Bald eagle cam videos provide some of the most incredible sites in Channel Islands National Park. Through the miracle of the internet, you're able to watch baby eaglets hatch & grow up...
... from the comfort of your own home!
Watch these live streaming video from bald eagle nests in the Channel Islands:
Follow the Channel Islands Eagle Cam - Nest Observations forum to read ongoing updates about activity in the Bald Eagle nests. This forum contains lots of Bald Eagle facts, photos and videos.
Bald Eagles were heavily affected
by DDT in the environment. They
became unable to reproduce and
were eliminated from the
Channel Islands by the mid-1900s.
Watch this short film to learn more about the successful restoration of Bald Eagles to the islands.
The Bald Eagle is an important national symbol. It is the official
bird of the US and the only eagle
unique to North America.
Eagles mate for life and can
live as long as 30
years. Their nesting season lasts about 20 weeks or 5 months.
Nesting and bonding activity begins a few months before eggs are laid. Egg-laying occurs at different times across the US.
In the California Channel Islands, Bald Eagles typically lay their eggs at the end of February.
Adult Bald Eagles take turns incubating their eggs. In the early stages of incubation, you'll see adult eagles roll their eggs periodically. This prevents the embryos from sticking to their shells.
Eaglets hatch in 33-40 days, around the first of April. It's amazing how fast they grow! Juvenile Bald Eagles take their first flights, or fledge, at about 9 - 10 weeks of age.
Eaglets don't fly far from the nest in the beginning. Their parents continue feeding them over the next 4 - 6 weeks. By end of July, the nests are empty and the nesting season is over.
It takes 5 years for a Bald Eagle to obtain its characteristic
yellow, white, and brown coloring. Here are some bald eagle pictures
showing different stages in the life
of a Bald Eagle.
Click the picture on the
left to open the photo gallery. Use your cursor or arrow keys to
When it's breeding time, Bald Eagles return to within 100 miles of their home site. The nests they build are always very high above the ground. Channel Island nests are found in tall tree tops and on rocky outcroppings.
Bald Eagle nests are built in a basket shape with large branches and sticks. The basket is filled with pine needles, grasses and feathers.
Beginning in January, both adult eagles participate in building and restoring their nest. Nests reused year after year can become as large as 8 feet across and 6 feet high!
February is the time for bonding. Egg-laying begins mid-February. Very soon the nests will be occupied full time through June.
There's not much activity on the nests during March. The adult eagles take turns incubating their eggs. They sit patiently, waiting for their eggs to hatch.
April is full of changes in the nests. The excitement begins when the first chick of the season hatches. Day by day, you see the chicks change, right before your eyes!
By May, the chicks are no longer grey & fluffy. Suddenly, it seems, they are brown and growing feathers. Soon you'll see them flapping their wings, getting ready for flight.
The banding, or identification, of the eaglets begins mid-May. When the chicks reach 8 weeks of age, they are tagged and identified. Banding Day is very interesting to see.
By June, you'll see chicks fledge and take their first flights. I think this is the most entertaining month of all.
The bald eagle nests are mostly empty by July, and the show is over for another year.
See what's happening right now. I'm warning you. Watching the bald eagle cams can be habit forming!
The Bald Eagle pair claiming this nest are:
produced by the San Francisco Zoo in 2005.
hatched in 2004 near Juneau, AK.
They both grew up on Santa Cruz Island.
There were two eggs in this nest. Sadly, ravens stole both eggs on 3/7/2013. May the ravens live a long and healthy life.
The Bald Eagle pair claiming this nest are:
Male K81 and Female K82 both hatched on Catalina Island in 2008.
There were two eggs in this nest. The first was laid in the middle of the night on February 15 and the second laid on February 18.
Unfortunately, one egg was lost on February 24.
The adult Bald Eagles claiming this nest are:
came from the San Francisco Zoo in 2000.
hatched in 1986 on Vancouver Island Canada.
There are 3 eggs in this nest now. The first egg was laid on February 22, the second on February 25, and the third on March 1.
It's exciting to have two web cams on this nest. The wide angle view will be most interesting as the young eaglets begin to fledge.
Many thanks to the National Parks Service, The Nature Conservancy, the Institute for Wildlife Studies, the Ventura County Office of Education and the Montrose Settlements Restoration Program for providing these wonderful bald eagle cams.
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