Rock Eagle - webcam from the nest in Estonia
Rock Eagle - description
The camera of the bald eagle's nest is located in the Soomaa National Park in southwestern Estonia, where eagles have been nesting since the second half of the 20th century, when the legendary Estonian naturalist Viktor Masing (1925-2001) found an eagle's nest here. More nesting sites, at least four, have been observed in the territory of this bald eagle. The nest seen in the camera has been used by eagles since 2011, during which they raised a total of three young.
In 2018 and 2019, eagles brought fresh material to the nest in the spring, but they did not have eggs. In the case of bald eagles, such so-called non-nesting periods are common. Female eagles usually lay eggs in the second half of March. They have up to two eggs, but generally only one eagle chick survives.
In 2020, a live broadcast from the nest of Kalju and Helju began at the end of February, when the eagles began to build the nest. In 2020, the first egg was laid on March 11. On March 15, a second egg was laid. The incubation lasted over 40 days. Eagles raised one cub. The younger cub lagged behind in the food competition and died. On May 29, the surviving eagle was ringed. He left the nest for the first time on July 3. It remained near the nest until autumn.
In 2019 the inhabitants of the nest had no rings, but in 2020 the female had a metal ring on her left leg. In Estonia, bald eagles have been receiving two colored rings since 1997 - a green so-called state ring on the right leg and a ring with a color combination indicating the year of birth of the eagle on the left leg. We can therefore assume that the ringed bird comes from Latvia. However, we do not know exactly yet, because the circular ring has not been read yet.
The female's name is Helju, the male was named Kalju.
Kotkaklubi uses an AXIS F41 camera with a custom microphone. The main body of the camera is located under the nest, but the lens with the sensor is at the level of the nest. The camera therefore looks quite small when viewed from the nest. In addition, ornithologists tried to hide it as much as possible.
The camera is powered by solar panels, and to save power, the camera turns off when it gets dark and the batteries are low. Live broadcast from the nest continues at sunrise. It transmits the camera image via the 4G mobile internet, so that in the event of heavy network use, the transmission may be interrupted.
Thank you to webcam operators:
Estonian forum: https://www.looduskalender.ee/forum/viewtopic.php?f=106&t=1038
Rock Eagle - live