The Hornby Eagle Group (HEG) formed in 2009 to continue broadcasting the Hornby Eagles webcam, which was first streamed in 2006. In December 2010, the Group became a registered non-profit Society in British Columbia and was renamed the Hornby Eagle Group Projects Society (HEGPS). For two years, we were privileged to broadcast a live, intimate view of a beloved pair of bald eagles, Mom and Dad Hornby, and their eaglets Phoenix (2010) and Alexandra & David (2011). The original webcams were retired in the autumn of 2011. In April 2012, HEGPS installed a new camera on "Gregg's Tree", which is about 130 feet from the nest tree; while the view is not as intimate as provided by the older cameras, we can see the Hornby's territory and perch trees, as well as the nest tree and nest itself.
The Hornby Island ground crew continues to monitor the nest and post videos and photographs of Mom and Dad Hornby in our forum (Our Nature Zone ). You can find ground and cam observations on Our Nature Zone forum at this link: Hornby Eagles 2012.
Please explore this website and enjoy the photo galleries that feature Mom and Dad Hornby as well as the other eagles that live on the island. We have added nesting highlights for 2010 (Phoenix) and 2011 (Alexandra & David).
UPDATE September 2012
The cam was remounted on the tree about 25 feet higher than the original location. The great view we had is even better now. Dan and crew from Whiskeyjack Tree Services did an amazing job of readjusting the camera - while working nearly 200 feet in the air!
August 2012. Hali was last seen on the cam on Sunday, August 12. She was perched on the Babysitting Tree and flew off, toward the water, at 12:58 PM. Mom and Dad were both seen in that tree later that evening, but only Mom was seen or heard the next day. She spent a couple of days perched on various trees, calling her distinctive "cachunka" call. The last time we recorded her was on Thursday, August 16, when she greeted the day at 5:23 AM and then again a faint call at 6:42 AM. Now we wait for October to come and bring Mom and Dad Hornby home.
July 2012 Hali took her first flight off the nest (and nest tree) on July 22 at 8:35 AM. She continued to fly from her nest to the tree stump, to the babysitting tree, soaring over the water, and back again. The new wide-view cam with a view of the Hornby Eagles' nest and territory provided an excellent opportunity to watch this young eaglet as she learned about life outside the nest and prepared to follow her parents to the fall salmon runs.
May-June 2012 One eaglet hatched! She is called "Hali" - the short version of her full scientific name: Haliaeetus leucocephalus. The food supply was good this summer and the eagle family did well.
April 2012 The new "Nest and Territory Cam" was installed and went live on April 21, broadcasting over Ustream: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/hornbyeaglecam
March 2012 Mom was seen to be incubating as of March 23.