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Video Documents Daring Installation Of Bald Eagle Camera

Derek Spitler, a Pennsylvania Game Commission maintenance worker, installs the camera at the bald-eagle nest along the Monongahela River in the Hays section of Pittsburgh. Derek Spitler, a Pennsylvania Game Commission maintenance worker, installs the camera at the bald-eagle nest along the Monongahela River in the Hays section of Pittsburgh.

By: Pennsylvania Game Commission

Images live streamed from Pittsburgh nest are captured 75 feet above ground.

The camera that enabled thousands of online viewers to witness the hatching of two bald-eagle chicks at a Pittsburgh nest in recent days didn't get there on its own.

And a video providing a behind-the-scenes look at its installation is now available to view online, as well.

The Pennsylvania Game Commission and PixController Inc. in December installed the camera high above the tree that has been the recent home to a pair of adult bald eagles, and what soon could be three eaglets.

Images from the camera have been live streamed on the Game Commission's website since, and public interest has continued to grow as two of the three eggs hatched and another continues to be incubated.

The three-minute video documenting the camera's installation is available to view at the Game Commission's page on YouTube and can be found easily online. The Game Commission's YouTube page is found at www.youtube.com/pagamecommission.

The video provides an up-close look at the solar-charged battery system that powers the camera, as well as the camera installation itself, which was completed 75 feet above ground. The camera is controlled by remote and can be panned left and right by its operators, or be made to zoom in or out.

The camera was trained on the nest as the first of what could be three eaglets hatched Friday inside. A second egg hatched and the third reaches the end of the typical 35-day incubation period today.

Plans continue to live stream footage from the nest around the clock through the nesting attempt taking place along the Monongahela River in the Hays section of Pittsburgh. The live stream can be viewed on the home page of the Pennsylvania Game Commission's website, www.pgc.state.pa.us. Scroll down the page and click the "play" icon to view.

Media inquiries regarding the Hays bald eagles or the live stream of their nesting attempt can be directed to the Game Commission's Southwest Region Office in Bolivar at 724-238-9523, or to the agency's Harrisburg headquarters at 717-705-6541.

While nest-watchers always are welcome online, those venturing afield for a firsthand look at nesting bald eagles are reminded to keep their distance.

While the bald eagle no longer is listed as an endangered or threatened species in Pennsylvania, it continues to be protected by federal law, which among other things establishes a buffer to ensure people stay at least 660 feet from a nest.

Some eagles are more tolerant than others when it comes to human activity. But any action that could flush an adult eagle from the nest is a threat to successful hatching of eggs and fledging of eaglets. Keeping your distance is one way to increase the chances of nest success.

Guidelines on how to more safely view bald eagle nests are available on the "Bald Eagle Watching in Pennsylvania" page under the "Wildlife" and "Watchable Wildlife" tabs at the Game Commission's home page.

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