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In August, Zoo Miami’s Ron Magill was excited.
It took five months but Magill and Lloyd Brown and his team from Wildlife Rescue of Dade County rehabbed and released an eaglet that had been injured after it was storm-tossed from its damaged nest in South Miami.
Magill is excited again. You know that this means eye-catching nature pictures, and this time, a video the world can view in real time.
What has the zoo ambassador so jazzed? The eaglet’s parents returned to their new nest and seem to like the humans’ handiwork. But they have ideas of their own.
How to watch the bald eagle cam
On Wednesday, Magill announced that everyone can now flock online to connect to a livestream of the new nesting platform the team designed as this bonded pair of bald eagles build their nest. Wildlife folks hope they go on to lay eggs and successfully raise their young “to become the next generation of these majestic raptors.”
To connect to the live Bald Eagle Cam, click the link at www.zoomiami.org/bald-eagle-cam.
“Personally speaking, I have never wanted to share something with the public more than I want to share this,” Magill said in an email to the Miami Herald and local media.
After all, the August release of the eaglet was the bird’s first free flight out in the world. There was no guarantee the parents would return.
But they did. Tentatively.
The eagles’ behavior
For several days, the pair looked at their newly installed platform from adjacent branches but would not fly to it, Magill said in a statement. After all, like us, they might have been skeptical at buying into the first home they were shown by the “realtors.”
But Magill said the eagles eventually flew onto the platform and, after more close inspection, flew in with large branches and other types of vegetation to begin rebuilding their nest — to their own specifications, of course.
Magill couldn’t resist crafting a video with comical voiceover that has this pair acting like an old married couple.
The birds are now spending more time at their new home, particularly in the mornings. The hope is that as the female gets closer to laying eggs, the couple’s time at the nest will continue to increase.
“It needs to be noted that the adult pair has just recently begun the process of building their nest and, as of today, spends more time away from the nest doing normal ‘eagle stuff’ then they actually do on the nest,” Magill said in his email.
When they may produce an egg
So when you do visit the Bald Eagle Cam you might see an empty nest the birds haven’t yet fully, well, furnished.
But Magill says if they do produce an egg — with the likelihood being the end of November or beginning of December — the eagles should be seen on the nest more frequently.
“This is one of the few eagle nest cams in the world that will allow you to see the behaviors that lead up to the actual construction of the nest, in addition to the hopeful laying of eggs and rearing of chicks,” Magill said. “It is a wonderful opportunity for people of all ages, especially children, to be able to appreciate the beauty, wonders and challenges of nature in hopes that they will be inspired to protect it for generations to come.”