Welcome to the NEFL Eagle Cam, Featuring Romeo & Juliet!
The 2017-2018 NEFL season has been absolutely glorious! Romeo & Juliet, architects and residents of this beautiful home high up in a long-leaf pine, once again raised two healthy and strong eaglets – their 18th and 19th since records have been kept. We look forward to their return in the Fall.
LIVE HD PTZ Cam
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|Tue||6pm - 8pm|
|Wed||8am - 10am|
|Thu||6pm - 8pm|
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Off On Their Own Adventures
Gaining confidence, flying strong and free, Sky & Spirit (names chosen by our viewers for the eaglets) left for their own adventures at just over 17 weeks of age, Sky on April 8, followed by Spirit on April 12. We know they have had the best start possible, and wish them safe travels, long life, and families of their own. Romeo and Juliet, with no more parental responsibilities, stayed around a few weeks longer, often seen together bonding, perching, or tidying up the nest. Romeo was last seen on May 3 and Juliet on May 7. They are now off on journeys unknown to us, but we eagerly await their return in the Fall when once again the cams will capture all the important events of their next nesting season.
Camera operator, jd_AEF, was determined to locate a red-shouldered hawk’s nest with one of the cams. The ground crew spotted the parent birds flying into a common location, and this information was shared with the cam operator, thereby enabling the nest to be located from cam 1! Viewed around the Spanish moss, two youngsters can be seen (best view is full screen). Instead of viewing Romeo and Juliet’s empty nest, the cam will frequently be focused on the red-shouldered hawk nestlings while they are present.
A red-shouldered hawk’s diet includes small mammals, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and occasionally fish, but varies with the region & season.
Other Visitors During the Off-Season
During the off-season, camera operation is limited, but Cam 1 will remain live for all to view activity in and around the nest, perhaps allowing us to see visitors from previous summers, including Ospreys Bogey & Bacall and Black Vultures George & Gracie. Cams 2 & 3 will begin live streaming in the Fall when Romeo & Juliet return, and when they do, there will be no question of who’s in charge of the nest!
A Look Back
Revisit all the highlights of the 2017-2018 season! A scrapbook page has been created with links to videos, photos, poems, memories, and more!
Posting Videos and Photos From AEF Cams
AEF invites anyone to post photo and video screenshots/screen-recordings captured from these high definition cams. Since these photos and videos can be copied and duplicated over and over, we request that when you post these up to Facebook, IG, Websites, Blogs, or another social media location, the following information be included at the end of your photo/video caption: © 2017 American Eagle Foundation, EAGLES.ORG. These live feeds are the intellectual property of the AEF, and we kindly request that you do not attempt to embed or live stream these feeds on your website, blog, app, etc., or attempt to monetize screen shots or video captures. Thank you for your cooperation!
In order to protect the eagles and their nest, the specific location of this nest is private and cannot be disclosed.
Photos & Videos from the Nest
Beginning October 1, 2013, the American Eagle Foundation (AEF) began providing live video streaming from a wild eagle nest located near the NE coast of Florida. The nest is located about 80′ up in a Longleaf Pine tree, and was built by the resident eagles approximately eleven years ago. Through the years, the nest has grown considerably in size and weight (likely weighing close to a ton).
For the past nine years, Gretchen Butler (Volunteer for Audubon “EagleWatch” Program and the American Eagle Foundation “Eagle Nest Cam” Program) has closely monitored and documented important events associated with the resident eagles and their offspring.
In late August or early September, the eagle pair usually return to this nest to begin their nesting cycle, which includes bonding, mating, nestorations, egg-laying, incubation, hatching, and raising their brood until their youngsters fledge and are able to fend for themselves. Mom and Dad typically remain in the nest area for 30-45 days after their young have fledged/migrated, enjoying some well-deserved time alone together in their special Florida habitat. Then, Dad will head north for cooler, less humid climates first, and Mom will leave several days later. The following breeding season, they return like clockwork and start their nesting, mating, and family-raising process all over again.
About Our Cams
Normally, there are three high-definition cams are available on this page. The first is a pan/tilt/zoom cam (PTZ), that provides incredible up close views of activities in the nest. The next cam down is also a PTZ cam focused on the nest from a different angle. The third video screen shows the nest tree and the canopy from a high-definition cam anchored on a different tree at a lower angle. If you watch for a while, you may be lucky enough to see eagles flying to and from the tree, and when the eaglets get to a certain size, you will see them begin to branch and ultimately fledge the nest. During the off season, Cams 2 & 3 will not be streamed, but they will be turned back on when Romeo & Juliet return in the Fall.
At night, an infrared light is turned on. The eagles cannot see this light – it is outside their visible spectrum of light. Neither can humans. If you were at the nest site, looking up at the tree at night, you would only see light from the moon or stars. The infrared light is converted into visible light by the camera (but only black and white), and then we see the light because it has been converted and streamed to our computers!
Chat Information and Rules
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- To sign up for chat, please click on this link to begin, and then download the PDF document for complete directions.
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- First and foremost, the AEF Northeast Florida Chat Room is a family and classroom friendly place and we ask that all chat guests respect the diversity of the room. Profanity, personal invective, or other inappropriate comments will not be tolerated. Disagreements might be unavoidable but should remain polite, and they should never become arguments. Chatting is a privilege, not a right. If your presence is disruptive or inappropriate, moderators (mods) can timeout, kick, or permanently ban chat abusers, and can delete inappropriate posts.
- We request that guests refrain from touching on politics, religion, sports, TV shows, personal medical issues, and other unrelated topics. Although we respect your political views, please do not post them in the main chat, since this is not a forum for political issues.
- We prefer that chatter focus on the Northeast Florida eagles featured on this page. We are aware that many of our chatters view other nests and like to share the news (eaglet hatchings et al), which is acceptable. However, please keep information from other nests to a minimum so we don’t confuse other chatters. If you feel the need to discuss other topics, please do so by using Private Messages (PMs).
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