Bald Eagle Cam
Update: Mar.10, 2021
Here is an update from our raptor team: Unfortunately, it appears as though the nesting attempt has failed for this season, although the eagles can sometimes still be seen perching in or near the nests visible to the camera. There have been several other eagles sighted within the territory interacting with the nesting pair of eagles. Years ago there were not as many bald eagles in Arizona as there are now, and the population is doing pretty well overall. So while it is great that we have more eagles now, sometimes that leads to situations like this one where it is possible that the nesting pair just had too much competition and they were unable to successfully devote enough attention and energy to defending their territory, finding food, taking time to rest, and also tending to their eggs. There is a possibility that the eagles could try again and soon lay another clutch of eggs, which they have done in past years, so all hope is not lost and we will continue to monitor them.
Update: Jan. 25, 2021
Hello! As you may have noticed, the eagle pair are back on the ½ mile away nest. We were really hoping they would pick the old nest (much closer), but the eagles had another plan in mind. In happier news, we have confirmed that there are eggs in the nest! We do not know how many or for exactly how long the eggs have been in the nest, but good news nonetheless. Stay tuned and cross your fingers for a successful nesting season!
Update: Sept. 17, 2020
The female eagle has landed! She has recently been spotted multiple times on the old nest (as opposed to the nest made last year by the new juvenile male, which was about a 1/2 a mile away from the camera). Keep checking in, and let’s hope for an exciting season!
Update: April 16, 2020
You may have noticed a change in scenery on our eagle cam! Since the eagles have abandoned their nests for the season, we found ravens building a nest within view of the camera, so we decided to focus on their nest to see what we can see. Ravens, which are members of the highly-intelligent corvid family of birds (which is entirely different from COVID), are truly fascinating critters with very complex behaviors, which makes them interesting to watch! With that, stay healthy, stay tuned and enjoy!
Update: Mar. 26, 2020
Sadly, the second clutch has failed. The nest is no longer being attended by the female. It is now considered too late for the eagles to try for a third clutch. However, the pair is still in the area, and you may see them perching and/ or flying together. Maybe they will have better luck next year!
Update: Mar. 18, 2020
The eagles have laid egg(s) again (2nd clutch this season) last Tuesday, March 10, based on nestwatcher reports. Unfortunately, this new, new male is still no help, but she has remained on the nest almost continuously with a maximum of 30 minutes being away.
Update: Feb. 27, 2020
There is more high drama on the eagle nest this season! The male that usurped the old male last season, has been replaced by yet another even younger male. This male is estimated to be 4 years old, just out of the juvenile stage with his full white head and tail, had it out with the male from last season and won! The first clutch of eggs this season has been lost to predation, likely ravens. With a new male, the odds of copulation are very high, and there is still time for another clutch of eggs. Stay tuned …
Bald eagles nest playlist – Videos of past activity.
Lake Pleasant Bald Eagle Camera
The Arizona Game and Fish Department welcomes you to its bald eagle nest cam. This live-streaming camera provides an unedited glimpse of nature in all its beauty and cruelness. As with nature, viewers may witness a variety of behaviors that may seem cruel, such as feeding on other wild animals, so viewer discretion is advised.
During this breeding season eggs may be laid and hatched at different times. That can lead to aggressive interactions between growing siblings and can result in injury or death within the nest. Furthermore, the Arizona Game and Fish Department likely will not intervene with the nest if and when problems arise. The department may also choose to temporarily interrupt the live-stream, if needed.
An intimate view into the lives of wildlife is a rare privilege and we hope you enjoy and learn from this experience. For questions about the web camera, e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
About Lake Pleasant Bald Eagles
A suspected bald eagle nest was first documented at Lake Pleasant in 1979, which was followed with the first nesting attempt in 1984. Unfortunately, the eagle pair was unsuccessful in producing young until 1993 when the New Waddell Dam was constructed. Since then, as of the 2018 breeding season, 28 young have survived to take their first flight, known as fledging.
Bald Eagle Cam Funding
The Arizona Game and Fish Department Lake Pleasant bald eagle live-streaming camera is funded through Heritage and Pittman Robertson funds, the Southwestern Bald Eagle Management Committee and public donations.
The camera stream was made possible through permitting and coordination with Arizona State Land Department, Maricopa County Parks and Recreation and the Salt River Project.
If you enjoy this streaming video, help support it and other wildlife viewing program activities by making a donation. You can click the AZGFD logo on the cam to make a donation directly.