NEFL Bald Eagles
Welcome to the North East Florida Bald Eagle Nest Live Cam (NEFL)
Home of the Wild Bald Eagle Nesting Pair of Samson & Gabrielle
In Partnership with the American Eagle Foundation • Powered by HDOnTap
About the NEFL Live Cams
The NEFL Nest offers three high-definition camera views! Two cameras are mounted on the nest tree and provide different views of the nest. The third camera is mounted on a nearby tree at a lower angle and shows the nest tree and the canopy. If you watch for a while, you may be lucky enough to see eagles flying to and from the tree, and when the eaglets get to a certain size, you will see them begin to branch and ultimately fledge the nest.
The nest is equipped with an infrared light so viewers can watch all nightly activities in the nest . The eagles, nor humans, can see this light; it is outside the visible spectrum of light. If you were at the nest site, looking up at the tree at night, you would only see light from the moon or stars. The infrared light is converted into visible light (black and white) by the camera.
In order to protect the eagles and their nest, the specific location of this nest is private and cannot be disclosed.
About the American Eagle Foundation
The American Eagle Foundation (AEF) is a non-profit charitable organization established as a citizen’s effort in 1985, and receives no government funding. Its’ mission is to care for and protect the USA’s living symbol of freedom, the Bald Eagle, and other birds of prey through the four pillars of Education, Re-population, Conservation and Rehabilitation. The Foundation’s headquarters are located in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains in partnership with the Dollywood theme park in Pigeon Forge, TN.
The educational impact of our high-definition nest cams has been phenomenal, providing unprecedented insight into the Bald Eagle nesting process. The AEF operates 3 additional nest cam locations in the eastern part of the United States; DC Eagle Cam, Smoky Mountain Eagle Cam, and Dollywood Eagle Cams. The AEF cam program also focuses on education, conservation, habitat protection, and the dangers that eagles still face in the wild.
The AEF, in cooperation with the USFWS and HDOnTap, provides 24/7 LIVE streaming video of wild eagle activities. Public education and video cam operation relative to the Northeast Florida Nest are provided by the AEF in cooperation with numerous dedicated staff members and volunteers.
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NEFL Bald Eagle Nest History
2021 - 2022 Season
- August 10, 2021 - Samson returns to the nest after annual camera maintenance
- September 12, 2021 - Samson and Gabrielle reunite in the nest
- December 17, 2021 - Egg #1 Laid
- December 20, 2021 - Egg #2 Laid
- January 23, 2022 - First Hatch NE26
- January 24, 2022 - Second Hatch NE27
2020- 2021 Season
- August 15 2020 - Samson makes first appearance at the nest
- September 4th 2020 - Gabby returns to the nest
- September 29, 2020 - Eagles seen mating for the first time on cam of the season
- October 24, 2020 - Samson and Gabby observed mating in the nest
- October 26, 2020 - Samson and Gabby observed mating in the nest (See Highlight)
- December 31, 2020 - First Egg Laid NE24
- January 3, 2021 - Second Egg Laid NE25
- February 8, 2021 - First Hatch
- March 8, 2021 - First Hatch named "Legacy" by AEF member votes
- March 12, 2021 - "Legacy" self feeds
- April 11, 2021 - "Legacy" officially branches
- April 17, 2021 - "Legacy" hops to the Sunset Branch for the 1st time, stays for 2 hrs and then hops back into nest
- April 25, 2021 - "Legacy" takes their first hop over to the Wallenda branch
- April 26, 2021 - "Legacy" successfully fledges from the nest after a slight slip on a branch and then returns to the nest
2019- 2020 Season
- August 26, 2019 - Samson makes first appearance at the nest
- Septemer 12, 2019 - A2 appears at the nest for the first time
- September 28, 2019 - Samson & A2 seen mating on camera for first time (Watch clip)
- October 3, 2019 - An unknown sub-adult Bald Eagle visits nest (Watch Clip)
- October 4, 2019 - A2 brings a Cottonmouth Snake to nest (Watch Clip)
- October 10, 2019 - AEF names "A2' Gabrielle
- November 7, 2019 - Injured sub-adult Bald Eagle visits nest (Watch Clip)
- November 9, 2019 - An unknown sub-adult Bald Eagle visits nest (Watch Clip)
- January 13, 2020 - First Egg Laid
- January 16, 2020 - Second Egg Laid
- February 19, 2020 - First Hatch
- February 21, 2020 - Second Hatch
2018 - 2019 Season
Season Summary: 2 eggs laid, 1 hatch
- August 27, 2018 - Romeo returned to nest
- September 1, 2018 - Romeo returned to nest
- October 1, 2018 - Cameras turned on
- October 10, 2018 - First mating seen
- November 14, 2018 – First egg laid at 1:16 pm (watch clip)
- November 17, 2018 - Second egg laid at 2:39 pm (watch clip)
- December 18, 2018 - Last day Juliet was seen
- December 25, 2018 - NE21 (second egg) hatched (first egg NE20 non-viable)
- December 25, 2018 - Eaglet taken away by "Extra" Adult female
- December 26, 2018 - Last day Romeo was seen
- December 27, 2018 - AEF NEFL Event Log: It is hard to say "empty nest' here at this nest where Romeo & Juliet have nested & raised eaglets since at least 2008 and perhaps several years prior. There has never been a season like this nor has anyone ever seen this experience before in 10 years. Why are there so many females coming through the Hamlet & visiting this nest this season? We are assuming they are looking for a mate. We have seen a few in previous years, and Romeo & Juliet have escorted them away. But never anything like this, and there is no way to know of course at this point if this is going to be the norm, or this is just one of those seasons. The females who have made it to this nest have each had their own personalities. They have each been beautiful in their own way. They have survived to adulthood and that is a testament in itself to their survival skills. We will see what unfolds in the days ahead - whether or not we will see Romeo in & around the nest, and whether or not we will see any more females trying to woo him.
2017 - 2018 Season
Season Summary: Romeo & Juliet successfully raised & fledged two eaglets named Sky & Spirit
- August 26, 2017- Romeo returned to nest
- August 27, 2017- Juliet returned to nest
- October 1, 2017- Cameras went live
- October 7, 2017- First mating seen
- November 2, 2017 – First egg laid
- November 5, 2017 - Second egg laid
- December 9, 2017- First egg hatched
- December 11, 2017- Second egg hatched
- February 7, 2018 - Sky first branched/perched on limb
- February 11, 2018 - Spirit first branched/perched on limb
- February 23, 2018 - Sky first fledged from nest tree
- February 25, 2018 - Spirit first fledged from nest tree
- April 8, 2018 - Sky permanently fledged nest/ left area
- April 12, 2018 - Spirit permanently fledged nest/ left area
- May 5, 2018 - Romeo left nest
- May 7, 2018 - Juliet left nest
2016 - 2017 Season
Season Summary: Romeo & Juliet successfully hatched two eaglets – named Peace & Hope. Hope was successfully reared by parents and fledged the nest. Peace was rescued and rehabbed by Audubon of Maitland, FL and successfully released into the wild at about 12 weeks of age.
- August 27, 2016 - Romeo returned to nest
- September 5, 2016 - Juliet returned to nest
- October 1, 2016 - Cameras went live
- October 5, 2016 - First mating seen
- November 11, 2016 - First egg laid
- November 14, 2016 - Second egg laid
- December 18, 2016 - First egg hatched
- December 20, 2016 - Second egg hatched
- February 10, 2017 - Peace rescued from nest due to visual illness - transferred to Audubon of Maitland, FL
- February 22, 2017 - Hope first branched/perched on limb
- February 28, 2017 - Peach first pearched (Audubon of Maitland, FL)
- March 2, 2017 - Hope first fledged from nest tree
- March 14, 2017 - Peach released from Audubon
- May 13, 2017 - Hope permanently fledged nest
- May 14, 2017 - Romeo left nest
- May 18, 2017 - Juliet left nest
2015 - 2016 Season
Season Summary: Romeo & Juliet successfully raised & fledged two eaglets – named Liberty & Justice
- August 28, 2015 - Romeo returned to the nest
- September 4, 2015 - Juliet returned to the nest
- October 1, 2015 - Cameras went live
- October 5, 2015 - First mating seen
- November 16, 2015 - First egg laid
- November 19, 2015 - Second egg laid
- December 22, 2015 - First egg hatched
- December 24, 2015 - Second egg hatched
- March 14, 2016 - Justice first branched/perched on limb
- March 18, 2016 - Liberty first perched on limb
- March 19, 2016 - Liberty & Justice first fledged from nest tree
- April 20, 2016 - Liberty & Justice permanently fledged nest/left area
- May 23, 2016 - Juliet left nest area
- May 27, 2016 - Romeo left nest area
2014 - 2015 Season
Season Summary: Romeo & Juliet successfully raised & fledged two eaglets – named Nick & Noel
2013 - 2014 Season
Season Summary: Romeo & Juliet successfully raised & fledged two eaglets – named Sampson & Delilah
For more detailed information on the NEFL nesting seasons dating from 2008 - 2013, please click here.
November 23, 2021
NEFL Intruder in the Nest • Watch Clip
April 27, 2021
NEFL Fledge Fall From Tree • Watch Clip
Watch as the NEFL Fledgling makes his second attempted fledge and takes a fall to a lower branch, thankfully they're able to hop back up the branches and back into the nest.
December 11, 2020
Gabby and Samson Mating • Watch Clip
Samson and Gabby seen mating on the branch above the NEFL nest
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Reminder to viewers: This is a wild Bald Eagle nest and anything can happen. While we hope that all eggs hatch and grow to be healthy and successfully fledges each season, things like sibling rivalry, predators, natural disaster as well as territorial disputes can affect the wildlife. Nature may be difficult to watch.
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