Bald Eagle Parents Defy All Odds

Cams or cameras at wild avian nests have changed the way we see and understand wild species.  Never before have we been able to watch, in real time, the behavior of species such as Red-tailed Hawks, Peregrine Falcons, Barn Owls and the symbol of our country the Bald Eagle.  Where once trained biologists offered conjecture about the nuances that occurred with Bald Eagles, for instance, during breeding and nesting, nest cams offer the public " a birds eye view" to observe every detail of the life of these avian families from nest building, breeding, egg laying to hatch of the chicks, their growth and development and finally as the chicks fledged or left the nest.  Indeed, we have seized the opportunity to become voyeurs to the most private aspects of "home life" for the birds that have a nest cam focused on their nest.  

Birds are excellent parents, never was that more obvious to the cam watchers than when a pair of Bald Eagles in Hanover, PA not only survived themselves, but continued to incubate their eggs that were still two weeks from hatching.  The viewing public was in shock as they witnessed the eagle parents completely covered by snow and yet still dedicated to their eggs and future chicks.  Below you are photos of the unusual sight and a like that will allow you to view the nest in real time as well.  Our thanks to the State of Pennsylvania Game Commission, for placing and maintaining this nest cam and the active site.  

A spring snowstorm dumped a deep layer of snow on this Bald Eagle nest in Hanover PA.  Nest cam viewers were surprised to see the pair of eagles cope with the snow as they continued to incubate their eggs.  (the head of the female is visible at about 12:00)

A spring snowstorm dumped a deep layer of snow on this Bald Eagle nest in Hanover PA.  Nest cam viewers were surprised to see the pair of eagles cope with the snow as they continued to incubate their eggs.  (the head of the female is visible at about 12:00)

"Dad's home"   The male came in to exchange incubating duties with his mate in the morning. This gives the female time to tend to her "personal needs" and to get breakfast while he takes nest duty.  Nest cam viewers were holding their breath as the pair made the change keeping the precious eggs warm and dry despite the abundance of snow. 

"Dad's home"   The male came in to exchange incubating duties with his mate in the morning. This gives the female time to tend to her "personal needs" and to get breakfast while he takes nest duty.  Nest cam viewers were holding their breath as the pair made the change keeping the precious eggs warm and dry despite the abundance of snow. 

Nest came viewers were elated when right on schedule the two eggs hatched and two tiny eaglets came into the world.  You too can become one of the over a million viewers of this eagle nest with a live streaming link to the site at  

Nest cam viewers were elated when the two eggs hatched into two adorable eaglet chicks. 

Nest cam viewers were elated when the two eggs hatched into two adorable eaglet chicks. 

 You too can become one of the over a million viewers of this eagle nest with a live streaming link to the site at  https://hdontap.com/index.php/video/stream/bald-eagle-live-cam

At Raptor Education Group Inc. (REGI) we are well aware of how special and dedicated avian parents are.  In our summer season, we have foster parent birds that care for orphaned babies of their own species.  They never waver even though the chicks are not their own biologically.  In this way the chicks are not imprinted to humans as we never feed them or handle them.  Instead they have the advantage of being raised by one of their own species and therefore are taught everything they need to know to survive in the wild.  We will feature our foster parents in the summertime when they have chicks and are hard at work. 

Enjoy the views from the link.  It is an amazing thing to be able to see for yourself the miracles of nature as they unfold before your own eyes.

Marge Gibson