't watch that bobbing nest. Never been sea sick but this might do it.

Judith Hart

Looks like the storm is pretty close to the nest area now.

Mavis

12:21 EST

Judy, thanks for the heads up on the storm. I think it has HIT! The nest is just like Bea said..bobbling up and down, to and fro. The rain is almost horizonal and looks bad. Hope it will not last long.

Judith Hart

Looks like the UFO's arrived with the storm....One still clinging to the side of the nest.

Cristine

Headed to the basement to get my storm shelter under the stairs ready. The worst is yet to come for us here SE of the nest. Pea sized hail reported in the Quad-Cities right now.

Judith Hart

Now hail ?

Kathy Littlefield

Love the new camera, I see it snowing but no eagles yet.

Bea Griffore

Kathy, it isn't snowing - it's raining. Could be the pea-size hail you are seeing or big rain drops.

It's done at my house and we didn't get hail here. Still dark and gloomy though.

Bea Griffore

Looks like the rain has added color to those leafless trees. No longer just shades of gray.

Cristine

Didn't need the storm shelter this time. It got very dark, very fast. Strong winds and just a little small hail. No damage that I can see from my house and the lights are still on. That's always a good thing :) The reports are that the Peoria area got hit by a tornado. Praying for everyone's safety that's in the path of these storms.
I can see a little blue sky now off to the West. Maybe the sun will come out this afternoon!

Bea Griffore

Cristine, so glad you didn't need the storm shelter. I have sunshine at my house right now so maybe it will be at your house soon. Going to check on that report for Peoria.

Bea Griffore

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2508787/Tornado-touches-near-Peoria-Illinois-severe-storm-shakes-Midwest--putting-large-cities-tornado-watch.html

This link is about the weather and the tornado near Peoria, IL.

Sun is gone at my house now. I think the storm isn't all done yet. Hang on to your hats folks!

Cristine

The sun came out for a minute, Bea, and now is gone again. The wind is really picking up! I see the nest is really a-rockin' and a-rollin'. It's amazing to me how it stays intact through all of these wind storms. Liberty and Justice are great nest builders.
The pictures coming out of Peoria of the tornado damage are devastating. Stay safe everyone.

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