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Special thanks to Institute for Wildlife Studies
This Live Cam is located on Santa Catalina Island, CA. 22 miles west of Long Beach, CA.
Q: What is a bald eagle?
A: A bald eagle is a bird of prey. The eagle is unique to North America and is also our national bird. Bald eagles are distinctive with their white head, neck and tail. Bald eagles can be found throughout North America.
Q: How big are bald eagles?
A: Bald eagles weigh approximately ten to fourteen pounds. Female bald eagles have a wingspan of 79 to 90 inches with a body length of 35 to 37 inches. The male bald eagle is smaller with a body length of 30 to 34 inches and a wingspan of 72 to 85 inches.
Q: Are bald eagles an endangered species?
A: The U.S. Department of the Interior took the American bald eagle off the list of endangered and threatened species. However, bald eagles (and golden eagles) are still protected.
Q: What are the bald eagles’ names and ages?
A: In 2013, Wray, the female, and Superman (K01), her mate, inhabited this nested. Wray has not been officially spotted since August 2013. Since November 2013, Superman and Lightning (K87) have frequented this nest.
Lightning was born in 2009 to Dad K81 and Mom K82 at the Two Harbors Nest on Catalina Island.
Superman was born in captivity at the San Francisco Zoo and was fostered into the Pinnacle Rock nest on Catalina Island when he was 12 days old. Superman is now13 years old. He has an orange leg marker band. You can also see remnants of wing markers.
Q: Do bald eagles mate for life?
A: Bald eagles typically mate for life, except in the event of their partner’s death or impotency. In this case, it is inferred that Wray has passed away since Superman has seemingly bonded to Lightning.
Q: How many eggs will a female bald eagle lay?
A: Bald eagles lay from one to three eggs. Five to ten days after a successful copulation, the female lays a speckled off-white or buff colored egg about the size of a goose’s. The second egg is laid a few days later, followed by a possible third.
Q: Where is this bald eagle nest?
A: Bald eagles live near bodies of water such as the coast, lakes and rivers, where fish is abundant. This bald eagle nest is on Catalina Island a one and half hour ferry ride from Los Angeles, California.
Q. How long do bald eagles live?
A: On average bald eagles lives 15-20 years but can live up to 35 years.
Q: Do the same pair of bald eagles come back to the same nest every year?
A: Yes, the same pair of eagles return to the same nest year after year.
Q: How big is the bald eagle nest?
A: A typical nest is around 5 feet in diameter. Eagles often use the same nest year after year. Over the years, some nests become enormous, as much as 9 feet in diameter, weighing two tons.
Q: How long will the eaglet(s) be in the nest?
A: 10-12 weeks in the nest, although eaglet(s) often stay around learning from their parents and honing their flying and feeding skills for another 1-2 months.
Q: Is there a vet to keep an eye on the Bald Eagles?
A: Dr. Peter Bramley Sharpe, Research Ecologist from the Institute of Wildlife Studies is on site and is constantly monitoring the eagles.
Q: How long does it take for an egg to hatch?
A: There are 35 days of incubation and both male and female share the daytime duties, but it is the female who spends most nights on the nest.
Q: I NEED MORE BALD EAGLES! WHAT DO I DO?!
A: For everything eagles and to support the preservation of bald eagles go to The Institute for Wildlife Studies at http://www.iws.org.
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