Dec 27 2013

Pittsburgh Eaglecam!

Published by at 7:20 am under Birds of Prey,Books & Events

Thanks to Bill Powers of Pix Controller and the PA Game Commission the first bald eagle nestcam in Pennsylvania is right here in Pittsburgh!

Installed one week ago, it’s already capturing the activities of the Hays bald eagle pair at their nest above the Monongahela River.

As you can see, installing the camera involved some scary tree climbing by Derek Spitler of the PA Game Commission.  (The nest is in the center of the photo.)  Click on the TribLive screenshot below to read Mary Ann Thomas’ report and see close-ups and video of the installation.
Screenshot of the eaglecam from TribLive video

Pittsburgh’s eaglecam has already captured the pair at their nest.  The video at top was taken on Christmas Day and there are videos of the pair together on December 23 and one eagle in snow on December 26 (yesterday!).

Though the site is within the city limits it is quite remote.  There is no electricity and no Internet connection so the camera must run on solar power and transmit using the cell network.  Right now Bill Powers is working out the kinks — too little battery power to run all night and thin data bandwidth from Sprint — but he has to fix all of it within the next two weeks before his access to the site is cut off.

Bald eagles abandon nest sites with too much human disturbance so the PA Game Commission has allowed PixController to visit the camera only until January 15.  All other access is off limits.  Don’t even dream of going there yourself!  The area is posted and you’ll be fined $1,000 to $10,000.

Trib Total Media will stream the live feed on its website beginning in February.  Meanwhile you can see new video clips and watch the eagles online at PixController’s eaglecam site. If the camera is not streaming, rest assured that Bill is working on it.

 

(Pittsburgh bald eagle nestcam video by PixController. Screenshot of camera installation from TribLive.)

p.s. While you wait for activity in Pittsburgh, watch eagle chicks on camera in Ft. Myers, Florida!  The first eaglet hatched on Christmas Eve, the second on Christmas Day. Watch them on the Southwest Florida Eaglecam.

8 responses so far

8 Responses to “Pittsburgh Eaglecam!”

  1. Nancy Weixelon 27 Dec 2013 at 8:16 am

    Aren’t we lucky to get this webcam! Thank you to all involved. Hopefully, we will have babies in the Spring.

  2. joanne poagon 27 Dec 2013 at 9:01 am

    Love all the web cams from pix controller.

  3. Brenda Sullivanon 27 Dec 2013 at 11:43 am

    This is great thank you …..do we have names for these Eagles?……and also new eaglets at American Eagle foundation NW Florida I watch both nice way to end the year watched Hope and Horror last year at SW Florida nest cam thank you again not much on face book right now

  4. Kate St. Johnon 27 Dec 2013 at 11:46 am

    Brenda, there aren’t names for the Pittsburgh eagles at this time. The PA Game Commission doesn’t name wild birds.

  5. Robon 28 Dec 2013 at 2:10 pm

    Kate,

    New YouTube video from Saturday morning (12/28 – ~10:45 AM)

    RTHA visits BAEA nest!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GVtS9kjNiPA

    Rob

  6. Kate St. Johnon 28 Dec 2013 at 3:01 pm

    Uh oh!

  7. Rich Gruberon 17 Feb 2014 at 2:48 pm

    This is a great thing for the Pittsburgh area to have. My biggest surprise is that they have taken up residence on the Mon. You know the river that wouldn’t freeze over because of all of the pollution. Why are there no nesting eagles on the Allegheny? I’d have thought that was the cleaner of the two.

  8. Kate St. Johnon 17 Feb 2014 at 4:22 pm

    Rich, there are being eagles on the Allegheny near Oakmont. They don’t have a camera on them. Last year they didn’t nest but it looks like they might this year.

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