5 Best Eagle Cams: Watch Live Eagle Feeds From Florida To Washington

Eagle cams are a popular way of viewing wildlife, with their easy accessibility meaning that anyone with an internet connection can get a live, up-close views of eagles. What are some of the best eagle cams available on the internet? Some of the following eagle cams are provided by the American Eagle Foundation, while others are maintained by various other wildlife services. Notable eagle cams online include:

  • The Northeast Florida Nest Cam
  • The Smoky Mountain Eagle Cam
  • The Berry College Eagle Cam
  • The DC Eagle Cam
  • The Dollywood Nest Eagle Cam

“In the eagle there is all the wisdom in the world.” — Lame Deer

Before diving into the different eagle cams themselves, let’s go over some facts about the eagles that can be seen on these eagle cams.

Bald Eagles

Bald eagles are birds of prey found in regions across the North American continent. The bird has been the mascot and emblem of the United States since 1782. The bald eagle is referred to as “bald” because of its white head feathers, which contrast with the dark brown feathers of its body and make the bird look bald at a first glance. Bald eagles are found only throughout the North American continent, but they can live in a variety of different biomes, being able to nest near coasts, marshes, lakes, rivers, forests, deserts, and reservoirs.

Bald eagles typically weigh in at around 3 to 6.5 kilograms or 6.5 to 14 pounds. They have a body size of between 86 centimeters to 109 centimeters, or approximately 34 inches to 43 inches in size. Their wingspan is much larger than their body size, approaching 2.15 meters or 7 feet in length.

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Bald eagles get much of their sustenance from fish, which gives them notoriety as “fish eagles.” Though fish make up much/most of their diet, the birds are opportunistic predators that will eat many other creatures like amphibians, reptiles, mice, rabbits, the eggs of other birds, and even smaller birds.

In terms of mating habits, bald eagles are suspected to be monogamous in nature, so once they find a mate they will stay with that mate for the rest of their lives, only taking another mate if their current mate dies. Bald eagles create nests to hold eggs made out of grass, feathers, large and small sticks, cornstalks, and moss. After bald eagles breed with one another the female of the species will lay between one to three eggs and incubate these eggs over a 34 to 36-day long period. After the baby birds hatch, they will stay in the nest and be cared for by the parents until they are able to fledge (flying from the nest) around 10 to 12 weeks of age.

Golden Eagles

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Golden eagles are the other main species of eagle found in North America. The birds can be found in Mexico and throughout the US and Canada, being found as far north as Alaska. Golden eagles can also be found in northern Africa, Europe, and parts of Asia. While some populations of golden eagles will migrate, others won’t. The migratory patterns of golden eagles depend upon the climate conditions of their home region. Birds that live in colder, more northern latitudes like Canada often fly south during the autumn months, yet the golden eagles that inhabit the western US tend to remain in their home ranges all the time.

“All birds find shelter during a rain. But Eagle avoids rain by flying above the clouds.” — A.P.J. Abdul Kalam

The golden eagle is the largest bird of prey in North America, and they are known for their light golden-brown head feathers/brown body. Much like the bald eagle, the golden eagle is a carnivore that preys mainly on reptiles, birds, rabbits, squirrels, fish, and sometimes carrion. The body size of the golden eagle is around 66 to 102 centimeters in length (26 to 40 inches), while the wingspan of the bird is a massive 1.8 to 2.34 meters (5ft 10 inches to 7ft 8 inches). Female golden eagles tend to be a little larger than their male counterparts, but all golden eagles are large as far as raptors go. The golden eagle is the fifth largest out of all known species of eagles.

Like bald eagles, golden eagles are thought to be monogamous and mate for life. A pair of eagles can maintain a territory that could be as wide as 60 miles, and they typically nest in high areas like cliff-sides or tall trees. A female golden eagle usually lays between one to four eggs, and both parents will take turns incubating the eggs for between 40 t0 45 days until the eggs hatch. Approximately twelve weeks after hatching the young eagles are capable of fledging.

Eagle Cams

Now that we’ve gone over some of the facts relevant to the eagles found on various eagle cams in North America, let’s take a look at some of the cams themselves and see what kind/how many eagles they focus on.

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Northeast Florida Cam

The Northeast Florida Nest Cam is one of the most famous eagle cams out there, watching the nest of a mating pair known as Romeo and Juliet. There are two cams that track the nest which provides hi-def, closeup views of the events in the nesting season. Another camera is placed farther away from the nest, which allows people to see the adult eagles fly into the nest and see the juveniles fledge.

DC Eagle Cam

The DC Eagle cam is arguably the most well-known cam, which features a mating pair dubbed Mr. President and First Lady. The bald eagle pair is found in the city of Washington DC itself, in a nest made at the top of a poplar tree located within the US National Arboretum. There are three cams that enable people to view the eagles in their nest from different angles, and the cameras are powered by solar energy.

Dollywood Nest Cam

The Dollywood Nest Cam is based out of the Eagle Mountain Sanctuary at the Dollywood theme park. There are two different pairs of eagles: Glenda and Grant, as well as Isaiah and Mrs. Jefferson. These two pairs of eagles are non-releasable bald eagles who can’t survive in the wild, but live their lives in the best approximation of nature that can be provided to them.

“Eagles fly where lesser birds cannot fly, so eagles can do what lesser birds cannot do.” — T. D. Jakes

Smoky Eagle Mountain Cam

The Smoky Mountain Eagle Cam focuses on a pair of eagles known as Sir Hatcher II and Lady Independence. Sir Hatcher II was originally released from a hack tower near Douglas Lake in 2012 after he didn’t fledge from the wild nest, while Lady was hatched from the nest of Franklin and Independence in 2008.

Berry College Cam

The Berry College eagle cams have IR (infrared) devices that allow viewing of the eagles even at night. There are two different nest cams and an approach cam that visitors to the site can look at. Special events and interviews with eagle experts are archived on the site.

In terms of golden eagle cams, nests cams for golden eagles are actually very rare. As of the time of this writing, there is only one continuously active golden eagle cam, which streams footage of golden eagles near Sisters, Oregon. The cam is currently offline at the moment, but there are reportedly plans to bring it back soon.

About Daniel Nelson

Daniel obtained his BS and is pursuing a Master's degree in the science of Human-Computer Interaction. He hopes to work on projects which bridge the sciences and humanities. His background in education and training is diverse including education in computer science, communication theory, psychology, and philosophy. He aims to create content that educates, persuades, entertains and inspires.

Questions & Answers (9)

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  1. Question

    I am surprised that the Decorah Eagle Cam in Decorah Iowa is not listed. It is run by the Raptor research project. The cameras are excellent, moderators very knowledgeable and Mom Decora & her new boyfriend are fun to watch. I have been watching since 2011 and really love the site. I would certainly recommend that the author check out the southwest Florida cam as well as the Decorah Eagle Cam.

    Susan John
  2. Question

    The White Rock Cams of Hancock Wildife in the Pacific Northwest (BC, Canada) are really good too. You’ve got two nest focused cans, but also a wide angle cam catching the huge amount bald eagles that live and hunt near the nest. Low tide is fascinating watching adults and subadults wading side by side in the tidal pools getting fish trapped in them until the tide comes back in or hanging out en masse in a nearby tree. I counted thirty in one tree one day. It’s like the social club tree. Now and again, you can see an orca too.

    AEF is phenomenal in huge number of hours put in staying connected to and trying to educated viewers. Their recent tragedy at NEFL was super hard on the volunteers, but they were stalwart and worked through it. Kudos. So many good choices.

    Patricia Hilbish
  3. Question

    SWFL should be definitely in the top 5 over Berry if one of the criteria is “actively managed”.

    Joy Lunsford
  4. Question

    I agree with the other comments. By far, the gold standard of the eagle cam world is the SWFL eagle cam, owned and operated by the Dick Pritchett Real Estate Agency. They usually have four cameras including a 360 cam which can be controlled by the viewer. Cam one focuses on the nest but is moved by camera operators to focus on any part of the nest tree. Cam two (which unfortunately was knocked out this season from a big storm early in the nesting season) focuses on the nest tree from a longer view so that everything can be seen from a short distance away. Cam three, which the Pritchetts usually enable later in the season (but is now in use taking the place of downed cam two) focuses over a small pond on the property that the eagles use for bathing and drinking. The addition of cam two and three and the views they allow, enable the viewers to witness what transpires once the eaglets have fledged the nest – something that is not available on any other nest cam. We get to witness them for much longer and in all of their glory, flying and soaring. The site also offers a moderated chat room, usually twice a day where viewers are not only able to make comments but can ask questions that will be personally answered by a knowledgeable staff of moderators – their only desire – to educate the public about these magnificent birds. The exclusion of this nest cam in the above list, leads me to think that the author may not be familiar with SWFLEC. In that event, I invite Mr. Daniel Nelson to google this cam and see what he has been missing.

    Tracy Williams
  5. Question

    ~Hello to all and Happy New Year! Thanks and lovely info – just one addition of another well known and well loved eagle cam = The Southwest Florida Eagle Cam aka SWFL Eagle Cam. There we have Harriet, her mate M15 and their new newbies this season = E12 and E13.

    ~There are sooo many eagle and other critter live cams today and more all the time! It is a lovely thing indeed!

  6. Question

    I agree the SWFL Eagle cam is one of the best live cams to watch..

    Pamela Parise
  7. Question

    Im sorry but, how in the world did you not even put up the Most famous one SWFL Eagle cam home of Harriet and Ozzie which is now Harriet and M15 … Im actually stunned that you choose Berry College and not even have SWFL Eagle cam that has actually a 360 Cam up and allows you to move and look around like serious you need to update your info on the cams out there and the nest themselves and the History . SWFL has split veiw cams also and night vision and day vision along with the 360 cam so yeah they have the better cams… Take a look and rethink your picks

    Rose Rivera
  8. Question

    You apparently don’t know about the SWFL eagle cam in Ft. Myers. The home of Harriet and M15. It is also a very awsome site.

    Linda Edwards
  9. Question

    I’ve been watching the Institute of Wildlife Studies bald eagle cams located on the Channel Islands off the coast of California since 2011. They have a real study centered around wild bald eagles on 5 different nests and it’s all science with them too. The site even gets the viewers involved with nest observations about the nests.

    Bryce Remsberg

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