Berry College installs 2nd 'eagle cam' to give viewers another angle and sounds of Bald Eagles

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ROME, Georgia — Workers have installed a second 'eagle cam' -- this one with sound -- to give bird viewers a new angle of a bald eagle nest at Berry College.

A live online video stream from the bald eagle nest at the northwest Georgia college has attracted a huge global audience. The video shows the daily activities of the two adult bald eagles and their attempts to raise a family.

The second camera was installed above the nest on Tuesday and can record sounds, The Rome News-Tribune reported (http://bit.ly/1rmbnR1 ).

Georgia Power crews maneuvered a lift more than 100 feet above the ground, moving in between pine boughs to install the new equipment.

The second camera was mounted on the main stem of the tree above the nest, so the nest will act like a dish to funnel the sound straight into the microphone, said Berry College employee Eddie Elsberry.

Josh Shelton and Danny Ely of Georgia Power spoke by cell phone with Elsberry and another worker in the tree to get the best perspective for the new camera.

"It was pretty neat to see how big the nest really is," Ely said.

While the workers were up in the tree, they also adjusted the tilt of the first nest cam.

If this year is anything like the last two, the eagles should start housekeeping sometime in October in preparation for the winter breeding season, the Rome newspaper reported.

The public can watch the eagles 24 hours a day at http://www.georgiawildlife.com/BerryEagleCam and on Berry College's website (www.berry.edu/eaglecam).


Information from: Rome News-Tribune, http://www.romenews-tribune.com

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