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Installation of the Eagle Cam
Tim Sears – Rock Star!

Our Owl Cam is streaming to you 24/7 from The Landings, Savannah, in coastal Georgia. This nest is 85 feet in the air. The pair of Great Horned Owls who have claimed this former eagle’s nest as their own have been seen in and around the nest since late October. They’ve nested now and mom’s sitting on two eggs. We expect the first egg will hatch sometime around the end of the month. Stay tuned!

Some “delicious” courting activity has been captured on video, scroll down to have a look, and even further down to get a feel for the installation, and its ups and downs.

Lots of uncertainty over the months since camera, sound and infrared light were installed, but now, with the owls committing, we go live. Our partners at Cornell Lab of Ornithology are preparing to incorporate this HDOnTap-Slanted_Logo-PoweredBy-FullColor-200pxas the latest addition to their bird cam program. Meanwhile, through the generosity of Tim Sears of HDOnTap in Del Mar, CA, we are able to bring you live coverage of our birds 24/7 from here at The Landings. And the Cornell Lab will be online very shortly!

What about the bald eagles? If you scroll down, you’ll see Tim’s archival footage showing the nest being checked out early on — by one eagle. And Landings residents often reported spotting an eagle in a nearby perch at the edge of the salt marsh, a favorite spot in past years. There was every expectation they would breed and nest for a third year. And all our systems (and website) were primed for eagles, as you can tell. But, while one adult and one immature, stayed in the neighborhood, the mature pair, the two it takes to tango, never appeared. It’s a guess what happened, maybe one was lost in the off season. Maybe they will return next year.

But here are three reasons to be excited about having hootersthey are more elusive than eagles, the nest cam gives us the rare chance to see them during the day; owl cams are rarer, there are more than 30 eagle cams in the U.S., we are one of only 10 great horned owl cams; and owl chicks are way cuter!

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Oops – video stream isn’t working on android devices (phones and tablets) – apparently a well known issue and fairly common, but we’re on it! Seems to work fine on PCs and Macs

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    • That’s one of the 151 lagoons in The Landings. It’s romantically named “78” and is part of the network of lagoons that range from fresh water to brackish to salt water. The nest tree is probably 300 yards away from the salt marsh, and the lagoon is between the tree and the marsh. There’s another lagoon on the other side of the street, 79, that is connected to the marsh and 78 in turn connects to it via underground pipes with flow control so that runoff from heavy rain is captured and released slowly. Much of it finds it’s way into the aquifer to support the use of shallow wells for irrigation which reduces stress on the deep Floridan aquifer that stretches from GA into FLA.

    • Yes! The first egg was laid either Dec 31 or Jan 1. I believe it’s the latter, but we will have to review some video footage when we get the archives to see if we can pinpoint the date. The second about 3 days later, once again not positive, but we’ll figure it out!

    • We’ve got a Sony SNC-WR630 – Tim Sears our “rock star” camera expert knows far more than me. I am aware that this has got a lot of capabilities that one wouldn’t know they needed until they learned the hard way. For example it’s got gyroscope image stabilization so that even when zoomed the full 30X the image is nice and steady. Also some sort of automatic real time high dynamic range (HDR) range compression so that an image with bright sunlight where part of image is in deep shade will be compressed dynamically so that it’s all viewable and one part’s not over- and another part under- exposed.

      • Wow! Very impressive. At night she casts a shadow but you can tell from her eyes that it’s not infrared. Is a camera light on her at night?

        • The shadow is indeed infrared – and she doesn’t see it – if you watch in the evening as it pops on at dusk, and then in the morning as it blinks off at dawn, she doesn’t react at all. And if you look up at the nest at night, it’s pitch black up there. By “tell from her eyes” do you mean the amount of dilation of the pupils? If so, the explanation might be that it’s bright enough by starlight or moonlight (or streetlight – I think there’s one a block away) that she doesn’t have to dilate any further. FYI the “light” is an Illuminar IR148 13W.

          • Thank You Rick!!

            I forgit that since she is not a mammal, her eyes wouldn’t have the same strange effect that mammalian eyes show on infrared. That was what I meant by “tell by her eyes.”

            Thank You so much for sharing your camera and expertise!! It has been so fascinating to see her in her natural environment. THANK YOU!! 😀

    • Seems to be working now, but we removed the stream from the post, and put it permanently at the top of the home page. Try it now and see what you think.