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.
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.
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.