In 2010, thanks to restoration efforts and years of hard work and patience by conservationists, a record 15 bald eaglets hatched on the Santa Barbara Channel Islands. This milestone event included two chicks on Santa Rosa Island which was the first time in 60 years this was known to have happened.
Last year 14 chicks hatched on the islands including the first eaglet born on Anacapa Island in 63 years.
For 2012, the breeding season on the Santa Barbara Channel Islands is proceeding as follows:
Two Harbors nest on Catalina Island: Feb. 19: Laid first egg, Feb. 22: Laid second egg
West End nest on Catalina: Feb. 18: Laid first egg, Feb. 22: Laid second egg, Feb. 26: Laid third egg
Sauces nest on Santa Cruz Island: March 2: First egg laid, March 6: Second egg laid
Pelican Harbor nest on Santa Cruz Island: March 6: First Egg Laid
There are four eagle nest webcams available to the public at the following link:
Institute for Wildlife Studies Eagle Nest Webcams
Frame grab from Pelican Harbor webcam.
Bald Eagle Nests on the Channel Islands: A Short History of Recovery
That’s a fierce fisherman!
The eagle capturing the fish,,breathtaking…this is so interesting…thanks for sharing!
Just fabulous ! I’ll be posting in a while about the Bald Eagles here in Maryland during the wintertime. I think they’ve got a great comeback.
It is heartening to see, that’s for sure. I look forward to your post!
Reblogged this on trailblogs and commented:
Great post about the Eagles of the Santa Barbara Channel Islands.
I was just checking out the eagle nest webcams. Thank you for posting a link to it.
Loved the eagle shot. I’ve seen osprey catch fish but not osprey. But I did once see an eagle steal a fish from an osprey. Anyway, I gave your blog a Bean’s Pat today.
Thanks, Pat. I once saw an osprey fly by at the beach with a fish in its talons, but I’ve never actually seen a raptor catch a fish.
This is soo cool Jack. Thank you for introducing me to this!
Glad you like it!
Bald Eagles are amazing birds, and to be able to watch the development of their chicks through web cams is a thrilling experience. Ottawa has its first-ever visible Bald Eagle nest, which was built last year across the bay from a popular birding spot (we suspected they nested in the area but now we can actually see the nest). It will be interesting to see if the eagles raise any young.
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