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Duke Farms Eagle Cam
Welcome to the Eagle Cam, a collaboration with Duke Farms, to help raise awareness for nesting bald eagles in New Jersey.
Bald Eagles are extremely sensitive to human disturbance. At no time should anyone approach nesting eagles. People who want to observe or photograph eagles and who come too close may actually cause the birds to abandon a nest.
Located on Duke Farms in central New Jersey, the Eagle Cam allows viewers an up close and personal view into the lives of a pair of bald eagles as they breed, incubate, and raise young. It is a perfect tool for teaching about wildlife and covers a variety of topics including animal behavior, bird biology and natural history, endangered species, food webs, contamination, and MORE!
2023 Nesting Season
1st egg laid 1/20- hatched 2/27
2nd egg laid 1/23- hatched 2/28
March 20th, 2023
The chicks are now three weeks old and are getting their second coat of gray down. There has been typical sibling rivalry between the two, but both are getting plenty of food, enjoying being out from the under the adults and spending time in the sunshine.
March 8, 2023
The two chicks are just a little over a week old. The adults are bringing in plenty of food to feed both and have a nice cache of prey items in the nest. Because the chicks are so close in age, the size difference isn't very noticeable. The two chicks do fight but they can both hold their own and sibling riviary is normal.
Eagle Project volunteers, Diane Cook, put together this video of the two chicks fighting when it's feeding time.
She also put together an interesting and funny video of the adults squabbaling over who will brood the chicks.
Adults both want to brood the chicks
February 28th, 2023
the second chick has hatched
The first chick was being fed this morning and a hole was seen in the second egg.
The first chick emerged from the egg shell around 1:14pm February 27th, 2023
The egg has a pip
February 17th, 2023
The first egg is due to hatch next Friday the 24th. Today there was a visitor to the nest, an immature eagle. The immature flew in around 1:35pm. The male was visibilly upset and got up and resettled on the eggs. The immature perched on the branch above the nest until 2:10pm when the female flew into the nest and chased the immature eagle away. The immature had goregeous plummage and a close up by Duke Farms cam operator showed that the bill is still dark but the eye color is begining to lighten, probaby around 2 years of age. The immature is still a few years away from being mature and staking out a territory. Perhaps it just curious about the nest. It didn't display any aggressive action. Nest monitors throughout New Jersey report seeing immature eagles around active nests fairly frequently.
The second egg was laid today at 2:20pm
The first egg was laid on January 20th at 3:57pm.
DUKE FARMS EAGLE CAM FAQS
How long have eagles been nesting at Duke Farms?
The eagle nest at Duke Farms was first discovered in the fall of 2004. The pair started using the nest in 2005. In the fall of 2012 Hurricane Sandy's 70+ mph tore off the upper half of the nest tree, destroying the nest completely (the camera and camera tree were spared). The pair built a new nest 100ft south of the eagle camera in late December 2012. The view of the nest was limited by branches and leaves during the 2013 nesting season.
In what type of tree is the nest located?
In December 2012 the pair built a new nest in a sycamore tree.
How high is the nest?
The nest is about 80 feet high.
How long has the camera been at the nest?
The camera was set up in 2008 and transmitted the picture beginning in March 2008. In the fall of 2013 the camera was moved to the new nest tree.
Where is the camera located?
The camera is in the nest tree positioned above to view the nest from above. The camera can be maneuvered remotely to pan, tilt and zoom.
How many young have been raised in this nest?
A total of 30 eagle chicks have been raised and fledged from this nest since 2005.
- 2005 - 1
- 2006 - 2
- 2007 - 1
- 2008 - 2
- 2009 - 3
- 2010 - 2
- 2011 - 2
- 2012 - 1
- 2013 - 2
- 2014 - 3
- 2015 - 2
- 2016 - 2
- 2017 - didn't incubate
- 2018 - failed, 2 eggs
- 2019 - 2
- 2020 - 2
- 2021 - 2
- 2022 - 1
When do the birds start incubating?
Over the past couple years the pair has typically began incubation in mid-late January. In 2021 and 2022, the pair started incubating on January 17 and in 2020 and 2023 they began incubation on January 20, 2023.
Are the adult eagles banded?
In 2009 and 2010 it was noted that both the male and female were NJ- banded birds, because they each had a green color band on one leg and a silver federal band on the other. In 2011, however, there was a new female in the pair, which we know because she was not banded.
Have any of the chicks been banded?
Yes, the chicks were banded in 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2014,2016 & 2019 & 2022
- 2007 - 1 male
- 2009 - 3 males
- 2010 - 2 females
- 2011 - 2 males
- 2014 - 2 males, 1 female
- 2016 - 2 females
- 2019 - 1 male, 1 female
- 2022 - 1 male
How is the eagle cam funded?
Duke Farms hosts the eagle camera and the internet connection. The Endangered and Nongame Species Program and the Conserve Wildlife Foundation of NJ support their work and conduct the on-site banding and provide biological consulting.
How many eagle nests are in NJ?
In 2022 there were 267 nesting eagle pairs monitored in New Jersey. Two hundred fifty of these were active (laid eggs) and 197 were successful in producing 335 young.
Duke Farm Eagle Cam Update Archives:
Duke Farms 2021-2022 Eagle Cam Updates
Duke Farms 2020 Eagle Cam Updates
2019 Duke Farm Eagle Cam Updates - 1.7MB
2018 Duke Farms Eagle Cam Updates - 11KB
2017 Duke Farms Eagle Cam Nest Updates - 203.4KB
2015 Eagle Cam Nest Updates - 701.0KB
2014 Eagle Cam Nest Updates - 210.8KB
2013 EagleCam Nest Updates - 19.8KB
2011 EagleCam Nest Updates - 59.8KB
2010 Eagle Cam Nest Updates - 31.0KB
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