Raptor Cam is back!
In partnership between the Audubon Society of Portland, KGW.com will again offer a live window into the world of a family of Red-tail Hawks nesting outside a downtown Portland office building.
Raptor Cam premiered in 2007 with a still-image web cam. In 2008, through a generous donation by an anonymous Audubon Society donor, the camera was upgraded to live full-motion video. In 2009, we added a Raptor Cam blog, authored by Bob Sallinger of the Audubon Society, providing frequent updates of the developments in the nest and answering our users' questions.
This year, Raptor Cam features a new Flash-streaming video player that enables users to view the live video feed in full-screen mode.
LIVE VIDEO: VIEW RAPTOR CAM
Avid followers of the Raptor Cam witness the full circle of life for a family of Red-tail Hawks. The adults return each year to the fire escape outside a Portland office building, where they build their nest in January and February. Usually, eggs are laid some time in March, with hatching in April. The juveniles grow quickly, practice flapping their wings, and fly the nest some time in June.
In 2007, the female adult had two eggs. One juvenile Raptor survived. In 2008 and 2009, the female had three eggs and two juveniles survived each year. We are all excited to follow the developments in the nest this year!
RAPTOR REWIND: 2009 NEST TIME LAPSE