Posted By : The Animal Facts Editorial Team
Date: November 27, 2021 12:01 am
A female bald eagle cares for her egg in the nest on the livestream camera
Zoo Miami, in collaboration with Wildlife Rescue of Dade County have announced that the pair of eagles being covered by their "Eagle cam" have welcomed their first egg.
The parents are being livestreamed on the Eagle cam. Their nest is in a man-made platform which was created through a collaboration between Wildlife Rescue of Dade County and the Ron Magill Conservation Endowment at the Zoo Miami Foundation.
Unfortunately last breeding season their nest was destroyed by a storm. The two chicks in the nest fell and one passed away. The other became dehydrated and had a fractured wing. It required months of rehabilitation and surgery at Wildlife Rescue of Dade County.
Following its successful recovery the eaglet was released on the border of Everglades National Park by Miami-Dade-Mayor Daniella Levine Cava.
As the pair had been unsuccessful on a number of occasions raising their chicks due to the unstable nest it was decided that a new platform should be provided. Zoo Miami’s Ron Magill teamed up with Wildlife Rescue of Dade County’s Lloyd Brown, to construct a stable platform at the previous nest sight in hopes that the pair would return and utilize the platform to rebuild their nest.
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As an addition to the nest the the team also installed a state-of-the-art high definition camera that will allow viewers to watch the activity at the nest 24 hours a day.
While may experts thought this would put them off entering the nest again the pair did return. After some initial hesitation they began to work away at their nest. Over the past weeks they have added branches and soft grasses to their nest.
Unfortunately in recent weeks there has been a threat to their nest. A rogue female named "Jezabel" flew in to the nest and fought off the female. Occasionally eagles will try to take over the nest of another pair.
Yesterday evening the female was seen sitting on the nest again. She was restless and appeared to be trying to get comfortable. After some shivering she stood up and provided the first look at her freshly laid egg.
Bald eagles typically lay two eggs and it is expected that in the coming days another egg will be laid. Following an incubation of 34-36 days it is expected the chicks will hatch between Christmas and New Year's Day.
Unfortunately it is not smooth sailing for the eggs. They may not be fertile, may be preyed upon or could be sick or injured. Many challenges still face the chicks but you can watch their progress on Eagle cam.
Watch the Zoo Miami Eagle Cam here – Eagle Cam