The broadcast is suspended. Eagles have chosen another spot for the nest this year
Baikal Nature Reserve installed a web camera on a nest of White-tailed Sea Eagle in August 2012. This nest is located in Selenga river’s delta — the biggest of Baikal's feeders, within the territory of Kabanskiy hunting reserve.
The White-tailed Eagle (Haliaeetus albicilla) — also called the Sea Eagle, Erne (sometimes Ern), and White-tailed Sea-eagle — is a large bird of prey in the family Accipitridae which includes other raptors such as hawks, kites, and harriers. Read more...
Why we decided to install the camera
White-tailed Sea Eagles are sensitive to human disturbance. A couple can easily leave the clutch due to repeated visits of the scientists. That’s why a remote access to the nest gives us a possibility to collect the unique data on breeding biology of the species without any risk for breeding success. Furthermore, this project is important for the ecological education. Anyone from a schoolboy to a manager can observe wildlife using his laptop.
Three to five pairs of White-tailed Sea Eagles nest in Selenga's delta every year. Most of the nests were found in Kabanskiy hunting reserve. In 2013 we registered 4 active nests, all within the reserve’s area. Birds have built a nest at the top of a 4-meter-tall wooden tower. This is where we installed the camera. Birds came here 7 years ago and since then breed nearly every year. In 2013 they showed up on March 28 and three days later we found two eggs in the nest.
The electricity for the camera is provided by a little solar power plant built 250 meters away from the tower. The transmitter installed here sends the data to the server. The server itself and a bigger wind-solar power plant (3,6 kW) are located at the base of Kabanskiy hunting reserve 3,5 kilometers away from the nest. The signal is sent to the world wide web after processing. Inspectors control the camera during the season.
Specialists of the Baikal Nature Reserve first came to the site in September 2011 to decide how to implement the project. It took about a year to bring the idea to life. Equipment installation process took 3 weeks of intensive work of 8 people. Read a photo report here...
Project idea – Vasiliy Sutula, director of the Baikal Nature Reserve
Author / executive director – Alexander Lavrenov, Moscow
Ask us about this live camera at [email protected]