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Starring "Romeo" & "Juliet"

 

Mom and Dad Eagle - 2013

Dad Eagle ("Romeo") and Mom Eagle ("Juliet") 2013
photo: Tatine Rehm

 

The 2013 - 2014 Northeast Florida Bald Eagle Nesting Season has come to a close.  Two eaglets were hatched, grew up healthy and strong under the expert care and watchful eyes of their two loving and experienced parents. Food was abundant, and the eaglets thrived. Sibling rivalry was always at a minimum, and our viewers rejoiced in spending time watching all the activities in the nest.

In a short time, Samson and Delilah (the chosen names for the 2 eaglets) became best buddies in the nest, and were often seen snuggling or sleeping together.

Delilah, the first hatched (December 20, 2013), was the first to leave the area. She was last seen on April 7, at only 108 days old; Samson left April 22.  The parents, Romeo and Juliet, stayed in the nest area for a few weeks longer, and then they departed for their "summer vacation" -- Romeo was last seen May 7; Juliet left May 18.

We wish them a happy summer, and look forward to their return in late August or early September 2013. When that happens, our HD nest cams will once again go "live" and we will all "gather at the nest" (virtually, of course) to watch the next nesting season unfold.

See a "scrapbook" of the 2013 - 2014 season, with lots of photos and video links.

To access a PDF document showing detailed nest statistics from 2008 - 2014, click here.

It's a major task to install the equipment necessary to videostream a wild nest. Many people were involved, including donors, tree climbers, arborists, video camera technicians, electricians, wildlife conservation experts, property owners, cable TV technicians, webmasters, nest-watch volunteers, etc.

The American Eagle Foundation is very grateful for all those people who made a contribution of their support, cooperation, time, and expertise: Al Cecere, Laura Sterbens, Kevin Tierney, JES Hardware Solutions, Carolyn Stalcup, Doug LaFortune, Brian Gould, Richard Cervi, Mark Lutzka, Donald "DJ" Arana, Mike ___, Bob Hatcher, Chris Brey, Gilad Gershoni, Kyle Tierney, John Butler, Gretchen Butler, Glenn Gouldey, Tom Cusa, the local Fire Department, US Fish & Wildlife Service, Florida Game and Freshwater Fish Commission, and various AEF staff, volunteers, moderators, and zoomers. We thank those involved who gave the American Eagle Foundation permission to install our cameras on their private property.

VERY IMPORTANT:
THE AMERICAN EAGLE FOUNDATION WAS GIVEN THE SPECIAL PRIVILEGE OF PLACING THEIR CAMERAS AND EQUIPMENT ON PRIVATE AND PROTECTED PROPERTY. THE AEF IS UNDER STRICT AGREEMENT WITH THE PROPERTY OWNERS TO NEVER DISCLOSE THE LOCATION OF THE NEST, AND,  MORE IMPORTANTLY, TO PROTECT THE RESIDENT EAGLES AND THEIR NEST TREE.  PLEASE RESPECT THIS REQUEST. THE AREA IS CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC. PLEASE RESPECT THESE REQUIREMENTS AND REQUESTS.

Pictures below show the nest, the eagles, and the installation of equipment.
Photos not otherwise credited are by Tatine Rehm.

Nest
The nest sits about 80' up in a tall pine tree.
Dad with 6 week-old eaglet in nest
Dad with 6-week-old eaglet in nest.

Dad Eagle - "Romeo"
Dad Eagle - "Romeo" (note black "liner" around eye as identifier)

Mom Eagle - "Juliet"
Mom Eagle - "Juliet" (larger than Dad, fluffier head feathers)

Mom Eagle
Close-up of "Juliet"


Mom and Dad Eagle
Mom and Dad Eagle perched in a favorite tree.
Photo: Gretchen Butler

Juveniles in nest tree
Juveniles from the nest practicing flight behaviors (branching)

Juvie learning to fly
Juvenile eaglet from nest "wingerizing" (strengthening wings)

Tree climbers
Installation of camera equipment
Photo: Gretchen Butler
Cam installed
Camera installed!
Photo: Doug LaFortune

 


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