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We invite our viewers into the world of Bald Eagles through our high-definition live-streaming cameras placed over wild and captive Bald Eagle Nests. We are grateful to HDOnTap for generously donating their streaming service and partnering with us to achieve the highest quality possible.

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The educational benefit of wildlife cameras is unprecedented and allows global viewers a “bird’s eye view” into the lives of bald eagles and other birds of prey. However, American Eagle Foundation, in conjunction with USFWS guidance, prohibits interference in an active wild nest. If a situation occurs that can be directly linked to a man-made cause (such as monofilament entanglement) a panel of experts can be called in to determine whether action should be taken to support a nest. Actions cannot be taken in situations that are found to occur naturally in the wild, such as avian pox, nest disruption caused by storms, predators, etc. As always, viewer discretion is advised when watching our nest cams.


Dollywood Nest Cams

The Dollywood Nest Cams feature the captive nest of Honor and Braveheart, as well as male and female bald eagles.  All the eagles here live inside of an enormous aviary on Eagle Mountain Sanctuary at Dolly Parton’s Dollywood theme park. Although these eagles are non-releasable and are unable to survive in the wild, they live the most natural life that they can in human care.


Northeast Florida Nest Cam

The Northeast Florida Nest Cam features the nest of wild Bald Eagles Samson & Gabrielle. Three cams provide very closeup, high definition views of every important moment in the nesting season, and a third cam shows the tree and the nest from a distance away, enabling viewers to witness the adult eagles flying into the nest, as well as the juvenile eagles branching and fledging.


National Arboretum Nest Cam

The National Arboretum Eagle Nest features the wild nest of Mr. President & Lotus.
This Bald Eagle pair reside in our nation’s capital, Washington D.C. Their nest sits high in a Tulip Poplar tree among the Azalea Collection at the U.S. National Arboretum, which is operated by the United States Department of Agriculture.

These cams are powered completely by solar energy.


Eastlake Ohio Nest Cam

The Eastlake Ohio Eagle Nest features the wild nest of Jackson & Kindness.

This Bald Eagle pair reside in Eastlake, Ohio. Their nest overlooks a pond in a small wooded area near Eastlake city hall. One cam was placed on private property across from the nest, this camera enables viewers to witness the adult eagles flying into the nest, as well as the juvenile eagles branching and fledging. The pond located in front of the nest has given the viewers a unique opportunity to watch the adults and their offspring exploring the small waterway.


Smoky Mountain Nest Cam

The Smoky Mountain Eagle Cam features the wild nest of ‘Lady Independence’ & ‘Sir Hatcher II. ’ This Bald Eagle pair has an interesting history. Lady was hatched in the nest of Independence & Franklin in 2008, and Sir Hatcher II was released from AEF’s hack tower on Douglas Lake in 2012 after failing to fledge from his wild nest. This pair has relocated their nest to a very remote location, they are still seen and monitored by AEF staff.


Welaka Nest Cam

The Welaka Eagle Cam features the wild nest of two wild Bald Eagles living at the Welaka National Fish Hatchery in north central Florida. Records have been kept since 2016, and the pair has raised and successfully fledged eaglets each season since then. In 2020, 2 eaglets hatched and have already fledged the nest.  As of April 1, 2020, the eaglets are making trips from and back to the nest and learning skills they will need in the wild.

Two cams were placed in their nest tree prior to the start of the 2020 season, but the eagles chose another tree for the season! Consequently, a third cam was installed on a pole closer to the new nest and in front of some of the fish ponds. Although we will not have the stellar views into the actual nest we had hoped for this season, we will be able to provide views of the eaglets, as well as their parents coming and going to and from the nest.


About Our Eagle Nest Cams

These Nest Cams provide unprecedented, high-definition insight into the Bald Eagle nesting process. At the beginning of nesting season, wild Bald Eagles return to their ‘home nest’ and begin ‘nestorations.’ Sticks are brought in to reinforce the nest structure, and soft nesting material is replenished to provide the protective nest “bowl” into which eggs will be laid. Normally, one to three eggs are laid and the incubation will take about 35 days on average. All eyes will be peeled for the first ‘pip’ or breakthrough of the egg shell by the eaglet inside. Then, thousands of viewers settle down to watch these eaglets grow and develop from downy bobble-heads to feisty and magnificent Eaglets, ready to take their first flight into what will be a steep learning curve of survival in the wild.

A moderated chat is embedded on all our cam pages. This feature allows viewers to comment and ask questions about the eagles and AEF. Knowledgeable and friendly moderators help guide the discussion and provide insight about the eagles’ behaviors. AEF also encourages students and groups who are studying eagles or related topics to reserve time in the chat to ask questions and learn from experts. This has been a hugely successful endeavor, and we have welcomed many classrooms with students of all ages.

Southwest Florida Eagle Cam – Live American Bald Eagle cam

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    by Ginnie McSpadden

    M15 has become a finely seasoned Eagle Dad to his offspring over the last seven years. He offers unyielding support from the start of each Season with nest building, incubating and tending to eggs, feeding young Eaglets, and teaching fledglings by example. M15 is an exceptional hunter and a fierce protector keeping his family safe… Read More »SWFEC Nest Notes Extra: Honoring M15 on Father’s Day

  • SWFEC Nest Notes Final: Farewell and Flourish, E19 and E20

    by Ginnie McSpadden

    E20 remained in the area and took charge of the pasture and pond, honing hunting and fishing techniques. E20 perched on the leaning palm tree surveying the pond for a chance to catch or steal a fish. E20’s favorite pastime has been swooping on the ducks and water birds. E20 took off to soar high… Read More »SWFEC Nest Notes Final: Farewell and Flourish, E19 and E20

  • SWFEC Nest Notes: E20 Proclaims “I’m Still Here”

    by Ginnie McSpadden

    E20 is past the average time when former Juveniles embarked on their journeys of discovery. E20 seems to be enjoying the comforts of home long after sibling E19 took to the skies on their big adventure. E20 claimed the pond area as their haven for easy access to steal a meal or a food drop.… Read More »SWFEC Nest Notes: E20 Proclaims “I’m Still Here”

  • SWFEC Nest Notes Extra: Mother’s Day Honors for Harriet

    by Ginnie McSpadden

    Harriet begins each Nesting Season with a clear focus on adding a new generation of offspring to the Eagle world.  Motherhood is her forte, and she is unmatched in her role. She is the foundation that upholds her family. Harriet expends her all for the care of her precious babies.  She is loyal to her… Read More »SWFEC Nest Notes Extra: Mother’s Day Honors for Harriet

  • SWFEC Nest Notes: The Next Chapters

    by Ginnie McSpadden

    E19 and E20 broke into the world a few short months ago, grew well and quickly, and transformed into brilliant beauties ready to take on Eagle life. They graduated from the nest to the branches above and eventually to the freedom of flight. They explored the perches and trees close by, found peace and comfort… Read More »SWFEC Nest Notes: The Next Chapters

  • SWFEC Nest Notes: Coming Of Age

    by Ginnie McSpadden

    E19 and E20 are turning four months old and have blossomed into competent Juvenile Eagles. Their presence is stunning, and they are fearless forces in the territory. They have been encouraged and tested in using their skills and instincts. They pass with flying colors as they come of age to soon begin their life journeys.… Read More »SWFEC Nest Notes: Coming Of Age

  • SWFEC Nest Notes: Ready For The Greatest Adventure

    by Ginnie McSpadden

    E19 and E20 have become masterful young Juveniles soaring the skies and searching for new experiences. They are observant, taking in all the activity around them. They are courageous in defense of their territory. They are intelligent, absorb all the lessons presented, and are nearly ready for their big adventures. E19 and E20 are at… Read More »SWFEC Nest Notes: Ready For The Greatest Adventure

  • SWFEC Nest Notes: The Exceptional Explorers

    by Ginnie McSpadden

    E19 and E20 are fantastic flyers as they take off in the early morning on flights to new destinations. They frolicked in the West pasture trees and Nest 2 there. They laze in the shade of the pond trees on warm afternoons. They expand their horizons as they soar higher and farther in the territory.… Read More »SWFEC Nest Notes: The Exceptional Explorers

  • SWFEC Nest Notes: Savvy Juveniles Surpassing Milestones

    by Ginnie McSpadden

    E19 and E20 elevated their skills to new levels in these two weeks since their initial flight from the nest tree. They take to the skies with ease and soar with confidence and control. They show their agility and ability to recover even from a missed branch in foggy morning conditions. They perch together, engage… Read More »SWFEC Nest Notes: Savvy Juveniles Surpassing Milestones

  • SWFEC Nest Notes: Flawless Flights, First Baths, and Finding Treasures

    by Ginnie McSpadden

    E19 and E20’s journey from hatch to fledge (first flight) seems to have flown by quickly. Since realizing the freedom of flight last week, they boundlessly explore the far corners of the area.  E19 performed nearly flawless flights with steady and controlled take-offs and landings. E20 cautiously took short flights around the pasture and eventually… Read More »SWFEC Nest Notes: Flawless Flights, First Baths, and Finding Treasures

  • SWFEC Nest Notes: E19 and E20 Take The First Flights to Freedom

    by Ginnie McSpadden

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  • SWFEC Nest Notes: Gaining Knowledge and Skill

    by Ginnie McSpadden

    E19 and E20 made progress with their Eagle education throughout the week. The weather turned cool with wind and rain, prompting them to flap and jump around the nest with excitement. M15’s presence in the nest stopped E20 from going over the edge by a strong wind gust. E19 and E20 engaged in tandem winging… Read More »SWFEC Nest Notes: Gaining Knowledge and Skill

  • SWFEC Nest Notes: Reaching For Higher Perches

    by Ginnie McSpadden

    E19 and E20 are turning ten weeks old and are breezing through many milestones along their journey. Their magnificent wings catch the wind lifting them higher and higher with more control and courage. E19 winged up to the veranda branch just off the nest for the first time. E20 wanted to join in all the… Read More »SWFEC Nest Notes: Reaching For Higher Perches

  • SWFEC Nest Notes: Words for The Week- Wings, Wings, Wings

    by Ginnie McSpadden

    E19 and E20 have grown to striking stature, becoming impressively strong and courageous. They move freely around the nest in search of treasures or morsels of food. They stand and flap sprawling wings on top of the nest rails, balanced and secure. They have their sights set on upper branches as their magnificent wings catch… Read More »SWFEC Nest Notes: Words for The Week- Wings, Wings, Wings

  • SWFEC Nest Notes: Extraordinary Young Eagles

    by Ginnie McSpadden

    E19 and E20 are turning eight weeks old and are on extraordinary paths in their young lives. They have surpassed many milestones along the way and are refining their skills. Their presence in the nest is stunning as they are nearly adult size with expansive wings reaching the far edges of the nest. E19 and… Read More »SWFEC Nest Notes: Extraordinary Young Eagles

  • SWFEC Nest Notes: Brilliant Beauties

    by Ginnie McSpadden

    E19 and E20 stand tall and strong along the edge of the nest, and viewing them from the ground is a wondrous sight. They are brilliant beauties covered in Juvenile feathers, with magnificent wings extending across the nest flapping in the breeze. They watch the activity, track the birds flying overhead, and warn away any… Read More »SWFEC Nest Notes: Brilliant Beauties

  • SWFEC Nest Notes: Changing By The Minute

    by Ginnie McSpadden

    E19 and E20 are turning six weeks old and are changing by the minute. Their beautiful dark juvenile feathers are quickly emerging. Telling them apart is difficult as they become closer in stature. Their behaviors are the most telling difference between them. E20 practices and has a good technique of self-feeding while sitting and holding… Read More »SWFEC Nest Notes: Changing By The Minute

  • SWFEC Nest Notes: Expanding All Over

    by Ginnie McSpadden

    E19 and E20 experience rapid growth of their tiny bodies that were about 3 ounces at hatch and are inching closer to Mom and Dad’s weight. They are standing, taking more steps, and gaining better balance and leg strength. Dark juvenile feathers emerge everywhere, especially on their beautifully growing wings that look like artists’ brushes.… Read More »SWFEC Nest Notes: Expanding All Over

  • SWFEC Nest Notes: Growing Tall and Strong

    by Ginnie McSpadden

    E19 and E20 turn four weeks old, are about a foot tall, and weigh 5 to 6 pounds. Their wingspan is nearly 2 feet, and juvenile feathers are popping out. Wiggly tails are almost 3 inches long, and big yellow feet and beaks are close to adult size. E19 and E20 are on a swift… Read More »SWFEC Nest Notes: Growing Tall and Strong

  • SWFEC Nest Notes: Eat, Sleep, Grow

    by Ginnie McSpadden

    Harriet and M15 seem to delight in the progress of their precious E19 and E20. So far, life has been mostly about eating, sleeping, and growing. E19 and E20 change in the blink of an eye as dark thermal down replaces the light fluff. Juvenile feathers begin to emerge on little wingtips.  E19 and E20… Read More »SWFEC Nest Notes: Eat, Sleep, Grow

  • SWFEC Nest Notes: Two Weeks Old and Sprouting All Over

    by Ginnie McSpadden

    Harriet and M15 watch as their precious Eaglets turn two weeks old and sprout out all over. E19 and E20 have thermal down emerging to help them regulate their body temperatures. Feet and wings seem to be growing faster than other body parts making them look awkward. They are almost too big to get under… Read More »SWFEC Nest Notes: Two Weeks Old and Sprouting All Over

Sea Eagle Saga: Milda has a baby!

Sea Eagle Saga: Milda has a baby!

Photo: Ekrānuzņēmums no Latvijas Dabas fonda tiešsaistes video

An almost unbelievable turn took place in the nest of the sea eagle Milda in Durba - at night, a cub hatched from one of the three eggs hatched by her.

The hatching process began on Tuesday 20 April, but the hole in one of the eggs was hard to see and the hatchling chirped very quietly.

Milda's new partner also returned to the nest this morning, whom the nest watchers named Chip. Yesterday he stayed away from the nest all day, but today, after Milda's cry, he returned and seemed to take the little eagle as his own.

Meanwhile, the "young mother", who didn't leave the nest yesterday, left her pet under Chip's care and went hunting this morning.

Three eggs were laid in the nest on 12, 15 and 18 March.

Bird watchers have been following the events at the White-tailed Eagle nest in Durba for several months now, with thousands of people around the world watching the broadcast.

The nesting of seabirds in Durba started successfully - a pair of eagles, which were given the names Raimis and Milda, started nesting for the fourth time. While Milda was incubating three eggs, Raimis supplied her with food and even once brought the remains of a cat for breakfast. However, on March 27, Raymis went in search of food and did not return.

Janis Küze, an ornithologist of the Latvian Nature Fund, explained that the roles in the nest are very strictly divided. During the incubation period and as long as there are small young in the nest, the male provides food, while the female does most of the brooding work. This means that at this time the female is completely dependent on the male. If the male does not bring food, the female can live without it for a while, but at some point she has to go hunting, risking that the eggs left unattended may become cold or someone may eat them.

After more than a week of fasting around 11:00 am on April 4, Milda, the eagle, left the nest and eggs in search of food. Almost six hours later, it seemed that this story would have a sad end, but Milda unexpectedly returned, and even with one young eagle.

The ornithologist of the Latvian Nature Fund Janis Küze admitted that at that moment it was impossible to predict what fate awaits the eagle, since a lot of events are developing outside the nest, which is monitored online by the fund.

The nest, to which such close attention is riveted, is located in Kurzeme, in the Durbe region. This nesting area has only been known since 2014, when the first nest of this pair was discovered, built on a pine tree left in a cleared area. In 2014, a pair of sea eagles nested very successfully - it was one of the four nests of sea eagles known in Latvia this year, where three cubs were raised.

In 2015, the eagles decided to move to a new nest and started building it nearby on top of an old spruce that had once been broken by wind or snow. Several branches overgrown at the break, forming a fork suitable for building a nest at a height of about 25 meters. The camera was placed on one of the upper branches at the end of January, at a time when nest construction was just beginning, which provided a rare opportunity to observe the process of building a new nest. At that time, the cameras were located mainly in the nests of sea eagles, inhabited for several years.

The nest is interesting in that it is built on spruce, because sea eagles rarely choose this tree for nesting - this is only the fourth nest built on spruce in Latvia at the moment. About half of all eagle nests are built on pine trees, a third on aspens, and less on birches, black alders and oaks. Spruce nests are usually built right on these broken ends and are usually high above the ground.

The highest known nest of eagles in Latvia is located on the territory of Kemeri National Park at a height of 31.5 meters above the ground and is also built on spruce. In 2015, the female of this nest was ringed - on her right paw there was a ring with the color combination "blue over white", which means that this bird was ringed in Estonia, in the nest, as a child. On her left paw she wore a K404 ring with a blue over red color combination. Estonian colleagues reported that this bird on 18 June 19In 1999, he ringed Veljo Volke on the southern tip of the island of Saaremaa.

The origin of the male eagle was unknown because the bird was not ringed. The eggs were laid on March 9 and 12, and although one was eaten by a crow during hatching, the remaining egg hatched and was successfully raised by a pair of eagles.

In March 2017, a pair of sea eagles occupied the nest and were named Milda and Raimis by observers. In 2018, 2019 and 2020, this pair successfully nested - two chicks grew up annually.


What species of eagle pushes its young to teach them to fly?

There are many references to how eagles push their young away from the nest to teach them to fly, such as this motivational video.

This is also described on this website:

Let me show you the "ways of the eagle" in the nest, and also give you a picture of our life. Once the eagles reach a certain size or maturity, everything changes! One day the mother eagle returns, but this time there is no food in her beak and she does not sit on the edge of the nest. Instead, she hovers over the nest.

You may not know it, but an eagle can do almost the same thing as a hummingbird. Despite the fact that these are large birds, they can remain almost motionless in the air, and their huge wings just flutter in the wind. They do this about three feet above the nest. I'm sure that if the little eagles could talk to each other - and maybe they can - one would certainly say: "God, how strong mommy's wings are."

Why is the mother doing this? She demonstrates that these curious appendages on babies' backs serve a useful function. Eagles, of course, are made to fly, but they don't know that. If we take an eagle and separate it from its parents at birth, it will never learn to fly. He will just crawl through the mud like a chicken. He can even look up and see eagles soaring overhead and never guess that he is destined to soar in the sky.

Eagles need to be taught, and this is the mother's job. So at first she just demonstrates.

The next thing she does is go down to the nest and surprise her young. One can imagine how warm it usually must be for eaglets to snuggle up to their mother and be wrapped in her feathers, but this time she leans her head against one of the eaglets and presses him closer and closer to the edge of the nest. ("Hey mom, mom, what are you doing?")

Suddenly, she pushes the chick out of the nest, and the eagle falls off the cliff, sure to die. But not so! In the blink of an eye, the big eagle flies down, catches the eagle on her back, takes off and puts her in the nest. (“Ew! Mom, it must have been an accident.”) But it wasn't an accident. The mother bird pushes the baby out again and again.

Why did the mother do this to her cub? Does she hate the baby? Not at all. It's just that these little birds are made to fly and they don't know it, so she's going to push them out of the nest. She never lets them hit the bottom, but lets them fall because they need to learn something they don't know.

The next time the mother bird comes back, she decides to clean the house and therefore stands on the edge of the nest. The first thing to do is the feathers inside; she throws them over the edge. Then the leaves fly over the edge - uplift the ho! While this is happening, she is also not very talkative. ("Mom, what are you doing?") She pays no attention. Since she built the house, she knows how to take it apart.

Then she decides to pull the sticks out of the middle of the nest, and with her big strong beak and legs she can break them and put them straight up. (“Mom, it’s already uncomfortable in here.”) Then she takes some sticks for keys from the nest and throws them over the edge. (“What are you doing, mother? You are destroying my room.”)

She seems to be oblivious to the worries of her cubs as she prepares to break the nest, because she is determined that these cubs will fly and she knows something they can't. She knows they will never fly as long as they stay in the nest.

However, looking at this very interesting white-tailed eagle documentary, young eagles do not learn to fly when they are pushed, as described in the motivational video, but they do learn to fly by exercising their wings in good winds.

Looking from the nesting site (cliff), I read that it could be a golden eagle. But the section describing the chick says nothing about the parent eagle pushing the chick, although it does say "jump":

The first attempt at flight can be abrupt when the chicks jump off and use a series of short, sharp wing beats to glide down, or are thrown out of the nest during the wing beat. Initial flight often involves a short flight on unstable wings followed by an uncontrolled landing.

Does the Golden Eagle really force its cubs to teach them to fly? If not, what variety is it?

In case it's unclear, I'm also interested in links that describe the eagle's behavior in more detail. It would be nice if there was a video documentary, but given that it can be difficult to capture this moment on film, that's not my main concern.

I'm pretty sure this doesn't happen with eagles, and I have no idea why it was written.

But not like that! In the blink of an eye, the big eagle flies down, catches the eagle on her back, takes off and puts her in the nest. ("Ew! Mom, it must have been an accident.") But it wasn't an accident."

It's flight, okay: pure fantasy flight .

Many hundreds of video cameras have been installed in all sorts of remote locations to study behavior in the wild. One of the most popular cams in recent years has been eagle cams (for example on They live during the nesting period and record all the behavior of eagles.

If the parents did not feed their babies as described in the above fiction, the babies would starve to death, because it takes time to learn to fly. If anything, eagle parents should increase feeding to keep up with the nutritional needs of growing chicks and building muscle. Parents do not stop feeding until they start to fly well.

Eagles do not "learn" why they have wings by watching their mother eagle soar above them (pure anthropomorphization). They leave the nest and begin to roam the branches, practicing jumping, landing, and building wing strength. In the end, while flying, they still return to the nest to eat. In this video from British Columbia (not the most breathtaking in the world) you can see exactly how this happens with bald eagles. Eventually the young eagles scavenge and learn to hunt for themselves. It takes time. This page describes the feeding and flight behavior of chicks.

Although I'm not going to try to find the odd behavioral eagle you found and asked about, I will say that eagles are eagles and behave more or less the same way. The most common eagle in the world is the bald eagle. Golden behaves like Bald.

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