By Jocelyn Clark,
If you are an avid watcher of the Dale Hollow Eagle Cam, you probably know by now that the cam has been down for almost two months.
Around April 29, the tree that held both the camera as well as the eagle’s nest fell, resulting in the camera going off-air. This is believed to have been caused by storms in the area at that time.
This season, there were three eggs laid. These eggs hatched on February 29, March 2, and March 4. Unfortunately, DH9, the first hatched, walked off the edge of the nest on March 4, leaving behind DH10 and DH11. Thankfully the eagles nor the eaglets were harmed when the tree fell.
“We have several eagle watchers keeping tabs on things,” said Darlene Neeley.
Watchers have reported seeing both DH10 and DH11 along with Obey and River, parents of the eaglets. As of June 21, DH10 is 111 days-old and DH11 is 109 days-old. The eaglets are now in the fledging stage and have been seen soaring high.
When the eagle cam was installed, it took around two to three years to scope out the perfect spot to put it. Much observing of the eagles had to be done to find the best location. Since the camera and nest have been knocked down from the original location, Twin Lakes said that a new camera will not be going up in time to see the end of this season.
Many factors will have to be considered before a new camera can be installed. The first challenge will be finding where the eagles have decided to make their new home. Another challenge is that no one is legally allowed to visit the nesting site until the off-season, which is from July to August. This leaves a very small window to find the new location of the eagles and find the perfect spot for another camera.
Twin Lakes estimates this could potentially take a couple of years, given the circumstances. Although it could take a while, Twin Lakes said they are very hopeful that a new camera will be installed as soon as the right location can be established.