Lafarge - Side view

Lafarge - Side view
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The Lafarge downtown Vancouver concrete plant is on the waterfront of Vancouver's inner harbour, beside the main CP rail tracks and sidings, in the heart of Vancouver's busy container and grain port facilities. The nest tree is alone on the property, right on the water's edge and outside the property's fenced area. An artificial nest structure, designed by David Hancock, sits beside the tree where it can be used by the eagles both as a perch and as a replacement nest site if something happens to the tree. The Side View camera focuses on the nest during the first part of the nesting season, then provides a look at the rest of the tree and the artificial nest to watch the eaglets as they start branching and flying, while the Top View pan-tilt-zoom camera can provide a closer look at the eggs and tiny chicks, and watch the eaglets grow. The Top View cam has Infrared and sound, and the lighting on the site provides additional light for both cameras at night.

The Lafarge pair successfully raised three eaglets in 2011, even though the oldest was very big, and the youngest almost a week younger. In 2012 history repeated itself as the parents again successfully reared 3 chicks to fledging. The pair laid three eggs in 2013, but the youngest eaglet didn't survive the hatching process, and the middle one died after a week and a half for no obvious reason.  The oldest chick survived and thrived, fledging successfully. The 2014 season began with the original pair fighting off possibly two different pairs of eagles, attempting to “steal” their territory and nest. The original pair prevailed, laid three eggs, two of which hatched, and both chicks fledged successfully. The eagles are expected to return to their nest in late September, with eggs likely in mid-March, and chicks in late April. For more information, please visit the Hancock Wildlife Foundation Discussion Forum for Lafarge.